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Footsteps of Dawn

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  1. Yep, we beat the Blues - in OT. We held 'em at 3-0 for a long time, but we got lazy and they tied it up at 3. Today we lost big time to the $*#% Hawks...1-4. Funny, our one goal was by Emmerton, a kid who got called up from the Griffs to replace Filppula, who was out with the flu today. He wouldn't have even got that one if Crawford hadn't pulled a Halak and basically put it in his own net. I don't know how we've held on to 2nd place this long. Glad you guys having been winning more...I'd much rather see the Sabres in the playoffs than Florida, Carolina, or Atlanta. What is it with the Islanders, though? We haven't been having too much luck with them, either. There's one out of many games I'd like to have back. Ha, and now we're in the middle of Nabby-gate with them...I am going to be PISSED if they suspend him instead of putting him back on waivers. I know there's pretty much no way we're going to get him back, but it's ridiculous for a team to pick a guy up and just make him sit the whole season so nobody else can have him. That's not going to make you too popular with future FAs, either.
  2. Well, that was a bust against the Pens last night. I don't know how to feel...I definitely feel less cranky than I usually do after losing to the Pens, knowing that it wasn't so much the Red Wings playing them as the Grand Rapids Griffins, but on the other hand, our usual guys weren't exactly fired up, either, so that tilts it back in the direction of being peeved. Plus, Miller TOTALLY should've gotten a penalty shot - even the Pittsburgh announcers thought so! Argh, whatever. On to the next one. And at least we didn't get any MORE injuries last night. Between Cooke, Rupp, Orpik and Engelland (did I forget anybody?), I think we got lucky. Now, how long until Datsyuk and Cleary are back? Please let it be soon. Speaking of the Wings and Pens, 2 more months until I see both of them play at the Joe!
  3. Whoa, I started a thread? Funny, it seems like I never start threads, even when I used to post more often. Well, I'd add some new ones into the original post, but it's not letting me edit it (too old, I guess), so here goes. British Columbia (I forgot I went there...I went through Vancouver on the way to Alaska a long time ago. I don't really remember much about it; I'd love to go back.) Kentucky (Went to Louisville, Lexington, Berea, and points along I-65 on the way back to TN. Visited my great-aunt, who lives in Lexington.) Michigan (Haven't actually gone yet, but I'm going to go in March.)
  4. It is hard to pick just one, but yeah, I'd probably go with De Niro, too. What does it for me is The Godfather II. He just has this indescribable, intangible charm in it that blows me away. I wish I could be more specific, but there's just something fascinating to watch about him in that role, and I really can't pinpoint what it is.
  5. For guys, if you've got a receding hairline, it's definitely time to whip out the scissors. On the whole, though, I am beginning to like long hair less and less on guys of all ages. I mean, I still like it on people like the Zeps back in the '70s, and they would look weird to me with short hair, but when I just see it on retro-grunge or retro-'70s guys (or whatever they're trying to be) in their 20s/30s now, it's not working for me. Of course, that's not HALF as bad as the Bieber look, but I digress. Anyway, far be it from me to tell guys how they should wear their hair, but personally, it's not my favorite look anymore. Gals: depends on their face shape, not on their age, in my opinion. If it's making your face look too long, go with a shorter cut. If it works for ya, go with it, à la Emmylou Harris. This does apply to men, too; there are definitely guys who can pull it off WAY better than others. Maybe that's what's putting me off longer hair...I've just seen too many guys recently who would do better with short hair. I don't know.
  6. Fresh Prince of Bel Air re-runs. I forgot how much I liked this show! I know they've been re-running it for years, but it's never struck my fancy until now...and now I'm watching the crap out of them. I still love Jazz, hehe.
  7. Sugar Hill Gang - Jump on It Specifically this rendition of it...
  8. Hurt - Johnny Cash (orig. Nine Inch Nails) Call Me the Breeze - Lynyrd Skynyrd (orig. JJ Cale) Cocaine - Eric Clapton (orig. JJ Cale) Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (orig. Smokey Robinson...hehe, had to give my man Marvin a shout-out...I like the Gladys Knight version, and CCR's too, but this one's still my fave) Backdoor Man - The Doors (orig. Howlin' Wolf) Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds (orig. Bob Dylan) The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana (orig. David Bowie) You know which one I can never decide on? I Shot the Sheriff. Bob Marley's singing is way better, but I really like the kinda sexier beat that Clapton's version has. Oh, and if anyone says Aerosmith's version of Come Together is better, I will cream them. Usually I would never say something like that because I respect people's opinions, but gah, whenever this song comes on the radio I have to punch the button with ninja-like speed so I don't fly into a rage and crash the car. I h-h-h-ate it.
