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Music: One Hundred Years of Memories--1912-2012--Part Five

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MUSIC: One Hundred Years of Memories—1912-2012—Part Five

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A Series in 5 Parts—1970-2012

By: J. Marlando

1990

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When President Geroge H. Bush was running for office he made the famous statement: Read my lips, no new taxes.” He reneged on that this year and that would eventually cost him the next election.

This was also the year that the beloved entertainer Sammy Davis died.

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He had begun his career as a child in vaudeville and ended up a member of the famous Rat Pact best known for their zany but highly entertaining shows in Vegas.

Desert Storm

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started this year when Saddam’s Iraqi army entered Kuwait.

This was the year that the nonsense of political correctness came into fashion, a reminder of big brother politics really and a kind of bending the freedom in free speech.

As for pop tunes, a hot number was Janet Jackson’s “Escapade.”

As I was walkin’ by
Saw you standin there
With a smile
Lookin shy
You caught my eye
Thought you'd want to hang
For a while
Well I'd like to be with you
And you know it's friday too
I hope you can find the time
This weekend to relax and unwind

My minds tired
Ive worked so hard all week
Cashed my check
I’m ready to go
I promise you
I’ll show you such a good time

Come on baby lets get away
Lets save your troubles for another day
Come go with me we’ve got it made
Let me take you on an escapade

1991

The Gulf War was won in a very short time in ‘91 and President Bush announced that Kuwait had been liberated.

In this same year the last of 17 U.S. prisoners in Lebanon were freed after being captive since 1984. A fellow by the name of Boris Yeltsin won Russia’s first “free” election while in California, police brutality was caught on film resulting in the now famous Rodney King case.

As for the cost of things:

Gas per-gallon      $1.12

Pound of bacon     $1.95

Quart of milk        $2.80

The minimum wage was raised this year to $4.25

As for the songs. Here’s the Timmy T hit—One More Try—written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

It's been a long time since you left me
I didn't mean to make you cry
I didn't mean to disappiont you
I didn't mean to tell you lies
And after all that we have been through
Won't you let me tell you why

Chorus:
One more try
I didn't know how much I loved you
One more try
Le t me put my arms around you
Living all these lonely nights without you
Oh baby can we give it one more try
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/timmy_t/one_more_try.html ]
It's been a long time since I've kissed you
It always used to feel so good
If you knew how much I missed you
You'd forgive me if you could
Now that we have found each other
Can't we give it one more try…

1992

1992 was basically a quiet year compared to decades that preceded it. Indeed, it seems with only a few exceptions the U.S. had a rollercoaster of crucial dynamics since…well, 1929.

In any case, while it will be pretty meaningless for those born in the 1980s and beyond but this was the year that Johnny Carson

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had his 30 year run on NBC. Johnny Carson was probably the most beloved and enjoyed comedian and TV host of the second half of the 1900s. We old timers miss him to this day:

The big news of ’92 was that Bill Clinton won the presidency from Geroge H. Bush. Bill Clinton

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is perhaps my favorite president—not because he’s a democrat or republican but because he was (and remains) Bill Clinton, a president not afraid to show his humanism and give us a laugh along the way. He liked cigars
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and women! His affair with Monica Lewinsky made headlines
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and nearly got him impeached but when push came to judge he simply said, “I did it because I could.” I loved that; that was spunk in the face of his peers and, for that matter, the world. Clinton is still beloved internationally. And, just because he had a keen sense of humor doesn’t mean that he didn’t do a great job as president. Like all presidents he was imperfect and certainly didn’t make all the humanistic decisions he might have but in overview he did a lot more good than harm…internationally and domestically.

A great hit of ’92 was a Boyz II Men, End of the Road.

 [Spoken:]
Girl you know we belong together
I have no time for you to be playing
With my heart like this
You'll be mine forever baby, you just see

We belong together
And you that I'm right
Why do you play with my heart,
Why do you play with my mind?

Said we'd be forever
Said it'd never die
How could you love me and leave me
And never say goodbye?

When I can't sleep at night without holding you tight
Girl, each time I try I just break down and cry
Pain in my head oh I'd rather be dead
Spinnin' around and around

[Chorus:]
Although we've come to the End Of The Road
Still I can't let you go
It's unnatural, you belong to me, I belong to you
Come to the End of the Road
Still I can't let you go
It's unnatural, you belong to me, I belong to you

1993

A great many people gathered in Washington D.C. in August of this year to celebrate (and remember) Martin Luther’s

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“I have a Dream” speech given 30 years before; a teacher of the heart and mind speech not only for blacks but for all people who listened.

This was also the year that the president’s wife, Hilary proposed a health plan that would give every American “a comprehensive package of benefits that can never be taken away.” It would not be until the next millennium that a health program would be presented to congress that fulfilled her basic projections.

This too was the year that the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law was passed permitting gays to serve in the arm forces.

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What this actually meant is that the ban on homosexuals in the armed services was still a taboo, but a kind of ostrich came into effect
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. A very odd way for supposing American intelligence to work—why not just say homosexuals can now enlist? Ah, social mores!!

As for music—high on the memory list is, Don’t walk Away:

I've been
Runnin'
In circles all day long
I'm out
Of breath
But I'm still goin' strong

I'm gonna get you yeah
No matter what they say
You think I'm losin'
But I always get my way

[Chorus]
Don't walk away when I'm talkin' to you
This ain't no time for your bad attitude
Don't give me that face
When you know I'm really down for the chase
Cause my heart's already in it
And I'm never gonna quit it
When you finally gonna get it
Don't walk away

You act
Act like
That I don't have a clue
You think
You know it all…
 
1994

’94 started out with a bang, so to speak. Los Angeles was hit with an Earthquake leaving a lot of damage behind. These pictures show some of the damage,

In the same year ex-president Richard Nixon

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died as did ex-First Lady Jackie Kennedy
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. Jacqueline was a beloved first lady, beautiful and smart. With few exceptions American adored her.

The shocking news of the year, however, became an unexpected murder for which O.J. Simpson the famous football player would be accused. There was a police car chase with Simpson in a Bronco with a friend.

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He would eventually give himself up…but without admitting to the murder that no one believed he was innocent of.

As for music Ace of Base took All The She Wants to the top ten of ’94.

translated from English to English

She leads a lonely life
She leads a lonely life

When she woke up late in the morning light
And the day had just begun
She opened up her eyes and thought
Oh what a morning
It's not a day for work
It's a day for catching tan
Just lying on the beach and having fun
She's going to get you

All that she wants is another baby
She's gone tomorrow boy
All that she wants is another baby
All that she wants is another baby
She's gone tomorrow boy
All that she wants is another baby
All that she wants - all that she wants

1995

Back in 1993 the government along with local law enforcement attacked am compound in Waco Texas housing a religious cult of people calling themselves Branch Davidians. Nearly a hundred human beings were massacred

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when the group refused orders from the FBI to evacuate—after a lengthy standoff between the cult members and authority tanks such as this one
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was put into action and soon enough the cult members perished in the flames shown here: The vicious attack was never fully justified by authorities and the ordeal soon enough faded from the public’s mind.

In 1995 an act of terrorism a car bomb tore more than 90 feet into the Alfred Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City. Mid-Eastern terrorists were first to be suspected but as it turned out a white man by the name of Timothy McVeigh had murdered 168 innocent people in the bombing because, it is thought, to seek revenge for the 1993 murders at Waco.

In this same year O.J. Simpson was acquitted:

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Rose Kennedy passed away this year. She was the 104 mother of Jack and Robert Kennedy and their siblings. Indeed, the Kennedy family is very large extremely wealthy and have much influence in the country.

As for music, Michael Jackson’s You Are Not Alone will bring back a lot of memories for a lot of people.

Another day has gone
I'm still all alone
How could this be
You're not here with me
You never said goodbye
Someone tell me why
Did you have to go
And leave my world so cold

Everyday I sit and ask myself
How did love slip away
Something whispers in my ear and says
That you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though you're far away
I am here to stay

But you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we're far apart
You're always in my heart
But you are not alone

1996

The positive news of 1996 was that the summer Olympics were held in Atlanta, Georgia Medical marijuana was approved in California. The sad and tragic news was a TWA flight to Paris went down just 30 minutes after takeoff. All 238 people aboard were killed.

As for pop songs. A big hit was Quad City’s, Comon and Ride It.

Come on ride the train hey ride it woo woo
Come on ride the train hey ride it woo woo
Come on ride the train woo woo hey
Ride it woo woo
Come on ride the train
Woo woo hey ride it woo woo
Come on ride the train
It's the choo choo ride it woo woo
Come on ride the train it's the choo choo train
Come on ride the train it's the choo choo
Ride it, woo woo
Come on, ride the train, it's the choo choo train

Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
I think I can, I think I can
I think I can, I think I can

Way deep down south, where we play this game
It's them Quad City DJs and you,
We call it the train
So if you wanna ride your thing
Just come on down the train
We gonna rock, ooh, Lord, just jump aboard, baby
So get your next of kin, your sister and your friend
Pack it up now, choo choo, ride on this, choo choo
And, boo, you need to stop faking, and come on with me
I wanna take you home with me, to be alone with me
And I can see you wanna hide it, come on, just divide it
And please don't knock it, until you ride it
So to all of you girls, you know, I'm calling your name
Michelle, Tamika and Tanya
Wanna ride this train, ride out now
1 Come on ride the train hey ride it woo woo
Come on ride the train hey ride it woo woo
Come on ride the train woo woo hey
Ride it woo woo
Come on ride the train
Woo woo hey ride it woo woo
Come on ride the train
It's the choo choo ride it woo woo
Come on ride the train it's the choo choo train
Come on ride the train it's the choo choo
Ride it, woo woo
Come on, ride the train, it's the choo choo train

I think I can, I think I can
I think I can, I think I can

Way deep down south, where we play this game
It's them Quad City DJs and you,
We call it the train
So if you wanna ride your thing
Just come on down the train
We gonna rock, ooh, Lord, just jump aboard, baby
So get your next of kin, your sister and your friend
Pack it up now, choo choo, ride on this, choo choo
And, boo, you need to stop faking, and come on with me
I wanna take you home with me, to be alone with me
And I can see you wanna hide it, come on, just divide it
And please don't knock it, until you ride it
So to all of you girls, you know, I'm calling your name
Michelle, Tamika and Tanya
Wanna ride this train, ride out now…

