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Monday, November 12, 2018

Friday, November 9, 2018

Time Machine co-ordinates VILXX51211966

Today we go to November 9th, 1966, and "witness" one of the most famous events that never happened...

It all began on October 12, 1969, when Russ Gibb, a DJ for Detroit's underground station WKNR-FM, received a phone call by a man named "Tom," who claimed that some Beatles records contained hidden clues suggesting that Paul McCartney had actually died.

The evidence for a conspiracy revolved around the theory that Paul had been decapitated in an automobile wreck after he left Abbey Road studios in London, where the Beatles recorded their music. Paul had apparently left upset over an argument with the other Beatles, took his Aston Martin sportscar, and perished in a horrible accident that killed him.

This accident supposedly took place at 5 a.m. on November 9, 1966, and was caused by a hitchhiker named Rita who Paul had picked up along the road.

The arrival of an impostor in November 1966, then, could have explained why the Beatles stopped touring that same year (it would have been too easy to spot a fake McCartney performance on stage) and started to grow moustaches (the face was almost identical, but not perfect: it needed some disguise).

However, this terrible secret generated in the remaining Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, a strong sense of guilt and induced them to insert many hints and clues to the truth in their songs and album covers.

This of course started all the back-masking, "I buried Paul" crap that even led to Batman getting involved...

And 52 years later, Paul is one of the last two left.  Oops!  Welcome to Time Machine, and a POTM appearnce from Mick Jagger, who's also still alive!  Plus, the biggest Panel in history!  Quick, Robin to the batmobile the Musical Tardis!


I'm giving Mick a break from this massive Panel list- 30 songs from 116 stations!  Was it a close race? Well...

Anyway, let me start off with the anomalies that crop up on most Panels in limited quantities, but really went wild here:

A local band from (queue Captain Obvious) El Paso called the El Paso Premiers had a very tasty number on the list called This Is The Beginning.  Worth a look-up IMHO.

Aussie star Johnny Young got in with a tune called Stepback.  Not bad, either!

Actually getting two votes was another pretty good lost song from Ronnie and the Daytonas called I'll Think Of Summer.  It hit Billboard's Bubbling Under at some point at #123.

Richard and the Young Lions peaked in July with a tune called Open Up Your Doors.  The band included future writer of Tie A Yellow Ribbon, Larry Brown, and the song hit #70.

Al Martino makes the oddity list despite being at #68 on the Cashbox chart with The Wheel Of Hurt- an oddity because I couldn't find the video to listen to it anywhere!

One chart had the Monkees at 1 and 2- and NEITHER one was ever released!  The one that got the vote was the tune I Wanna Be Free- the Theme From The Monkees was at 2.

Another Aussie vote went to a band called the Twilights with Needle In A Haystack- lead singer future Little River Band front guy Glenn Shorrock.

And the final anomaly belongs to Columbus OH band Fifth Order with the garage-y Going Too Far.

Then we get to the rest of the one hit wonders:

Herman's Hermits got a vote for No Milk Today- and it was a Euro vote, as that song wouldn't climb our charts until next April.  In the meantime, they WERE charting with Dandy at #8.

Tommy Roe's Sweet Pea, I guess I shoulda stuck it among the anomalies, as it had peaked back in July.

Eddie Floyd had Knock On Wood at #64.

I really have to wonder why Sonny went along with some of the titles to the songs he charted with.  He had a solo hit with one called Laugh At Me; he had one with Cher charting at #29 this week called Little Man (with her singing to him).

Go Away Little Girl by the Happenings was at #14.

Bobby Darrin was at #9 with If I Were A Carpenter.

And Percy Sledge was at #49 with It Tears Me Up.

Which brings us to the rest of the also rans:

Tommy Roe again with Hooray For Hazel at #7 and 3 votes.

The Supremes with You Keep Me Hanging On at #24 had 6 votes.

David Ruffin and What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted was at #13 with 5 votes.

