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12 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I I By CHARLIE MARTIN Catholic New Service What was your favorite song in 19977 Some of the best new offerings were produced by female artists making their debut trip up the charts. -- Paula Cole gave us "Where Have All the Cow- boys Gone," a haunting ballad about the disillusion- ment that can develop when one lives with an alco- holic spouse or parent. -- LeArm Rimes crossed over from the country charts with "How Do I Live?" and a remake of "You Light Up My Life." And, of course, there is Jewell. She rose from obscurity to the cover of national news magazines. I especially liked her folksy ballad "You Were Meant for Me." It told how a dream romance sometimes out- lasts the actual relationship. Several recording groups should be included in my discussion of new artists. I received several letters from teens about my review of "The Freshmen," by the Verve Pipe. While some disagreed with my inter- pretation of the song, its message about thinking before acting when getting into a romance is impor- Best songs of 1997 tant. The words "I love you" should not be a casual statement based on feelings that come and go. Another new group was the Backstreet Boys. They climbed high on the charts with "As Long as You Love Me" and "Quit Playing Games With My Heart." The latter cassingle remin.ded us of our right to respect in a romance. Actions do speak more clear- ly than words when respect is an issue. I also liked Joose's "If Tomorrow Never Comes," which made this point: No matter what type of rela- tionship we speak of, now is the time to express grati- tude for all the love that has made a difference in your life. One surprise in 1997 was the success of Christian music artists. Christian rappers dc Talk gave us "Between You and Me," focusing on the times when forgive- ness is needed in a relationship. Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses" well described parents' feelings as they watch sons and daughters mature. And one of my favorite songs of the year was "Stomp," by God's Property. Its video became the first Gospel cassingle to make it on MTV. If we could develop even half the enthusiasm for living out our Christianity that this song conveys, we could all affect the small corners of the planet with What was song of the year? I Elton John's "Candle in the tribute to Princess Diana with a invitation to see the importance and good in each of our lives. And I've been a Styx fan for a long "The Best of Times" fell on receptive ears: way the song challenged us to find the presence of God, in whatever our present! happens to be. As for my top choice, I was once by Chicago's "Here in My Heart," how power to dream can be. In the "comes a time when you cross a line, to believe." There is risk and F daring to dream big. However, having ane vision of what you want in life creates more opportunity -- especially solid, practical planning backed up by As you enter 1998, get in dreams. And ask God to guide you in steps toward those dreams. Your comments are ahvays welcome. Charlie Martin, 7125 W 200S, THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting. Ratings are also given by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "An American Werewolf in Paris" (Hollywood) Inept horror movie in which an American tourist (Tom Everett Scott) saves a woman (Julie Delpy) as she jumps from the Eif- fel Tower, but by the time he learns she is a bloodthirsty were- wolf he has become one himself. Directed by Anthony Waller, the slipshod story mixes gory special effects with airhead humor and sophomoric sex, though the com- bination proves grimly tiresome. Mindless fantasy violence, sexu- al situations with nudity, con- dom jokes and gross language. The USCC classification is O -- morally offensive. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "Jackie Brown" (Miramax) Drawn-out tale of a cunning flight attendant (Pam Grier) caught between a federal agent (Michael Keaton) and her mur- derous gun-dealer boss (Samuel L. Jackson) who manages to out- fox both and grab a half million bucks to boot. Writer-director Quentin Tarantino's crime story is talky, lethargically dramatized and rationalizes felonies as a clever survival strategy. Several casual murders, a fleeting sexu- al encounter, recreational drug abuse, constant rough language and recurring profanity. The USCC classification is O morally offensive. The MP/A rating is R -- restricted. "Wag the Dog" (New Line) Political satire in which a savvy spin doctor (Robert De Niro) and an egotistical Holly- wood producer (Dustin Hoff- man) combine forces to distract attention from scandal by ance of a president ous end. Despite narrative son politics, voracious media, man's producer an ol ring rough sional profanity. sification MPAA rating is R ! Book offers strategies for grief recovery A Different Season: a practical guide for growth while grieving a death, by Joseph Robert Pfeiffer. Landscape Publications, EO. Box 820650, Memphis, TN 38182-0650. Ph.: (901) 578-9107; fax: (901) 726-4495; e-mail: land- scap@memphisonline.com. Paper-bound, 128 pages, $10.95. Book Review By MARY ETTA KIEFER, O.S.B. Message staff A Different Season is a single- volume resource for the bereaved. 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