And Sittin’ Up in My Room y Brandy:

Seems like ever since the first day we met
There is no one else I think of more than you
Can't seem to forget,
can't get you out my head
Guess the verdict's in, I'm crazy over you
How can one be down, tell me where to start
Cause every time you smile, I feel trembles in my heart
I have but one concern, how can I get with you
Till my day comes, here's what I'm gonna do

[Chorus:]
Be sittin' up in my room
Back here thinkin' bout you
I must confess I'm a mess for you
Be sittin' up in my room
Back here thinkin' bout you
I’m just a mess with a thing for you

Pray that you'll invest in my happiness
All it takes is just one simple call from you
Turn my heart around,
if I'm making ground
Pretty baby please, tell me if I'm getting through
Tell me what is up
You see I need to know
Tell me if I'm far or, if I'm getting close
I have but one concern, and that one concern is you
Till I'm with you, here's what I'm gonna do

1997

The law can be a little wacko at times too. As you recall O.J. was acquitted for murdering his wife and her friend. Okay, you can’t be tried for the same crime twice right? Well, a civil case this year went against O.J. and found him “liable” for the deaths of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman and the jury found O.J. guilty of “willingly and wrongfully” causing Goldman’s death by stabbing. Goldman’s family was awarded 8.5 million dollars for O.J.’s wrong doing.

If you, the reader are having a hard time figuring all this out…Me too!

There was another mass suicide this year: This occurred at the rather prestigious Rancho Santa Fe outside of San Diego, California. Marshall Applegate

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led the “group” of 39 members who believed that they had been sent to earth as angels. What they thought was that a flying saucer was hiding behind and traveling behind the Hale-Bopp comet and was on its way to take them to the stars. The only flaw in the ointment was that they had to be “out of their containers” (their bodies) to fulfill the plan. Thus they committed suicide. The entire cult was so “way out there” that Newsweek even ran a story on it. 

Tiger Woods was making positive waves on the golf courses in this year and quickly becoming the love-object for millions of Americans. No one dreamed what was to come.

The hit song of ’97-Elton John’s Candle in the Wind made the top of the charts:

Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled
They crawled out of the woodwork
And they whispered into your brain
They set you on the treadmill
And they made you change your name

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Loneliness was tough
The toughest role you ever played
Hollywood created a superstar
And pain was the price you paid
Even when you died
Oh the press still hounded you
All the papers had to say
Was that Marilyn was found in the nude
And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled

Goodbye Norma Jean
From the young man in the 22nd row
Who sees you as something more than sexual
More than just our Marilyn Monroe

1998

This was actually the year that President Clinton caught red handed, fooling around in the White House with the young government worker, Monica Lewinsky

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Because of the tattle-tale news that broke loose, Clinton/Lewinsky cigar jokes were immediately popularize but somehow all this seemed to make the president even more popular with the public and not less; a frustration to the moralists of course.

Not all was fun and games on the Hill, however: Two U.S. embassies were bombed this year—one in Kenya and another in Tanzania so the Clinton Administration retaliated by bombing targets in Afghanistan and the Sudan. The justification at the time was that Afghanistan was a center for terrorists. As far as the Sudan it is said that we bombed a chemical factory but as it turned out, we hit a factory producing medicines for at least half the population—the result of the bombing was sad and devastating.

This was the same year that a serious attempt to change the law occurred in Washington in an early try to legalize same sex marriages. The U.S. was ready for change as we approached the new millennium.

Pop music of 98 gave us Brandy and Monica’s dynamic, The Boy is Mine. Bring back any memories?

[Brandy] Excuse me, can I please talk to you for a minute
[Monica] uh huh, sure, you know you look kinda familiar
[Brandy] Yeah, you do too but, umm,
I just wanted to know do you know
somebody named you,
you know his name.
[Monica] Oh, yeah definitely I know his name.
[Brandy] I just wanted to let you know he's mine.
[Monica] Huh..no no, he's mine.

You need to give it up.
Had about enough.
It's not hard to see,
the boy is mine.

[Brandy] - I think it's time we got this straight,
let's sit and talk face to face.
There is no way you could mistake him for your man,
Are you insane?
[Monica] - See I know that you may be
just a bit jealous of me.
Cause' you're blind if you can't see
that his love is all in me.
[Brandy] - See I tried to hesitate,
I didn't want to say what he told me.
He said without me
he couldn't make it through the day,
ain't that a shame.
[Monica] - And maybe you misunderstood,
Plus I can't see how he could
wanna take his time and that's all good.
All of my love was all it took

The boy is mine.
You need to give it up.
Had about enough.
It's not hard to see,
the boy is mine.
I'm sorry that you
seem to be confused.
He belongs to me
the boy is mine.

1999

1999 was a fairly mellow year for most American’sbut that doesn’t imply “mellowness” internationally. Anyway,this was the year when impeachment proceedings actually start against Bill Clinton, Barbie turned 40 and the Columbine High School killings by two teenage boys

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occurred to give just about everyone else a shock. What happened was that two disgruntled school boys walked into the Littleton, Colorado, school and most virtually started shooting. When they stopped, 15 were dead; 15 had their dreams and hopes stolen away by two extremists. The obvious question is…why, and while we can all accept one person snapping for one reason or another, how do two potential crazies find each other, plot an insane killing spree and carry it out?

