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Monday, April 25, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

Does music create memories? Or do memories create music? Chicken or egg? How about an omelet?

Many of us hear a song, and it brings us back to a certain place or event. A family wedding. A high school prom. A college party. Or, if you are like me, some even younger years.

I recall being a 7-year-old boy and hearing KC and the Sunshine Band’s “Shake Your Booty” on the radio. I asked my mother and teenage sister what a booty was, and I recall them laughing and telling me that it was what a baby wore on its feet. I bought it.

Any country music (or country western, as Mom calls it) from George Jones, Conway Twitty or Buck Owens brings back memories of their records spinning on the console stereo in the living room of my childhood home.

Songs from Foreigner, Foghat and the “Grease” soundtrack remind me of my riding along with my brother Brian in the 1970s in his Monte Carlo while cranking the volume knob on the 8-track stereo.

Any songs from Meat Loaf hark back to when we were able to bring music to our fourth-grade class at St. Cecilia’s, and Jimmy Degen played “Paradise By The Dashboard Light.” Sister Ellen wasn’t as amused as Jimmy was.

Songs from Elton John, The Captain and Tennille, and ELO conjure memories of hearing them play over the scratchy loudspeaker between announcements (“Please clear the water for the 10-to-3 rest period”) while swimming as a kid at our city pool.

When I hear music from Def Leppard, The Scorpions or Ozzy Osbourne, I am reminded of our high school wrestling room practices and the cassettes that my teammate Jason Etherington would play.

On the other side of the music are the songwriters and their inspiration. Some of my favorite songs are from writers’ personal experiences penned into legendary music. Gordon Lightfoot. Jim Croce. Alan Jackson. John Denver. And many more.

Yes, music — and the memories it produces — can make us smile, laugh, reminisce… and even shake a booty.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Another breezy day is ahead with a high near 51. Tuesday and Wednesday will be warmer. Slight rain chances return Thursday, with better chances Friday night into Saturday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Monday, April 25, 5-9 p.m. at Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave., Des Moines

Moontower is opening for Weathers on their Spring 2022 tour! Show is ALL AGES. Get Tickets.

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FROM KCCI: 'This is genocide': Sen. Ernst calls for more help to Ukraine

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says inflation and the war in Ukraine are top of mind for the Iowans she's spoken to at recent town halls. She told KCCI that she agreed with President Biden's remarks in Iowa last month when he used the term "genocide" to describe Russia's actions in Ukraine.. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: House GOP vs Senate GOP? Here’s what Iowa House Speaker says about it

DES MOINES, Iowa — Statehouse standoff? Stalemate? Showdown? Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley describes the disagreement over several issues between his Republicans in the house and Republicans in the senate as “actually healthy.” READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Man dead, another charged with first-degree murder in Saturday night shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa — A man is dead and another is in custody after a shooting late Saturday in the 1900 block of Hackley Avenue; near the Des Moines International Airport.. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Co-Working Space
1. Gravitate
2. Blue Bean
3. Collaborate DSM


On the Road

Iowa Living magazines feature people who drive for a living.

Jerry Schrock drove the iconic boxy, brown “package truck” for the United Parcel Service (UPS) for 32 years in the Adel area.

“It was a joy watching the excitement of people receiving deliveries: parts or items that were needed, important documents that completed a business transaction, or the parcels that turned into Christmas gifts,” says Schrock. “I really enjoyed getting to know the positive people of Adel welcoming me into their businesses, onto their homes’ porches, and onto their farms for deliveries they were expecting.

“I was able to meet all types of people in my role as a delivery driver,” he adds. “The people of Adel were so supportive and appreciative. That made delivering in a small town very special.”

From the April issue of Adel Living magazine.

Keep Iowa Beautiful

Iowa Wildlife
1st Place: William Beardsley of Estherville
Robert D. Ray Best of Show Award Winner – Third Place

Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Al Pacino, Renée Zellweger, Gina Torres, Jason Lee, Hank Azaria, Talia Shire, Daniel Sharman, Sara Paxton, Joe Buck, Sofia Helin, Jillian Bell, Len Goodman

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle
How did the musician turtle get off his back?
HE ROCKED AND ROLLED! This was a popular one! Thanks for sending in Gail Tomlinson, Lori Bluml, Judy Anderson, William Snyder, Barry Laws, Gail Pecht


What is huge, grayish, and can send people to sleep?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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