Mike Cope's blog

Monday, November 28, 2005

A day of questions: You know I love CCR, 3 Dog Night, and the Eagles, but is U2 the all-time best rock band? Is Coldplay in that league? What's the best Christmas song of all-time? Why does a good white preacher make you want to smile and nod your head and a good black preacher make you want to stand up, dance, and shout "preach it!"? Why is college basketball ten times more entertaining than the NBA? Not counting Stan Musial, who's the best player ever for the Cardinals? Is it possible that someday broccoli will be considered bad for you and donuts will be considered beneficial? Who decided at some Christian colleges that they can have secular bands come play secular music but they can't have Christian bands come play Christian music? What do women see in Dr. McDreamy (a cultural obsession I read about in USA Today)? What's that about? - - - - Sometime today someone will make the counter click 500,000. I know it's arbitrary--I dropped that counter on 15 months ago--but what would be a fitting gift for that person? If you are the one to make it hit 500,000, leave your name and we'll together decide on a fitting gift.


  • Wouldn't the Beatles be the best rock band ever?

    I met with Steely Dan and John Ford Coley after their concert at Harding to talk with with them about the B'hai faith. They were recruiting. There were about twenty Harding students there. It was a great experience, but not one that the officials at Harding knew about. Imagine the damage that Petra would have done if they had a concert at Harding.

    By Blogger David Michael, at 11/28/2005 05:06:00 AM  

  • I will agree with you, Mike, on the greatness of U2. I love them. But, the greatest? I think The Beatles, the Stone, Zeppelin, The Who, and Pink Floyd might have something to say about that. But U2 is definitely top 10, maybe even top 5, and they're not done yet!

    I would also like to weigh in on the second greatest Cardinal as an outside observer and Rangers fan. I would think that the second greatest would be Bob Gibson. If he is not the second greatest I would not like to be the one to tell him he's not. He can still intimidate like no one else.

    By Blogger Kent, at 11/28/2005 05:31:00 AM  

  • Mike, great questions.

    U2 is terrific. But The Beatles occupy the same kind of spot in their world that Alex Campbell has in his.

    Jury's still out on Coldplay.

    My pick is "O Come, All Ye Faithful." The refrain, building up to the crescendo-- "O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!" --pretty much sings itself. It's pure joy.

    Cause in the black church everybody gets to preach?

    On college basketball: don't know why, but it's true.

    A few more years and we'll probably say, "Albert."

    That hasn't happened yet?

    Same guy who decided that "secular" speakers can come speak, but not Christian speakers.

    I don't know Dr. McDreamy. Is it safe to ask my wife?

    By Blogger Frank Bellizzi, at 11/28/2005 05:35:00 AM  

  • It's hard to nail down one best ever, whether we're talking rock bands, Christmas songs, or Cardinals. Sometimes, it just depends on my mood.

    While I agree that U2 is up there, I'd have to throw the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits and Pink Floyd into the mix. The Eagles Desperado album is very powerful to me, as well.

    I love "Come, O Come Immanuel," which may be more Advent then Christmas.

    College basketball is much more about teamwork and strategy, while the NBA is about showing off the franchise player. I'd much rather watch the college game for that reason. Besides, how blatent can the traveling get?

    I don't know about best, but my favorite Cardinal of all time has to be Ozzie Smith. Both an awesome shortstop and a really nice guy.

    How about brocolli flavored donuts?

    As to the silly rules at CoC colleges about bands, it was big donors who made the rule, I suspect. And it gets sillier: cross-over bands can play, as long as they're signed to a secular label, and only play their secular music. Go figure.

    I'll have to ask my wife about Dr. McDreamy.

    By Blogger TWD, at 11/28/2005 05:53:00 AM  

  • Never heard of Mr. Dreamy. Now if you asked what was up with women and Mr. Darcy I could probably come up with a response....

    By Blogger reJoyce, at 11/28/2005 06:04:00 AM  

  • U2 is certainly high on the list, but I would put the Rolling Stones at the very top. They are "The Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the World" (haven't you heard?) They have been rockin' for over 40 years! How many other bands can say that? The Beatles were influential, but they couldn't keep it together. The Stones have been through all kinds of adversity, and yet they have just kept going. Their shows today are as good as they've ever been, and their latest CD is great.

