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Mitt Romney’s Spotify music choices revealed: What it says about his soul
New York Daily News ^ | March 10, 2012 | Jim Farber

Posted on 03/10/2012 4:22:42 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

A man of constant sorrow who roams this world alone, doomed to realize his greatest loves only in dreams.

Does this sound like the description of a man running for President?

More like a tortured artist, right?

Believe it or not, that’s the inner life suggested by the songs Mitt Romney cherished enough to put on his Spotify playlist.

Yes, it’s that Mitt Romney we’re talking about, better known as a wildly successful business tycoon, doting family man, eager public servant and all around handsome guy.

Who knew?

Romney opens his 25 song list with The Soggy Bottom Boys’ version of that classic song of suffering “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow.” He goes on to pepper the list with Clint Black’s cover of the Eagles’ ode to a shut-down loner “Desperado,” Roy Orbison’s uber-mopey “Crying” (along with his classic song of thwarted love “In Dreams”), Johnny Cash’s rumination on eternal damnation, “Ring of Fire,” and Willie Nelson’s take on the ultimate song of hopeless yearning, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

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A rule requiring early-voting states to award delegates on a proportional basis “was the dumbest idea anybody ever had,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Feb. 23 on Fox News. Christie, supporting former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, disparaged the rule because Republicans are running against President Barack Obama, who won’t face a primary challenge, and Republican presidential hopefuls will “beat each other up even longer.” Source

THE DUMBEST IDEA ANYBODY (GOP-E) EVER HAD WAS TAPPING MITT ROMNEY AS THE NOMINEE.


1 posted on 03/10/2012 4:22:44 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I like those tunes and would put them up against Obama’s any day. This is a non-story. I’m against Romney’s candidacy but this stuff is rediculous.


2 posted on 03/10/2012 4:31:56 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Ol’ Mitt, why he’s just a good old boy, y’all look at them songs. /s

Trying to read anything other than a calculated attempt to appeal to those who actually do like those songs is an exercise in futility.


3 posted on 03/10/2012 4:34:45 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Russ; RegulatorCountry; Cincinatus' Wife

I agree this is fine, but I think this song issue came up last time, in 2007. (It was less inspiring)

No one spends around a $160,000,000.00 dollars on shaping/creating their image over a five year period, without getting better at it.


4 posted on 03/10/2012 4:44:30 AM PST by ansel12 (SANTORUM-(not Romney) "I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress")
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To: ansel12
Kin I git me some cheesy grits around here? I just love me some cheesy grits ... uh, y'all.

(Noboby down here actually calls them that. Maybe he's been studying too much South Park)

5 posted on 03/10/2012 4:49:35 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I can not agree with Romney’s politics, but I do like his choice of music artists.


6 posted on 03/10/2012 4:49:35 AM PST by iontheball
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You know he looks in the mirror each morning and thinks he’s George clooney.


7 posted on 03/10/2012 4:52:48 AM PST by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Remember, newt’s playlist is all Abba stuff.


8 posted on 03/10/2012 4:53:31 AM PST by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President)
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To: RegulatorCountry
trying to be light hearted today ...
i like some of those same songs ...
unfortunately ... mitt and obama appear to be ''designer candidates'' ... perfectly tailored (smile, clothes, music ...) to audition for a family-hour game show host (wheel of fortune) ...
this is especially appealing to ''seasoned citizens'' who are still intellectually and emotionally living in the 1970s ... and are oblivious that America might soon turn into a european-style socialist mediocrity ...
9 posted on 03/10/2012 5:00:54 AM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

Well, wonder why there ain’t no Hank on ol’ Mitt’s list? Even teetotaling Southern Baptists love them some Hank.


10 posted on 03/10/2012 5:11:16 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Johnny Cash’s rumination on eternal damnation, “Ring of Fire,”

No, that was June Carter's rumination on her instant and overwhelming sexual attraction to Johnny Cash, which began when they were each married to someone else.

