Rod, VH and more Inside Zach’s iPod

music musings, beaverdamusa.comWell, after a week in which we had mid-60’s temperature and snow within 36 hours, it is time to escape into the recesses of my mind.  Yep – it is time for Inside Zach’s iPod (Vol 2).  My iPod currently holds 3,994 songs ranging from easy listening to country to hard rock and I love hitting random shuffle on it.  To refresh your memory of how the game is played:

  • iPod is set to shuffle.
  • I will write about the first five songs that play.
  • I am not allowed to skip a song, unless it was previously included in a previous blog or is a repeat.

So you aren’t waiting any longer than you have to, here we go:

  • I’m O.K. (Styx) – this is from the Pieces of Eight album.  Pretty much a deep cut from that classic album.  Ironic that this comes on, considering I just say Styx with the Nashville Symphony.  Sadly, the first copy I had of this song was on the trusty 8-track.
  • Pleasure Dome (Van Halen) – a classic cut from the Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album.  Love the way this songs takes off after the short guitar intro.  Alex Van Halen beats the hell out of the skins on this one.  I remember seeing this tour – Alex did a drum solo right after and I was thinking what a beast he was to do that after this rocking song.  This also falls into the classification of a good “windows down, jams up” song.
  • Big Life (Night Ranger) – title song from the Big Life album.  Typical Night Ranger song with vocal harmonies and an anthem feel.  This song takes me back several years ago when I used to travel a lot for business.  Back then, we didn’t have iPods.  We had the trusty Walkman which played cassettes and had a radio.  The only problem with it – you chose your cassette and had to stick with it for the flight unless you wanted to try and keep up with multiple cassettes as you sat like sardines.  Well, I got real acquainted with this album one day on a flight from Seattle to Atlanta.  Probably cycled through it about three or four times.
  • I Don’t Want to Talk About It (Rod Stewart) – From an album entitled “If We Fall in Love Tonight”. Basically, it is a collection of love songs sung by Rod Stewart.  This was a Valentine’s present to my wife a few years ago and I downloaded it to the iPod. A great belly-rubbin’ (redneck for slow dancing) song.
  • In God’s Shadow (John Waite) – from the obscure Temple Bar album.  I have been a John Waite fan since his days with the Babys.  Waite has had a very durable career – from his solo stuff to Bad English; he doesn’t disappoint in my book. Having seen him a couple of times live hasn’t diminished my respect for him.  A great entertainer and this song has always been catchy to me.  This also falls into the aforementioned windows down classification.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this segment into the scary recesses of my mind.  Until next time, I will be lost in my iPod.

Zach

Dirty or Clean, Which Version Do You Sing?

musings 250_edited-1It seems that recently, my musings have been on subjects which require a look in the rearview mirror.  Today’s musing is no exception.  Maybe I will try to get into current times next time.

The spark for today’s musing can be attributed to Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”.  I was singing that song the other morning while getting ready and I came to the line – “I done told you once you son of a bitch…”.  Whoops!  I sang the “dirty” version.

If you grew up in a town of more than 10,000 people or one that was north of the Mason-Dixon line, you are probably wondering what the heck I am talking about.  You see, in small towns across the South there were always two versions of any song that included any of George Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words”.  The song either changed the words (son of a gun vs. son of a bitch or damn became darn) or in a case where that wasn’t feasible – a beep or simple blank space was added over the offending word.  If we ever got to hear the album version of a song – woo whee, were we the bad boys!!!  Some examples included:

  • Life in the Fast Lane by the Eagles – “haven’t seen a beep-beep thing”
  • Midnight Rendezvous by The Babys – “aww, I really wanna beep you!”  could barely be heard as the song faded away.  Smart DJ’s knew where it was and would fade early.
  • Who Are You by the Who – “who the beep are you?”
  • Tie A Yellow Ribbon by Tony Orlando & Dawn – yes, even that simple song had a dirty word in it – “now the whole darn (instead of damn) bus was cheering”

There was even one song that was completely ignored by the local radio station – Rod Stewart’s tale of a girl losing her virginity in Tonight’s the Night.  Even the Methodists complained about this song!

While some may see this as censorship, I see it as small town American trying to help some kids hang onto their innocence just a little bit longer.  I am reminded of a story about a modern rock band meeting with Wal-Mart to discuss distribution of their new album.  If I am not mistaken, Wally is the largest distributor of non-downloaded music in the country. Evidently, Wally informed the band that they would need a “clean” version of their album.  The band started talking censorship, etc. and refused to change their album.  Evidently the accountant or business manager quickly informed them of the distribution impact noted above.  Needless to say, the need for a new nose ring outweighed the censorship argument and they quickly learned that “darn” sings just as well as “damn”.

God Bless Small Town America.

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