Sunday, 28 August 2016

The KSHE Klassics Show, Aug. 27, 2016

Quotation du jour ~ William Shakespeare: If music be the food of love, play on.
Triumvirat -- Spartacus
Robin Trower -- Caledonia
Morning Star -- Sad Lady
Buffalo Springfield -- Rock & Roll Woman
Jon And Vangelis -- Friends Of Mr Cairo
Ambrosia -- Life Beyond L.A.
Black Oak Arkansas -- Jim Dandy
Couchois -- Do It In Darkness
Paul Kantner, Grace Slick & David Freiberg -- Across The Board
The Who -- Dr Jimmy
Bruce Springsteen -- Prove It All Night
Eric Clapton -- Bell Bottom Blues
Kansas -- Can I Tell You
Steely Dan -- Aja
Bob Dylan -- Highway 61 Revisited
Lake -- On The Run
Todd Rundgren -- We Gotta Get You A Woman
Bob Seger -- Turn The Page
Ted Nugent -- Hey Baby
Big Country -- In A Big Country
Trapeze -- Black Cloud
The Tubes -- Sushi Girl
Little Feat -- Oh, Atlanta
Fleetwood Mac -- She's Changing Me
Aldo Nova -- Fantasy
Emerson, Lake & Palmer -- Hoedown
Rare Earth -- Get Ready
Status Quo -- Is There A Better Way
April Wine -- Right Down To It
Dire Straits -- Skateaway
Foghat -- My Babe
The Eagles -- James Dean
Santana -- She's Not There
The Outlaws -- There Goes Another Love Song
The James Gang -- Midnight Man
Saga -- On The Loose
Rare Bird -- Turn Your Head
Paul McCartney -- Smile Away
Strawbs -- Heartbreaker

And my own personal playlist for the week:

Dan Fogelberg -- Captured Angel (five times!)
Ashley Hutchings et al. -- The Compleat Dancing Master
Tangerine Dream -- Phaedra
Genesis -- Foxtrot
The Band -- Music From Big Pink
Various Artist -- Blow (O.S.T.)
Chicago -- Chicago III
Fleetwood Mac -- English Rose
Jethro Tull -- Heavy Horses
Steely Dan -- The Royal Scam
Radiohead -- Kid A
The Albion Band -- Demi Paradise
Creedence Clearwater Revival -- Bayou Country
Various Artists -- Grandson of Morris On
Ringo Starr -- Photograph: The Very Best Of Ringo
Donald Fagen -- The Nightfly
Richard Thompspn -- Mirror Blue
Fairport Convention -- Live In Finland 1971
Squeeze -- The Best Of Squeeze
Dan Fogelberg & Tim Weisberg -- Twin Sons Of Different Mothers
Roger McGuinn -- Cardiff Rose
Dan Fogelberg -- High Country Snows
Yes -- Talk
Mama's Pride -- Mama's Pride
Van der Graaf Generator -- World Record

Sunday, 21 August 2016

St Louis Adventure, Day 4

Quotation du jour ~ Dan Fogelberg: There is no Eden or Heavenly gates / That you're gonna make it to one day / But all of the answers you seek can be found / In the dreams that you dream on the way 

Thursday, June 24th

And so i awoke at the City Center Hotel, with a dead cell phone, no toothbrush (although i did have chewing gum!) and no razor -- and i really hate not shaving or being able to brush what remain of my teeth -- and hardly any cigarettes. So i went out around 7 a.m. and it was hot already, and bright, and i found cigarettes at a gas station, but nowhere i could buy a toothbrush or razor. That was the first time in five months or so that i hadn't shaved. I didn't like it, especially, but what the heck, i was on holiday.

Also, daylight revealed to me where i was -- not that far away from the Arch. If i'd known that the night before, i could have saved myself $179 (U.S.) and made it back to Belleville! But as i have mentioned previously in this journal / epic / illiterate rambling, i had heaps of trouble getting my bearings on my first few days in St Louis.

Anyway, i returned to the hotel, had a shower, had a coffee, changed my shirt (i'd bought a souvenir t-shirt at the Blues Museum the day before) and then headed off to Union Station.

In two hours, i was meeting Jan, Dave, and the wonderful Kitra there. I have to say a few words about Dave, here. Years ago, before Facebook was a twinkle in Mark Zuckerberg's eye, i met Dave on a Yahoo forum devoted to cult media. In a discussion about radio stations, he recommended St Louis's KSHE to me. I started listening (online, obviously), became fascinated with the city and was, ultimately, inspired to visit. So, the fact is, it's all Dave's fault LOL.

