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NEW ACOUSTIC GUITARS HERE'S SOMETHING ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW We try very hard to keep our customers happy. This special sale on accoustic guitars will fea- ture such big names as Alvarez, Epiphone, Gib- son, Guild, Martin, Mossman, Ovation, Ventura, and Yamaha. There's a selection of over 200 guitars to choose from and good people to help find just the right model for you. If your old gui- tar needs some work, but you don't want to part with it, we understand. Bring it in and Zack Berry of our repair department will give you a free es- timate. At Strait Music we're not out to rip you off. 908 N. Lamar - GR.6-6927 WHAT YOU HEARD IS TRUE. High Quality V.W. Parts & Service at Realistic Prices ii FOR YOUR NEXTGET-TOGETHER HOW ABOUT A GOOD FLICK 16MM SOUND FEATURES CARTOONS " OLD TYME COMEDIES JECTOR & SCREEN RENTALS byJane E. Welch Music is the damnedest thing. The old expression, "Music sootheth the savage beast," is still in the proving stages, accordingtothe dogs waiting to find homes through the Austin Humane Society's animal shelter. Recent visits to the pound proved enlightening about what the "non- humans" dig and dislike in the way of music. There are approximately 200 dogs, picked up as strays, brought in to the pound. After the sun sinks below the horizon each evening, the attendant switches on an AM-FM radio which is piped through speakers atop the light poles that sprinkle the grounds. Dogs have strange tastes. What pleases most of the "busted" animals as they lounge around, bgrk, whine, or wag tails behind bars isn't necessarily what we humans embrace as ',good music". Statistical data was accumulated from this writer's observations and from a young man who serves as a night attendant. He wished to remain nameless CYeah, well, don't use my name ... You're crazy."), but was quite willing to reveal: "The dogs get really freaky at night. We Leave the lights on, but they still get nervous. Until we turn the music on. Some of 'em don't even like that. Hell, they've been popped. None of'em wan t to be here, music or no music." But what do they enjoy? "One night I turned the radio to an FM station that plays whole sides of albums, or whole albums. The radio had been on a top-40 station, playing a lot of Paul McCartney and Elton John, that sort of stuff. The dogs were freaking out-- jumping up on the cages, barking -- so I found this FM station. The, were lavim Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon." (The ' " 1 t tle cut s about 20 rmnutes long, most Y instrumental. The only vocals on that track kind of whisper and croon.) "Ma , they loved it. I went out to the ca after the song had been on and most of the dogs were asleep, 0r just wagging their tails when I passed their cages. Pink Floyd, eh? "Ye@, Pink Floyd." Country and Western is still the dominating musical force in Austin, although there is presently a trend toward jazz. Do the dogs on either of those two music forms? "Not jazz. Definitely not. They don't like horns very much. I think the brassy sounds hurt their ears. No, jazz 'people music.'" Hmmmm, interesting. we listen to it ... "They get off on a couple of C&V singers. That guy who yodels a lot what's his name?" Jimmie Rodgers? Eddy Arnold? "Well, one of 'em -- the one who yodels real good. The hounds like him a lot. They yodel along wit him." And Willie? Everybody likes Willie Nelson. "Not these dogs. They hate him. I mean it! When he sings "Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain" they bark and howl, and get in fights with each other." The young attendant hung his head and looked like a blond Cocker Spaniel l used to know. Without looking up he said, "I guess if you're a dog locked ul0 behind bars waiting for some huma being to take you home -- or a ywkere -- it's no comfort at night listening to l lonely human voice complaining his sad life." KLBJ Radio played two hours of Paul Simon music last week. Wish I'd been at the pound, especially when he