Jack Kevorkian

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is another mystery of ’99. He had been having problems with authorities for ten years when in this year he was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison for second degree murder. His crime as a doctor, participating in assisted suicides with people wanting to die. His last “patient” had endured a chronic, crippling and fatal decease and evidentally simply want to get it over with. Doctor Kevorkian, if you will, gave a helping hand. The question is, was Kevorkian a twisted psychopath or a man with deep philosophical principles” Does the individual have the right to choose to die?

In the meantime Clinton had his mind on the bombing of Yugoslavia through NATO aggressions; a war most basically between the Serbians who had attacked Bosnia, and was now being attacked by Kosovo

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nationalists in a bloody struggle for…for what? If we strip away all the formality of national justification the answer is, at bottom line, hate. This particular, bloody war was religious at root level:. The nearly two million residents of Kosovo included 1.6 million Muslims….150,000 Serbian Orthodox…60,000 Roman Catholics. Here’s a photo showing the result of all these devotees to their beliefs:
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The war ended before Clinton’s term was up and Geroge Bush

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stepped into the Oval Office.

As all this occurred most Americans were unaware of the turmoil in Europe or gave much thought to the Kevorkian question and, as nearly always, just tried to live as well and as happily as they possibly could. And, as far as the music of ‘99, there was some great songs that hit the charts starting with Cher’s, Believing:

No matter how hard I try
You keep pushing me aside
And I can't break through
There's no talking to you
It's so sad that you're leaving
It takes time to believe it
But after all is said and done
You're gonna be the lonely one

Do you believe in life after love
I can feel something inside me say
I really don't think you're strong enough
Do you believe in life after love
I can feel something inside me say
I really don't think you're strong enough

What am I supposed to do
Sit around and wait for you
Well I can't do that
And there's no turning back
I need time to move on
I need a love to feel strong
Cause I've got time to think it through
And maybe I'm too good for you

And if this doesn’t bring back special memories for you, how about Britney Spears’, Baby One More Time?

Oh baby, baby
Oh baby, baby

Oh baby, baby, how was I supposed to know
That something wasn't right here
Oh baby, baby, I shouldn't have let you go
And now you're out of sight, yeah
Show me how you want it to be
Tell me baby 'cause I need to know now, oh because

My loneliness is killing me (and I)
I must confess I still believe (still believe)
When I'm not with you I lose my mind
Give me a sign
Hit me baby one more time

2000

Geroge W. Bush took over the presidency this year in one of the closest races in U.S. history. Mobil phones were popularized in this year and a disaster hit the beloved Mississippi River. Over 300 gallons of black sludge was released into the river when an energy company’s dam broke in Inez, Kentucky. Millions of fish were killed, the river was further violated and it cost nearly 80 million to clean up at least that area of the river.

Prices were high for the time in the year 2000:

Gallon of gas   $1.26

Pound of bacon  $2.97

Loaf of bread      $1.72

Dozen eggs             .89cents

The cost of an average new house around $ 135,000.

As for a pop song during that year—Recall Faith Hill’s, Breathe:

I can feel the magic floating in the air
Being with you get's me that way
I watch the sunlight dance across your face
And I've never been this swept away

All my thoughts just seem to settle on the breeze
When I'm lying wrapped up in your arms
The whole world just fades away
The only thing I hear
Is the beating of your heart

'Cause I can feel you breathe
It's washing over me
And suddenly I'm melting into you
There's nothing left to prove
Baby, all we need is just to be
Caught up in the touch
Slow and steady rush
Baby, isn't that the way that love's supposed to be
I can feel you breathe, just breathe

2001

There is not anything that occurred in 2001 that overshadows the great disaster of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. The following pictures show the devastation:

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2,758 were killed in the New York attack. 343 Firefighters and paramedics were killed and 23 N.Y. police officers. The coordinated attacks using commercial jet airliners as missiles struck the Twin towers and, approximately 30 minutes later, another jet slammed into a portion of the Pentagon. At the Pentagon all 58 passengers along with 4 flight attendants died as did 125 occupants of the Pentagon.

“Credit” for these vicious attacks was taken by al Qaeda headed by a Muslin fanatic by the name  Osama bin Laden.

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The bulk of terrorist completing the mission(s) were from Saudi Arabia.

President Bush’s Address to the Nation was applauded across the country. He said: “These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” Although most Americans were still in a state of shock, the American spirit to fight the enemy had been stirred in the hearts of most. America after all had been “treaded upon.”

A Pop song of that year was a Lifehouse hit: Hanging by a Moment.

