Archive for October, 2011

Rock ’n’ roll lives, but . . .

October 21, 2011

Taken from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette Editorial page on 10-21-11



Rock ’n’ roll music is littered with larger-than-life pronouncements about youth, aging and mortality. Here’s an update on some of the most famous:

“Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?”

Paul McCartney wrote that for the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album back in 1967. Well, Sir Paul passed that significant birthday more than five years ago and still basks in the warm glow of love, respect and admiration from his international fan base. He filled Yankee Stadium twice in July, and just wed for a third time this month.

“Too old to rock ’n’ roll, too young to die.”

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull turned 64 in August and has tour dates listed on his website that will carry him and the group through 2012, performing their Thick as a Brick album in its entirety for the first time in 40 years.

Then there’s the oldest, boldest, prematurest proclamation of them all: “I hope I die before I get old!” Pete Townshend is far beyond fulfilling the arrogance-of-youth declaration he wrote in 1965 at age 20. He turned 66 in May and is still productive in rock ’n’ roll. To paraphrase the kind affirmation by septuagenarian Bob Dylan: “Pete was so much older then, he’s younger than that now.”

Finally, there’s this one: “Can you imagine us years from today sharing a park bench quietly? How terribly strange to be 70.” Twenty-something songwriter Paul Simon penned those words for the song “Old Friends” on Simon & Garfunkel’s classic Bookends album back in 1968. Well, hold on to your AARP card, everybody: Simon turned 70 last week. And Art Garfunkel reaches that same milestone on November 5th.

What are we aging baby boomers to make of all this? How about: “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” That quote from Groucho Marx should lighten up this subject, which furrows the brow of many soon-to-be or already-are senior citizens. Let’s face it. Any self-respecting boomer who isn’t thinking about mortality is just fooling himself. The clock is ticking. The days are dwindling down to a precious few. And the conveyor belt to the dustbin of eternity is picking up speed. But I still say our collective generational response to all of this should be a loud and clear:

Carpe diem!

Or in the more recent, equivalent, phrase of a dying Warren Zevon, in his last interview on Letterman: “Enjoy every sandwich.”

The best antidote to age anxiety can be found in the writings of Viktor Frankl, the late Holocaust survivor and originator of the school of psychotherapy known as logotherapy. In his ageless book Man’s Search for Meaning, he included a passage describing why young people should envy their elders: “Instead of possibilities in the future, they have realities in the past — the potentialities they have actualized, the meanings they have fulfilled, the value they have realized — and nothing and nobody can ever remove these assets from the past.”

Amen to that.

Remember the million-dollar quartet? Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis gathered to record together at Sun Records in Memphis on a December day in 1956—a session that inspired the recent Broadway musical. Only Lewis is still alive, so he called the album he released 50 years later Last Man Standing. One of his best songs is “Rockin’ My Life Away.”

Those are words to live by. And, by the way, when Lewis (aka The Killer) made an appearance on American Bandstand on Thanksgiving Day 1957, the other guests on the show were a couple of kids from Queens who called themselves Tom and Jerry, promoting their teen hit “Hey Schoolgirl.” Their real names? Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

How terribly strange to be 70? Not so much. Writing this has made me hungry. I think I’ll turn on Dylan and make myself a sandwich.

Pete Fornatale, a longtime New York radio personality, is author of Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock.

Zyndall Raney – Raney Recording Studios

October 17, 2011

Here is where Happenstance recorded their first CD!!

Zyndall Raney

From first note to finished product

Staff Writer

Zyndall Raney sat on the bench at his black Yamaha grand piano and began to play a medley of songs in his studio in Drasco.
“A little boogie-woogie,” he said with a laugh, never missing a note as he continued to play more snippets of songs. “That was an old Floyd Cramer song; he was a good friend of mine.”
For his lifetime of achievements, Raney, 64, was recently inducted into the George D. Hay Foundation and Music Hall of Fame. Raney said his father, Wayne Raney, had been inducted into five halls of fame.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Raney made his career in almost every aspect of the music business, from performing to producing to manufacturing. Another thing Raney and his father had in common was that they were both born in the same log cabin in Wolf Bayou. The cabin is now at the William Carl Garner Visitor Center in Heber Springs, not because two famous men were born there, but because it was the first cabin built in Cleburne County that had windows, Raney said.

