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Entertainment On the Record By CHARLIE MARTIN NC News Service Columnist POWER WINDOWS Charlie drives a brand new Mercedes.Benz/He's got another one just like it/His wife is playing tennis/And his kids are offat school/He drives home to his empty house/By its empty swimming pool But he's got/Power windows/He's got power brakes/lie's got a power bat/Push a button and it shakes/He's got no one to talk to/And tears are rolling down his face/He ain't got/The power of love/The power of love Louis drives a beat-up '69 Dodge/Swears it's the statue of Mary/Keeps the car from falling apart/With Gracie right beside him/Sitting closer than a smile/She's got her head on his shoul- der/He loves to drive and hold her He's got no power windows/He's got no power brakes/He ain't got no power nothing/But he's got what it takes/He's got Gracie's arms around him/And a smile upon his face/He's got the power of love No air-conditioning no cellular telephonele goes rumbling down the highwa:/Listening to his AM radio/One arm out the window and a smile upon his face/Makes you wonder how it got there/Until you see him look at Grace/See him look at Grace/He's got the power/Ain't that the power of love Happiness depends on your perspective (REPEAT THIRD VERSE TWICE) The power of Iove/He's got the power/The power of love Written and sung by: Billy Falcon (c) 1991, PolyGram Records Inc. I really like Billy Falcon's "Power Win- dows." Since I have not heard of him before this release. I'm guessing that the song is his first chart bit. "Power Windows" combines his unique vocal sound with a message that makes sense. I hope we'll hear more of Falcon's talents in the future. The song speaks about happiness and how one finds it in life. Charlie and Louis. the song's characters, have contrasting lifestvles, but only one is happy, Charlie has the best of what money can buy, but his heart is broken by loneliness. Louis drives around in his "beat-up '69 Dodge" held to- gether by a magnetic statue of Mary on the dash. in Louis' view Yet he knows he is loved. In the scmgs words, "He ain't got no power nothing, but he's got what it takes, he's got the power of love." On one level, the song echoes the familiar message that money doesn't always make a per- son happy. However, its deeper statement tran- scends questions about finances or lifestyle. It tells us that no matter what one's circumstances, happiness depends on one's perspective on these situations. For example, consider Louis' life. He is loved by Groucho. Yet, we all know that thorel are no, perfect relationships. While the song:: doesnt speak further about their lives, we c2d. assume that they have their own problems an uncertainties. However Louis is happy because he re- , cuses on what is good in life. Whatever his dif:: ficulties, he doesnt lose sight of the "power of love" uplifting and supporting his life. How we see and understand our lives is U] to us, Thus, being happy is a choice. This doe not mean that we should deny or avoid our problems as we choose to emphasize the posi- tive in our lives, Indeed. we may have to work: hard to overcome challenges and get more of what we want out of life. Yet, even as we are struggling to have a bet" ter life, we can choose to recognize what is working well for us. In fact, when we acknowl" edge and appreciate what is good in our lives, this attitude helps make more happiness and goodness grow. Having problems is normal. Looking to joy and satisfaction in your life even in midst of dealing with problems -- is what builds happiness. God gives us this day, as every day of our lives, a chance to experienc.c happin,ss-- Wha.- will you do today to help yourself be happy? (Your comments are always welcome. Please address to: Charlie Martin, RR 3, BoX 182, Rockport, IN 47635). WASHINGTON (CNS)  A main character longs for Christmas Midnight Mass in the Dec. 16 episode of the quirky CBS-TV series "North- ern Exposure." The episode, which was previewed by Catholic News Service, also focuses on how Native Americans celebrate Yuletide and the conflict faced by Jews surrounded by Christian symbols at Christ- mas. "Northern Exposure" has become one of the 10 most popular series of the current season since it premiered last year. But some of its themes have sexual overtones and rely on sexually oriented humor. The yearning for Mass is voiced by 18-year-old Shelly (Cynthia Geary), who tells her live-in boyfriend, 62-year-old Holling (John Cullum), that she longs for Midnight Mass as she ]-:new it ),ears betore at Our Lady of Refuge Church. Her desire becomes more evi- dent as she tovs with a Nativ- ity set, mumbiing words such as "Holy," "Our Father" and Communion. To accommodate her, Holling fills the town's Uni- tarian church with candles and statues of the Holy Faro- .... VINCENNES , American National Bank Bicknell - Sandbom Vincennes Drive-in Facilities - Member F.D.I.C. A Full Service Bank ii ii ily and sings tbr her the "Ave Maria." It's not the Mass, of course. But the gesture, which would be absurd anywhere else ex- cept in the fictitious town of Cicely, Alaska, fits right in with the make-do attitude that characterizes the wilder- ness town and its eccentric population. The problem of grappling with Jewish identity is faced by Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow), who in the Dec. 16 episode puts a Christmas tree in his living room. Fleis- chman, the Jewish New Yorker who works in the re- mote village to repay the state for financing his education, has wanted a tree since child- hood, when such symbols were banned in his home. "Next to the cross itself, you can't get anything that's more Christian than that," says Fleischman to explain his parents' opposition to the tree. Eventually his identity gives the spruce tree to his friend Maggie O'Connell (Ja- nine Turner), a local bush pilot who can't go home for Christmas. The episode also relates In- dian traditions when Elaine Miles, who plays neurotic Fleischman's laid-back Na- tive American nurse Marilyn Whirlwind, stars in the town's local Raven Pageant, a Yuletide event. Indian traditions are famil- iar to the Native American ac- tress, and so are Catholic ones, she indicated in an in- terview with CNS last sum- mer in Los Angeles. 'Tin a baptized Catholic," Miles said. Catholicism be- came part of her heritage when her parents, who at- tended Catholic school on the St. Andrew Indian Mission near Pendleton, Ore., were baptized there, she said. Miles also was baptized at the mission and later attended in Renton, Wash., where she grew up, she said. Miles, a member of the Umatilla tribe, is half Cayuse and half Nez Perce, and was raised in her "traditional In- dian religion also," she said. "I was brought up tradi- tionally and there's no way someone is ever going to take this away from me," said the star. Success on television has put her in the limelight and made her a role model for Na- tive American youths, she said. She wants Native American youths to know that they "can go out and explore life and make it in this world," she said. Negative messages hold them back, she said. People tell them "you're Native American. You can't make it in this world. You came off the reservation, you can't make it in this world," she said. Among social issues sll'.s addressinR are aclolescent s, "" d to cide amon Indians an ,_,  .C8 v plight of "Native Amerl : women who are workinJt the white man's world aU, n trot" same time carrvin o , tions of their own ' sbe saJ ' In a .review .oi" the seriO!, other of the duo s cre ' "St. Elsewhere." ,,.s In "Northern Exposure 'd in "St. Elsewhere," HerX slll: "the humor is on the a"qi"" side with several romarl:.,: .... 0u osstbflltms undeveloped ,t in the wings. He s., t praised the series for l "fresh locale" and ,,feel]rig a frontier society." winSsHETLEROUt, however, and he MaSSMovINGat St. Anthony's Par isb  0Ol#iolrto Cofe 3RD & MAIN - VINCENNES & S T O RAGE HOMECOOKED MEALS - AFFORDABLE PRICES Atas..Va n L., rnt . 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