I'm desperate for changing
Starving for truth
I'm closer to where I started
I'm chasing after you

I'm falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I've held onto
I'm standing here until you make me move
I'm hanging by a moment here with you

Forgetting all I'm lacking
Completely incomplete
I'll take your invitation
You take all of me now

I'm falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I've held onto
I'm standing here until you make me move
I'm hanging by a moment here with you

I'm living for the only thing I know
I'm running and not quite sure where to go
And I don't know what I'm diving into
Just hanging by a moment here with you

There's nothing else to lose
There's nothing else to find
There's nothing in the world
That can change my mind

There is nothing else
There is nothing else
There is nothing else…

2002

Soon after the 911 attack President Bush gave the order to bomb Afghanistan. It was thought that Osama bin Laden was somewhere hiding there. Bill Clinton had done the same thing after the attack on the Tanzania and Kenya embassies had been bombed. Indeed, Clinton also bombed the Sudan. Anyway, as in all armed conflicts a great many innocent people suffered and yes, died because of the Osama attack and America’s response to that attack. Both the defense and offense had harmed innocent bystanders because of the nature of war itself. The fundamentalist religious nuts would soon enough escalate suicide bombings just to appease their god of injustice by murdering bystanders. In many ways 2002 was the year that the world had gone mad. And, at the time of all this, Iraq was refusing to let the U.N. have permission to do weapon inspections. And, there was a lot of turmoil on the horizon!

During this same year Colorado had the worst forest fires in its history; Bushed signed the No Child left Behind Act and it was estimated that 40 million people (worldwide) had the Aids/HIV virus. If all this wasn’t upsetting enough a tornado swept through the southern states killing 36 people. What is that old saying…it never rains but it pours?

As for music. A big 2002 hit was Nellie’s, It’s Hot in Here:

Hot in.....
So hot in heerre.....
So hot in.....

I was like, good gracious ass is bodacious
Oh, flirtatious, tryin to show patience
I'm waitin' for the right time to shoot my steez
Waitin' for the right time to flash them keys
Then um I'm leavin, please believin (oh)
Me and the rest of my heathens
Check it, got it locked at the top of the four seasons
Penthouse, roof top, birds I feedin
No deceivin’, nothin up my sleeve and, no teasin’
I need you to get up on the dance floor
Give that man what he askin’ for (oh)
‘Cause I feel like bustin’ loose and I feel like touchin’ you (uh uh)
And can't nobody stop the juice so baby tell me what’s the use

Its getting’ hot in here
So take off all your clothes…

2003

The terrorists were busy in this second year after the destruction of the Twin Towers. In Iraq a terrorist bombed the United Nations Baghdad Headquarters. In Turkey Al-Qaeda terrorists drove two trucks packed with explosives into a synagogue in Istanbul killing 27; car bombs in Najaf, Iraq killed nearly 100 people and in India two large car bombs exploded in Bombay killing 50 and injuring three times that count.

The United State plans for an invasion of Iraq based on a supposition that Iraq is harboring weapons of mass destruction. The reasons for the invasion however were far more complex and involved with Saudi Arabia than the fear of a Iraqi leap into a nuclear power position. Nevertheless, off we went accompanied primarily with British troops to take our stand in the mid-East. The U.S. and U.K. started with a massive airstrike in Baghdad

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and then  landed their land forces.

The war was on…the war was over and finally Saddam Hussein the former President of Iraq was captured in his hiding place, in Tikrit.  Here is the president of Iraq at the height of his power

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and again at the time of his capture.
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There wasn’t anything overshadowing all the bitter fighting and terror attacks in 2003. Yet, at home life was going on as normal with  R. Kelly hitting the top of the charts with Ignition.

You remind me of somethin'
I just can't think of what it is

Girl, please let me stick my key in your ignition,
babe
So I can get this thing started and get rollin', babe
See, I'll be doin' about 80 on your freeway
Girl, I won't stop until I drive you crazy

So buckle up 'cause this can get bumpy, babe
Now hit the lights and check out all my functions,
babe
Girl, back that thing up so I can wax it, baby
Honey, we gon' mess around and get a ticket, babe

'Cause we off up in this jeep
We foggin' up the windows
We got the radio up
We all up in the back
We got the shit bouncin'
We goin' up and down
And we smokin' and we drinkin'
Just thuggin' it out

2004

The big news of 2003 was that the CIA admitted that there was no imminent thread from weapons of mass destruction before the 1003 invasion of Iraq. The propaganda that followed was that we were there to give the Iraqi people freedom. It was in this same year that Secretary of State Colin Powell retired

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and Condoleezza Rice
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  was nominated to take his place. And, Geroge W. Bush beat John Kerry winning a second term in the White House.

A major story of torture of Iraq prisoners at the Abu Ghraib Prison

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was reported. (Before making a judgment call one should read “The Lucifer Effect” by Philip Zimbardo).

Also those terrible and terrifying tsunami waves that reportedly killed 250,000 people on the coastlines of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Maldives. The massive waves were caused by what is called the biggest earthquake in 40 years, originating in the Indian Ocean. Here’s a photo showing damage off the coast of Sri Lanka.

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Back home the Usher hit, “Burn” might ring your memory bells:

I don't understand why
See it's burning me to hold onto this
I know this is something I gotta do
But that don't mean I want to
What I'm trying to say is that I-love-you I just
I feel like this is coming to an end
And its better for me to
Let it go now than hold on and hurt you
I gotta let it burn

It's gonna burn for me to say this
But it's comin from my heart
It's been a long time comin
But we done been fell apart
Really wanna work this out
But I don't think you're gonna change
I do but you don't
Think it's best we go our separate ways
Tell me why I should stay in this relationship
When I'm hurting baby, I ain't happy baby
Plus there's so many other things I gotta deal with
I think that you should let it burn


When the feeling ain't the same and your body don't want to
But you know gotta let it go cuz the party ain't jumpin' like it used to
Even though this might bruise you
Let it burn
Let it burn
Gotta let it burn
Deep down you know it's best for yourself but you
Hate the thought of her being with someone else
But you know that it's over
We know it is through
Let it burn
Let it burn
Gotta let it burn…

Geroge W. Bush began his second term  as 43rd  president of U.S.A. this year. It was also this year that he admitted he’d authorized a secret eves dropping program in the U.S. after September 11th terrorist attacks. Prisoners go on a hunger strike at the US Guantanamo Bay Prison while Secretary of State, Donald Rumsfeld, refuses the United Nations commission all access to inmates of that prison.

