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The British Invasion and Return of the Turntable

I found myself waking up very early Saturday morning, so I brewed a pot of coffee and contemplated the day ahead. · It was 5 a.m. · The only item on my agenda was breakfast with a friend at 9:30 and a haircut followiing. · What the hell was I going to do in the meantime? · Ther ...

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Busting Open The Doors of Perception

My reading habits spiked during the mid-to-late 1980s. I had the time. · I'd embarked on a career in radio broadcasting and tied the knot for the first time. · I was a budding studio engineer for a semi-automated* FM radio station, which meant I was a glorified babysitter. · As a ...

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Literature and Life: How One Leads to the Other

As a youngster, books satisfied my interest in history -- military and ancestoral. · As a youth, they quenched my thirst for information related to a new and exciting interest -- contemporary music. · The British Invasion was in full swing and the Beatles remained the top of the ...

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From Boxes to Bookcases: The Resurrection of a Library

I don't read as much as I used to and, · looking back, it's probably a good thing. · Good or bad, my personal library is a snapshot of who I am and what I've become.. · I read a lot during my formative years, which explains a lot. · In fact, I was scolded for jumping the gun o ...

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18-year-old Guitar Instructor Tears Up "Pride and Joy"

Raine Stern plays guitar in a local band named "New Image" and she keeps them coming back for more. She definitely knows what she's doing. · "

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Looking for Rhyme or Reason Within R&B

What could be more perplexing today than trying to define rhythm and blues? · Record company executive Jerry Wexler is credited with creating the term, using it to define the music popularized by African-Americans living in metropolitan areas during the 1940s. · It made perfect s ...

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Barside Jive Airs Interview with Cheap Trick's Bun E. Carlos

in Rockford, Illinois, which is hometown to Carlos and -- your's truly. · It's very extensive, running for more than two hours. If you pay close attention, you can even learn how to play the cowbell. You can never have enough cowbell. Right? · So, grab some munchies and your favo ...

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Customers Aren't Fooled By Corporate Grandstanding

This is the 10th in a series of buzzes entitled, "Rage Against the Machine." It recounts my experiences as a maverick manager working withing the constraints of corporate America. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and wonder how the hell we made it this far. · Now that the fleet was v ...

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Snow Total Confirmed: Yep, It's 8 Inches

I hate winter. · "

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Youtube Music Show to Air Interview with Cheap Trick's Bun E. Carlos at Mary's Place

I've always loved Rockford, Illinois. It's my hometown. · It's certainly had its up and downs, but its always supported a vibrant music scene. · Numerous bars catering to live music have come and gone, but one has withstood the test of time, partly due to its steadfast commitmen ...

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A Welcome to the Keho Family

My son popped the question yesterday, on the anniversary of their first date, and my soon-to-be daughter-in-law accepted. · "

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Another Bridge Too Far

I enjoy a cup of hot coffee on my way to work on brisk winter mornings. That's why I make time to stop at Tad's diner. · Paula, who runs the place, makes the best coffee in town and we've been friends for years. · The diner sits below a bridge and along a bike path. There's a dec ...

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The Weekend's Almost Here

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere · "

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Discovering Lauper & Davis Before They Were Famous

I experimented with a lot of things in college, but the only one I got addicted to was music. · I couldn't wait to get my next fix. And, best of all, it didn't cost me a dime. · All I had to do was walk down one of the many hallways of my 14-story dormitory and I'd be exposed to ...

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Bad Reputations Can Be Quite Favorable

This is the ninth in a series of buzzes entitled, "Rage Against the Machine." It recounts my experiences as a maverick manager working withing the constraints of corporate America. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and wonder how the hell we made it this far. · After the dust settled f ...

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Focus on Changing What You Can

Fidel Castro is dead. Keith Richards is alive. · Donald Trump is the president-elect. Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize. · George W. didn't vote for president. Kanye West was hospitalized for depression. · Jim Murray will not be invited to Trump's inauguration. Don Kerr's book will be ...

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Check Out Record Store Day: Black Friday Style

With Christmas just around the corner, Record Store Day organizers are jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon. · Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, is traditionally known as the first shopping day of the Christmas season. · This year, Black Fri ...

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"Judas!" Leads to 36-CD Box Set from Bob Dylan

I'm not a fan of live albums. Most are a disappointment. · Either the sound quality of the recording is horrendous or the sound system used couldn't adequately reproduce the artful effects created in the studio. · The same goes for the live shows themselves. I'm often left wonder ...

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Mom's Returned to the Land of Castles and Step Dancing

I received the inevitable call Friday morning. · My mother's time in this world was quickly coming to an end. I was encouraged to get to the nursing home as soon as possible. She'd been under hospice care for nearly six months. · I was too late. She passed before my daughter, Meg ...

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Flex That Molson Muscle, But Don't Get Yourself in a Kerfuffle

P.S. Keep your snowbirds in the nest and that funny money at home. · ""

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