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Kneeling for a Better America

Kneeling during the National Anthem does not mean you are un-Patriotic. It does not mean you do not respect the service of veterans. It does not mean you do not like America.


To the contrary, it means you care so much for this country that you want it to live up to its Declaration that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”


Kneeling professional football players are exercising the First Amendment to the Constitution which states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”


This is the platform they have to air their incredibly legitimate grievances. If the peaceful protests are not allowed, it is a violation of the Executive Oath of Office which the President took in January when he stated, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.  So help me, God.”


It does not seem that he is preserving, protecting, or defending the Constitution in this situation.


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.

Unfinished Songs at NFL Games

New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Champions

Sunday, the New York Giants won another thrilling game.  This time they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite uncalled holding penalties against them, losing three important offensive players to injuries, and a this is not done in the NFL end to the game.

Quirky T has always wondered why during NFL games they never play a complete song.  I understand when they start a song between plays, they have to stop the song once play resumes.  The actual game, after all, is the reason to be at the stadium.  But why can’t they pick up the song where it left off once the play is over?  Some plays are so quick so it wouldn’t be too long a pause in the song.

It would be nice to hear a whole song at a game.  The one song I always heard in its entirety at Giants games was played before the game began.  It’s called “You Get What You Give” by the New Radicals.
Actually, I have only heard this song at Giants games.   Take a look at the lyrics; they are quite interesting.  After seeing the lyrics, I don’t know why this song was chosen to be played at Giants games.

Guitar Train passengers, which songs do you like to hear at NFL games?  Would you like to hear whole songs even in segments?  Or is just a snippet of the beginning of a song good enough for you?  Hop aboard the Guitar Train and tell Quirky T what you think.

As always, all Guitar Train passengers should keep in mind that anything posted on the Guitar Train blog must NOT contain profanity or ethnic, racial, gender, or physical insensitivity.  If you don’t like a musician’s music, only make comments on his or her music, not on his or her looks.  In this case, no derogatory comments about sports teams.  Anyone who violates this will have to disembark at the next stop on the Guitar Train and will not be allowed back on the train.

– This post was conducted by Quirky T exclusively for The Guitar Train.

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