It was during this year too that the U.S. government ran a car race out on the Mojave Desert. What made the race unique was that the race was between robotic cars like this one

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Just think one day you might be taking your Sunday drive like this
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or perhaps you’ll have a futuristic Lexus in your garage?

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Actually the military advantage is the practical hope for these vehicles: imagine a tank with full firing power being able to drive right into the enemy’s camp or town and simply start firing.

The weather was treacherous in ‘05. A tornado hit western Kentucky and Southern Indiana killing 22; a F3 tornado struck Indiana killing 25 people. The big killer, however, was Hurricane Katrina hitting Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. 1600 known deaths occurred from that storm and around 80% of New Orleans was flooded

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The first half of the new millennium had more than its share of tragedy world wide—both man made and nature made.

We kept singing though and a very popular song of 2005 was Mariah Carey’s, Shake it Off:

I goota shake you off
‘Cause the loving ain't the same
And you keep on playing games
Like you know I'm here to stay
I gotta shake you off
Just like the Calgon commercial
I really gotta get up outta here
And go somewhere
I gotta shake you off
Gotta make that move
Find somebody who
Appreciates all the love I give
Boy I gotta shake you off
Gotta do what's best for me
Baby and that means I gotta
Shake you off

By the time you get this message
It's gonna be too late
So don't bother paging me
Cause I'll be on my way
See I grabbed all my diamonds and clothes
Just ask your momma she knows
You're gonna miss me baby
Hate to say I told you so
Well at first I didn't know
But now it's clear to me
You would cheat with all your freaks
And lie compulsively
So I packed up my Louis Vuitton
Jumped in your ride and took off
You'll never ever find a girl
Who loves you more than me

I gotta shake you off
‘Cause the loving ain't the same
And you keep on playing games
Like you know I'm here to stay
I gotta shake you off
Just like the Calgon commercial
I really gotta get up outta here
And go somewhere
I gotta shake you off
Gotta make that move
Find somebody who
Appreciates all the love I give
Boy I gotta shake you off
Gotta do what's best for me
Baby and that means I gotta
Shake you off…

2006

The U.S. and the world saw a lot of turmoil in this year too: that North Korea became the world’s 9th Nuclear Power—you have to hope that none of those leaders goes nuts, gets high, drunk or just outraged and…worry started this year about Iran wanting “the bomb” too and, speaking of Iran, this is the year they tested missiles capable of reaching Israel and when

Iran’s leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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said the Holocaust never happened. He actually looks brighter than that but he simply thinks the Holocaust never existed but believes when he gets to heaven there’ll be beautiful virgins waiting for him. Hmmm, something to ponder!

This was also the year that President Bush admitted that we have secret CIA prisons worldwide so that “somebody” can do all the cruel stuff outside US jurisdiction. Hypocrisy, I should think.

This was also the year the tsunami struck the Indonesian island of Java killing 300: There’s just so much sadness in the world without man’s inhumanity to man.

It almost seems fitting that the top of the charts would be Donald Powder’s, Bad Dad.

Where is the moment we needed the most?
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost

You tell me your blue skies fade to grey
You tell me your passion's gone away
And I don't need no carrying on

You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with the coffee to go

You tell me your life's been way off line
You're falling to pieces every time
And I don't need no carrying on

'Cause you had a bad day, you're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know, you tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride

You had a bad day, the camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day, you had a bad day

Well you need a blue sky holiday
The point is they laugh at what you say
And I don't need no carrying on

You had a bad day, you're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know, you tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride…
 
2007

The presidential race begins this year—Republicans: Mitt Romney, Rudi Giuliani, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Tommy Thompson, Duncan Hunter, Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, Jim Gilmore and Fred Thomson—Democrats: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama. John Edwards, Ron Paul, Mike Gravel, Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson, Joe Biden and Dennis Kucinich. America’s choice would surprise if not shock the world.

Nancy Pelosi

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is elected as first female Speaker of the U.S. Congress.