Also with 5 votes was the #15 tune, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels with the Devil With A Blue Dress Medley.

The Left Banke had Walk Away Renee at #2 this week- but just 4 votes.

Peter and Gordon and the lovely Lady Godiva were at #45 and 2 votes.

James and Bobby Purify were at #22 with I'm Your Puppet and 4 votes.

The Loving Spoonful and Rain On The Roof was #11 and 2 votes.

The New Vaudeville Band were at #16 and 6 votes for Winchester Cathedral.

And finally, the Four Tops and Reach Out (I'll Be There) was at #6 with two votes.  Whew!


So before we get to the final 4, how about we take a break and listen to this week's new M10 debut at #10- from Elvis Costello and the Imposters:


And now, Mr Mick Jagger!

Yeah, I wonder if I'm in me right mind comin' back here again, but... what can I do for you?

Well, I knew neither you- nor any guest in their right mind- would want to tackle that brobdingnagian list of ours, so I thought maybe we could talk about the 6D together.

Oh, that's that thing where you dig up dirt on the bloke that didn't get a Panel vote.  Hard to believe ANYbody didn't get one this week.

I know, right?  So let me start this with a question:  What do (outside of being musicians) the following acts have in common:  Cliff Richard, David Bowie, Jeff Lynne, John Lodge of the Moody Blues, Queen, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Ray Davies of the Kinks, and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders?

That's a right mob there!  It could be about anything.  Let me... wait, I know- they're not ME!

Well, that, and they were all winners of the Ivor Novello Award for outstanding Contributions to British Music.

Oh, that lot.  Those buggers don't like the band for some reason.

Yeah, I noticed you guys got shut out.

Oh, not so!  Keith and I got some songwriting award in 2005...

Oh, yeah.  Did you see John Lennon had like 15 awards?

Why does it always have to do wtih the bloody Beatles?

Well, because one of those wins was for writing the song She's Leaving Home, which was one of only three songs they recorded on which NONE of them played instruments.

Yeah, well, they could get away with that rubbish.  You know what we would've sounded like without instruments?

Breeding season in tomcat alley?

Oh, you're a fine one...

So anyway, She's Leaving Home was also the only Beatles tune not orchestrally arranged by George Martin. For this one, Paul used Mike Leander...

Uh-oh.  I know where this is going...

... who also was the arranger on your first song to use a horn section...

Please, tell me it's not us...

And that song is our 6D victim- Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In The Shadow, at # 4 without any Panel love.

ARRRRGH!!! Why do I ever come here!!!!!????

Wait!  Don't you want to know the other two songs the Beatles didn't play instruments on?

No!  No no no!

But they were Eleanor Rigby and...


... and Good Night, from the White Album.  Hee hee...


Before I forget, here are your final contestants!  The Beach Boys with Good Vibrations at #10; The Monkees and Last Train To Clarksville at the top; ? and the Mysterians and 96 Tears at #5; and Johnny Rivers and Poor Side Of Town at #3.  Better get yer choices in quick!


Stats and labels next!

The Capitols, who gave us Cool Jerk, were our #101 with We've Got A Thing That's On The Groove.  It would peak at #65- and that was the next-highest they ever got.

The #66 in '66 was a song just about to flame out right there- Lorraine Ellison with Stay With Me.

Out of the Cashbox hot 100, of which I knew 31, the Hollies had the big mover with Stop Stop Stop going from 73 to 46 for 27 spots.

On the British charts, the Panel scored with Good Vibrations (15), No Milk Today (7), What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted (43), Lady Godiva (23), Little Man (33), Winchester Cathedral (5), If I Were A Carpenter (13), and their #1, Reach Out (I'll Be There).  Despite all those, I only knew 15 of their top 50 hits.

And probably for the first time ever on the label game, the winner of the best position also had the most on this year's MusicVF top 100 with 8, and an average position of  29.2!  And that winner is...

Capitol!  They won behind 3 from the Beatles (Eleanor Rigby 49, Yellow Submarine 13, and Paperback Writer 5), 3 from the Beach Boys (Sloop John B 26, Barbara Ann 22, and Good Vibes 6), and Lady Godiva at #93, and the Seekers' Georgy Girl at #20!


The rest of the M10:

A crowded field sees the Derevs only go up 1 to #9 with Research Cognitivity.

A trio of former #1s drop- Sucker's Prayer from 4 to 8, What I Want from 6 to 7, and last week's #1- Frankie Cosmos with Apathy- to #3.

Bad Wolves move up 2 to 6 with Remember When.

Alkonost holding at 5 with Paporotnik.

Blackberry Smoke and Amanda Shires move up 3 to #4 with You Got Lucky.

Roseanne Cash slides into the #2 slot with Not Many Miles To Go.

And with that we note that it is a happy and sad day for ELO.  First...

....they take their second #1 with Surrender...

But second, founding member and cellist Hugh McDowell passed away on the 6th at the age of 65.

His passing, on November 6, was confirmed by his former ELO bandmate, Mel Gale. McDowell was 65. He performed on the band’s recordings throughout the mid-to-late ’70s as they ascended the worldwide albums and singles charts.

Gale, a fellow cellist in the group, wrote on his Facebook page on November 7: “I’m sad beyond words to have to pass on the news that my old friend and fantastic cellist Hugh McDowell passed away last night after a long illness.

“We met in our mid teens and were close until we left ELO in 1980. He was a beautiful free spirit, had such a natural gift as a cellist and just a lovely bloke.”  (Best Classic Bands)

But now, on at last to the Panel Winner!  If you took 96 Tears, you got 6% of a crowded field.  If you took the Monkees, you netted not quite 9.5%.  Johnny?  You got 11.2%.  But the winner, with a whopping 25%- an act that traditionally sucks on Panel votes-

The Beach Boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Be here next time for 1967 with the boys!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wednesday Bible Study: Egypt has fresher meat

This week we have a short and to-the-point verse- but there is a tremendous lot of things packed around it.  In fact, so that you see where we are (other than the "duh, we're in 2 Corinthians 3:16" line), I'm going to give you the lead in verses as well:

2Co 3:12  Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 
2Co 3:13  not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 
2Co 3:14  But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 
2Co 3:15  Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 
2Co 3:16  But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 

Now the ESV makes it seem easy to grasp.  Maybe a little harder if you use the Literal Translation ( which is a bit different yet from Youngs):

2Co 3:16  But whenever it turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

With the "it" of course being the heart.  Now in studying this, I came across a few questions that I have no answers to, and I'm not really sure if it matters, but let me float them out to see what you think.

1- "not like Moses".  The inference is that Moses was not bold, but that can't be what Paul means here.  Moses had gone before God Himself, both on the mountain and in the tabernacle.  What Paul is referencing is what happened after God gave Moses the Law on Sinai:

Exo 34:29  And it happened as Moses was going down from Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony being in Moses' hand as he went down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face had become luminous through His speaking with him. 
Exo 34:30  And Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses. And, behold! The skin of his face had become luminous. And they were afraid to draw near to him. 

So close was Moses to the presence of God, that God's glory literally lit Moses' face- and it scared the people.  Moses was bold in going to Him; the people couldn't even handle the afterimage of it!  This is a part I don't recall happening to Charlton Heston, but it's been a while.

Curiously, the commentators seem to all have one main point they make about the veil that Moses was thus forced to wear:

Concerning the duty of the ministers of the gospel to use great plainness or clearness of speech. They ought not, like Moses, to put a veil upon their faces, or obscure and darken those things which they should make plain.  (Matthew Henry's commentary)

Which, while a valid point, I don't know that is a valid point as far as what Moses did.  To read this, you assume he covered his face in front of the Hebrews AT ALL TIMES until the glow died off.  However, as I read the passage:

Exo 34:32  And afterwards all the sons of Israel drew near. And he commanded them all that which Jehovah had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. 
Exo 34:33  And Moses finished speaking with them, and he put a veil on his face. 
Exo 34:34  And as Moses came in before Jehovah to speak with Him, he took off the veil until he went out. And he would go out and speak to the sons of Israel that which he was commanded. 
Exo 34:35  And the sons of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face had become luminous. And Moses would put back the veil on his face until he went in to speak with Him. 

