Changing Weather and Power Trips!
Original air date March 10, 2018 | Time 59:00
What a week with Snowthunder and Power outages intruding into everyday life. I frame the issue with two songs, Phil Ochs "Power and Glory", Leonard Cohen "The Land of Plenty" (May the light in the Land of Plenty shine on the truth someday). Paul Simon's "Questions for the Angels", Neil Young "Show Me" and Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi". Pixar's Movie WALL-E is a light hearted story of total environmental destruction of the Earth which mankind abandons. From the soundtrack we hear Peter Gabriel's "Down to Earth" and Tom Petty's "All You Can Carry". John Lennon's last day was Dec 8 1980 when he recorded the lead guitar track for Yoko Ono's "Walking on Thin Ice" about the unpredictable nature of the future. We finish with Joni Mitchell's "If I had a Heart" and Leonard Cohen's final work "You Want it Darker".
A Reason to Smile
Original air date Feb 3, 2018 | Time 59:00
Music is so powerful. It can lift you up if you look for a reason to smile. If you go looking for a reason to smile you're going to find one.
Paul Simon's song "Punky's Dilemma" from Bookends by Simon and Garfunkle 1989. Biff Rose's second album The Children of Light 1969 is brillant. He wanted to be a stand-up comic in Los Angeles but ends up performing as a singer songwriter, appearing on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show over 12 times.
Getting Ready for Christmas - Paul Simon, Sting, Pete Seeger, Beach Boys
Original air date December 9, 2017 | Time 59:00
Paul Simon "Getting Ready for Christmas Day", "The Afterlife", "Love and Blessings" from "So Beautiful or So What" 2011
Pete Seeger "The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood" composed by Richard Farina from "God Bless the Grass" 1966, "To My Old Brown Earth" 2010
The Byrds "Turn, Turn, Turn" composed by Pete Seeger 1965
The Steve Miller Band "Winter Time" from "Book of Dreams" 1977
Sting "Hounds of Winter" composed by Sting from "If On a Winter's Night" 2009
Mick Jagger "Dancing in the Starlight" composed by Mick Jagger from "Goddess in the Doorway" 2001
The Beach Boys "Our Prayer","God Only knows" composed by Brian Wilson from "Pet Sounds" 1966
The Beatles "Across the Universe" 1969
Paul Buckmaster, Composer, Arranger, Conductor: Bowie, Elton John, Rolling Stones, Train, Heart, Grateful Dead
Original air date November 18, 2017 | Time 59:00
Paul Buckmaster, whose orchestral arrangements brought power and poignancy to signature songs by David Bowie, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Carly Simon and countless other rock, pop, country and jazz stars, died on Nov. 7 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71.
Mr. Buckmaster was something of a child prodigy on the cello and might have made a career solely as a musician, but a few fortuitous introductions connected him to Mr. Bowie and brought him the assignment of arranging “Space Oddity,” the eerie 1969 Bowie song that begins with the lyric “Ground control to Major Tom.”
“One general rule is to hold back as much as possible,” he said, “to give the listener the chance to let the song grow and unfold, introducing new sonic elements, such as new instruments or sectional groupings. If you use everything from the beginning, you have nowhere to go.” - Paul Buckmaster
Walter Becker Memorial, Co-Founder of Steely Dan
Original air date September 2, 2017 | Time 59:00
Walter Becker was the co-founder of Steely Dan. Today's program is a Memorial tribute to him featuring his solo recordings from 1994 and 2008. We hear his spectacular bass playing and singing. We also listen to the timeless work he did with Donald Fagen as Steely Dan. Walter died at this home in Maui on Sept 6, 2017.
Reelin' in the Years - 1972 debut album "Can't Buy a Thrill"
Time Out of Mind (Mark Knopfler on lead guitar) and Babylon Sisters from "Gaucho" 1980
Book of Liars and Little Kawai - from Becker's solo album produced by Fagen "11 Tracks of Whack" 1994
Two Against Nature - title track from Grammy Album of the year 2000
Circus Money - from Becker's solo album "Circus Money" 2008
Deacon Blue from "Aja" 1978
Hurricane Harvey - Tribute to Survivors and Rescuers
Original air date September 2, 2017 | Time 59:00
Richie Havens: Hurricane Waters (2008)
The Pretenders: I'll Stand By You (2010)
Yusuf: The Rain (2009)
The Beatles: Rain (1965)
David Crosby: Radio (2014)
Graham Nash: Beneath the Waves (2016)
Steve Winwood: I'm Not Drowning (2009)
Tom Petty: All You Can Carry (2011)
Bob Dylan: A Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall (1964)
Baritone - The Unusual Voice in Rock
Original air date august 5, 2017 | Time 59:00
Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Rev. Vince Anderson, Eric Burdon. The low male voice is so expressive and yet most male singers in rock are tenors, a surprising contrast to other genres like Classical or Broadway. Let's get down to it.
Mountain Wave - Live in the Studio
Original air date July 8, 2017 | Time 59:00
The trio performs songs from their debut recording "Somewhere in Liberty" live in the studio. Tim Gannon, lead guitar; Chip Forelli, bass: Mark Switko, drums. All three are gifted singer-songwriters and share the vocal leads and harmony. The debut album is a LIVE recording from July 2016 and gives you an excellent idea of the high-energy performance this band delivers. They encompass a distinct variety of genres from County to Experimental Rock and it's a Mystery!
You can listen to the album and find out more about the band at www.mountainwave.bandcamp.com.
Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie
Original air date June 17, 2017 | Time 59:00
These two songwriters have been members of Fleetwood Mac during their height and contributed some of the band's biggest hits. They have just released a duet album, with all the members of Fleetwood Mac except Stevie Nicks who is taking a break.
- Buckingham McVie "In My World" composed by Lindsey Buckingham
- Fleetwood Mac "You Make Loving Fun" by Christine McVie and "Go Your Own Way" by Lindsey Buckingham from "Rumours" 1977
- Fleetwood Mac "say You Love Me" by Christine McVie 1975 and "Big Love" by Lindsey Buckingham 1987
- Christine McVie "You Are" and "So Sincere" McVie from "In the Meantime" 2004
- Lindsey Buckingham "Seeds We Sow" and "In Our Own Time" Buckingham from "Seeds We Sow" 2011
The Allman Brothers Band - Gregg and Duane
Original air date June 10, 2017 | Time 59:00
Gregg Allman passed away in May 2017 at 69 yrs old. Duane died in a motorcycle accident when he was only 24 yrs old back in 1971. Duane was a master guitarist and his idea was to have 2 lead guitars and 2 drummers in the band. In spite of the band's genre of "Southern Rock", they achieved a reputation for a "jam" band through jazz-like improvisations. Duane developed his chops playing as a session sideman in Muscle Shoals for Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Boz Scaggs and others, before devoting himself full time to the Allman Bros. When he met Eric Clapton they found a deep rapport and Duane played lead guitar on LAYLA and was invited to join Clapton's band, but he stayed with the Allman Bros to the end.