    Coldplay? Please. They are *not* in the same league. Give it ten years and then we can see whether or not they are just another Duran, Duran.

    I think "O Holy Night" is a wonderful Christmas song. I really like Barlow Girl's version.

    Gotta LOVE college basketball (although I do like the NBA).


    By Blogger Jeff, at 11/28/2005 06:05:00 AM  

  • College b-ball players theoretically play for the name on the front of the jersey, while NBA players play for the name on the back of the jersey.

    My vote is split between Bob Gibson and the Oz.

    Holy schnikeys, Steely Dan played Harding? I once met Bruce Hornsby on Harding's campus, which was cool enough, but the Dan? Sweet.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 11/28/2005 06:08:00 AM  

  • Hmmmm?

    During the big rock time I was deeply and exclusively involved in the classical music scene so missed the whole frenzy, including Elvis and Beattles, so - no comment. ;O)

    Best Christmas song of all-time? Handel's "Messiah" - full version, singing birth to death to resurrection. What could be better?

    White preachers want us to "smile and nod" our heads. Black preachers want us to "stand up, dance, and shout "preach it!" - or as Dr. Taylor says, give him some help! Love it!!!

    Love baseball, can't abide basketball for some reason or other, so - no comment. ;o)


    Broccoli and donuts? Moot??? LOL

    Re bands at CofC universities? Could it be that no matter how much we try, we're still closet legalists? LOL

    Dr. McDreamy? No comment necessary. He's dreamy, that's all!! :O)

    By Blogger Kathy, at 11/28/2005 06:27:00 AM  

  • The Beatles - it isn't close!

    Too soon to tell on Coldplay.

    "The Christmas Song" (chestnuts...)

    Because the audiences are taught that this is the appropriate response.

    Because they aren't quite as good. Also because WE hold on to their innocence.

    I agree with others, Bob Gibson.

    Not a chance. I'd want bacon to be good for you too.

    This band question reveals one of this tribe's stupidities masquerading as "a good idea."

    No idea.

    Gift idea - your single favorite CD (be it CCR, 3DN, Eagles, whatever).

    By Blogger MichaelPolutta, at 11/28/2005 06:37:00 AM  

  • Four words: John, Paul, George, Ringo.

    Only a man could wonder what the deal is with Dr. McDreamy. Seriously.

    By Blogger Emily, at 11/28/2005 06:45:00 AM  

  • I must not be culturally saavy.

    I do know who U2 is and Bono, but I always liked the Monkees!
    Pink Floyd is up there too on that list of all time favorites.

    Don't know much about Cold Play

    All time favorite Christmas song is anything by Nat King Cole...sweet, warm, and a voice that sounds like melted butter; God rest his soul.

    White C of C is also known as the Frozen Chosen...sure wish we could gt off out hands and be more lively.

    Have no idea who Dr. McDreamy is.

    Another great preacher man has a blog and on occassion, he gives away a package of peeps to his contest winners. Easy to pack and cheap to mail and a long shelf life.

    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 11/28/2005 06:52:00 AM  

  • Jeff,

    Holy Schnikeys???? Hah!!!!

    By Blogger Brad, at 11/28/2005 07:00:00 AM  

  • Hi Brad... just a tip o' the hat to Farley there, ha!

    By Blogger Jeff, at 11/28/2005 07:10:00 AM  

  • I think that was England Dan and John Ford Colley, not Steely Dan. Biiiig difference!

    By Blogger drjimwhite, at 11/28/2005 07:13:00 AM  

  • Rats, I knew it was too good to be true!

    By Blogger Jeff, at 11/28/2005 07:24:00 AM  

  • U2 has gotten better with age. They are certainly ONE of the best ever.

    I have such a weak spot for White Christmas. Blame it on all the Crosby Family Specials I watched with Mom and Dad growing up. "No, no, Nathaniel, that's not how you hold a putter."

    Outside of Musial, the best player ever for the Cards in Albert Pujols. Sit back and enjoy his career.