You see, Moses gave them the Word of God WITH UNCOVERED FACE- only putting on the veil afterwards.  And when he would go to speak with God again, he would uncover himself to God- and then go to the Sons of Israel STILL uncovered, until he had told them what God wanted them to know.  They NEVER received the Word veiled from God's glory- but because of the hardness of their hearts, they never took it in.

Which brings me to two more points to ponder.  HOW did their hearts get hardened?  Did God do it, as he (seemingly) did to Pharaoh?  Or was it as Paul would say to the Corinthians in the next chapter:

2Co 4:3  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. 
2Co 4:4  In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 

So, did God do it, or did the Devil?  Well, my opinion is that THEY had to choose whether to face the glory of God, and they chose to hide from it, so God allowed the veil to descend, and Satan used it to blind them.  And us, if we hide from the glory.

Second point to ponder, what DID Moses see?  Was he looking at the FACE of God?  

Joh 1:18  No one has seen God at any time; the Only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. 

Exo 33:20  And He said, You cannot see My face. For there no man can see Me and live. 

So what DID he see?  The verses before that Exodus passage give us a clue...

Exo 33:18  And he (Moses) said, I beseech You, let me see Your glory. 
Exo 33:19  And He (God) said, I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of Jehovah before you. And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will have mercy on whom I will have mercy. 

And at the big moment...

Exo 33:21  And the LORD said, "Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 
Exo 33:22  and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 
Exo 33:23  Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen." 

Now note in v 19, how God mentions proclaiming His name?  It was more than just a name He declared:

Exo 34:6  The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 
Exo 34:7  keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation." 

One last thing on this:  How great is the glory of God!  Think about it, here we have a people who saw an entire sea split in two for them to walk across, and shrugged it off with a, "but Egypt has fresher meat" (Exodus 16:3 for the un-Martined version), but when confronted with the afterglow from one man who got a glimpse of the back of God's hands, they cower in fear!

Monday, November 5, 2018

trips through woods and years

I know we've gotten a lot of rain and crappy weather, but we had ONE nice day this weekend- and Scrappy and I went out into it:

Hi ho, hi ho...

This has been, around here, one of the best years for color ever...

Scrappy is on the "hunt"...

Somewhere past that last log lying down is a stream bed with some muddy water, and that is his target.  Objective: failed.

This bush supports breast cancer awareness

So I started tripping' down the years past for this weekend...

In 2012, river up, river down, depending on where you look...

In 2013, I'm guessing this was KC's Halloween costume...
2014 was more Fall shots...

...including Big Guy...

...and a squirrel just chillin'...
In 2015, things were worth an extra sniff...


"Aw, c'mon Daddy, lets go to IPFW, before they do something stupid like change their name to a fart sound!"

In 2016, we welcomed Isaiah into the world!

And one year later, he was THIS big!

"Yeah, looks like it's over fer us, kiddo!"

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunday Message: A "Christian" Nation

Something I will not reference led me to some thoughts on the current situation with the "caravans" of people heading through Mexico to the United States.  It leads me to a question that is being asked by some others- some well-meaning and some not.  That question is:  Does the United States, as a Christian Nation, have a duty to accept just any ol' body in their borders?

And the answer there lies in the concept of Christian Nation.  And why the United States is NOT one.

