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Monday, April 9 2001

More observations on my play list

I mentioned earlier that I have failed to find only two songs that I want, thus far. The first one still missing is a version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow that appeared near the top of the charts between 1959 and 1962, I'm "guesstimating." It's almost a "do wop" rendition, with a Skyliners or Fleetwoods feel, and sung in a minor key. (I'm virtually sure it was Bill Martin who told me, all those years ago, that it is a minor key; that's not something I'd have known without being told.) But all my searching, though turning up hundreds of search hits for that title, including one labelled "do wop," hasn't turned up that particular arrangement. Does anyone remember which artist or (more likely) group did the teen-top-ten version of Over the Rainbow, many years after the Wizard of Oz appeared in theaters and on network television? I've downloaded a half dozen versions, none of which was the right one. I saved Judy Garland's original, but it's not the one I have to have.

The other "missing" song is one about which I can only remember that there's this song which, every time I hear it, I think, "ah, yes; I've never heard this song often enough." It's been out some maybe 10 or even 20 years (but not as far back as my teens or twenties). I think it always strikes me as a bit "decadent," in the way Tainted Love by Soft Cell (and many other covering groups) strikes me, but yet it's haunting and satisfies some auditory—or deeper—need. I can't remember a line of it or even the tune of it, much less the title, if I even ever knew the title, so will have to keep listening to the radio in the hope of catching it there again. Incidentally, I heard Tainted Love again yesterday after a long time, and at first thought that it was the one I was looking for...but no, it isn't. I've saved it and put it on my play list, but it's an "extra."

A similar case is Come Monday. Like the unnamed one, it is another song which, every time I hear it played, elicits the thought, "Yes, I could hear this a lot more often than I have." Like the still missing one, my first recollection was very vague. I knew the singer begins with a line like "Going up to San Francisco for the Labor Day Weekend show," and talks about him not being quite suited for "glitter rock and roll." I looked under Neil Young, thinking he was the most likely singer of it. Nothing. Finally, days after the first efforts, more of the lyrics came to me, till I came to the phrase, "Come Monday, it'll be alright." Come Monday? That could be the title! And Jimmy Buffet had even passed my mind as the possible artist, but concluded that his output has been too Florida Keys-Caribbean-oriented to have a song set along California's Camino Real, as Come Monday is. But sure enough, Jimmy Buffet it is.

There are four types of songs on my play list. "Turn the radio up" songs are the first-place ones. I want to not only hear these, but to be immersed in them; surrounded by them like a swimming pool on which I'm floating. "Awwww, yes!" is the response elicited by the second group; most of the songs—at least the hits—like those of the Stylistics, the Skyliners, Flamingoes, Fleetwoods, Simply Red, fall into this group. "I could hear this one a lot more" applies to the third group. And the fourth group are all the others that make me happy, or cause me to tap my foot along with the music.

To reply to David Caldwell's much appreciated feedback, I fully agree on Elvis and Ray Orbison, and do have some of their songs on my list and probably will add more by Elvis (by the way, he is the only major artist I find difficult to find on Napster...not impossible but not, as I'd expected, found everywhere. Presumably, Napster is blocking his name, perhaps in an experiment to show that blocking is feasible. Elvis Costello doesn't even appear, though both Presley and Costello, without the Elvis, can be found.

I almost go along, too, with the Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard suggestions...both artists have some memorable output that help us let down (even maybe, "get down"?) after all these years...and I specifically remember realizing what Jerry Lee was saying, in Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On, while hearing it in the gym at Blacklick High, and laughing about it and commenting on it to a classmate, but as yet haven't added any of their titles to my list.

And to Tim McCullough, thanks for the question (how to add music to your web page)...I'll probably devote a whole entry to answering it in a day or two.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

For all of you who thought you were feeling young today!

Just in case you weren't feeling too old today, this will certainly change things. Each year, the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of this year's incoming freshman. Here is this year's list:

The people who started collage last fall across the nation were born in 1982.
They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan Era and probably did not know he had ever been shot.
They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.
Black Monday, 1987, is as significant to them as the Great Depression.
There has been only one Pope.
They were 11 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold war.
They have never feared a nuclear war.
They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
Tianamen Square means nothing to them.
Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.
The expression, "You sound like a broken record," means nothing to them.
They have never owned a record player.
They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.
They may have never heard of an 8 track. The Compact Disc was introduced when they were 1 year old.
As far as they know, stamps have always cost over 30 cents.
They have always had an answering machine.
Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black and white TV.
They have always had cable.
There have always been VCRs, but they have no memory of what BETA was.
They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
They don't know what a cloth baby diaper is, or know about the "Help me, I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial.

(To be Continued.)

Sent by Trudy Myers

Holy Week readings (from the Gospel account of the last week of Jesus' earthly ministry)

And as he sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, asking, "Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of your coming and of the end of the world?" And Jesus answered to them, "Be sure no one deceives you. Many shall come in my name, saying, 'I am Christ,' and they shall deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; don't let that trouble you, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Nation shall rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in diverse places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

"Then they will deliver you up to be persecuted, and they'll kill you. And you will be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold. But whoever endures to the end same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; then shall the end come. When you see the abomination of desolation prophesied by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (let whoever reads this understand it). Then let them who are in Judaea flee into the mountains. Let those who are on the housetop not come down to take anything out of their houses. Neither should anyone who is in the field return back to get his clothes. And woe to those who are with child, and to them who are nursing in those days! But pray that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, no flesh would be saved but for the elects' sake, those days shall be shortened."

Gospel of St. Matthew, chapter 24, 3-22

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