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Tuesday, February 13, 2001

What makes a favorite song?

Just seeing the extreme diversity of tunes sold in the millions is enough to let us conclude that what makes a favorite song is a very personal and subjective matter. Or is "song" even the appropriate word; maybe one should speak instead of "recordings," as many these days contain little that can be called music at all. Just what is hip hop, for example, all about, anyway?

But as my favorite San Francisco radio station likes to claim, "soft rock has always been the Bay Area's favorite music, and still is." For those of us between 35 and 65, at least that seems to be true, and that is the biggest bulge of the American demographic chart. However, if it isn't your favorite type of music, please feel free to join the conversation and enlighten us. I remember, before I turned 30, having a conversation like that with a coworker at my first New Jersey job. She was pretty "young thinking" for someone pushing 40, but just couldn't understand how people like me could relate to rock and roll or, more properly described, "pop" music.

I used to shake my head in agreement with people who say, "I like all kinds of music." But it isn't true for me and I doubt it is for most people. Some kinds of music (including what most people call "classical") drive me to distraction, and in fact I don't like most kinds.

Tomorrow, Valentine's Day, love songs.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

New " survivor" show

Have you heard about the next planned "Survivor" show?

The producer of "Survivor" plans to enlist 12 men who will be
dropped in an unidentified suburb with a van, six kids (each of whom play two sports and take either a musical instrument or dance class) and no access to fast food.

They must keep the house clean, correct all homework (receiving at least a "C+" on all papers), complete one science project, cook (they can bring one cookbook), do laundry, etc.

They have access to television only when the kids are asleep and all chores are done, and none of the TV's have remotes. Also, they have to shave their legs and wear makeup which they must apply themselves either while driving or while making six lunches.

The competitions will consist of such things as attending a PTA meeting and accurately reporting the  results; cleaning up after a sick child at 3 a.m.; making an Indian hut  model with six toothpicks, a tortilla and one marker; and getting a 4-year-old to eat a serving of peas.

The kids vote them off. The winner gets to go back to his job.

Sent by Mike Harrison

The impossible takes a little longer

Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite. —Robert Half

Sent by Rhonda
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