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The Crossing - January 2010

On December 11th, my family lost a dear member, Ronnie Barlow, Jr., my first cousin, a brother, a husband, a father, a son, a friend. This was a loss that happened so suddenly and so unexpectedly that itís impact has still not been fully felt by those who knew him. No mistake is made in knowing his wife, three sons and daughter are feeling the brunt of this impact. In the midst of work, preparing a new Crossing, getting in a fender bender, finding a dead body and having my 80 year old neighbor somehow mistakenly thinking my building was his building and knocking on my door at 2:30 in the morning on a 5 degree night, all the while Ďcelebratingí the holidays, letís just say itís been quite a month. But hey, Iím not complaining. This is Life, with death just on the other side of the door, doing its thing. The frozen dead body I found with my cousin? Well, thatís another story. (Apparently she suffered a heart attack and was found frozen to death before making it back home. May she rest in peace.)

Ronnie, according to the eulogy spoken by his sister, had the musical tastes of his young children and listened to whatever they listened to and I believe it. But, thatís not quite the way I remember it.

Now letís journey back to an earlier undisclosed time. It was the music of The Rolling Stones and The Who that I heard emanating from Ronnieís upstairs room. It was the early sounds of The Police, Boston, Sammy Hagar and even a little Ozzy that I most associate with my third oldest cousin. It was these sounds infused with my growing awareness of The Beatles and listening to rock stations KWWK and KSHE that helped inform my ever growing early tastes in music. Was Ronnie the biggest music fan ever? Not to my knowledge. But I know he embraced most everything that was thrown at him, including Life in a big, big way. Most of all his family whom he still embraces and encourages to live on and embrace all that Life has to offer. Ronnie always had a great big smile on his face. (We literally can not find a picture where Ronnie is not smiling. We donít think one exists.) Ronnie was a friend to everyone and a stranger to no one as evidenced by an EIGHT hour  wake in which, by the exhausting end of it, we were all convinced he was gonna pop out of the casket and claim it was all a big joke. How could this be? How could someone so full of Life pass away so suddenly? And thus is Life. For a family that is no stranger to tragedy, we can learn to deal again, yet still marvel at the curveballs thrown. All the while we embrace each other and love each other as best we can. If we turn on some music and remember one who has passed on, it can only help. Embrace each other. Embrace Life. ĎCause you never know when one or the other will be gone. And if you start to feel Ďshould I really dust off that old record/CD or watch that old comedy that I havenít heard or seen in a million years and are convinced I outgrew?' I think Ronnie would say Ďgo for it!í

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* The Who - Greatest Hits
* Elbow - Asleep in the Back
* Saosin - In Search of Solid Ground
* Rose Chronicles - Happily Ever After
* Gregg Rolie - Rain Dance
* Alicia Keys - The Element of Freedom
* Vedera - Stages
* Real Estate - S/T
* David Vandervelde - American Bread
* Kingís X - Tales from the Empire: Live in Cleveland 1992 (CD/DVD.)
* Kingís X - The Bigger Picture: 4th Album Pre-Production
* Big Head Todd & the Monsters - Red Rocks (CD/DVD.)
+ The Black Crowes - Cabin Fever


* Katherine McPhee - Unbreakable
* The Wreckery - Past Imperfect (2 CDís.)
* Steve Earle - Copperhead Road (Rarities Edition.)
+ Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
+ Final Destination
+ Adam


* Vampire Weekend - Contra
* Freedy Johnston - Rain in the City
* Sharon Shannon - Saints & Scoundrels
* Ringo Starr - Y Not
* Laura Veirs - July Flame
* Randy Kohrs - Quicksand
* Sidewalk Prophets - These Simple Truths
* OK GO - Of the Blue Colour of the Sky
* Seabird - Rocks into Rivers
* Blackwood Creek - S/T
* Melissa-Bel - Brave
* Brooke Fraser - What to Do with Daylight
* Eloy - Visionary
* Spin Gallery - Embrace
* On the Rise - Dream Zone
* Brainstorm - Memorial Roots
* Stone River - Valley of the Butterflies
* King Crimson - Lizard
* Jeff Scott Soto - One Night in Madrid
* Blockhead - The Music Scene
* O.A.R. - Rain or Shine: Live
* All Time Low - MTV Unplugged
* The Road soundtrack (Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.)
* The Guess Who - a few reissues
+ The Hurt Locker
+ The Burning Plain
+ Brothers at War
+ In the Loop
+ Amreeka
+ Moon
+ Departures
+ Fame
+ Big Fan
+ Post Grad
+ Passing Strange
+ Che
+ Halloween II


* The Eels - End Times
* The Editors - In this Light and On this Evening
* Tape Deck Mountain - Ghost
* Light This City - Hero Cycle
* Adrian Crowley - Season of Sparks
* Danny Barnes - Pizza Box
* Kevin Barker - You and Me
* Josephine Foster - Graphic as a Star
* Cold War Kids - Behave Yourself (EP.)
* Various Artists - Almost You: Songs of Elvis Costello
* Gretchen Wilson - Greatest Hits
* Jethro Tull - Living with the Past: Live 2001
+ Gamer
+ Pandorum
+ Outrage
+ Whiteout
+ The Invention of Lying
+ Magnolia (Blu-ray.)


