The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 25, 2001 · Page 30
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 30

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, April 25, 2001
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2 WEDNESDAY. APRIL 25, 2001 APPLAUSE THE SAUNA JOURNAL Charlie Robinson, new poster boy for row boned country music By JIM PATTERSON Associated Press Writer NASHVILLE, Teim. (AP) — In the heyday of Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, Charlie Robison would be a shoo-in for country music stardom. Robison, 36, grew up poor in Texas. He was mentored by master songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. In their tradition, he writes songs with characters as finely etched as those in a Flannery O'Connor story. He's tail and handsome. He's part of a burgeoning family musical dynasty; married to Dixie Chick Emily Robison, brother to songwriter Bruce Robison and brother-in-law to singer KeUy Willis. He's a genuine cowboy who stiU works the ranch in Bandera, Texas, that's been in his family since the 1840s. He seUs out clubs all over the coimtry, especially vcv the Southwest. "We'U sell out a place, and the owner tells me that a week before a country musician with a Top 10 hit had come in and sold a hundred tickets," Robison said. "So you don't get angry, you don't feel like you're miss­ ing out on anything. You're doing better tlian people who are having all the success on the radio." His labelmate Billy Oilman isn't a teen-ager yet, and mushy ballads about perfect love have pushed the realism of Kris Kristofferson aside. Can Robison buck those trends? "I'm the right man for the job," he drawls on the opening song of "Step Right Up," his third albimi, and second for Sony The fellow in the song is actually bragging about his prowess with the ladies. He's one of several chai-acters who strut, floxmder and persevere in Robison's songs. The guy in "Desperate Times" goes from bored kid to soldier to police officer to bank robber to prisoner in just under six minutes. In "One in a Million," a slacker comes up with excuses for messing up that begin at ridiculous and spiral from there. By the end, he's claiming he was abducted by aliens. "The Wedding Song" is a duet with Dbde Chick Natalie Maines. It's not your typical Tim McGraw-Faith Hill gooey love song: "When I said I do/Well I slammed all the doors/To a futiure where I could see Paris in the spring/And I wasn't prepared for the weight of this ring/But we wiU get by, for the rest of our lives," Maines sings. "I love Tim and Faith, and they are good friends of mine," Robison said. "But when they sing 'Let's Make Love' on the Eiffel Tower ... the mjuority of people aren't going to be that. "I'm Idnd of writing for everybody else, that has to do the barbecue in the back yard." Meanwhile, McGraw is steering toward grittier Robison territory on his new album, "Set This Circus Down." Hill sings background on McGraw's version of the anguished "Angry All the Time," written by Bruce Robison. A sign of things to come? "When Nirvana came out, people felt disenfiranchised and music didn't really spesik to them anymore," Robison said. "I kind of feel that's the way people are feeUng right now." Due to the strong push he's getting from Sony, Robison finds himself today's poster boy for roots music aficionados hoping that a rawer country music sound will re-emerge on the radio. Last year the great hope was Allison Moorer and her fime album "The Hardest Part." Like others before her, radio stations passed on it. "I really don't feel like the guy in firont of the cavalry holding the flag," he said. "I definitely think (radio is) going to be open to a lot more stuff right now then they would have a few years ago when there was definitely a formula that was working. There's definitely NOT a formula that's working right now." Robison grew up in Bandera, outside of San Antonio. His father was a rancher and schoolteacher. "We were very poor growing up," he recalls. "We were land rich, but very poor It was a 14-hour day, for not much money." He formed bands with his brother firom the time they were teen-agers. He went to Southwest Texas State University on football and baseball scholarships, but quit after three years when a knee ityury knocked him off the football team. He moved to Austin to launch a music career, and played in bands like Two Hoots and a Holler before forming Ws own Millionaire Playboys. "Guy Clark kind of took me under his wing," Robison said. "Guy and Townes (Van Zandt) both. They taught me how to write. They taught me how to drink. They taught me a lot of things — to keep fighting the good fight.... These guys wrote real songs." His first album, "Bandera," was released in 1996. That caught the ear of Warner Bros, executives in Nashville, who signed him