Raised on ELO: The Mr. Blue Sky Review

I was raised on the radio sound of Jeff Lynne’s magnificent Electric Light Orchestra.  ELO was the sound of my life emanating from car dashboards and bouncing from handheld boxes on street corners.  ELO melodies were always immediately identifiable and haunting and awe-inspiring.

When I learned Jeff Lynne was re-making “The Very Best” of ELO in a new album called “Mr. Blue Sky” I was intrigued and enthralled by the idea.  In a television interview, I heard Jeff say he wanted to remake his best ELO songs in 2012 because, after 30 years as a producer, he better knew how to create sound now than he did when the iconic songs were originally recorded:

Featuring ELO’s biggest and most memorable hits, Mr. Blue Sky The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra is a brand new album featuring fresh re-recordings by Jeff Lynne, which sound much sharper and clearer than the old versions. It includes a never before heard bonus track, “Point of No Return”. In a nod to ELO’s 40th anniversary, a very special edition of “10538 Overture” is also featured.

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Four More Years of Humanism History: Ten Sentence Story #169

Barack Obama was delighted to win a second term as the President of the United States — proving now and forevermore — that humanism beats a machine any day of the week and any year of the vote.

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What Can Be Done about Election Year Insanity?

With every presidential election, the insanity that seems to permeate the air and is transmitted across the country in an almost memeingful manner gets more and more out of touch with reality and goes further and deeper into its own outer space. One candidate bashes the other about an issue while conveniently sweeping under the rug the issues he or she has had with that very issue in the past — and despite how quickly information is disseminated, e-mails seem to be used now more to spread lies than truths. Just this last weekend my father forwarded me an e-mail claiming that there would be a sales tax on all home sales as part of the new healthcare laws and asked me to verify it — and I managed to debunk it fairly quickly.

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Barry's 2012 New Year's Resolutions: Ten Sentence Story #145

Barry was tired of getting kicked around, and he resolved the following for 2012, and he knew it would be a good year because he always did better in years that ended in even numbers.

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Do Republicans Want to Win the Presidential Election Next Year?

Debate after debate, advertisement after advertisement, confession after sordid confession, I have to really ask myself right now — does the Republican Party have any actual interest in winning the Presidential election next year? The answer seems to be no, and I submit the following reasons in the form of candidates past and present, whether actual candidates or just perceived by people (and the media) to be likely candidates.

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Obama Wins in 2012: Ten Sentence Story #124

Don’t mess with this man.

He’s our new superstar: Obama on the rise.

His adversaries abroad, and at home, have to resolve a new reckoning.

He’s steady.

He’s pulsed.

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