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Am I Fan Enough?


New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Champions

New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Champions

Quirky T has always held a high standard for being a fan. I don’t think you can call yourself a fan unless you are really invested in the object of your fandom. I am a New York Giants football fan and I have to watch every single game every season. I don’t think anyone can call themselves a fan of an NFL team unless they watch every single game played by their favorite team. NFL teams only play 20 games (including preseason) plus playoff games each year. It’s not much of a time commitment – one day a week for 5 months to watch these games. And if you’re a sports fan, watching the games is the least you can do. There’s also reading about your team and watching sports news shows about your team.

New York Yankees logo

Baseball, on the other track, is much more of a time commitment since there are 162 regular season games and then possibly the playoffs. The games are on practically every day for six months. I call myself a huge New York Yankees fan but even I can’t watch every game. I do try to watch as many as possible and check out the box scores for the games I miss. I would never miss watching a Yankees playoff game.


As far as music, what level of listening and knowledge of a musician/ group do you have to have call yourself a fan? Do you have to have heard every song to be considered a fan? If you like the music, why wouldn’t you make the effort to hear everything they ever recorded?

Beatles framed photos

For The Beatles, I think there are clearly defined levels of fandom. In my mind, everyone is a basic Beatles fan since everyone knows and likes at least some songs by the group. Fanatics are the next level of Beatles fans. These people have all the Beatles’ albums and know the band’s story. Beatlemaniacs are the next level. They have all the albums plus the CDs of previously unreleased demos and songs. They read the numerous books on the band and watch all the documentaries. They listen to the solo works of the Fab Four. The Beatlemaniacs know who wrote and sings each Beatles song.

The Beatles Anthology book

Now I’m wondering if I can really call myself a fan of my all five all time favorite musical artists/groups. As far as The Beatles, I have heard every song they ever recorded. I’ve read many books and watched many documentaries. As I wrote in a previous post, I have not listened to all The Beatles’ solo recordings, especially those of John Lennon and Ringo Starr. I will be writing about that in a future Guitar Train stop. I am comfortable with calling myself a Beatles fanatic. I’ll let others judge whether I am a Beatlemaniac or not.

Cuts Both Ways

I have all of Gloria Estefan’s CDs in English and Spanish except for her latest which is a remake of The Standards. That music just doesn’t appeal to me. I know Gloria’s biography and have seen her in concert several times. I think I qualify as a fan of hers.


"Secada" English CD cover

“Secada” English CD cover

I started listening to Jon Secada from his debut CD in 1992. I bought all his CDs since then except for his remake of The Standards. Again, that type of music does not appeal to me. I know his basic biography and have seen him in concert. I think I also qualify as a fan of his.





I started listening to Genesis in 1986 with their album, “Invisible Touch”. I then went back to listen to their earlier albums as far back as when Peter Gabriel was the lead singer. I don’t like the Peter Gabriel songs because they are too strange for me. I’m just not a fan of his music. I’ve heard every Phil Collins led Genesis song since “Invisible Touch” and I have seen them in concert several times. I know the band’s biography. So I can call myself a fan of the band (post Peter Gabriel).

cu Huey Lewis Sports poster

I boarded the Huey Lewis and the News train in 1983 with their great album, “Sports”. I’ve stayed on that train for 31 years. I was derailed with 2010’s “Soulsville”, their remakes of soul songs. I just couldn’t get into it. I haven’t taken the time to go back and listen to pre 1983 songs or to really listen to their albums after 1991’s “Hard at Play”. I know the basic biography of Huey Lewis but not the other band members. So am I really a fan? I’ve seen them in concert several times and would definitely buy any new music they release.


Guitar Train passengers, have you heard every song by your favorite musicians? If not, why not? What constitutes a fan?

Also, tell me if you think I should give Peter Gabriel led Genesis songs another listen.


Next month, the Guitar Train will take another detour off the music track. Hop aboard to read what Quirky T is ranting about this time.



NFL Shield

Thanksgiving is one of Quirky T’s favorite holidays because it contains three of her favorite things – food, family, and football.  It has all of the fun, family, and food of Christmas without the gift giving anxiety.  Any holiday centered on an abundance of food has to be good.  I love that the NFL has added a third football game at night so there’s even more football to watch.  The only anxiety I have is if the New York Giants are playing that day.  If they lose, it ruins the holiday a little for me.

Thanksgiving has been increasingly skipped over in recent years.  It seems that stores go from having Halloween candy on their shelves right to Christmas decorations without anything for Thanksgiving.  Now on Thanksgiving Day itself, stores are open to start Christmas shopping.  I can’t believe that even after a man actually died in the chaos of shoppers rushing into a store, they still have door buster specials that caused such fatal insanity.  Why can’t people just relax and enjoy Thanksgiving at home, at their families’ or friends’ house, or at a restaurant?  The consumer products will still be there the next day.  And if they aren’t, were they really necessary for your life?  Would they really bring you happiness and everything you desire?

So this Thanksgiving, Guitar Train passengers, let’s relax, eat much great food, enjoy our family and friends, watch football, listen to music, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Next month, the Guitar Train presents Christmas Songs.

Happy Month on the Guitar Train

October is Happy Month on the Guitar Train because October makes Quirky T happy. I love October with football, fabulous food, and fabulous weather. I love the cooler temperatures of fall, my favorite season, as well as its blue skies and colorful leaves.

New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Champions

New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Champions

Being a huge New York Giants fan, I’m excited about NFL football in October. Unlike past seasons at this point, the Giants games so far have not made me happy.



New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte signed photo

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte signed photo

October usually means New York Yankees playoff baseball. Unfortunately, there won’t be any postseason games for the Yankees after an incredibly injury-filled, tough season. As a long time fan, it was one of the hardest seasons to watch. Too bad Mariano Rivera, baseball’s all time greatest closer, and the great pitcher, Andy Pettitte, couldn’t end their amazing careers with another World Series win.



corn maze -overheadinside corn maze
My other favorite October activities are apple picking, navigating corn mazes, and exploring haunted houses. I love eating fresh Macintosh apples, apple crumble, and hearty stews in the fall.


Music, as always, is something that makes me happy. Two artists whose songs particularly make me happy are Lou Monte and Weird Al Yankovic.



Loe Monte CD cover
Lou Monte is an Italian American singer from the 1950’s. He sang novelty songs in both English and Italian. His songs are fun and unique. His most popular songs are “Dominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey”) and “Lazy Mary (Luna Mezza Mare)”. My favorite Lou Monte songs are “Lazy Mary”, “Calypso Italiano”, and “Mama Get the Hammer (There’s a Fly on Papa’s Head)”. All these songs are on the CD, “The Very Best of Lou Monte”. His music just makes me happy with its fun scenarios and sometimes silliness.


Weird Al has built a whole career on making people laugh. His parodies of popular songs are hysterical and genius. I really admire his genius in parodying songs of many different musical genres in a way that is mostly non-offensive to the original artist.

I just recently heard Weird Al’s parody of Huey Lewis and the News’ “I Want a New Drug” called “I Want a New Duck”. I loved it, very funny. My other favorite Weird Al songs are

1. “Eat It” – a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”
2. “Another One Rides the Bus” – a parody of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”
3. “Bob” – a spot on parody of Bob Dylan which illustrates many things that annoy me about him
4. “Dog Eat Dog” – a parody of the Talking Heads’ musical style

For a good sampling of Weird Al’s parodies and original songs, I recommend the two CD set, “The Essential Weird Al Yankovic.”


Guitar Train passengers, is there any music you listen to that makes you (intentionally) laugh?

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