Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

       Happy Halloween!  I went as myself this year. There is nothing

scarier than the prison of the flesh, no? 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

From Unpredictable Weather Comes Predictable Results

     You know what they say...if you do not like the weather in South Carolina, wait a few minutes.  Actually, I think the saying is about the weather in New England.  But it still aptly describes the Palmetto State.  It was downright cold for a couple days there, and now it is back into the 80's.  The predictable result of the unpredictable weather is I caught a cold.
  It started with a sore throat on Tuesday that ran through Wednesday.  The germs bravely fought off an onslaught of orange juice over the two days to claim victory today.  I was full blown sniffing, sneezing, and coughing this morning. Fortunately, I discovered the joyous liquor-like qualities of cough syrup about two years ago.  Anything that will knock you out for hours yet make you feel like a new man when you wake up is all right in my book.
I am supposed to take a swig every four hours, but I am opting to only take a shot a day.  I do not feel like sleeping all the time, especially at the ris of not eating enough.  Besides, I want to be able to accomplish something during the day.  I know you are supposed to sleep off a cold.  I am working on it.  Ironic, when you think about it.   

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Spelling Doom the First Time in the Public Eye

       Two days ago, I posted a screen cap fro Team Chavis attacking a spelling error from a post written by the current Darlington County sheriff's wife on her Facebook page. Hr post regarded the photo of a man being “assisted” filling out his ballot by an elected official when assistance is only supposed to be offered by impartial poll managers. Team Chavis declined to elaborate on the issue at hand in their response, opting instead to call the post “hateful' and dismiss the opinion of anyone with a spelling error. So I felt compelled to point out the grammatical error in Team Chavis' response. Because hypocrisy is a terrible thing.
       But let us take this a little further. Team Chavis finally elaborate on their criticism yesterday. I would applaud the attempt to put some intelligent rationale behind said criticism, but I cannot even manage a polite golf clap at the results. Team Chavis defends the right of the fellow photographed to have assistance because he is illiterate. Fine. No one I denying he should not vote or have assistance in voting, least of all me. But why say someone with a spelling error on a Facebook post not deserve to be taken seriously while simultaneous defending an illiterate's right to vote as sacred? I do not even want to get into the philosophical underpinnings of voting rights. I just marvel at the cognitive dissonance on display.
       I feel I should point out the current sheriff's wife is also undergoing chemotherapy. While I accept politics rarely gives quarter, there are three pints to consider regarding the recent engagement by Team Chavis with her. One, the race is over. There is no point to making swipes. Two, her husband halted political activities during a Chavis family tragedy. Where is the return courtesy/ Finally, this is indicative of how Team Chavis will act in the public eye. Trust me. I watched them for nearly a decade in private. You ain't seen nuthin' yet!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Dam Burst Four Years Ago

      It was actually a diveticula that burst four years ago, but the title is a fantastic metaphor for all subsequent occurrences. I have rolled down an incredibly strange, unpredictable hill during the last four years. The unusual part of the journey probably is not over yet—if, in fact, it ever is for anyone.
       I recounted what happened that night in When the Moment of Truth Arrives. I wrote the blog post over two years ago. In deciding whether to recount the story again here, I perused the post and decided t link to the original instead. I says everything I would want to say now, so why rehash such a dark time. The story is there for you edification should you choose to read it.
       The diverticula burst seems like it happened in a different life now. It really was, I suppose. My life is far different now. It has mostly changed for the better. As noted, it was a bumpy journey to arrive at this point. I have chronicled the ride in many posts here, too. The question remains—as always—what next?


Monday, October 24, 2016

Saturday Night Live Sums Up the Electorate Divide in a Little Over Six Minutes

       Here is the “Black Jeopardy” sketch fro this week's installment of Saturday Night Live that has been passed around the web for two days now. Everyone loves it, and rightfully so. The sketch manages a rarity for SNL in recent times—it is both funny and relevant. Tom Hanks' caricature of a “typical'” Donald Trump supporter is icing on the cake.
       I will not spoil anything by setting up the sketch. Just know it captures well the often unacknowledged common concerns between often opposing groups of people. The things that unite us are truly greater than those which divide us.
        A trigger warning is probably in order for the satirically impaired regardless.     

Questions of Grammar and Election Ethics

       I do not follow Team Chavis drama anymore than I watch pigs wallow in mud--for the same reason, no less--but both sides of the current bruhaha are cluttering my time line, so the door has been opened. The screen cap below is a attack not on the issue at hand, but a typo/spelling error in the post in question. But wait..what is this I see? The word "serious" is modifying the verb "taken." But "serious" is a adjective. Adjectives modify nouns, not verbs. She needs to use the word "seriously" in order for her argument to be--wait for it--taken seriously.
       The above was posted on my Facebook time line. I had no desire to delve into the political controversy in question there for friends, politically inclined or not, to see. But such a discussion is appropriate for the blog.
       The matter in question is a photo posted by the wife of the sheriff defeated for reelection back in June by Team Chavis. The photo was taken at a polling place in Hartsville. It shows a sitting city councilwoman filling out a ballot for a gentleman. The gentleman in question is said to be illiterate. The city councilwoman is helping him as a good Samaritan.
       However, her good deed is improper. Elected officials should not  assist voters in casting their ballots. Even if the elected official is not on the ballot, she may be aligned with a certain political party as someone who is on the ballot or supported or even campaigned for a candidate on the ballot. There are impartial poll managers at every polling place who are there to assist anyone who needs filling out their ballot to avoid even the appearance of vote influencing.
       It is perfectly reasonable to question the propriety of whether the city councilwoman is influencing the gentleman's vote or even casting it for him. She knows it is the poll manager's job to assist, no hers, so she is deliberately creating the ethically questionable situation.
       It certainly is not hateful to question the ethics o the situation, and the use of such a strong word is eyebrow raising. It is also curious Team Chavis does not present a case as to why questioning the ethics of the situation is hateful, but rather attacks a single typo or spelling error. The use of exaggerated language and criticism of spelling and grammar rather than utilizing a reasoned, factual argument usually indicates there is no reasoned, factual argument to be made. There is no substance to be found, so why attack in the first place?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Ethos of Populism

       One of the most boring aspects of political science is polling. This coma inducing aspect of electoral politics is why I much preferred political philosophy and international relations back in my college days. The Hillary Clinton v. Donald Trump campaign is my fourth presidential campaign to cover as a blogger, and in all that time, I have typically avoided talking about polls in any way other than a quick post at some point to explain why I do not write about polls. I absolutely, positively, beyond any question, despise poll watching. So you can imagine the pain involved in composing the following paragraphs.
       For full disclosure, I believe Clinton will win. I do not believe she will defeat trump by a double digit margin as some predict. I expect a difference of five or five percentage points between the two candidate. My prediction of the narrower margin involve the race tightening in the sixteen days remaining until the election. In fact, I think the media's talk of Clinton inevitability now is a way of making the home stretch poll numbers tightening more dramatic. An exciting race, with a possible come from behind win, is a good way to get eyeballs glued to your newscasts. But I will be enormously surprised if Trump wins.
       But what if he can? It would mean virtually every reliable polling service in the country got it wrong. There would have to be some underlying factor everyone missed. If such a factor exists, it is most likely an unforeseen surge of people who do not usually vote going to the polls. Such voters would likely be motivated by a populist wave of anger against the establishment. If this indeed happens, Trump would certainly be the benefactor.
       There is precedent, albeit from the United Kingdom. The public bodies of the United Kingdom and the United States ay not be particularly comparable, but there is a common thread of working class voters motivated by anger in this summer’s brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the presidential vote in the United States. What may be another parallel is polls did not predict the working class uprising that caused Brexit o unexpectedly pass pass. In fact, only two out of nine national polls predicted the United Kingdom would exit the European Union.
       British pollsters blew it because they relied on the usual models of polling likely voters without realizing there would be large numbers of people who do not normally vote headed for the polls. These voters felt a thought they received no benefit from membership in the European Union. These voters were enough t pass the Brexit by a comfortable 52%-48%. Even the exit polls got it wrong. Brexit champion Nigel Farage even acknowledged at midday on the day of the referendum Brexit appeared headed for defeat. It was difficult to know until all the votes were counted.
       So is the presidential race headed for a similar unexpected result on November 8th? Maybe. Mentioned above the possibility of unlikely voters opting to join in this election out of populist anger against the powers that be. It would have to be a significant number, but not necessarily the fabled “Silent Majority” speculated upon every election. There is also an unusually high number of undecided voters who could break either way or,--more likely—stay home. This is a big point. Both Clinton and Trump are extremely disliked and scandal-plagued. The lack of voter enthusiasm for either might lower turnout to the point all bets are off.
    On the more conspiratorial side, the Libertarian and Green candidate, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, are polling between 7%-12% nationally. The Libertarian and green party have never earned more than 2% combined in any presidential election. Johnson and Stein's numbers are inflated. Where will the vast majority of their alleged support ultimately go?
     I have a difficult time believing we are about to have a Dewey Defeats Truman result. The media would not risk its credibility simply because those who work in the profession favor Clinton personally. But they have done such on a smaller scale. Clinton was projected by every news outlet to blow Bernie Sanders out the water by 20 points or more in the Michigan primary. Sanders won 50%-48%. so this incredibly surprising election may still have another shocker to present on election day.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Actions & Intentions

       The following story has been passed down for heaven only knows how long. There are numerous variations utilizing different animals. Regardless of the differences in the telling, the sentient is the same. The following is the version I choose to tell. Take from it whatever you wish.
     There was once a tiny mouse waling home at sunset. He had wandered off much farther than it should have and was not going to make it back before nightfall. Worse yet, it was the beginning of winter when the nights turned bitterly cold. As darkness fell and the temperature dropped, the little mouse found it difficult to go on. The cold became too much for it and the little mouse collapsed an impossible distance from his home to traverse.  It was sure to freeze to death.
       But a few moments after the little mouse collapsed, a horse walked up the street with a man on his back who was also headed home on this cold night. The horse stopped over the mouse, lifted up its tail, and plopped a giant pile of dung on the mouse. The horse's rider prompted the animal to carry on after the deed while completely unaware of the little mouse. The little mouse was now filthy and stank, but he was wrapped in a warm pile of turd that would be enough to keep it from freezing to death until morning.
      The little mouse laid there for an hour or so before a fox approached. The fox investigated the situation. He fond the little mouse all nice and warm in the pile of turds. The fox grabbed the little mouse with its mouth, yanked it up, and eat him whole. The fox then walked away satisfied with his evening meal.
       So what is the moral of this story? It is that not everyone who craps on you is an enemy, and not everyone who pulls you out of crap is a friend. Be careful when judging people by the actions and intentions.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Verifying Election Results is Not a Threat to Democracy

       It is two days after the final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, yet the pundit class is still in a tizzy over Trump's refusal to say he would accept the results of the election if he lost. The matter has been overblown because Trump worded his answer poorly. He should have said something along the lines of, “If I legitimately lose, I will accept the will of the people.” In spite of his poor word choice, Trump's sentiment is valid. He has every right to verify the legitimacy of election results before conceding a loss.
       Sixteen year on, the results of the 2000 elections still burn in the minds of the political left. The idea George W. Bush was “Selected, Not Elected” is still a popular meme among liberals. It remains a talking point for Al Gore as he campaigns for Clinton. Clinton herself declared gore the legitimate winner as late as last week. It is not merely campaign rhetoric, either. Gore refused to concede—and was encourage not to do so by the left—until the Supreme Court presented him with no other choice. So for the left, it is do as I say, not do as I do when it cones to election results.
       How quickly the left also forgets their own claims of rigged elections. Recall the speeches allowed on the house floor after the 2004 election so Democrat members could vent their conspiracy theories Bush had stolen the election from John Kerry. Not a single House member who spoke has recanted his or her position.
     The truth of the matter is not anger over trump's alleged contempt for democracy by expressing a wait and see attitude over election results. The problem is Trump is challenging the left's perceived right to rule over the masses. As noted in the discussion above of the 200 and 2004 elections, the left connect conceive of legitimately losing an election. Surely the ungrateful masses would never reject their benevolence! Trump has usurped their election trope and in the process cast doubt on the left's right to political power. It is an enjoyable sight to behold.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lamenting the American Royal Families

       Out of all the things there are to lament regarding the 2016 election--andyou have a wide field of choices from which to select--the largest for me is the likely continuation of rule by House Bush and House Clinton.  Take a look at all but one American election in the last 36 years:

1980 George H. W. Bush (Candidate/Veep)
1984 George H. W. Bush (Veep)
1988 George H. W. Bush (Candidate)
1992 George H. W. bush (President)
1992 Bill Clinton (Candidate)
1996 Bill Clinton (President)
2000 George W. Bush (Candidate)
2004 George W. Bush (President)
2008 Hillary Clinton (Candidate)
2016 Jeb Bush (Candidate)
2016 Hillary Clinton (Candidate)

       It is absolutely amazing the only election since 1980 in which a Bush or Clinton did not run was the 2012. I understand Americans love dynasties, but it is ridiculous notion that a representative democracy of 319 people cannot cannot find candidates fro a more diverse pool of families. Perhaps Jeb Bush's lack of traction indicates the bush family's grip on power I loosening, but it is quite bad the Clinton' have a strong chance to hold the presidency up until 2024.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday Motivation

       For the sake of full disclosure, I am particularly amused by the new found fondness for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange conservatives have engaged in since hacked emails regarding the Democratic party organization and the Hillary Clinton campaign have been made public lately. Conservatives certainly are not o happy with Edward Snowden revealing the government spying practices on American citizens in spite of his similar motives to Assange. But political alliances are always a matter of convenience, so surprise, really.
       Assange remains in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London in order to avoid extradition. Up until yesterday, he enjoyed internet access to continue his work. His internet access has now been cut off, presumably an act by the government of Ecuador at the behest of the United States government. Attempting to influence the presidential election with new information is a big no no. it is especially frowned upon by a Democrat administration when the main target of the email leaks is a fellow Democrat. I would just like to throw it out there that if Assange was was lying, no one would care what was in those leaked email.
       The debate over the morality of Assange's actions is one for another time. I just felt like posting the above photo. It has been posted on may of my usual web haunts today as a message to Wikileaks' supporters. Whether you agree with their philosophy of exposing secrets, it helps to be reminded in general to keep fighting the good fight as you see it. So here is your Tuesday motivation to take up your sword and carry on.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Bob Dylan Wins 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature

     Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel prize for Literature. Why? According to the committee, Dylan's prize represents 'having created new poetic expressions within the American song tradition. In other words, the answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind. The answer is blowin' in the wind.
       I have little to comment on Dylan receiving the Nobel. He is not the first lyricist to win the prize. Rabindranath Tagore of India received the Nobel in 1915. With that in mind, I feel no compulsion to quibble over the place of song lyrics with in literature. Besides, with Yassir Arafat, Al Gore, and Barack Obama as past recipients of a Nobel prize, albeit for—keep a straight face, folks—peace, a Nobel of any type possesses questionable value as far as I am concerned. But this is the first Nobel Prize in Literature to go to an American to go to an American since Toni Morrison in 1993. So there is that.
       I really just want to take the opportunity to post one of Dylan's less famous songs, it is still one of my favorites. Truth be told, I find Dylan a far better songwriter than singer. Maybe that was a factor in his Nobel. I am far more fond of his songs when they are covered by other, often diverse artists. Perhaps the diversity was the element deem the Nobel Worthy contributions to the American songbook. Anyway...this is one of the few songs I actually like to hear Dylan sing. The strange and unpleasant feel of 2016, acutely brought to mind while writing the previous two posts, caused the song to resonate with me.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Worst of American Culture and Government

       I would like to build off yesterday's discussion regarding the elitist v. populist divide in the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As noted, the two of them are remarkably unpopular even among those who would normally adhere to partisan loyalty. The answer as to why doe not fii neatly into political science, but it is nevertheless worth noting in the analysis of the election. Clinton and Trump are so unpopular because they represent the wort of government and culture respectively.
       Clinton is the epitome of the wort o government. She is a career politician and Washington insider who is completely separated from the reality of the lives of Americans. Witness her inability to connect with people on any sort o emotional level. Even without knowing her contempt for the ordinary folks who, as Barack Obama said, cling to their guns and religion, You can sense the division between herself and voters in her mind. She is he public servant caring for the unwashed masses from womb to the tomb. In exchange, she is exempt from the same ethics they most follow and is entitled to become wealthy for her effort.
       Then here is Trump. He was born into wealth, but increased hi personal fortune through what are perceived as ruthless and crooked ways. He relishes the celebrity spotlight and the access to pretty young women money and fame afford him. The man likes fast food scantily clad women,, two things our politically correct elite engage in conniption fits over. Trump is the loutish uncle you hope does not how up to the family cookout.
       I deliberately painted Clinton and trump in the worst possible light to make my point more clearly. These are caricatures of the two, but they are both so disliked, people will exaggerate their negative characteristics when deciding between the two at the ballot box. Some choice, huh?
       Maybe not. When it comes down to it who would you rather be more like, Clinton or Trump? A wise person would say neither, but wise people appear to be in short supply these days. Clinton really is not the feminist ideal since still let her husband cheat on her numerous times but stuck with him for political gain, so women cannot honestly aspire to be like her. The liberal idealists all went for Bernie Sanders, so they consider her second-rate in comparison. You cannot admire her compassion for the commonweal, then.
       But wait. A lot of people aspire to be rich, famous, and enjoy access to pretty women. How any times have you heard a Trump supporter appreciate he says 'what I am thinking?” Trump may appeal to a dark part of our culture, but it is still our culture. Trump res presents it in a brutally honest form. What, if anything, does Clinton represent in brutally honest form? Nothing to which anyone aspires. I think the above analysis not only explains Trump's rise, but why he could still win on November 8th.
    Whichever candidate wins, the election demands some soul searching for Americans. How did we wind up with these two candidates? What do their rise to power say about our criteria for selecting leaders? Most importantly, do these candidates truly reflect our society? If so, we have much work to do against cultural decay.       

