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Fatherhood has been good for Saliva-frontman Josie Scott. In an interview with The Edmonton Star, the Memphis musician discussed his desire to balance family life with rock-and-roll and offered some advice for aspiring songwriters.

"If I say to you, 'That bitch broke my heart,' you can probably identify with me," Scott told the Star. "But if I say, 'We were horseback riding and ... she shoved me off the horse, and I broke my arm,' you'd probably cease to identify with that. ... The key ingredient is bridging the gap between your heart and mine."

Raiford Museum

A few months ago, Robert Raiford, the mighty godfather of Memphis disco, hung up his sequined cape and locked the door to his world-famous dance emporium. Now the Memphis Business Journal is reporting that Raiford's Hollywood Disco will likely reopen.

Local businessman John Maher told MBJ that Raiford will soon return to the DJ booth. "We want to try to duplicate what Raiford did," Maher said, as if such a thing were actually possible.

Do a Study

The Albany Times Union recently sat down with Carla Sofka, an academic who has spent much of her career studying death and loss but who recently has turned her attention to "celebrity mourning." Sofka offered four possible reasons why some celebrities — Elvis in particular — live on decades after their deaths.

First, perhaps the celebrity made a contribution that continues to resonate long after his death. Second, "a lot of people lived vicariously through [their favorite celebrity]." Third, "people like John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe died young and in mysterious ways and people are still interested in the conspiracy theories." And the fourth reason, according to Sofka, is "the sheer amount of money there is to be made off of famous dead people."


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