  9. Watched Training Day a couple of nights ago. I love that movie. I saw it in theaters, actually - with my parents, haha! My parents are so rad. I don't know how they decided which movies to let me see...usually they weren't big on letting me watch R-rated movies, but I guess somehow they weren't expecting this one to be that intense. Whatever, works for me; I still think it's great. And forget Russell Crowe and all that stuff about the Oscar being a make-up for Denzel Washington not getting one for Malcolm X - I would've picked Denzel over him a thousand more times if given the opportunity. The thing I think makes his performance really unique is the fact that so much of the movie takes place in his car. There's no interesting scenery to back him up - it's just Denzel, the camera, and the dialogue, and I'll be danged if those aren't some of the most hypnotizing scenes in the movie...just him and Ethan Hawke sitting in that Monte Carlo playing mind games. Love it.
  10. Well, they're from Newfoundland, so they have kind of a Celtic twist, but they draw more from traditional Newfie music than straight-out Irish music like the Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly do. Also, they're not a punk band, so it's not quite as RAWR! as DKM, either. Their older albums have more traditional songs, and their newer ones have more original ones and are a little poppier. ...Yeah, I'd definitely say they've done a lot better than a cover of "End of the World." Also, sorry for posting this in the Last Concert You Attended thread...I kind of forgot about the Next Concert one.
  11. Red Wings represent, wut wut! I've got Hotel California stuck. God, what IS it with that song? You hear it once on the radio and it stays with you for the rest of the WEEK!
  12. Gooood. I'm putting off doing this French project for my conversational French class. This is a community college class, and it's harder than anything I had to do at university! And it's a conversation class! If I didn't need this class in order to work (long story), I would drop it. Plus, it's a group project, so I can't really wing it or else I'll bring everybody else's grade down. If it was just me, it wouldn't matter if I passed or failed, but I don't want to mess everybody else up. GOD, what a big mistake this was. Also, it's just a general pain because it lasts for THREE HOURS on Friday...major frickin' drag.
  13. Oh my god, Colin is 50?! Wow! 50 really is the new 40, I swear. I mean, Johnny Depp is 47, so he's getting there, and I don't know who else, but there are tons of guys who are around 50 and are still way sexy. I lurve Colin...the happiest of (belated) birthdays to you, m'dear. Colin, because now I'm thinking about him, and because...what a picture! Jimmy Howard, Red Wings goalie (and he is the nicest guy ever, too...I met him in July! I'm such a fangirl...) Marvin Gaye, who I am pretty much obsessed with right now. I just LOVE this guy! Let's Get It On...best love song ever. Muh man Adam Baldwin, of Chuck and Firefly/Serenity.
  14. I think you're right, plus for me, having been born in the '80s, and therefore paying attention to the music before my time or else I wouldn't be here, I think the '60s saw the beginning of the evolution of the album, and the '70s really perfected it. It was hard for me to think of that many albums from the '60s that were good all the way through, and I think that's because bands didn't start fully taking advantage of the LP format until the late '60s. I mean, I could think of a lot more than 3 good ones, but compared to the absolute plethora you have to choose from in the '70s, it just wasn't in full swing yet then. For the 3rd pick, I was trying to go for something outside rock music, like maybe country or soul, but that got REALLY hard since rock was kind of the pioneer of the LP, and it seems like other genres were still more radio-based and single-reliant at that point. I can think of a lot of songs I like from that era, but it's hard to name a classic album. (I did almost put Merle Haggard's Swinging Doors, but I had to admit I liked Disraeli Gears better.)
  15. I haven't been to a concert in quite a while, so I'm a bit fuzzy on what the last one I went to was, but the next show I really want to go to is Great Big Sea at HoB!
  16. These are basically my 3 favorites besides Zep...I thought I'd give some other bands a nod since we all already know we're Zep-crazy here. 1. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd 2. Second Helping - Lynyrd Skynyrd 3. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye I'm still not sure if I should have put Second Helping or Pronounced. I'm having doubts at this very second. Ok, I'm just going to post this before I change my mind again. Also, I would've liked to have gotten Sabbath's Paranoid on there...couldn't you at least have given us 5 picks? [grammar edit]
  17. Not counting I and II: 1. Are You Experienced? - The Jimi Hendrix Experience 2. Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones 3. Disraeli Gears - Cream Had trouble with the 3rd one...there's just so many I could have put! I feel bad for not putting any Beatles albums on there, but it did say to put your favorites, not what you think is the most influential or culturally significant or anything like that, and I happen to like those three more than any Beatles album, so that's what I put.