The Raney men worked together hosting a radio program that was broadcast on 126 stations. Also in the mid’50s, Zyndall and Wayne were on another show in California called California Hayride.

Zyndall said he played rhythm guitar for his father, who had his own segment on the show. Also on the show were Cal Smith, who was known for his 1974 hit “Country Bumpkin”; George Hayes, who was better known as Gabby Hayes in Western movies; and Johnny Rivers.

Meanwhile, in Concord, Wayne had set up Rimrock Manufacturing Co., which was not only a recording studio, but also manufactured LPs and 45s. In 1961, when Zyndall was 16, he moved back to Concord to help build the family business.

Also a sideman for several bands, Zyndall said he joined the McCoys and played organ and sang third-part harmony in the band’s song “Hang on Sloopy,” which was a No. 1 hit in October 1965.

Working for performers such as Charlie Rich, Jerry Lee Lewis and Mel Tillis, Zyndall was not only the opening and closing act for them, but he kept their pianos tuned. He also played piano on the demo cut for Rich’s hit “Behind Closed Doors.”

In 1974, Stax Records in Memphis, Tenn., bought Rimrock, but Zyndall continued to work with the company.

“We would commute back and forth from the Batesville airport to the Memphis airport in a Cessna 410 as much as six times a day,” Zyndall said. “We did some demo cuts for Aretha Franklin to decide if we wanted to contract her or not.” Zyndall said that although he voted for her, the majority of the board members decided not to contract Franklin. “The rest voted her out,” he said. “The rest is history. She went to Atlantic.” He said because it would cost about $1 million to record and promote an artist, the board didn’t believe she was a good risk. “I told them, ‘This lady is unique enough — she can sell.’ Well, their opinion was different,” he said.

After Stax bought out Rimrock, the Raneys signed a noncompete agreement for seven years.

“I got serious about building this company on June 12, 1990,” he said about his current Raney Recording Studio, which he runs with his son, Jon. “I got busy and worked day and night and had 35 employees at one point.”

Because Jon’s mother, Mary, helped Zyndall in the business, Jon literally grew up in a recording studio. He said he got to witness history. “I got to see Elvis in the early 1970s do some dubbing,” Jon said about growing up at Rimrock in Concord. “He could come up here at midnight, and nobody would know.” In fact, Jon said, he still has the 1957-era 667 Neumann microphone that Elvis used. “I still use it at the studio,” he said.

He also recalled when Ike and Tina Turner came to Concord to make a recording. “ They had to smuggle them out of town,” Jon said, “because the KKK had gotten wind that they were here. Several black people had to come in at night [to record] and leave,” Zyndall added. “Cleburne County didn’t accept blacks at all. That’s changed now, for the good. The younger folks are more accepting.”

Another achievement of which Zyndall is quite proud is a song he wrote with his father. “My dad and me wrote a gospel song, ‘We Need a Whole Lot More of Jesus (And a Lot Less Rock and Roll),’ he said. “Linda Ronstadt thought enough of it to record it.”

Jon said the reason the Raneys set up shop in Drasco is because it’s home. “Most of our business is out of state, and in the last two months, I’ve recorded six to eight albums,” Jon said.

Raney Recording Studio is still going strong, but in the 1990s, it produced more than 90 albums a year and manufactured more than a quarter million cassettes per year.

“ Times have changed, people have changed, and the way you do business has changed,” Zyndall said.

Staff writer Jeanni Brosius can be reached at (501) 244-4307 or jbrosius@arkansasonline. com.

Up close – getting to know Zyndall Raney

  • Birth date: Feb. 9, 1944
  • Birthplace: Wolf Bayou, Ark.
  • First musical instrument: A Bigsby guitar given to me when I was 7 by Lefty Frizzell
  • Which side of the music business I like best: Whichever side the money is on

Zyndall Raney, a longtime musician, is the owner of Raney Recording Studio, which he runs with his son, Jon Raney.

