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Music on Mondays — Are I not a great teacher?

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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In October 2012, I gave up on Cox Communications cable, which I had subscribed to for 18 years, and switched to AT&T U-verse. I took the U200 package which gave me 200 channels — 130 more than Cox — and also took the second-highest high speed Internet. I find the AT&T U-verse high speed Internet to be consistently faster at all hours of the day than was Cox. I got all of this for a price that was $40 a month LESS than Cox.

One of the channels that I “watch” a lot is Channel 500, MC Music Choice. I only discovered it a couple of weeks ago. Turns out that Channel 500 is a lot more than just one channel. Clicking on Channel 500 offers additional channels starting with 5101, Hit List. 5102 is Hip-Hop and R&B, 5103 is MCU, 5104 is Dance/Electronica, 5105 is Rap, 5106 is Hip-Hop Classics, etc., up to 5146 which is Spanish language Romance music. There is classical, country, pop, swing, blues, jazz, gospel, soul, Christian, Toddler Tunes, Stage & Screen, and my favorite channels:

  • 5112 Classic Rock
  • 5115 Metal
  • 5119 Soft Rock
  • 5121 90s
  • 5122 80s
  • 5123 70s
  • 5124 Solid Gold Oldies (50s & 60s) — My favorite since this one plays The Beatles.
  • 5125 Party Favorites

I like to fall asleep to music, but I’ve found that I can’t fall asleep to Channel 5124 because I keep hearing music that I’m familiar with but which is not in my own collection. I have to get up and put the song title and artist in my Buy spreadsheet in Excel. Once I buy it, it gets highlighted in a book, “Top Pop Singles 1955-1996” by Joel Whitburn. I quit buying the upgrades after 1996 because I really don’t like what passes for music now.

As I was highlighting music that I have, I noticed that Whitburn includes some trivia about the group or the song. One of the songs that I highlighted this morning was “SOS” by ABBA. I have a complete collection of ABBA music so I didn’t have to buy any. However, “SOS” and ABBA have a bit of trivia associated with the song: It’s the only Billboard chart hit where both the name of the song and the name of the artist are palindromes.

Here is “SOS” by ABBA:

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“SOS” was ABBA’s third hit. Their first was “Waterloo” and their only #1 hit was “Dancing Queen.” My favorite, however, is “Fernando.”

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

So for today’s Music on Mondays, you not only got some great music, you learned in a relatively easy and painless way what palindromes are! Are I not a great teacher?

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5 thoughts on “Music on Mondays — Are I not a great teacher?

  1. reocochran

    I also am a fan of the 70-90’s and the classic rock styles. I am acquiring a taste for more of a variety as I get older, blues, jazz and sometimes country! Thanks for the Abba songs, I loved the musical “Mama Mia” due to their singing many of Abba;s songs.

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