to a contract. The album he recorded for the company has never been released. "I've just never been more miserable in my Ufe," Robison said. "We had a big falling out about what songs were commercial. ... In hindsight it just really took the pressure off me. I was like, Tm just going to do what I do, and let things happen.' "And it's worked out perfectiy for me since then." New books explores intrigue, menlkil illness, Hollywood mothers By ANNE STEPHENSON Special for the Arizona Republic The Mountains of My Life by Walter Bonatti. Modem Library, $14.95 How strange it is that political intrigue finds its way even onto the highest and most majestic places in the world. Walter Bonatti, one of the greatest moimtain climbers of all time, makes tlus clear in his accovmt of the Italian attempt on K2 in 1954, during which, he says, he and a porter were abandoned by two companions, who made the smnmit while Bonatti and the porter slept tentiess in a storm at 26,000 feet, without sleeping bags or food. They siuvived, but afterward Bonatti was mysteriously vilified by his feUow climbers, and became a source of controversy in the European climbing community. More important, he became a solitary mountaineer who trusted only himself. Alone, he took difficult routes up the most difficult peaks, often in appalling weather He set new standards for achievement, and knew his share of tragedy. Facing the Wind by Julie Salamon. Random House, $24.95. Bob and Mary Rowe's second son, Christopher, was bom in 1965, blind, deaf, and brain­ damaged. His sorrowful parents rallied, deciding to keep him at home and raise him as normally as possible. It was dif- ficvilt, but they talked out their problems and set new standards for success. They even had a third child so that their oldest son would not be alone with Christopher when they were gone. Because of their dedication, the Rowes became an inspiration to other parents of handicapped children. Then, Never Sets" Year End School Parties Family & Class Reunions Church Youth Groups * Sport Banquet Meetings "wrt."" Employee Parties Ui.M SunrUnvcr l .aiic • 7KS-H27-')()9() In. A S,il. 111,1.111. • 11 11.111. Sun 1 n.iii. • lOn.iii. Your ^' Hearing Aid could be this small! 827-8911 1-800-448-0215 hEARJNq Healthcare Associates'' 234 S. Santa Fe, Salina Vlorker^s Special! $4.00 PER RIDE $3.50 Senior Citizens 7B5-B18-150y -r on Feb. 21,' 1978, Bob Rowe took a baseball bat and bludgeoned lus v/ife and children to death. Salamon traces Rowe's trial and acquittal on an insanity defense, his psychiatric treatment and remarriage. She also looks at how lus actions affected people who knew his family. Her disturbing but thought-provoking book raises questions: What separates mental Ulness from evil? How do we balance forgiveness with responsibility? Hollywood Moms by Joyce Ostin. Abrams, $29.95. Siu-e, scoff, but let's see you walk by this book without peeking. It's a fluffy premise, but Ostin, who has survived breast cancer, is donating aU of her proceeds to breast and ovarian cancer research, so we felt free to pore over her celebrity photographs before returning to our nintli reading of "War and Peace". We can tell you right now that Madonna is going to have big trouble some­ day (and who deserves it more?), because her Uttle daughter, Lourdes, will not have to wear strange outfits to attract the boys. " Your friend for Life... And Home and Auto. Call us fir insurance protection review. M We'll always bo there for you. 2737 BelmonI • 823-51 29 ^ E. Crawford Street Bistro & Cafe Chopped $/i95 Steak U Sunday Buffet Shrimp $ -| r|50 Scampi X \j ' Customized Catering! Tues.-Sat. 11-2, 5-9 • Sunday 11-2 1200 E. Crawford • 827-2728 The Original Sunflower Seed Cookies store 211 West Iron Open Tuesday-Friday 12-5, Saturday 10-5 & Sunday 1-5 i Water Well Drilling Services •Residential Soppiy •Lawn & Garden •Uve$tocl< •Pump Sales & Installation -Geothermal Heat Pump Wells •Professional Geological Services 785-826-1616 Salina, KS !^^Pettle's Flowers Flowers For All Occasions 785-825-6265 341 Center • Salina GIBSOW^ PHARMACY & OPTICAL Yes... We're Still Here!!! In the same location for 30 years! Specializing in Custom Prescription Compounding, Nebulizers & Respiratory Medication Medicare Provider " Medicaid • Commercial Insurance Locally Owned and Operated, Dan Daley, RPH 321 S. Broadway " In the Ace Home Center Salina, KS 67401 ' 785-825-0524 » 785-825-6540 (fax) [t the whole story... notjqst a two second headline. Turn to the Saiina Joumal for complete coverage of local andiKltional news, weather, and sports. Call (78^y5<23-6363 or l-800-827-63§3 to subscribe today to Salina Journal FAMILY INFORMATION ^^^^ ®^ ^ J) Asset 137-"Personal Power The Search Institute, a non-profit organization that specializes in research on children and youth, has identified 40 developmental assets which act as predictors of behavior - the more assets a young person has, the less likely they are to engage in high-risk behavior. Kids feel that they have control over many things that happen to them. 42% of local youth surveyed have this asset in their lives. Asset Building Activities; 1. Children have many different interests and talents. Encouraging them to follow their interests can give them a sense of power. 