First let's ask, can a nation be a Christian?  Is an entire nation saved, or just individuals?  Will any nation go in its entirety to heaven?  Answer:  That would be absurd.  Nor do you get to heaven by your membership in a nation, ethnic group, or religious grouping.  I would like to think that is obvious... but, you have Catholics who think they merit heaven (after a pit stop in purgatory) just on their baptism into the church; you have Jews who think that "God's Chosen People" is a physical birthright despite the examples of Ishmael and Jacob; and others.  Fact is, remind yourself of Ephesians 2:8-9...

Eph 2:8  For by grace you are saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; 
Eph 2:9  not of works, that not anyone should boast; 

...or Romans 10:9...

Rom 10:9  Because if you confess the Lord Jesus with your mouth, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 

... so that dispenses of that aspect.  But what if you say, "Well, a 'Christian Nation' doesn't mean that, it means it is founded on Christian values"?

Declaration of Independence:  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 

The Constitution:  "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"...

Do you see that, while respecting the rights of people of faith, there is a definite NON-link between God and government?  Do you see that while the Declaration recognized a CREATOR, it did not recognize Christ as that Creator?

Some might challenge me, then how is it that God so richly blessed this nation?  To which I challenge you- are Christians to be known by their BLESSINGS, or by their FRUIT?  You know the answer there is fruit, and I turn you once again to the original Constitution:

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

That was a political compromise by this "Christian" nation, assigning the value of a slave as 3/5ths that of anyone else- and a Native American no value at all.    The fruit of that compromise was kicking Civil War over slavery down the road 80 years.

So then, you say, what about 2 Chronicles 7?  Let's look at that famous passage:

2Ch 7:13  If I shut up the heavens and there is no rain, and if I command the locusts to consume the land, and if I send pestilence among My people, 
2Ch 7:14  and My people, on whom My name is called, shall be humbled, and shall pray, and shall seek My face, and shall turn back from their evil ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 

This is often brought up in requests for corporate prayer about our nation, by many respected pastors, and I am not here to knock praying for our nation.  BUT... this is NOT a general promise, this is directed to GOD'S people, called by HIS name- and that is Israel.  God only ever named two nations after Himself.  Israel in the OT, the Christian Church in the new.  And that itself brings us to a disturbing revelation.  Because of these verses, many people have prayed corporately for the United States- who is not subject to this promise.  How many have EVER prayed for the CHURCH based on this verse?  With the divisions between us, the false teachings both institutionalized and creeping in amongst the "faithful" churches, we NEED to direct this prayer call TO the one nation that is a Christian Nation, the Kingdom of God on Earth.

And to close back at the original question:  Many of us in that Kingdom of God are in the secular boundaries of the United States- a nation, while blessed by God, that rules over many faiths and non-faiths.  Ruling necessitates a Rule of Law.  The immigrants who legitimately want into this country need to OBEY that Rule of Law.  Oh, but wait- aren't we supposed to disobey that law if it goes against God's Word?  Yes we are.  The example given- and the ONLY example given- was when the government tried to prohibit the TEACHING of the Word of God.  NOT on how legitimately passed laws that are not against the teachings of Christ or the Ten Commandments should be enforced.  Thus, you may pray for these that want a better life, you may give to charities that help them.  And those that do come in, you should treat them as you treat anyone else in Christ.  BUT what you can't do is break legitimate laws to let them in or give them access to what legal citizens have on the excuse that it is a "Christian duty".  And what you shouldn't do is shame anyone else if they say, "No, you can't come in illegally", because it is their "Christian duty", or the United States' duty as a "Christian Nation."

Friday, November 2, 2018

Time Machine co-ordinates VILXIX51111265

So today, we are in November 2nd, 1965, and since I am frankly sick of politics, I have only one item for the lead in.  It isn't so much a news item as an "overheard conversation", into which I was drawn by the opening line...

I don't know if I was more amused by the "neither nitwit nor illiterate" line, the fact they were talking about "waterless fountains", or the bottom credits:

Clipped from The Cincinnati Enquirer, 02 Nov 1965, Tue, KENTUCKY EDITION, Page 6  (emphasis NOT mine, lol)....


