just a step cried the sad man

as if it weren’t already enough of a distraction, this online social networking site you’ve probably never heard of currently offers an additional diversion: find the #1 billboard song from your birth date and display the video for all the world to see.  i attempted to resist for a few days, but quickly succumbed to the imaginary peer pressure, dutifully posting *half breed by cher (an utterly ridiculous song that somehow reveals more about me than any astrological chart possibly could).

yesiree, the early seventies were quite a special time.  at the dawning of the decade, *knife edge by emerson, lake & palmer also shook the airwaves with all its progressive rock glory.  i highlight this particular song because its main melody is lifted from sinfonietta composed by leoš janáček (which the oregon symphony brass section will rock over the next 4 days).  although the insane editing will likely induce seizures among several viewers, try to make it until minute 4:50 when keith emerson ushers in some nice lil’ bach keyboard action.  and the ending?  let’s just say that come april, the beaver will happily give $5 to doug schneider if he concludes the saint-saëns organ symphony this way.  rock on!

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