With a quarter of a century behind us, we POmpous and OPinionated types have gone back to the well to haul up the usual buckets of blather and bile. While the world around us rages, we 26 would-be music critics prattle on, sharing our self-important musical observations with one another and exercising our Constitutional right to bear snark . After America got its ass kicked first by Sandy the Storm and then Sandy Hook the Elementary School, sometimes it’s the trivial stuff that keeps us keeping on. Sort of like a National Trifle Association.
If you are among the already initiated, feel free to skip this paragraph. As usual, I’ve attempted to tabulate the entries and, as is customary, I’ve employed the time-honored What-The-Hell’s-He-Talking-About-Anyway System. One more time, I’ve given 2 points to each pompoid’s Top 10 choices and 1 point to each title beyond a Top 10 or in the variously designated “honorable mention” categories (up to 25 titles in all). Half-points are awarded in rare cases where someone lists too many titles or fails to rank order more than 10 choices. Even Karl Rove has fully accepted this methodology.
And now, the POOP answer key.
Richard Allen – Sayville, NY ||| Ken Beck – Cranford, NJ ||| Kent B – Newburgh, NY ||| Tim Broun – Woodstock, NY ||| Duncan Clark – Milton, NY ||| Don Cohen – New York, NY ||| Scott Dell’Amore – Rhinebeck, NY ||| Kevin Falahee – Astoria, NY ||| Eric Fine – New York, NY ||| Jim Finnigan – New Hamburg, NY ||| John Greak – Gardiner, NY ||| Mike Jurkovic – Wallkill, NY ||| Patrick Kennedy – Brooklyn, NY ||| Bernadette Lange – New Paltz, NY ||| John Lefsky – New Paltz, NY ||| Jim Meyers – Kingston, NY ||| Mike Miller – Cuba, NY ||| Matt Nerney – Kingston, NY ||| Irv Rosen – Tarpon Springs, FL ||| Mark Rosen – New Paltz, NY ||| Andrew Stewart – Rhinebeck, NY ||| John Stewart – Bloomington, NY ||| Bill Still – Kingston, NY ||| Tom Whalen – New Paltz, NY ||| Dan Wilmer – Brooklyn, NY ||| Mark Zip – Woodstock, NY