Scott Batey

Yesterday I had the immense pleasure of hanging out with Attorney Scott Batey. We met through a mutual friend and talked on the phone about some things for business. We found we had so much in common. We both are total music fans and love Detroit Rock n Roll.

I have to tell you that Scott is the sharpest lawyer I have ever talked with. On top of that he is so nice! Sure didn't expect that. I heard what a top notch litigator he is and I assumed he'd be kind of tough... Not at all. Scott mentioned to me many times that he became an attorney to help people... Never had an attorney ever tell me that! How refreshing!

Scott has some really nice Tom Petty autographed memorabilia hanging in his law office. We both love collecting rock posters and back stage passes... Maybe I should take all of my rock stuff out to his office! LOL Need a big truck to do it... Here is Scott in front of some of his coolest memorabilia. I brought Scott a little gift. Gave him a really old Fred "Sonic" Smith button that Stanley T. Madhatter had given me. Hang on to that button Scott! :)

Scott and I could have sat in that office talking music and sharing videos all week! It was so much fun to see what music Scott is into. I asked him to pick some songs that are symbolic of his life and they are great. I learned so much from his choices. It is fantastic for me to be turned on to new music.. His songs picks were all completely new to me. Scott is totally immersed in the music, lyrics, arrangements, and biographies of his favorite bands. Truly encyclopedic in terms of Scott's favorite musicians.

Nice backstage pass for the Police reunion in 2007...

Maybe we can talk Scott into guest writing for Retro: Kimmer in the near future. I had a really great time at Scott's office and look forward to working with him soon. Thank you so much Scott and many thanks to Ban! RK

Scott's favorite band is Bono and U2

Here are Scott's video picks to listen to the music and lyrics. Lyrics are very important to Scott and myself. Understanding what the songwriter is envisioning is crucial to learning about a song

U2 Unknown Caller

Radiohead Let Down

Everlast What It's Like

MGMT Flash Delirium

From Scott:


Thank you for the article, I was very happy with the result as were my parents. I didn’t know you were going to post those songs or if you listened to them, but the song “Unknown Caller” by U2 was blasted by critics who didn’t really understand the chanting. I thought you might find it interesting. At the beginning of the song Bono sings “3:33 and the numbers fell off the clock face”. Bono has said in many interviews that 3:33 is known as God’s telephone number, so this guy whose at the end of his ropes gets a phone call from God who sings/chants:

Go, shout it out, rise up
Oh, oh
Escape yourself and gravity
Hear me, cease to speak that I may speak
Shush now
Oh, oh
Force quit and move to trash

* * *
Restart and re-boot yourself
You're free to go
Oh, oh
Shout for joy if you get the chance
Password, you, enter here, right now

Oh, oh
You know your name so punch it in
Hear me, cease to speak that I may speak
Shush now
Oh, oh
Then don't move or say a thing

God essentially uses computer jargon to tell this guy to get rid of his demons and start over. Anyway, I think it’s an amazing song even without the lyrics.READ MORE ON RK


Anonymous said...

This is a great story Kimmer,
This is one attorney who I like. Your story changes the way I look at lawyers. Cool dude!

Retro Kimmer said...

thank you and Scott is an awesome guy!

Anonymous said...

Nice write up. The U2 presence of in our culture is growing stronger everyday. Revolutionary music and appreciate Scott sharing the conversation about the depth of his favorite song. Powerful!

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