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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Closure

In one of my previous posts ("Where's Maupin") I wrote about soldier Keith Matthew Maupin who was taken prisoner by insurgents in Iraq on April 4, 2004. I mentioned how I’d been carrying an article about him with me everyday for the past few years and I vowed to continue carrying it until he was found. I did not want Maupin to be forgotten. Well that day has come, and it’s not a happy ending.

The remains of Staff Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin have been found and identified by DNA. His family can now bring their son home where he belongs.

As of today the total number of American soldiers killed in the five-year-old Iraq war is 4009.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Turn It Off, Please!

The other day I was stopped at a red light and the car next to me was blasting music. The driver was singing full voice as if she were auditioning for American Idol.

And the song she was singing? “Walk Like An Egyptian,” which happens to be one the songs that truly makes my skin crawl. I thought it was a stupid song in the 80s and twenty years later I still think it sucks. I couldn’t wait for the light to turn green.

This got me thinking about the songs I truly detest.

Previously I’ve written about what I have in my CD shuffle, but now I present a list of songs that will never ever be downloaded onto my iPod:

“Walk Like An Egyptian” – Cleopatra is turning over in her grave over this disaster.
“Money For Nothing” – The nadir of Dire Straits.
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – Someone needs to shoot Bobby McFerrin over this one.
“Invisible Touch” – Painful pop like this defined Genesis after Peter Gabriel split.
“Abracadabra” – Sounds like fingers on a chalkboard. Please stop!
“Hold On” – Wilson Phillips should’ve let this one go and learned from their mistake. Unfortunately they didn’t.
“Muscles” – Pathetic dreck from Diana Ross. Couldn’t she flex her muscles for some better songs? Oh wait, didn’t Michael Jackson write this? Enough said.
“Dancing On The Ceiling” and “Say You Say Me” – Lionel, what happened? You had so much potential with The Commodores. Stupid lyrics.

I’m sure there are other songs I could add to the list, but these are ones that stand out right now.

Sadly there’s no escaping these songs. From radio to elevator music to car stereos at red lights these songs continue to invade our hearing.

Sound pollution.