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Populist v. Elitist Divide in the Race for the White House

       It is a major assumption the largest political divide in American politics is the liberal/conservative divide. The notion I heavily supported by our two party system. The democrat candidate tends to be liberal while the republican candidate tends to be conservative. But there is another, less accepted school of thought in electoral politics the most important divide is not liberal/conservative, but populist/elitist. Never has the latter theory seen the light of day as in the 2016 presidential election.
       Before diving into the subject, let me make note the populist/elitist divide is not partisan. A liberal can be either populist or elitist, as can a conservative. We could argue over classification all day, but some clear examples are populist Barack Obama versus elitist Mitt Romney in 2012 and populist George W. Bush versus elitist Al Gore in 2000. Ideology make no difference in the classification, and both populists an elitists have a solid chance to be elected president.
       It should go without saying the 2016 candidates can be labeled with no argument. Donald Trump is a populist, while Hillary Clinton is an elitist. Trump is the antithesis of elitist, as he stands for everything the politically correct despise. He is running against Clinton, who is the most glaring example of a business as usual Washington insider anyone could name.
     The divide is so sharp this election cycle because voters do not particularly like either candidate. While it is not unusual for voters to be motivated more by a dislike for one candidate versus a fondness for another, in this election, the feelings regarding the candidates burn within the electorate. The division is so stark, the election results may establish either a populist or elitist dominance for many subsequent election cycles as emotions run high.
       I say may, because there is always at least one counterpoint. Trump won the Republican nomination against more savvy politicians because he stood out among them for being different at a time when GOP voters were rebelling against the old order. He might have lost against a smaller field. He most certainly would have lost against a single primary opponent. On the other side, he powers that be felt it was Clinton’s turn to get the nomination after rejecting her in 2008. Bernie Sanders socialist message might have prevailed against a less high profile opponent.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Creepy Clown Confrontations

       I am sure you have heard by now the rash of creepy clown sightings all over the United States and now United Kingdom. These clowns either emerge from the woods to lure children in with promise of candy or money or stand on the shoulder of roads to stare down drivers. The year so far has been a crazy mess in many different respects. So what is this lunacy all about?
       Clowns mysteriously appearing in order to scare people is not new. The trend dates back to at least early 2014 when weird clowns began showing up in various towns around California. The clown appearances were thought to be a massive prank or perhaps an odd marketing campaign for the new remake of Stephen King's It, which features a clown named Pennywise who terrorizes children.
       The clown sightings soon spread to other locations. Security camera footage caught the bizarre instance of a clown ripping a pumpkin apart on the front porch of a home in Jacksonville, Florida in October 2014. Sightings increased in number throughout October 2014 as Halloween approached. The timing, along with the lack of any criminal acts committed by the clowns, lent credence to the idea these incidents ere young people pulling pranks Times have changed. 
        In addition to the incidents in which clowns attempted to lure children into the woods this summer, someone dressed as a clown was caught on security cameras brandishing a knife and rattling doors in Teas four days ago. A quick YouTube search will bring up lots of smatphone footage of alleged recent encounters with varying degrees of fright.
       Are all these videos real? Of course not. I am inclined to think most of them are staged for the views the videos are receiving due to heightened interest in the clown mystery. There have been several instances, including one man who claimed he was injured protecting his son from a clown, that were later admitted to be hoaxes. I remain skeptical of reports of clowns appearing from the woods to lure children with candy or money. The aforementioned fictional Pennywise utilizes a similar technique.
       So is any of it real/ Well...define “real.” Are there people dressing up like clowns making random appearances to scare people? Yes, it would appear so. Is this some massive criminal enterprise of which we should all fret over? More than likely not. While I am certain there will be some unhinged copycats who cause trouble, there is no need for hysteria.
       Unfortunately, there already have been instances of panic. Schools have shut down over alleged threats on social media. Anyone would worry about a pedophile posing as a clown to trick kids. But there has yet to be any school incident, and does anyone remember the warnings from the '80's kids should be wary around ice cream trucks? Our fears do not always reflect reality. This has not stopped clown costumes from being banned this Halloween for many events open to the public. It is a move I think might be an overreaction.
       The fear of clowns is actually natural. We innately look towards people faces and manner of dress to determine ow we should react to them. Painted on grotesque miles and wild costumes make it difficult to guess a clown's intentions. Therefore, we can be uneasy around them. But it is this aspect of clowns that make them such perfectly frightening elements of pop culture and Halloween. I would the to see a few pranksters ruin Halloween for everyone.    

Monday, October 10, 2016

I Survived Hurricane Matthew Unscathed

       The power returned a few hours ago after going out early Saturday morning, so I have been unable to access the internet. It is funny, really. I posted on twitter just on hour or so before losing power about the howling wind and driving rain. It seemed like so much noise. Since Sumter was on the outer edge of Hurricane Matthew's red zone, I was not expecting much trouble. My assumption wind up partially correct.
       While I endured little more trouble than eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with lukewarm Dr. Pepper in between long bouts of boredom, much of Sumter did not fair as well. Th city was spared massive flooding, at least on the historic levels suffered last year around this time, but heavy winds caused major damage. Power lines were out of commission all over the city. Tree limbs and assorted debris were strewn everywhere. Many trees fell, including several within my walking distance. I was fortunate none of the trees closest to me came down.
       The hits kept right on coming after the storm. Stop are still blinking in many areas, including a four way intersection at the end of my street. Not every driver seem to know they still have to stop. There were two accidents at the intersection between Saturday after noon and Sunday night. I have counted at least four ambulance sirens and a firetruck's in that time frame. Since the timing was well after the storm, they all must have been responding to car accidents. The fine citizens of South Carolina are not famous for their riving skills, but it is unreal out there right now.
       Now that I have spent some time perusing social media, I notice lots of areas east of here suffered worse. Many friends from the coast to Darlington County are without power. Quite a few have suffered varying degrees of damage. My thoughts are with all you ladies and gentlemen. The aftermath of Hurricane Hugo from when I lived in the area is still fresh in my memory 27 years later.
      My downtime was utilized as bet as possible. I managed a lot of housekeeping. My closets are now cleaned out wit wardrobe color coordinated. Drawers are uber-organized from clothing to nick knacks. If the lights had been out another day, I probably would have gotten around to rearranging the furniture. Thank goodness I have rejoined the 21st century instead. Am not sure how well I would have handled another night of staring at the ceiling in pitch blackness until falling asleep. Modern technology has spoiled me.   

Friday, October 7, 2016

Rock Me Like a Hurricane

       We have been anticipating hurricane Matthew for a couple days now in South Carolina. The storm appeared to stall indecisively for a bit in the Caribbean before settling on central and northern Florida this morning. Matthew ought make its way up the east coast to reach South Carolina by tomorrow. Projections say Matthew may bring only high winds and rain, but for the last couple days, bred, bottled water, and batteries have been flying off the shelve. A Dollar General near me was not even bothering to stock certain shelve. They had open boxes on the floor with employees handing out however much customers wanted.
       Keep in mind how far inland I am. Sumter is about 45 minutes from the direct center of South Carolina. A hurricane has done little to this town since Hugo back in 1989. people are still wry, presumably with the severe flooding that occurred last year. It was the worst flooding I have ever experienced. Definitely no fun. But the point is it is amusing how panicked people become in the Palmetto State when bad weather threatens. More than a couple day of snow threatens to plunge us into cannibalism.
       The mood has not been helped much by the frequent sharing of the above photo on Facebook. I saw it at least a half dozen different times in my feed. Apocalyptic minded folks think the image of hurricane Matthew looks like a skull. There happens to be a lot of apocalyptic minded folks among the End times prophecy obsessed conservative denominations of South Carolina. But even Matt Drudge had the image up much of Wednesday night with the headline “The Skull of Matthew.” So...yeah. The hurricane will be a big deal for someone.
       I just hope I do not lose power. Or some other weather event will happen so I can allude to a different song. This is the third post in a month I have mentioned “Rock Me Like a Hurricane.” How about another one of those tiny, lawn chair tipping tremors we have experienced from the Charleston area up Then I could go with 'You Shook me All Night Long.” There would not be much of a long quake, so I would have the irony going. We are missing a golden opportunity here. Hurricane Matthew resembles a skulls, and skulls are so metal!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

My MP3 Playlist

       If you have ever wanted to know the contents of my MP3 playlist, what is the matter with you? Do not fret over this glaring character flaw. You are most certainly my kind of person. In all seriousness, this is not an exercise in self-indulgence. I have been forced to re-assemble the collection of my favorite songs a half dozen times over the yeas over various devices. Surely the effort will have to be repeated as some point in the future. The endeavor will prove much easier with a constantly updated list of the songs readily available. So here it is.

