Quiet Desperation and Attitude

August 1999 Thoreau, in Walden, observed that “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” This may seem a stretched connection, but I recalled the quote last Thursday night as I had the pleasure of escorting my daughter Stacy and her friend Rochelle to the Brian Setzer Orchestra (BSO) concert. (At my request.) If the name doesn’t ring your bell, Brian Setzer led a punk-ish, rockabilly-throwback group in the early ’80s called the Stray Cats. They had two notable …

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