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Wednesday, April 11 2001

A confession and several discoveries

First, I have to get it off my chest. A couple of days ago I said all 10 of the songs on my play list by Dionne Warwick didn't add up to any one of my four all-time favorites. I lied; that was a too-big exaggeration. Actually, That's What Friends Are For, led by Dionne with a choir of famous backers, is almost a "turn-the-radio-up" song, and definitely an "awwww" song.

Yesterday, in the course of researching the entry on putting music on your web pages, I discovered the MusicMatch Jukebox, which was recommended there for converting song files from one format to another. I found later something about it even more important, to me, than that. That is that MusicMatch plays my files better than Winamp, which I highly recommended some days earlier. It may be a peculiarity of my laptop computer or an environmental factor, but many of my songs sounded too "crisp"; the snare drums were too noticeable, detracting slightly from the overall listening experience on Winamp. It might have been corrected by changing settings on Winamp's equalizer, but experiments in doing that seemed unsuccessful. With MusicMatch, the songs sounded more mellow, without the too-crisp edge, so if you have a similar problem, consider changing jukeboxes. Both are available free on the sites linked in this paragraph.

I made too other mood-elevating discoveries yesterday, one of which I'll share here and the other will keep for more development in a later entry. The one for today is a new favorite recent song. Actually, it's a late '90's song, but I only recently picked up on it; son Kevin tells me it's from the soundtrack of the movie Armagedden. It's Aerosmith's I Don't Want to Miss A Thing, and it is one of the most romantic songs I've ever heard. As proposed in our Valentine's Day entry, the best love songs transcend reality, providing a bridge from the mundane to the sublime; suggesting the pain of death but foreshadowing the life beyond. Though the song's climax almost spoils it for me (like Whitney Houston, the Aerosmith lead "gets to screamin'"), but the rest carries it to the top echelon in my music appreciation ranks. Its best line is worth the price of getting it: "I want to stay with you in this moment forever." Set to music, it sounds like the quintessential capsule definition of love.

This is an apt entree to the topic of current/recent good music. Is there any? Not compared with 1959, but there is some. I include a handful of Backstreet Boys' hits on my play list, one or two by Boys II Men and Nsync. And almost as good as Don't Want to Miss A Thing is Lonestar's Amaze. I'd heard it numerous times before listening to the lyrics which, like Aerosmith's, come through like poetry, albeit with a slight Texas twang.

Can anyone nominate others on the current charts, or still on radio play lists from the past five years?

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Exercise Jokes

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now, and we don't know where the heck she is.

The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently, you have to show up.

I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.

I don't exercise at all. If God meant us to touch our toes, he would have put them further up our body.

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.

The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier.

If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

I don't jog. It makes the ice jump right out of my glass.

Sent by Mike Harrison

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

When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, you know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. Then the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, assembled together at the palace of the high priest, Caiaphas. They conspired how they might take Jesus by subterfuge, and kill him. But they said, "Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people."

Then when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman with an alabaster box of very precious ointment came to him and poured it on his head as he sat at supper. But when his disciples saw it, they became indignant, saying, "Why such waste? This ointment might have been sold for much, and the money given to the poor."

When Jesus understood it, he said to them, "Why trouble the woman? She has done a good work on me. For you have the poor always with you; but me you have not always. For in that she has poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Truly, I tell you, Wherever the gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there also shall this, which this woman has done, be told for in remembrance of her."

Gospel of St. Matthew, chapter 26, 1-13
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