  2. 100 Years (Five For Fighting)
  3. 18 and Life (Skid Row)
  4. 1979 (Smashing Pumpkin)
  5. 1999 (Prince)
  6. 19th Nervous Breakdown (Rolling Stones)
  7. 2001 A Space Odyssey (London Symphony Orchestra)
  8. 25 Or 6 To 4 (Chicago) 
  9. 3 AM (Matchbox 20)
  10. 409 (Beach boys)
  11. 59th Street Bridge Song (Simon and Garfunkel)
  12. 7 (Prince).mp3 ( 5: 8)
  13. 7 Deadly Sins (Traveling Wilburys)
  14. 99 Red Balloons (Nena)
  15. A Change Would You Do Good (Sheryl Crow)
  16. A Hazy Shade of Winter (Simon & Garfunkel)
  17. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Monkees)
  18. A Pirate Looks At Forty (Jimmy Buffett)
  19. A Word In Spanish (Elton John)
  20. Across The Universe (Fiona Apple)
  21. Across The Universe (Rufus Wainwright)
  22. Africa (Toto)
  23. After The Glitter Fades (Stevie Nicks)
  24. After The Thrill Is Gone (Eagles)
  25. Afternoon Delight (starland vocal Band)
  26. Alive (Pearl Jam)
  27. All Along The Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix)
  28. All Apologies (Nirvana)
  29. All By Myself (Eric Carmen)
  30. All I Know (Art Garfunkel
  31. All I Need Is A Miracle (Mike & the Mechanics)
  32. All I Wanna Do (Sheryl Crow)
  33. All I Want (Toad The Wet Sprocket)
  34. All Night Long (Lionel Richie)
  35. All That She Wants (Ace of Base)
  36. All You Wanted (Michelle Branch)
  37. Almost Paradise (Mike Reno & Ann Wilson)
  38. Alone (Heart)
  39. Already Gone (Eagles)
  40. Always (Atlantic Starr)
  41. Always Forever (Donna Lewis)
  42. Always On My Mind (Pet Shop Boys)
  43. Always Something There to Remind Me (Naked Eyes)
  44. American Pie (Don McLean)
  45. Angel (Aerosmith)
  46. Angel Eyes (Jeff Healey Band)
  47. Angel of harlem (U2)
  48. Angel of Mine (Monica)
  49. Angel of The Morning (Pretenders)
  50. Angels (Robbie Williams)
  51. Angels or Devils (Dishwalla)
  52. Annie's Song (John Denver)
  53. Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd)
  54. Another One Bites the Dust (Queen)
  55. Another Saturday Night (Jimmy Buffett)
  56. Another World (Garry Morris & Chrystal Gail)
  57. Anything Goes (John Barrowman)
  58. Anything for You (Gloria Estefan)
  59. Armageddon It (Def Lepard)
  60. Arthur's Theme (Christopher Cross)
  61. As Long As You Love Me (Backstreet Boys)
  62. Baba Oriley (Who)
  63. Baba Yetu (Peter Hollens)
  64. Baby Blue (Badfinger)
  65. Baby I Love Your Way (Pete Frampton)
  66. Back For Good (Take That)
  67. Back in the High Life (Steve Winwood)
  68. Back To Life (Soul II Soul)
  69. Bad Moon Rising (CCR)
  70. Ballroom Blitz (Sweet)
  71. Barbie Girl (Aqua)
  72. Barely Breathing (Duncan Sheik)
  73. Barracuda (Heart)
  74. Battle Withour Honor or Humanity (Tomoyasu Hotei )
  75. Beautiful In My Eyes (Joshua Kadison)
  76. Because the Night (10,000 Maniacs)
  77. Bedbugs and Ballyhoo ( Echo & The Bunnymen)
  78. Been Caught Stealing (Jane's Addiction)
  79. Behind Blue Eyes (Who)
  80. Believe It Or Not (Joey Scarbury)
  81. Bette Davis Eyes (Kim Carnes)
  82. Better Days (Citizen King)
  83. Better days (Goo Goo dolls)
  84. Big Yellow Taxi (Counting Crows)
  85. Big in Japan (Alphaville)
  86. Birdhouse in Your Soul (They Might Be Giants)
  87. Bittersweet Symphony (Verve)
  88. Black Balloon (Goo goo Dolls)
  89. Black Velvet (Alannah Myles)
  90. Blackbird (Beatles)
  91. Blue Bayou (Linda Ronstadt)
  92. Blue Eyes (Elton John)
  93. Blue Velvet (Bobby Vinton))
  94. Blueberry Hill (Fats Domino)
  95. boat Drinks (Jimmy Buffett)
  96. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
  97. Bones (Radiohead)
  98. Boombastic (Shaggy)
  99. Born On The Bayou (CCR)
  100. Boys Of Summer (Don Henley)
  101. Break On Through [To The Other Side] (Doors)
  102. Breakfast At Tiffanys (Deep Blue Something)
  103. Brian Wilson (Bare Naked Ladies)
  104. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)
  105. Brighter Discontent (Submarines)
  106. Broken Arrow (Rod Stewart)
  107. Broken Wings (Mr. Mister)
  108. Brothers In Arms (Dire Straits)
  109. Brown Eyed Girl (Jimmy Buffett)
  110. Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
  111. Building A Mystery (Sarah McLachlan)
  112. Burn (Tina Arena)
  113. Burning Bridges (Mike Curb Congregation)
  114. California Dreamin' (Mamas & the Papas)
  115. California Girls (Beach Boys)
  116. California Girls (David Lee Roth)
  117. Calling All Angels (Train)
  118. Can You Dig It (Monkees)
  119. Can't Buy Me Love (Beatles)
  120. Can't You See (Marshall Tucker Band)
  121. Candle in the Wind (Elton John)
  122. Careless Whisper (George Michael)
  123. Carolina In My Mind (James Tayor)
  124. Caroline No (Beach Boys)
  125. Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas)
  126. Casey Jones (Grateful Dead)
  127. Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel)
  128. Centerfold (J. Geils Band)
  129. Changes In Lattitudes (Jimmy Buffett))
  130. Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)
  131. Check It Out (John Mellencamp)
  132. Cheeseburger In Paradise (Jimmy buffett))
  133. Circle Of Life (Elton John)
  134. Circle Sky (Monkees)
  135. Climbing Up The Walls (Radiohead)
  136. Close To You (Maxi Priest)
  137. Close Your Eyes (Edward Bear)
  138. Closing Time (Semisonic)
  139. Club At The End Of The Street (Elton John)
  140. Coastal Confessions (Jimmy Buffett)
  141. Colorblind (Counting Crows)
  142. Come As You Are (Nirvana))
  143. Come Baby Come (K7)
  144. Come Dancing (Kinks)
  145. Come Monday (Jimmy Buffett))
  146. Come Sail Away (Styx)
  147. Come Together (Aerosmith)
  148. Come Undone (Duran Duran)
  149. Come With Me (Puff Daddy)
  150. Come and Get Your Love (Redbone)
  151. Come to My Window (Melissa Etheridge)
  152. Coming Up from Behind (marcy Playground0
  153. Connected (Stereo MCs)
  154. Constant Craving (KD Lang)
  155. Copacabana (Barry Manilow)
  156. Counting Blue Cars (Dishwalla)
  157. Cover Of The Rolling Stone (Dr. Hook)
  158. Crash And Burn (Savage Garden)
  159. Crazy (Alanis Morissette)
  160. Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
  161. Crazy For You (Madonna)
  162. Crazy for This Girl (Evan & Jaron)
  163. Creep (Radiohead)
  164. Crmson & Clover (Tommy James & the Shondells)
  165. Cruisin (Huey lewsis & Gwyneth Paltrow)
  166. Cry (Godley & Creme)
  167. Crying (Don Mclean)
  168. Crying Game (Boy George)
  169. Daily Nightly (Monkees)
  170. Dancing Queen (ABBA)
  171. Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
  172. Dancing in the Streets (Martha Reeves & Vandellas)
  173. Dandy (Herman's Hermits)
  174. Danny's Song (Anne Murray)
  175. Dark End Of The Street (Percy Sledge)
  176. Dark is rising (Mercury Rev)
  177. Daydream Believer (Monkees)
  178. Days (Kinks)
  179. Dead Man Walking (David Bowie)
  180. Death is Not the End (Nick Cave & Friends)
  181. Demons (Brian McFadden)
  182. Denial Twist (White Stripes)
  183. Desire (U2)
  184. Desperado (Eagles)
  185. Devil Inside (INXS)
  186. Diamonds And Pearls (Prine)
  187. Did You Ever Love Somebody (Jessica Simpson)
  188. Didn't We Almost Have It All (Whitney Houston)
  189. Died in Your Arms Tonight (Cutting Crew)
  190. Different Drum (Susanna Hoffs)
