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Greg Adams writes and does other things too.
Greg Adams writes and does other things too.

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The serinette (bird organ) and its hypnotic power over birds
Serinette I was intrigued by this passage about the serinette , or "bird organ," in the 2015 book Eco-Sonic Media by Jacob Smith. The following paragraph appeared within a discussion of the training of songbirds—particularly the training of canaries—in 19th...

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The serinette (bird organ) and its hypnotic power over birds
Serinette I was intrigued by this passage about the serinette , or "bird organ," in the 2015 book Eco-Sonic Media by Jacob Smith. The following paragraph appeared within a discussion of the training of songbirds—particularly the training of canaries—in 19th...

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Country music's "We Are the World"
They could have called it "Lemon Aid," because it turned out to be a real lemon. But it wasn't for lack of trying. I'm talking about Heart of Nashville, the country music world's attempt at a "We Are the World"-type famine-relief record. It happened in 1985...

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Amazon lies to customers about Prime two-day shipping
Amazon.com not only misleads customers about its Amazon Prime shipping program but also lies about it—constantly.  The Amazon Prime program is supposed to provide subscribers with free, guaranteed two-day shipping on eligible items. But when Amazon can't de...

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Chicago country singer Gerrie Lynn, 1964-1967
For reasons unknown, Columbia/Legacy reissued Gerrie Lynn's sole album—an obscure country LP originally released in 1966—as a digital download in September 2016.  Lynn never had a national hit and didn't have a very long recording career, which makes the re...

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The first million-selling gospel single?
What was the first million-selling gospel single? The answer is not straightforward. Many sources say that it was " Sorry I Never Knew You " by the Sego Brothers and Naomi, which reached #50 on the Billboard country chart in 1964.  Billboard, August 4, 1979...

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The Midnight Eyes' "Sexcalibur" and Pleasure Dome (1982)
The Midnight Eyes Here's a surprising musical link between the television game show Family Feud  and an obscure X-rated film. Pleasure Dome  VHS Mark Richard Dawson, the son of Family Feud host Richard Dawson and actress Diana Dors, used to have a band call...

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Music Weird's best albums of 2016
Some people are saying that 2016 was an unusually great year for music. I, on the other hand, felt like I had to work twice as hard to find half as many albums as I liked in 2015. Nevertheless, here are the ones I liked the most. Click on the album titles f...

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Billy Joe Shaver's "I'm Just an Old [???] of Coal"
I noticed a few erroneous variations in the title of Billy Joe Shaver's song " I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday) " in some country music books the other day. If this blog had a "mildly interesting" tag, then this post would ...

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Jerry Springer sings: "Save the Terminal" (1973)
In 1973, long before he became a schlocky television talk-show host and shortly before he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute, Jerry Springer recorded a charming little protest record called "Save the Terminal." (The title is often mistakenly listed as...
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