    The same people made that silly decision as the people who decided you could have a piano sitting outside an open door if you wanted it played during a wedding.

    Congrats on the half mil. My blog will be there in about...let's see...carry the four...18 years!

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 11/28/2005 07:26:00 AM  

  • ABC - Gives you a great look at Dr. McDreamy.


    Two words - oh brother...

    By Blogger CL, at 11/28/2005 07:26:00 AM  

  • I think I have to agree with you about U2 being the greatest rock band ever. We have this debate at my house all the time, so my answer might change tomorrow. But at least today I believe that U2 is the greatest. Maybe I'll go listen to Joshua Tree now...

    Coldplay is good, but not at the same level as some of these other bands!

    Best Christmas song hands down is Charles Siburt singing "O Holy Night." Makes me weep!

    Maybe the difference between a good white preacher and a good black preacher is rhythm. Jerry Taylor knows how to build a sermon from low and slow to loud and fast and I get caught up in the rhythm as well as the message, which makes me want to shout out loud!

    I've never heard of this Christian band business. We have some strange rules in the C of C! At least we are a colorful group of Christians!

    I thought Dr. McDreamy was from Grey's Anatomy, not the Bachelor. If I'm thinking of the right one, he's Dr. McDreamy because he's cute, smart, and a doctor. Sure he's a bit sleazy too...but he has a very soothing doctor voice, which should count for something!

    By Blogger jocelyn, at 11/28/2005 07:38:00 AM  

  • The Beatles....duh!

    Secular Christmas song- Nat's Chesnut song

    Religious Christmas song- Oh Holy Night

    This is an over simplification and a generalization, but one preacher addresses our intellect, the other addresses our experience.

    One group plays for the love of the game, the other group plays to buy more BLING.


    on the donut thingy, I doubt it. Does it matter? :)

    Didn't you know music was evil? Wait, I mean Christian music is evil....all other music is ok. The only kind of Christian music God listens to is singing in the church building......with no instruments. Another DUH!

    Gotta ask about McDreamy...no clue.

    By Blogger David U, at 11/28/2005 07:40:00 AM  

  • U2 is one of the greatest bands. Robert Vagacs' new book "Religious Nuts Political Fanatics: U2 in Theological Perspective" is a great commentary on this point.


    Christmas song--the Charlie Brown one.

    Basketball--the same reason college football is better than pro-football.

    Cardinals--Mark McGwire.

    Preachers--I had an African American brother at Harding Grad tell me "You white folks like them Dan Rather preachers!"

    Music at Christian colleges--because we have people who still think playing an instrument and thinking about God is both an act of worship and an abomination. They also believe that gifted Christians should not glorify God with their talents.

    Ron Clark

    By Blogger KMiV, at 11/28/2005 07:42:00 AM  

  • Yes, Grey's Anatomy. And you're right, Jocelyn, the soothing voice DOES count for something. If you're going to have to get cut on . . . .

    By Blogger Emily, at 11/28/2005 07:50:00 AM  

  • 499,257
    Do I get a gift too?

    By Blogger kenny, at 11/28/2005 07:58:00 AM  

  • Steely Dan was a whole different set of strings.

    Greatest ever - Stones, Beatles, U2, Aerosmith, Allman Bros, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac.

    Christmas - "Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer"

    I agree with the front of the jersy back of the jersy theory.

    I saw "Walk the Line" over the weekend. What a great movie about second chances!

    By Blogger J A Pierpont, at 11/28/2005 08:00:00 AM  

  • Just checkin' in mid-morning to say that I'll send a copy of SEEKING A LASTING CITY: THE CHURCH'S JOURNEY IN THE STORY OF GOD to #500,000 if you'll identify yourself. Just put a note on the blog, and then send personal info to gina@highlandchurch.org. I'll get it signed by the authors (Randy Harris, Mark Love, and Doug Foster) if I can find them around ACU today when I go teach. If you already have that, I'll send something else.

    By Blogger Mike, at 11/28/2005 08:10:00 AM  

  • If Coldplay isn't already in the same league, they will be. I saw them live at Austin City Limits this year, and they simply brought the house down. It was amazing...truly great entertainers and musicians.

