Oh, the Humanityâ€¦
Submitted by Scott Story on June 28, 2009 - 21:45
Itâ€™s a new week, and I feel really positive about it.Â I feel well, my mind is sharp, and Iâ€™ve got a lot I want to accomplish this week!
Thereâ€™s not much to report here, really.Â Iâ€™m doing my best to work ahead and build up a buffer again.Â Not having a buffer of ready made comic episodes means that you are slave to your update schedule, and thatâ€™s no fun for me.Â So, as you read this, Iâ€™ll most likely be slapping down ink on paper.
Does anyone mistrust modern phones as much as I do?Â I have nightmares on a regular basis where I canâ€™t figure out my phoneâ€™s functions, or I canâ€™t seem to hit the right numbers on the key pad.Â This carries into my real life, and my anxiety level shoots up every time I have to use a cell phone.Â Iâ€™m no Luddite!Â Iâ€™ve tackled the internet and its opportunities in a way that most people my age would never dream of!Â Iâ€™ve decided that one of these days soon, Iâ€™m going to get one of the cell phones that has no extra functionsâ€“no camera, voice recorder, phone book, rolodex, calendar, internet, etc. etc. etc.!Â I mean, we need cell phones for safety, but why do we have to deal with tiny numbers, pitifully low volume levels, touch screens, megapixels, and all that other chicanery?Â Arenâ€™t we connected enough?Â Does all that stuff improve our lives?Â Donâ€™t even get me started on texting!
Okayâ€¦ Iâ€™m taking a deep breath, willing my shoulders to relaxâ€¦Â Out with the bad, in with the good, and so forth.
Do you like music?Â Do you want to do something fun?Â Go to YouTube, and do a search on a song of your choice, and listen to all itâ€™s versions down through time.Â Itâ€™s a hoot.Â The other night, I followed â€œHouse of the Rising Sunâ€ from Leadbelly down to Duran Duran.Â Apparently, every music act ever has recorded â€œHouse,â€ and some people even think that the Animals wrote it! (Gasp! Heresy!)Â My point is this: A popular song takes on a life of its own, making its winding way down through the years by being sung again and again and being continually reinvented.Â Itâ€™s a marvelous thing to behold and a little awe inspiring when you think about it.
Frigid Pink (I think they were a Pink Floyd cover band):
Duran Duran (I didnâ€™t expect much, really, but was pleasantly surprised):
Sometimes song covers go a little . . . off.Â Â My favorite example is Celine Dionâ€™s cover of ACDCâ€™s song â€œAll Night Long.â€Â Iâ€™m not making this up.Â Another example is this little number, Cherâ€™s recording of Neil Youngâ€™s Mr. Soul.Â Â Yep, really.Â Listen at your own risk!
And, for reference, the master: