Sunday, February 25, 2024

KHSAA District Play Begins

The boys' basketball regular season is over, and District Play has begun.  There are over 270 high schools in Kentucky, and every one of them that fields a boys' basketball team will have the chance to win the State Championship.

Here are the top 20 schools in the Commonwealth, according to MaxPreps.  We will use these rankings for the rest of the season:

1.  Great Crossing:  29-1 (Champion of the King of the Bluegrass Tournament)
2.  Lex. Catholic:  27-2 (Champion of the Kentucky 2A Tournament)
3.  Newport:  27-3 (Champion of the All A State Tournament)
4.  Lou. St. Xavier:  25-3 (Champion of the Louisville Invitational Tournament)
5.  Lou. Trinity:  21-6
6.  Lyon Co:  26-3 (Champion of the White, Greer & Maggard Holiday Classic)
7.  Cov. Catholic:  21-5
8.  N. Oldham:  23-44
9.  Harlan Co:  26-5
10.  Bowling Green:  24-5
11.  George Rogers Clark:  27-2
12.  Lou. Evangel Christian:  22-5
13.  Lou. Manual:  21-4
14.  Woodford Co:  22-5
15.  Cooper:  19-8
16.  Lou. Male:  20-9
17.  Boyd Co:  23-6
18.  Ashland Blazer:  19-9
19.  Henderson Co:  23-6
20.  Lou. DeSales:  19-9

Great Crossing's only loss was to Bishop O'Connell H.S. of Arlington, Va. at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S. Carolina.

Here are the top three teams in the First Region:

30.  McCracken Co:  21-7
45.  Marshall Co:  20-7
58.  Calloway Co:  17-9

I foresee bad feelings between the Mustangs and the Marshalls before the First Region Tournament is settled.

Of course, the big story in our end of the Commonwealth is Lyon County, whose senior class (including UK recruit Travis Perry) is trying to go to Rupp Arena for the third year in a row.  Lyon County has only three losses:

12/09/23:  Father Tolton of Colombia, Mo. beat Lyon Co. 71-54 in Columbia, Mo.
01/27/24:  Newport beat Lyon Co. 50-48 in the All A Semi-Finals.
01/30/24:  Henderson Co. beat Lyon Co. 78-73 in Eddyville.

On the other hand, the Lyons have beaten Lex. Catholic, Bowling Green, and Lou. DeSales.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Great Music Videos: What Is a Great Music Video?

 What is a great music video?  Well I'm pretty sure that is something that differs for everyone.  But I would say there are different types.  

1. There are the videos that tell a little story to go with the song.  I tend to really like these.  Some songs really lend themselves to these videos and some artists do a good job of coming up with little stories to go along with their song.  I always think back to ABC and their first album and the film Mantrap they made to go with the entire album.  Such a great idea.  But one example that I think of when I think of this is "Brass In Pocket" by The Pretenders.  They created a little story to go with a song that really doesn't have a story as part of the song.  

2. There are videos that are really made to be a visual that goes along with the music.  These can be abstract, animated, whatever.  A good example of this I would say is Adele's "Rolling In the Deep" one of my daughters favorite videos.  I asked her once why she liked it so much and she talked about how it rhythmically went so well with the music.  If you think of that when you watch it you'll get what she means.  

3. There are the videos that are about the band, following them on tour, seeing them traveling and doing sound checks.  Those can be fun and there are some that I think really work.  One of my favorites in this category would be "Hang With Me" by Robyn.

4. Then you have some that are essentially a snapshot of a time or place that work with the song.  An example of this would be "Small Town" by John Mellencamp. 

I'm sure there are other types, but I would say these are the four primary types of videos.  I wouldn't count live videos in this.  There are the ones where a band are just setup in a room playing their music, but I don't know that I've ever seen one of those I find interesting, unless they bring in other elements.  For instance Sade did back to back videos of "Sweetest Taboo" and "Is It a Crime" where she and the band are playing, but they are interspersed with a story video.  


So of the types of video that I believe can be great, I would say there are only 4.  So what makes a great video?

Well again I believe that is personal preference, but I do believe there are some elements that you will find consistent.  

First it has to be a song you actually don't mind listening to.  It doesn't have to be your favorite song, but I believe for the video to really connect with you it can't be a song you actively dislike.  That makes sense right.  If you're like my wife and you can't stand Sade, then chances are you aren't going to like any Sade videos.  

Second I believe the video has to be structured around the song.  In the case of the visuals this is a given, but you can really mess up a story video or a time and place video if you don't connect them well to the song.  Sometimes I think artists get so lost in the visual they want to create that the visual overwhelms the song itself.  Now I understand this is an artistic choice, and it can lead to interesting looking videos, but I believe you will find fewer people who really connect with it in a meaningful way.  

