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Friday random ten: Lights out

Tomorrow is Lights in the Heights, so today here are ten light-related songs.

1. Blinded By The Light – Bruce Springsteen
2. Trick of the Light – The Who
3. Whenever God Shines His Light – Van Morrison
4. Paradise By the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf
5. Let Your Light Shine – Keb’ Mo’
6. Turn On Your Love Light – Grateful Dead
7. The Eddiestone Light – Flying Fish Sailors
8. Light of the World – from “Godspell”
9. Blue Light – David Gilmour
10. I’m Beginning To See the Light – Bobby Darin

I should note I have three other versions of “I’m Beginning To See the Light” as well, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie & Joe Williams, and the Tufts Beelzebubs. I know you wanted to know that. And I swear, I haven’t forgotten about the “ten songs that begin with the same word” theme. I’ll pick that up again in the new year. In the meantime, what’s lighting up your iPod this week?

Another contender for At Large #1

The following press release hit my Inbox today:

Lonnie Allsbrooks announced his intent to become candidate for At-Large Position 1 for the City of Houston.

Lonnie Allsbrooks, a successful small business owner from the Heights, has decided to run for the City of Houston At large Position 1. As a resident of Houston for the past 38 years, Lonnie Allsbrooks has come to value and appreciate this community, but has realized there is the potential for growth and change.

Lonnie stated, “The reason I am running for this position is to give the people of Houston a representative that is fair, honest, and genuinely willing to take the time to listen to the needs of the citizens of this community. I am that person.”

Lonnie Allsbrooks currently resides in the Heights where he owns and operates his small business, Beer Island. He is also in the process of opening a small café in the Heights called The Trail Mix. After the encouragement and support from other small business owners, Lonnie is excited about his decision to run for city council and the possibility of making a difference in the Houston community.

Beer Island, for those not familiar with it, is on the southeast corner of Studewood and White Oak, catty-corner from Fitzgerald’s. I attended a meeting of the Woodland Heights Civic Association a couple of years back after Beer Island and its across-Studewood neighbor the Sixth Street Bar and Grill opened at which the topic of discussion was the loud live music being played at those locations. I live about six blocks away, and there was one night I recall where I could sing along with the band from my front porch. The meeting was a bit contentious, but in the end everything appears to have been worked out – at least, I’m not aware of any current complaints, and I’ve not heard any more music from either of those location. That’s all I know about Lonnie Allsbrooks, who joins a field that includes Herman Litt, Steve Costello, and fellow Heights resident Karen Derr.