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  1. Heh heh. There were three bands on the bill. Two of them I had never seen before, so I didn't know what to expect. So I walk in the door, and the band on stage is a group of older guys, like in their 50s, playing some bluesy rock and everybody in the bar was my age or older. Not that I have a problem with that. They were decent and I didn't mind watching them. I just couldn't see them being on the same bill as the band that I came to see. So I walk around some, and I find a doorway to a back room with another bar and somebody taking money and checking IDs. The girl asks me if I'm here for the show and I tell her, "Honestly, I'm confused as to what's going on here." And she tells me that there is going to be another show back here in the back room. So all right, I am in the right place. They didn't even have a stage back there. They just set up some amps and speakers in the corner of the room. Very makeshift. It was good, though. I enjoyed it. The crowd in the back room was a lot younger than the crowd at the stage. That is the problem that I find myself running into more and more lately. When I go to see a band like this, they draw a young crowd because the band is young themselves. I like the music and I enjoy the shows, but I feel kind of uncomfortable being in a room full of people that are almost all 10+ years younger than me. I don't want to be the dirty old man in the room.
  2. This is another one of my favorites from that time period. Man, do I love a power horn line. Chase - Get It On
  3. It's probably in my top five..........although I would have to give that some thought before I committed to it. I'm seeing this band live tonight. Not my favorite song of theirs, but I can't post a link to my favorite because it would violate the forum rules. The song is actually completely clean, but the picture that they used has the lead singer flipping off the camera...........because I guess that makes you edgy or something. Fortune Yeller - White Flag
  4. Beware the Ides of March! The Ides of March - Vehicle
  5. So for those that care, while I was in Indy I ended up going to the Slippery Noodle with the guy that I was working with at Rolls Royce and caught their blues jam night. Then after he decided to call it quits for the night, I went to the Melody Inn and got some rock in. The Melody Inn is my kind of place, a hole-in-the-wall bar with a decent beer selection, a good mix of local and touring bands, and a reasonable cover charge. I would probably be a regular there if I ever moved to Indy. I was going to go to a show at the Hi Fi the following night, but it sold out and I couldn't get in. I wasn't expecting that to be a problem on a week night in Indy.
  6. That's what common sense would tell you but, sadly, it doesn't always work out like that.
  7. Don't the Jews also do this (adding a month to the year every now and then to realign the year with the seasons)? I believe it is because the Jewish calendar is based on lunar cycles, which do not align with the revolution of the Earth about the sun. Kind of like how we add a day to the year every four years because the period of rotation and the period of revolution of the Earth are not quite integer multiples of one another......except the discrepancy is much more severe for the lunar cycles. So lately I have been thinking about music and why certain chords sound good to our ears and why other chords grate our minds like nails on a chalkboard. There is no good explanation that I can come up with. None of these sounds are natural sounds, so there is no primal reason why our ears should favor certain combinations of frequencies over other combinations (and that's all that a chord is, a combination of frequencies). I understand the concepts of constructive and destructive interference and how constructive interference creates major chords, slight destructive interference creates minor chords, and heavy destructive interference creates dissonance.....which just sounds bad. (I think that is how it works. I could be wrong.) I understand the physics involved, but that still doesn't explains why our minds say, "This sounds good," when our ears detect a major chord and why we cringe when our ears detect dissonance. It seems so arbitrary.
  8. I just finished The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels. I probably wouldn't recommend it, although I did find it kind of interesting. It wasn't what I expected. For those who do not know (I was among those before reading this book), the Gnostic Gospels refer to a collection of early Christian texts that were discovered in the 1940s near Naj Hammadi, Egypt. These are Christian texts that were ultimately excluded from the Bible and were considered heretical and mostly destroyed by the leadership of the early orthodox Christian church. Prior to the discovery in the 1940s, many of these texts were known to have existed from references in other texts but the actual text of these documents had never been seen by the modern world. I figured this book would be a description or summary of these texts, which I figured would be interesting because it shines a light on what the competing ideas were and how Christian ideology and dogma were shaped in the early days of the church. It turns out that there is actually very little discussion in this book about what is actually contained in the Naj Hammadi texts. Instead, this book is more of an analysis of the social and political factors that allowed orthodox Christianity to spread and eventually dominate the religious landscape while simultaneously limiting the spread of Gnostic Christianity and leading to its eventual demise. It was interesting, although kind of dry reading and not what I was expecting when I started reading it.
  9. Why does February only have 28 days? It doesn't make any sense. As it stands now, there are 7 months with 31 days, 4 months with 30 days, and then there's February. If you took one day each from two of the months that have 31 days and gave those days to February, then you would have 5 months with 31 days and 7 months with 30 days. That's a lot more balanced that what we have now. What gives? And yes, these are the kinds of things that I think about on a Friday night. And yes, I realize that is probably why I'm still single.
  10. I had no idea until just now that Cyndi Lauper's version of this song is actually a cover. I'm going to post the original and her cover so that we have three very different versions of this song all in one place. Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Robert Hazard - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
  11. The Maine - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper Cover)
  12. What about the squirrel?! Ballard better not cut the squirrel!!! I'll never forgive him!!!!
  13. Baltimore had a CFL team for a while in between the Colts and Browns I.
  14. I don't know. It is hard for me to be critical of team relocation when the only reason that I am a Colts fan is because they relocated to probably the shadiest move ever. It makes me feel hypocritical to criticize other teams for moving. I think it will settle down. We have had a very long period of stability ever since the Browns moved to Baltimore and the Oilers moved to Nashville. I think that stability was somewhat artificial, and once the Rams moved to L.A. it opened the floodgate. Kind of like knocking over the first domino. I don't think there are all that many dominoes to knock over, though.
  15. It was a local band. I'm not going to say who it was because I don't want to talk negatively about them. The lead singer was picking on this guy at the front of the crowd for not dancing, and he ended up having security throw the guy out because of it. He actually jumped down off stage in the middle of an instrumental break and ran to the back to get security to throw the guy out. It just killed the vibe for me.....partly because I'm not much of a dancer myself so I felt bad for him. Anyway, after a few minutes I realized that I wasn't enjoying being there, so I left. Never been to the Melody. Never heard of it, actually. As a general rule, I don't venture up to New Brunswick for shows. It's a college town, and I'm just too old for that crowd. I prefer to stick to Asbury where there is a wider age I don't have to worry about transportation. Just walk out the front door and go. The only show that I have ever been to in New Brunswick was at the Court Tavern, and even then I felt kind of awkward being there. The only reason that I went was because three of the four band on the bill were bands that I really enjoy, and one of them was a band that I don't get to see very often.

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