Hey, guess what?  This week, I DO have a 6D ready!  I WILL remember the Label Game this week! And I will have Diana Ross and th... Nardole, what?

Miss Ross wanted a gratuity for the show that was above budget.  The OTHER girls did agree, though... although, you might not like their replacement for Ms Ross...

Who?  Who is it?

"Who did you think, El Capitan?"

Oh, good...  Well, let's get this over with...


Let me start things off with LAST week's label game, and I cannot believe that the thing that takes me the longest to do, I have now forgotten TWICE.  We were in 1964 then, and with the Beatles AND Beach Boys on Capitol, it was no surprise that Capitol easily had the most songs on the MusicVF hot 100 of the year with 9- no one else had more than 5.  BUT... that also makes it hard for the big total to get the best average position, which is the name of our game.  And that mark- an average position of #11... belongs to...

Motown!  And this, not surprisingly was a Supremes-led attack, with Baby Love (#1), Where Did Our Love Go (9), and Come See About Me (20), along with Mary Wells' My Guy (14).

In fact, I'll just simplify by saying Motown won again in '65!  This time their five tunes averaged 26.0, with Stop In The Name Of Love (12), I Hear A Symphony (20), Back In My Arms Again (23) from the girls, and the Four Tops contributing I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) at #18 and It's The Same Old Song at #57.  This time, Capitol racked up 11 hits in finishing just under 10 back ( they lost by 27.5 in '64), which means that they have erased a 13 hit lead by RCA in two years- both labels now have 44 hits, with MGM at 39 and Columbia with 37.


Three debuts on the M10 this week.  AND I would like to apologize for putting up the "wordy" official version of the Knocks' Brazillian Soul.  I knew better than not to preview videos, so I will shoulder the blame.  But, Knocks?  Maybe instead of "official video" you might want to label your mini-documentaries "director's cuts"?  Whatsay?

At #10 though we have the first of our three newbies- and it's an old favorite:  The Derevolutions!


All right, let me introduce the Supremes:  Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson...

...and, er, Elvis Presley.  Good to have you here, ladies!

F and M:  Thank you!

E:  Whuddabout me?

You're always here.  Anyway, we have 17 candidates from 74 stations, and we just missed having a winner lap the field again!  Here's the one-vote wonder list...

E: Gimme that!  Here you go, ladies...

F:  (Giggles) Thank you, Elvis... We start with Tom Jones and What's New Pussycat, which had already peaked here, but was on the South African Chart...

M:  Wow, we get South African songs, too?

E: Just wait!  Sometimes he gets songs from Laurenco Marques...

M: Where's that?

E:  After the show, I'll SHOW you...

F and M: (Giggles)

Uh, guys...

M:  I'm sorry (giggles).  Next we have The McCoys and Hang On Sloopy, which was #13 on Cashbox...

E: Yeah, then we got ... Hey!  Who the heck is this New Breed?

Well, they were actually a no hit wonder, but their song Green Eyed Woman was a local hit somewhere.  The other notable was that amongst their members was future Eagle Timothy B Scmitt.

E: Man, you took my WHOLE turn...

F: Roy Head was number 4 with Treat Her Right...

M: And the Staler Brothers got a vote for Flowers On The Wall, despite the fact it was a few weeks away from hitting the charts.

E:  Man, she got to read her own song... anyway, Next was Fontella Bass with Rescue Me at #11...

F: Sonny and Cher had Baby Don't Go dropping to #27...

M: Oh, and WE had I Hear A Symphony at #29! Yay!

E: An' it was the big mover, going from 59 to 29, 30 spots!

F: BUT, it still only got the one vote...

Don't take it too hard, after all, you DID win last week- plus you got two label wins in a row for Motown!  Anyway, here's the Best of the Rest...

E:  Okay, we gots Len Barry's 1-2-3 at #10 with 3 votes...

