Chuck Berry Is Rock n Roll: Rolling Stones, Beatles, Elvis
Original air date April 1, 2017 | Time 59:00
Born in St Louis MO, Chuck was 90 yrs old when he passed away at his home in March 2017, only 10 miles from the city where he was born. We hear the British musicians who were infatuated with American rock from the 50's - The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and recordings by Elvis Presley. Chuck Berry was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame when it opened in 1986 and was honored for taking the lead guitar lines of Country Western and fitting them into a R&B song, creating the sound and performance energy of Rock n Roll.
Music and Poetry of Ireland: Van Morrison, U2
Original air date March 18, 2017 | Time 59:00
"The Streets of Arklow", a city on the east coast of Ireland, by Van Morrison from "Veedon Fleece" 1974.
Willaim Butler Yeats was born in Ireland in 1985 and we hear two of his poems set to music: Judy Collins "Isle of Innisfree" composed by William Butler Yeats, Hamilton Camp from "LIVING" in 1971; Joni Mitchell "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" from "Night Ride Home" 1991.
Van Morrison was born in Belfast Ireland: "Pagan Heart"from "Born to Sing, No Plan B" 2012; "Into the Mystic" from "Moondance" 1970; "Going Down to Bangor" from "Keep Me Singing" 2016.
U2 is from Dublin, lead singer Bono was born there in 1960, we hear "Sunday Bloody Sunday" from LIVE in Germany 1983 and then from the recent 2014 Songs of Innocence "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" and "Iris" a song dedicated to his mother.
Songs from Ten Strong Women
Original air date March 11, 2017 | Time 59:00
Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Sandy Denny, Meshell Ndegeocello, Erykha Badu, Stevie Nicks, Adele, Taylor Swift, Chrissie Hynde
LIVE Recordings: Carole King, Phil Ochs, Frank Zappa, Police
Original air date March 4, 2017 | Time 59:00
Carol King was 28 yrs old when she released he frist solo album "Tapestry". Six months later she did a Live Concert in Carnegie Hall in June 1971.
The previous year Phil Ochs did a live concert at Carnegie Hall, the recording is called "Gunfight at Carnegie Hall".
Frank Zappa used clips of live recordings and mixed them together in the studio with pre-recorded tracks and we hear Sheik Yerbuti from 1979.
Finally, three vituosos perform Live In Buenes Aires and we hear The Police from Dec 2007 "Certifiable".
Soldiers and Presidents
Original air date Feb 11, 2017 | Time 59:00
Sting "Pretty Young Soldier" from 2016's "57th & 9th"; Fotheringay "Banks of the Nile" by Sandy Denny from "fotheringay" in 1970; Leon Russell & Marc Benno "Ballad for a Soldier" from "Asylum Choir II" in 1971; Eric Burden "Invitation to the White House" from 2013's "Till Your River Runs Dry"; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young "Let's Impeach the President" from 2003; Neil Young "Light a Candle" from 2009; Neil Young "Show Me" from his recordings at the Dakota Pipeline protests with the Native American Tribes in 2016 on "Peace Trail"; Joni Mitchell "Shine" from 2007 her last album to date and one of her saddest and bleak views of the world; Neil Young & Crazy Horse "This land is your land" composed by Woody Guthrie.
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.