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Thursday, April 26 2001

Musical notes

Some general comments in the continuing discussion of the music of our lives, our play lists, and our tastes and preferences.

After my entry about "real rock" or "fast rock" two days ago, it occurred to me that what we in rock music's first generation used to consider hard rock was fast rock songs, but that hasn't been true for younger generations. In the later categories, probably the "hardest" rock song on my list is Jon Cougar Mellancamp's "Hurts So Good." It's hard to imagine dancing to it at all, but it's loud and has a strong beat, which the later generation considered hard rock. Beyond that were heavy metal and head banger rock, but I won't even go there, understanding even less about their appeal than hiphop's.

Serendipity • A foreshortened file of Herb Alpert's "This Guy's In Love" got me scrambling this morning for a complete one. Searching Alpert also produced his version of "Moon River." Ah, a "classic" that I'd missed, but his version is not the one I remember. So a search for "Moon River" produced one by Jerry Butler that's close enough. But the search also turned up Aker Bilk, whose name instantly suggests "Stranger on the Shore," an even better classic and serendipitous find than "Moon River." The list keeps growing.

There are lots of Andy Williams songs listed by today's subscribers on Napster, but not "Moon River." For that, an immediate message is returned, "No matching files found." As the application doesn't even try to find it, this must indicate that that title is blocked. The most logical explanation of that would seem that it's in some record company's collection of "classics" now on the market or periodically advertised on the market, and that vendor has sued to block its free distribution. Since Time-Life Music is probably the biggest purveyor of "classical" popular music, it would be my first guess.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

20 tests of true Texans, part 2

You are 100 percent Texan if...

11. You have owned at least one belt buckle bigger than your fist.

12. A bad traffic jam involves two cars staring each other down at a four-way stop, each determined to be the most polite and let the other one go first.

13. When you hear a tornado siren, you go out and look for a funnel cloud.

14. Your "place at the lake" has wheels under it.

15. You aren't surprised to find movie rental, ammunition, and bait all in the same store.

16. A Mercedes Benz is not a status symbol. A Ford F350 4x4 is.

17. You know that everything goes better with Ranch.

18. You learned how to shoot a gun before you learned how to multiply.

19. You know that "y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.

20. You are 100 percent Texan if you have ever had this conversation: "You wanna Coke?" "Yeah." "What kind?" "Dr. Pepper."

Sent by Mike Harrison

Commercials for God

A fifth grade teacher in a Christian school asked her class to look at TV commercials and see if they could use them in some way to communicate ideas about God. Here are some of the results:

God is like BAYER ASPIRIN ... He works miracles.

God is like a FORD ... He's got a better idea.

God is like COKE ... He's the real thing.

God is like HALLMARK CARDS ... He cares enough to send His very best.

God is like TIDE ... He gets the stains out that others leave behind.

God is like GENERAL ELECTRIC ... He brings good things to life.

God is like SEARS ... He has everything.

God is like ALKA-SELTZER ... Try Him, you'll like him.

God is like SCOTCH TAPE ... You can't see him, but you know He's there.

God is like DELTA ... He's ready when you are.

God is like ALLSTATE ... You're in good hands with Him.

God is like VO-5 HAIR SPRAY ... He holds through all kinds of weather.

God is like DIAL SOAP ... Aren't you glad you have Him? Don't you wish everybody did?

Sent by Barry Hunt
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