What a foolish, as well as ignorant, article. I'm no fan of Romney, but this silly screed just proves that our economy is still employing too many "journalists."

11 posted on 03/10/2012 5:14:37 AM PST by Tax-chick (Maybe it IS about contraception. Read "Planned Parenthood v. Casey" decision, 1992.)
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To: Yaelle

Compared to what, Santorum trying to make the GOP a pro-abortion party?


12 posted on 03/10/2012 5:15:15 AM PST by ansel12 (SANTORUM-(not Romney) "I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress")
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To: Russ
I like those tunes and would put them up against Obama’s any day. .....

Then Mitt has "picked" wisely. How did the MSM get that list? Hmmmmmm?

13 posted on 03/10/2012 5:19:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: RegulatorCountry

I wonder if there is an “I like grits morning, noon and night” ditty in there somewhere.


14 posted on 03/10/2012 5:21:00 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Yaelle
He's a fairly early hologram, so we've gotten to see all the inits over the years.

Just think of him as Mitt Headroom, sans any hint of edginess, sanitized for broadbased appeal.

Hey, it worked in Massachusetts. Just got to tinker around with the AI personality module a little for foreign markets.

15 posted on 03/10/2012 5:23:03 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
If his handlers could arrange that messaging, I'm sure there would be. I'm pretty sure "Why Don't We Get Drunk And $&%#" won't be making the cut, though.
16 posted on 03/10/2012 5:28:26 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

For angst, try this. Paul Newman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG9tuuznL1Y&feature=related

For a reminder of people screaming out to Christ, of broken people, of Johnny Cash, try this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KqM0xZQVpE


17 posted on 03/10/2012 5:32:23 AM PST by ansel12 (SANTORUM-(not Romney) "I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress")
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To: Russ

Yeah, I’ve got some of those on my iPod, and prefer Adam (the gay’s) Lambert’s “Ring of Fire.” But I also have everything from contemporary Christian to techno to Usher to Weird Al.


18 posted on 03/10/2012 5:32:57 AM PST by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Yaelle

I am the man of constant sorrow
I've seen trouble all my days
I bid farewell to ol' Kentucky
The place where I was born and raised.

The place where he was born and raised

For six long years I've been in trouble,
no pleasure here on earth I've found
For in this world, I'm bound to ramble,
I have no friends to help me now.

He has no friends to help him now

It's fair thee well, my old true lover,
I never expect to see you again.
For I'm bound to ride that Northern Railroad,
perhaps I'll die upon this train

Perhaps he'll die upon this train

You can bury me in some deep valley,
For many years where I may lay.
And you may learn to love another
while I am sleeping in my grave.

While he is sleeping in his grave

Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger
My face you never will see no more
But there is one promise that is given,
I'll meet you on Gods golden shore

He'll meet you on God's golden shore


19 posted on 03/10/2012 5:39:33 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ansel12
I've often wondered about some of the choices he made, musically, later in life. But one of those, a cover of Trent Teznor's Hurt is just one of the most amazing, bleak and sad things I've ever heard.
20 posted on 03/10/2012 5:40:49 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Reznor.


21 posted on 03/10/2012 5:42:31 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; WXRGina
the ultimate song of hopeless yearning, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

Calling Somewhere Over The Rainbow "the ultimate song of hopeless yearning", is a window offering a vile view into the culture of NYC and journalism. I hope the author enjoys the hell with which their life has brought them.
22 posted on 03/10/2012 5:43:14 AM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: ansel12
No one spends around a $160,000,000.00 dollars on shaping/creating their image over a five year period, without getting better at it.

I bet the money guys are thinking they've bet on the wrong horse.

23 posted on 03/10/2012 5:44:14 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: RegulatorCountry
Trying to read anything other than a calculated attempt to appeal to those who actually do like those songs is an exercise in futility.

My thoughts too. Just his attempt to show he feels what the common man is going through. Can't stand the guy.

