Sunday night Christine and I got to see Marshall Crenshaw (see link under Artists & Bands I Dig to the right) at Jammin Java. She bought the tickets back in September for my birthday. Our friends Matt and Laurie were able to join us for a great evening.
Readers over 30 may remember when Crenshaw broke big back in 1982. He had one huge single and two smaller hits off of his first album (pictured above), “Someday, Someway,” (the huge one), “Something’s Gonna Happen,” and “There She Goes Again.” He has not broken the Top 40 since then, but he has been steadily productive and maintained a loyal fan base. Sunday night he dusted off his classics, including the tunes listed above as well as “Whenever You’re On My Mind,” “What Do You Dream Of?” and “Cynical Girl”. He played some choice covers, including Merle Haggard’s “Silver Wings” and an obscure rockabilly number called (i’m not kidding) “The Girl on Death Row”. He kept the crowd stomping, clapping, and singing along.
For the life of me, I don’t know why Crenshaw never made it any bigger than he did. His songs are catchy, smart, and fun; they are easy to sing along or dance to. He is a fine singer and creative guitarist. It may be that he has always been a little out of step with what is fashionable in music. The interesting artists of the 80s were overwhelmed by hair metal. In the 90s, the masses became obsessed with grunge. As always, the music industry punishes people who try to make interesting music without paying homage to the style and trend gods. Such is life. If you want more info about Crenshaw, visit his page.
I gave a presentation in all 3 of my classes at grad school, and I am truly sick of my own voice. In Child Welfare my partner and I spoke on the topic of community outreach to families and children. The main lesson we (and hopefully our audience) took away is that outreach works best as a preventative measure. We found a wide variety of innovative programs to at-risk youth and their families that can hopefully prevent or minimize the kinds of crises that can wreck families. We also found that the Child Welfare League of America is currently leading the way in outreach. If you have any interest in these issues, check their site; and if any readers are interested, I will elaborate on this further.
In the Research class my team and I……..snore…..oh sorry, I drifted off. I’ll spare you, gentle reader. Finally, in Disorders I gave my Diagnosis Hollywood presentation, and my brother Kelly guessed it right; I diagnosed the character of Bud White from L.A. Confidential. I actually enjoyed preparing this assignment as it gave me an excuse to watch one of my favorite movies again and the opportunity to apply some of what I am learning. Best of all, the professor did not eat my lunch in front of the class, which is always a good thing.
By the way, if any of you have read George Will’s recent op-ed piece about indoctrination in schools of social work, don’t worry about me. I have never claimed to be the smartest cat around, but I always have and always will think for myself. Going through a social work program is like going to any other liberal arts program; you take the meat and leave the bones. While Will has shown some insight from time to time, on this matter he doesn’t know what he is talking about.