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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July --- On The Record- When old anguish continues to haunt By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST KILLING ME SOFTLY I heard he sang a good song/I heard he had a style/And so I came to see him/To listen for awhile/And there he was this young boy/A stranger to my eyes REFRAIN Strumming my pain with his fingers/Singing my life with his words/Killing me softly with his song/Killing me softly with his song/Telling my whole life with his words/Killing me softly with his song I felt all flushed with fever/Embarrassed by the crowd/I felt he found my letters/And read each one out loud/I prayed that he would fin- ish/But he just kept right on I (REPEAT REFRAIN) He sang as if he knew me/In all my dark de- spair/And then he looked right through me/As if I wasn't there/But he was there this stranger/Singing clear and strong (REPEAT REFRAIN) Written by N. Gimble/C. Fox Sung By The Fugees Copyright (c) 1996 by Sony Music Entertainment A teen from Philadelphia asked me to review the Fugees' "Killing Me Softly." The song is getting lots of radio airplay. In fact, it currently tops the charts of our local rock station's countdown show. The Fugees are rappers/hip hop whose CD ti- tled "The Score" comes with a parental advisory for explicit lyrics. If you follow this column, you know that I never include such music..Personally, I think all of us need to be morally responsible about the kind of music that we purchase. But I have no objection to this particular song, "Killing Me Softly," and I chose to review it because it is also available as a cassingle. You can purchase the cassingle and still refuse to purchase the CD. Parents of today's teens will recognize "Killing Me Softly" as an upbeat remake of the Roberta Flack classic. The woman in the song decides to go and hear a certain musician. She's heard that "he sang a good song," and that "he had a style." What she heard was how his music was "telling my whole life with his words." This situation : brought back her old pain. Consequently, she re- : lates how, emotionally, he was "killing me softly with his song." Life can be like this. You think that you are emotionally beyond a certain painful event. Then something happens, and the hurt feelings come back once more. These feelings can come from something as in!l" cent as hearing a song or a passing remark, or from just about any unexpected occurrence. The event be- comes a trigger that once again unleashes the past pain. While none of us can predict such an incident, there is something you can do when it occurs. The most helpflfl thing to do is to talk with , . someone you trust about the incident and how it , made you feel. Talking through the situation alloWS the painful emotions to be released. When you think about who you trust, I encour" age you to remember God, who wants each of as .W find life's goodness and satisfaction. Tell Gd hftel has happened Tell God about the pain you stil from the past, and allow God to heal it. , (Your comments are always welcome. dress: Charlie Martin, RR3, Box 182, Rockport, 4 7635. ) At the movies: Current capsule reviews THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN NEW YORK (CNS* -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcast- ing. "Independence Day" (20th Century Fox) Compelling sci-fi thriller in which huge alien spaceships level three American cities be- fore the president (Bill Pull- man), a computer whiz (Jeff Goldblum) a'nd a Marine pilot (Will Smith) mount a last-ditch effort to disable the space- craft's impenetrable shields. :. ii i,,r, I ,I ' I' ' I, I I I I , YOUR FAMILV i PHARMACy Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62 and N. Weinbach Ave. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. 425-4422 Director Roland Emmerich's pat riotic-themed disaster flick is powered by an action-packed storyline, spectacular special effects and sympathetic char- acters who provid some human dimension to the pro- ceedings. Intense depiction of massive destruction but little gore, brief sexual innuendo and minimal profanity. The U.S. Catholic Conlkrence clas- sification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be in- appropriate for children under 13. "Maybe . . . Maybe Not" (LIVE) Vacuous sex farce fashioned out of the gender confusions and sexual mix-ups that result when an unfaithful clod (Til Schweiger} moves in with a wistful homosexual (Joachim Krol) while his pregnant girl- friend fumes. Written and di- rected by Sonke Wortmann, the German production plays Please Support Message Advertisers PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2345 W. Franklin St 425-4364 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 the shiftless Lothario's fish- out-of-water experiences for laughs at the expense of both straights and gays, but there is nothing funny about its amoral treatment of promiscuity. Sub- titles. Explicit sexual refer- ences, restrained sex scenes and rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- re- stricted. "Multiplicity" (Columbia) Sex-themed comic fantasy in which a too-busy family man (Michael Keaton) is secretly cloned three times, giving him more time at home and on the job. but creating romantic com- plications with his flirtatious wife tAndie MacDowell). Keaton skillfully individualizes the four identical-looking char- acters, but director Harold Ramis' mildly amusing comedy is limited by the script's single- joke premise. Heavy sexual in- nuendo, several crude refer- ences and minimal profanity. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be in- appropriate for children under 13. "Purple Noon" (Miramax Zoe) Rerelease of a stylish 1960 French thriller set in Italy where a manipulative Ameri- can (Alain Delon), hired to get an industrialist's playboy son back to the States, kills him in- stead, then assumes his iden- AUTO TOPS. SEAT COVERS BOAT COVERS STEREO SALES & INSTALLATIONS 254-3943 HWY 50 EAST, BEHIND UPS CENTER EUGENE WELP, OWNER 00ert00ic00 anh 00hoppin00,(00uibe, ,,, KREMPP LUMBER CO. BUILDING MATERIAL SUPPLIES & GENERAL CONTRACTING HOMECENTER CONSTRUCTION 482-1961 482-6838 JASPER LUMBER CO. COMPLETE BUILDING SERVICE Ph: 482-1125 RT. 4, JASPER Christian Books & Gifts Bey & Charlie Mendel, owners (812) 634-7766 416 Jackson St Jasper, IN 47546 Wade Funeral Home 119 S. Vine Street, Haubstadt, 1N 768-6151 Call about prc-need counseling. Robert J. Wade Alan J. Wade TF S Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Donald ]. Traylor President Phone: 486-3285 tity and plots to win dead man's girlfri Laforet) as well. 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