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Looking back on this recording, I didn't once mention public restrooms and who is doing what business in which places. That is surprising considering all of the political rhetoric connecting gender identity and public facilities, most recently coming out of Texas. I'm not disappointed by the oversight. In fact, I'm pleased. In addition to making a transition in the courtesy we show others, in how we address people, there are many other aspects of gender identity and sexual orientation that we need to remove from bathroom talk, to rise above.

Different Drummer: Wendy Carlos

Human Sexuality Is Complicated ...

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My Sunday School teacher when I was in high school worked for the local newspaper where he was, among other things, the music critic. A good guy, he wasn't the type to denounce rock 'n' roll as "the devil's music" or anything like that. On the other hand, he did tell me that I would one day grow out of my interest in early Black Sabbath and no longer have any use for their albums. Well, I have since bought the original eight "Ozzy years" albums on CD, so that prediction completely missed the mark. No, I still love many aspects of early Black Sabbath and never hesitate to share that love. I have some friends who have made the most of the phrase, "mix tapes mean 'I love you.'" That came to mind when I stitched together this last (for this year anyway) Halloween tribute on Inappropriate Conversations.

Different Drummer: Rory Guy

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"Tricks" refers to more spooky, scary, traditional elements of Halloween in music, movies, and performance art. Less from childhood and more from college on, this reminds me of candles, incense, and very strange sounds coming from either my television or stereo.

Different Drummer: Molly Harvey

The Weatherman

Life Would Be Wonderful 2

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Time as a concept is, once again, the stumbling block for many people -- including Christians -- on the relationship between sinfulness and the nature of evil and pain. An inadequate understanding of words like logos, chronos, and kairos doesn't help. The unwillingness of outspoken Christians to read the book of nature as reverently as the book of scripture is, perhaps, the biggest problem of all.

Different Drummer: Sandy Owen

"The Sparkle" from Montage by Sandy Owen: Ensemble

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166: One-ders


Most music fans these days are very comfortable with just one song from an artist. I'm not. I tend to be a collector, almost an archivist. For that reason, I was very surprised at the number of "one song only" artists there are on my MP3 player, although I was not surprised at how deeply I love those lonely songs.

Different Drummer: Joseph Haydn

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"I'll remember you, though," the title character of Lilo & Stitch says to the other as the alien leaves her home, "I remember everyone that leaves." How is the question. How do we remember those who leave? I've turned that question toward myself and provided some possible answers with songs.

Different Drummer: Joseph Henry Burnett

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Where did the box set of popular music come from anyway? Long before CDs or cassette tapes, the first version of this format came in vinyl. I can't recall seeing any example prior to a series put out by the marketing division of a watch company that doesn't rest.

Different Drummer: Jack Stelzer

The Longines Symphonette proudly presents Mexicali Brass

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