Monday, 20 March 2017

The KSHE Klassics Program, March 19th, 2017

Quotation du jour: Charlie Watts ~ Rock and roll has probably given more than it's taken.

I don't know why i have so many computer problems on Sunday mornings. I rarely have trouble connecting to the Internet or to my VPN on any other day of the week, and Sundays are usually the only day the system crashes and i get the dreaded Blue Screen Of Death -- with the same error message each time: System Service Exception: netio.sys. Some Googling (or in my case, DuckDuckGoing) suggests that this is either a driver problem or a registry one, so i ran a driver updater and a registry cleaner, to no avail.

But i was up fairly early on Sunday, i was able to sort it all out before the program began (which involved mainly re-booting ... three times! ... and resetting the modem and the router. And then the listening experience went seamlessly.

< Charlie

Charlie -- She Loves To Be In Love
The Allman Brothers Band -- Wasted Words
Wishbone Ash -- Blowin' Free
Dave Mason -- So High (Rock Me Baby And Roll Me Away\)
Bruce Springsteen -- Jungleland
Creedence Clearwater Revival -- Green River
Utopia -- Love In Action
The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver -- Slipstream
Free -- Wishing Well
Prism -- Julie
Heart -- Dreamboat Annie
Little Feat -- Cold Cold Cold / Tripe Face Boogie
Eric Clapton -- Blues Power
David Bowie -- Young Americans
UFO -- Too Hot To Handle
The Grateful Dead -- Playing In The Band
Michael Stanley -- Nothing's Gonna Change My Mind
Touch -- Don't You Know What Love Is
The Doobie Brothers -- South City Midnight Lady
Kerry Livgren -- Mark Of The Great Deceiver
Captain Beyond -- Sufficiently Breathless
Lou Reed -- Rock And Roll
Nantucket -- Quite Like You
Foghat -- My Babe
Montrose -- Rock The Nation
The Police -- Canary In A Coalmine
Loverboy -- Hot Girls In Love
King Crimson -- In The Court Of The Crimson King
Shooting Star -- You Got What I Need
The Band -- The Weight
Steely Dan -- The Royal Scam
Nick Gilder -- (You Really) Rock Me
George Harrison -- Bangla Desh
Jackson Browne -- That Girl Could Sing
Alice Cooper -- Under My Wheels

And my own personal playlist for the week:

Sheila Chandra – Weaving My Ancestors' Voices
Maddy Prior & June Tabor – No More To The Dance
Enya – Paint The Sky With Stars: The Best Of Enya
Loreena McKennitt – Parallel Dreams
Dan Fogelberg & Tim Weisberg – No Resemblance Whatsoever
Milla Jovovich – The Divine Comedy
Joe Bonamassa – Black Rock
The Byrds – Younger Than Yesterday
Eagles – On The Border
John Lee Hooker – Mr Lucky
Kansas – Leftoverture
David Gilmour – About Face
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Live!
Rory Gallagher – Against The Grain
Big Wreck – Grace Street
The Beatles – Please Please Me
Dan Fogelberg – River Of Souls
Mike Oldfield – Return To Ommadawn
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River
Pink Floyd – Works
David Bowie – Hunky Dory
The Move – Message From The Country
Marillion – Holidays In Eden
Procol Harum – Procol Harum
Paul Simon – The Rhythm Of The Saints
Taste – [The Best Of] Taste
Andy M. Stewart – Man In The Moon
Paula Cole – This Fire
Atlanta Rhythm Section – Third Annual Pipe Dream
The Nice – Ars Longa Vita Brevis
The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers

Sunday, 12 March 2017

The KSHE Klassics Show, March 12th, 2017

Quotation du jour: "Vinegar" Joe Stillwell ~ Illegitimati non carborundum (Don't let the bastards wear you down) 

Well, it wasn't exactly a brilliant edition of the show this morning, but still better than anything else on the radio (that I'm aware of), and the highlight of my week nonetheless. And, for a nice change, my listening experience went pretty smoothly. I had no Internet connection problems, and apart from a bit of bother connecting to my VPN at first, all went well after that.

