...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/ en-us 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 donít 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 Itís 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 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