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The Gift of Our Aging Rock Stars
Back in 1990 at OSU, I asked my roommate Beth if it would be okay to put a Depeche Mode poster up in our college dorm room. It was from the Violator tour, and had all four men crowded in: Martin Gore's blonde trademark curls, David's sexy pout. All had sunglasses on if I recall correctly. As it turned out, the poster was oversized and was more like wallpaper. One could look up at Taylor Tower from the side street and know that it was Depeche Mode. I told her I was sorry, but did she have a smaller Queensryche poster to hang up?
That Was Then But This Is Now
Introduction This is for Phil Flannery's Musical Challenge in VSS which you can read about below. The prompt is: I have written this as a challenge for the Vocal Social Society. Feel free to share the songs that you loved as a child but were unaware of their meaning until much later.
The Sensual World
I have often wondered, how many songs I listened to growing up, that were either sexually suggestive or outright raunchy, that I didn’t realise at the time, either because I was too young to understand the love language they were using, or it was cheekily hidden from me. To give you some idea of my naivete, I was shocked when as a 12-year-old, I heard Supertramp singing ‘right, you’re bloody well right’, (sorry for the language). AC/DC were singing about being your backdoor man, which in the 70’s meant something different to today.
A Devilish Playlist For Halloween And Bonfire Night
Introduction This week we have Halloween on Tuesday and Bonfire Night on Sunday. I always think the Devil is given a bad rap. Think about it, in the Bible God is the one who punishes everyone and forces them to do terrible things, including the genocide caused by the flood. He cast out Adam and Eve because they tried to find things out, turned Lot's wife into salt, told Abraham to kill his son, and the list goes on.
Heavy Metal Cheese
Yeah, heavy metal is dark, spooky, and undeniably the TOOL OF SATAN to ensnare young people and get them to grow their hair out, wear denim vests, and not bathe as frequently as they once did. Some metal, however, not having got the memo from Central Casting, goes above and beyond the call of duty, taking the infernal into the realm of the comical.
Separating the Art From the Artist
Recently, Jann Wenner, the co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation member, released a book entitled “The Masters”. This book featured his interviews with rock legends who have become his friends. There is no arguing the influence the subjects of this book have had on Rock music. However, when questioned why there were no Blacks or women, his flippant, obnoxious, and frankly stupid response negated two demographics of rock 'n' roll's history as if they did not matter. He took his experience, privilege, and influence to brush off legends - whether he chose to acknowledge them or not - that built his career. It was an unfortunate reminder of how someone we hold in high regard can disappoint us in such a poignant and profound way.
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Chronicles of the Quantum Detective
Chronicles of the Quantum Detective In the neon-lit streets of Neo-Tokyo, where the boundary between science and mysticism blurred, Detective Akira Sato walked a precarious line. Known as the Quantum Detective, he possessed an extraordinary ability— the power to perceive quantum fluctuations. It was a gift that made him both an asset and an enigma in the futuristic city.
Vanessa Kirby Stuns in Alexander McQueen at "Napoleon" Premiere
Vanessa Kirby, the epitome of elegance and grace, graced the Paris premiere of her latest film "Napoleon" on November 15, 2023, in a resplendent Alexander McQueen gown from the pre-Spring/Summer 2024 collection. The event saw her radiate in a stunning ensemble that encapsulated the essence of sophistication and style.
Ah? Is it a beauty or not? Some people's fascinated eyes become confused, and they ask questions in a slightly disappointed voice.
Six Steps to Import Spotify Music to Rekordbox
If you're a DJ, you're no stranger to the popular DJ software Rekordbox. Rekordbox DJ is a famous DJ software for organizing one's music library, creating playlists, and preparing tracks to be exported to USB drives. As one of the largest streaming music platforms in the world, Spotify has a wealth of music library resources from all over the world. If the two can be linked, it must be the icing on the cake for DJ users.
Old Post Office Part-3
The new postmaster arrived. After explaining all the charges to him, the old postmaster turned away. While leaving, he called Ratan and said, "Ratan, I could never give you anything." I gave you something when I left today, it will last you for a few days."
Unleashing the Power of Enphase Batteries in the Heart of New York City
In the dynamic landscape of renewable energy solutions, Enphase batteries have emerged as a game-changer, especially in the vibrant energy scene of New York City. This blog explores the prowess of Enphase batteries NYC and how they are transforming the way we harness and utilize energy in the urban jungle.
Thank God for Sad Christmas Music
TGIF! In the lexicon of modern English, if we can thank god for Friday, a popular AI program tells me I can also thank god for sad Christmas music.
The Spellbinding Trio
In the ever-evolving landscape of television, the melding of talent, chemistry, and captivating storytelling often results in rare gems that leave an indelible mark on audiences. Among such jewels is the Hulu comedy series "Only Murders in the Building," where the magnetic trio of Selena Gomez, Martin Short, and Steve Martin casts an enchanting spell, elevating the show to a realm of sheer brilliance.
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