Listen To The Music

The Words You Don’t Hear When You Listen To The Music

by Steve Richards



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/3/2009

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 284
ISBN : 9781449008802
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 284
ISBN : 9781449008796

About the Book

Music is an integral part of our everyday lives but while we listen, we seldom hear the music.  If you really listen to your favorite classic rock songs, you will find that they may tell a story, offer a thought-provoking message, inspire or spark the imagination.  Listen to the Music reveals the overlooked messages hidden within the music of the 60’s & 70’s – messages that provide us with Timeless Lessons of Life.


The book spotlights over 1100 excerpts from the lyrics of 750 songs written by 160 artists who launched their careers in the 60’s & 70’s.  The music of this era reflects the turbulent events of two decades marked by unprecedented social, political, and economic change. Artists expressed through their music and lyrics what people were feeling during those turbulent times – love, anger, fear, frustration and hopes & dreams for peace and a better world.  The complex challenges Americans faced in the 60’s and 70’s are strikingly similar to the times we find ourselves in today and the reader will discover that the messages hidden within the music of the 60’s & 70’s remain as relevant as they were 40 years ago. 


Life unfolds in much the same way for all of us.  We grow up, fall in love, raise a family, live our everyday lives, cope with unexpected challenges and we grow wiser (not older)!  Relevant lyric quotes can be found in chapters that correspond to one of these six stages of life. Through the captivating messages contained within the lyrics of the music of the 60’s and 70’s, the book shows how music affects our lives in ways we don’t fully realize or understand. 


Go to to hear some great music and to see photos of some of your favorite 60’ & 70’s artists!

About the Author

As the son of a career Air Force officer, Steve Richards grew up in Maine, Texas, Illinois, Japan, Hawaii and Washington D.C.  Upon graduating from The Ohio State University, he entered the United States Air Force and completed a highly successful 27 year career retiring in 1995 as a Colonel.  Following retirement from the Air Force, Colonel Richards moved to San Antonio, Texas where he managed one of the most prestigious country clubs in Texas.  Steve is currently the President of Strategic Edge 360, an international consulting company specializing in strategic planning and leadership & management development for Olympic sports and non-profits.


Steve has been actively involved in Olympic Sports for over 40 years first as an athlete and later serving eight years on the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee.  He has been President of two Olympic Sports Organizations – Shooting and Pentathlon and was a member of the 2004 United States Olympic Team in Athens, Greece.  Steve’s other passions include windsurfing, mountain biking, hiking, and adventure travel.


His wife Susann is a professional educator having taught in both private and public schools for over 30 years.  They have two married children.  Their daughter served in the Air Force for 12 years as a Flight Test Engineer at Edwards Air Force Base before moving to private industry.  Their son is an Air Force officer and fighter pilot who is currently an instructor pilot in the Air Force’s newest fighter the F-22.


This book results from Steve’s 40-year passion for the music that he and 78 million other Baby Boomers grew up with. Twenty-five years ago, Harry Chapin’s song “Cat’s in the Cradle” had a profound impact on him as a father and husband and his book describes in personal terms how music has impacted his life.