  18. - My great uncle (my dad's dad's brother) was a waist gunner on a B-17 during WWII. My one halfway interesting story about him is that he met Cary Grant while he was stationed in England - how's that for off-the-wall? His plane was shot down over France...we just recently found out that he's buried in Amiens. I got to go inside a B-17 a few months ago at the Palm Springs Air Museum - it was really cool. I can't imagine sitting in that metal tube while it's up in the air and someone's firing at you. I come from a line of flying-inclined people, but let me tell you, that's not for me. - My grandpa (my mom's dad) was in the Army during the Battle of the Bulge. I don't know much about that...he wasn't exactly big on talking about it. All I know is that my mom asked him once if he'd ever like to go back to Europe, and he replied, "I think I've seen quite enough." He also helped liberate one of the concentration camps, but I can't remember which one. Something I will never forget is seeing the photos he took there. It's sickening enough to see images of them on TV or something, but seeing actual photos...indescribable feeling. - My grandma (my dad's mom) used to work on/be a test pilot for PB2Y Coronados at Consolidated Aircraft during WWII. She wanted to be one of the women who made cross-country runs to deliver them, but my grandpa wouldn't let her. He was a Merchant Marine and a Seabee.
  19. I saw Red last night...I thought it was good! My newspaper didn't like it because there was too much humor in it...say whaaat? I guess the graphic novel must be more serious, but I enjoyed the humor; frankly, the plot wasn't all that intricate, so the characters and their shenanigans were what made it interesting to me.
  20. Dude, 2 of my friends are the music Nazis. If more than 10 people know about the band, it's no good. If the people in the band aren't as big or bigger snobs than they are, it's no good. They are hipsters. They do like Zep, though, so they're not a total lost cause. My best friend...you just never know what she's going to like. You can't pigeonhole her, that's for sure. Heck, I don't even know what to say...I think she'd listen to any kind of music as long as it met whatever criteria it is that she uses to decide if it's good or not - I just don't know what that is. My dad, however, is very particular. Despite being a Baby Boomer, he hates The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. The Beatles are too poppy and not good enough musicians for him; The Stones are just shock rock, and Dylan is overrated and can't sing. He listens to country...rock's never really been his thing. He does sort of like Hendrix because he's a good musician, and I think he likes Janis Joplin (he saw her live back in the day). He doesn't mind Zeppelin, but I doubt he would just sit down and start listening to them for the heck of it. But about country: he likes old-school country, but not most of the stuff they play on the radio now. We both hate Keith Urban and Taylor Swift. We both kind of like Sugarland, though...I think we both wish they'd do less poppy stuff, but we both like Jennifer Nettles' voice. Other than that, I guess he doesn't like the usual suspects: rap, techno, heavy metal, that kind of thing. My mom likes "nice" music. As long as it's not too loud or noisy, she likes it. Therefore, she can't stand Zep (especially Robert Plant's singing...I think she would like most of the songs on III and the quieter ones on IV if it weren't for that). She likes the Beatles, but not the Rolling Stones. No Hendrix, no AC/DC, no Metallica, no Nirvana, no nothing. Oh, but you know what she does like? Black Sabbath, of all things! I was playing the Paranoid album one day, and she's like, "Oh hey, who are they? That's not bad!" You just never know. She likes Pink Floyd, too, but they're pretty mellow, so it makes sense. She's not a big rap/techno/metal fan, of course. She doesn't like the more hardcore types of jazz (you know, lots of improv, not much melody), but she does like that smooth jazz crap they play on the radio.
  21. Heck yeah, thanks for starting this thread! I've been on a major Marvin Gaye kick recently, so this is right up my alley. I really like this version of Heard It Through the Grapevine from Montreux in 1980...I like the big-ass band backing him up! I always thought Marvin knocked it out of the park on the original recording, but the instrumentation just never hit me like CCR's version did. This is like the perfect combination. I mean, it's not a rock-y sounding band - it keeps the original soul sound - but it just kicks everything up a couple of notches. (The intro's pretty funny, too...I love "Frankie," lol.) Other than that, I too really like Curtis Mayfield, with or without The Impressions, and y'know, just the usual stuff they play on oldies radio...James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MGs, The Temptations, The Meters (guess they're more funk, but whatever)...yeah. I'm not really super up on the genre, but I do like it a lot and would love to learn more about it. Love these videos - I'd never heard of Betty Harris, but she has a great voice! And I LOVE You're No Good - I forgot all about that song, but now that I heard again, I'm trying to stifle myself from singing it out loud (it's 1 am).
  22. Marvin Gaye - Live in Montreux 1980 (too lazy for pictures, and it's a really lame album cover anyway...the CD's great, though! I've been watching video of it on YouTube...really want the DVD now.)
