"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, August 12, 2011

Birthday Today - Mark Knopfler

One of my all-time favorite rock songs is "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits, which was written and sung by its leader, Mark Knopfler, who has his 62nd birthday today.   Knopfler is probably the greatest sheer talent as a rock guitarist ever, and is remarkable skill on the instrument shines through in the song:

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