Monday, 30 May 2016

The KSHE Klassics Program, May 29th, 2016

Quotation du jour: Ludwig Van Beethoven ~Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.

It was an abbreviated edition of the program this week -- two hours instead of four, as KSHE had a Memorial Day special that interfered with it. Well, Memorial Day -- God Bless America and all that, 'twould be churlish of me to grouse about the loss of some radio magic. The edition wasn't all that great, though, i must say -- very few "ow, wow, wow, whoo!" moments. Perhaps Uman (the host) resented having half of his show being cut. His heart may not have been in it.

Before i present the playlist, though, i experienced a different type of radio magic this past week.

This past Tuesday, it was announced that Gord Downie, musical genius behind the Kingston, Ontario rock band The Tragically Hip -- huge in Canada, local heroes in Kingston, little known in any other country -- had terminal brain cancer.Now, although i listen to KSHE most weekday mornings, around 6 a.m. i usually switch to the Kingston station KROCK. It's a pretty good rock station and i have (Facebook) friends
there. I was there on Tuesday. The tragic news was announced and their morning deejay, Kris, did something extraordinary. The very first song he was scheduled to play was by Ozzy Osbourne. He stopped it after about twenty seconds, and said, "i can't play this today," and from then until i left for work -- and more than likely thereafter -- he played The Tragically Hip exclusively. That was a "wow" morning, and how many radio stations -- or deejays! -- would do that. (Makes me wonder, though, what'll happen there when poor Gord actually dies?)

OK, so here's the Klassics playlist:

The Pure Prairie League -- Two Lane Highway
Elton John -- Burn Down The Mission
The Bliss Band -- Doctor
King Crimson -- The Court Of The Crimson King
Bruce Springsteen -- Prove It All Night
Michael Stanley -- Nothing's Gonna Change My Mind
Fleetwood Mac -- Heroes Are Hard To Find
Dave Mason -- Only You Know And I Know
Angel -- Rock & Rollers
Tucky Buzzard -- Gold Medallions
Frank Zappa -- Joe's Garage
REO Speedwagon -- Only The Strong Survive
Leon Russell -- Tightrope
Charlie Daniels -- Trudy
Rockpile -- Teacher Teacher
String Driven Thing -- Starving In The Tropics
Rory Gallagher -- Edged In Blue
David Bowie -- Space Oddity

And my personal playlist:

Dan Fogelberg -- Greatest Hits
Yes -- Going For The One
The Tragically Hip -- Up To Here
Rory Gallagher -- Rory Gallagher
Survivor -- Vital Signs
Sky -- Sky 2
Genesis -- Invisible Touch
Various Artists -- Knights Of The Blues Table
Steeleye Span -- Live At Last!
Chicago -- Chicago III
Yes -- Tormato
Saga -- Images At Twilight
Jethro Tull -- Heavy Horses
Steeleye Span -- Tempted And Tried
Steve Earle -- Essential Steve Earle

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

KSHE Klassics, May 22, 2016

Quotation du jour ~ Friedrich Nietzsche: Without music, life would be a mistake

Basically just the playlist this week, folks, although with a personal aside: it was discovering KSHE over three years ago that led to my developing such a great feeling of affinity towards St Louis, and i've finally booked a trip -- i leave June 21st. KSHE ain't yer average radio station, and i'll be able to listen to it in real time, without the intrusions of the outfit who streams their audio, for a change.

Paul McCartney -- Smile Away
Foghat -- Rock And Roll Outlaw
The Outlaws -- Green Grass And High Tides
Big Country -- In A Big Country
Jefferson Airplane -- Volunteers
The Tubes -- Sushi Girl
It's A Beautiful Day -- White Bird
Strawbs -- Heartbreaker
Chilliwack -- Fly At Night
The Nazz -- Open My Eyes
Shooting Star -- Tonight
Dwight Twilley -- I'm On Fire
Little Feat -- Time Loves A Hero
The Allman Brothers Band -- Statesboro Blues
Michael Stanley -- All I Ever Wanted
Rare Bird -- Peace Of Mind
Van Morrison -- Wild Night
Ambrosia -- Nice Nice Very Nice
The Kinks -- Tired Of Waiting For You
Dan Fogelberg -- Part Of The Plan
Robert Palmer -- You're Gonna Get What's Comin'
The Jimi Hendrix Experience -- Little Wing
Steely Dan -- My Old School
Gypsy -- Gypsy Queen (Part 1)
Blue Oyster Cult -- In Three
Electric Light Orchestra -- Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle
The Hooters -- All You Zombies
Kenny Loggins -- Keep The Fire
Firefall -- Mexico
Rainbow -- Street Of Dreams
Jethro Tull -- Too Old To Rock And Roll, Too Young To Die
Supertramp -- Crime Of The Century
John Stewart -- Gold
Billy Joel -- Say Goodbye To Hollywood
Shoot -- Sepia Sister
Charlie Daniels -- Birmingham Blues
Loverboy -- Hot Girls In Love
Kansas -- Can I Tell You