* Patty Griffin - Downtown Church
* Blue Rodeo - The Things We Left Behind (2 CDís.)
* Ellis Paul - The Day After Everything Changed
* Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea
* Lady Antebellum - Need You Now
* Spoon - Transference
* Magnetic Fields - Realism
* Animal Collective - Campfire Songs
* Tal & Acacia - Wake Me
* The Heligoats - Goodness Gracious
* Royal City Riot - Whatever You Please
* I See Hawks in L.A. - Shoulda Been Gold: Best of
* Shurman - Still Waiting for the Sunset
* The Octagon - Warm Love and Cool Dreams Forever
* Enigma - Platinum Collection
* Taking Dawn - Time to Burn
* Alice Cooper - a few reissues
+ Michael Jacksonís This Is It
+ Whip It
+ Surrogates
+ The Boys are Back
+ Bright Star
+ Little Ashes


* Lifehouse - Smoke & Mirrors
* Monolake - Silence
* Midlake - The Courage of Others
* Album Leaf - A Chorus of Storytellers
* These New Puritans - Hidden
* Santana - Supernatural (Deluxe edition.)
+ Amelia
+ Zombieland
+ Cold Souls
+ New York, I Love You
+ Love Happens
+ Casablanca (Blu-ray.)
+ Mystic River (Blu-ray.)


* Allison Moorer - Crows
* Lynn Miles - Black Flowers (2 CDís.)
* Watson Twins - Talking to You, Talking to Me
* Massive Attack - Heligoland
* Hot Chip - One Life Stand
* Luther Allison - Songs from the Road (CD/DVD.)
* Brian Jonestown Massacre - a few reissues
* The Buzzcocks - a few reissues
* Trouble - a few reissues
* David Bowie - S/T (Deluxe edition.)
+ Couples Retreat
+ A Serious Man
+ The Stepfather
+ My One and Only
+ The Time Travelerís Wife


* Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back (Covers project.)
* Jim Campilongo - Orange
* Juliana Hatfield - Peace and Love
* Story of the Year - Constant
* Field Music - S/T
* The Errors - Come Down With Me
* The Bee Gees - Mythology (4 CD box set.)
+ Coco Before Chanel
+ Good Hair
+ Law Abiding Citizen


* Michelle Branch - Everything Comes and Goes
* Carrie Newcomer - Before & After
* Daniel Merriweather - Love & War
* The Rocket Summer - Of Men and Angels
* The Streets - Computers and Blues
* Past Lives - Tapestry of Webs
* The Shout Out Louds - Work
* Deadstring Brothers - Sao Paulo
* Alkaline Trio - This Addiction
* Was (Not Was) - Pick of the Litter: 1980-2010
* Julian Cope - Peggy Suicide (Deluxe edition.)
* Larry Kirwan - Rockiní the Bronx (book.)
+ The September Issue
+ Sorority Row
+ Cirque du Freak: The Vampireís Assistant
+ Paris


* Natalie Merchant - Leave Your Sleep
* Black 47 - Bankers and Gangsters
* The Whigs - In the Dark
* Rogue Wave - Permalight
+ Ponyo
+ Private Lives of Pippa Lee


* Jimi Hendrix - Valleys of Neptune (Unreleased final sessions.)
* Alberta Cross - The Broken Side of Time
* Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat the Devilís Tattoo
* Josh Rouse - El Turrista
+ Capitalism: A Love Story
+ The Stoning of Soraya M.
+ Planet 51


* Drive By Truckers - The Big To-Do
* The White Stripes - Under Great White Northern Lights: Live (CD/DVD.)
* Aiden - Live in Chicago (CD/DVD.)
* Armored Saint - La Raza
+ Astro Boy
+ Bandslam


* She & Him - Volume Two
* Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis
* Jonsi Birgisson - Go


+ The Baader Meinhof Complex


There isnít any one song I could pick for this month, but I thought this would be a good one.

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we'll see
No, I won't be afraid
Oh, I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
So, darling, darling

Stand by me
Oh, stand by me
Oh, stand
Stand by me
Stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
Or the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry
No, I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And, darling, darling

Stand by me
Oh, stand by me
Oh, stand
Stand by me
Stand by me.
Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the song ďStand By MeĒ as performed by Ben E. King was first released in 1961 and covered by many artists.

See you in February.

Chris Barlow

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