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Top Five

This old blog is coming up on two years in the blogosphere – that’s eight years in Internet time according to my e-marketing friends.

In these most recent 24 months, several blog posts have risen to the top as “most popular or frequented,” at the Land of 10,000 Perspectives. While they aren’t necessarily my favorites, I’m proud of the page views they’ve generated.

The Top Five Frequented Posts include:

1. Friday Philosophy – Shivering (11,195 page views). Here I lament about the sub-zero temperatures Minneapolis dips into each January. But really it’s the picture of frostbitten fingers that most visitors are after.  Can you say purple and black?

2. Crazy for Madonna – Or Just Crazy Madonna (7,572 page views). In the post about the Material Girl, I compare her early good looks to her witchy 50-year-old smile. I’ve received a lot of hate e-mails about this post from Madonna lovers. I just can’t get over the fact that she looks haggy. Guess all that material wealth hasn’t helped in the looks department.

3. Cities 97 Sampler Volume 20 (3,025 page views). For 20 years, local FM radio volume-20station, Cities 97, has produced a CD of indie, rock and alt songs. The CD sells out in the Twin Cities in a matter of hours. Its popularity has a cult following and I’ve seen the entire set of CDs sell for more than $350 at charity auctions. By the way, proceeds from the CD go to charities in Minnesota.  Nice goin’ Cities 97!

4. “Skinny Love” – Bon Iver (2,771 page views). Wisconsin native Justin Vernon issued his “Forever For Emma,” CD eons ago, it seems, to much critical acclaim. This post gets hits because I’ve posted the lyrics to the song, which I am want to do with most of the tunes I post on the site.

5. Cities 97 Sampler Volume 19 (2,650 page views). See previous graph about Volume 20. By the way, my favorite Sampler CD of all time is Volume 14. You can check out all the Samplers and their song lists here.

There you have it. The Top-Five all time greatest posts on my blog.  More to come, so bookmark the page and stay tuned.



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Sampler Vol 19The new Cities 97 Sampler CD is out…errr…well, it was out this morning at 8 a.m. You can see all the artists and songs on Volume 19 of this CD (all exclusive performances) by clicking the link above.

For those readers living outside of the Twin Cities metro area, Cities 97 is an FM radio station playing alternative and indie artist music along with “the best music of the ’80s, ’90s and today.” It’s a highly rated station in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region.

Each year, as musicians come through on tours and promotional visits, they are invited to sit down in the station’s “Studio C” and play for a small audience. The best performances are recorded and through the magic of negotiation and coordination with charitable organizations in the state, and the goodness of the hearts of the artists themselves, the station puts together a compilation of the best music of the year. It’s sold each November, exclusively at Target stores. And within an hour, it’s usually sold out.

Why the demand? Through agreements made with the artists, the station can only press about 30,000 copies of the CD. It sells for $20 on the day of the offering, but is often found on eBay for two and three times that much. The artists waive any royalties they would otherwise make from their performances in support of the charities that receive the proceeds from the CD.

This has been going on for 19 years and I’m proud to say I have all 19 Samplers…a complete set!


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