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Jennifer Knight

Denver

When I open this magazine, I expect to see my neighbors, friends, and friends of friends of Denver making this beautiful city what it is and having a paper represent and show off what they are doing! But I can barely read the scrawny black-and-white print that pathetically tries to tell their story.

Cut out the obnoxious overflow of ads. Everything that is in color should not be in color. This magazine, even though it's free, is a waste of time and money.

Kaine Walsh

Denver

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Jef Otte, July 7
Cover Girl

Jef Otte demonstrates his bias by insulting the easy targets and not knowing much about the subject. Tom Petty and Katrina and the Waves do have legal standing: See Jackson Browne v. John McCain in 2008. The McCain campaign ended up owing money to Browne because of copyright infringement. But the larger issue is how often people misinterpret the lyrics of songs. "Born in the USA" is about the loss of the American dream, not a jingoistic, feel-good song about being American. "American Girl" is about a party girl wanting to get laid — which, I guess, is a feel-good song about being American. A more appropriate song for Michele Bachmann would be the Guess Who's "American Woman," but since that is a Canadian band, she could use the Lenny Kravitz cover. This would actually be closer to this article's premise that Bachmann is a sequel — more like a cover version, I think. Same shtick, different person.

Wade Sears

Posted at westword.com

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Sourlemons
Sourlemons

To Wade Sears - who commented on Jeff Otte's column. I agree with your take on copyright infringement for artists, and I agree with your contention that too many songs are lyrically misinterpreted. Here's where we part ways - you offer two examples and you are incorrect as to the actual meaning of either song, wildly off, which is somewhat ironic given your vehemence. First of all, "Born In the USA" by Bruce Springsteen is often misunderstood but it is not as you say, about the loss of the American dream, it is about the plight of the Vietnam Veteran - and the unfair treatment they received upon returning home - period, end of story. As it relates to 'American Girl' by Tom Petty it is not about "a party girl trying to get laid". It is about becoming jaded, youthful angst, lost love, and a yearning to escape a small town existance. I offer to you as proof - "She couldn't help thinking that there, Was a little more to life, somewhere else", along with the verse..."And for one desperate moment there, He crept back in her memory,God it's so painful, something that's so close,And still so far out of reachIn fact, Tom Petty, who is from Gainesville, Florida and had a rough childhood, has written many songs about escaping small towns - "One Story Town", "Last Dance with Mary Jane", "Here Comes My Girl", and many, many more. What do any of them have to do with Michelle Bachmann - I haven't a clue either, but I coudln't let that misinformation perpetuate.

 
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