I love Sundays!

< that's Vinegar Joe

Vinegar Joe -- Never Met A Dog
Charlie Daniels Band -- Birmingham Blues
Brave Belt -- Another Way Out
Kansas -- Can I Tell You
Jackson Browne -- In The Shape Of A Heart
Ambrosia -- Time Waits For No One
Lake -- On The Run
The Police -- Invisible Sun
Roxy Music -- Love Is The Drug
Gypsy -- Tomorrow Is The Last To Be Heard
Chilliwack -- Baby Blue
John Waite -- Change
Santana -- Well All Right
Hudson Ford -- Take A Little Word
Rainbow -- Long Live Rock And Roll
America -- Sandman
Dixon House Band -- Sooner Or Later
Genesis -- A Trick Of The Tail
The James Gang -- Midnight Man
Cheryl Dilcher -- High
Golden Earring -- Vanilla Queen
Toto -- I'll Supply The Love
The Byrds -- Turn! Turn! Turn!
David & David -- Welcome To The Boomtown
Elton John -- Take Me To The Pilot
Wings -- Venus And Mars / Rock Show
Blind Faith -- Can't Find My Way Home
Jay Ferguson -- Thunder Island
Dave Mason -- Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave
Michael Murphey -- Wildfire
Patti Smith -- Because The Night
Billy Joel -- Prelude / Angry Young Man
Novo Combo -- Tattoo
Little Feat -- Dixie Chicken
The Grateful Dead -- Sweet Magnolia
Shooting Star -- Bring It On

And my own personal playlist for the week:

James Taylor – Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Maddy Prior – Lionhearts
Chantal Kreviazuk – Under These Rocks And Stones
The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers
The Kinks --  Celluloid Heroes: The Kinks' Greatest
Paul McCartney – Flaming Pie
Dan Fogelberg – Phoenix
June Tabor – Some Other Time
Genesis – Selling England By The Pound
Manfred Mann's Earth Band – The Best Of Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Dan Fogelberg – Souvenirs (twice)
Maddy Prior & June Tabor – Silly Sisters
Various Artists – The Acoustic Folk Box
Mike Oldfield – The Millennium Bell
Fleetwood Mac – Tusk
Muddy Waters – The Best Of Muddy Waters
Brand X – Unorthodox Behaviour
Trigger Hippy – Trigger Hippy
Various Artists – What's Shakin'
Jane Siberry – The Speckless Sky
Chicago – Chicago VII
Richard & Linda Thompson – I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Marc Cohn – Marc Cohn
Fairport Convention – 50:50@50
Rory Gallagher – Rory Gallagher
10 c.c. -- The Original Soundtrack
Afro Celt Sound System – Volume 2: Release
Various Artists – Peter And The Wolf
Rory Gallagher – Live! In Europe
Joan Osborne – Love And Hate
Van der Graaf Generator – Do Not Disturb

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Sending Flowers

I have two friends in Toronto, a married couple called Paul and Imogen, people i've known for forty years. I've stayed with them a few times over the years when i've visited Hogtown and they are wonderful, eccentric and highly-evolved, and both very dear to me.

Anyway, the thing is, it's Imogen's 70th birthday next week and there's a big beano being held for her on Saturday which, unfortunately, i won't be able to attend. So i decided to send her some flowers.

I haven't sent flowers to anyone since i've lived in this small Southwestern Ontario town, and i didn't know where to begin. There simply aren't many florists here and those i tried either couldn't or wouldn't. I Googled Interflora, but they don't seem to have a Canadian branch. (I couldn't find one, anyway,,,,)

At a bit of a loss to know what to do, i asked Roxanne at work – cos she's a girl and should know about flowers and schtuff – and she told me that the floral department at the local supermarket can do it for me. Eureka!

Or so i thought. But they don't do out of town deliveries. But at least the man made a constructive suggestion: order online at

So i did. It was a pretty tedious process as i don't have an account with them – why would i? -- but i finally arranged everything and was on the verge of hitting “place order now” when didn't the @%$!*&$ laptop crash! Argh, fuck me blind, why me, etc.

