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Timothy-
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Post Re: Conservatives: The New Marranos
on: September 16, 2017, 14:00
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I recognize the reference to "A Horse With No Name", a song I have on an anthology CD (Billboard 1972, which starts with Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again, Naturally"). The second sounds familiar, but I can't place it. But I certainly can't translate it into some sort of meaning.

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Post Re: Conservatives: The New Marranos
on: September 16, 2017, 15:22
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That second one is from "Ventura Highway."

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Post Re: Conservatives: The New Marranos
on: September 16, 2017, 22:54
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"Ventura Highway in the suuunshine, where the days are longer the nights are stronger than mooonshine. You're gonna' go, I know oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh." I think that's how it goes. America was very popular my last year of high school went on a couple of years after I graduated college.

"The Captain and Tennille," seemed to have more success with muskrats. You're showing your age.

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Post Re: Conservatives: The New Marranos
on: September 17, 2017, 07:38
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The reference to muskrats did make me think the Captain and Tennille, though I wasn't sure Brad intended it. I was indeed familiar with "Ventura Highway", though not by title. I knew the lines sounded familiar.

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Post Re: Conservatives: The New Marranos
on: September 17, 2017, 08:33
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You're showing your age.

I thought I was showing my white-bread taste, thus playing music by the group, America, could be considered racist.

Truth is I put America’s Greatest Hits on my phone yesterday and listened to the whole thing while gardening through a pair of good headphones (headphones rarely coming in singles, at least the good ones). A couple of the songs were cringe-worthy (“I Need You”) , many were pleasant enough (“Daisy Jane”), and some were quite excellent including “Sandman” and “Sister Golden Hair.”

“Muskrat Love” was an excellent song in the hands of Captain and Tennille. America’s version is dull, but then Bob Dylan was the master of song-writing and a horrible performer. America’s version isn’t that bad. Again, the album is pretty white-bread so it must be racist. But compared to the rap and other junk that does violence to the soul, you realize that “white bread” music is vastly underrated. Harmless, good fun has generally been replaced by “sophisticated” vulgarity.

One of the saddest songs of hope is their “Lonely People.” I wonder if these guys, or this guy, was religious and “the silver cup” refers to Christianity.

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with “A Horse With No Name.” The lyrics are, to my mind, pretty stupid. But then regarding modern rock, you can’t be too picky. The words were just a rough scaffolding to carry the tune. Perhaps the most honest song in this regard is “Innagadadavida” by Iron Butterfly. You all know the story. One of the guys misheard “In the Garden of Eden” as this and it just stuck. But it showed that often the lyrics mean very little. In fact, the kings of pretentiousness are those Rolling Stone reviewers who pick through song lyrics and offer lengthy analysis on what it all supposedly means. The downfall of Western Civilization and the trivialization of thought can be tracked by reading that magazine…which I occasionally did in my 20’s.

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Post Re: Conservatives: The New Marranos
on: September 17, 2017, 10:43
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I wasn't familiar with America as a group, though I was familiar (to varying degrees) with several of their songs -- most notably "A Horse With No Name", which is on the Billboard 1972 anthology CD (as I mentioned earlier), which I play as part of my regular music sequence. "Ventura Highway" and "Sister Golden Hair " were also familiar, and they also did some songs (such as "Muskrat Love" and "California Dreamin'") which weer done better by other groups.

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