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The Farr Side column: 20 years of column has brought some recurring questions

David T. Farr
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St. James Plaindealer

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I have been writing The Farr Side column each week for more than 20 years. Where has the time gone?

I’ve been able to share some compelling things with you, including concert reviews, new music trends, artist interviews, TV trends and more. We shared the onset of “American Idol” and how we hated Simon, but later grew to appreciate him, and how the show transformed the musical landscape with talent we might not have had a chance to know.

We discussed “tribal councils” from “Survivor” and who was evicted on “Big Brother.” There were reviews of awards shows and televised music events that raised money for worthy causes. I’ve shared some personal matters in my life with you, too.

I receive quite a bit of email each week in response to my column. In some cases, more than 500 emails have come to me in a week’s time. I love them! I have regular responders as well as those who comment on my topic that week. When Justin Bieber was the topic, I think I received hate mail from just about every 12-year-old girl alive.

Once in a while, I’m asked about my personal views. I’ll share some of those in the next few weeks. Here are some common questions.

“Who is your favorite singer or band?” Answer: That’s probably the hardest question to answer, because it might change daily and that’s mainly because I go through phases. I have long appreciated the music of Simon & Garfunkel, Prince, Kenny Rogers, U2, Hall & Oates, Janet Jackson, Madonna, George Michael, Lionel Richie ... but Michael Jackson is still my favorite. I like The Beatles and Eagles. Each is an iconic band. But I appreciate the members of these bands better as solo artists. That’s going to surprise some of you, but it’s true. I find the music of John, Paul, George and Ringo better as solo artists than I do them as a group. (“Hey Jude” might be the exception.) As for the Eagles, it’s a similar thing. Don Henley, Glenn Fry, Timothy B. Schmidt, Joe Walsh and a few of the others have produced music in solo that I like more and that’s saying a lot because, like The Beatles, The Eagles have a fantastic repertoire.

“Why don’t you write about “Star Wars?” Answer: It does nothing for me. I have not watched any of the movies - not one! So does that make me a “Trekkie?” Nope! Not fond of the “Star Trek” franchise either. When I watch a movie I want to either laugh, be moved or learn something. If I’m lucky, I can get all three. Give me some popcorn, a blanket and throw in “Fried Green Tomatoes” or “As Good As It Gets” and I’m good to go.

“You write a lot about ‘Big Brother,’ ’Survivor’ and some of the music-based TV reality shows, but not about ‘The Bachelor,’ ‘The Bachelorette’ or the new ‘Love Island.’ Why?” Answer: I can’t see how anyone can fall in love with someone like they claim to do in front of a camera. It’s not real and neither are the appearances of most of the people on shows like these. Perhaps if the people looking for love looked more like people I see in everyday life, I might give it a try. Bring on some natural beauties who aren’t in dire need of a cheeseburger and some dudes with dad-bods. That’s more realistic!

I’ll continue this next week, too, as I’m sure this will generate some interesting responses.

David T. Farr can be reached at farrboy@hotmail.com.