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Cindy Hood

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It's the wonderful month of September!  Actually, it's a rather bittersweet month.  The weather is usually still warm, yet less humid.  The schools are back in session in most parts, so vacations are over for those with children.   The downside is that September can be filled with tropical storms and hurricanes in places, especially the east coast of the US.  The daylight starts getting shorter and the nights cooler.  September is also a popular month for birthdays, too.  It must be all those 'Christmas' babies!  

Here in the US, it's a reminder of a horrific tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001 - the terrorist attacks on American soil  - planes flew into the Twin Towers in Manhattan, NYC, into the Pentagon in Washington DC and also Flight 93 where the passengers tried to take the plane back from the hijackers, but crashed into a farmland area in Shanksville, PA.  Thousands of people died that day - not only those from the plane crashes, but firefighters and other emergency personnel who tried to rescue those trapped inside the burning building.  September 11th started out as a perfect day, weather wise.  You couldn't ask for a more beautiful morning - warm and breezy, crystal clear blue skies with white puffy clouds and low humidity.  And then it all changed...     

Here are this week's contestants - two upbeat ones and two slower, more sentimental ones.

1.  Beach Boys for Keeping the Summer Alive.  The school bell has rung!  It's back to school, but still ice cream weather.


2.  Neil Diamond for September Morn.  I have loved this one since I first heard it many years ago.  Now that I've selected it for this battle, I can't get it out of my head!  It has that bittersweet tinge to it that I spoke of above.


3.  Earth, Wind & Fire for September.  This was a big hit when it first came out and is still very popular today on most light rock radio stations.  "Do you remember, the twenty first night of September...." Well, that happens to be my wedding anniversary and also, two years later, my son and daughter (twins) were born on that day.  


4.  Green Day for Wake Me Up When September Ends.  This one is a more recent song and another fave for me, though it has a sad feel to it.  I found this meaning behind it:  "In this song Armstrong reveals his feelings about his father who died in September of 1982 when Armstrong was 10 years old. However this is not the only meaning that this song bears. For most Americans the month of September is associated with the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001"


There they are.  Hope you enjoy the selections this week!

For copy/paste convenience:

Beach Boys - Keeping the Summer Alive.
Neil Diamond - September Morn.
Earth, Wind & Fire - September.
Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends.

Not in play, but I had found this video and wanted to share it.  I wanted to put this one in battle, but I don't think it played everywhere.


Cindy



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Hey Cindy, I'll be back to vote after a few more listens....meanwhile, back to September:

Big Star - September Gurls
(also covered by the Bangles, the Replacements, & the Searchers, to name a few).


The Happenings - See You in September



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t, Here's one that mentions September, though not in the title.

Sealed With A Kiss - Brian Hyland




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From Verden's "Summer Places" week two years ago:

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Wayne Cochran's hair should have been illegal. Or maybe it was.

The title of "September Song" came to me the other day, although I didn't remember the song itself. It's not about a summer place, but relates to that end of summer feeling that Verden referred to. It was written for Walter Huston to sing in a Broadway show in 1938, although he was more an actor than a singer. Tony Bennett sings it well after the violins die down.





Something to keep in mind as the news from NY/NJ rolls in: It's never been the people who live in this part of the country, where the mad bombers are most prone to strike, who have freaked out about foreign threats or foreigners or immigrants.

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thanks, Cindy, another easy week for my votes: I rank the exact opposite order of presentation.

1.  Green Day

'Wake me up When September Ends'  (from their really, only essential album, 'American Idiot').

2. Earth, Wind, & Fire

'September'

3.  Neil Diamond
 
'September Morn'

4.  The Beach Boys

'Tryin' to Keep the Taking Care of Business Summer alive, you ain't seen nothin' yet'



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Gold - Green Day - Even if I don't 100% agree with the politics, it is a solid album from a band with an overall patchy catalog.  

Silver - Neil Diamond 

Bronze - Earth Wind and Fire 

Tin - The Beach Boys - Even though it's a little better live, this is still a very mediocre BB song from a very mediocre BB album.  

This is my favorite September song, by The Happenings. 

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(re: not agreeing with Green Day's politics): You and Stan Marsh, huh kds?   You see the 20th season 'SouthPark' season opener?   He's switching sides this time...   Kind of funny to say that Kaitlyn Jenner is the vice presidential candidate.  That would never fly with uh, them.  I could definitely see the grand-dad on 'Duck Dynasty' or 'Honey Boo Boo's Mom'.  They're very popular from being on TV all the time.  In fact, I could see them as leading the ticket next time, they just need a few more swear words.  Right, kds?
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John,

The season premiere of South Park was pretty funny.  When it comes to SP, I don't care which side they lampoon, as long as it's funny.  I think the last 2-3 seasons were pretty hit and miss.  


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Really?  you did not like last season, with PC principal, WholeFoods/sodasopa, and the internet add-bots conspiracy?    You must not live in Palo Alto...

kds and I work better as a comedy team I've learned when I say the straight lines and he says the funny ones.

Anyway, got a non-political question, kds.  On MSN homepage, they list all 50 states 'most popular band.'  Cannot believe the Chili Peppers are more popular than the Beach Boys or the Eagles.  But then I note Flaming Lips are most popular in Oklahoma, and I know Toby Keith probably sells more records.

So, how about for Maryland, Good Charlotte?  That can't be right, can it? 
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I loved the premise of last season, but overall, I don't think it was an funny as previous years.  I think Trey and Matt are trying too hard to be topical. 

What in the world did MSN base that on?  Surely, The Eagles have sold more LPs than the Chili Peppers, and I'm pretty sure The Beach Boys have had more Top 40 hits.  

Good Charlotte?  Not my cup of tea.  I never got the whole pop/punk thing.  For a Maryland band, I'd go with Kix (although they really only have one "hit").  David Byrne is from Baltimore, but I think he was the only MD native in The Talking Heads.  
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thanks, kds.  Nice to see my skepticism validated.  I notice Jon Bon Jovi is more popular in Jersey than Bruce.  That doesn't seem right either.  Maybe there is an age group that puts these lists together on the internet, that is say, 1 generation younger than you and 2 generations younger than me...? 
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speaking of younger than me, there is this really good anime' opening song that my kids play on the piano. it's called 'Unravel' (theme from Tokyo Ghoul').   Does anyone know it?  I don't especially love the alternative rock Japanese band that sings it that much, but the melody and English words rock.  Maybe you know the song, kds (or Larry)?

this show I'm guessing is kind of a Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde kind of thing. 

----------------------------------------'Unravel'----------------------------------

Tell me please tell me what this plot is all about.  Exactly who resides within me?  I'm broken, so broken, amidst this world. Yet, you laugh, blind to everything.

Being as broken as I am, I hold my breath and it can't be unraveled, it can no longer be unraveled, not even the truth (freeze) Breakable, unbreakable, psychotic, unable to go insane.  I'll find you and...!

In this shaken, twisted world, I gradually become transparent, unable to be seen,
Please don't bother looking for me, don't stare at me
I merely don't want to hurt you, inside a world that came out of someone's imagination
So, please remember me as vivid as I was

Infinitely spreading, solitude wraps around me.  Memories of times I laughed innocently comes to me and I can't move, can't move can't move can't move, I cannot move!
unraveling the world

I've changed, I couldn't go back to the way I was
as the two twines around one another, the both of us will perish away
Breakable, unbreakable psychotic, unable to go insane, I can't afford to let you be defiled!

In this shaken, twisted world, I gradually become transparent, unable to be seen,
Please don't bother looking for me; don't stare at me
In a trap of solitude someone had set, before the future unravels.
Remember me as vivid as I was.

Please don't forget me, don't forget me, don't forget me, don't forget me!

Paralyzed by the fact that I've changed, in a paradise filled with nothing but unrecognizable things
Please remember me

Tell me, please tell me...exactly who resides within me!
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thanks, kds.  Nice to see my skepticism validated.  I notice Jon Bon Jovi is more popular in Jersey than Bruce.  That doesn't seem right either.  Maybe there is an age group that puts these lists together on the internet, that is say, 1 generation younger than you and 2 generations younger than me...? 


Bon Jovi sold a ton of records, but I can't imagine any scenario where he's more popular in Jersey than Bruce.  

Back to September songs, here's the last ever Beach Boys song.  




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Darren J. Ray

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Nice tie-in with Jon Bon Jovi and 'Summer's Gone', kds. [idea]
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A bit of early Carole King to add to this week's theme -- "It Might As Well Rain Until September":
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