Lastly it has to set the right tone.  Look if you are going to have a serious song about poverty you kind of need to respect that in the video.  You might say well isn't this just part of structuring it around the song.  I would say that tone is it's own thing.  You can have a great video that structurally works with the song in rhythm and with lyrics, but just misses the mark in tone.  Problem with this and why I see this as a separate thought is that tone is something that is very personal.  The artist may see the song in a completely different way than the listener.  They will attach it to something in their life that prompted them to write it maybe and for the listener it may attach to a moment in time that has a very different tone.  

So all this is to introduce a new topic here on the Heath Post called Great Music Videos.  Where we can post about music videos we think are great and explain why.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

2024 Music So Far featuring Teezo Touchdown

Chapter & Verse by Gabby Barrett

Paisley Dreams by The Game

Explicit Language

American Dream by Savage

Explicit Language

Saviors by Green Day

Chicago (EP) by Ekkstacy

The People Who Aren't There Anymore by Future Islands

How Do You Sleep At Night?  With You by Teezo Touchdown

I'm not sure what is going on with the nails in the video, or in general with Teezo Touchdown, I haven't taken time to understand.  But I find this album very interesting.  It's this very odd mix of emo punk and rap.  I guess that's the best way to put it.  I find it interesting.  This is his debut album and he's old at 32 for a new artist.  But it's a very good debut.

The first thing that caught my attention were the lyrics.  The opening line to the opening song caught my attention.  Layered on top of a Green Dayish lick is him talking saying, "Someone stopped me and said, 'Hey dude, have you seen the new Spider-Man?' I said, 'Not yet, been really, really busy, but I promise I'ma see it when I can.'"  For some reason this really struck me.  It sounded so 80's punk.  Punk like The Dead Milkmen punk.  I was wandering around the Salt Lake City airport killing time waiting for my flight and thought, this sounds fun.  I liked the sound.  The lyrics were fun and thought this could be interesting.  Then I hit two songs that really got my attention, "Impossible" and "Neighborhood."  Thoughtful songs where again I found the lyrics to be smart and really liked the vibe of the music. At that point I was hooked.  This album has been in my rotation now for a few weeks and I really like it.  

It's funny listening to this album there are so many influences flying around I'm not sure where it all connects.  I will say though if alternative music still existed like it did back in the 80's I think this would be right there getting play on campus radio stations.  If you want to know what the alternative scene sounds like today, I would say give this album a listen. 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Daytona 500

Assuming the race finishes today, this will be the fourth time since 2012 that the Daytona 500 has finished on Monday.

Here are the last 10 winners of the Daytona 500:

2014:  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Number 88 car)
2015:  Joey Logano (22)
2016:  Denny Hamlin (11)
2017:  Kurt Busch (41)
2018:  Austin Dillon (3)
2019:  Denny Hamlin (11)
2020:  Denny Hamlin (11)
2021:  Michael McDowell (34)
2022:  Austin Cindric (2)
2023:  Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (47)

Here are the last 10 winners of the Winston Cup:

2014:  Kevin Harvick (Number 4 car)
2015:  Kyle Busch (18)
2016:  Jimmie Johnson (48)
2017:  Martin Truex, Jr. (78)
2018:  Joey Logano (22)
2019:  Kyle Busch (18)
2020:  Chase Elliott (9)
2021:  Kyle Larson (5)
2022:  Joey Logano (22)
2023:  Ryan Blaney (12)

In the last ten years, Joey Logano is the only man to win both the Daytona 500 and the Winston Cup.

Classic OVC Standings

With only a few weeks left in the season, we have a three-way race for the title in the Classic OVC:

118.  Morehead St:  20-7
130.  Murray St:  11-16
139.  W. Kentucky:  19-7
179.  E. Kentucky:  15-11
207.  E. Tenn. St:  13-14
216.  Austin Peay:  15-13
282.  Mid. Tenn St:  11-15
329.  Tennessee Tech:  9-18

Meanwhile, here's the Classic SEC:

5.  Tennessee:  19-6
6.  Alabama:  18-7
7.  Auburn:  20-6
21.  Kentucky:  18-7
27.  Florida:  18-7
35.  Mississippi St:  17-8
68.  Mississippi:  19-6
78.  Louisiana St:  13-12
86.  Georgia:  14-11
201.  Vanderbilt:  7-18

From 2000 to 2017, Vandy went to the NCAA Tournament eight times and only finished outside the top 80 on five occasions.  Since 2018, Vandy hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament at all and has only finished inside the top 80 once.  The Dores have had two disastrous coaching hires in a row, and they really need to get the next hire right.

One final point about college basketball:  I think UConn is going back-to-back and I don't think it's going to be very close.