  191. Dirty Laundry  (Don Henley)
  192. Do I Wanna Know (Arctic Monkeys)
  193. Don't Dream It's Over (Sixpence None the Richer)
  194. Don't Know Much (Aaron Neville)
  195. Don't Know Why (Norah Jones)
  196. Don't Lose My Number (Phil Collins)
  197. Don''t Turn Around (Ace of Base)
  198. Don't You [Forget About Me] (Simple Minds)
  199. Don't Fear The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult)
  200. Don't Know What You Got Til Its Gone (Cinderella)
  201. Don't Stop Believing (Journey)
  202. Down In The Boondocks (Billy Joe Royal)
  203. Down on the Corner (CCR)
  204. Dragging the Line (REM))
  205. Dream On (Aerosmith)
  206. Dreams (Cranberries)
  207. Drift Away (Dobie Gray)
  208. Drift Away (Uncle Kracker)
  209. Drive(Cars)
  210. Drops Of Jupiter (Train)
  211. Dust in the Wind (Kansas)
  212. Easy (Commodores)
  213. Electric Blue (Icehouse)
  214. Electric Slide (Marcus Griffiths)
  215. End Of The Innocence (Don Henley)
  216. End Of The Line (Traveling Wilburys)
  217. End Of The Road (Boyz II Men)
  218. Endless Love (Diana Ross & Lionel Richie)
  219. Enjoy the Silence (Depeche Mode)
  220. Enter Sandman (Metallica)
  221. Eternal Flame (Bangles)
  222. Eve of Destruction (Barry McGuire)
  223. Every Breath You Take (Police)
  224. Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Poison)
  225. Everybody Have Fun Tonight (Wang Chung
  226. Everybody Hurts (REM)
  227. Everybody Must Get Stoned (Bob Dylan)
  228. Everybody Plays the Fool (The main Ingredients)
  229. Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears for Fears)
  230. Everybody's Talkin' (Jimmy Buffett)
  231. Everyday Is A Winding Road (Sheryl Crow)
  232. Everything (Lifehouse)
  233. Every Time You Go Away (Paul Young)
  234. Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac)
  235. Evolve (David Banner)
  236. Exile (Kate Rusby)
  237. Eye Of The Tiger" (Survivor)
  238. Fade Into You (Mazzy Star)
  239. Faith of the Heart (Rod Stewart)
  240. Faithfully (Journey)
  241. Falling Slowly (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova)
  242. Fame (David Bowie)
  243. Far Away (Nickelback)
  244. Far From Any Road (Handsome Family)
  245. Fat Bottomed Girls (Queen)
  246. Feed My Frankenstein (Frankenstein)
  247. Feels Like Home (Chantal Kreviazuk )
  248. Fields of Gold (Eva Cassidy)
  249. Fight For Your Right (Beastie Boys)
  250. Fight Test (Flaming Lips)
  251. Fins (Jimmy Buffett)
  252. Fire And Rain (James Taylor)
  253. Firestarter (Prodigy
  254. Fly (Sugar Ray)
  255. Fly Away (John Denver)
  256. Follow Me (Uncle Kracker)
  257. Foolish Games (Jewel)
  258. Foolish Heart (Steve Perry)
  259. For Pete's Sake (Monkees)
  260. For The Longest Time (Billy Joel)
  261. For What Its Worth (Bufalo Springfield)
  262. Forever And For Always (Shania Twain)
  263. Forever Young (Alphaville)
  264. Forever Young (Pretenders)
  265. Forever Young (Rod Stewart)
  266. Fortunate Son (CCR)
  267. Fragile (Sting)
  268. Freakin at the Freaker's Bal (Dr. Hokk)
  269. Freaks Come Out At Night (Whodini)
  270. Free Fallin' (TomPetty)
  271. From A Distance (Bette Midler)
  272. From Yesterday (30 Seconds To Mars)
  273. Full of Grace (Sarah McLachlan)
  274. Garden Party (Ricky Nelson)
  275. Get Back (Beatles)
  276. Get Down On It (Kool & the Gang)
  277. Get Together (Youngbloods)
  278. Gettin' Jiggy Wit It (Will Smith)
  279. Ghost Town (Cheap Trick)
  280. Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stone)
  281. Give Me Just A Little More Time (Chairmen of the Board)
  282. Give Me One Reason to Stay Here (Tracy Chapman)
  283. Glory Days (Bruce Springsteen)
  284. Glory Of Love" (Pete Cetera)
  285. God Only Knows (Beach Boys)
  286. Good Intentions (Toad the Wet Sprocket)
  287. Good Time Charlies Got The Blues (Elvis)
  288. Goodbye to You (Michelle branch)
  289. Got My Mind Set On You (George Harrison)
  290. Gotham City (R Kelly)
  291. Grapefruit (Jimmy Buffett)
  292. Greatest Love of All (Whitney Houston)
  293. Green River (CCR)
  294. Groove Is In The Heart (Deee-Lite)
  295. Groovy Kind Of Love (Phil Collins)
  296. Growing Older But Not Up (Jimmy Buffett)
  297. Gulf Coast Highway (Nanci Griffith & Jimmy Buffett) 
  298. Gypsy (Fleetwood Mac)
  299. Gypsy (Suzanne Vega)
  300. Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley)
  301. Hands (Jewel)
  302. Hands To Heaven (Breathe)
  303. Happy (Pharrell)
  304. Harleys & Indians (Roxette)
  305. Harvest Moon (Neil Young)
  306. Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (CCR)
  307. Hawaii 5-O (ventures)
  308. He Went To Paris (Jimmy Buffett)
  309. Healing Hands (Elton John)
  310. Heart Of Glass (Blondie)
  311. Heart Of Stone (Cher)
  312. Heart and Soul (T'Pau)
  313. Heart's on Fire (Survivor)
  314. Heaven (Bryan Adams)
  315. Hello (Adele)
  316. Hello I Love You (Doors)
  317. Hello Stranger (Barbara Lewis)
  318. Hemorrhage (Fuel)
  319. Here I Go Again (Whitesnake)
  320. Here Without You (3 Doors Down)
  321. Hero (Enrique Iglesias)
  322. Heroes (Wallflowers)
  323. Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix)
  324. Hey Jude (Beatles)
  325. Highlander (Lorena Mckennit)
  326. Highway to Hell (ACDC)
  327. Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Pat Benetar)
  328. Hold My Hand (Hootie & Blowfish)
  329. Hold On My Heart (Genesis)
  330. Hold On To The Nights (Richard Marx)
  331. Holding Back The Years (Simply Red)
  332. Holy Diver (Dio)
  333. Home Sweet Home (Motley Crue)
  334. Homeward bound (Simon & Garfunkel)
  335. Hooch (Everything)
  336. Horse With No Name (America)
  337. Hot In The City (Billy Idol)
  338. Hotel California (Eagles)
  339. House Of The Rising Sun (Animals)
  340. Human (The Killers)
  341. Hungry Eyes (Eric Carmen)
  342. Hungry Like The Wolf (Duran Duran)
  343. I am a Rock (Simon & Garfunkel)
  344. I Am... I Said (Neil Diamond)
  345. I Believe (Blessed Union of Souls)
  346. I Believe I Can Fly (R Kelly)
  347. I Can See Clearly Now (Jimmy Cliff)
  348. I Can't Tell You Why (Eagles)
  349. I Cant Decide (Scissor Sisters)
  350. I Can't Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt)
  351. I Could Not Ask For More (Edwin McCain)
  352. I Don't Want To Miss A Thing (Aerosmith)
  353. I Don't Want to Wait (Paula Cole)
  354. I Fought the law (Bobby Fuller Four)
  355. I Go Blind (Hootie & the Blowfish)
  356. I Go to Extremes (Billy Joel)
  357. I Got A Name (Jim Croce)
  358. I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues (Elton John)
  359. I Just Called To Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder)
  360. I Knew I Loved You (Savage Garden)
  361. I Love Rock n Roll (Joan Jett)
  362. I Miss You (Klymaxx)
  363. I Need To Know( (Marc Anthony)
  364. I Need You Now (Firehouse)
  365. I Put a Spell on You (CCR)
  366. I Remember You (Skid Row)
  367. I Shot The Sheriff (Eric Clapton)
  368. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (U2)
  369. I Think I'm Paranoid (Garbage))
  370. I Wanna Be Free  (Monkees)
  371. I Want It That Way (Backstreet Boys)
  372. I Want To Know What Love Is (Foreignor)
  373. I Want You Back (Jackson 5)
  374. I Will Remember You (Amy Grant)
