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Page 2--Sunday, February 25, 1979-The Michigan Daily

R AMBLINGS/erie zorn

M Y ROOMMATES think I'm kid-
ding when my tape recorder is
blasting the nasal strains of those old-
timey singers who are either dead or
sound as if they ought to be, but I'm
quite serious. Honest. I have a peculiar
predeliction for songs on those horrible,
scratchy recordings of the Carter
Family and the Louvin Brothers - that
music which hardly anyone can stand
- and I really do prefer it to all the
Kansas, Allman Brothers, and ELP
which is pounded at me from all sides.
Since I didn't grow up in the moun-
tains with a spittle-covered Grandpa to
learn me tunes, or a radio over the
fireplace which could only tune in the
Opry, then what is my excuse? How,
given the many opportunities which
modern massamedia provides to im-
merse myself in the precise harmonies
of Seals and Croft or the slick multiple
tracking of Steely Dan, did I come away
with a taste for music which is simple,
imprecise, barely codified, and boasts
lyrics like:
I'm going home with Sally Ann
Yes, I'm going home with Sally Ann
I'm going home with Sally Ann?
What can I say? This music is rich
with the traditions of our country and of
my own past: it's accessible, solid, and
durable, and the only songs which

always remind me of good times with
good friends.
Most music recalls images and stirs
my memory in some way: "Yester-me,
Yester-you, Yester-day," or whatever
that Stevie Wonder song was called,
reminds me of a sickening crush I had
on "Judy" back in sixth grade, and how
I moped beside the radio and wished I
were older and cooler. That song
"Woodstock" by Crosby, Stills, Nash,
and Young brings back, in all its ner-
vous splendor, the night in ninth grade I
took it personally when one of my very
first girlfriends got drunk and threw up.
The relationship was never the same.
I dassn't forget "Seasons in the Sun"
and its companion images of high
school basketball: Riding for hours on
miserable buses to play in front of
hostile crowds, and theig not scoring
enough points to look good in the
papers. And what of the Bee Gees and
Fleetwood Mac, artists I cannot hear
without thinking of those bittersweet
dorm years? So it goes.
Those old songs, thQugh. They are
sturdy companions: "Dark as a.
Dungeon" and "Irene Goodnight" are
the lean years in New Haven when I
was very young and myyparents' frien-
ds got together for hootenannies. When
I was lucky, I'd get to stay up and listen

for awhile. Dad sang me to sleep with
"The Wabash Cannonball" in those
days and he sang my sister to sleep with
"Amazing Grace" in 1969 when we
lived in Boulder.
I N ANN ARBOR, my father and his
friends formed an old-time country-
gospel band, The Bloodwashed
Throng, and sang in our living room
every month on Sunday night. Years
later, when I learned the songs, I would
get those men back together and play
"Canaan's Land" with them as I had
listened to it years before.
And once I heard a Kingston Trio
record in ninth grade and became
determined to learn to play the guitar;
Dad and I practiced together in his
study for an hour every night. If we
ever got a song down right, we'd go
where Mom was reading or studying
and play for her. So what if we're not
much good and occasionally set the
dogs to howling? Better enthusiasm
than staid excellence, in my opinion.
Haying been inspired by records, I
learned the mandolin and banjo, and af-
ter a time was able to make myself a
further pest at my parents' parties,
which, to the dismay of those guests
with real musical tastes, have always
generated into jam sessions.

Then came Fire on the Mountain,
blush to tell, a ne'er do well bluegrass
band which we' formed during our
senior year at Ann Arbor Pioneer and
which somehow weasled a few dates at
Mr. Flood's Party. The music wasn't
great, but oh, those hot summer nights
after work when we'd all get together
and practice: Jokes, stories, and "On
My Long Journey Home."
I can't even think of old time and
traditional music without remembering
the celebration every year in Berea,
Kentucky during the last weekend of
October. Musicians of all ages get
together with the friendliest people in
the world and crank out lively, power-
ful, and sincere songs which have been
in those hills for generations. Each time
down we've danced and sang late into
the night.
A certain atmosphere and com-
munity spirit arises when you've got
music that's beautiful and yet easy
enough for almost anyone to play.
There's nothing impossibly com-
plicated about the techniques and
lyrics, and anyone can get ahold of the-
little melodies which start to run in
your blood after awhile.
Old time is not aggressive. Almost all
music is interesting and has a charac-
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BY-
STEPHEN J.
POZSGAI
Copyright 1979
INSTRUCTIONS
Guess the words defined at the
left and write them in over
their numbered dashes. Then,
transfer each letter to the cor-
responding numbered square
in the grid above. The letters
printed in the upper-right-hand
corners of the squares indi-
cate from what clue-word a
particular square's letter
comes from. The grid, when
filled in, should read as a
quotation from a published
work. The darkened squares
are the spaces between words.
Some words may carry over
to the next line. Meanwhile,
the first letter of each guessed
word at the leftreading down'
forms an acrostic, giving the:
author's name and the title of
the work from which the quote
is extracted. As words and
phrases begin to form in the
grid, you can work back and-
forth from clues to grid until
the puzzle is complete.
Answer to Previous Puzzle:
"In the experience of
initiation through which
shaman passes, the mythic
images woven into a
society 's fabric suddenly
become not only apparent
but often enacted and made
boldly visible and relevant
for all."
(Joan) Halifax,
Shamanic Voices.

FROM GERTRUDE STEIN to
Kate Millet, lesbians have con-
tinued to espouse their sexual
preference in a fequently hostile,
repressive epvironment. By forcefully
withstanding criticism and openly
defying stereotypes describing gay
women as maladjusted, masculine, or,
mentally ill, lesbians have gained
respect in society. But the fight-a fight
that is far from over-was. not easy.
And, unfortunately, respect for lesbians
is generally.generated in spite of their-
sexual preference, rather than aside
from it.
In the late sixties and early seventies,
Ann Arbor furnished an environment
that tolerated alternate lifestyles more
than that of most cities. The University
recognized that lesbians existed within
its community, and the more open
climate helped outspoken and "in-the-
closet" lesbians alike adjust.
Lesbian women often move to Ann
Arbor to "come out," and to enjoy the
sources offered by a traditionally ac-
tivist community. Ann, who graduated
from the University last April, ex-
plained her reasons for coming here: "I
decided I was a lesbian when I was 12. I
came out when I was 15. Most people
were accepting of it, but I was real
lonely about it. Ann Arbor has a
reputation for having a real large, solid
lesbian community, so I came here,
which is what a lot of people do."
Rose, a senior, said that she read
feminist newspapers and found that the
bylines were often from Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor has long been the nerve cen-
ter for feminist and lesbian groups,
especially during the early seventies.
In 1970, a group of .women formed a
chapter of the Radical Lesbians.
According to Ann, "They took out ads
in the Daily and six people an-
swered-there are six lesbians in Ann
Arbor! They kept putting in the ads and
they got to be a community of 25. They
were real scared. They needed to be
around each other; they needed each
other real badly. Now people are like
that when they first start. They're
really vocal. For a lot of women, being
a lesbian was the only thing worth
talking about."
Ann compared the lesbian movement
to a process of growing up. Originally,
she claimed, when organizations like
the Radical Lesbians weregrowing out
of the infancy stage, lesbians felt they
had to "be together and dress the same
and be radical.
"I see it in junior high school now,
Marion Halberg is the Daily's
women's reporter.

By Marion Halberg

where they know the cliques are silly,
but they don't have the courage to give
them up yet." Ann says that when most
young women become active in the
lesbian community, they "want to be
involved in everything. It wears off af-
ter a while; you don't need to be in-
volved in all that stuff so much. The
most politically-oriented lesbians that I
see are the 18-to-21-year-old lesbian
women."
In the late sixties and early seventies,
Ann Arbor was a hotbed for the
women's movement, and a center of
political activism. Last summer,
however, a march supporting the Equal
Rights Amendment drew the sur-
prisingly small turnout of less than 200
people. Ann Arbor's inhabitants are
doubtlessly still concerned with the
overriding issues of feminism, but the
previous achievement of many feminist

goals, as well as a generally lax period
of protest, have made activism a lower
priority. But lesbianism is not simply a
"movement"-it is a way of life, and
the fact that women choose not to im-
merse themselves in lesbian politics is
no sign of decreasing concern over the
issues at stake. And, in recent years,
issues like the Anita Bryant crusade
against homosexuals in the shools or
the legalities of lesbian motherhood
have sparked support from all facets of
the gay community.
HE LESBIAN community in
Ann Arbor has seen its decen-
tralization since the formation
of Radical Lesbians, but not its demise.
There are many lesbians who prefer to
deal with their lives away from the
public eye, and it is a testament to the
gains of the original radical groups that
such a lifestyle is now easily possible.

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F. Attractions; resemblances
G. Wife of Socrates
H. Digressed; veered; deviated
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J. Bordered on; touched
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