...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/ en-us Friday Jam: Landslide - Various Artists http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67409 Stevie Nicks announced on Thursday that she'd like to put together an all-star version of the Fleetwood Mac hit "Landslide." It's an interesting concept. As noted in the AV Club article I linked, it may be a way to settle what's the best version of the song — the Fleetwood original, the 1994 cover by The Smashing Pumpkins or the 2002 rendition by the Dixie Chicks. Presented without comment (at least initially) are the three versions of the song. I've chosen a... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0400 Friday Jam: Chickamauga - Uncle Tupelo http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67352 As a music fan, I seem to love lost causes. I love Gram Parsons. I love Blind Melon. I firmly believe that those were two of the best artists of the 1970s and 1990s, respectively, but they never got the chance to prove it due to the drug deaths of Parsons and Blind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon. Of course, it's easy to make a lot of claims when you're dealing in hypotheticals. If only... Which brings us to this week's song. If only Uncle Tupelo co-founders Jay Farrar and... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:24:25 -0400 Friday Jam: My favorite solo Beatle song http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67298 What if I told you the best solo song from one of the Beatles was by Ringo? That's right, Ringo. You know, the one you don't appreciate enough as a drummer, the least-celebrated member of the band and almost certainly the worst singer in the four. But I'm not telling you that Ringo is has the best solo song. He has my favorite post-Beatles song. There is a difference, kind of like how I prefer the Stones or Zeppelin or the Clash to the Beatles, but I would never say they are... Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:03:01 -0400 Friday Jam: Box of Rain - Grateful Dead http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67232 This blog is about a song by the Grateful Dead and, eventually, my dad. That's ironic because to my knowledge, Dad has never listened to the Dead. He would probably call them a bunch of dope-smoking hippies. While he wouldn't be wrong, I suppose I don't take that to be such a negative thing. A lot of my favorite music was made by dope-smoking hippies. When music is a constant presence in your life, it can have a way of sort of lying dormant in your life until one day it suddenly... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400 Friday Jam(s): I Was Made for Lovin' You and Hard Luck Woman - Kiss http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67129 I've taken great pains to introduce my son to a variety of music. In doing so, I had him listen to some Kiss a couple of months back. While the boys from Detroit Rock City have never exactly been my favorite, they made some charming, straightforward rock music over the years. Besides, I figured the face paint and outfits would amuse a six-year-old. I was right. He loved "Rock and Roll All Nite" (which I sort of hate, actually), "Detroit Rock City," "Shout... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:11:00 -0400 Friday Jam: Everybody Wants to Rule the World-Mayer Hawthorne http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67130 This post is a last-minute change. I had already written a blog about a pair of Kiss songs, but you'll have to wait for those. This song was just released yesterday and I got an email about it when I was sitting at my desk shortly after midnight. It's intriguing to me for two reasons. First, I generally like the music I hear from Mayer Hawthorne. Modern artists making classic soul music usually makes me happy. Secondly, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" is a great... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:38:00 -0400 Those fleeting mispronunciations http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67108 When each of my kids has started to talk, my wife and I have almost immediately tried to get them to do so correctly. Correct pronunciations. Correct grammar. Correct usage. Complete sentences. It’s not that we put pressure on them, telling them to “Do it right!” but we try to pattern the correct way to speak. Soothing tones, but no baby talk. It seems to have worked well. As a six-year-old, Miles speaks like a little adult, with a vocabulary beyond his years and an... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:49:18 -0400 Friday Jam: I'm Amazed-My Morning Jacket http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67060 It's probably inaccurate to even call this my Friday Jam because My Morning Jacket has been in my head all week. While that may sound maddening, they are a darn good band with a pretty deep catalog. What I wish I had for you, though, is not the My Morning Jacket version, but the version that War Radio played last Friday night at the Swizzle Stick. After the local five-piece thrilled the crowd with a spot-on cover, vocalist and guitarist shared with us that the band had never played... Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:30:43 -0400 Friday Jam: Cruel to be Kind-Nick Lowe http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/66954 I've commented a number of times over the years that my weeks at the Banner Graphic the inverse of what they should be. With no deadline, Mondays are fairly easy going -- a day to get some things done but without too much to stress about, what with no deadline and all. Fridays, on the other hand, come with way too much to do. While everybody else is winding down on Friday afternoon, there never seem to be enough hours in a Friday to get done all we need. It's stressful, far from what a... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:48:55 -0400 Mini Monon Game: Let's do this every year http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/66894 I came to Greencastle nearly 10 years ago thinking there would be some kind of great athletic rivalry between Greencastle and Crawfordsville high schools. After all, the institutes of higher learning located in the two small cities -- Wabash College and DePauw University -- are of course bitter rivals, particularly in football. I found that it wasn't exactly the case. Of course, the two high schools are in different conferences, which makes scheduling one another a bit more difficult --... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 01:29:58 -0400 A tiring experience http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/66675 Fair week is taxing around these parts. It's always hot, busy and demanding. In spite of it all, I think the staff here enjoys it -- although I might be the only one who will admit it publicly. The Putnam County 4-H Fair is a good time to get out and see people I don't see much otherwise. Some of them don't even exist the other 51 weeks of the year, as far as I can tell. Witnessing the satisfaction of a job well done on the faces of 4-H'ers and adult open class participants is also a nice... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:19:57 -0400 Just like Dad http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/66320 Look at the intensity of this kid. It's like he's seen someone else do this sort of thing. Frame 1: Feet sill moving but the mind's already racing, lining up the perfect shot. Frame 2: Stop. Squint. Take a good look at what you want to shoot. (As he gets more polished, he'll learn to do this through the viewfinder.) Frame 3: Raise your Canon and fire. (See what I did there?) It even appears that although he's right-handed, he's shooting with his left eye. Again, just like the old man. He... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:40:41 -0400 Scam? Spam? Just leave me alone http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/66216 It seems the spam or scam callers (Which is it?) are employing new, more tricky methods for trying to cheat us out of our money. Lately it's been calls from local numbers to make it look like it's not just a random criminal from Teaneck, N.J. No, you think, "This might be someone I know. I better take it." Instead, you pick it up to get that recorded female voice: "This is cardmember services. There is no problem but you should contact us right away..." Blah. Blah Blah. (Click) Note that... Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:11:57 -0400 Spies like us http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/65991 Having spent an undue amount of time working on our upcoming education magazine (due for insertion into the Friday, May 20 Banner Graphic if things go according to plan), I feel I've become something of an expert on what the workforce is going to look like 20 years from now. The work I did on the "When I Grow Up..." section of the magazine was enlightening as I learned what the class of 2028 (current kindergartners) reported what they want to be when they grow up. What I can tell you is that... Sun, 15 May 2016 23:43:44 -0400 One hip lady http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/65714 If you spend much time listening to a police scanner, you're eventually going to hear a name or address you know. There's a sincere hope that it won't happen, but it will. It happened to my parents the night my grandpa died. Dad was a volunteer firefighter, so he and Mom heard the call even before calls to the family started. On a lighter note, it also struck a couple of years later when I was pulled over for the very first time by a local deputy. When I got home, I didn't have the chance to... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:02:25 -0400 'Tell me your name, I'm dying here' http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/65452 DISCLAIMER: If you weren't born between the years 1977 and 1983, this is likely to be incomprehensible rambling. It may not make sense even if you are the right age. Proceed at your own risk. You've been warned. Ever go back and look at something from when you were a teenager and wonder what the heck was going on? It could be a haircut. It could be those god awful stone washed jeans. For me, it's music videos. Not that I ever filmed or starred in videos, but they were a constant presence in... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 23:15:57 -0500 Slow down, baby http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/65152 When I showed this to my son recently, he couldn't stop laughing. That alone makes it worth sharing. But besides that, as a second-time parent, I find myself much more tired, busier and less full of wonder the second time around. That makes me sad because it means I'm not sharing every little thing that Hannah does the way I did with Miles. It's unfortunate because she's every bit as beautiful and wonderful a child as he is. At 10-1/2 months, we're now at the stage of almost walking and... Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:55:32 -0500 Another night, it's gonna be a long one http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/64899 I'm tired of blogs revolving around the deaths of rock stars, but people important to my fandom keep dying. (Apologies to Lemmy, who died between Christmas and New Year's and got lost in the shuffle. For anyone interested, here's a link to my favorite Motörhead song.) But I can't let today pass without saying a little something about Glenn Frey. Now, my feelings on the Eagles are a little complicated. As a kid who cut my teeth on country, their smooth, country rock stylings were a nice segue... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:52:56 -0500 Turn and face the strange http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/64820 This is my first memory of David Bowie: I know the Starman may have just died last night, but can we all agree that was terrible? If I told you that two icons of rock and roll were going to duet on a Motown classic, you'd be all in, right? But if I told you the collaboration happened in 1985, you might pump the brakes. I mean, seriously, were the '80s good to any of our '60s and 70s rock heroes? Dylan? Any of the Beatles? Neil Young? Bad decades all around. Those were dark days, my... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:21:58 -0500 The soul felt its worth http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/64660 It's easy to fall almost deaf to the music of this time of year. In my mind there are Christmas songs and Christmas hymns, but at a certain point they become one and the same. In a way, I think this is a wonderful thing. For all the other meanings (some good, some bad) we might ascribe to Dec. 25, the deeper purpose of this holiday will always be to celebrate of the birth of Jesus Christ. (Seriously, we're celebrating "Christ's Mass.") So when secular artists are singing "Silent Night" or... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 10:53:49 -0500