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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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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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Ack!I tend to be extremely loyal — to family, to friends, to businesses….

….as long as they treat me right.

My loyalty to most of my family ended around 1994, with the final family members being dismissed in 2004.

Loyalty to friends reminds me of Jeff Foxworthy and his album, “You Might Be A Redneck….” On it he talks about a guy sitting in jail in the wee hours of the morning whose best friend gets out of bed and comes down to bail him out of jail. As Foxworthy said (loosely quoted): “If he was your best friend, he’d be sitting in jail with you….”

Poop on them!Loyalty to businesses reminds me of my “do not use in this century or the next” list. I’m a very laid-back Southern boy, born and raised. I have an Excel spreadsheet in which I keep track of my interaction with businesses. I give businesses three strikes, but if they get three strikes, they go on my “do not use in this century or the next” list.

Apple made the list way back in 1983, getting about thirty strikes in a mere eight hours. From what I’ve seen of Apple since the iPhone and iPad were released to the market, nothing about Apple has changed in the ensuing decades.

Poop on them!Other companies that used to be on the list include Circuit City, Enron, Worldcom, and Lehman Brothers. None of them are in business anymore but they made my list way before then. Coincidence?

Recently Cox Communications made the list, and this weekend I had AT&T U-verse installed. Cox will fall by the wayside as soon as my next bill comes due. I’m not paying, so they’ll shut me down. No problem.

In just two days of exploring AT&T U-verse, I’m quite impressed. The picture on my old plasma television is multiple factors better, I have 150 more channels than I had with Cox, the Internet speed is much faster, and the cost per month is $30 less.

Rhinoceros buttMy loyalty to newspapers is also coming to an end. When I graduated from high school in 1973 and left for college at Texas A&M University, I have always had a newspaper subscription. During my freshman year at A&M, I even delivered the Bryan-College Station Eagle to several North Gate dormitories. Back in the days before the Internet, it was all I could think of to do during the wee hours of the morning when I was up and everyone else was asleep. Now, of course, I dictate posts like this in the wee hours of the morning….

Our local paper, U-T San Diego, formerly the San Diego Union-Tribune, was bought in December 2011 by Doug Manchester. Manchester is an extremely religious, extremely homophobic, and extremely conservative guy. He contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to causes that I abhor. The current U-T San Diego is simply an “all things Manchester” cheerleading paper. It is so far right that it makes Romney and Ryan look like liberal Democrats. Those who believe the media has a liberal bias need look no further than the paper (can’t call it a newspaper) of the nation’s eighth largest city.

Poop in a wheelbarrowSince the paper costs $52 a month and has very little of interest to me, I am calling to an end my loyalty to newspapers, effective Monday, September 17. The two things in the paper that interest me occur on Thursday and Sunday. I don’t want Manchester to get credit for my subscription, print or online, and since the Rolando/College branch of the San Diego Public Library is a mile from me, and the library at San Diego State University 1½ miles, I’ll just use those two sources when I need to.

Imagine what I can do with an extra $82 a month!

Goodbye Cox and Manchester. Don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out….

Don't let the door hit your butt on the way out

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