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Good Morning Nanty Glo!

Friday, February 18 2005

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Rambling wreck from
Red Mill Road

No good deed goes unpunished A week ago we got a new member of our Nanty Glo Forum. That isn't unusual, but she gave the fact that she'd spent summers with grandparents in Nanty Glo and wanted to reminisce about the town as her reasons for wanting to join the fun. "She won't stay long," I thought; there being so little recollecting of the good old days here. So that evening I wrote the first reminiscence piece for this department (by yours truly, anyway) in quite a while. "Nanty Glo was Rock and Roll," though a product of metaphorical blood, sweat, and tears, went over like a lead balloon. Even my biggest fan considered it insipid. Yesterday our "new member" quietly left the list.

Partying on. I'm in a mood for an out-of-ordinary Jonal today. Maybe like the roundup columns I used to write under the logo of "Teen Events" in the Journal and other Mainline papers, circa 1959. Highlights of the week, or of my current thinking. Back in those days, when Nanty Glo was rock and roll, such roundups usually included comments about a couple current songs. Now I haven't listened to radio for over three years. Occasionally I hear bits of other people's radios, especially when riding in my sons' vehicles, but since installing the MP3 player in my car three years ago I haven't played radio myself.

So I don't know any current popular songs, if there still are such things. Though I dial around Leno and Letterman most nights, and they have the latest hit makers round out their respective hours, I almost never listen to that part of their shows. My music tastes are narrowly defined. Most of what passes for "pop" these years doesn't appeal, so I mute the musical performances. Same with Saturday Night Live, which I usually stay with up through Weekend Update, even though it's seldom worth staying up for. But it's become a habit. But though SatNiteLive has the top musical performers of our time, I mute them there, too. Most of the time.

Though I often listened to radio for entertainment in early childhood, before television came to our home, back in the days when half-hour dramas and comedy shows filled the prime time hours on the Big Three radio networks...I did it then because it was a family thing to do. The radio was on, Dad wanted quiet so he could hear it, so we all listened. It was when I began the teen column that for the first time I chose to tune in to radio, and finally got one in my own room at 15 or 16. I remember dialing around to find disc jockey programs with Elvis and the Platters, Guy Mitchell, Teresa Brewer, and Patti Paige.

Some new songs are immediate favorites. I remember thinking when I heard the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" for the first time that they had discovered a key to turning out hits. Sound "familiar" from the first listen. Lots of Elvis' biggest hits also had that quality, though I wasn't as aware then. Even "Love Me Tender" sounded like an old song, and it was sung to a Civil War-era tune, though I didn't know that at the time, either.

By Jonal #20 back in 2001 when this daily department was new, our attention had turned toward pop music and the discussion went on for weeks. I'm surprised that it has taken this long to get back around to it. I wonder how many members of the list currently with us were with us then? Do you remember?

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

A complete index of Jon Kennedy's Jonals for 2001 - 2005

DEEP OBSERVATIONS ON LIFE

15) "Bigamy is having one wife/husband too many. > > Monogamy is the same." Oscar Wilde

16) "Suppose you were an idiot...And suppose you were a member of Congress...But I repeat myself." Mark Twain

Sent by Trudy Myers 

Thought for today

What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.

TS Eliot  

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