I remember grabbing Blind Melon’s self-titled debut album when I was living in Hollywood, California in the early ninety’s. I still love the tracks on that album, especially Tones Of Home, Change, and No Rain. Blind Melon would have been celebrated as a classic rock band someday, but singer Shannon Hoon died of a cocaine overdose in 1995 in New Orleans. Yesterday, I finally grabbed the album that was released shortly after he died so prematurely. It is a loose compilation of vault tracks by Shannon. The album is titled Nico, after the daughter he left behind. The album liner notes intros an education fund established for her too, in her name. It’s a great album. I really, really listen hard to the first track of the album, titled “Pusher” (penned by Hoyt Axton). It’s not about a drug pusher though … Here’s a lyric sample: “Snow flakes rolling over my ear, goose bumping weather » If I’m hungry at 4:30 in the morning » Pink Dot will deliver » And I’m oh so tired of you pushing that thorny crown down onto my head so hard » My knees are two inches in the ground » And I said, God damn, God damn that Bible pushin’ man » You know I smoked a lot of grass and I’ve popped a lot of pills » But I’ve never done nothing that my spirit couldn’t kill » And I walk around with these tombstones in my eyes » But I know the pusher don’t care, if you live or if you die » And I said, God damn, God damn that Bible pushin’ man.” Shannon is onto something in this song, I think. Don’t be just another cheap, plastic bible pusher. You know exactly the sort of person he is singing about too! A Bible Pusher doesn’t care about the person he’s pushing. He/she only cares about making the sale. Maybe if Shannon would have met someone different, his own story would have been different. Godspeed.