So i had to start all over again. Which i did, submitted to the tedious process all over again, and actually managed to place the order: $107 worth of anthuriums (anthuria?). Yikes! Flowers are expensive!

And then Victor, from Tidy's Flowers 'phoned me. They would like to have Imogen's telephone number in case of any difficulties. Why is my life so difficult? I know i have the number here somewhere but it's tricky when, with my shambolic file system, virtually everything's under M for Miscellaneous. I couldn't find it.... Eventually i messaged a mutual friend, got the number, and called Tidy's, so now all should be good.

Enjoy the ease of online ordering, they say. It's fun, they say. I need a drink.

Monday, 6 March 2017

KSHE Klassics Show, March 5th, 2017

Quotation du jour: Thomas Jefferson ~ He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

Unfortunately, this is not the complete playlist. There were a couple of songs (maybe three) that i didn't recognise. This happens quite often -- some of what Uman plays is pretty obscure -- but usually it's not a problem: KSHE lists what they've played recently on their website. But today when i checked, i found that they hadn't updated since 1:30 a.m.

Otherwise it was as good as always and, remarkably, the listening experience was as smooth as could be. My Internet connection was solid throughout and i had no difficulty whatever establishing a connection to my VPN. Rock on!

(Just an aside about the probs i've had with connecting to my VPN, which have been chronic lately. The other program i listen to on KSHE is The Rock Magazine, which is hosted by my Facebook friend Tommy T., and which is an hour-long mini-version of the Sunday Klassics show. It comes on at 4 a.m. [my time] every weekday morning and i'm usually up early enough to listen to most if not all of it. One morning last week, i was up half an hour before the show was to begin and i still hadn't established a connection, so, rather than saying “what the hell is wrong with this thing???” over and over, i went into Task Manager, discovered a compatibility setting that needed to be changed et voila! I was able to connect immediately. It's easy when you know what to do.) (Which doesn't describe me, btw!)

Brownsville Station -- The Martian Boogie
Little Feat -- Time Loves A Hero
Rod Stewart -- Gasoline Alley
Grinderswitch -- Kill The Pain
Wiggy Bits -- Oh Captain
Wet Willie -- Everything That You Do (Will Come Back To You)
The Kinks -- Tired Of Waiting For You
Flame -- Beg Me
Pete Townshend -- Pure And Easy
Dr John -- Right Place, Wrong Time
Graeme Edge with Adrian Gurvitz -- Paradise Ballroom
Zebra -- Who's Behind The Door?
UFO -- Cherry
Joe Vitale -- Lady On The Rock
Michael Stanley Band -- Heartland
Good Rats -- Injun Joe
Heart -- Kick It Out
Mott The Hoople -- All The Way From Memphis
The Kings -- This Beat Goes On / Switchin' To Glide
.38 Special -- Wild-Eyed Southern Boys
Canned Heat -- Going Up The Country
Greg Kihn Band --The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em Like That Anymore)
Charlie -- Killer Cut
The Band -- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Utopia -- Love Is The Answer
The James Gang -Must Be Love
Diesel -- Sausalito Summernight
Dan Fogelberg -- Illinois
Henry Gross -- One More Tomorrow
Crawler -- Stone Cold Sober
ZZ Top -- A Fool For Your Stockings
It's A Beautiful Day -- White Bird
Jefferson Starship -- Can't Find Love
Crosby, Stills & Nash -- Marrakesh Express
Todd Rundgren -- Can We Still Be Friends?
Rare Earth -- Get Ready
Gary Wright -- Love Is Alive
Mama's Pride -- She's A Stranger To Me Now
Badfinger -- Day After Day

And my own personal playlist for the week:

Dan Fogelberg – The Wild Places
Graham Nash – Songs For Beginners
Soft Machine – Third
Steely Dan – Countdown To Ecstasy
The Psychedelic Furs – Greatest Hits
The Byrds – 5D
Joan Osborne – Pretty Little Things
Mike Oldfield – Platinum
Hothouse Flowers – Born
Rory Gallagher – Stage Struck
Peter Hammill – In Camera
Fotheringay – Fotheringay
Home – The Alchemist
Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard – Music From The Motion Picture Gladiator
Art – Supernatural Fairy Tales
Cat Stevens – The Very Best Of Cat Stevens
Marillion – F.E.A.R.
The Jeff Beck Group – Rough And Ready
Ray Davies – Return To Waterloo
Rory Gallagher – Fresh Evidence
Van der Graaf Generator – Pawn Hearts
The Allman Brothers Band – Idlewild South
Dan Fogelberg – Full Circle
The Beatles – A Hard Day's Night
Paul Simon – You're The One
Saga – Images At Twilight
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country
Bruce Springsteen – Working On A Dream
Donovan – A Gift From A Flower To A Garden
Harmonium – L'Heptade XL

Renaissance -- Scheherazade And Other Stories

Sunday, 26 February 2017

KSHE Klassics Show, February 26th, 2017

Quotation du jour ~ Abraham Lincoln: If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?

Man, i love Sundays.

Not only because it's my only day off, but this program lifts my heart and eases my soul. What a shame i usually have so many computer problems on Sundays. I was able to connect to the VPN fairly easily this morning but then something caused a problem with ye olde laptop: netio.sys (whatever that is) shut me down. Twice. (It's some sort of NVIDIA driver conflict, i believe, although i haven't investigated much further.)

The second time i got the dreaded BSOD, i could no longer connect to the VPN at all and in fact wound up listening to the last 45 minutes of the program on my iPad (with earbuds, of course). And it was great. As always.

Dan Fogelberg – Part Of The Plan
Ian Hunter – Cleveland Rocks
The Band – Up On Cripple Creek
Charlie Daniels – Reflections
UFO – Doctor Doctor
Fleetwood Mac – Danny's Chant
Kansas – It Takes A Woman's Love (To Make A Man)
Sammy Hagar – (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Budgie – Sky High Percentage
Kenny Loggins – Easy Driver
The Byrds – Mr Tambourine Man
Shooting Star – Hang On For Your Life
Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells A Story
Mama's Pride -- Merry-Go-Round
Strawbs – Lay Down
The Allman Brothers Band – Melissa
Ian MacLagan -- Little Troublemaker
Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic
Eagles – James Dean
Santana – Open Invitation
The Boomtown Rats – I Don't Like Mondays
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Hoedown
Ten Years After – I'd Love To Change The World
Neil Young – Like A Hurricane
The Who – Happy Jack
Mistress – China Lake
Poco – You Better Think Twice
Gary Wright – Silent Fury
The Rolling Stones – When The Whip Comes Down
707 – I Could Be Good For You
Alice Cooper – Hello Hurray
Horslips -- Sure The Boy Was Green
Loggins & Messina – Vahevala
Dave Mason – Mystic Traveler
String Driven Thing – Circus
Grinderswitch – Pickin' The Blues
Off Broadway – Full Moon Turn My Head Around
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Dark Star
David Bowie – The Jean Genie
Jackson Browne – Boulevard
Wet Willie – Keep On Smilin'
Nantucket -- California

And my own personal playlist for the week:

Dan Fogelberg -- Souvenirs*
The Byrds -- Mr Tambourine Man
The Beatles -- Let It Be... Naked
Terje Rypdal -- Descendre
Memphis Minnie -- The Essential Recordings
Hothouse Flowers -- The Platinum Collection
Peter Hammill -- Enter K
Zap Mama -- Sabsylma
Roy Wood -- Starting Up
Thunder -- Behind Closed Doors
The Beatles -- Live At The Hollywood Bowl
Bonnie Raitt -- Silver Lining
Steeleye Span -- Dodgy Bastards
Elvin Bishop -- The Best Of Elvin Bishop
The Byrds -- Turn! Turn! Turn!
Renaissance -- Scheherazade And Other Stories
Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity -- Open
The Faces -- Long Player
Jon & Vangelis -- The Friends Of Mr Cairo
Eric Clapton -- Me And Mr Johnson
Big Wreck -- Grace Street
Kate Bush -- The Sensual World
Brass Monkey -- Sound And Rumour
Sheryl Crow -- 100 Miles From Memphis
Mike Oldfield -- QE2
Various Artists -- Blues Breakers!
Peter Gabriel -- Peter Gabriel
Mike Oldfield -- Return To Ommadawn
Van der Graaf Generator -- Do Not Disturb
The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver -- The Beat Of The Street
Dan Fogelberg -- Live in Colorado
The Baltimore Consort -- On The Banks Of Helicon

