Saturday, 21 October 2017

Just My Imagination (Runnin' Away With Me)

Someone said to me recently that i had a "very unique" imagination and it was the semantic howler as much as anything else that started me thinking about the subject. ("Unique" is an absolute and doesn't take kindly to qualifiers.)

Do i have a unique imagination? Well, of course i do -- anyone with an imagination has one that is unique to themself. But i find that very few people these days seem to have any imagination at all and i started wondering why.

Donald Fagen, in his memoirs -- the excellent "Eminent Hipsters" -- called them TV Babies: people born since 1960 who grew up being babysat by mindless programming on television. They never developed an imagination because they didn't have to, they had everything handed to them. I didn't: i watched television, sure, but i preferred reading books. I don't even now own a working TV -- i did, but as i rarely watched anything, why bother to replace it?

Someone, and i wish i could remember who, once said that they "prefer the radio to television because the pictures are better." Absolutely!

(Full disclosure: i do have a few television series on DVD, and i watch those occasionally, but they are mostly series that are pretty insane, like "The Big Bang Theory" and "Father Ted.")

It's not going to get any better. Kids nowadays rarely seem to get their faces out of their phones; well, not just kids!

Monday, 16 October 2017

The KSHE Klassics Program, Oct. 15, 2017

Quotation du jour ~ Rod Stewart: Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house.

After last week's program, which was so overwhelmingly good, this week's was a bit of a let-down. Last week's show would have been difficult to top and it's still the best four hours of radio that i know of, and although there were many performers this morning that i love, there were few songs that made me want to say, "OMG! I haven't heard that since...."

I need to say a few words about Rod Stewart. Although nowadays he's irrelevant, early in his career -- both solo and with The Jeff Beck Group, he released some amazing music. Then he became rich and materialistic. He could still release some thrilling music, but each subsequent album contained less and less of interest until, in 2002, he released the first volume in what became a 5-CD set, "The Great American Songbook," in which he managed to render some of the greatest pop music standards of the thirties, forties and fifties, utterly boring. Mind you, they were some of the best-selling albums of his career, so what the hell do i know? (He also released, a few years later, possibly the worst Christmas album i have ever heard this side of Alvin And The Chipmunks'.)

I read his autobiography a year or so ago. As with his musical career, it started out well -- some of it was laugh-out-loud funny -- but then he became rich and famous and he started writing about nothing but his latest possessions, his new mansions, his latest conquests of the female persuasion, pffft.

Relevant Rod, there.

Rod Stewart -- Every Picture Tells A Story
The Michael Stanley Band -- One Good Reason
Robin Trower -- Sweet Wine Of Love
Angel -- The Tower
Santana -- Winning
Dave Mason -- Only You Know And I Know
Emerson, Lake & Palmer -- From The Beginning
The Grateful Dead -- A Touch Of Grey
Eric Clapton -- Motherless Children
Shooting Star -- Last Chance
Billy Joel -- The Entertainer
Utopia -- Love Is The Answer
Climax Blues Band -- Using The Power
Steely Dan -- Aja
The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver -- Slipstream
Dr John -- Right Place, Wrong Time
Big Country -- In A Big Country
John Waite -- Change
Denim -- Throw Away
Atlanta Rhythm Section -- Angel (What In The World's Come Over Us)
Blind Faith -- Sea Of Joy
Steve Winwood -- Arc Of A Diver
Dire Straits -- Skateaway
The Babys -- Looking For Love
Les Dudek -- City Magic
Yes -- Time And A Word
Charlie -- Killer Cut
The Byrds -- Turn! Turn! Turn!
Jefferson Airplane -- Volunteers
Kenny Loggins -- Celebrate Me Home
Ambrosia -- Nice, Nice, Very Nice
The Moody Blues -- The Story In Your Eyes
Elton John -- Where To Now St Peter
Rainbow -- Long Live Rock And Roll
Horslips -- Sure The Boy Was Green

And here's what i've been torturing the neighbours with this week:

Dan Fogelberg – The Wild Places
Eagles – One Of These Nights
Television – Marquee Moon
Marillion – Be My Prog Friends Barcelona 2
Mama's Pride – Mama's Pride
Brand X – Unorthodox Behaviour
Kate Bush – Director's Cut
P.J. Harvey – Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
The White Stripes – Under Great White Northern Lights
June Tabor – Angel Tiger
Peter Hammill – Sitting Targets
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Behind The Music
Ivie Anderson – I Got It Good And That Ain't Bad
The Beatles – Revolver
Ray Davies – Thanksgiving Day
David Bowie – The Best Of David Bowie 1974/1979
Sheryl Crow – Tuesday Night Music Club
Rory Gallagher – Rory Gallagher
Home – Pause For A Hoarse Horse
Procol Harum – A Salty Dog
Steeleye Span – Hark! The Village Wait
The Allman Brothers Band – Brothers And Sisters
Paul Simon – The Rhythm Of The Saints
The Bothy Band – Old Hag You Have Killed Me
Dead Can Dance – Toward The Within
Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden

Monday, 9 October 2017

The KSHE Klassics Program, Oct. 8, 2017

Quotation du jour ~ Tom Petty: If no one ever wrote another song, we’d be fine. There’s plenty of songs. But I still do it. I love it, it’s a gift.

Sadly, Tom Petty no longer does it...

Personally, i'm not crazy about this week's show's opener, The Charlie Daniels Band: oh, they're listenable enough, but i wouldn't necessarily choose to listen to them. Things picked up immediately, however, with Rush, a band who has created some much-loved music. I wouldn't include "Jacob's Ladder" in a list of my all-time favourite songs, though (good as it is), but i would include The Hooters' song, the Dan Fogelberg, and the Mott The Hoople, plus there many of my favourite groups this morning -- Steely Dan, The Doobies, Yes, The Sutherland Brothers, etc. etc. In fact there was only one song this morning that i actively disliked -- the one by Aphrodite's Child (although the Ted Nugent was kind of moronic, but then so is Ted Nugent).

It was a virtually seamless listening experience as far as the audio stream was concerned (unlike the horrorshow of a fortnight ago). Sure, there were a few drop-outs, but as they lasted for little more than a second each time, i was happy.

John Ulett (the program's host) mentioned that there will be a Dan Fogelberg tribute album released on Nov. 17 I'll be very interested in that: so much of his music means so much to me and i don't think i've ever heard any cover versions of his songs....

Anyway, i know, just shut up and give us the playlist (i hear you say), so here 'tis.

The Charlie Daniels Band -- The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Rush -- Jacob's Ladder
Tycoon -- Such A Woman
Steely Dan -- Black Cow
Bruce Springsteen -- Jungleland
The Fixx -- Stand Or Fall
Badfinger -- Perfection
The Hooters -- All You Zombies
Dan Fogelberg -- Illinois
Alvin Lee w. Mylon LeFevre -- So Sad (No Love Of His Own)
Joe Satriani -- Always With Me, Always With You
The Doobie Brothers -- Natural Thing
Yes -- America
Steve Winwood -- While You See A Chance
Elton John -- Harmony
Michael Murphey -- Geronimo's Cadillac
Aphrodite's Child -- Loud Loud Loud/4 Horsemen
Steve Miller -- The Stake
Derek & The Dominos -- Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver -- Arms Of Mary
Mott The Hoople -- All The Way From Memphis
Emerson, Lake & Palmer -- Tank
Procol Harum -- A Whiter Shade Of Pale
The Marshall Tucker Band -- 24 Hours At A Time
King Crimson -- The Court Of The Crimson King
Heart -- Kick It Out
Ted Nugent -- Hey Baby
The Babys -- California
Supertramp -- Sister Moonshine
Fleetwood Mac -- She's Changing Me
The Doors -- The Wasp
The Byrds -- So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star
Todd Rundgren -- Hello It's Me

And here's what's been under the laser here at World HQ this week:

