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Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Good morning to you!

Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS said, “The great thing about rock and roll is you realize the top of the mountain is big enough for more than one band.” Not convinced? Just ask the people around you to name the top 50 rock songs of all time, and then be prepared to listen for an hour.

That is exactly what we did a few months ago in our efforts to come up with this incredible list that we published in our current issue of CITYVIEW magazine. What’s great about rock music is that it lives on for decades — at least the good stuff, anyway. But what exactly is “the good stuff”? That depends on who you ask.

I have been wanting to publish a story listing the greatest rock songs of all time for more than two decades, but I could not find a writer with the courage to do it. Then along came Jackie Wilson, who has been handling our music coverage at CITYVIEW for a few years now. When I asked her about the idea, she immediately said, “I will do it.”

To give the list perspectives other than her own, she sat in with our staff of a variety of ages and backgrounds and asked for their thoughts on the greatest rock songs of all time. Interestingly, most of the suggestions were from outside of their generations of music, which was probably due to hearing the songs from their parents or older siblings. That would be the case with me.

Mom preferred country music (or country western, as she called it), but she didn’t hesitate to tap her feet and sing along to Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers and the Big Bopper. And, as such, I did, too.

My greater musical influences, though, came from the 8-tracks of my brothers. That’s where I heard the sounds of Thin Lizzy, Aerosmith, Foghat, Alice Cooper and Grand Funk Railroad.

I need to give my sister some credit here, too, as her 45s of Wings, Bob Dylan, Elton John, The Sweet and Todd Rundgren found plenty of spins on my portable General Electric record player.

As a married man with children, I subjected my three daughters to a barrage of my version of rock including many of the above artists and some from my time including Lenny Kravitz, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Living Colour and The Black Crowes.

So what are the greatest rock songs of all time? Ultimately, that’s up to you to decide, but we are pleased to get the conversation started. Check out our list and let me know what you think.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

See Shane Goodman's previous columns here.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Warm weather sticks with us through Wednesday afternoon. Rain chances move in Wednesday evening and last into Friday morning. Cooler air follows into St. Patrick's Day weekend.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best Local French Fries

1. B-Bop’s

2. Gastro Grub & Pub

3. Chicken Heat

Read all the results now!

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From the March issue of CITYVIEW


22 million pounds of manure. $50,000 in RAGBRAI seed money. 2,096 cases of gonorrhea. 1 Iowa Grammy. And a whole bunch of &’s.


A recent study by innerbody.com ranked Des Moines 43rd in a list of the top 100 U.S cities with the highest sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates. The ranking came from the amount of STD cases per 100,000 people. Des Moines was listed as having 942 cases per 100,000. The report named the total number of cases of some of the high profile STDs. In Des Moines, they reported 34 cases of HIV, 3,817 of chlamydia, 2,096 of gonorrhea and 134 of syphilis. …

How are Iowans handling debt? Better than Montana, but it stops there. AWallethub.com report ranked the states with the largest personal loan debt increases based on the company’s proprietary consumer data from the third quarter in 2022 to the third quarter in 2023. The average unsecured personal loan amount in Iowa increased by 15.72%. This was the second-highest percentage increase, only behind Montana at 31.17%. Although the percent increase was big, the average unsecured personal loan amount in Iowa was only $11,142, which places the Hawkeye state 21st on the list. …


The Dairy News. Leading Japanese dairy Morinaga regretfully announced Friday that it was discontinuing its traditional glass bottles and home delivery. They just cost too much... India, the world’s largest producer of milk, is now the world’s largest importer of milk. Prices dropped so much during the COVID pandemic that many farmers gave up on cows. Then "lumpy skin disease" killed nearly 200,000 Indian cows and wheat (fodder) prices soared after Ukraine was invaded and high heat devastated the Indian crop. (Newsroom Tokyo, Observatory of Economic Complexity)

New ice cream flavors. In February, Häagen-Dazs announced the launch of two new ice cream flavors for the first time in two years: Vanilla Caramel Pecan, which is vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce and caramelized toasted pecans, and New York Strawberry Cheesecake, which features creamy cheesecake ice cream, sweet strawberry sauce, and soft spiced graham cracker pieces. Ben & Jerry’s also released two new ice cream flavors: PB S'mores with toasted marshmallow ice cream, peanut butter cups, graham cracker pieces, and marshmallow swirls; and Impretzively Fudged with chocolate ice cream, fudge-covered pretzel pieces, and pretzel swirls.

Specials: Tuesday is all day Happy Hour at Django (1420 Locust Ave., Des Moines) which means half-priced oysters, charcuterie boards and more. Django is now open for lunch Tuesday through Thursday for the first time since 2020... Tuesday also brings $1.89 BBQ Rib sandwiches to Kwik Stars.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Keep Iowa Beautiful photo contest winners

ABOVE: Iowa Water, Third Place, “Boy Scout Island Reflected at Sunrise,” by Buck Christensen of Council Bluffs

Keep Iowa Beautiful has announced the winners of the 14th Annual Keep Iowa Beautiful Photography Contest, aimed at raising awareness of Iowa's natural and environmental beauty.  To see all the winning photos, visit Keep Iowa Beautiful.

Send your photos of beautiful sights in Iowa to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.


FROM KCCI: 'Definitely scared': Family shares how the closing of Tyson Foods pork plant will affect them

PERRY, Iowa — A central Iowa pork processing plant employee is sharing how he and his colleagues found out they would be out of a job come June 28. Demarco Tolson has worked at the Tyson Foods facility in Perry for almost two years. He said employees were asked to gather in the cafeteria at the plant on Monday afternoon. There, he learned the plant was shutting down permanently.....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Motorcyclist hospitalized after crash in Des Moines has died

DES MOINES, Iowa — A motorcyclist who was critically injured in a crash on the south side of Des Moines Monday afternoon has died from his injuries. At around 2:15 p.m. the Des Moines Police Department responded to a car vs. motorcycle crash with injury in the 1000 block of Army Post Road. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 150 John Deere employees in Ankeny to be placed on 'indefinite layoff'

Currently, 1,700 total employees work at the Ankeny site, with 1,136 of them performing production and maintenance jobs....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Recipe: Easter roast
(Family Features) Even if Easter hosting duties fell on your plate this year and added one more thing to your holiday to-do list, that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult. After all, Easter is a time meant for fun and fellowship with the food just one part of the celebration.
Building the menu around simple, one- pan dishes can keep the focus where it needs to be: spending time and creating memories with family and friends. These dishes call for short lists of ingredients, many of which you may already have in your pantry, and simple preparation to create a full spread perfect for sharing with loved ones. Plus, using only one pan makes cleanup a breeze, so you can get back to the festivities quickly.
A dish like this Easter roast lets you check both the main course and side dishes off your list, relying on the oven to do most of the work for you after some quick prep work.
For more Easter recipe inspiration, visit Culinary.net.
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Danny Jones, James Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Mecole Hardman Jr., Marlon Jackson, Scrapp Deleon, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Aaron Eckhart, Courtney B. Vance, Titus Welliver, Jake Weber, Holly Williams, Kendall Applegate, Samm Levine

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Which Star Wars character grows the best garden? YODA, BECAUSE TWO GREEN THUMBS, HE HAS! - Gail Tomlinson. OR EARTH VADAR! - Clare Baker. OR PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA WHO HAS THE BEST ORGANIC GARDEN! - Carolyn Rogers. Or Obi WanHelpgrowmore! - Rex Post

Today's riddle

What color is a belch?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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