*odd that the first CD i played this week includes the first song that Uman played on this morning's program!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

KSHE Klassics Show, February 19th, 2017

Quotation du jour ~ Dan Fogelberg: There's a magic every moment / There's a miracle each day /There's a magic every moment / Oh won't you let the music play.

As i've mentioned previously, KSHE doesn't stream their audio to Canada and in order to listen i have to connect to a VPN, and some weeks i have a very difficult job connecting. This week, i did some research. My firewall and AV software weren't hindering it, but i found a couple of settings under Control Panel => Administrative Tools that i changed (remote access options) and i had no trouble at all. And i'm ever so glad i spent some time on the problem: this morning's show was absolutely wonderful! (In fact, I ordered an Elvin Bishop CD that “Travelin' Shoes” appears on, right after the song ended.) Anyway, here's the complete playlist:

Traffic – The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
Little Feat – Rocket In My Pocket
Eric Clapton – Let It Grow
Z.Z. Top – Heard It On The X
Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes
Rush – Time Stand Still
Spirit – I Got A Line On You
Queen – Bicycle Race
Rick Derringer – Don't Ever Say Goodbye
Santana – Everybody's Everything
Manfred Mann – For You
Billy Joel – Say Goodbye To Hollywood
Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers
Bruce Springsteen – Cadillac Ranch
Elvin Bishop – Travelin' Shoes
Yes – Time And A Word
Pat Travers – Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)
Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic
Real Life – Send Me An Angel
Jeff Beck – I Ain't Superstitious
Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
Jethro Tull – Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll, Too Young To Die
Dan Fogelberg – As The Raven Flies*
The Doobie Brothers – Natural Thing
The Babys – California
Jefferson Starship – Miracles
Steely Dan – Any Major Dude Will Tell You
Michael Bolton – Fool's Game
Detective – Recognition
The Byrds – Eight Miles High
Stanley Clarke – School Days
Cheryl Dilcher – Together
Blind Faith – Sea Of Joy
John Mellencamp – Ain't Even Done With The Night
J.Geils – Looking For A Love
Status Quo – Is There A Better Way
Stephen Stills – Love The One You're With
George Harrison – This Song
Point Blank – Nicole
Bob Dylan – Highway 61

* Last year, when this program's host John Ulett (a.k.a. Uman) celebrated his 40th anniversary at KSHE, he put together a list of his forty favourite albums, and the album that this song comes from, “Souvenirs,” was included. I have to agree! His full list is here:

And my own personal playlist for the week:

Oysterband -- Trawler
Jennifer Warnes -- Famous Blue Raincoat
June Tabor -- Angel Tiger
Dan Fogelberg -- Love In Time
Jeff Beck -- Beckology
Donald Fagen -- The Nightfly
Lucinda Williams -- World Without Tears
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble -- Live At Carnegie Hall
Various Artists -- Stone Free: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix
The Incredible String Band -- U
Peter Hammill -- Fireships
Rory Gallagher -- Jinx
Colin James -- Take It From The Top: The Best Of Colin James
Various Artists -- City Of Angels (O.S.T.)
Big Wreck -- Grace Street
Steeleye Span -- Dodgy Bastards
Mike Oldfield -- Return To Ommadawn
Genesis -- Nursery Cryme
The Albion Dance Band -- The Prospect Before Us
Dan Fogelberg -- River Of Souls
Chicago -- Chicago V
The Hooters -- Hooterization: A Retrospective
Steely Dan -- Pretzel Logic
The Chieftains -- The Ballad Of The Irish Horse
Mike Heron -- Smiling Men With Bad Reputations
Peter Gabriel -- Ovo
Runrig -- The Story
Vanilla Fudge -- Vanilla Fudge
Chantal Krevaziuk -- Under These Rocks And Stones

Monday, 13 February 2017

KSHE Klassics Show, February 12th, 2017

This morning's was a truly frustrating listening experience.

Not the program itself, which was the schtuff that dreams are made on, nor with my Internet connection, which was fine. No, the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of the firewall i installed yesterday, Comodo. At around 8:30 a.m. i tried to connect to the V.P.N. i need in order to listen to KSHE (as their audio stream is blocked outside the U.S.A.) and Comodo didn't like it. Every thirty seconds a warning would pop asking if i trusted this application. I kept clicking yes, of course, but the warning kept appearing, even when i had the "remember my answer" box checked. There was much effing and blinding by me until, at a couple of minutes past nine, i finally connected.

And Comodo didn't like my browser either -- or perhaps it just doesn't like classic rock. Those alerts started popping up every thirty seconds again and i kept clicking "allow" and still they came. I wound up listening to a good part of the show on my iPad as kept starting and restarting the laptop just to get rid of those damned alerts! (Needless to say i ultimately uninstalled Comodo and went back to Zone Alarm's firewall -- and that required yet another restart -- but at least Zone Alarm likes classic rock.)

It was not how i had hoped to spend my Sunday morning...

Lou Reed -- Sweet Jane
Robin Trower -- Sweet Wine Of Love
John Mayall -- Room To Move
REO Speedwagon -- Say You Love Me Or Say Goodnight
Steve Winwood -- Time Is Running Out
Bob Dylan -- Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Kansas -- What's On My Mind
George Harrison -- All Things Must Pass
UFO -- Only You Can Rock Me
The Moody Blues -- Legend Of A Mind
.38 Special -- Rock And Roll Strategy
Fleetwood Mac -- Hypnotized
Jethro Tull -- Teacher
Supertramp -- School
Jefferson Starship -- No Way Out
Alice Cooper -- Billion Dollar Babies
Big Country -- In A Big Country
Rush -- Lakeside Park
The Grateful Dead -- Alabama Getaway
The Outlaws -- Green Grass And High Tides
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown -- Fire
Bandit -- Visions Of You
Steve Miller Band -- The Stake
Grand Funk Railroad -- Closer To Home / I'm Your Captain
Angel -- Rock And Rollers
Alvin Lee -- So Sad (No Love Of His Own)
The Marshall Tucker Band -- Can't You See
Bruce Springsteen -- Badlands
Jackson Browne -- Red Neck Friend
Dire Straits -- Lady Writer
Little River Band -- It's A Long Way There
Jo Jo Gunne -- Ready Freddy
J. Geils Band -- Must Got Lost
Dave Mason -- Let It Go, Let It Flow
Kenny Loggins -- Love Has Come Of Age

And my own personal playlist for the week:

Runrig -- In Search Of Angels
Pink Floyd -- The Endless River
Ten Years After -- Live At Reading
Black Country Communion -- Afterglow
Steeleye Span -- Dodgy Bastards
Paula Cole -- This Bright Red Feeling
Dan Fogelberg -- Souvenirs
Dixie Chicks -- Home
Mike Oldfield -- Return To Ommadawn
Jeff Beck Group -- Rough And Ready
Linda Ronstadt -- Heart Like A Wheel
Talking Heads -- The Best Of Talking Heads
The Incredible String Band -- Wee Tam And The Big Huge
David Crosby -- If I Could Only Remember My Name
Chicago -- II
Fairport Convention -- 50:50@50
Asia -- Asia
Jack Bruce -- Shadows In The Air
The Kinks -- Arthur
Genesis -- Invisible Touch
Kate Bush -- The Sensual World
Fleetwood Mac -- Tribute To The Blues
Loggins & Messina -- On Stage
Steve Winwood -- Refugees Of The Heart
Jon & Vangelis -- The Friends Of Mr Cairo
Paul McCartney – Ram
Various Artists – Out On The Rolling Sea