2. Slowly introduce infants to new experiences. Watch how they respond, so you know when they're ready for more. 3. Toddlers say "No" as part of developing a sense of independence. Be patient and positive with them. 4. Give children the freedom to play and experiment with different toys. Their sense of personal power grows when they can make choices. 5. Find ways for children to feel proud of their accomplishments. Scout badges or 4-H ribbons are a great " way to help build a child's personal power. 6. Teenagers can learn to prepare balanced meals, pay bills, do • laundry, etc.-skills they'll need once they're on their own. Have them take on some responsibilities around the house. Source: Search Institute, Minneapolis, MN Mav Calendar mm *Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program information sessions. Wednesday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 at 5:30 p.m. Located at 227 N. Santa Fe, Suite 305. Call 825-5509 for more information. Consumer Credit Counseling Service Credit Facts May 14,6:30-7:30 pm Improving Your Money Skills May 15, 6:30-8:30 pm. Located at 1201 W. Walnut. Cost is $5.00 per family. 827-6731. *DVACK Domestic Violence Support Group Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Sexual Assault Support Group Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Teen Sexual Assault Group Mondays, 4-5:00 p.m. Call 827-5862 or 800-874-1499. *NCK Chap, of the American Red Cross First Aid Basics, May 8,6:30 pm to 9:30 pm & May 19,9 am to 12 pm Child/Infant CPR, May 19, 1 - 5pm & May 22,6 - 10pm, Call: (785) 827-3644 *SalinaVWCA Free Your Mind Dance Jr. High swim/dance 6-8 pm. High school, grades 9-12 swim/dance, 9-11 pm. Admission $3 includes snacks and DJ. "Free Your Mind"- After school and summer program offered to students ages 11-14. Underlying theme is to accept each person for who they are, in an unconditional atmosphere of love and respect. Costs $75 per person for the year and includes youth membership, t-shirt, and daily snacks. Week days, Monday-Friday after school 3:30-7:00 pm. May 1-25. Teen Volunleers-Tcens interested in helping with summer swim lessons meet for the YWCA Orientation meeting. May 24, 5 pm. Will include safety demonstrations and swimming. Bring your suits. For all events contact the YWCA at 825-4626. For more information about the Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth Initiative, contact Salina Area United Way, (785) 827-1312 'Supported by donations to United Way Information gathered and coordinated by Salina Area United Way •Ashby House, Life Skills Classes Includes budgeting, nutrition, responsive discipline, job readiness, house cleaning tips. Call 826-4935. *CAPS- " Positive Discipline Free parenting class with free childcare provided for children ages 1-11. Monday 6:00-8:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. 8th, call 825-4493 Morning Out for MOMS/DADS Free licensed child care (income based) for children 3 wks to 5 yrs old. Tues. - Fri., 9:00- 11:30 a.m., United Methodist Church, 122 N 8th. For reservations call 825-4493. Hospice of Salina, Inc., Inner Peace, our adult support group, is held the fourth Sunday of each month at 2pm at the Hospice office, 333 S. Santa Fe , 825-1717. Salina-Saline County Health Department, 125 West Elm. Family & Children Services. Call 826-6602 for clinic dates & times. No one will be refused services if unable to pay. Services Include: Immunizations for Children and Adults; Well-Child Clinics; WIC; Family Planning Services; Expectant Parents Classes. •Salina Cares Health Clinic, 125 W. Elm, Clinic Hours, Mon. & Thurs., 6:30 p.m. to close. Must call , 826-6609 for appointment. If you are concerned that a child may be neglected or abused, call The Protection Report Center: 1-800922-5330. Child without health insurance? Call HealthWave at 800-792-4884. •Central Kansas Foundation is your source for info about drugs, alcohol, family issues and other prevention topics. Books and videos are available. Call 825-6224. Heartland SHARE provides a quality affordable monthly package of food to those who are willing to help themselves and others. Call Salina Senior Center, 827-9818 Bike Helmets $10 each. Offered by Salina Parks and Rec. & the Salina Safe Kids Chapter. Call 826-7434. Look for meetings and events on the Community Calendar at Salina Regiona. the Salina Journal

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