The terrible foreclosure explosion began in this year PIC and a new homeless population began

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With all the negative stuff, hope for the future remains as seen by the “Liberty of the Seas” passenger cruise shipped launched this year,

As for pop hits—remember Fergie’s Big Girls Don’t Cry?
The smell of your skin lingers on me now
You're probably on your flight back to your home town
I need some shelter of my own protection baby
To be with myself and center, clarity
Peace, Serenity

[CHORUS:]
I hope you know, I hope you know
That this has nothing to do with you
It's personal, myself and I
We've got some straightenin' out to do
And I'm gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket
But I've got to get a move on with my life
It's time to be a big girl now
And big girls don't cry
Don't cry
Don't cry
Don't cry

The path that I'm walking
I must go alone
I must take the baby steps 'til I'm full grown, full grown
Fairytales don't always have a happy ending, do they?
And I foresee the dark ahead if I stay

Like the little school mate in the school yard
We'll play jacks and uno cards
I'll be your best friend and you'll be my Valentine
Yes you can hold my hand if you want to
'Cause I want to hold yours too
We'll be playmates and lovers and share our secret worlds
But it's time for me to go home
It's getting late, dark outside
I need to be with myself and center, clarity
Peace, Serenity

[CHORUS]

La Da Da Da Da Da
The smell of your skin lingers on me now
You're probably on your flight back to your home town
I need some shelter of my own protection baby
To be with myself and center, clarity
Peace, Serenity

I hope you know, I hope you know
That this has nothing to do with you
It's personal, myself and I
We've got some straightenin' out to do
And I'm gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket
But I've got to get a move on with my life
It's time to be a big girl now
And big girls don't cry
Don't cry
Don't cry
Don't cry

2008

U.S. economy takes a terrible dip this year and the cost of the Iraq war goes on—so far we have spent $3 trillion dollars. Need we wonder what is supporting the recession?

In this year General Motors reported their largest loss--$38.7 billion in 2007. Citigroup, among other large American banks report a loss of $9.83 billion.  Housing prices keep falling so President bush signs a $700 billion bailout and agrees to a $150 billion stimulus package including a tax rebate of $600 for individuals…$1,200 for couples and families with an addition $300 per child.

There is yet a most incredible piece of historic Americana—Republican Bush is out, Democratic Obama is in.

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Yes, that’s right a black man. The historic significance and importance was and remain phenomenal.

The Republicans lost but kept their sense of humor

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: As for pop songs—Alice Keys, No One hit the top of the charts:

I just want you close
Where you can stay forever
You can be sure
That it will only get better
You and me together
Through the days and nights
I don't worry 'cuz
Everything's going to be alright
People keep talking they can say what they like
But all i know is everything's going to be alright

No one, no one, no one
Can get in the way of what I'm feeling
No one, no one, no one
Can get in the way of what I feel for you, you, you
Can get in the way of what I feel for you

2009

The Rock star Michael Jackson

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dies under suspicious circumstances this year and the world responded with shock and grief. He was without any doubt whatsoever amidst the very best entertainers in history:

The good news was that Airways Flight 1549 had a miraculous save by Captain Chesley B. (Sully) Sullenberger

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crash landing on the Hudson River.

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Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President in in 2009—at long last black children would be given a new view of the possibilities of their own futures—an incredible change in a hostile world.

As for pop songs of ’09—Lady Gaga’s Poker Face was high on the charts:

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I wanna hold em'
Like they do in Texas plays (Ay)
Fold em', let em' hit me, raise it
Baby stay with me (I love it)

Luck and intuition play the cards
With spades to start
And after he's been hooked
I'll play the one that's on his heart

Oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh-oh-oh-e-oh-oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got
Oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh-oh-oh-e-oh-oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got

Can't read my, can't read my
No, he can't read my poker face
(She got me like nobody)
Can't read my, can't read my
No, he can't read my poker face

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face,,,
 
2010

Average prices of 2010 are:

Gallon of gas     $2.49

Dozen eggs        $1.37

Loaf of bread   $2.49

And the price of oil is steadily getting higher!

The world’s financial crisis has continued to worsen with higher unemployment spreading  across the U.S.A.

New Political faces on the block are escalating in what is called the “Tea Party.” Sort of Libertarians actually doing something as opposed to just talking about it…however, they are based on a Norman-Rockwellian prospective which discredits their objectivity. Nevertheless, they are out to foil Obama from gaining a second term.

In this same year the crazies attack trains at the central LaBianca station and the Park Kultury station on the Moscow Metro leaving 40 dead and 60 injured by suicide bombers.  One more unnecessary tragedy caused by indoctrinated fanatics. A modern dilemma of a kind that should have been left by the wayside in the Dark Ages!

A pop song of 2010 was another (off-the-wall) Lady Gaga hit, Bad Romance written by Stefani Germanotta and Nadir Khayat:

Oh, caught in a bad romance
Oh, caught in a bad romance

Rah, rah, ah, ah, ah
Roma, Roma, ma
Gaga, ooh, la, la
Want your bad romance

Rah, rah, ah, ah, ah
Roma, roma, ma
Gaga, ooh la la
Want your bad romance

I want your ugly, I want your disease
I want your everything as long as it's free
I want your love
Love, love, love, I want your love

I want your drama, the touch of your hand
I want your leather studded kiss in the sand
I want your love…

Love, love, love, I want your love
(Love, love, love, I want your love)

You know that I want you
And you know that I need you
I want it bad, bad romance

I want your love, and I want your revenge
You and me could write a bad romance
I want your love, and all your love is revenge
You and me could write a bad romance

Oh, caught in a bad romance
Oh, caught in a bad romance

2011

The most celebrated news was actually forbidden news in a strange way—the leader of Al-Qaeda was shot and killed by U.S. military; the man who gave the order for the Twin Tower attack, killing thousands of innocent people is dead.

