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  1. Hey, I just wanted to thank Ghost Rider and all the posters in here for an outstanding thread.  I read it for the first time in a couple of hours over the weekend.  Everyone had such great perspectives and depth of knowledge and insight, including the sweet personal touches (teaching your kids to drum and similar).  It was also a thread about the love of music with no acrimony or snobbery whatsoever.  Bravo!  

    Rush would never be my very favorite band because one of the things I treasure in music is vocal harmonies, but that's not Rush's fault.  Everything else about them really resonates with me.  No surprise that a lot of you commenting are musicians.  

    My depth of knowledge pales next to you experts, but I loved Ghost Rider's rankings - I also adore keyboards in rock music so the synth era is wonderful stuff to me.  However, the high rankings of 2112, LVS and Xanadu were all very justified to say the least.  I listened to each while reading the thread, for the first time in a while, and was really impressed all over again.  Anyway, my all-time favorite is Subdivisions followed by Mystic Rhythms (honestly one of the coolest songs I've ever heard), SOR, and the usuals of LL/TS/RB.  I was pleased to see those all well-ranked; I'm sure MR in particular isn't for everyone.  I also need to check out Clockwork Angels; I've heard The Anarchist once or twice and like it but did not realize that this was a full-blown concept album.  Sounds very worthwhile.  

    From an admirer but non-expert, fantastic thread.  Thanks for the great read!   🙂


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  2. 55 minutes ago, heckmanm said:

    Two-plus-year bump.  Just finished binging all 3 seasons.

    My tip is DO NOT watch it with English audio. Worse dub than a 60's kung fu movie. It's worth the effort to read subtitles.

    Agree with this.  I started it, didn't realize it was in German, and Netflix defaulted to the dubbing.  After a few minutes of bafflement at how horrible the acting was for something rated so highly, the light dawned and I switched to the German language track.  

    Fantastic, fantastic series.  

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  3. 18 hours ago, Ignoratio Elenchi said:

    Or, you know, if you literally never use cash for anything then there's no reason to carry cash on you at all times.  If you're going to need cash for some reason, go get some.  The cash-carriers are the ones trying to prove that their way is "right," the rest of us have said it's fine if you want to carry and fine if you don't.   

    If I ever end up in some highly specific (and correspondingly extremely unlikely) scenario where I need a $20 bill to save my life and am unable to acquire one, I'll admit bonkers guy was right with my dying breath.  :shrug: 

    Boy, are you being rude in here.  We get it - you think jvd is wrong.  

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  4. 27 minutes ago, The General said:

    So was listening to some music on youtube after the Pink Floyd thread.

    Came across this, it's apparently a whole genre - younger people listening to classic rock songs for the first time.

    I love this dude and you get to listen to great music. There are hundreds of these.

    Neil Young - Old Man

    Pink Floyd - Time

    Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown

    Yep, two young twins who do this recently went viral listening to "In the Air Tonight" for the first time.  Great video.  And the song is charting again too.  

  5. 19 minutes ago, Drunken Cowboy said:

    I think based on the early attacks against her, she is s better choice than I was expecting. It seems particularly lame. Trump's comments are she is nasty and super liberal. The nasty comment is just his continued sexism. Trying to paint her a super liberal seems a big stretch even for Trump.

    Plus, he and his family donated to her, which is hilarious.   

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  6. 9 hours ago, Charlie Steiner said:

    You know how sometimes a writer inserts himself into a story?  I think I figured out who's representing Matthew Weiner--Glen.

    Enh, in part.  There's another surrogate for him, though . . . stick around

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  7. 4 hours ago, parasaurolophus said:

    Because almost every one of you to a T said the same things and discouraged the general public from wearing them while wearing them yourselves. Many of you even shaming others then for not letting you have their masks.

    Any HCW that shamed somebody for buying or wearing a mask should be ashamed of themselves. That line can start with you. You should apologize to every person you ever typed or spoke that to. But you wont. Instead you just try to gaslight them. It's disgusting. 


    Good lord.  Take a pill.  

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  8. 53 minutes ago, Gally said:

    Thanks...….to Wikipedia.....hahhaha

    Oh, LOL!  I was really impressed!   😁😆🙂   Funny that the wikians let that ambiguity about the notes stand though.  As anyone with relative or perfect pitch should be able to confirm, that's E and F, not F and F# or whatever the other claim was.  

    In any case - great pick.  Love reading picks with detail and inspiration.  

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  9. 1 hour ago, Gally said:

    Pick 8.8 - Jaws - Best Movie Score (Category 35)


    The most iconic beat that immediately sends chills up your spine.  Everyone knows what this sound means and is instantly put on notice.  Simple yet very effective.


    The main "shark" theme, a simple alternating pattern of two notes—variously identified as "E and F" or "F and F sharp"—became a classic piece of suspense music, synonymous with approaching danger. Williams described the theme as "grinding away at you, just as a shark would do, instinctual, relentless, unstoppable." The piece was performed by tuba player Tommy Johnson. When asked by Johnson why the melody was written in such a high register and not played by the more appropriate French horn, Williams responded that he wanted it to sound "a little more threatening".  When Williams first demonstrated his idea to Spielberg, playing just the two notes on a piano, Spielberg was said to have laughed, thinking that it was a joke. As Williams saw similarities between Jaws and pirate movies, at other points in the score he evoked "pirate music", which he called "primal, but fun and entertaining". The primal opening notes are developed from the opening foreboding tone of Ravel's La Valse.  Calling for rapid, percussive string playing, the score contains echoes of La mer by Claude Debussy as well of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

    There are various interpretations of the meaning and effectiveness of the primary music theme, which is widely described as one of the most recognizable cinematic themes of all time. Music scholar Joseph Cancellaro proposes that the two-note expression mimics the shark's heartbeat.  According to Alexandre Tylski, like themes Bernard Herrmann wrote for Taxi Driver, North by Northwest, and particularly Mysterious Island, it suggests human respiration. He further argues that the score's strongest motif is actually "the split, the rupture"—when it dramatically cuts off, as after Chrissie's death.  The relationship between sound and silence is also taken advantage of in the way the audience is conditioned to associate the shark with its theme,[6] which is exploited toward the film's climax when the shark suddenly appears with no musical introduction.

    Spielberg later said that without Williams's score the film would have been only half as successful, and according to Williams it jumpstarted his career.


    Nothing score wise fits the situation it was conveying better than this simple beat instilling fear and relentless danger.

    What a great writeup.  The tuba that opens is playing E and F, then later plays alternating couplets of E/F D/E, but by then it's harder to hear because the higher-register horns have entered.  

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  10. 27 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

    Also, I have to throw a flag on all of us for not discussing the formidable and sexy Joan Hollaway. That was a hell of a woman. 

    Never found her as attractive as either of Don's wives or several of his flings but she's the definition of striking.  I love her character.  She never once annoyed me or had me anything less than rooting for her all the way.  

  11. I experienced the duality of seldom bonding with Peggy (although the Colin Hanks subplot and the hippie movement were highlights besides nearly all her interactions with Don) but marveling at Elisabeth Moss' talent as an actress.  

  12. 41 minutes ago, Otis said:

    We embraced masks months ago. Texas just did. Florida won’t. 

    Lots of dramatic thesaurus words doesn’t make your post right. I stand by mine.  New York, the biggest city in the country, went through a nightmare and got this under wraps months ago. The south and west snickered that it was a big hoax. Months later—even without the challenges of massive populations in small spaces forced into public transportation—the south and west are getting hammered. These people drive to the Piggly Wiggly in air conditioned Dodge Ram pickups, pretty easy circumstances with which to avoid this virus. Yet here we are. Meanwhile N.Y. took responsible action and beat it. 

    Funny how you focus on numbers when you like them and then reject the numbers when you don’t. You’re all sorts of wrong. Sorry. 

    Don't be sorry.  Ignore him like everyone else.  His contributions are of no value.  

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  13. 2 hours ago, timschochet said:

    9. Van Halen “Dance the Night Away” (from Van Halen II


    David Lee Roth claims this song is about a woman having sex in the back of a truck who fled the cops with her pants on backwards into the bar where the band was playing. OK? 

    Whatever it’s origins, it’s got a killer guitar riff and it began the image of the band as extremely happy hard rockers (especially Eddie) that would continue through “Jump” and their other huge hits. 


    This, along with "Runnin' with the Devil," showcases that cool aspect of VH that so many other four-piece metal or hair bands or whatever you want to call them of that era did not have: the ability of both EVH and Anthony to sing excellent background vocals.  Anthony's outstanding high voice was such a counterpoint to his appearance.  

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  14. 24 minutes ago, Joe Summer said:

    The sad thing about the whole "BUT WHATABOUT ACTIVE CASES?!" narrative is that it's only a matter of days before Florida and Texas eclipse New York and California in terms of the active case rate.

    And then it'll be on to the next goalpost.

    Right.  This follows "BUT TEH TESTING INCREASE!!!" and "BUT NO RISE IN DEF RATE!!!!!JUAN" into the dustbin of history.  

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