...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/ en-us Friday (almost) Jam: Jeff Lynne-Telephone Line http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67772 Things got busy on Friday so this post didn't make it in time. All the same, I don't want to leave this week out entirely. More often than not, this blog series is an insight into the music I've been obsessing over in a given week. Not so this time around, as I've mainly been listening to Bruce Springsteen, with a bit of Gaslight Anthem sprinkled in during the last couple of days. But as a sat down to write, another song popped into my head — Electric Light... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:27:51 -0500 Friday Jam: Such a Night-The Band and Dr. John http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67719 You all know the doctor — Dr. John, Mac Rebennack? My triptophan-induced hangover made me nearly forget it was Friday. But here we are, still with an hour left in the day and me still to decide on my Friday Jam for this week. And so in honor of Thanksgiving, I give you a clip from my favorite Thanksgiving movie and the greatest concert movie of all time "The Last Waltz," the alleged last concert of The Band. (It wasn't.) It just so happens the concert took place on... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:45:42 -0500 Friday Jam: Peaches-The Presidents of the United States of America http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67665 The Presidents of the United States of America, that charming mid-'90s band known for quasi-novelty songs "Lump," "Peaches" and "Mach 5," announced a couple of days ago that they had broken up in the summer of 2015 because they are "old people now." I owned their debut album back in '95 or '96, enjoyed it for a while, and then sold it to another kid at my high school, having moved on from it. I suppose that makes sense. It wasn't... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:22:17 -0500 Friday Jam: Mary Jane's Last Dance-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67607 Marvel at its greatness: Pardon the weirdness of the video. On the other hand, it's not even the weirdest thing that ever happened to a blond woman in a Tom Petty video. Also, I submit that this might be America's greatest rock 'n' roll band. And this song might have been the last great one of the classic rock era, even if it was released in 1993. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:19:36 -0500 Rock the Vote http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67582 Not much to say today. It'll be pretty busy here in the newsroom tonight. For now, here are some songs. Some are political, others aren't. Today's election has made me think of all of them, for one reason or another. Try to enjoy your day, folks. And remember, the sun will rise tomorrow as well as for the foreseeable future. --- Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:28:05 -0500 Friday Jam: It's the End of the World as We Know It - R.E.M. http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67542 I'm presenting the Friday Jam this week with limited comment. If baseball is still on your mind, it has meaning there. If you were on the winning side, you've entered a new reality. Rock out and revel in the energy of this song. If you were on the other side? It's OK and even encouraged to feel fine, even as the world seems to be collapsing. For those of you who are more politically minded — regardless of your party — this song probably has a different meaning... Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:00:00 -0400 Friday Jam: House of the Rising Sun - The Animals http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/67479 With Halloween three days away, I had to choose something to get me in the mood this week. Of course, obvious choices like "The Monster Mash" or "Thriller" came to mind pretty quickly. But I dismissed those out of hand because they are ... well ... obvious. Thinking a little deeper, a slightly less obvious choice like "I Put a Spell on You" came to mind. But that still seemed a little on the nose . For me, the best songs I know to get me in that spooky... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:07:26 -0400 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