  375. I Will Remember You (Sarah McLachlan)
  376. I Wish It Would Rain Down (Phil Collins)
  377. I Wont Forget You (Poison)
  378. I'll Be (Edwin McCain)
  379. I'll Be There (Jackson 5)
  380. I'll Never Get over You [Getting Over Me] (Expose)
  381. I'll Remember (Madonna)
  382. I'll Stand By You (Pretenders)
  383. I'm A Believer (Monkees)
  384. I'm Gonna Be [500 Miles] (Proclaimers)
  385. I'm On Fire (Bruce Springsteen)
  386. I'm So Tired of Being Alone (Al Green)
  387. I'm Still Standing (Elton John)
  388. I'm With You (Avril Lavigne)
  389. If It Makes You Happy (Sheryl Crow)
  390. If You Asked Me To (Celine Dion)
  391. If You Dont Know Me By Now (Simply Red)
  392. Imagine (John lennon)
  393. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)
  394. In God's Country (U2)
  395. In My Life (Beatle)
  396. In My Life (Bette Midler)
  397. In the City (Eagle)
  398. In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
  399. In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins)
  400. Instant Karma (john Lennon)
  401. Into the Fire (Thirteen Senses)
  402. Into the Mystic (Van Morrison)
  403. Invisible Touch (Genesis)
  404. Iris (Goo Goo Dolls)
  405. Iron Man (Black Sabbath)
  406. Ironic (Alanis Morrisette)
  407. Island In The Sun (Weezer)
  408. Istanbul (They Might Be Giants)
  409. It Might Be You (Stephen Bishop)
  410. It Must Have Been Love (Roxette)
  411. It's All Coming Back To Me Now (Celine Dion)
  412. Its The End Of The World (REM)
  413. Jack & Diane (John Mellencamp)
  414. Jacob's Ladder (Huey Lewis)
  415. Janie's Got A Gun (Aerosmith
  416. Jeremy (Pearl Jam)
  417. Joyride (Roxette)
  418. Joy to the World (Three Dog Night)
  419. Jump (Van Halen)
  420. Jump Around (House of Pain)
  421. Just A Gigolo (David Lee Roth)
  422. Just Another Woman In Love (Anne Murray)
  423. Just Called To Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder)
  424. Just Like Jesse James (Cher)
  425. Just Like Paradise (David Lee Roth)
  426. Just my Imagination (Temptations)
  427. Kansas City (Beatles)
  428. Karma Chameleon (Culture Club)
  429. Karma Police (Radiohead)
  430. Key Largo (Bertie Higgins)
  431. Killing Me Softly (Fugees)
  432. Kind & Generous (Natalie Merchant)
  433. King Of Wishful Thinking (Go West)
  434. King Tut (Steve Martin)
  435. Kiss Me Deadly (Lita Ford))
  436. Kiss The Rain (Billie Myers)
  437. (Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Guns N' Roses)
  438. Kokomo (Beach Boys)
  439. Kryptonite (3 Doors Down)
  440. Kung Fu Fighting (Carl Douglas)
  441. La Isla Bonita (Madonna)
  442. Lady in Red (Chris de Burgh)
  443. Lady of Sharlot (Loreena Mckennitt )
  444. Land Of Confusion (Genesis)
  445. Last Mango in Paris (Jimmy Buffett))
  446. Last Train To Clarksville (Monkees)
  447. Last Worthless Evening (Don Henley)
  448. Layla (Eric Clapton)
  449. Lazarus (David Bowie)
  450. Leader of the Band (Dan Fofelberg)
  451. Learn To Be Still (Eagles)
  452. Learning To Fly (Tom Petty)
  453. Leather & Lace (Stevie Nicks & Don Henley
  454. Leaving on a Jet Plane (Chantel Kreviazuk)
  455. Let It Be (Beatles)
  456. Let It Go (Demi Lovato)
  457. Let's Dance On (Monkees)
  458. Levon (Elton John)
  459. Life In The Fast Lane (Eagles)
  460. Life for Rent (Dido)
  461. Life is a Highway (Tom Cochrane)
  462. Life on Mars (David Bowie)
  463. Light My Fire (Doors)
  464. Lightning Crashes (Live)
  465. Like A Prayer (Madonna)
  466. Like a Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan)
  467. Like the Weather (10,000 Maniacs)
  468. Linger (Cranberries)
  469. Listen To The Band (Monkees)
  470. Listen to Your Heart (DHT)
  471. Listen to the Music (Doobie Brothers)
  472. Little Duece Coupe (Beach Boys)
  473. Little Lies (Fleetwood Mac)
  474. Little Red Corvette (Prince)
  475. Live And Let die(Guns N' Roses)
  476. Livin' On The Edge (Aerosmith)
  477. Living on a Prayer (Bon Jovi)
  478. Lodi (CCR)
  479. Lost In You (Rod Stewart)
  480. Lollipop (Mika)
  481. London Calling (Clash)
  482. Long As I Can See the Light (CCR)
  483. Long Long Way to Go (Phil Collins)
  484. Longer (Dan Fogelberg)
  485. Look Away (Chicago)
  486. Look Out [Here Comes Tomorrow] (Monkees)
  487. Lookin' Out My Backdoor (CCR)
  488. Looking For Space (john Denver)
  489. Lose Your Way (Sophie B Hawkins)
  490. Losing My Religion (REM)
  491. Losrer (Beck)
  492. Lost In Your Eyes (Debbie Gibson)
  493. Louie Louie (kingsmen)
  494. Love Of My Life (Michael W. Smith)
  495. Love on a Two Way Street (The moments)
  496. Love Shack (B-52s )
  497. Love Will Keep Us Alive (Eagles)
  498. Luck of the Draw (Bonnie Raitt)
  499. Lyin' Eyes (Eagles)
  500. Lean On Me (Club Nouveau)
  501. Mad About You (Belinda Carlysle)
  502. Mad World (Gary Jules)
  503. Magic Arrow (Timber Timbre )
  504. Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf)
  505. Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
  506. Man On the Moon (REM)
  507. Mandolin Rain (Bruce Hornsby)
  508. Manic Monday (Bangles)
  509. Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett)
  510. Material Girl (Madonna)
  511. Maybe I'm Amazed (Paul McCartney)
  512. Me and Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin)
  513. Meet Virginia (Train)
  514. Mellow Yellow (Donovan)
  515. Melt With You (Modern English)
  516. Mercy (Steve Jones)
  517. Mercy Street (Peter Gabriel)
  518. Migration (Jimmy Buffett)
  519. Millennium (Robbie Williams)
  520. Million Years ago (Adele)
  521. Miracle (Bon Jovi)
  522. Miss You Like Crazy (Natalie Cole)
  523. Mixed Emotions (Rolling Stones)
  524. Money For Nothing (Dire Straits)
  525. Monster (Hero Pattern)
  526. Moonlight Shadow (Michael Oldfield)
  527. More More More (Andrea True Connection) 
  528. More Than A Feeling (Boston)
  529. More Than I Can Say (Leo Sayer)
  530. More Than Words (Extreme)
  531. Mr. Bojangles (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
  532. Mr. Roboto (Styx)
  533. Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel)
  534. Music of My Heart (NSync)
  535. My Girl (Temptations)
  536. My Heart Can't Tell You No (Rod Stewart)
  537. My Life (Billy Joel)
  538. My Sweet Lord (George Harrison)
  539. My Weakness (Moby)
  540. Mysterious Ways (U2)
  541. Naked Persimmon (Mike Nesmith)
  542. Name (Goo Goo Dolls)
  543. Need You Now (Adee & Darius Rucker)
  544. Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley)
  545. Never Say Goodbye (Bon Jovi)
  546. Never Tear Us Apart (INXS)
  547. New Kid In Town (Eagles)
  548. New Sensation (INXS)
  549. Nights in White Satin (Moody Blues)
  550. Nikita (Elton John)
  551. No Diggity (Blackstreet)
  552. No Matter What (Boyzone)
  553. No Surprises (Radiohead)
  554. Nobody Knows (kevin Sharp)
  555. Norwegian Wood (Beatles)
  556. Nothing But a Good Time (Poison)
  557. Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
  558. Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You (George Benson)
  559. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship)
  560. November Rain (Guns N' Roses)
  561. Now We Are Free (Lisa Gerrard)
  562. Nowhere Man (Beates)
  563. Nuclear (Ryan Adams)
  564. Numb (Linkin Park)
