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Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Changes in Music:
Good or Bad?
By Chris GuttormsonMonday, October 30, 2000

How does the music of today reflect the personalities of its listeners?

There have been many changes in music over the past two decades (and over several decades). The question arises, "Are these changes always good?" I've asked myself this many times. Most of the time music seems to be somewhat (if not directly) related to the personality of the person listening to it.

If we go back to the fifties, a young man named Elvis Presley burst on to the music scene. This was wonderful timing for many teenagers who wanted to let loose and have some fun. This new "Rock and Roll" music gave them a great outlet to do just that.

We could cite examples like that for all the years following, but let's jump ahead. The eighties saw a rise in the "Hair Band" Heavy Metal. These new bands took their cues from such theatrical rock bands before them such as KISS. This new brand of heavy metal was much more colorful and lively than that of the rock before. It reinforced the eighties party attitude.

The nineties were itching for something a little darker. People wanted something with a little more "meat" to it than the light hearted metal of the previous decade. In came grunge. The early nineties saw a rise in this music, led by bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. This time people grew quickly tired of the depressed attitude of the genre and craved something a little happier.

The so called "Top 40" pop groups began growing in popularity in the middle to end of the nineties. This saw a rise in the "Boy Bands" such as the Backstreet Boys, N'Sync, 98 Degrees, etc... Many people have called these bands "Manufactured Bands" for the fact that they are many times thrown together by a rich person with a craving for some part of the music business. This is where I begin to wonder about the music (and listeners) of today. These sorts of groups (and many others, even some in years past) don't play instruments or write their own music. I personally have a difficult time appreciating groups like this.

Being in a band myself, I have come to realize the tremendous amount of time it must take to create the music that eventually finds its way to the top of the charts. Many times the people responsible for this music receive recognition only at a few awards ceremonies. Needless to say, I have acquired a greater respect for the musicians and song writers of a .....
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Possessed

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Author Moritz Thomsen writes of his house in an Ecuadorian jungle: "At first it is infuriating to discover what is going on beneath your nose; the books rotted; the phonograph records green with mold . . . boots turnin ..... 
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Just a Juicy Little Tidbit

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

"Whatís this?" One of the two teenaged boys impatiently thrusts an open plastic margarine tub in my face. "We found it out in the woods just lying on the ground coming back from our tree stands." At the bottom of their ..... 
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Election year notes

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 30, 2000

Like everybody else Iíve got a case of election year fatigue, but in spite of that Iím finding a bit of perverse enjoyment in observing the whole spectacle. Say what you want about the shallow, unqualified and intellec ..... 
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Halloween Goat Stories

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

October is Pork Month so I would like to use this opportunity to talk about goats. I might as well confess that I have not known a goat in any particularly meaningful way. From what I hear about goats, it is possible t ..... 
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A revolutionary idea

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

"Are you going to watch the debates tonight?" someone asked me last Tuesday.

"No, I don't have a dog in that fight," I responded, using a George Bush, Sr. analogy for "No, I'm not going to watch the debates."
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Advice to a young man & A couple of things Iím not so sure about

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

I will begin by telling you that I am seventy-five years of age and that I am a recovering workaholic. I have been in a recovery program for the last fifty five years. I want you to understand that it is not easy for m ..... 
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Journal Profile # 80

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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Name: John Goutcher
Home: Preston
Age: 60
Profession: Retired High School Educator/Administrator
Family: Wife Shirley, Son
Jeff, Daughter Jennifer
Personal Hero: Moses, he took a large grou ..... 
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Cranberry Relish Salad

Sun, Oct 29th, 2000
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1 package (3 oz.) strawberry gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
1 package (12 oz.) fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans

In ..... 
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