...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/ en-us I hear you singing in the wire... http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/69586 I don't remember the first time I heard a Glen Campbell song. It was just sort of always there, part of the fabric of my life growing up in a country-listening home. My late mother adored Campbell. As a kid, I imagined it was for his All-American Boy good looks as much as for any merit the music he was making. The older I've gotten, I realize I was selling both Glen and Mom short. But Glen was always just there — dusty 12-inch records with a handsome man on the front tucked... Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:02:47 -0400 Friday Jam: Trip Through Your Wires-U2 http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/69383 U2 can be a pretty polarizing band. You either love them or you love hating on them. There's little middle ground. People either think they're on the short list of all-time great rock bands or think they're completely overrated and overwrought. Somehow in my time as music fan, I've been both sides of that argument to a certain degree. I think I've comfortably settled in to a place where I respect U2's longevity and ability to remain relevant for almost 40 years.... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:43:19 -0400 Saturday Morning Jam: All of Me - Willie Nelson http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/69263 Friday got unexpectedly busy, which is one of the things I love about this job. Sometimes this job takes a sudden right turn into what we call "hard news" — crimes, fires, wrecks, etc. Those days tend to be both depressing and exhilarating at the same time. But Friday was a bit more of a left turn ... into good news. The good news was that Greencastle's own Jinsie Bingham received a 2017 Golden Hoosier Award. It was a nice, little story to tell. If you haven't... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:32:27 -0400 Friday Jam: The Chain-Fleetwood Mac http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/69201 From a certain perspective, your teenage years are the best time to be introduced to good music. Music just means more in your mid-to-late teens than it does at any other point in your life. Even as our tastes change over the course of our lives, we carry that music with us. That's the reason that no matter what I'm listening to currently, no artist, album or genre will ever mean as much to me as Pearl Jam and Led Zeppelin did when I was 17 years old. But there's also a hazard... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:00:00 -0400 Friday Jam: Firecracker-Ryan Adams http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/69176 Been revisiting some of Ryan Adams' albums from just after the turn of the millennium. I've decided he needs to play more harmonica. That is all. Have a good weekend, people. Fri, 09 Jun 2017 20:19:28 -0400 Happy birthday, Bob! http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/69073 Bob Dylan turns 76 today. When I came to that realization this morning, I realized I also had to post something about Bob today. This wasn't easy. First of all, the man has a lot of material — 38 studio albums, hundreds of songs and lord know how many concerts. Secondly, and maybe more importantly for birthday purposes, Bob doesn't exactly write happy songs all the time. Seriously, what Dylan song are you playing for someone's birthday? Like a Rolling Stone?... Wed, 24 May 2017 14:09:17 -0400 Friday Jam: Come Out and Play - The Offspring http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68983 In my time of thinking way too much about music, I've observed that there seems to come a time in a punk band's lifetime that the members have to make a choice. There's a young, nihilistic anger often associated with punk rock that doesn't really have much staying power. Punk rockers, like the rest of us, get older and their lives get more complicated than when they're just young and mad. At this point, they seem to have three choices: 1) Stay young and nihilistic... Fri, 12 May 2017 17:51:50 -0400 Monday Jam: Mary Chapin Carpenter-He Thinks He'll Keep Her http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68826 I grew up listening to a lot of country music (with just enough of a dose of '80s MTV mixed in, thanks to my brother). About I was getting into high school, I got away from contemporary country music and never really came back. As such, I've spent the better part of the last two decades wondering what's wrong with current country music. Too slick? Not "country" enough? (Whatever that means.) Not true to its roots? Too formulaic? Just a bunch of pop songs with... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:47:12 -0400 Friday Jam: Here are some songs about time http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68749 If you've been on the site at all today, you'll know I've taken a whole bunch of pictures of the new clocks being installed at the Putnam County Courthouse. If not? I'm not offended, but check it out now or the story tomorrow in print. As such, I haven't had much time (Ha!) to worry about a blog today. So, since I've been thinking all day about clocks and time, here are some songs about time. It starts out with the best song off of one of the best albums ever. I... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:55:40 -0400 Friday Jam: Nathaniel Rateliff and Alice in Chains http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68685 What does one of the Seattle Grunge Big 4 of the early 1990s have to do with a current purveyor of folk/blues/soul/gospel/Americana/rock? Probably not much. If I think hard enough about my own musical journey, I can probably draw a connection between Alice In Chains and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Stops along the way probably include Pearl Jam, Wilco, Ryan Adams, the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons. It all has something to do with thoughtful, pensive young men with guitars... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:48:00 -0400 Townes Van Zandt: If I Needed You http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68474 Townes Van Zandt would have turned 73 years old today. Unfortunately for those of us who can really appreciate a good songwriter, Townes finally drank himself to death on New Year's Day 1997. If you've heard of him, good for you. If you haven't but are familiar with good country music, you may be familiar with his work through covers by Emmylou Harris and Don Williams or Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. I'm of the opinion that the originals are better, but we'll get... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:00:03 -0500 Friday Jam: Play me a car crash song http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68392 Driving my son to school takes approximately one song, so it helps when the good folks at WTTS make it a good one. One day earlier this week, they did not disappoint. Shortly after starting the truck, the following song started: Sorry for the delay at the beginning, but this is a pretty good version, so it's worth they wait. It got me thinking, though, we need more car crash songs. Don't know any car crash songs? Then you probably need to get more into... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:11:11 -0500 Grammys hot take: I don't have an opinion http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68294 I used to fancy myself a music critic and this blog is still usually centered on music, so here’s my hot take on the Grammys: I didn’t watch. I’m not sure I’ve ever watched the Grammy broadcast, at least not in its entirety. It’s always struck me as a self-congratulatory exercise by the major record companies to continue to promote their own products. Perhaps I’m more of a cynic than a critic. Anyway, there was a bit of controversy last night when... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:54:44 -0500 It's bright outside, be happy http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68207 Caught in the winter doldrums? Well, stop it. You live in Indiana. It’s bound to get cold this time of year. It’s when it’s not cold in early February that you should probably get worried. Besides, it may still be chilly outside, but at least the sun’s shining. It could be another one of those gray, boring February days. If you can avoid going outside, good for you. But station yourself near a windo and just imagine it’s 70 degrees out there. It It... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:46:05 -0500 We always have been, and remain, Hoosiers http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68056 For most of our 200-year history, at least one thing has united us as natives and residents of Indiana. We are Hoosiers. Not “Indianans.” Not “Indianians.” How is that even a thing, by the way? Why add an unneccessary syllable? What a strange word. We are Hoosiers. Even if you’re a Boilermaker, you’re a Hoosier. Even if you’re a Bulldog — or a Sycamore or a Cardinal or a Tiger or even a Little Giant — you’re a... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:21:43 -0500 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