  565. Oh What A Night (Four Seasons)
  566. Oh, Sherrie (Steve Perry)
  567. Ol' 55 (eagles)
  568. Old Man (Neil Young)
  569. Old Time Rock n Roll (Bob Seger)
  570. Once In A Lifetime (Talking Heads)
  571. One (U2)
  572. One Headlight (Wallflower)
  573. One More Night (Phil Collins)
  574. One Night in Bangkok (Murray Head)
  575. One Particular Harbor (Jimmy Buffett)
  576. One Tin Soldier (Coven)
  577. One Week (Barenaked Ladies)
  578. One of Us (Joan Osborne)
  579. Only Happy When It Rains (Garbage)
  580. Only The Lonely (Motels)
  581. Only Time (Enya)
  582. Only Wanna Be With You (Hootie & the Blowfish)
  583. Only the Good Die Young (Billy Joel)
  584. Open Arms (Journey)
  585. Orange Crush (REM)
  586. Ordinary Life (Kristen Barry)
  587. Orinoco Flow (Enya)
  588. Other Side of the World (KT Tunstall)
  589. Panama (Van Halen)
  590. Paradise City (Guns N' Roses)
  591. Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
  592. Patience (Guns N' Roses)
  593. Peaceful Easy Feeling (Eagle)
  594. Pencil Thin Moustache (Jimmy Buffett)
  595. Penny Lane (Beatles)
  596. People Are Strange (Doors)
  597. Pepper (Butthole Surfers)
  598. Personal Jesus (Marilyn Manson)
  599. Piano Man (Billy Joel)
  600. Picture (Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow)
  601. Pinball Wizard (Who)
  602. Pink Houses (John Mellencamp)
  603. Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry)
  604. Pleasant Valley Sunday (Carole King)
  605. Porpoise Song (Monkees)
  606. Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Lepard)
  607. Praise You (Fatboy Slim)
  608. Praying For Time (George Michael)
  609. Press On (Robinella)
  610. Pride [In the Name of Love] (U2)
  611. Private Dancer (Tina Turner)
  612. Proud mary (CCR)
  613. Put A Little Love In Your Heart (Jackie DeShannon)
  614. Puttin on the Ritz (Taco)
  615. Queen of Hearts (Juice Newton)
  616. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. (John Mellencamp)
  617. Rag Doll (Aerosmith)
  618. Raindrops (Dee Clark)
  619. Rainy Day People (Gordon Lightfoot)
  620. Rainy Days and Mondays (Carpenters)
  621. Ramblin' Man (Allman Brothers)
  622. Randy Scouse Git (Monkees)
  623. Rapture (Blondie)
  624. Ray of Light (Madonna)
  625. Read My Mind (Killers)
  626. Red Red Wine (UB40)
  627. Reflections (Supremes)
  628. Rehab (Amy Winehouse)
  629. Remember (Madonna)
  630. Return To Pooh Corner (Kenny Loggins)
  631. Revolution (Beatles)
  632. Rhythm Of My Heart (Rod Stewart)
  633. Rhythm Of The Night (DeBarge)
  634. Rhythm of the Rain (Cascades)
  635. Rich Girl (hall & Oates)
  636. Ride the Wind (Poison)
  637. Riders On The Storm (Doors)
  638. Right Here, Right Now (Jesus Jones)
  639. River of Dreams (Billy Joel)
  640. Roam (B-52s)
  641. Rosanna (Toto)
  642. Rock & Roll Girls (John Fogerty)
  643. Rocket Man (Elton John)
  644. Rockin Robin (Bobby Day)
  645. Rocky Mountain High (John Denver)
  646. Roll With It (Steve Winwood)
  647. Rolling in the Deep (Adele)
  648. Run (Collective Soul)
  649. Run (Leona Lewis)
  650. Run Through the Jungle (CCR)
  651. Runaway (Bonnie Raitt)
  652. Runaway (Del Shannon)
  653. Runaway Train (Soul Asylum)
  654. Runnin' Down A Dream (Tom Petty)
  655. Sabrina (Einst├╝rzende Neubauten)
  656. Sad Songs (Elton John)
  657. Sail Away (Enya)
  658. Sail On (Commodores & Lionel Richie)
  659. Sailing (Christopher Cross)
  660. Sandcastles in the Sand (Robin Sparkles)
  661. Santa Monica (Everclear)
  662. Sara (Starship)
  663. Satellite (Collective Soul)
  664. Save Me (Aimee Mann)
  665. Save Me (Remy Zero)
  666. Save Tonight (Eagle Eye Cherry)
  667. Saved the Best For Last(Vanessa Williams)
  668. Scar Tissue (RHCP).
  669. Science Fiction Double Fiction (RHPS)
  670. Seasons Change (Expose)
  671. Seasons In The Sun (Terry Jacks)
  672. Second Chance (38 Special)
  673. Secret Garden (Bruce Springsteen)
  674. See The World (Gomez)
  675. Selling The Drama (Live)
  676. Seven (David Bowie)
  677. Seven Bridges Road (Eagles)
  678. Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)
  679. Sex and Candy (Marcy Playground)
  680. Shades of grey (Monkees)
  681. Shadows Of The Night (Pat Benetar)
  682. Shambala (Three Dog Night)
  683. She hangs Out (Monkees)
  684. She Will Be Loved (Maroon 5 )
  685. She's Like the Wind (Patrick Swayze)
  686. She's So High (Tal Bachman)
  687. Shine (Collective Soul)
  688. Shining Star (Earth Wind and Fire)
  689. Shining Star (Manhattans)
  690. Short Skirt, Long Jacket (Cake))
  691. Sign your name (Terence Trent D'Arby)
  692. Silver Girl (Survivor)
  693. Silver Springs (Fleetwood Mac)
  694. Skyfall (Adele)
  695. Slide (Goo Goo Dolls)
  696. Slip Away (Clarence Carter)
  697. Sloop John B (Beach Boys)
  698. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
  699. Smoking in the Boy's Room (Motley Crue)
  700. Smooth Operator (Sade)
  701. Smuggler's Blues (glenn Frey)
  702. So Damn Beautiful (Polaroid)
  703. So Far Away (Carole King)
  704. So Far Away (Dire Straits)
  705. Soak Up The Sun (Sheryl Crow)
  706. Solitary Man (Chris Isaak)
  707. Somebody's Knocking (Terri Gibbs)
  708. Something To Talk About (Bonnie Raitt)
  709. Sometime In The Morning (Monkees)
  710. Sometimes (Britney Spears)
  711. Sometimes Love Just Aint Enough (Patty Smyth & Don Henley)
  712. Son Of A Son Of A Sailor (Jimmy Buffett)
  713. Sonnet (The Verve)
  714. Soon (Leann Rimes)
  715. Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word (Elton John)
  716. Sound of Silence (Disturbed)
  717. Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel)
  718. Southern Cross (Crosby, Stills, & Nash)
  719. Space Oddity (Davis Bowie)
  720. Space Pants (Peter Dinklage & Gwen Stefani)
  721. Spirit In The Sky (Norman Greenbaum)
  722. Stairway To Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
  723. Stand by me (Ben E. King)
  724. Standing Still (Jewel)
  725. Start Me Up (Rolling Stones)
  726. Start the Commotion (Wiseguys)
  727. Stay (Lisa Loeb)
  728. Steal My Sunshine (Len)
  729. Straight From the Heart (Bryan Adams)
  730. Stranded (Heart)
  731. Strokin' (Clarence Carter)
  732. Strong Enough (Sheryl Crow)
  733. Stuck in the Middle With You (Steelers Wheel)
  734. Stuck on You (Lionel Richie)
  735. Suddenly I See (KT Tunstall)
  736. Sugar Were Going Down (Fall Out Boy)
  737. Summer Of '69 (Bryan Adams)
  738. Summertime (Sundays)
  739. Sundown (Gordon Lightfoot)
  740. Sunny Came Home (Shawn Colvin)
  741. Sunshine Of Your Love (Cream)
  742. Superman (Five for Fighting)
  743. Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N' Roses)
  744. Sweet Dreams (Are (Eurythmics)
  745. Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith)
  746. Sympathy For The Devil (Guns N' Roses))
  747. Take A Giant Step (Monkees)
  748. Take It Easy (Eagles)
  749. Take It To The Limit (Eagles)
  750. Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver)
  751. Take A Giant Step (Carole King)
  752. Take On Me (A-Ha))
  753. Tapioca Tundra (Monkees)
  754. Teach Your Children (Crosby, Stills & Nash)
  755. Tears In heaven (Eric Clapton)
  756. Tell It LIke It Is (Aaron Nevillie)
  757. Tequila Sunrise (Eagles)
  758. Thank U (Alanis Morissette)
  759. Thank You (Dido)
  760. The Best (Tina Turner)
  761. The Best Of My Love (Eagles)
  762. The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel)
  763. The Captain and the Kid (Jimmy Buffett)
  764. The Door Into Summer (Monkees)
  765. The Dope Show (Marilyn Manson)
  766. The End (Doors)
  767. The First Cut Is The Deepest (heryl Crow)
  768. The Flame (Cheap Trick)
  769. The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Monkees)
  770. The Great Beyond (REM)
  771. The Joker (Steve Miller Band)
  772. The Last Resort (Eagles)
  773. The Living Daylights (A-Ha).mp3 ( 4:11)
  774. The Living Years (Mike & The Mechanics)
  775. The Long Run (Eagles)
  776. The Motown Song (Rod Stewart)
  777. The Mummer's Dance (Loreena McKennitt)
  778. The Neverending Story (Julian Lennon)
  779. The One I Love (David Gray)
  780. The One I Love (REM)
  781. The One That You Love (Air Supply)
  782. The Rose (Bette Midler)
  783. The Sad cafe (Eagle)
  784. The Search Is Over (Survivor)
  785. The Sign (Ace of base)
  786. The Story (Brandi Carlile)
  787. The Stranger (Billy Joel)
  788. The Thrill Is Gone (BB King)
  789. The Way It Is (Bruce Hornsby)
  790. The Weight (The Band)
  791. The World I Know (Collective Soul)
  792. The World Is Not Enough (Garbage)
  793. There'll Be Sad Songs (Billy Ocean)
  794. These Dreams (Heart)
  795. Thing Called Love (Bonnie Raitt)
  796. Things Have Changed (Bob Dylan)
  797. This Old Heart Of Mine (Rod Stewart)
  798. Throwing It All Away (Genesis)
  799. Time After Time (Eva Cassidy)
  800. Time Is Running Out (Apollo 440)
  801. Time in a Bottle (Jim Croce)
  802. Time of the Season (Zombies)
  803. Times They Are a' Changing (Eddie Vedder)
  804. Tin Cup Charlie (Jimmy Buffett)
  805. Tiny Dancer (Elton John)
  806. To Be With You (Mr. Big)
  807. To Where You Are (Josh Groban)
  808. Tongue Tied (Red Dwarf)
  809. Too Late for Goodbyes (Julian Lennon)
  810. Torn (Natalie Imbruglia)
  811. Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler)
  812. Touch of Grey (Grateful Dead)
  813. Toy Soldiers (Martika)
  814. Tracks Of My Tears (Smokey Robinson)
  815. Travelin' band (CCR)
  816. True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)
  817. Truly Madly Deeply (Savage Garden)
  818. Tubthumping (Chumbawamba)
  819. Turn Turn Turn (Byrds)
  820. Twilight Time (Platters)
  821. Two Princes (Spin Doctor)
  822. Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie)
  823. Under The Milky Way (Church)
  824. Under the Bridge (RHCP)
  825. Unknown Stuntman (Lee Majors)
  826. Unskinny Bop (Poion)
  827. Until I Fall Away (Gin Blossoms))
  828. Up Where We Belong (Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes)
  829. Uptown Girl (Billy Joel)
  830. Voices (Russ Ballard)
  831. Voices carry (Til Tuesday)
  832. Volcano (Jimmy Buffett)
  833. Volunters (Jefferson Airplane)
  834. Voodoo (Godsmack)
  835. Wak on the Wild Side (Lou Reed)
  836. Walk Like An Egyptian (Bangles)
  837. Walk This Way (Aerosmith)
  838. Walk of Life (Dire Straits)
  839. Walking To New Orleans (Fats Domino)
  840. Walking in Memphis (Marc Cohn)
  841. Walking on the Sun (Smash Mouth)
  842. Wander My Friends (Bear McCreary)
  843. Wanted Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi)
  844. War Pigs (Black Sabbath)
  845. Warmth Of The Sun (Beach Boys)
  846. Wash Away (Joe Purdy))
  847. Wasted Time (Eagles)
  848. We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About (Jimmy Buffett)
  849. We Are the Champions (Queen)
  850. We Belong (Pat Benatar)
  851. We Can Work It Out (Beatles)
  852. We Didn't Start The Fire (Billy Joel)
  853. We Don't Need Another Hero (Tina Turner))
  854. We Just Disagree (Dave Mason)
  855. We Will Rock You (Queen)
  856. Weather With You (Crowded House)
  857. Welcome To The Jungle (Guns N' Roses))
  858. Were Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister)
  859. What Am I Doing Hangin' Round (Monkees)
  860. What I Am (Edie Brickell)
  861. What I Got (Sublime)
  862. What It Takes (Aerosmith)
  863. What's Love Got To Do With It (Tina Turner)
  864. When A Man Loves A Women (Percy Sledge)
  865. When Im With You (Sheriff)
  866. When Robots Attack (Lemon Demon)
  867. When Smokey Sings (ABC)
  868. Where Its At (Beck)
  869. Where Is My Mind (Placebo)
  870. Where The Streets Have No Name (U2)
  871. White Room (Cream)
  872. Whiter Shade of Pale (Annie Lennox)
  873. Who Are You (Who)
  874. Who Wants To Live Forever (Queen)
  875. Who Will You Run To (Heart)
  876. Who'll Stop the Rain (CCR)
  877. Why (Annie Lennox)
  878. Why Don't We Get Drunk (Jimmy Buffett))
  879. Wicked Game (Chris Isaak)
  880. Wild Horses (Sundays)
  881. Wild Wild West (Escape Club)
  882. Wild, Wild Life (Talking Heads)
  883. Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
  884. Wind Cries Mary (Jimi Hendrix)
  885. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
  886. With or Without You (U2)
  887. Without You (Harry Nilsson)
  888. Woman (ohn Lennon)
  889. Woman in Chains (Tears for Fears)
  890. Wonderwall (Oasis)
  891. Words (Monkees)
  892. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Gordon Lightfoot)
  893. Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus)
  894. Year Of The Cat (Al Stewart)
  895. Yellow (Coldplay).
  896. Yesterday (Beatles)
  897. Yesterdays (guns N' Roses))
  898. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder)
  899. You Belong To Me (Vonda Shepard)
  900. You belong to the City (glenn frey)
  901. You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon)
  902. You Cant Hurry Love (Phil Collins)
  903. You Could Be Mine (Guns N' Roses)
  904. You Just May Be the One (Monkees)
  905. You Needed Me (Anne Murray)
  906. You Only Get What You Give (New Radicals)
  907. You Sexy Thing (Hot Chocolate)
  908. You Shook Me All Night Long (ACDC)
  909. You Were Meant For Me (Jewel)
  910. You'll Be In My Heart (Phil Collins)
  911. You're Beautiful (James Blunt)
  912. You're Only Lonely (J. D. Souther)
  913. You're The Inspiration (Chicago)
  914. You've Got Time (Regina Spektor)
  915. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling (Hall & Oates)
  916. Young Turks (Rod Stewart)
  917. Your Body Is A Wonderland (John Mayer)
  918. Your Warm And Tender Love (Percy Sledge)
  919. Zombie (Cranberries)
  920. Zoot Suit Riot (Cherry Poppin' Daddies)

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  2. Across The Great Divide (Nanci Griffith)
  3. Burned Like a Rocket (Billy Joe Royal)
  4. Cafe Down on the Corner (Sawyer Brown)
  5. Everything That Glitters Is Not Gold (Dan Seals)
  6. Free Falling (Deanna Carter)
  7. Geronimos Cadillac (Michael Martin Murphy)
  8. If This is Goodbye (Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris)
  9. Jackson (Johnny Cash)
  10. Let Your Love Flow (Bellamy Brothers)
  11. Louisiana Blue (Radney Foser)
  12. Meet Me in Montana (Dan Seals & Marie Osmond)
  13. Old Bridges Burn Slow (Billy Joe Royal)
  14. Santa Fe (Bellamy Brothers)
  15. Speed of the Sound of Loneliness (Nanci Griffith)
  16. They Rage On (Dan Seals)
  17. What I'd Say (Earl Thomas Conley)