24 posted on 03/10/2012 5:47:10 AM PST by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: Tax-chick
What a foolish, as well as ignorant, article. I'm no fan of Romney, but this silly screed just proves that our economy is still employing too many "journalists."

It's a humorous clash of Romney handlers leaking the list in order to appeal to Southern "rubes" and the MSM using it to their advantage.

25 posted on 03/10/2012 5:47:48 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ansel12

Thank you for the links. I think Romney would sell his soul to have “it.” He’s flat without dimension.


26 posted on 03/10/2012 5:54:48 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Patton@Bastogne
This is especially appealing to ''seasoned citizens'' who are still intellectually and emotionally living in the 1970s ... and are oblivious that America might soon turn into a european-style socialist mediocrity ...

Excellent point. There are millions of them. And they see nothing wrong with having thrown their vote away on Bobby "Viagra" Dole and Johnny "Juan" McCain, and then being told to vote for Mittens "Individual Mandate" Romney by the Republican Party liberal elite and good 'ol Charlie Krauthammer on Fox News & Friends. He made me sick last night (my wife just loves Charles) invoking William F Buckley's "rule"--to vote for the most conservative candidate who has a chance at winning. What a joke this stinking Republican Party is. But at least they know that with the electorate as it is in America today, there is no hope for a fiscally and socially conservative candidate to ever be nominated much less win an election because all of the women in America are just turned off and angered by any male who claims to have a moral compass and sees abortions as what they truly are. We have marginalized and vilified white conservative males to such an extent that even when a "black" conservative makes an appearance he is quickly snuffed out without so much as a peep from Farrakhan or Jackson or Rangel et al. yelling discrimination. Romney--an across-the-aisle deal-maker, a former governor of the state of Taxachusetts, the author of the individual mandate and an anti-Second Amendment and pro-abortion/contraception liberal if ever there was one--has suddenly magically morphed into a conservative? How gullible and stupid we have truly become as a people. Four more years of Obama coming right up. Why settle for a white male socialist when you can have a black one who is also a Muslim who bows and scrapes and apologizes to America's enemies, and to the oil emirs in their caliphate? So all of the candidates are frantically trying to position themselves so they will not "alienate" the female vote. In the meantime all of the eligible white females are marrying and cohabiting with black and hispanic males because white males have been feminized by the power female elite and if you're a decent-looking female there's only one place to go if you want any testosterone in your life. The KGB knew years ago that when America finally fell, it would be the females of this country who would gladly do the deed. Make way for the universal caliphate, it's coming because the rest of the world won't put up with the worshipping at the altar of feminist insanity we have created here.

27 posted on 03/10/2012 5:55:43 AM PST by 4Runner
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To: Yaelle

“Remember, newt’s playlist is all Abba stuff.”

I know he had a dancing queen ringtone and said he was really into the song dancing queen because of the movie mamma mia. I remember the thread, it’s pretty funny reading all those comments when Newt was a week into announcing he was running.

“Gingrich, who officially entered the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination last week, explained to media later that he is a big fan of the Meryl Streep movie “Mamma Mia” and a staffer had programmed the ringtone into his phone.

He said his wife, Callista, had warned him the ringtone might embarrass him one day, but he laughed it off.

“It’s just fun,” he said. “When they do ‘Dancing Queen’ in the movie, I just think it’s a great sequence. I love that sequence — the energy and the excitement.”

Gingrich also said he has a special ABBA ringtone for his wife, but declined to reveal what it is.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2722793/posts

Freegards


28 posted on 03/10/2012 5:56:49 AM PST by Ransomed
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To: 4Runner

A great rant!

But it remains that Romney is NOT taking the nomination without a battle.

Do not resort to surrender.


29 posted on 03/10/2012 5:59:54 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It would be interesting to see Obama's I-pod playlist. I would bet the Internationale,the anthem of international socialism and Marxism, is high on the list as would the collected sermons of Rev. Wright and Louis Farrakhan.
30 posted on 03/10/2012 6:02:33 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: RegulatorCountry

“Hurt”

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o22eIJDtKho

Johnny Cash recorded this shortly before his death, making it all the more haunting and poignant. Inner turmoil, pain, regrets, repentance.

