ASK BETH: Speaking of LK 222 (Dr Frank - Show Business Is My Life, which to my astonishment is now 20 flippin years old), here's some trivia. "Ask Beth": who's this song about, I'm often asked. Or if someone named Beth comes up, the question will be, is that song about her? In fact, though, the subject of the song is a syndicated newspaper column by one Beth Winship that I read in the San Francisco Chronicle when I was growing up in the 70s. The column was called Ask Beth and it was kind of a Dear Abby for teens, and the questions were usually about sex, dating, drugs... all the Go Ask Alice type "youth issues" pretty much. Using it as the conceit for a song was a pretty good idea, and fortunately I did it well enough (I like to think) that it' still works even when you don't know about Beth Winship and her column, which, I have learned, most people these days do not. At worst, such dated references make the song in question incomprehensible and quite difficult to explain (e.,g. "Hello Kitty Menendez"); but at best it can be just cryptic "background" that you don't really need to know to get the song. Which is the case with "Ask Beth" because it's the relationship drama and its implied story that is in the forefront... there's an extra kick if you know he's telling her to write to teen sex advice column instead of asking him, but you don't need to know that. It wasn't some grand design here, I just got lucky. But it's a kind of songwriting lesson nonetheless. Here's the wikipedia page for Beth Winship: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Winship I wondered whether there'd be a "cultural references" section mentioning this song... but no such luck. As I said it's not generally known. But it should be there, don't you think? And lest you think it's way out of line to suggest that my songs should invade people's wikipedias, my song did manage to make into the E. R. Dodds page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._R._Dodds. Finally, as to the ph...

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