And my own personal playlist (and i ain't yer average music listener):

Steeleye Span -- Rocket Cottage
Creedence Clearwater Revival -- Bayou Country
Be+Bop Deluxe -- Electrical Language
Steely Dan -- Katy Lied
Blind Faith -- Blind Faith
Jethro Tull -- M.U.-- The Best Of Jethro Tull
Chantal Kreviazuk -- Under These Rocks And Stones
Rory Gallagher -- Fresh Evidence
Maddy Prior -- Flesh & Blood
Procol Harum -- A Salty Dog
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- Angel Station
Waterson:Carthy -- Waterson:Carthy
Rory Gallagher -- Wheels Within Wheels
Joni Mitchell -- Hits

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Fort McMurray

Quotation du jour ~ Justin Trudeau: Canada has always been there to help people who need it.

I am inordinately proud of the country i live in atm.

As probably many will know, the city of Fort McMurray, in northern Alberta, was recently devastated by wildfires. There was a mandatory evacuation order and 88,000 people fled. There was no human injury but the losses and stress of the relocation must have been, well, something worse than i can possibly imagine. And i have a tenuous connection to Fort McMurray: i have a friend who moved there a couple of years ago.

When she posted (to Facebook) that she was safe, i felt such a feeling of relief. I also went to the Canadian Red Cross website and donated a whole heap of money. (I don't really want to talk about my charitable donations, it smacks too much of self-aggrandizement, but in this context it's okay, i think.)

And then, almost immediately, everywhere i went, there were donation boxes for Fort McMurray. and they were full. Not just with coins, but with ten and twenty dollar bills. (OK, i know that pic shows a jar full of American money, but you get the idea....)

Canada is often thought, globally, to be a pretty nice place where nothing much ever happens, and Canadians are generally a nice bunch of folks although not particularly dynamic. This isn't always true, of course. When there's a crisis, we don't fuck around. Would anyone care to help? Go here:

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The KSHE Klassics Show, May 15, 2016

Quotation du jour: Albert Einstein ~ The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

I missed last week's edition of the Sunday Klassics show -- the best four hours of radio anywhere (IMFFHO). Last Sunday was Mother's Day -- the busiest day of the year in my business -- and i had to work. (Anyone who is not scheduled to work on Mother's Day must be hopeless -- although we also had a few hopeless [read: useless] people working, too.) I tried to listen on my phone for a little while but it's such a noisy place and (as usual, duh) i had forgotten my earbuds, so i gave up.

But i was more than compensated this Sunday -- John Ulett (the host) presented a fabulous selection. I mean, all eighteen minutes of "Close To The Edge" by Yes? You don't get that anywhere else! (Actually, if you do, i'd love to know where -- please let me know in the comments.) Here's the playlist:

Aphrodite's Child -- Loud, Loud, Loud / Four Horsemen
Steely Dan -- Any Major Dude Will Tell You
Nantucket -- Quite Like You
Jefferson Starship -- Stranger
Elvin Bishop -- Travelin' Shoes
Gerry Rafferty -- Baker Street
Santana -- Winning
The Eagles -- James Dean
Captain Beyond -- Sufficiently Breathless
Budgie -- Sky High Percentage
The Moody Blues -- The Story In Your Eyes
Graham Parker -- White Honey
Yes -- Close To The Edge
Gulliver -- Ridin' The Wind
Rush -- Analog Kid
Rare Earth -- Get Ready
Strawbs -- Autumn
Electric Light Orchestra -- Poker
Little Feat -- Dixie Chicken
Traffic -- Freedom Rider
Blackfoot -- Train, Train
George Harrison -- This Song
Deep Purple -- Highway Star
Jeff Beck -- I Ain't Superstitious
Status Quo -- Down Down
Tony Carey -- The First Day Of Summer
Crabby Appleton -- Go Back
Trooper -- Round Round We Go
Black Oak Arkansas -- Jim Dandy
Emerson, Lake & Palmer -- Hoedown
The Kings -- This Beat Goes On / Switchin' To Glide
The Animals -- We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
Marillion -- Kayleigh
The Who -- Magic Bus