F:  And Australian star Normie Rowe with 2 votes each for the a and b sides of his hits Shakin' All Over and a very uptempo version of Que Sera Sera...

M: The Vogues had You're The One at #7 with 2 votes...

E: Uh, yeah, we got The Byrds and Turn Turn Turn at #54 with 3 votes...

F: And that's it!  We're ready for the Final contestants!

Yep!  And like I said, we have a BIG winner this week, but who is it?  Choose from the #3 A Lover's Concerto by the Toys... Get Off My Cloud by the Rolling Stones at #2... Let's Hang On by the Four Seasons at #22... and at #1, Yesterday by the Beatles!


The debut at #8 is a serious, solemn thing- this is a true story by the lead singer of the band Bad Wolves.  KC clued me in to this one- and it says a LOT to our world today...


So who is Cotton, and what was his dream?  Well, if you watched Bless The Beasts And The Children, you know... if you didn't (like me), Cotton's Dream is the original form of what would be variously called "Nadia's Theme" and "Theme to The Young And The Restless"!  The main composer was Perry Botkin, Jr, and it wasn't his first rodeo in the music world.  Once upon a time, an Alka-Seltzer jingle called No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) was a hit for a "group" called the T-Bones.  But the "T-Bones" were just ( and I use the term "just" relatively) members of the famous studio players known as the Wrecking Crew.  The record was a hit, the label wanted a tour, the WC had better things to do.  Mr Botkin was among the WC on the single.  But a "public" T-Bones was put together for the tour.

Both groups were organized by one Judd Hamilton, who was also a part of the public group- along with his brother Danny and the rest of what would become Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds! Danny Hamilton, through his brother, had also been a member of a group called Avantis, along with Pat and Lolly Vegas, the Mexican/Native American brothers who would later form Redbone (Come And Get Your Love).  And Avantis would make the first recording of the song Keep On Dancing, which by the Gentrys was at #5 with no Panel Love.


Our final debut at #7 comes to us courtesy of another heads-up by former boss Tim, and once again it's Blackberry Smoke- with a little help from one Amanda Shires.  And you'll recognize the tune- it's a Tom Petty Classic:


Stat Pack!

Knew 33 here and 19 in the UK, including Panelists Get Off My Cloud (17, debut), Hang On Sloopy (8), and Baby Don't Go (16).

At 101 was a two sided hit for Barry McGwire that I really enjoyed- Child Of Our Times/Upon A Painted Ocean.  Child peaked at #72 on Billboard.

The #65 in '65 belongs to "the Sinatra of the Blues", one Bobby Bland, with These Hands (Small But Mighty).  It peaked #63 on BB and #4 R&B.

And the #1 in the UK was Ken Dodd with Tears- their biggest hit of 1965 and the #39 best selling song of all time in the UK.  Known as "the last of the great music hall singers", He was knighted New Years Day 2017 - 15 months before his death at the age of 90 earlier this year.


The rest of the M10:

Radiation City drops from 5 to 9 with Ghost Organ.

Also dropping is Anna Burch- her 7th week with What I Want sees her fall 3 to #6.

Alkonost climbs 2 to #5 with the instrumental of Paporotnik.

And the big news- Sucker's Prayer falls from the top to #4 for the Decemberists.

Roseanne Cash goes up 1 to #3 with Not Many Miles To Go.

ELO crashes towards the top, climbing to #2, a 4-spot jump, with Surrender.

Giving us a new #1...

...Frankie Cosmos and Apathy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Whether she cares or not, that puts us at 90 #1s all time!

And the winner of the Panel?

Well, if you took the Seasons, you got a measly 5.4%...

The Toys got you 9.4%...

The Beatles?  They got you 10.8 %...

But the winner, with 48.6%, is...

...the Stones and Get Off My Cloud!

Be here next week, for Mick 'n' 66!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wednesday message- I was Greeked

I could really come to hate Greek.  More in a minute.

