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Bill DeMain Remembers George Jones

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 I moved to Nashville in 1989. At the time, I had no interest in country music. It never crossed my radar growing up in New Jersey, and to be honest, I had a slightly lopsided view of it as nothing more than rhinestones, fringe and sideburns shaped like Italy. That all changed when I heard George Jones sing “A Good Year For The Roses.”

In three revelatory minutes, I suddenly understood that this was soul music, in the deepest sense of the word. This tale of a broken relationship, which unfolds against the banal observations of a guy noticing the unmowed grass and garden outside his window, is absolutely one of the most heartfelt, moving songs I've ever heard. Like my other favorite singers – Frank Sinatra, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye – George Jones had the ability to make a song personal, so it sounded as if he was confiding in you a story about his own life. Which in most cases, he probably was.

George Jones, who passed away yesterday at age 81, lived and loved – and drank and fought - enough for ten men. Bouts with the bottle and drugs, numerous marriages, fortunes won and lost – for over sixty years, he poured all of the turmoil and triumphs into his art.

As he once said, “When I sing a song, I try to live the story of that song in my mind, my heart and my feelings. That's why they come out like that. I feel the hurt that people have, especially everyday working people. I'll be in the studio and just get so involved in it I almost have a tear come out.”

Here are five of George's finest moments in song:

“A Good Year For The Roses”

“We Go Together” (a duet with his then-wife Tammy Wynette)

“The Grand Tour”

“The Race Is On”

“He Stopped Loving Her Today”

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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