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December 1, 2013

At least there’s a music soundtrack for Black Friday

DUNCAN — When I started to spoon out some dressing from the Thanksgiving turkey, what came out was a dollop of the sticky notes that serve as my memory. Talk about dry — but they were well-seasoned:

Count me among the folks who would rather be tossed naked into a briar patch than spend one nano-second in the Black Friday mosh pit that has eliminated “thanks” from the Thanksgiving holiday. (OK, I’ll pause a moment to let you erase the vision of me naked from your mind’s eye!)

Anyway, I’m not much of a shopper to begin with, and the thought of participating in the Black Friday is less appealing than drinking gasoline to cure strep throat. But I did find one thing that was kinda cool about this shopping insanity. It was a list called the Top 20 Songs for Black Friday, which was compiled by Michael Saltsman for the Wolfgang’s Vault website.

Creating a soundtrack for the shopping madness, Saltsman suggests The Loading Zone’s version of Shop Around is No. 1 on the list, although I’d prefer the version by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. At No. 20 is Young and Rich by The Tubes.

In between are money-themed classics like: Pink Floyd’s Money; Rich Girl by Hall & Oates; Dire Straits’ Money for Nothing; Free Money by Patti Smith; Eat the Rich by Krokus; Money To the Rescue by Clarence Clemons and the Red Bank Rockers; Culture Club’s Black Money; Poor Little Rich Girl by The Romantics; and of course, Can’t Buy Me Love by that British band that was supposed to be just a passing phase.

• Sherry and Bill Gossett have produced two of the finest voices to come out of these parts. Daughter Laura’s singing voice sparked awe during her years in Duncan’s school system and continues to do so. Meanwhile, son Jeremy is host of the program Backstage Jazz, which you can hear on KCCU at 9 p.m. on Fridays, as well as other public radio stations around the state. Also a Duncan High grad, Jeremy’s voice is casual and rich — without the affectation of some disc jockeys — which is a good combination for a narrator and interviewer, and his knowledge of jazz is impressive.

• When he first emerged as an 18-year-old fresh out of Okemah High, John Fullbright seemed to lean toward the folk side of red dirt music. But as an appearance in the Chisholm Trail Arts Council’s CTAC Live concert series and the 2012 Grammy-nominated album From the Ground Up revealed, this cat’s amalgam of folk, rock, country, blues and pop can’t be pigeon-holed.

Coupled with lyrics that go beyond his 24 years, Fullbright may become one of those singular artists who are a genre unto themselves.

• Fullbright, who seems to be one of the new breed who realize there was music before they were born, scored points by playing my two favorite Hoyt Axton songs Never Been to Spain and Jealous Man. It showed he’d done some homework and knew Axton spent some of his childhood in Duncan.

• Used to be I thought having one of those day-by-day pillboxes was a sure sign of slipping into senility. Now I just think it’s a necessary part of getting through the day without screwing up my meds.

• A survey of Pop Warner Football leagues nationwide reports participation in the youth football program is down 10 percent in the past year. As more focus is put on head injuries at all levels of the sport, expect the non-participation percentage to keep rising.

• It’s been 24 years since Ken Burns’ The Civil War documentary series was released, but it should still be mandatory viewing for all American high school students. Nothing in our history better illustrates what happens when an inability to compromise paints politicians and the populace into a corner from which they can’t escape.

• “Hitting the mute button is not the answer to the questions confounding our political system today.” Ira Glasser, executive director of the ACLU, said it.

• Anybody else notice a distinct rise in the number of millipedes and centipedes crawling across the floor of their home in the past few months? What’s that all about?

• Although he does commit some bonehead plays at times, often when trying to do too much on his own, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is the NFL’s most productive fourth-quarter QB. Since 2009, Romo’s quarterback rating of 109 in the fourth quarter is the best in the league.

• Black Friday: Only in America do people who brag about having more stuff than any society in history trample one another trying to get even more stuff — cheap.

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Duncan Vice Mayor Mike Nelson talks during Wednesday's Duncan Rotary meeting.