This week our verse is one I would have never thought controversial, or would lead me on such a merry chase.  We are up to- and I really should have known it would from where it's located- 1 Corinthians:

1Co 3:16  Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? 

As I looked at the commentators, I saw my preconceived notions buffeted.  Because, where I had always thought that this referred to every believer as a temple- we've ALL been taught that- the original meaning is that we AS A CHURCH are that temple.  And that bothered me- I guess because if you consider yourself a temple, you have less excuse for sin, more reason to AVOID sin- and I could really use that!  But if you are a brick in a building (which makes sense Biblically), you might lean on the CORPORATE morality and not so much your own.

So I asked the webs- which is it?  And I came upon a GREAT article by Bill Webb on a site called Word and Way.  He references a study by  David May, professor of New Testament at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, KS, which makes several valid points.  First of which is that, the Greek translated as you in all three cases are PLURAL.  Which makes sense, I guess, because Paul wasn't writing to "the Corinthian".  Here are some excerpts:

“Paul is not writing about individual Christians being individual temples with separate Spirits in each temple,” May explained. “Paul highlights that many folks make up one temple, which is the community of faith/church. And in that one community is the one Spirit (unity)...

“A small band of believers is created as a temple without walls that stands in contrast to the various pagan temples in Corinth and its environ,” he explained. “It is David against Goliath but just set in a different form. How can this ‘temple’ thrive and survive when it does not have all the necessary characteristics of a temple: building, rituals, priests, sacrifices and public festivals?”

May believes it survives and thrives because of its distinctive — the Spirit in its midst.

May further believes that the conclusion of verse 16 translated “God’s Spirit dwells in you” or similarly in several translations is best captured in the NIV: “God’s Spirit dwells in your midst.” In this context, it is not so much that a person is possessed by God’s Spirit, but rather that God’s presence among God’s people allows them to worship and serve God.”

For May, verse 17 — “If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple” — should not be separated from the previous verse. (Emphasis mine)

So I thought, "Well, this is a useful happenstance.  I wonder if it could be applied to Matthew 16:18- the verse that calls Peter a rock and leads Catholics to name him Pope?"

Never shoulda went there.

What I found was a fascinating- if possibly apocryphal- exchange between a Catholic and a Jehovah's Witness.  The Jehovan brought up the points I would have, after looking at the verse, because in the Greek Peter is masculine and "rock" as in "on this rock" is feminine.

At this point, I hope you will allow me a fragment of a dirty story to make the point that was about to skewer me.  Working around many Mexicans, I picked up some, er, "gutter Spanish".  I learned in Spanish, everything had a grammatic gender- with masculine marked with an "o" at the end and feminine with "a".  So I asked a friend why the word for the masculine sex organ ended with the feminine "a"?  He told me, "Because it is strong enough for a man, but made for a woman."

Point being:  It might make sense to a speaker, but it'll never make sense to me.

The Catholic answered the Jehovan that the Greek in Matthew had to come through the original Aramaic, which was not a gender language.  For them, rock was rock.  In the Greek, though, the large mass of rock on which Christ would build the Church was in the Feminine gender- and he couldn't give Peter a feminine name.  So he became Cephas, which is more like "pebbles"- and Flintstones aside, that WAS masculine in Greek.

I shook my head and left the bunny trail.

So I set out to find if there was any place that could bring me back to the concept of the Spirit living IN the individual.  For most of my quest, the only thing I learned was: If KJV says "ye", it's plural; if "thou", it's singular.  Not much help.

Then I came to Galatians 4:

Gal 4:4  But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 
Gal 4:5  to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 
Gal 4:6  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" 
Gal 4:7  So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. 

And in 4:7, son, slave, and heir are all singular.  So I guess I am happy now.

This should be a lesson to all of you:  I am not Paul, Peter, Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.  I do my best, with a LOT of help, but you need to check up on me.  There may be a lot of times- like this one- where I "translate" based on my preconceived notions, and don't know it.  I am just a learner like you.