And here's my own playlist since my last post:

Steve Reich -- Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint
Rory Gallagher -- Defender
The Beatles -- Help!
Black Country Communion -- Afterglow
The Allman Brothers Band -- At Fillmore East
Madonna -- American Life
The Law -- The Law
Richard & Linda Thompson -- Hokey Pokey
Survivor -- Vital Signs
Gordon Lightfoot -- Over Sixty Minutes With Gordon Lightfoot
Steeleye Span -- Please To See The King
Steely Dan -- Can't Buy A Thrill
Steely Dan -- Pretzel Logic
Richard & Linda Thompson -- I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Pink Floyd -- The Endless River
The Beatles -- Past Masters, Vol. 2
Jeff Beck -- There And Back
Genesis -- Duke
Various Artists -- Beloved
Eliza Carthy -- Anglicana
Annie Haslam -- Annie In Wonderland
Creedence Clearwater Revival -- Willy And The Poor Boys
Various Artists -- Boys On The Side
Donovan -- What's Bin Did And What's Bin Hid
Marc Bonilla -- American Matador
Dave Swarbrick -- S Is For Swarb
Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli -- Souvenirs
Steeleye Span -- Below The Salt

Monday, 2 May 2016

The KSHE Klassics Program, May 1st 2016

Quotation du jour: Douglas Adams ~ I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

That was odd -- John Ulett (the host) played the same song twice, albeit in different versions. "Arms Of Mary." He played the original version by The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver, and the cover version by Chilliwack. Well, he knows what he's doing and wow, look at the playlist for yesterday's show! Sheer magic.

The Outlaws -- There Goes Another Love Song
REO Speedwagon -- Son Of A Poor Man
Santana -- Dance Sister Dance
Eric Clapton -- Mainline Florida
Sherbs -- No Turning Back
The Band -- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Graham Parker -- Don't Ask Me Questions
Traffic -- Medicated Goo
Les Dudek -- Old Judge Jones
The Animals -- House Of The Rising Sun
Wet Willie -- Street Corner Serenade
David Bowie -- Rebel Rebel
Chilliwack -- Arms Of Mary
Lou Reed -- Sweet Jane
The Rolling Stones -- Wild Horses
Jim Capaldi -- Living On The Edge
Kansas -- Two Cents Worth
Symphonic Slam -- Modane Train
Jackson Browne -- Here Come Those Tears Again
Bruce Springsteen -- Kitty's Back
Electric Light Orchestra -- Livin' Thing
Head East -- Love Me Tonight
Wiggy Bits -- Oh Captain
Beat -- Don't Wait Up For Me Tonight
Charlie -- L.A. Dreamer
Martin Briley -- Salt In My Tears
Billy Joel -- Prelude / Angry Young Man
Stillwater -- Mind Bender
Commander Cody -- Hot Rod Lincoln
Wings -- Venus And Mars / Rock Show
The Byrds -- So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star
Utopia -- Love In Action
The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver -- Arms Of Mary
Lighthouse -- One Fine Morning
Climax Blues Band -- Mighty Fire
George Harrison -- What Is Life?
Bruce Cockburn -- If I Had A Rocket Launcher
Stu Nunnery -- Isle Of Debris

(Incidentally, if Mr Ulett hadn't said, at one point in the program, something along the lines of "hard to believe it's the first of May already," i wouldn't have known it, and wouldn't have paid my rent on time.

And here's a (small) playlist from me:

Genesis -- ...And Then There Were Three
Mott The Hoople -- The Ballad Of Mott: A Retrospective
Survivor -- Vital Signs
Genesis -- Duke
Poco -- Crazy Loving: The Best Of Poco 1975-1982
John Kirkpatrick -- Tunes From The Trenches
Chicago -- Chicago II
Van Morrison -- Astral Weeks
Martin Carthy -- Because It's There
Renaissance -- Turn Of The Cards
Runrig -- The Story