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SECTION ONE - FROM THE EDITOR!
It's come! It's gone! It was the biggest story
of the last century! And lots of folks seemed dissapointed
that the sky didn't fall! Y2k: "The Apocalypse that never
came". Imagine telling the grandkids in 2020 how we all
thought the world wide web and all computers were going to
fail at midnight. . think they'd believe it??
We had friends that filled all their bathtubs with water, and
stocked up on things they thought they'd need. The local
Sears has had to put a 20% restocking fee for all the
generators being returned in the first week of January,
and even the countries that did nothing had only minor glitches.
It has proven the biggest worldwide non-event of the millenium.
And probably the first event in history to unite every corner of
the world in a countdown to the unknown (would it be disaster,
minor glitches, or nothing at all), as we all held our breath in
unison, and hoped the lights didn't go out. We're still here!
But it was a world wide event that made us take another look at
how technology affects the life and times of homo sapiens on
our little rock hurtling through space.
We at Boomers International have been very busy with an array
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So let me close this first newsletter of the new century,
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SECTION TWO: THE UNEXAMINED LIFE
By: Derek Gore
The unexamined life is not worth living
Unlike our virginity, I think that innocence can be regained.
Isn't that the precept of unconditional forgiveness from a
higher power? A fresh start. We all carry baggage from the past
way beyond it's expiration date! LOL! (and the expiration date for
yesterday is today!) Unlike animals that are hard wired for instinct,
we have a choice. To begin anew, every day, in every way, is a gift
that can only be given to us by ourselves. It is so simple, that it
evades many of us. Some of us because we live in the past, dwelling
on things that can't be changed, and miss the present, where it can.
Some of us because we fear the future, and miss the present, where
we have the power to change the course of our futures. In the
present, we can pause and see the expanse of our universe, and feel
the pulse of life in our veins. That's why it's the "perfect present"!
It's both a time (now), and if we allow ourselves, the perfect gift
to ourselves. A renewal of our sense of wonder, and joy, in our
ability to allow ourselves the gift of self forgiveness, and the
sure knowledge that we can then, freely, without baggage from the
past, or fear of the future, become innocent again. We are indeed
the captains of our desitny.
SECTION THREE: HIGH TECH
By: Derek Gore and Jeri Maier
Think the Dick Tracy wrist radio is still far off technology?
Not now. It won't be a wrist radio, but way beyond. And this one is
happening now. The press release below promises a new direction towards
total mobility and instantaneous contact. When complete, you'll trade
in your cell phone, GPS, notebook computer, and business radios. Check
out how fast it's really coming!
Whose Generation Led The Way In Technology? An interesting
article from the Heart Of Silicon Valley, the High Technology
Innovation Capital. DAVID PLOTNIKOFF (Mercury News Staff Writer)
examined this intrique question.
Series details valley's history
SILICON Valley is a place in a hurry. We work hard, keep
long hours and drive the new economy.
Yet many of us don't have a sense of local history:
Who allowed all this sprawl? Why do we have a richer
ethnic mix than other regions? How did computer companies
end up here instead of, say, Fresno? -- David Yarnold,
Executive Editor San Jose - Mercury News
SECTION FOUR: ANOTHER TOP TWENTY LIST
Ask 700 music experts to vote on the greatest Rock
and Roll songs of all time and you get a hybrid opinion.
Something everybody can argue with. Such is the nature
That said, here's my choice for the top twenty rock songs:
1. Johnny B Goode, Chuck Berry.
Ask Keith Richards what the greatest Rock song is
and perhaps he'll name a Chuck Berry Song! Indeed Keith
has made remarks in the past as to Berry's influence
on his style. Being a big Stones fan, I was glad
"Satisfaction" ranked number one in VH1's poll, yet
could there be "Satisfaction" without first having
Chuck Berry ?
2. She Loves You, The Beatles.
VH1 picked "RESPECT" as number two but "She Loves You"
with its "yeah, yeah, yeahs" characterized the band
that would change the music industry and
lead the British Invasion.
3. Good Golly Miss Molly & Tuti Fruti, Little Richard.
Little Richard claims he invented rock and roll.
Indeed his influence is undeniable- so much so that
two of his songs tied for the number three position
as opposed to VH1's pick, "Stairway To Heaven." One
must wonder if Robert Plant's wailing vocals owe a
debt to Richard's screaming deliveries. Covered by
so many bands including The Beatles, Elvis, Mitch
Ryder and Bruce Springsteen, the stars themselves
endorse Richard's contributions.
4. Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley.
The beat and the guitar riffs were unmistakably ahead
of their time. Covered, converted and even ripped off,
Bo may have been the first "Hard" rocker.
The Stones credit him as an influence. Bob Seger,
Bruce Springsteen, Eric Burden, The Doors, The Band
(as The Hawks) and others give the musical nod to BO.
"If you don't know Bo - you don't know Diddley!"
VH1 chose Dylan's "Like A Rolling
Stone" as number four.
5. Be My Baby, The Ronnettes.
Phil Spector's Wall of Sound made this girl group the
archetype for the Supremes. Later the folks at MOTOWN did
their best to emulate the sound. Had Ronnie continued
her career rather than marrying Phil and being locked away,
she might have given Diana Ross a run for the money.
The Supremes went on to become the most successful
American vocal group often challenging The Beatles for
the Number one slot on the charts.VH1 picked Bruce
Springsteen's "Born To Run" as #5.
6. Blowin' In The Wind & The Times They Are A Changin',
Two ties in the top ten ? These two "protest songs"
seemed to inject seriousness into pop music.
Dylan proved to the folk world that success could be
achieved in writing fresh new viable material.
He gave Rock and Roll a consciousness that inspired
John Lennon and others to write socially
relevant lyrics giving the genre artistic credibility.
Dylan has been attributed with starting the
counterculture. Either of these two songs were far more
influential than VH1's pick "Hotel California"
by the Eagles.
7. Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix
From his debut album, the guitar playing and suggestive
lyrics turned the music world upside down.
So unique and masterful the entire album constitutes
90% of Jimi's greatest hits. A definitive high point
in the psychedelic era which inspired every
guitar player to follow. VH1 chose
"Light My Fire" by the Doors as number Seven.
8. Boogie Chillun, John Lee Hooker.
This song from 1948 qualifies as one of the earliest
rock recordings even if the term hadn't been
invented yet. Note the similarities between "Hipshake"
off Exile On Main Street by the Stones,
La Grange " by ZZ TOP and Hooker's Boogie. VH1 has
the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" at this position.
9. Shake Rattle & Roll, Bill Haley & His Comets.
For years Bill Haley was attributed as the founder
of Rock and Roll. While musicologists place Rock's
origins a bit earlier, a case can be made that Bill
Haley gave us rockabilly.
As far as Alan Freed was concerned, Bill was the boss.
"I'm like a one eyed cat peeking in a seafood store.."
The Beatles' "Hey Jude" was VH1's entry at #9.
10. Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones.
The Stones have said Keith laid down the chops for
Satisfaction in Tampa Fla which indeed
is where the airport was but the motel they stayed in
was actually in Clearwater. It was there
that Richards came up with the opening chords.
Early social commentary in the lyrics and a
harder tone became this band's calling card. They
opened with this song on their last tour.
VH1 placed this at number one.
11. Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin.
The most requested rock song in the 70's according
to FM jocks. VH1 placed it at #3
while "Louie Louie" came in at #11.
12. Louie Louie, The Kingsmen.
It was rumored for years that the inaudible
lyrics were allegedly obscene. Still this song
became a party classic. When the words were finally
published in the mass media it's lyrics were revealed
to be quite aboveboard. "Yesterday" by The Beatles
took this spot in VH1's poll.
13. Layla, Derek & The Dominos.
Recorded in Miami with Eric Clapton, Duane Allman
and members of Bob Seger's band, the song stands
as Claptons' "Stairway". VH1 picked The Who's
"My Generation" for this spot.
14. Tangled Up In Blue, Bob Dylan.
A triumphal epic for Dylan. Significant because of
it's complex story line and brilliant verse.
From his best selling album "Blood On The Tracks'
many consider it Dylan's greatest. In so many
songs Bruce Springsteen has attempted to capture
the movie-like feel of Bob's lyrics earning him
the title "the new Bob Dylan." VH1 place Marvin
Gaye's "What's Going On" at #14.
15. Ohio, Crosby Stills Nash & Young.
Powerful protest at a time when it was needed.
Anthemic in proportion.
VH1's pick - "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry.
16. Gimme Shelter , The Rolling Stones.
The 60's ended with a bang at Altamonte.
It was "Satisfaction" for a new violent time.
The VH 1 pick for this slot is my next pick.
17. Won't Get Fooled Again & Baba O Reilley, The Who.
Another Tie. Both from Who's Next. DJ's got lots
of calls requesting a song called " Teenage Wasteland"
which was titled "Baba O' Reilly."
Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock" took this VH1 position.
18. Walk Like A Man & Sherry, Franky Valli &
The Four Seasons.
Talk About high notes. VH1 picked "American Pie" as 18.
19. My Girl & Just My Imagination, The Temptations.
Both the Temptations and the Four Seasons had
phenomenal success and influenced pop and rock to
such an extent that their inclusion in the
top twenty is a must. Groups like the Backstreet
Boys, Boy's To Men and a handful of similar sounding
vocalists owe their existence to these
two originals. VH1 listed "American Pie" at 19.
20. American Pie, Don McClean.
It would be sacreligious not to include this
brilliant musical history of rock in the top
twenty. Like the VH1 list, which placed the
Beatle's "A Day In The Life" at number 20,
you probably can argue with my picks as well....
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