I say “forbidden” because I find it so depressing that after thousands of years of history we humans are still confronting such acts of hate in the name of ideologies and religion. One would think all that would have gone away long before the 21st century.

On a positive note NASA’s Messenger spacecraft will become the first man-made technology to orbit Mercury

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Mercury is only over forty million miles from the nearest McDonalds.

This is the year that Mitt Romney decided to run for president again.

A pop song hitting high on the charts is an unexpected “Move Like Jagger” by Christiana Aguilera:

Just shoot for the stars
If it feels right
Then aim for my heart
If you feel like
And take me away, make it okay
I swear I'll behave

You wanted control
So we waited
I put on a show
Now I make it
You say I'm a kid
My ego is big
I don't give a sh*t
And it goes like this

Take me by the tongue
And I'll know you
Kiss me till you're drunk
And I'll show you

You want the moves like jagger
I've got the moves like jagger
I've got the moves... like jagger

I don't need child control you
Look into my eyes and I'll own you

With them the moves like jagger
I've got the moves like jagger
I've got the moves... like jagger

2012

The presidential election was the highest on the priority list of interests in 2012. And, as it turned out, the Barack Obama/Mitt Romney campaign was probably the most controversial campaign in modern history. There was a large faction of Americans who despised Obama creating one of the most vicious hate campaigns I had seen in my fifty years of being of voting age. In fact, all year my email was flooded with negative information that was meant to discredit the president with accusations that stretched from calling him a socialist to downright evil—there was never anything racial in the comments except for…between the lines.

Rush Limbough the famous voice of conservatism on national radio talked to his millions of listeners almost daily on how Obama was the ruination of the country. The Tea Party

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members stood with placards denouncing the president’s intentions even painting Hitler mustaches on his photographs. Here’s a sampling of the ignorance:
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And some downright stupid.
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In spite of it all Obama won 50% of the popular vote and a wide, wide margin of the Electro College vote.

What was the cause behind his victory—I believe that the people (consciously and/or unconsciously) feel strongly that government has separated itself from them over the past decades and that the gap between the rich and poor has gotten too wide and the American dream too hazy. I think also that we fear seeing more and more of the homeless community growing and a greater lack of compassion for the poor. I believe that what the American citizen wants is, indeed, change and therefore a returning to actually having their individual pursuit of happiness Protected (not provided) by a leadership that…cares.

We will have to wait and see.

As for pop song of 2012, Will I Am’s, “Reach for the Stars” is high on the charts:

Why they say the sky is the limit
When I’ve seen the footprints on the moon
Why they say the sky is the limit
When I’ve seen the footprints on the moon
And I know the sky might be high
But baby it ain’t really that high
And I know that mars might be far
But baby it ain’t really that far
Let’s reach for the stars

Reach for the stars
Let’s reach for the stars
Reach for the stars
Let’s reach for the stars
Reach for the stars
Let’s reach for the stars…
 

                                             SUMMARY OF THIS MUSIC SERIES

When I started this series, “Music: 100 years of memories 1912-2012” I assumed it was going to be a light, fun reporting of yearly happenings and at least one memorable song from the times. The reader will notice that the first years are pretty much like that, light and fluffy. But the more I got into the actual history part the tougher it became to keep the work lighthearted as I had planned. The history simply kept unfolding with more human tragedy than triumph. Indeed, about the only thing that supported the human spirit was the music itself.

Certainly I did not hit 100 when it comes to listing everyone’s meaningful songs or even their favorites. I had to pick and choose out of quite a long list over the years. I do hope that I hit at least one or two of your favorite memories along the way or at least inspired you to think back on the songs that have been meaningful in your life.

As I approached the ending pages  I began wondering how the heck to end the series. For one thing I wanted to make an impact on the readers heart and mind. I wanted to end in some dynamic way that might cause positive change in the entire world. That’s a big desire, I know but why not? Anyway, with those gigantic goals in mind, here are the lyrics I believe best supports those desires:

You've got to give a little, take a little,
And let your poor heart break a little.
That's the story of, that's the glory of love.

You've got to laugh a little, cry a little,
Until the clouds roll by a little.
That's the story of, that's the glory of love.

As long as there's the two of us,
We've got the world and all its charms.
And when the world is through with us,
We've got each other’s arms.

You've got to win a little, lose a little,
Yes, and always have the blues a little.
That's the story of, that's the glory of love.
That's the story of, that's the glory of love.

[Written by Benny Hill…first performed by Benny Goodman 1936]   

 

 

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Comments

Nov 11, 2012 11:40pm
askformore
This article is GREAT! As all your music history articles are. I hope you will keep us updated on history and music. I find your idea of presenting music in context with other historical facts so SUPER!
You should one article with short abstracts of each 'period part'. In that 'Overview Article' you should place links to the 'individual parts'. You AND the readers would benefit from such an overview.
Thumbs up!
Nov 12, 2012 8:35am
Marlando
Thanks askformore--I started this series thinking it was going to be a light, little history with pop songs of the times along the way. It had been awhile since I'd read a lot of American news reports as opposed to history books. I was surprised by basically a stream of complex and typically negative human action--thus a kind of contrast to the romance of the songs as opposed to a connection to them which I had been hoping to find. Naive of me, eh? Anyway, it was quite a trip writing and I greatly appreciate your kind and positive comments.
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