...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/ en-us Fired up over fireflies http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/71124 The last four mayors of Greencastle agree. So do workers from Fedex, UPS and the United States Postal Service. Even the two candidates in a hotly-contested race for Putnam County sheriff agree. Those beautiful, peaceful bioluminescent insects that show up floating in the evening breeze every June? They’re called lightning bugs. At least they are if you’re a Midwesterner, particularly a Hoosier. At least they were until Friday. That’s when Gov. Eric Holcomb... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 21:52:10 -0400 Friday Jam: El Paso-Marty Robbins http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/71023 As many of you know, my dad died two weeks ago today. In the time since, I've fielded a lot of questions about how I'm doing. The truth is, I'm doing just about as well as can be expected. While it's true that you only get one dad and it's also true that I am now an orphan with both parents gone, Dad's dementia meant we had been losing him incrementally for years now. And so, when he took his final breath that evening, it was just the last step on an long march... Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:27:58 -0500 Friday Jam: The Waiting-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Eddie Vedder http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/70934 I’ve mainly spent the last two days in a nursing home room, watching one of the most important people in my life fading away. I wonder if each labored breath might be his last. At this point, I’m a little disappointed for him each time a new breath comes. He’s fought long enough and it’s time for his next journey. And while it may be a bit on the nose, this song keeps sticking in my head. The waiting is, indeed, the hardest part. I love you, Dad. Thanks. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:35:26 -0500 Tuesday Jam: It's My Time-The Mynah Byrds http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/70742 In the early 1960s, a young musician from Buffalo named James Ambrose Johnson Jr. joined the U.S. Navy to avoid being drafted. In 1965, weary of the Navy, Johnson deserted to Toronto. In Toronto, under the name Ricky James Matthews (either because it's a cooler stage name or because, you know, he had deserted from the Navy), he formed a rock band called the Mynah Byrds with some Canadian musicians. The Mynah Byrds' fusion of soul, folk and rock was pretty good, as you'll hear... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:24:32 -0500 Christmas Jam: Christmas Wrapping-The Waitresses http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/70547 With every Christmas season comes the return of so many songs I love. While they're too numerous to list here, performances that spring to mind are The Ronettes' "Sleigh Ride," The Drifters' "White Christmas," Bing Crosby's "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and pretty much any holiday tune Elvis ever did. Then there's the flip side: terrible Christmas songs. I'm looking at you "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and "All I Want for... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 09:26:51 -0500 Friday Jam: Your Monon Bell mix http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/70319 It's Monon Bell weekend. I dare you to listen to this entire list and not come away more awesome for the experience. Of course, many of you know that I'm a Wabash grad living and working here in DePauw country, so: Go [Insert name of your team] Enjoy the weekend and be good, my friends. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:50:00 -0500 Thursday Jam: On Back to Houston-Gus Moon http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/70259 A quick post here today. What brought this on was watching game 7 of the World Series and seeing the Astros take home their first world championship. Congratulations, City of Houston. You've seen some things in the past couple of months. This title doesn't fix anything, but let's hope it at least gives people a reason to smile. We all need that. It got me thinking about songs about Houston and one that might make me smile. I didn't have to go far to find something,... Thu, 02 Nov 2017 01:50:44 -0400 Tom Petty was the soundtrack to our lives http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/70043 I spent a long time not realizing how much I loved Tom Petty's music. Ever since my full conversion to rock fandom at age 15, Petty's just always sort of been there. I took it for granted. Petty was never my favorite artist, but not in that "I'm not trying to be insulting but I really didn't like him" kind of way. His music meant a lot to me but never quite as much as say Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones or a half-dozen... Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:55:47 -0400 Saturday Jam: Spanish Stroll-Mink DeVille http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/69949 In spite of my love of physical albums — in vinyl or CD form — I have certainly come around on my use of digital streaming music. While I remain a grumpy old man who loves my liner notes, I've found both Spotify and Pandora to by useful in their own ways when it comes to getting a better taste of an artist or in constructing a "station" to exactly the kind of stuff I want to hear at a particular time. But it also comes with its frustrations. About a month ago, I... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:47:28 -0400 Friday Jam: Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good-Don Williams http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/69823 With all due respect to the late Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry, the saddest music news I heard on Friday was of the death of country legend Don Williams. I was scrolling Twitter late this afternoon when I can across the following tweet from NPR "All Songs Considered" co-host Robin Hilton: A little part of my childhood in KS just died. Thanks for the memories, Don. https://t.co/TrAo24GZKv pic.twitter.com/90Vzd1wqEZ — Robin Hilton (@nprobin) September 8, 2017 Well... Fri, 08 Sep 2017 17:41:11 -0400 Friday Jam: Pipes of Peace-Paul McCartney http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/69656 While making a deep dive into the Beatles catalog recently, I tried to recall when I first became conscious of the band that changed rock 'n' roll music — and probably kept it the dominant form of western popular music for another 50 years. I suppose it must've been via "The Beatles Cartoon," which I believe ran on MTV or VH1 in the mid-'80s. But by the time I was born, the Beatles had been broken up for just as long as they were together. By the time I can... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:48:51 -0400 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