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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October 14 -- On The Record-- ALL I WANNA DO This ain't no disco/It ain't no country club either/This is LA All I wanna do/Is have a little Making choices about fun happy couple enters the bar Dangerously close to one an- supports your life in a healthy way. 1. What happens as a result of your other/The bartender looks up/Fro m his want ads REPEAT REFRAIN pact of genuine fun should be positive for all in- volved. Neither you nor others should be worse cause of the kind of fun chosen. , 2. Could you tell anyone what you do for fun? fun/Before I die/Says a man next to me/Out of nowhere/It's apropos to nothing/He says his name is William/But I'm sure it's Bill or Billy/Or Mac or Buddie/And he's plain ugly to me/And I wonder if/He has ever had a day of fun/In his whole life/We are drinking beer/At noon on Tuesday/At the bar that faces/A giant carwash The good people of the world/Are washing their cars/On their lunch break/Hosing and scrubbing/The best that they can/In their skirts and suits/They'll drive/Their shiny Dat- suns or Buicks/Back to the phone company/And the record store too/They ain't nothing/Like Billy and me/Because REFRAIN: All I wanna do/Is have some fun/I got a feeling I'm not the only one/All I wanna do/Is have some fun/I got a feeling/I'm not the only one/All I wanna do/Is have some fun/Until the sun comes up/Over Santa Monica Boulevard I like a good beer buzz/Early in the morning/And Billy likes to peel the labels/From his bottles of Bud/He shreds them on the bar And then he lights every match In an oversize pack/Letting each one burn/Down to his thick fingers/Before'blowing and cursing them out/He's watching the bot- tles of Bud/As they spin on the floor/And a Otherwise the bar is ours/The day and the night/And the carwash too/The matches and the Buds/And the clean and dirty cars/The sun and the moon Written by Wyn Cooper/Sheryl Crow/Bill Bottrell David Baerwald/Kevin Gilbert Sung by Sheryl Crow Copyright (c) 1993, 1993, by A&M Records Inc. What are the best ways to have fun? That's my question after listening to Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do." The song reminds me of a past review in this column of John Mellencamp's "Wild Night." Both songs focus on ways to put more adventure and fun into life. However, Ms. Crow's cassingle presents the blurred images of two individuals "drinking beer at noon on Tuesday." Apparently, their idea of fun is to drink and watch the happenings on Los Angeles' Santa Monica Boulevard. In the song, Billy pauses from "watching the bottles of Bud as they spin on the floor" and says, "All I wanna do is have a little fun before I die." Most of us would agree that having fun is important. However, wasting away the day in a bar is more the route to alcoholism than fun. You need to know whether your choices of "fun" will help or hurt your life. Consider these questions when determining if your brand of fun While there are many kinds of fun, there should be nothing hidden about what you choose to do. If you , have to hide activities from parents, teachers or friends, you may be endangering some aspect life. 3. Does your fun leave you with renewed enthu- siasm for other aspects of Fun should pro- vide a break from your more demanding tasks and personal roles. But a distinction is needed here: There's a big difference between "getting away" and "running away" from your daily life. Having fun meant to replace everything else in life. 4. Does your fun allow you to explore life that you otherwise might miss? playing a team sport might help you exl it is like to work for a common goal. This can teach you more about teamwork, cooperation and how to develop both a personal and a group sense of confi- dence. 5. Finally, do your choices for fun help you fur- ther appreciate the person that God made you to and the world that God gives to us? Genuine fun is one of the paths to holiness, for it encourages us to affirm life and life's source, our Creator. We do need some fun in life. But let lead you to enjoy the gift of life presented to each one: of us. i (Your comments are always welcome. address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rock. port, IN 47635.) At the movies: Current reviews NEW YORK (CATS)  The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film and Broadcasting. America where a widowed mother (Luisina Brando) worries over her adolescent dwarf daughter (Alejandra Podesta) when a much older man (Mar- cello Mastroianni) comes to deeply love the girl and asks to marry her. Director Maria Luisa Bemberg manages to treat each character with respect for their frailties in a lyrical and very human story about the mystery and unpredictability of love. Subtitles. Some sexual innuendo and fleeting violence. The U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A-III -- adults. 