Maybe the best bluegrass song ever.
Maybe the best bluegrass song ever.
Sweet song, right?
Except, well, 2:15 to 2:29.
No background check. So, granddaddy, you are summarily sentenced to five years in Federal prison.
Because common sense gun control.
Sunday music break.
The second most popular version of this song, which means it’s probably the second favorite version of most people reading these words. As you can hear, Ray Stevens slightly changed a few lyrics, which makes me wonder why he didn’t also change “violins” (as in “…and a thousand violins begin to play…”) to “fiddles.” Especially since in the background after that lyric, you do actually hear fiddles. That would have made it the perfect country cover of the original Johnny Mathis version.
Nick Nixon has to be either a native of the state of Missouri or a long time resident if he’s not. And I know this without knowing anything about him and without having to do any Google research.
How can I be so sure?
3:13 in the video. The lyric “outer road.”
Then again, considering the subject matter, the pun is actually pretty apt.
And all it is is more proof of what he and Richard Herrnstein contended twenty two years ago. That the country was getting more and more bellcurvey, and by that, I don’t mean it in my snarky make-fun-of-blacks sense, I mean it the way M&H meant it, to mean the merging of the cognitive elite and the income-wealth elite into one big highly ossified elite that would get even more detached and “bubbly” from the country as a whole in the coming years. As you can see, most of the top 75 bubbliest zip codes are in five metro areas that have an identifiable niche: Boston (higher education), New York (media, finance, banking, haute culture), Washington (Federal government), San Francisco (internet, tech) and Los Angeles (popular culture and entertainment).
Now, let’s merge the two definitions of bellcurvey back together and call it today’s music break.
Five years ago, that whore was singing whore songs like “Get Me Bodied.” (I’m linking instead of embedding, because I’m not going to buy you a new keyboard.) In fact, someone relyriced that song and obviously cleaned it up for Michelle Obama’s exercise effort that same year.
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Fleetwood Mac and Highway 101 compare favorably to each other, in that they were both mixed sex groups (4+) who had tight harmonies in spite of that.
Both of these are 1987 songs.
College basketball players, starting with some on the University of Maryland team, have started a meme around one of the most underrated songs of the 1990s. I am simultaneously cheering them on for reintroducing everyone to the song and cursing them for ruining the song with their stupid jigaboo dancing. It is a song that I was able to learn pretty well for the piano, and slowing down the metronome enough, though it had to be faster than the second video below, it was a pretty special piano melody. Also interesting here is that they’re reaching back to 20 year old songs for their memes, songs that are now so old that they themselves were either toddlers, infants, or not even born, when this song came out; at least for a moment, I don’t feel quite so old. Next thing you know, we’ll find out they also binge watch Friends on DVD in their dorms.
But then I realize that I do feel quite that old.
How not jumping is the party anymore?
Daft Punk, which did this in 1998:
Has this as one of their current songs:
Off of an album called “Random Access Memories.” Memories, as in alluding to the past.
If the newer song seems familiar to you, then it should — Samples from it are being used as talk radio bumper music. It goes to show how middle aged we’re getting, if one of the more notable artists of our generation’s party music now has music that’s being used for talk radio bumpers. Then I look it up and see the Daft Punk duo are now 40 and 41 years old; that explains everything.
My favorite Prince song is “Erotic City,” mainly because it has something of a goofy vibe. Prince was really anal retentive about the copyrights, so that’s why I couldn’t find a YT video of it.