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Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

You have likely heard that all music today seems to sound the same. Nothing stands out. Formula driven. Although some of that is true, the same could be said for most any generation of music.

Meanwhile, some artists’ voices are immediately recognizable, singers who were trendsetters — and not on purpose. They blazed their own paths with their own sounds, regardless of what was popular at the time. The following singers come to mind immediately:

Elvis Presley tops my list. The “King of Rock and Roll” may have been known for his provocative dancing on stage, but his voice is one that carried through decades. From “Hound Dog” to “Suspicious Minds” to “In the Ghetto,” you know the voice of the man behind the mic.

Aunt Jean loved Johnny Cash. Mom didn’t. It made for some great debates about music when those two got together. I side with Aunt Jean on this one. To get hooked, all I need to hear are the four words: “Hello, I'm Johnny Cash.” The Man in Black’s deep and calm bass-baritone voice cannot be duplicated. Neither can his themes of moral tribulation, sorrow and redemption. “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison Blues” are distinctly Cash. When he recorded the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt,” the song’s writer, Trent Reznor, was so deeply touched that he said his band no longer owns the song. It is all Cash now. Enough said.

I am not a big fan of Barry White’s music, but there is no denying that his bass voice is one of the most definable and recognizable in American history. The two-time Grammy Award winner became known for his romantic songs in the 1970s when crafting his two biggest hits: “Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” and “You're the First, the Last, My Everything.”

Much of the heavy rock of the 1980s does sound the same, but one voice clearly stands out: Axl Rose, the lead singer for Guns N’ Roses. The raucous rocker has a distinctive and powerful voice with a wide range. He was named one of the greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone and New Musical Express (NME). Listen to just a few words of “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” and you recognize Axl Rose’s voice instantly.

British musician, singer, songwriter and producer Barry Gibb rose to fame as a member of the Bee Gees. His falsetto is certainly synonymous with the golden era of disco music, which peaked with the success of the “Saturday Night Fever” movie and soundtrack. As noted on smoothradio.com, his voice transformed the Bee Gees “from a folk trio, to soft rock, to straight-up disco divas.” Gibb says the idea of using falsetto came to him in a dream, and he worked the sound into hit songs “Jive Talkin’ ” and “Nights On Broadway.”

I could go on with a laundry list, and I clearly missed some other distinct musical voices, including many female artists. Shoot me a note and let me know which ones would make your list.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Vietnamese Food

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Hy Vee delis offer $5 subs on Wednesdays.

— Jim Duncan


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Morning rain chances will subside, and a breezy and warmer day is ahead. Thunderstorms will re-fire this evening, and some of those could contain strong winds and large hail. Breezy and cooler conditions move in tomorrow and into the weekend with a slight rain chance Friday afternoon. Freezing or subfreezing lows are possible Friday night through Sunday night in the Des Moines area.

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On April 19 ...

1775: American Revolution Begins. April 19, 1775: At about 5 a.m., 700 British troops, on a mission to capture Patriot leaders and seize a Patriot arsenal, march into Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen under Captain John Parker waiting for them on the town’s common green. British Major John Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment’s hesitation the Americans began to drift off the green. Suddenly, a shot was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead or dying and 10 others were wounded. Only one British soldier was injured, but the American Revolution had begun.

1995: Oklahoma City Bombing. Just after 9 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a massive truck bomb explodes outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The blast collapsed the north face of the nine-story building, instantly killing more than 100 people and trapping dozens more in the rubble.

1897: First Boston Marathon. On April 19, 1897, John J. McDermott of New York won the first Boston Marathon with a time of 2:55:10..

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: Fairfield teens plead guilty to killing Spanish teacher, hiding body in park

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FROM WHO-TV: Fatal train accident in Iowa under investigation

FAIRFIELD, IOWA — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says its officers have been requested to help investigate the death of a woman who was hit by a train in southern Iowa. The body of 30-year-old Courtney Heather Haynes of Fairfield was found on April 9th, 2023....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa Republicans refuse to answer question during debate, citing recent Iowa Supreme Court case

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Overcoming fears

Public speaking

As a young adult, Dennis Christy’s job was financing equipment. When people filed bankruptcy, he was required to go the court to explain the case and why he was there. Even before he left the office, his heart pumped in dreaded anticipation. Once he arrived, his ears turned red, his heart jumped wildly, and his voice got very high.

“I was so nervous. It was the most nerve-racking thing I did. I had a paralyzing fear of speaking in front of people,” he recalls. “I tried to give a toast at a Christmas party, and when I sat down, I was so nervous I didn’t remember what I said.”

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Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Kate Hudson, James Franco, Maria Sharapova, Ashley Judd, Tim Curry, Shannon Lee, Troy Polamalu, Jennifer Taylor

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Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
How did the brass player fix his broken instrument? WITH A TUBA GLUE! - Gail Tomlinson

Today's Riddle

Which friends should you always take out to dinner?

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