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. "Only You" (TriStar) Contrived romantic comedy in which a Pittsburgh bride-to-be (Marisa Tomei) impulsively takes off for Italy in determined pursuit of a stranger whom she believes is destined to marry her but, along the way, meets a lovestruck shoe salesman (Robert Downey Jr.) who insists he's the man for her. Director Norman Jewison's frothy confec- tion is shot through with fairy dust to appeal to diehard roman- tics but which others may dis- Ed Wood" (Touchstone) Romanticized story Of the untalented but enterprising Wood (Johnny Depp), consid- ered Hollywood's all-time worst director, in which he be- friends aging has-been actor Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau) to star in his pathetic, shoe- string-budget sci-fi fantasies. Director Tim Burton casts a comic and madly affectionate eye on transvestite Wood, but it is Landau's canny portrayal of the 1930s horror great re- duced to an impoverished mor- phine addict that gives the movie some heart in an other- wise campy black-and-white restaging of'Wood's schlock 1950s moviemaking. An implied live-in relationship, some crude remarks and occasional rough language. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification i,A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R --restricted. I Don't Want to Talk About It" (Sony Classics) Fable set in 1930s South il [ MILLER & MILLER "Funeral Pre-Planning Since 1940" 424-9274 I I RUXER FORD - LINCOLN - MERCURY II I I' JASPER 482-1200 I miss as sheer sentimentality in an implausible love story. Mild sexual innuendo. The U.S. Catholic Conference classifica- tion is A-II -- adults and adoles- cents. The Motion Picture Asso- ciation of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. "Wes Craven's New Night- mare" (New Line) Seventh "Nightmare on Elm Street" movie in which an ac- tress (Heather Langenkamp) and her little boy (Miko Hughes) each begin having vio- lent nightmares, which trigger the return of maniac Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) in an attempt to kill them. Un- able to resist squeezing more bucks out of a dead-tired premise, writer- director Wes Craven unreels a trite series of mother-and child-in-peril nightmares, topped off by Freddy's gross antics in a sus- penseless sequel smug cameo director and his eral scenes of violence horror-fantasy menace to a child and a stances U.S. Catholic fication is A-III -- adultS. Motion Picture Associati America rating is R stricted. DAYTON, Ohio (CNS) -- Angela Lansbury, star of CBS' long-running hit "Murder, She Wrote," has been named recipi- ent of the Personal Achieve- ment Award from the Gabriel Awards, sponsored by Unda- USA. WCVB-TV in Boston was named television station of the year for the second straight year. For the 10th time in the awards' 22-year history, KOKF of Oklahoma City was named radio station of the year. Also, 36 TV and radio pro- grams were given Gabriels, and another 24 shows earned certificates of merit. The Gabriel Awards are a project of Unda-USA in Day- ton, the U.S. branch of the worldwide association for Catholic broadcasters. Unda is the Latin word for "wave." The statue is a silver figure of the angel Gabriel, who first announced the coming of Christ to Mary of Nazareth, symbolizing the communica- tion of God's word to all. Past winners of the personal achievement award include Helen Hayes, Walter Cronlite, Charles Osgood, Michael Lan- don, Ted Koppel, Charles Ku- ralt, and William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Awards are given in sepa- rate categories for TV and radio entries, broken down still further by national release and local release within the top 25 markets and within all other markets. Gabriel TV winners in the national-release categories: u Entertainment: "Last Light," Stillwater Productions, New York. -- Informational: "Good Morning Miss Toliver," FASE Productions, Los Angeles. Religious: "Holy Warrior," "Day One," ABC News, New York. Children's: "How to Get Blessed Without Sneezing: Re- discovering the Beatitudes," Parish of Trinity Church, New York. The arts: "Paha Sapa: The Struggle for the Black Hills," HBO, Los Angeles. -- News story: "The 52nd Street Project," "Today Show," NBC News, New York. Public service ment: "The Dance," Communications, Salt City. Short feature: Byrd," "Prime Time Live," News. Gabriel radio m Arts and -- "The Life & Times vanni Pierluigi da "Ideas," CBC Radio Affairs, Toronto. News and "Saying Goodbye to Alzheimer's Diary," Morning," CBC Radio Affairs. Religious: Values," public affairs ment, Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints, salt City. Short features: Love Canal," Monitor Boston. An awards banquet held Nov. 11 in Calif., to Angela Lansbury wins Gabri personal achievement award