CMA Ain’t Country


Where’s the fiddle and pedal steel guitar? I don’t know about you, but if that was “country” on last night’s ABC’s CMA show, I am a friggin alien. I liked some of it, and I can appreciate “cross-over” artists and music, but I had to turn it off and go to bed to read. That was the worst sound or mix control also. The vocal tracks were muffled compared to the instrumentals. We all appreciated that Conway Twitty and Brenda Lee, and Patsy Cline had their recordings aired on rock stations. I realize it is a different world …. [don’t we all?]. You could see it coming, at least I could, when I went to a Hal Ketchum concert and on the side of his bus is a huge name of “Mount Rockmore” with images of the four band members. Now too, Darius Rucker of 1990s Hootie fame has his hit of Wagon Wheel, done by many others in past, including the seeming his copy of Old Crow Medicine Show’s version and arrangement. You Tube it to compare for yourself.

Maybe it’s just ABC because everything is starting to be like a Disney production including the GMA show in the morning.

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UK and NSA

This headline news on AT&T & Yahoo online is remarkable as an example of “ignorance of corporate history.” Actually it is ignorance of any history. Why this was deemed such a news-breaking story is what is astounding. If one had read THE PUZZLE PALACE in the mid 1980s, it explains a lot of the connection of the UK to the USA ever since the revolution and in spite of War of 1812. We have always been allies and ever more so in the clandestine world of global intelligence from the cold war era to the present. The history of the NSA is given in detail in that publication also. The author made all the rounds on the talk shows of that era. For the news piece referenced today, go to:
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