Dan Fogelberg – River Of Souls
The Albion Band – Albion Heart
Broadway Revival Cast 1992 – Guys And Dolls
Peter Hammill – pH7
Eagles – One Of These Nights
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
Madonna – American Life*
Carole King – Tapestry
James Taylor – Before This World
Jeff Beck – Jeff
Steve Earle – Essential Steve Earle
Neverending White Lights – Goodbye Friends Of The Heavenly Bodies
Rory Gallagher – Defender
Joan Osborne – Righteous Love
Simon Nicol – Before Your Time
Roger McGuinn – Live From Mars
Sandy Denny – Rendezvous
Genesis – Foxtrot
Radiohead – In Rainbows
The Pretty Reckless – Going To Hell
Focus – Hamburger Concerto
Mike Oldfield – Return To Ommadawn
Five Hand Reel – Five Hand Reel
Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden
Runrig – The Cutter And The Clan
Marillion – F.E.A.R.
Joni Mitchell – Turbulent Indigo
Caro Emerald – Emerald Island
Various Artists – The Mother Of All Morris
Chris Leslie – Origins
Kronos Quartet w. Bob Ostertag – All The Rage

*No, really. It's the only album of hers i've ever bought. It was also her worst-selling album ever and was absolutely slammed by the critics. I like it, what can I tell ya.

Monday, 2 October 2017

USPS Revisited

I posted a few weeks ago ( about the United States Postal Service and their lousy performance record in shipping to Canada -- it really is beyond my comprehension why it should take a package coming from Illinois or Missouri eight weeks to arrive (which is the norm) when packages coming from Holland arrive in less than a fortnight.

I may have to reconsider. A couple of weeks ago, i ordered a 2018 St Louis calendar from a place in Georgia and i was expecting it at the end of October, yet it arrived on Friday.

I still can't forgive them for delivering the Christmas Cards i ordered last year, at the end of October, at the end of December, i.e., after Christmas.

I know, First World problems....

Sunday, 1 October 2017

The KSHE Klassics Show, October 1st, 2017

Quotation du jour: Albert Einstein ~ If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.

Now, that's more like it! After last Sunday's horrendous listening experience, a nightmare of both laptop (hardware) and connection problems, today's experience was as smooth as a baby's bum. I called my man Bryan at tech support on Monday and he suggested i do something and it made my connection rock solid. Give the man a medal -- i've been having connection problems off and on for years, and no one had ever mentioned his solution before. I wonder why?

And it was an excellent program today -- guess life is worth living after all.

One of my favourite album covers of all time:

Badfinger -- Day After Day
Kansas -- Miracles Out Of Nowhere
Alice Cooper Billion Dollar Babies
Steely Dan -- Deacon Blues
Supertramp -- Bloody Well Right
April Wine -- Like A Lover, Like A Song
Tony Carey -- A Fine, Fine Day
The James Gang -- Midnight Man
Spooky Tooth -- Cotton Growin' Man
Poco -- You Better Think Twice
Tom Petty -- Listen To Her Heart
Lake -- Between The Lines
Ten Years After -- I'd Love To Change The World
John Mellencamp -- Hot Night In A Cold Town
Brownsville Station -- (The) Martian Boogie
Bob Dylan -- Positively 4th Street
Lighthouse -- One Fine Morning
Journey -- On A Saturday Night
Bruce Springsteen -- Kitty's Back
Creedence Clearwater Revival -- Green River
Bob Seger -- Turn The Page
Starcastle -- Lady Of The Lake
Black Oak Arkansas -- Jim Dandy
Stingray -- The Man In My Shoes
Rare Earth -- I Just Want To Celebrate
Little Feat -- Time Loves A Hero
Yes -- Yours Is No Disgrace
Emerson, Lake & Palmer -- Hoedown
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils -- Chicken Train
The Rolling Stones -- When The Whip Comes Down
Ian MacLagan -- Little Troublemaker
Stillwater -- I Reserve The Right
String Driven Thing -- Circus
Traffic -- Rock & Roll Stew
Wet Willie -- Keep On Smilin'

