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10 The Message - for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment , ii On the Record By CItARLIE MARTIN NC News Service Columnist I II k A New Ye00tir's Greeting and the music of 1987 December 18, 1987 r What was your favorite song in 19877 Which new performers did you like best? What trends do you find in this year's chart hits? Similar questions were in my mind as I looked over the columns that I wrote during the past year. I was surprised to discover the number of remakes in music this year. Bruce Springsteen pro- duced a new release of "War," a hard-driving tune of the early 1970s. Cyndi Lauper gave us the Marvin Gaye best- seller "What's Going On?" Kim Wilde seemed to put a bit more anger into her remake of The Supreme's "You Keep Me Hanging On." The Bill Wither's classic, "Lean on Me," got a 1980s' upbeat sound from Club Nouveau. New recording artists made their impact on this year's charts. Among the best was Kenny G who recorded the first instrumental to make the Top Ten in years, "Song Bird." He also teamed with Lenny Williams to produce "Don't Make Me Wait for Love." charts with "Don't Dream It's Over." Crossing over from the soul charts, Surface asked us to think about what makes us "Happy." Another crossover, this time from the country rankings, "I'll Still Be Loving You," offered us Restless Heart's ideas on commitment in relation- ships. Unlike the past couple of years, few songs with challenging social messages are present in this year's countdown. However, several of this year's albums reminded us of social conditions in our world. Paul Simon's "Graceland" won this year's Grammy for best album. His combined work with the talented black musicians of South Africa helped us understand the fear and oppression ex- perienced by the people of this country. Looking back to life in America, John Cougar Mellencamp's "Lonesome Jubilee" examined the Each year, Billboard Magazine picks the top song of the year based on record sales and radio air time. If I were to make this choice according to im- pact on my readers, as witnessed by the letters I receive, my choice would be Suzanne Vega's haun- ting ballad about child abuse, "Luka." The song reminds us of the enduring emo- tional scars caused by any type of abusive behavior while also challenging us to work against such violence in society. As I close off another year of reviewing to- day's music, I mark a milestone in my writing of this column. National Catholic News Service has now shared my ideas with readers for 10 years. The most valuable aspect of this writing for me has been the opportunity to serve as a catalyst for my readers' insights and to pass them on whenever possible. I believe that teens speaking directly with other teens is a very important part of the dialogue problems caused by unemployment, personal Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" rose all the disillusionment and poverty. The "Joshua Tree,' on how to live as a Christian in today's world. way to the top of the charts during the autumn, launched Ireland's U2 into a nationwide, sold-out I look forward to writing about the music of :!The Way It Is' introduced us to the rhythm piano concert tour. This album expresses U2's ideas on 1988 and, once more, learning from your corn- Bruce Hems_ by and The Range.  spiritual searching and the need to live by higher i ments on the music thatI, i c ' i this, England s.Crowded House first made U,S,: pop. ideals, : , ! i 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' is a seasonal classic By HENRY HERX USCC Dept. of Communication NEW YORK (NC) -- Welshman Dylan Thomas' col- orfil,lp,o, em, "A Child's christmas in Wales," is dramatized in a production by the same title Wednesday, Dec. 23, 7-8 p.m. on PBS. If you have ever heard the recording Thomas made reading his joyous celebration of the meaning of Christmas for a youngster in an earlier, more innocent time and place, you know why, it has become a seasonal classic. Those happening upon it for the first time, however, have the pleasure of discovering a work that captures the special nature of Christmas and its wonderous conjunction of cold weather and the warmth of family gatherings, gifts and general sharing of good will among people. The narrative consists of stories about what Christmas was like when Thomas was a boy as told by an old man {Denholm Elliott) to his grand- son on a long Christmas Eve. Most of them are fragments of a time long past, conveying childhood impressions of peo- ple, places and events in the somewhat imprecise memory of an aging adult. Elliott is simply fine in the role and in his delivery of Thomas' poetic language. The result has more than the charm of bridging generations. It stirs the recollections of viewers about their own youthful experiences of the joy of Christmas holidays. Whatever the flaws in the dramatization of the original, the production retains its sense of innocence. Director Don McBrearty filmed the action in a small Welsh town that was made over in the style of the 1930s. Presented by station WTTW, Chicago, it is worth noting that the underwriter is McDonald's restaurants. TV programs of note Sunday, Dec. 20, 8-10 p.m. (CBS) "Christmas Comes to Willow Creek." John Schneider and Tom Wopat star as brothers whose bitter feuding may lead to a disastrous Christmas for a small Alaskan town awaiting a truckload of Christmas gifts the two are driving from California. Unlikely family fare. Adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story about a homeless orphan {Keshia Knight Pulliam} who brings the gifts of love and reconciliation into the lives of a rich and powerful family (Rue McClanahan and. William Daniels). One can only hope that this family special isn't an hour too long. Monday, Dec. 21, 7-7:30 p.m. (CBS) "A Garfield Christmas Special." The famous comic strip cat reluctantly goes to the coun- try with Jon and Odie for an old- fashioned, down-homo family Christmas. The all-new animated special with music should be a family pleaser with some laughs and a bit of uplift in the spirit of the season. Monday, Dec. 21, 7-9 p.m. (NBC) "The Little Match Girl." Monday, Dec. 21, 9-10 p.m. (PBS} "In Search of Love with Leo Buscaglia." The best-selling author of several books about love leaves the lecture hall and goes directly into the livesof peo- ple who have transformed others with their generosity, understan- ding, caring and love. Bnscaglia joins them in their homes and at work to learn about what they've done to help others and how their unselfish acts enrighed their own lives as well. Denholm Elliott (right) as "Old Geraint" and Mathonwy Reeves (left) as "Thomas" take a lyrical journey to Christmases past in the hour-long film adaptation of Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales" to be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 23, 7-8 p.m. on WNIN-TV 9. The program is a production of WTTW/Chicago, Atlantis Films Limited, and Cypress Films, Inc. with the participa- tion of HTV {Wales}, and is made possible by a grant from local McDonald's restaurants. --Photo courtesy of WNIN-TV 9 I i 00Dubois County Bank[ CLOSE TO YOU WITH 8 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS i I I ONE STOP Does itAll Professionally Rnlshed Dry Cleaning Coin Operated Dry Cleaning Coin Operated Laundry Clayton 1404-10 Wash. Ave. I :ADVP , .00chmtztlbank "" UBDb00 RESTAURANT I Friday Night ' T S t   .Th,,, HOS , .... I ,14s "Ntq/t'W  .: ',T. .'. Larry and Betty II " .o...T.,. ,o...-,o p. ,,;, Ha nselman II