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12B -- Tate Mh an Daft eeket Thursday, Octobe16, 1997

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'he Michigan Daily teekend Magazir.

2State of the iAr s

DENVER, MUSIC AND A TRIP 'BACK HOME'

Ann Arbor's record stores cater to
students' diverse tastes, interests e,

This past Sunday afternoon, 53-year-
old country star John Denver soared
through the sky over Monterey Bay in
his plane and plummeted to his death
when the plane's engine died at 500
feet.
President Clinton said that Denver's
"soaring music evoked the grandeur of
our landscape and the simple warmth of
human love."
My housemate said, "Oh ... he's the

guy who sang with the Muppets."
My friend said, "Didn't he do those
Grape Nuts commercials?"
My co-editor, Bryan, and I, in a des-
perate search for a John Denver photo-
graph for our lead story yesterday,
checked the "0" file for "Oh God!" the
1977 film in which he starred with
George Burns.
Denver, true, is all of these things.
People know him from his '70s hits -

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like "Take Me Home, Country Roads'
"Rocky Mountain High" and "Leaving
on a Jet Plane" - from his Muppet
appearances, "Oh God!" role and even
from cereal commercials.
To me, though, John Denver repre-
sents a little more than Miss Piggy and
the driest, most bland cereal on Earth.
John Denver's music reminds me of
my childhood and my family.
I remember sitting in the back seat of
my father's Volvo, fighting with my
brother over who gets to put his or her
elbow on the armrest. I remember hear-
ing Denver's distinct, soothing voice
through the car's speakers, lulling me to
sleep after I had won the armrest battle
en route to my grandparents' house.
Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country
Boy," my brother's incessant "Are we
there yet?"s and that Volvo-y smell ...
now there's a memory.
John Demer occasionaly made an
appearance on holidays as well. I
remember opening rmy Christmas pre-
sents to the tunC of "Anie's Song. Or
e atingI Thanksgiia turo wiN my
I remember my ~ da divg me to socr
pracaice an p1 anc Denverc, tinkng

himself knowledgeable in the arena of
music, trying to give me an information
session on the singer's work. Of course, I
remembermy sky-high eyeball roll. It was-
n't cool to think
your dad who lis-
tened to John
Denver was cool.
$? I haven't
thought much
about John Denver
lately. But after
hearing about his
death, I started
thinking back to
Jennifer Petlinski my favorite song
Daily Arts Editor of his, the one my
dad used to play
most often. The melody was on the tip
of my tongue, but I just could not
remember it, until I called my father the
other night and had him run through
evcry track on the
"Greatst Hits" CD until belLs of faml-
jarity rang in my~ head
As it tu~rns out the so i *ck
Hom."Coicien-aly, tht' - xa I y
w h e re poh D e n v er n i a si c t a m e

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song in the fifth grade; it can trigger a
memory of your mood as well.
When you stumble across a song you
haven't heard in years, you are catapult-
ed right back in the past. Isn't that
always true?
When you hear Def Leopard's "Pour
Some Sugar on Me," do you not think
of headbanging in a circle of friends at
your seventh-grade dance?
When you happen across your old
"We Are The World" album, can you
not help but remember giggling with
your friends about Bruce Springsteen's
solo?
When you hear Michael Jackson's
"Beat It," do you cringe with embar-
rassment, remembering the length to
which you went to convince your par-
ents to buy "Thriller" and that you were
going to marry Michael Jackson ?
All of these memories comi foodng
back the moment a fn r me h
ray car. I remember lip-sy neing The
Bangles' "Walk LIk U anPx Egypi
w oh ried no a y f r 1
mentaryscho1. 1 la ZZ Top's "L.
Thanks for the mema ri , John
Denver, and for allowing me the neces-
sary once-in-awhile trip sack home.
--E-mail len at petlinskwumnich.edu.

By Joanne AInajar
For the Daily
The musical tastes of students at the
University seem to be as diverse as the
ice cream at a Baskin Robbins 31
Flavors. From traditional jazz and blues
to the emergence of peevish female
musicians, the music market in a colle-
giate city such as Ann Arbor must
accommodate a wide spectrum of musi-
cal preferences.
One such store is Discount
Records, located at the corner of
State and East Liberty Streets.
Owned by the Sam Goody and
Musicland corporation, it offers a
large selection of mainstream music
and a limited section of used CDs,
while priding itself on friendly cus-
tomer service. The store's location
makes it a magnet for numerous con-
LcLr past. ngs in both Armn Arbor and

Detroit.
According to employee Seth Dobson,
an LSA junior, "What makes us so
unique is our approach to customer ser-
vice ... other stores may have more
obscure stuff, but we have better cus-
tomer service."
But LSA first-year student Kristin
Batmanghelichi pointed out that
friendly service has its cost.
"Discount Records is not really dis-
counted. I choose not to go there
because of price," Batmanghelichi
said.
Further down Liberty, the
Schoolkids' Records store provides a

large assortment of used CDs (on the
side referred to as the Annex) and, on
the other side of the store, a large
variety of new CDs and cassettes.
With a diverse assortment of imports,
jazz, blues, international, R&B and
pop music selections, Schoolkids'
provides a rare melange of music. It
also sells tickets for many Ann Arbor
music events.
LSA first-year student Eri;
Komuniecki said he likes Schoolkids'
"because it has more indie music ... the
store is cool and constantly plays
unique music."
See STORES, Page 11B

University alumnus Morgan Anderson I

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and reviews of
your favorite
musicians.

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