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 11/28/2005 08:34:00 AM  

  • "Frozen Chosen..."


    Perfect !!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 11/28/2005 08:40:00 AM  

  • I'm #499,372, so I'm going to sit here and click on Mike's blog 628 times so I can win.

    Love U2. Love Bono. Since I was 11 and turned on MTV and saw him walking around in the woods singing "New Year's Day." Mike, you should also give away a copy of this book:

    Incredible insight into Bono's life, passion and faith. It's probably the closest he'll ever get to writing an auto-biography.

    My favorite Christmas song: "Beneath the Father's Heaven" by Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

    I don't need Dr. McDreamy. I'm married to Youth Minister McDreamy. Ha!

    I don't know much about baseball, but here's an imaginary conversation I had recently:

    Albert Pujols (down on one knee): Deana, I am a famous baseball player with jillions of dollars. I want to share it all with you. Please marry me.

    Deana: Nope. Can't do it.

    Albert: (visibly distraught): Why ever not??

    Deana: Because you have the worst last name God ever gave a person. I refuse to be "Mrs. Pujols." Sorry.

    (Albert weeps uncontrollably.)

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 11/28/2005 08:47:00 AM  

  • 499432...just missed.

    U2 is the best all time rock band. They have staying power. My guess is they will be around for a long, long time. And I'm not even a fan.

    James Taylor singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - hands down my favorite Christmas song. Jimmy Buffett doing "Merry Christmas Alabama" a close second.

    College Basketball is real basketball. 'Nuff said.

    I believe that Jose Oquendo was the best ever Cardinal. Either him or Bob Forsch. But I am a fan of the utility infielder and the middle-tier starter, so I may be a little biased.

    By Blogger Corey, at 11/28/2005 08:58:00 AM  

  • OK - I have to amend my earlier comment for the Favorite Christmas Song. Leaving the "Chestnuts" selection as my favorite secular song, I'll put forth one of two (can't choose) for Christian Christmas song.

    1. Breath of Heaven
    2. Mary Did You Know?

    By Blogger MichaelPolutta, at 11/28/2005 09:11:00 AM  

  • Why is college basketball ten times more entertaining than the NBA?

    Not counting Stan Musial, who's the best player ever for the Cardinals?

    Is it possible that someday broccoli will be considered bad for you and donuts will be considered beneficial?

    Who decided at some Christian colleges that they can have secular bands come play secular music but they can't have Christian bands come play Christian music?

    By Blogger Josh Ross, at 11/28/2005 09:23:00 AM  

  • Based on Mike's questions and these answers, here's the vision I have for Highland worship, circa 2006...

    U2 hired as new worship team. No services during Final Four weekend, double services during Christmas. Unleavened donuts during Communion. Yearlong Sunday sermon series on virtues of being single, featuring Dr. McDreamy reading excerpts from Lauren Winner's new book. And new Wednesday night hip hop service, during which Jerry Taylor will make the entire congregation stand up and shake their Pujols.

    Personally, I'm looking forward to it.

    By Blogger Grant, at 11/28/2005 09:32:00 AM  

  • No, not even U2 is up there with the Eagles or Zeppelin or of course the Beatles. And no, Coldplay isn't close to even U2. And Reg Cox, white as he is, can get me on my feat and yelling in no time.
    So there. And CCR rocks, too.

    By Blogger Brian, at 11/28/2005 09:33:00 AM  

  • U2. Yes, they're that good. I notice all of the boomers on here are voting for the Beatles.

    Coldplay? Nope.

    "The Messiah" isn't a song. It's a musical work. The best Christmas songs, IMO, would have to be Joy to the World and Silent Night.

    Black vs. White preachers. That's a great question. But isn't the difference in the church, and not the preacher? I've known some black preachers in my white church that make me smile and nod my head. And, I even saw once a white preacher in a black church, hanging with the best of the black preachers.

    College vs. NBA: Parity. The competition is much more even.

    Cards: Ozzie.

    Broccoli vs. donuts: We can only hope.

    Remind me not to send my kids to a Christian school that doesn't allow Christian musicians to play there.

    Who the heck is Dr. McDreamy?

