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What It’s All About

Roger Glover, Dortmund Westfalenhalle, June 10 2009; © Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Our own Roger checks in with his customary end-of-the-year message:

What’s it all about then? I’m sure you often wonder about that.

Well so do I.

There are several possible answers to that rather ambiguous and immense question. In no particular order, here are a few… love, balance, survival, power, sex, cabbage, passion, knowledge, hors d’ouvres, socks, pressure, jealousy, furniture, speed, money, television, dental hygiene, paper, technology, family, stamp collecting, oil, frozen food, religion, underwear, betrayal, soap, fun, pain, curiosity, sneakers, drugs, art, nostalgia, sport, charity, nosebleeds, toys, duty, alcohol, music, babies, history, curtains… I could go on but I sense you’re already getting bored. However, if any of the above strikes a chord somewhere within your cranium, then read on.

Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for the info.

17 Comments to “What It’s All About”:

  1. 1
    Gary says:

    I’m going to try to paraphrase Roger here and if I’m wrong about his intent I apologize.

    It’s about achieving emotional balance in any situation while doing the best you can 🙂

  2. 2
    Jack11 says:

    Always good to hear from DP’s best bass player.

  3. 3
    daviep79 says:

    Merry Christmas Roger!!!!!!!!!!! Well said!!

  4. 4
    stoffer says:

    Good Luck to Roger and the rest of the group in 2010.
    Looking forward to some new Purple music and maybe a US tour?
    Also Happy Holidays to all Deep Purple fans all over the world:)
    Cheers and Peace

  5. 5
    purpletemple says:

    Maybe I’m a bit sensitive today, but I found it to be a moving message from Roger.
    I thank them again for many years of great music and more to came, I sincerely hope.
    Best wishes to all!

  6. 6
    micke says:

    A good christmas to you too Roger and your family.Switzerland sounds great, a lovely country.

  7. 7
    Drdp says:

    Good on you & yours Roger! Cheers , Drdp

  8. 8
    james jay says:

    got to love roger g. it seems he is finally having alot of well earned fun playing to the fans. merry christmas to all here on this great web.

  9. 9
    T says:

    What it is about is appreciating that we all have unique circumstances, and that a person should reserve judgement until he or she has walked a mile in another’s shoes.

    It’s about understanding that if the food is bad, the server didn’t cook it and about realizing that mistakes happen. It’s about being patient and forgiving. It’s about saying “please,” “thank-you,” and “excuse me”. Probably most important, it’s about saying, “I’m sorry.”

    It’s about letting someone else go first. It’s about thinking before you act and about sleeping on it before making a decision. It’s about knowing the difference between a choice and a mistake, and taking responsibility for one’s actions. It’s about not making excuses. It’s about growth and exploration, self-discovery and education and doing one’s best. It’s about self-respect and respect for others and about treating others how you would like them to treat you. And, often times, it’s about failure…disappointment…and frustration.

    It’s about agreeing to disagree and accepting the fact that you and I have the freedom to express our opinions even if we do not have the same point of view. It’s about biting one’s tongue at certain times and speaking out at others–and knowing the difference when it’s appropriate to do which.

    It’s about self-sacrifice. It’s about wisdom. It’s about improvising, adapting, and overcoming. Sometimes, it’s about letting it go…taking the heat…accepting the blame…”getting over it”…going the extra yard…and filling the copier with paper when no-one will ever know who did it. At other times, it’s about taking a stand…righting a wrong…reaching out, reaching down or reaching across…or letting one’s hair down. Sometimes, it’s about saying, “No.”

    It’s about guilt and innocence and rage and love in an imperfect world, and not letting it overwhelm. It’s about the smell of dirt on a jog through the warm woods. It’s about lies…and not being deceived. It’s about flowers…and it’s about weeds.

    It’s about the fact that nobody’s perfect–but that there is no harm in trying. It’s about screams and cries and disappointment and the knowledge it will make you a better person in the long run. It’s about callouses and blisters, cracks and splits, blemishes and imperfections. It’s about getting out of something what you put into it. Sometimes, it’s about getting something for nothing!

    And…it’s about not feeling guilty or afraid to say “Merry Christmas” in a country where it’s become taboo to say so.

    Merry Christmas.

  10. 10
    Moreblack says:

    Maybe i’m a leo,but ain’t a lion.

  11. 11
    elprupdeep says:

    Joyeux noel Roger and family and joyeux noel DP.
    You move us on stage and u can also move us with your writing.
    thank you to be the most important thing (DEEP PURPLE)in my life, after my kids, thanks for the emotions, that is all your music is about.
    long live Roger and DP.

  12. 12
    Gary says:

    Your interpretation is far superior to mine, T 🙂 Merry Christmas to all !!!

  13. 13
    Crimson Ghost says:


    I read the first sentance and started this post, I’m sure the rest is just as profound. T, I rarely agree with you but I have to buck up to the fact that you’re a decent human being as far as I can tell.

    That was good reading….

    Roger once said, ‘its all about good music, peace and love in the world.’

    Merry Christmas to you!

  14. 14
    Purplefan says:

    Wel, I think that summs it up Roger. hehe

    Merry Christmas and a Happy 2010



  15. 15
    james jay says:

    @13-we all agree to disagree-but one thing for sure—we all are HUGE DEEP PURPLE fans. I would hope that one thing in common makes us all decent people. : ) Happy New Year

  16. 16
    AndreA says:

    wishing well


  17. 17
    craig neely says:

    Roger, thank you. Your and T’s insightful words come at time when inspiration is critical. It makes me thankful to be part of the Deep Purple community, and proud that the community is populated with people of humanity and understanding.

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