Thursday, February 23, 2006

Here are some little known facts

The greatest part of my job may be its ability to impart me with a steady stream of useless information. I will share with you several trivial--yet fascinating--facts I've learned about the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

  • Every Corvette is manufactured in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  • Louisville is located at the Falls of the Ohio River. Kentucky's early settlers chose that location because as they were traveling on the Ohio, their boats could not circumnavigate the falls. So the settlers had no choice but to land their boats.
  • The father of Louisville native Muhammad Ali, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr., was named in honor of an influential Kentucky abolitionist of the same name. In the 1840s and 1850s, Cassisus Marcellus Clay was an outspoken critic of slavery and started an abolitionist newspaper called the True American.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

A solo mission

After my father picked me up from the airport Saturday afternoon, we took a trip to Trader Joe's. When the classic "The Glory of Love" from Karate Kid II began playing over the store's public address system, I oh so sarcastically commented to my dad that I adore Peter Cetera's work.

My dad recalled that before his solo career, Cetera led Chicago. This got my father to thinking: How many solo artists actually benefited artistically from leaving his band? I suggested that George Michael's solo work was superior to his work with Wham!, to which my father gave me a dirty look. I guess he feels that none of Michael's solo work could possibly compare to the brilliance of "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go."

When I gave the question more serious consideration, I couldn't think of many artists whose solo work is as good as or better than the music made with his band. I managed to come up with only three names: Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, and Michael Jackson.