    By Blogger Rick, at 11/28/2005 09:37:00 AM  

  • Best secular Christmas song is Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.

    Otherwise, nothing holds a candle to O Holy Night.


    By Blogger jds, at 11/28/2005 09:41:00 AM  

  • "The Messiah" isn't a song. It's a musical work"

    Like I said, we're still closet legalists. ;)

    By Blogger Kathy, at 11/28/2005 09:48:00 AM  

  • Rick,

    My question exactly. Never heard of him, I must be missing out on something!

    I thought a buck per hit would be a nice prize. :)

    By Blogger Amy, at 11/28/2005 09:51:00 AM  

  • Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Beatles, U2 - can't quite decide. And now that my head is swimming with bands I am strolling down memory lane with the likes of OMD; Black; Eurythmics; The Police...Hmmm, makes me smile!

    I have to claim ignorance on the "dreamy guy" so I will do my research!

    By Blogger Arlene Kasselman, at 11/28/2005 10:09:00 AM  

  • I'll pass on McDreamy. But Dr. Izzy?

    By Blogger Bob, at 11/28/2005 10:13:00 AM  

  • 1. Hmmm... Big love for U2. But, best writing: Lennon/McCartney. Most musically innovative and interesting: Zep.

    2. I'll be speaking for the minority on Coldplay. I find their music perfectly enjoyable. However... Not too long ago my husband was listening to X&Y, and I started singing songs from their previous albums on top of the songs from X&Y. (And yes, part of me was trying to be a little annoying) Same chords, same rhythms, same "verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus." Certainly they are not the first band to write the same song over and over, but they are getting the most critical acclaim for it at the moment.

    End of rant.

    3. Nat King Cole singing "The Christmas Song." No school like the old school.

    4. Don't know, but I'm thankful for both!

    5. & 6. Pass

    7. I don't know, but we can only hope. It should go without saying that Krispy Kremes should be considered especially healthy, certified by the FDA.

    8. For the same reason someone saw fit to re-do "How Far is Heaven" because the Los Lonely Boys version just wasn't good enough. Whatever.

    9. Dr. McWho?

    By Blogger LauraH, at 11/28/2005 10:17:00 AM  

  • No!!!! 500,025!! Can't you just send me a Dr. Seuss book or something?

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 11/28/2005 10:25:00 AM  


    Andere I was going to request a copy of Lauren Winner's book. Bummer, now I'll have to break down and order it from Crossings.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 11/28/2005 10:38:00 AM  

  • Okay, so who is it? Fess up! I was 499,986 at 11:51 a.m.

    Gracious, you get a lot of hits!! Does that freak you out just a little?

    By Blogger Amy, at 11/28/2005 10:39:00 AM  

  • I was #499,998 and #500,003.

    Just missed it.


    By Blogger Jeff, at 11/28/2005 10:47:00 AM  

  • Well, this is REALLY gonna date me, but ...

    I went to the Kenny Rogers and the First Edition concert at ACU in the '70's and was almost blinded and choked to death from all the big purple haze. KR and his gang were trippin' out, man! Back then they didn't call Moody Coliseum 'moody' for nothin'. You could never be sure which section you were sittin' in.

    Best Christmas song ever? Well, secularly speaking, Spike Jones' 'All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth' is pretty classic. Or his renditions of the following:
    -- 'I'm gettin' nuttin' for Christmas'
    -- 'The angel in the Christmas play'
    -- 'My birthday comes on Christmas’
    For a great blast to the Christmases past, his classic album, ‘Let’s sing a song of Christmas’ has been re-mastered on CD and can be ordered through Amazon.com. Kids of all ages love it!

    Hmmm ... looks like there'll be a special corner in Heaven for numbers and egos. ;)

    By Blogger Deb, at 11/28/2005 10:47:00 AM  

  • I was 500100! Does that count?

    I too thought Dr McDreamy was the guy on Grays Anatomy.

    By Blogger SG, at 11/28/2005 10:51:00 AM  

  • So who was 500,000? Give us a hint here and then drop a note at the address I mentioned above. I'm getting the book signed this afternoon. Thanks!

