Singer songwriters

Once upon a time in Mississippi….

There was an FM radio station called ZZQ. It was so much more than a radio station, it was a touch stone for people who loved rock music.

In a time when most cars came equipped with AM radios, ZZQ led the market. They sold bucket loads of FM converters to baby boomers who wanted to stay connected with the times. There were no “play lists” to get in the way, just the music and the radio personalities.

Even now, it’s hard for me to listen to Dan Fogelberg, or Jackson Browne, and not think about the heyday of the music scene in Jackson, or that morning about 25 years ago when I turned on the radio and heard country music coming from 102.9. It was like I lost a good friend.

More at I love Music … Jackson Browne

Uncle Dave, this one’s for you.

2 Responses

  1. Sign of the times alright.
    Back in the day, growing up in East Texas we had KEEL in Shreveport to keep us sane during the day, with a Chicago station WLS, and a NOLA station (I forget the call sign) to keep us sane and in touch at night. The NOLA station would play the long version of “The Doors” Light My Fire.
    Now, here in Dallas, my favorite “metal” station went dark many years ago, and my next favorite “metal” station, the one that played “Tool” and other of my favorites, well….one day I got in my car, hit the button, and got Mexican music. Not a happy day.
    However, in recent months, good ol’97.1fm, the Eagle, is back to it’s welcome format of hard rock and metal.
    I never could get into Jackson Browne for some reason.

  2. Interesting article in WTimes, Iraq is a mess, but Germany was too

    Dave Stafford writes: “Smash the enemy, deliver victory, topple the dictator, destroy his regime, eliminate his evil ideology, and establish peace and democracy. Oh, and — almost forgot — do this several thousand miles away on a distant continent while also fighting another life-or-death struggle elsewhere. Meanwhile, make sure to keep in step with our allies. And one last thing: Bring the troops back home as soon as possible.

    Mission impossible? Entering year six of the Iraq war, with 4,000 Americans dead in the conflict, the president’s popularity hitting new lows and results of the troop surge still fragile, it may look that way for the administration of George W. Bush. But we may also be rushing to judgment.

    More than 60 years ago, during World War II, Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower didn’t think that his similar, even more daunting, mission was impossible. By the time he had completed his crusade in Europe and thanked his staff for a job well done at a farewell ceremony in Frankfurt in July 1945, the German army, or Wehrmacht, no longer existed, Hitler was dead, the Nazi Party had been dissolved, war criminals were behind bars awaiting trial and retribution, de-Nazification had begun, and western Germany — the part not occupied by the Soviet army — was on its way to becoming one of the most successful liberal democracies of the Western world. The Third Reich was history.

    So what did the United States do right 60 years ago that it has — so far — failed to accomplish in Iraq since the iconic toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad and Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” declaration aboard a U.S. carrier on May 1, 2003?

    The question is, of course, superficial. It would be harder to think of two more different societies than Germany in 1945 and contemporary Iraq. The former — despite Hitler and the Third Reich — had a long tradition of law, order, constitutional government and civic society to draw on in rebuilding democracy. Nor was it riven by deep-rooted ethnic and sectarian religious tensions that erupted to the surface once the dictator’s iron fist was removed. And although Germany certainly had hostile neighbors — especially to the communist East — the threat they posed served to create, not crack, political cohesion.”

    See also Werewolves. a repressed insurgency

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