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Pontifex, and other great band names
So Pope Benedict the XVI has the eyes (if not the souls) of the world in his palm today as he becomes the first pope to quit in 600 years.

The story is getting a lot of media attention, even pre-empting The Price is Right. That means it must be a pretty big story.

Lots of people have been posting about the occasion on twitter, with the hashtag #pontifex.

When I saw that, I thought immediately, "What a great band name!"

That inspired me to search news stories for other great band names.  I found Castel Gandolfo, which will be Benedict's temporary home until they build him a new place at the Vatican. "Castel Gandolfo" would be a great name for a prog band, which would no doubt be heavily influenced by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

Other great band names all contained in one USA Today article about the pope's last day: College of Cardinals, Pontiff Emeritus, and Faith & Morals.

There is a band that was inspired by the papacy years ago--that's the Chicago band "Smoking Popes." Not to be confused with Sinead O'Connor, who tore up a picture of the pope.


 
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FIve Great Johnny Cash quotes
If Johnny Cash were alive, he'd be celebrating his 81st birthday today, probably with a big plate full of good old Southern food.

My love for Johnny Cash has grown over the years, and I developed an even greater admiration for the man when I recently read his autobiography Cash.

His book had the down-home approach you might expect, telling about everything from his early days growing up, to the grim details of his battles with drug addiction, to his very close relationship with God. I highly recommend it.

I'm not sure if all these quotes came from his book, but I think they're pretty good ones.

“My arms are too short to box with God.”

“I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.”

“I'm not bitter. Why should I be bitter? I'm thrilled to death with life.”

“Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.”

 
"I love songs about horses, railroads, land, Judgment Day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. And Mother. And God.”

 
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Remembering the Quiet Beatle on his 70th birthday
George Harrison was the most beloved Beatle by many fans, most surely among the many guitar players he inspired. The youngest of the Fab Four, he would have turned 70 this month.

There's been some confusion over the years about just when George Harrison was born..was it the 24th or the 25th? Since his facebook page says it's the 25th, we'll go with that.

George was known as the Quiet Beatle, but he was also very funny, and was never afraid to poke fun at himself. He appeared on the Simpsons (when Homer famously asked him, "where'd you get that brownie?"), but much earlier than that he appeared in the Rutles TV movie, which was a hilarious parody of the Beatles that came out back in the 1970s.

He was a big fan of Monty Python, and was a friend of Eric Idle. He also loved the Mike Myers Austin Powers movie, and his last written letter was to Myers, asking for a Mini-me doll. Myers says it's one of his most cherished possessions (no doubt).

When Harrison died in 2001, I wasn't shocked and angry like I was when John Lennon was killed. I was sad, and like I told Channel 3 in an interview at the time, I felt like I lost a member of the family--one of my big brothers.

I wonder what George would be doing now if he were still alive. Would he be playing Bonnaroo or going on Dancing With the Stars? I kind of doubt it. He'd probably be making music with his son Dhani, who is a musician in his own right and will be playing in Madison with thenewno2 in May.
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