    By Blogger Mike, at 11/28/2005 10:53:00 AM  

  • I believe I managed to stumble across 500,000.

    As for the questions...

    U2 - Definitely the best. They are timeless and the music continues to improve with age. Coldplay is minor league in comparison.

    Song - Silent Night, sung by Wayburn Dean on an old Acappella album back in the day.

    Ken Greene spoke at our church a couple months ago. As always, he was phenomenal. He spoke passionately for about an hour, but it was like pulling teeth to get a few "amens" anywhere. His message deserved a lot of shouting and clapping though.

    B-Ball - because half of the NBA players went straight from High School to making $5 million, and skipped college.


    Broccoli is good for you?

    In college some folks circulated a petition to bring a Christian band to campus. Hundreds signed, but it was completely dismissed by the admin. Perhaps they were still trying to convince folks that Clint Black and his Miller Lite sponsored tour (complete with the logo on his bus) wasn't an oxymoron at a school that forbid drinking (by the way, he did put on a good concert)

    Dr. McDreamy - sounds like I should ask my wife.

    By Blogger Keith, at 11/28/2005 10:54:00 AM  

  • Keith - Bingo! Drop a note to gina@highlandchurch.org. If you already have the book I mentioned earlier, I'll send you something else.

    Deana - A Dr. Seuss book, huh? Which one?

    By Blogger Mike, at 11/28/2005 10:58:00 AM  

  • "I too thought Dr McDreamy was the guy on Grays Anatomy."

    You mean he isn't???? :(

    By Blogger Kathy, at 11/28/2005 11:00:00 AM  

  • I have to admit that U2 is in a league of their own. I disagree with the Beatles fans out there for they are an ideal that are stuck in time. U2 has remianed at the top of their game for almost three decades (with the exception of their album "Zooropa") They are continuing the reinvent themselves (the Beatles had the same sound their entire career and didn't have to keep it up over three different decades) They stay togetherhter over 30 years without having to break up and have reunion tours (Eagles).

    Let's give Coldplay anouther 25 years and see if they are still on top of the charts. . . I don't see it happening. Don't get me wrong, Coldplay is a great band.

    By the wway Donuts are better for you than a low fat muffin. So eat away. . .

    You got me on the Christian College question, but let me ask another, "Just because you label something Christian, does that make it so?"

    I think the one thing we have been consistent in the CofC is our inconsistency.

    By Blogger Walter, at 11/28/2005 11:16:00 AM  

  • It's obscure, but an awesome Christmas Song:

    "Babe in the Straw" by Caedmon's Call off the One Silent Night Album

    By Blogger Walter, at 11/28/2005 11:20:00 AM  

  • doh!!! Missed it by 33.

    By Blogger Brad, at 11/28/2005 12:07:00 PM  

  • Who is the lucky and blessed 500,000th person?

    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 11/28/2005 12:13:00 PM  

  • Beatles, Bible, baptism . . U2, universalist, unregenerate . . . That settles it.

    By Blogger Frank Bellizzi, at 11/28/2005 01:05:00 PM  

  • Oh, Mike, you know I'm just kidding. Besides, you couldn't very well get it autographed, now could you?

    P.S. Mulberry Street is my favorite.

    By Blogger Deana Nall, at 11/28/2005 01:05:00 PM  

  • Do I get anything for being 500500? It looks kinda nice!

    By Blogger Bogdan, at 11/28/2005 01:26:00 PM  

  • Christmas song:
    - My wife says "O Holy Night" (just listened to the version by David Phelps of the Gaither Vocal Band...pretty incredible!)

    - I would also go with The Christmas Song (Chestnuts)...
    always enjoy Amy Grant's version

    - But how can we not include the the rendition of JINGLE BELLS by the Singing Dogs back in the 70s!


    By Blogger Randy & Kelly Vaughn, at 11/28/2005 01:43:00 PM  

  • Beatles
    David Bowie/Bing Crosby "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy"
    White folks can't preach
    College kids play like there's no tomorrow
    Ossie Smith
    Let's hope so
    Some short-sighted college president
    Don't know Dr. McDreamy

    By Blogger MarkS, at 11/28/2005 01:46:00 PM  

  • Having been raised in Santa Fe, NM in the early 70's I love the southwest. I love art, people, culture and food (tex-mex is a substitute I have learned to live with). To this day our daughter does not understand why we have a pole ladder with dried chili peppers hanging on it leaning against a living room wall that "clearly goes no where, Mom!". She doesn't understand the smell of pinon in the fireplace and farolitos lining the driveway... posole and tamales on christmas eve, but most of all she was not in high school at Santa Fe High when Jose Feliciano released "Feliz Navidad" the absolute best christmas song since O Holy Night! Ok maybe not, but it takes me back in time... and I can smell the pinons and see the luminarias.... I love it!

    …… Mike sorry but donuts will likely never be better for you than broccoli, although guacamole could be. Feliz Navidad to you and those you love!

    By Blogger Teresa, at 11/28/2005 01:47:00 PM  

  • I thought maybe I would be lucky number 500K, but it looks like I just missed it by 685. You really know how to increase your blog traffic don't you? I bet you could break the 3/4ths of a million mark by the end of the year if you promised an even better prize - maybe the Chronicles of Narnia series.

    By Blogger kentbrantly, at 11/28/2005 02:26:00 PM  

  • Teresa,
    I have to apologize to you and well.. probably all of the world except for western middle TN. You see, here in these hills there is a Santa Fe only it's pronounced Sanna Fee... so sad. When I was reading you comment of which I could properly pronounce two words I read Sanna Fee... sigh.

    You have chili peppers on a pole?

    Best HOliday song... Jimmy Buffet Melechalickimacha, or what ever that one is from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

    By Blogger Mae, at 11/28/2005 02:33:00 PM  

  • dr mcdreamer has a striking resemblance to your older son. don't know anything about dr mc's character, but his looks are nice.

    By Blogger howswede, at 11/28/2005 03:05:00 PM  

  • Without even thinking . . . ZZ Puck, I mean ZZ Top.

    You from COFC will appreciate this story. I have been preaching in Florida for 21 years. At one funeral I did the funeral home director let me know that his mother who played the organ was sick. Knowing our church's background and music style he said, "Today we will have to to go Acapulco." I've never called vocal music Acapella since.

    I liked Grey's Anatomy in the beginning, but now it is major "sexed up" and not the best viewing for adding virtues.

    By Blogger Steve Puckett, at 11/28/2005 04:18:00 PM  

  • ALL college sports are better than professional.

    By Blogger Kate, at 11/28/2005 04:24:00 PM  

  • Hey -- I've been out of pocket today. What'd I miss?

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 11/28/2005 05:33:00 PM  

  • Matt, you're priceless!

    By Blogger Amy, at 11/28/2005 06:47:00 PM  

  • -CCR, Bob Dylan, AC/DC to name a few
    -O, Holy Night by Martina McBride
    -Homiletic of all believers
    -Zone Defense
    -The OZ
    -You sound like my mother who says, "Just wait, one day they'll say smoking is good for you."
    -The same people who decided you could have a "Christian College" haven't seen one yet.
    -He's risky, yet committed, bold, yet sensitive. Women don't like these guys in real life.

    By Blogger Danny Mercer, at 11/28/2005 10:39:00 PM  

  • Re: U2 - Anyone who seriously thinks there was a better band back there in their generation than U2 has a serious case of nostalgia overwhelming common sense! Come on, people! ;)

    Re: NBA - Good point, but here's the key to becoming an NBA fan: Ignore the negative-obsessed media and start following teams and players that get it. Less Stephon Marbury, more Steve Nash.

    Re: Donuts vs. Broccoli - Woo-hoo! I can only pray...

    By Blogger mike, at 11/28/2005 11:13:00 PM  

  • Other greatest band nominees: Eagles, Styx, Chicago

    Coldplay will have to wait.

    Christmas song: Little Drummer Boy

    White folks can't dance, especially white cofc folks.

    NBA vs. NCAA: "The love of money is the root of all evil"

    Best Cardinal? Who cares (said nicely)

    Krispy Kreme has been found to cure hunger. Does that count?