Here's what I persecuted the neighbours with this week:

Idjah Hadidjah – Tonggeret
Ashley Hutchings – By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down And Wept
Waterson:Carthy – Holy Heathens And The Old Green Man
Planxty – Old Hag You Have Killed Me
Van der Graaf Generator – Do Not Disturb
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Trilogy
Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes
George Harrison – Best Of Dark Horse 1976 – 1989
Kathleen Edwards – Back To Me
Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden
Survivor – Vital Signs
Yes – Going For The One
Jethro Tull – A Passion Play
Buddy Guy – Bring 'Em In
Dan Fogelberg – The Wild Places
Rockpile – Seconds Of Pleasure
ABBA – The Visitors
Ian Anderson – Thick As A Brick 2
The Beatles – Let It Be
Paula Cole – This Bright Red Feeling
Seether – Poison The Parish
Steeleye Span – Dodgy Bastards
Don Henley – The End Of The Innocence

Monday, 25 September 2017

KSHE Klassics, September 24, 2017

Quotation du jour: Thomas Jefferson ~ He who knows best knows how little he knows.

I have a love / hate relationship with computers, laptops, smartphones and iPads.

An excellent program this morning but a miserable listening experience, thanks to both connection and computer problems. Connection dropouts (lasting a few seconds) were frequent, and twice, when the stream quit altogether, i had to reload the page; i missed most of the Mistress and Graham Parker songs.

Worse was to come. Just as the Pat Travers number began, the system crashed (a Win32kfull.sys error): a blue screen of death, possibly caused by the new browser i installed, Torch. Normally Windows analyses the problem and restarts; this time it didn't. (I spent a good twenty minutes listening on the iPad.) When i've had similar problems with previous laptops, i've simply removed and then re-inserted the battery, but with this laptop, which i've only had since December, i couldn't see how to remove it. So, i used my phone to go to the company's website and learned that, on the bottom of the machine, there's a pinhole (i'd never noticed it before). Insert a paperclip, hold for four or five seconds, and the battery will reset. So i did and it did, and after that all was well. Oh, and i uninstalled Torch.

Rush -- Roll The Bones
Trapeze -- Medusa
Couchois -- Roll The Dice
Strawbs -- Little Sleepy
The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver -- (I Don't Want To Love You But) You Got Me Anyway
Dave Mason -- World In Changes
Poco -- Good Feelin' To Know
The Marshall Tucker Band -- Fire On The Mountain
David Bowie -- Rebel Rebel
The Grateful Dead -- I Need A Miracle
Rare Bird -- Peace Of Mind
The Electric Light Orchestra -- So Fine
Badfinger -- No Matter What
Yes -- Close To The Edge
The Allman Brothers -- Statesboro Blues
Billy Joel -- Say Goodbye To Hollywood
Mistress -- China Lake
Graham Parker -- White Honey
The Who -- I Can't Explain
Pat Travers -- Boom Boom Out Go The Lights
Uriah Heep -- Salisbury
Chris deBurgh -- Don't Pay The Ferryman
Ted Nugent And The Amboy Dukes -- Migration
Stabilizers -- One Simple Thing
It's A Beautiful Day -- A Hot Summer Day
Journey -- Of A Lifetime
Elton John -- Burn Down The Mission
Bob Seger -- Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Supertramp -- Another Man's Woman
The James Gang -- Alexis
Procol Harum -- Conquistador

And here's what i've been scaring the cat with this week:

America – History: America's Greatest Hits
Rod Stewart – Out Of Order
Marillion – Holidays In Eden
Idjah Hadidjah – Tonggeret
Renaissance – Scheherazade And Other Stories
Mama's Pride – Guard Your Heart
Stan Rogers – Fogarty's Cove
Terje Rypdal & The Chasers – Blue
Five Hand Reel – Five Hand Reel
Jann Akkerman – Tabernakel
Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic
Jethro Tull – This Was
Jeff Beck – Official Bootleg U.S.A. '06
Bonnie Raitt – Give It Up
Ten Years After – Live At Reading
Tim Renwick – Privateer
Maddy Prior & The Girls – Bib & Tuck
The Chieftains – The Chieftains 4
Tim Hart & Maddy Prior – Summer Solstice
Crowded House – Recurring Dream
FM – Black Noise
Terje Rypdal – Waves
Kathleen Edwards – Back To Me
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Cocteau Twins – Heaven Or Las Vegas
Caro Emerald – Emerald Island
Billy Joel – Turnstiles
Mark Knopfler – Sailing To Philadelphia
Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Trilogy
Planxty – Cold Blow And The Rainy Night

Monday, 18 September 2017

KSHE Klassics, Sept. 17, 2017

Quotation du jour ~ Dan Fogelberg: MTV didn't call. I guess i wasn't hip and groovy enough.

Well, didn't this week's show just zoom by. I was at the laptop, just buggering around on the Internet (as i am wont to do) thinking there was lots more great classic rock was to come, and it was over! Mind you, it was the best Klassics Show in a couple of weeks -- when it kicks off with Dan Fogelberg, i know i'm in for a treat!

Dan Fogelberg -- Part Of The Plan
Kansas -- Two Cents' Worth
Graham Parker -- Don't Ask Me Questions
Prism -- Hello
Jo Jo Gunne -- Run Run Run
Van Morrison -- Wavelength
John Kay -- Easy Evil
Billy Joel -- Prelude / Angry Young Man
Toby Beau -- Westbound Train
Santana -- Everything's Coming Our Way
Uriah Heep -- Sweet Lorraine
Cheryl Dilcher -- High
Electric Light Orchestra -- Tightrope
April Wine -- I Like To Rock
Bob Dylan -- Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Krokus -- Screaming In The Night
Dave Mason -- Headkeeper
Steely Dan -- Bodhisattva
Jackson Browne -- Here Come Those Tears Again
John Stewart -- Gold
The Amboy Dukes -- Journey To The Center Of The Mind
Michael Stanley -- All I Ever Wanted
Stingray -- Lovesaver
String Driven Thing -- Starving In The Tropics
Morning Star -- Sad Lady
Head East -- Since You've Been Gone
Queen -- Liar
Traffic -- Freedom Rider
Point Blank -- Nicole
Rod Stewart -- Blondes (Have More Fun)
Eric Clapton -- Blues Power
The Doobie Brothers -- Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)
Neil Young -- Cinnamon Girl
Foghat -- My Babe
The Moody Blues -- Question
Kenny Loggins -- Keep The Fire
Marillion -- Kayleigh
Black Sabbath -- Black Sabbath
Heartsfield -- House Of Living

Here's what i've been oppressing the neighbours with this week:

Five Hand Reel – For A' That
Planxty – The Well Below The Valley
The Bothy Band – Old Hag You Have Killed Me
Runrig – The Cutter And The Clan
Colin James – Fuse
Kate Bush – The Dreaming
Robin Trower – Day Of The Eagle
Katrina And The Waves – Walking On Sunshine: The Greatest Hits Of Katrina And The Waves
Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn
Caro Emerald – Acoustic Sessions
Steeleye Span – Ten Man Mop, Or, Mr Reservoir Butler Rides Again
Jimi Hendrix – South Saturn Delta
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Black Moon
The Beatles – Rubber Soul
Jeff Beck – Live +
Jethro Tull – Minstrel In The Gallery
Saga – Silent Knight
Radiohead – Hail To The Thief
Bob Dylan – Modern Times
Eliza Carthy – Rough Music
Terje Rypdal – Descendre
Paul Simon – The Essential Paul Simon
John Hiatt – Anthology
James – The Best Of James
Peter Hammill – In A Foreign Town
Fairport Convention – Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
Annie Haslam –Annie Haslam
Chicago – Chicago VII
Various Artists – Compil Folk 23
David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock
Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic
Donovan – Sunshine Superman
P.J. Harvey – White Chalk
Yes – The Yes Album
Arkells – Michigan Left