Zyndall Raney of Drasco has spent most of his life pursuing his interest in music. Recently, he was inducted into the George D. Hay Foundation and Music Hall of Fame.

Helpful article from Win7 News on Permissions, Rights and Privileges

October 1, 2011

Talking Tech: Permissions, Rights and Privileges

You know the old saying: “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” That might be true in an old analog world, but in the digital domain if you don’t have permission, you just might be up a creek. Access to the resources that you need on a computer or network requires that you have the proper permissions – but many folks don’t understand how that works, and get confused by talk of rights, permissions and privileges. This week, we’re going to attempt to straighten out some of that confusion.

In Windows, in general, users have rights and privileges set on them; resources (files, folders, printers, entire drives) have permissions set on them (although access permissions are actually a type of user right). You need a user account to log on, and each user is identified by his/her account. There are some built-in user accounts, including the Administrator account and accounts that are used by Windows itself to run its services, but here we’re talking about individual user accounts that you create.

To make administration easier, user accounts are members of groups. That way, rights can be assigned to a whole group, or you can set a file’s permissions to apply to a whole group. The two most-used groups are the administrative group and the standard users group, but there are other built-in groups such as backup operators, print operators, power users, guests, etc. The built-in groups have certain pre-defined rights. You can also create your own groups. For purposes of this discussion, we’re talking about local users and groups, which apply to a specific computer. In a business network based on Windows Server Active Directory, you also have network-wide user and group accounts called domain accounts, but we’ll keep it simple and not get into that this time.

User rights refer to what all users with that type of user account can do. For example, you have standard user rights and administrative rights. Privileges are a type of user right that allows the user to do specific administrative tasks, such as shutting down the system or installing new software. To further confuse matters, the type of user right that defines what operations a user can perform on network resources (for example, creating files in a folder) is called access permissions.

File and folder permissions, printer permissions, etc. are set on the individual resource. There are two kinds of these: share permissions (also called shared folder permissions) and file-level permissions (also called NTFS permissions or security permissions). The latter apply only to files and folders on partitions that are formatted in NTFS. Shared folder permissions, as the name implies, can only be set on folders (or entire drives), not individual files. To set share permissions: In Windows 7, right click a folder or drive letter in Explorer and select Share with, then Specific people … . In the dialog box, you can select the users on your network with whom you want to share.

NTFS or file level permissions are entirely separate from the shared folder permissions. A big difference is that the shared folder permissions only apply to someone accessing the folder across the network. NTFS or file level permissions apply to persons accessing across the network, too, but also to persons logged onto your local computer.

So if another user sits down there and logs on with a different user account from yours, the NTFS permissions can prevent him/her from accessing the file or folder. To set NTFS permissions, right click the file or folder and click Properties. Then click the Security tab. Here you can select the users and/or groups with which you want to share the file or folder. You can see in the screenshot that there are a number of different permissions you can assign to each user or group: ranging from read only to full control. Here is a YouTube video that shows you how to configure NTFS permissions in Windows 7.

Don’t see a Security tab when you right click a file or folder? If you have simple file sharing enabled on XP, you won’t see it. You also won’t see it if you’re using a Home Edition of Vista, when you’re logged on normally. However, you can set file level permissions by logging on in Safe Mode; then the Security tab will appear in the file or folder’s Properties dialog box. The Security tab is back by popular demand in Windows 7 Home Premium.

In order to set permissions on files and folders, you have to either be the owner of it (the one who created it or an administrator who took ownership of it) or be assigned the special “Change permissions” permission by a user who has permission to change permissions. Confused yet? Here’s an article on how to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows 7.

Rights, privileges and permissions can be a complicated topic, but it’s important to understand them because the wrong settings can keep you from being able to do what you need to do in order to get your work done. Have you ever been locked out of files and other resources you need because of a problem with permissions? Ever received an error message telling you that you don’t have permission to perform a specific task? Do you think rights and permissions are overly complicated in Windows, or do you think the added layers of protection are necessary to keep the wrong people from accessing your data? Let us know what you think!