Saturday, August 14, 2004

Rings of Fire

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis!

Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis
You approach Satan's wretched city where you behold a wide plain surrounded by iron walls. Before you are fields full of distress and torment terrible. Burning tombs are littered about the landscape. Inside these flaming sepulchers suffer the heretics, failing to believe in God and the afterlife, who make themselves audible by doleful sighs. You will join the wicked that lie here, and will be offered no respite. The three infernal Furies stained with blood, with limbs of women and hair of serpents, dwell in this circle of Hell.

Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Moderate
Level 2 (Lustful)Very High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)High

Take the Dante Inferno Hell Test

Dixie Chicks: Will They Be Welcomed Back?

Interviewed by CMT News, Entertainment Weekly writer Chris Willman said, "I'll take bets now that they will never again have a No. 1 country single -- maybe not even another Top 10 country single -- ever. But they will have No. 1 albums and continue to be superstars with part of the country audience that has stuck with them and the pop and rock fans that are coming along, too. I think that will all add up to continuing a big superstar status for them, even though country radio may find them untouchable to a certain extent."

USA Today writer Brian Mansfield suggests that the Vote for Change tour could be the Chicks' first step toward expanding their non-country audience. "If they've lost a good chunk of the country audience," he told CMT News, "their next most likely audience is going to be from the people that listen to Bonnie Raitt or Jackson Browne or John Mellencamp or Bruce Springsteen. That's where their new fans base is bound to be. ... This is going to be the best place for them to go if they're looking for new fans."

Related: Music Row Democrats (link from Country Universe) Hall of Fame songwriter Bobby Braddock on country music and politics:

Country music is the music of everyday people. Why would we NOT belong to the party that sympathizes with the underdog? Country music is the music about families and mommas and babies. Why would we NOT belong to the party that cares about health care for seniors and children? Why would people in the music of wide open spaces and green green grass NOT be in the party that wants to protect God's green earth from the polluting global-warming big shots that the Bush administration loves and defers to?

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