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  1. Ok, when you say 'stylist', that automatically tosses out Etheridge and Joplin. Screechers, not singers. Nothing stylish about it.

    Dinah Washington is my love as far as someone who could use her voice any way she chose. Inflection, pitch, resonance. She had it all. Vulnerable angst one moment, daring playfulness the next. She had complete command of her voice, and knew how to use it in the context of the song, how to give lyrics a living, breathing personality.

    Too often these days, women showcase their powerful voices ( and yes, there are some great voices out there), but they have no clue how to contol it, to use it as an instrument, as part of the song. Today it's just "Here's my great voice and my great range, and oh yea, there's some music in the background but I'm the star so look at me and me only" Bah.

    A prime example of this is that nit-wit Mariah Carey. She has to hit the highest note she can, and the lowest note she can, on every stinking song. And every note in between. Beat us over the head with it every time. It gets tiresome. "Look at my incredible range" So? You want to impress me? Blend into your song. Be secure enough to enhance the song, not comandeer it.

    A good example of a great singer today, who understands her voice, and knows how to use it, is Tracy Chapman. Her songs are made better because she knows how to sing.

    That's the difference. Just because you can sing doesn't mean you know how.

  2. I always though 'Goodbye Blue Sky' had two meanings, literal and symbolic. In the literal sense, and the in the context of the movie, it's the blanketing of the sky with war planes during WWII. There were literally thousands of aircraft in the sky on a daily basis over Europe. It couls alos mean the smoke from the bombings, even the flak from the ground forces.

    The symbolic one, however, had to do with the loss of innocence and childhood with the coming of the war, or adolescence, or whatever. A blue sky represents clarity, and a certain degree of purity.

    those are just my own interpretations, though.

  3. Actually, in the Cal Ripken photo, I have a mohawk. It was the early 90's and my brother was off fighting in Desert Storm, so my other two brothers and myself all got mohawks and kept them the entire time he was gone, as a show of solidarity between brothers.

  4. The only one-hit wonders with colors in the title ("Black Betty" and "Green Tambourine")?

    :afro: :afro: :afro: :confused: :confused:

    No, that's not it. I mean, that's true, but too obvious to be the answer.

    Some facts:

    Green Tambourine was released in 1967, and Black Betty was released in 1977.

    Two one hit wonders, ten years apart. Quite a 'pair'.

    Sorry folks, I have to get to work. I'll be back this afternoon to see if anyone has figured it out.

  5. Ok, here's the story:

    Songwriters Mitch Murray and Peter Callender wrote "Billy Don't Be A Hero".

    They gave the song to Paper Lace, who hit #1 with it for 3 weeks...on the British Charts.

    Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods charted with it in the states in the summer of 74, hitting #1 for two weeks, as Sammy stated.

    So, the same song, by two one hit wonders, on different continents.

    Also, Paper Lace has the distiction of being a one hit wonder on two different continents, with two different songs, "Billy", and "The Night Chicago Died"

    Does that make them a two hit wonder, or a one hit wonder, squared? :P

  6. I own quite a bit of Cheap Trick.

    Here's a good set of songs:

    Southern Girls


    Big Eyes


    Writing on the Wall

    Way of the World

    So Good to See You

    She's Tight

    Come On Come On

    Clock Strikes Ten

    The House Is Rockin'

    I Know What I Want


    Tonight It's You

    Just to name a few, besides Surrender and I Want You To Want Me.

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