    Christian Colleges? "The love of money is the root of all evil"

    Dr. McDreamy? He invented chocolate, right? My wife sure would love him.

    By Blogger Brad, at 11/29/2005 06:32:00 AM  

  • I'll Bite:

    U2 for some, Beatles for others but far be it from me to discount the blues rock of the Stones.

    Coldplay? Was that the band Paul McCartney was in after Wings?

    I think it's the preacher choir in the first two rows. They get your blood flowing and then bring things to a crescendo. Every preacher should have his front row cheerleaders.

    Uh, there's no whining in college basketball.

    Ted Williams - He missed 3 years to WW2 and almost 2 years to the Korean War you do the math.

    Donuts are beneficial that's why they call them "sinkers"

    Christian Bands? The same ones that said it was okay to rock out to Van Halen but not Rich Mullins.

    You have to ask that question?

    By Blogger happytheman, at 11/29/2005 08:06:00 AM  

  • Oh Christmas song. Boy Diana Krall sures sounds good singing "I'll Be Home For Christmas"

    By Blogger happytheman, at 11/29/2005 08:09:00 AM  

  • Hey wait I saw Accapella at a Christian College once. Don't they use instruments? One of my Elders said they used instruments.

    By Blogger happytheman, at 11/29/2005 08:18:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    Even though I let you burn my two Coldplay cds, I don't think that they're anywhere near Coldplay as far as "all-time best rock band". And yes, U2, in my opinion is the greatest rock band ever. There are few bands that are more eclectic, especially vocally. There are few bands that have written more powerful lyrics than U2. I think that they're the best band of my generation, and I'd be willing to put them against your three as best bands ever.

    Best Christmas song: O Come O Come Emmanuel (the selfish reason why I'm pushing for the singing of it Sunday). So appropriate for this Sunday.

    Reason why college hoops (and sports in general) is better than the NBA: college players aren't in it for the money, they play for school pride. And there's so much parity with the 3-point shot and zone press defenses that small Cinderella schools can hang with the big schools.

    Best Card ever: Bob Gibson. 1.12 ERA in 68. Nuff said

    By Blogger Jeremiah, at 11/29/2005 12:51:00 PM  

  • Best Christmas song? Probably Still, Still, Still as sung by Garrison Keillor. Beautiful tune, sweet lyrics and not all that common.

    Best rock band? Gotta be RUSH.

    And Christian Colleges? I have dibs for front row seats at the heavenly concert and I'll even save a few seats for those college board members (I wonder if Gabriel knows "Freebird"?).

    By Blogger David Scott, at 11/29/2005 01:50:00 PM  

  • Answers to my own questions:

    You know I love CCR, 3 Dog Night, and the Eagles, but is U2 the all-time best rock band? Probably not (Beatles), but amazing music and longevity.

    Is Coldplay in that league? (Not yet, but university students have got me hooked on listening to them.)

    What's the best Christmas song of all-time? ("O Holy Night" or Bing Crosby singing "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas")

    Why does a good white preacher make you want to smile and nod your head and a good black preacher make you want to stand up, dance, and shout "preach it!"? (Same reason white churches can't quite clap right -- rhythm)

    Why is college basketball ten times more entertaining than the NBA? (Smaller egos . . . or at least egos that haven't yet been completely fueled by big bucks from teams and corporations)

    Not counting Stan Musial, who's the best player ever for the Cardinals? (Gibson . . . Ozzie . . . Gibson . . . Ozzie. Bob Gibson)

    Is it possible that someday broccoli will be considered bad for you and donuts will be considered beneficial? (Hope springs eternal)

    Who decided at some Christian colleges that they can have secular bands come play secular music but they can't have Christian bands come play Christian music? (Someone who wants the schools to look just plain silly)

    What do women see in Dr. McDreamy (a cultural obsession I read about in USA Today)? What's that about? (Women will have to answer that one . . . just reporting what I've read in the USA Today, the SOURCE OF TRUTH.)

    By Blogger Mike, at 11/30/2005 04:32:00 AM  

  • OZZIE SMITH...nuff said!

    By Blogger Big Mike Lewis, at 12/06/2005 10:20:00 AM  

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