The man had a soul, unlike the candidate who would seek to vicariously benefit from it.


31 posted on 03/10/2012 6:28:08 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Could be. Neither Romney nor Democrat Propaganda Ministry drones are doing very well at passing for human, these days.


32 posted on 03/10/2012 6:43:14 AM PST by Tax-chick (Maybe it IS about contraception. Read "Planned Parenthood v. Casey" decision, 1992.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

1st, the Soggy Bottom Boys are not a real band. It was recorded by the Union Station.

2nd, most music is about longing, questions, and bad relationships. I dont see how that has anything to do with being President. I remember the big fuss over Bush having Fortunate Son in his playlist, and the reporters questioned how he could like an anti-war song. This is a pretty silly article.


33 posted on 03/10/2012 6:50:01 AM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Russ

“I’m against Romney’s candidacy but this stuff is ridiculous.”

Agreed. Those are all good songs, the ones I know anyway.


34 posted on 03/10/2012 6:51:50 AM PST by jocon307
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To: LS

‘[I] prefer Adam (the gay’s) Lambert’s “Ring of Fire.”

I’d like to hear that. He’s very good, he’s probably the most talented guy who was ever on Idol.

And Weird Al RULES!


35 posted on 03/10/2012 6:54:23 AM PST by jocon307
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To: RegulatorCountry

Reznor said that after he heard Cash’s version that the song now belongs to Cash.


36 posted on 03/10/2012 6:54:27 AM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Vision
Calling Somewhere Over The Rainbow "the ultimate song of hopeless yearning", is a window offering a vile view into the culture of NYC and journalism. I hope the author enjoys the hell with which their life has brought them.

the best version ever I don't know about hopeless yearning, but this song is sublime when sung by an artist. Here's a version by the best singer who never made it big.

37 posted on 03/10/2012 6:55:36 AM PST by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Jim Farber:
A man of constant sorrow who roams this world alone, doomed to realize his greatest loves only in dreams. .. Believe it or not, that’s the inner life suggested by the songs Mitt Romney cherished enough to put on his Spotify playlist.
Hey Jim what's yer problem bub? FYI "Crying' was picked by the uber left Rolling Stone(r) Mag as #69 of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

And the Eagles “Desperado” isn't about any 'shut-down loner'. Per Song Facts Don Henley said, "When I play it and sing it, I think of Ray Charles - Ray Charles and Stephen Foster. It's really a Southern gothic thing." [The album had an Old West theme. It was inspired by The Dalton Gang, a notorious group of outlaws.]

As to 'The Soggy Bottom Boys' and “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow.”, first off I can't STAND George Clooney and thought that movie was INSIPID (it's supposedly a modern take on Homer's Odyssey', riiiight). BUT!.. Jerkweed that song is just a catchy Bluegrass tune.

Every song one likes doesn't mean it has some deep inner meaning to it -- You Just Like It and that's all. Trying figuring out the meaning of 'I Am The Walrus' by the Beatles ya moron. In any case whatever Mittens likes on Spotify is irrelevant as any song any GOP Candidate likes is 10002 times BETTER than Obama's favorite song -- the Commie 'marching song' -- 'The Internationale'!!

Btw 'mr' Farber what are YOUR favorite songs? Bet it's stuff like; Bette Midler's Greatest Hits, anything by KD Lang, and old MGM Musicals by Busby Berkeley. Right Jim?

One last thing Jimbo, as to Spotify -- IMO they have a crappy selection of songs. I can't find any of my real favorites. So I'm stuck with picking the Artists only, like Buddy Guy and BB King.

38 posted on 03/10/2012 7:01:49 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: Yaelle

“Remember, newt’s playlist is all Abba stuff.”

