"Woodstock" (Joni Mitchell) Kathy Geary at the Western Jan 13, 2017
Sting, The Pretenders - Newest Recordings
Original air date Jan 28, 2017 | Time 59:00
Sting released a new album of rock oriented music in Nov 2016 "59th & 7th", referring to the intersection in Manhattan where the recording studios are located. We hear "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" which is very reminiscent of the Police song "Don't Stand So Close to Me". So we hear them back to back with the Police LIVE in Buenos Aries 2007. Sting's previous project was a full length Broadway musical called "The Last Ship" and we hear "The Night the Pugilist Learned to Dance", a style far removed from rock n roll showing the breadth of his composition styles. Back to his newest record, he addresses the refuge crisis in "Inshallah" and the climate change in "One Fine Day".
The Pretenders is Chrissie Hynde singing and songwriting, and her latest recording was done in Nashville with the Black Key's Dan Auerbach producing, bringing in country and blues musicians for the sessions. We hear the title track "Alone" in contrast to the previous 2014 album "Stockholm" with the Swedish production creating a totally different sound. Back to the Nashville recordings we hear two sincere love songs "One More Day" and "Death is Not Enough".
America the Beautiful - Freedom of Expression
Original air date Jan 21, 2017 | Time 59:00
Neil Young's "Peace Trail" celebrates his participation in the protests at Standing Rock and we hear "Show Me" and the title track. As hundreds of thousands March today this music reinforces the ideas of freedom and expression.
Van Morrison's new release in 2016 "The Pen is Mightier than the Sword" adds to the discussion. we hear Joni Mitchell's song about women's right "The Magdalene Laundries". James Taylor and Paul Simon describe the effects of war on the American family in "Far Afghanistan" and "Riverbank". John Lennon's timeless song "Imagine" there's no heaven, no hell below us, above us only sky and Bob Dylan's "Master's of War" lay out a philosophy for our times.
Tom Petty's song "Power Drunk" (just look at this eyes) is chilling in the aftermath of the Presidential Inauguration.
Merry Christmas 2016!!
Original air date Dec 24, 2016 | Time 59:00
Peter Paul and Mary Holiday Celebration; Sting "If On a Winter's Night"; James Talyor "In the Bleak Midwinter"; Neil Young "Light a Candle"; Joni Mitchell "River"; Ringo Starr "Winter Wonderland"; John Lennon "war is Over"
Neil Young "PEACE TRAIL"
Original air date Dec 17, 2016 | Time 59:00
Neil Young "PEACE TRAIL" new Dec 2016. Performed at his recent visit to the Dakota Pipeline Protest at Standing Rock. You can hear the influence of Native American drums and flutes in the title track. Neil Young "Peace Trail","John Oaks","Texas Rangers" from "Peace Trail" on Reprise. Neil Young & Crazy Horse "Driftin' Back". "Psychedelic Pill","For the Love of Man". Neil Young "Light a Candle" from "Fork in the Road" 2009.
David Crosby and Graham Nash - New Music
Original air date Nov 19, 2016 | Time 59:00
Crosby and Nash have history, and even though they are currently not speaking, they are both going through a great period of creativity. Each has released a new solo album, at the peak of their powers. Crosby's "Lighthouse" (Oct 2016) is a collaboration with Michael League, bassist for the jazz fusion band Snarky Puppy, they co-write and perform the songs. It's a light acoustic touch with choral backups. Nash's album "This Path Tonight" (April 2016) celebrates his renewal through divorce and change, as he moves from Hawaii to the Lower East Side of Manhattan to be with his young love, a photographer like him. The songs are catchy and full of meaning. Both of these songwriters can express complicated ideas with simple writing and I imagine they will work together again, hopefully soon.
Three Part Harmony! - Peter Paul and Mary, Beatles, CS&N, Uncle Walt's Band
Original air date July 23, 2016 | Time 59:00
It's a special talent when three voices blend into one, this was a regular part of the vocabulary of early folk and rock in the early 60's. We hear Peter Paul & Mary from 1966, 1969 amd 2004: "Hurry Sundown", "Leaving on a Jet Plane", "Great Mandella" and "Don't Laugh at Me". The Beatles used three part harmony extensively in their early songs but it slowly disappeared in their work until their final Abbey Road Sessions in 1969; "You Can't Do That", "Yes It Is" and "Because". Crosby Stills and Nash built their sound around three part harmony and from their debut in 1969 we hear "Helplessly Hoping" and "49 Bye-byes". Finally, one of my personal favorites, friends of mine, had Uncle Walt's Band in Austin TX in the early 70's, we hear "Aloha" and "High Hill" from their debut album.