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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- On The Record-- IF I WANTED TO The pathway to nowhere By CHARLIE MARTIN / CNS COLUMNIST If I wanted to/I could do ev- erything right/I could dance with the devil/On a Saturday night/If I wanted I could/Turn matches to gold/I could smoke, drink, swear/And I would never grow old/I wouldn&apos;t have to be/In love with you If I only wanted to/If I only wanted to. If I wanted to/I could run fast as a train/Be as sharp as a needlefrhat's twisting your brain If I wanted to I could/Turn mountains to sand Have political leaders/In the palm of my hand I wouldn't have to be/In love with you If I only wanted to/If I only wanted to. I could leave tonight/And I would be all right Stop holding on/If I wanted to/If I only wanted to. If I wanted to I could be/As patient as death/Fix this hole in my heart/Leaking into my flesh/If I wanted to I could/Turn sparks into ice/There'd never be another woman/Who make you think twice/I wouldn't have to be /In love with you/If I only wanted to/If I only wanted to. Written and Sung By: Melissa Etheridge Copyright (c) 1993 by MLE Music, Admin. by Almo Music (ASCAP) (c) 1993 by Island Records Inc. Melissa Etheridge has a reputation for pleasing her fans. Her concerts are long, and when she sings in clubs she has been known to keep performing until the last customer leaves. Clearly, fans are well pleased with her "Yes I Am" CD. "If I Wanted To" is the third chart hit off the disc. The song talks about the ways we try to fool our- selves. The character in the song says: "I could ... turn matches to gold ... run fast as a train ... if I only wanted to." Of course these exaggerations are only used to disguise the real issue in her life: "I wouldn't have to be in love with you, if I only wanted to." We aren't told much about this relationship. But we hear the woman's wish that "there'd never be another woman who could make you think twice." Apparently, she wouldn't mind having the power to control another person's thoughts and desires. This woman could benefit from a change of focus. Instead of fantasizing about power, she needs to face reality. The deeper problem seems to be her own and jealousy. She could use these feelings as a pathway to address the fear within herself. Facing the truth is rarely easy. Society of proposing a couple of approaches to problems: --Avoidance, usually by losing oneself in soSe form of addiction. --Or some quick solution, often i Neither is an avenue to personal healing. When you have a problem in a 1 any other area of your life, don't try to fool yoUr" self. Instead, name the problem for what it is. Speak truthfully to someone who pain that you feel. Ask that person as you go through what might be a to resolve a difficult situation. Also, talk with God about the pain you If you've already tried to take the paths or some quick solution, ask God to who will be able to help you discover the.innerre" sources you have for overcoming your Little is gained by denying the ...... stuck in fantasy is the pathway to nowhere. Start today with a new plan that alloWS grow. (Your comments are always welcome. Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, At the movies: Current capsule reviews NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting. "The Basketball Diaries" (New Line) An ace basketball player (Leonardo DiCaprio) in a Man- hattan Catholic high school be- gins a rapid downward spiral of crime with two buddies (Mark Wahlberg and James Madio) when he gets hooked on heroin, ending up in prison to mull going straight. Directed by Scott Kalvert from Jim Car- roll's autobiographical novel, the raw anti-drug tale graphi- cally illustrates how substance addiction bankrupts body and soul, but its weakly delivered, last-minute redemptive ending is a throwaway and his Catholic background consists of negative stereotypes. Brief violence, graphic scenes of drug abuse and criminal activ- ity, a few sexual encounters, fleeting nudity and continuous rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A-IV- adults, with reservations. The Motion Pic- ture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. "The Cure" (Universal) Poignant tearjerker in which an AIDS-infected 11-year-old Minnesota boy (Joseph Mazzello) is scorned by all but his loving room (Annabella Sciorra) and the surly kid (Brad Renfro) next door with whom he runs off to Louisiana in search of a doctor claiming a cure for the fatal ill- ness. Despite an increasingly implausible narrative, director Peter Horton's downbeat yet ul- timately uplifting drama ex- plores the transforming power of friendship with genuine sensitiv- ity. Mild sexual innuendo, brief menace and an instance of pro- fanity. The U.S. Catholic Confer- ence classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Mo- tion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- par- ents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappro- priate for children under 13. "Jury Duty" (TriStar) Unamusing comedy in which a homeless juror (Pauly Shore) prolongs deliberations over the guilt of an alleged serial killer in order to enjoy the free bed and board afforded a se- questered jury. Directed by John Fortenberry, Shore's dumb antics go from the inane to the obnoxious in a time- wasting, entirely laughless movie. Some sleazy sexual in- nuendo and slapstick violence and several instances of pro- fanity. The U.S. Catholic Con- ference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture As- sociation of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for chil- dren under 13. "Kiss of Death" (20th Cen- tury Fox) Dark, hard-boiled melo- drama in which an ex-con (David Caruso) fights for his life after being pressured by a ruthless district attorney (Stanley Tucci) into providing evidence against a psychotic gangster (Nicolas Cage) whose cunning lawyer promptly gets resent.'The Miser' RUXeR FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY II I III I JASPER 482-1200 the charges , Barbet Schroeder s thriller forgeS, a stated aura of a 1947 movie favor of a charged with _,-ugle ex-con bL  ... crass lowlifes on the law. Some recurring dity and The U.S. classification is with Picture rating is R Cont film in E By pAUL It The movie, the center the film on any under the c Stieler in of Showcal won't show Priest is max FilmS, Walt DiS.nq movie in rated Catholic' A Office gested little or Ameri< helped the presiden the fih Catho gmse neWS re had the Wa protest: