Atlanta Library: No iPods

Good news for Atlanta-area audio book lovers: the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System has announced the upcoming availability of downloadable audiobooks.

Bad news though: the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System has chosen a system that ignores the huge percentage of portable audio device owners, as it requires “any desktop or portable device supporting Windows Media Player version 9.0 and above.” What’s not said in that quote, nor explicitly anywhere else on their website, but apparently true nonetheless based on what is said, is that what’s really required is adherence to WMP 9’s DRM.

The number of people owning portable media devices is growing but if the AFPLS thinks they’re going to ride this wave they’re mistaken by ignoring the fact that over 80% of those people are using iPods and therefore will not be able to use the new service.

Song Lyric of the Week Answer

This week’s lyric was posted while we were packing, as many are, to travel “over the river and through the woods” for the Christmas holiday.

Truckin, Im a goin home.
whoa whoa baby, back where I belong,
Back home, sit down and patch my bones,
and get back truckin on.

The Grateful Dead’s Truckin’ hits the some of the troubles that the band experienced while on the road used them as a metaphor for getting through life. No matter what’s happening around (and to) them, they just keep on truckin’ along, doing what they do best – making music and making people happy.

We’re scheduled to be truckin’ ourselves today, so I wrote most of this entry yesterday and posted it a little early – before I even knew if we have any winners; I’ll check and post again when I get to another network port.

Announced while I was putting this together were the lifetime achievements to be presented at the Grammy Awards coming up in February. The Grateful Dead will be honored, along with other artists, as “influential … creators of the most renowned and prominent recordings in the world.” That’s pretty cool.

Song Lyric of the Week

Thursday again, time for our Song Lyric of the Week. Surely you know the “rules” by now, Are you ready?Musical Note

You’re sick of hangin around and youd like to travel
Get tired of travelin’ and you want to settle down.

Quick, know what song that’s from? Send your guesses here. Be sure to include your URL and city.

Song Lyric of the Week Answer #5

And in our world of plenty
we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world
at Christmas time.

The lyric this in this week’s Song Lyric of the Week was of course from Bob Geldof’s fund-raising project, Do They Know It’s Christmas? [iTunes] sung by a whole host of musicians coming together under the name Band Aid. The single was released on December 15th 1984, with all proceeds (including the British government’s tax, after a bit of wrangling) going to relief efforts for the people of Etheopia, who were suffering a terrible famine.

If you’ve forgotten the song and the story surrounding it – or if you’re too young to have forgotten – take a few minutes to read the stories of the song and the famine.

Band Aid was ‘rebuilt’ in 2000, to raise money for and awareness of the situation in Darfur, Sudan.

This week’s winners are both guys we’ve heard from already in the past few weeks – both Geren and Drew had the right answer. Congrats guys, and thanks for playing.

Song Lyric of the Week #5

Thursday, one day left in the work week and – more importantly as far as this blog is concerned – time for the Song Lyric of the Week. Surely you know the “rules” by now, Are you ready?Musical Note

Tonight thank God it’s them instead of you

Quick, know what song that’s from? Send your guesses here. Be sure to include your weblog or website URL and city.

Song Lyric of the Week Answer #4

Two guys were quick on the lyric-trigger finger this week. Both Geren, in (Columbia?) Maryland (and best man at my wedding twenty years ago) and Tommy, from Bellview Washginton, sent in the right answer and were only minutes apart. Yesterday’s song lyric was of course from Elvis Costello’s What’s So Funny (‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding).

It’s been a while, and the old site where I told this story once before is long gone, but I remember coming across a guy on TV one day, singing a song that was so touching and I had no idea who he was. The song turned out to be Veronica and the artist was a guy who I’d never thought to listen to, assuming for some unknown reason that I didn’t like his music – but boy was I wrong.

Incidentally, Elvis has a new DVD out, released a week or so ago; footage of a Montreal concert and collaboration with New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint – it looks (and I’m sure sounds) good.

Song Lyric of the Week #4

Another Thursday, another Song Lyric of the Week. I know, I know, the songs change but the rules never do: I post a lyric, you guess what song it’s from (preferably without using Google or other search tools). Are you ready?Musical Note

Searchin’ for light in the darkness of insanity

Quick, know what song that’s from? Send your guesses here. Be sure to include your weblog or website URL and city.

Song Lyric of the Week Answer

Hey hey, Tommy, from Bellview Washginton, is happy. He was the first in the inbox with the answer from yesterday’s Song Lyric of the Week:

Alright! One I know. “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel. Good ol’ Brenda and Eddie…

That’s right, this week’s song is the wonderful three-section love song from 1977, reportedly written about two of his real-life close friends and their life-long story. Billy Joel is touring again this spring, and tickets go on sale this morning for his March 1st concert at Phillips Arena in Atlanta. Check your local venue, he may be coming your way too.

Song Lyric of the Week

Boy, is it Thursday already? It sure is, and that means it’s time for the Song Lyric of the Week. Same as usual, the rules are simple: I post a lyric, you guess (without using Google or other search tools) what song it’s from. Are you ready?Musical Note

Drop a dime in the box play the song about new orleans

Quick, know what song that’s from? Send your guesses here. Be sure to include your weblog or website URL and city.