  23. Yep. NASCAR always gets somebody famous to sing the anthem every weekend, which either means some pop/country starlet who's never sang a note Protools couldn't fix, or else some rock star, usually an aging one, who never could sing, didn't even sound good on his albums, and has not improved with the passage of time. I usually go look for a snack during that part. Every once in a while they'll have some bluegrass guys on there who can harmonize so good it's almost unreal, or a REAL country singer (not a 16-year-old girl who just started taking voice lessons last year) who doesn't go overboard and just does it RIGHT, but for the most part, it's awful. Jesse McCartney forgot the words at one race, in addition to just sounding horrible. I wish they'd do like a local contest for each race and let everybody online pick the best singer or something.
  24. 1. Alan Jackson - Midnight in Montgomery My parents took me to see him in concert when I was about 10. I already liked this song a lot, but when he played it live with the fog machines and the eerie lights (hey, I was 10; I was easily impressed), it made it 10 times spookier, and it was the first time I can think of that music had a "holy crap!" hit-you-with-a-ton-of-bricks effect on me. 2. Blink 182 - What's My Age Again? Don't laugh, but this is the song that got me listening to rock music. See, from about 1996, when I first started listening to something besides what my parents listened to, until about 1998, I listened to what I'd call alternative-lite, like Third Eye Blind, Alanis Morissette, Everclear, Sister Hazel, Savage Garden (lmao...I'm looking at the "1997 in Music" Wiki page...I'd forgotten all about them), crap like that. Then the face of pop music kind of changed, and it veered toward R&B groups and boy bands. I sorta went with it for a while (even went to an N'Sync concert), but it eventually became clear that this stuff just wasn't my style. For a while I wasn't sure what to do, but then I heard that arpeggiated guitar intro to "WMAA" on one of the pop stations and was blown away. Lame, I know, but for someone who'd never heard anything more guitar-driven than Everclear before, that intro and what followed was seriously a revelation. I loved the production on that album; the guitars were deliciously crunchy and the drums sparkled. Weird that I noticed that kind of thing when I didn't know diddly-squat about music, but there you go...that guitar sound is basically what made me want to play guitar, no matter how embarrassed I am by that fact now. 3. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit Step up from Blink. Taught me the importance of honesty in music. 4. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven Yeah, yeah, but it's the first Led Zep song I heard. Used to post on a Star Wars forum, which for some reason had a bunch of metalheads on there who were big LZ fans. Figured I ought to see what the ruckus was about, so I downloaded it off of Napster (ah, the bad old days!). I can still remember myself sitting there at the desk in the front room with headphones on, my eyes bugging out of my head about as far as they could, getting my mind blown to pieces. I remember sitting there mouthing, "Holy sh*t!" to myself over and over. Blink taught me what rock music was, but Zep taught me what GOOD rock music was. It was like aliens had descended from Planet Zep and enlightened my poor human pea brain with their ray guns of sound. 5. Sublime - Summertime This is probably one of the bands I've liked the longest and still listen to on a halfway regular basis (along with AC/DC). There are a lot of ska/punk bands out there, but these guys are just in their own class...they're just different from any other band in the world and can't be duplicated. Weirdly enough, they also opened me up to more "urban" music and made me give rap a chance. My friend burned me Dr. Dre's "Chronic 2001" sometime after I started listening to Sublime...I still like that album, and I doubt I would've given it a chance had it not been for Sublime. Hehe, hi, my name is Footsteps, and I am the whitest kid you know. 6. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb Expanded my vision of what you could do with music, from the concept albums to the awesome guitar solos to the subject matter of the lyrics to the song structure. 7. Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter One day I woke up and thought, "Hey, you know what? I should really listen to the Stones more!" so I did. Yeah, this one doesn't have any big significance, really; it just started me appreciating the Stones a lot more than I had before. I REALLY didn't realize what a great live band they were, especially with Mick Taylor, so I'm glad I found that out...Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out is one of my all-time favorite albums now. Suppose it might've led me to Skynyrd, now that I think about it...it kinda transitioned me into listening to twangier-sounding music. 8. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Saturday Night Special Kinda took me full circle back to country, and opened me up to some new things like the Drive By Truckers. Came just in time, too - I was getting REALLY bored with music right before I started getting curious about them. Now I have some really great memories of driving up to Alpine (in East County) and back with this song blaring out the speakers. It makes a really great driving song for some reason. 9. Jamey Johnson - In Color Gave me hope that country music, and music in general, isn't dead. Finally, somebody without overproduced arrangements who just tells it like it is. Outlaw country lives. 10. Eminem - Not Afraid This is kind of where I am now. I've pretty much worn out everything on my iPod and am just looking for something I haven't heard a million times before, and somehow Eminem showed up on my radar. Not Afraid isn't my favorite song of his, but it's the one that made me finally take notice of him after all these years. I did like Stan in high school, but it never went much beyond that...now I'm going back through all of his stuff. It's weird, but I kind of see him and Jamey Johnson as different sides of the same coin - WAY different types of music, but still painfully emotionally honest in a way most people just can't manage to express.
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