On the 50th Anniversary of Duane Allman's 1969 New Year's Resolution

On the 50th Anniversary of Duane Allman's 1969 New Year's Resolution

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Duane “Skydog” Allman’s legendary New Year’s Resolutions for 1969.  In a pristine journal, Duane resolved in the first entry to “be more thoughtful of my fellow man, exert more effort in each of my endeavors professionally as well as personally, take love wherever I find it, and offer it to everyone who will take it. I will seek knowledge from those wiser than me and try to teach those who wish to learn from me.” He closed with “I love being alive and I will be the best man I possibly can.

In the 364 days after Duane Allman wrote the resolution, he:

  • recorded and released the first Allman Brothers Band album
  • had a daughter
  • mastered slide guitar
  • recorded some of the greatest studio guitar work in the history of Muscle Shoals’ FAME Studio
  • began working on albums with Delaney & Bonnie and Derek & The Dominoes.

2-1/2 years later, he was dead.

Chase your passions.
Accept love wherever you find it.
Don’t waste time; there’s far less of it then any of us would like to believe.

Welcome to 2019. Go kick its ass.

Duane Allman's journal entry, New Year's Day 1969

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