theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

Editorials

August 7, 2013

Cash, Seger, Springsteen still have soul

(Continued)

Ada —

Acting as an interpreter is an important part of it.  Johnny Cash, a great song writer, was also a great interpreter.  Though his journey had never taken him to prison, he could interpret in such a way that those who had been there took him as one of their own. Such was his talent that those songwriters who  were lucky enough for him to cover their songs, often paid the price of losing them forever.

There is also the importance of the craft. In his song “Turn the Page,” Bob Seger takes us through a day in the life of a rock star.  This is a song in which every word has been carefully placed: “Here I am / Out on a road again.” It is “a” road, not “the” road. The selection of the indefinite article over the definite article is telling us something.  “The road” is a place of romance and adventure; “a road” is just another road.

That particular song is also tied together very well. In the first stanza he says, “You can think about the woman or the girl you knew the night before;”  he closes the last stanza with “You smoke the day’s last cigarette, remembering what she said.”

I’d never paid much attention to Bruce Springsteen until his song “The Rising” which came out of his experience of 9-11-2001. With maturity of his talents, he managed to take that tragedy and to find hope. After that, I’ve listened to some of his older stuff and have discovered he is a master. His talent as an interpreter is confirmed with his We Shall Overcome album wherein he pays tribute to Pete Seeger. If I had any doubt about his continuing talent, it was assuaged by “Girls in their Summer Clothes” which conveys a particular emotion made perfect in men older than 50.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Editorials
  • Do I have to be numb to serve?

    How well do you do watching the channels on TV that show sick and starving children in other countries?

    July 23, 2014

  • Too much sodium can be a health risk

    Salty potato chips. Salted popcorn. Salt on French fries. We are a nation that loves salt. Although it enhances the flavor of foods, too much sodium is not a good thing.

    July 19, 2014

  • Working cattle during summertime heat

    Understanding and avoiding heat stress in cattle can be a valuable management tool for summertime in Oklahoma.   

     

    July 19, 2014

  • NASA says life on other planets is no longer a fool’s errand

    It has always seemed unlikely to me that this universe, the size of which renders you and me microscopic, could contain only us. Then again, it could, and certainly authors of “The Privileged Planet” make a strong case for it.

     

    July 19, 2014

  • Historic icon raised to celebrate Capitol's 100th birthday

    It was with great fanfare nearly a century ago that Oklahomans crowded into cars or horse-drawn buggies and paraded to 23rd and Lincoln.

     

    July 19, 2014

  • Jerry Duncan Are there absolutes that can be trusted?

    Back in the 70s there was a film series with the philosopher Francis Schaeffer titled, “How Shall We Then Live.” He described how every nation that became the leading nation of the world had a discernable and predictable rise and fall.

     

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ukraine is a personal tragedy for one Ada resident

    Democracy is the worst form of government, the sage has said, except for everything else.

    July 14, 2014

  • Franz case raises troubling questions

    Dear Editor,

    What kind of law and judges do we have in Ada?

    July 14, 2014

  • Fourth of July celebration capped week of fun events

       Over 380 eggs, over 100 water balloons, over 40 turtles, boxes of ice cream bars, unlimited prizes, rope and a creek, judo, longest standing 5K/10K race in Oklahoma, cans of whipped cream, colored powder celebration, motorized train, Bernoulli’s Principle, miniature golf, shaved-ice snow cones, fire truck hose wars, and a most awesome fireworks display that scared the ducks all the way to Wapanucka. 

    July 14, 2014

  • Common Core: The untold story

    Oklahoma public school educators may be forgiven if they liken themselves to a soccer ball in a World Cup championship match.

    July 14, 2014

AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Stocks
Poll

Who do you blame more for the trouble in Gaza?

The Israelis
Hamas
     View Results