Ok, so Callista did his playlist.


39 posted on 03/10/2012 7:02:44 AM PST by ngat
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To: Raider Sam

I actually enjoyed NIN back in the nineties, and would even play Reznor’s original and Cash’s cover back to back whenever I was bombed in a bar, which was quite frequent at one point in my life. The one comes off more than a little nihilist, abandon all hope all ye who enter here, burn it all down. The other, well, it was real, all too real, and heartfelt. It was his swan song.


40 posted on 03/10/2012 7:08:26 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Vision; Cincinatus' Wife
Perhaps the author hates the sheer Americanism of "Over the Rainbow," which is typical of leftists.

From "Over the Rainbow's" Wiked-pedia entry:

It was adopted (along with Irving Berlin's "White Christmas") by American troops in Europe in World War II as a symbol of the United States--in fact, Garland even performed the song for American troops as part of a 1943 command performance.

41 posted on 03/10/2012 8:11:33 AM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: Dick Vomer
She has a magnificent voice, but sorry, this is the best version that every was or will be. Just listen and don't even watch the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSZxmZmBfnU

42 posted on 03/10/2012 8:22:14 AM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: jocon307

Lambert’s “Ring of Fire” is absolutely original. He puts a very Middle Eastern spin to it.


43 posted on 03/11/2012 8:26:06 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Vision

you’re right about fantastic voice and song.. I think neither one of us can go wrong with either choice. what an amazing singer she was at such an early age. sublime..


44 posted on 03/11/2012 10:44:23 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Russ

Absolutely agree! Talk about silliness...

Besides, everyone knows “Ring of Fire” is a song about Mexican food...


45 posted on 03/11/2012 10:46:18 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Sorry boys and girls but this is his favorite. Note the crisp southern voice just for the Mittster.I Hope They Call Me On A Mission
46 posted on 03/11/2012 10:52:11 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: LS

“Lambert’s “Ring of Fire” is absolutely original. He puts a very Middle Eastern spin to it.”

Hey LS, I searched this out and listened to it, it does have a very Middle Eastern spin.

That is what he is very good at, finding those “notes” in a song and bringing them out, because that angle was always there, whether June Carter (someone here said she wrote it) realized that, or intended it, or not.

Of course I’ll always remember when he did “Tracks of My Tears” as a slow number and they even had Smokey Robinson in the audience (am I just making this up? Well it’s how I remember it, so it’s “Truth” you know) and Robinson and everyone else was just: wow, I never thought that song could be done that way, it never occurred to me, etc.

But, having just seen it done, it seemed clear, to me anyway, that that version was always right there.

That was pretty amazing.


47 posted on 03/11/2012 5:29:38 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307
Whatever his sexuality, I think Lambert is one of the greatest singers out there. While we're into songs, check out "Live this Life," which is the theme song from "Sons of Anarchy" TV series, and also the theme from "Strike Back" (I think it's called "Ain't no place for a hero" by "Heavy", but I'm not exactly sure on the title).

And if you want amazing guitar work, listen to Lincoln Brewster . . . anything.

48 posted on 03/12/2012 5:53:03 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Vision

I’m gonna have to agree with the Daily News writer on that one. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is NOT a song of Christian hope in the afterlife. Although its highly reasonable to expect that Heaven might be the fulfillment of such a longing, — there’s nothing anti-Christian about it, and there’s Christian precedent for reading “wish upon a star” as “prayer borne by an angel to Christ,” so that it’s not pagan — the song is more wistful than hopeful.


49 posted on 03/12/2012 6:11:11 AM PDT by dangus
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To: LS

Are you serious? The sounds he make aren’t difficult; it’s just that most men wouldn’t WANT to make them. I found Lambert soulless, depthless, and with whose raw vocal talent wasn’t really all that. Drop a carp down Bruce Springsteen’s shorts, and he’ll make noises like that, too.


50 posted on 03/12/2012 6:14:29 AM PDT by dangus
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