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.
This song was originally a Russian romance song called "Dorogoi dlinnoyu". It became popular in 1968 when Mary Hopkin recorded it. It went all the way to number 2 on the charts! It may be corny, but Paul McCartney really liked it because he was the producer of the song. It was recorded on the Beatles' Apple Records label. McCartney even had Hopkin record it in four other languages.
Since it doesn't look like the band fun. is coming anywhere near Madison (unless you count Detroit) in the near future, we'll have to be content listening to them on the radio, and watching their videos.
The band, which recently won the Best New Artist category at the Grammy's has just released a video for the song, "Why AM I The One," which really is a trip--literally. And for some reason it makes me want to put faces on all my suitcases.
Click here for more about the band and their upcoming summer tour.
In Their Words: "'America's Son' is about that moment when you truly realize that you are a product of your environment; sometimes it takes a trip to the other side of the world to fully realize that truth." -- Guitarist Richard Carpenter.
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.”
by Jonathan's Jabberings,posted Feb 26 2013 9:31AM
As a kid I always wanted a nickname. Jonny is sort of a nickname for Jonathan, but not the kind of nickname I’m talking about. I like people who have an origin story related to the nickname. A perfect example was a friend of mine in college. His name is Robert, but everyone called him Slider. The name came about one night when he was drunk at a bar and couldn’t lift his drink. He was sliding his beer across the bar and the name was born. Granted that’s not a glorious story, but it’s still a story.
I never had a story of something awesome or stupid I did that could be turned into a nickname. I also never gave myself a nickname because that would be poor form. However, someone forgot to send the poor form instructions to Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat. Wade is now calling himself “WOW”.
Wow, that is bad.
He says it stands for World of Wade and is part of his new shoe deal. It sounds pretty stupid and even his teammate LeBron James doesn’t like it. I’m sure Wade is doing it so he can peddle more shoes, but he could have spent a little more time with his marketing team to come up with a better name.
Leo Sayer's "When I Need You" may make Kitty cringe, but it brings back some romantic and awkward moments from Jonathan's childhood. He's not alone. A lot of Triple M listeners wanted to hear the song on today's edition of the World's Worst iPod. Channel 27's Brian Olson didn't know this was a man singing until today. Leo Sayer made it all the way to number 1 in 1977.
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.
I am addicted to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy," and I didn't think I could like it any more than I already did.
Until I saw this video. Yeah, it's pretty shallow humor, but it put a smile on my face! Andthat's not something...
Critics have been saying some good things about the new biographical Jimi Hendrix movie that's debuting at SXSW later this month.
For one thing, Jimi: All Is By My Side comes from film-maker John Ridley, who wrote the screenplay for the much...
"Move it in, move it out, move it in roundabout, Disco Lady!"
Those lyrics were just a little too suggestive to Kitty back in 1976 when this song was a hit. But lots of folks appeared to be in a disco mood this morning when we played that number one...
I made jambalaya for supper last night--today I think I'll celebrate Mardi Gras with my favorite Louisiana export, Sonny Landreth!
I've had a chance to see Sonny around a dozen times, and he never fails to impress. When he opened Eric...
To get through the Monday Blues, you're going to need something extraordinary (what makes the difference is that little extra), and here it is: Neon Trees' latest Sleeping With a Friend (slightly off-putting title insanely awesome jam!)
You may have driven by that seemingly rundown brick building on East Washington Avenue hundreds of times, but you probably never got to go behind the scenes at the iconic recording studio that brought us so much great music in the 1990s.
What are you doing Sunday March 9th? Why not spend the afternoon supporting a great cause, and enjoying some fantastic music?
It's a benefit for the family of a young Madison girl, Anna Mischnick, who is battling brain cancer.
The event goes...