Kit had arranged a tour of the KSHE studios for us! I didn't know they did that! But that was a couple of hours away. I found Union Station no problem, then just started exploring. Went as far as Lafayette Square,

a lovely little greenspace, then, fortunately, found a convenience store where i was able buy breakfast (a bag of nacho chips) and a bottle of fruit juice (there are very few shops in downtown St Louis, as i've said before), and then back to Union Station.

And then, to the KSHE World Headquarters at 401 South 18th Street. Where we were met at the door by the beautiful Kristi Carson,
the Public and Community Relations Director, with whom Kitra had arranged the tour. That's her and me, above. The first thing i noticed, in the reception area, was that we were standing right next to a broadcast booth, where the co-hosts of the morning show, Lern and Uman, were doing their thing. (Uman, a.k.a John Ulett, is also the host of the KSHE Sunday Klassics show, which i may have mentioned here on this blog once or twice.)

Kristi took us on a pretty comprehensive tour of the station, all of the rock'n' roll paraphernalia they have on their walls and we met all sorts of people -- including Uman and Lern -- and here's a pic of them with me and Dave -- the man without whom i never would have started listening to KSHE and never have fallen in love with St Louis.
(l. to r., Uman, Lern, me, Dave)

Uman was great (i told him how much i loved the Sunday Klassics show and he replied that doing it was the favourite part of his week) and Lern -- although she seems to be a bit of a ditz on the radio, was really nice, too. I also met the program director and told him to play more Rory Gallagher!

And then we met the young lad who dons the Sweetmeat (the station's mascot) at community events, and, ohmagerd, he donned the costume for us. Jan was so excited, she grew up with this schtuff, she was like a 14-year old meeting Justin Bieber!

But then it was over and i left Kristi with a message to say "hi" to Tommy T. -- their overnight deejay and a Facebook friend (as the overnight man, he was long gone by this time) and  i gave Kitra a huge "thank you" hug and the four of us headed off across the parking lot ... to The Hard Rock Cafe for lunch. I'd never been in a Hard Rock Cafe before. I can't, at this distance, recall what i ate or what beer i had to drink, but it was darned good, and the Muzak was excellent. As was the company.

And then we all headed back to Jan's apartment in South County -- the Maryland Heights neighbourhood, i think it was.

American highways are extraordinary -- they're massive and everywhere. Here's one (don't know if you can see it, but the road signs are for Tulsa and Memphis and somehow i loved being this close to those two cities).

Canada may have an automobile-based culture but it as nothing compared to America's! Anyway, we all four had a lovely, relaxing afternoon and i felt truly comfortable there, with three beautiful friends and Jan's dogs Harry and Grinser. But then Dave had to go home to St Clair and Kitra drove me back to Belleville. And of course we had extraordinary difficulty finding Chuck's apartment yet again. Many illegal U-turns later we made it, though. And i gave Kit a huge hug. Of course it was only the heat that made me perspire then. (My cat interjects: "Yeah, right!" To which i reply, get your own blog, you!")

Now, Chuck's sister Rosemary was staying with him at this point -- sleeping on his couch -- and the three of us went out to eat at a roadhouse, i forget its name, but it's where i snapped this pic of sunset over Illinois.

After an unexceptional meal, we went for a beer (or in my case, two) (Chuck's not a beer-drinker) to a brewpub called the 4204 -- full name the 4204 Main Street Brewing Company -- at 4204 West Main Street, strangely enough. 'Twas a lovely spot and the beer was excellent!

The KSHE Klassics Show, Aug. 21, 2016

Quotation du jour: S.J. Perelman ~ If, at the close of business each evening, i myself can understand what i've written, i feel the day hasn't been totally wasted.

The Beat -- Don't Wait Up For Me Tonight
Dave Mason -- Shouldn't Have Took  More Than You Gave
Robin Trower -- Little Bit Of Sympathy
Touch -- Don't You Know What Love Is
Alice Cooper -- Billion Dollar Babies
Joe Cocker -- She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (live)
Point Blank -- Nicole
Brewer & Shipley -- One Toke Over The Line
Steely Dan -- Pretzel Logic
Ian McLagan -- Little Troublemaker
Billy Joel -- Say Goodbye To Hollywood
Martin Briley -- Salt In My Tears
Gypsy -- Gypsy Queen, Part 1
Andy Pratt -- Avenging Annie
Electric Light Orchestra -- Sweet Talkin' Woman
Bob Dylan -- Blowin' In The Wind
Wiggy Bits -- Oh Captain
Grinderswitch -- Higher Ground
April Wine -- Just Between You And Me
Journey -- Kohoutek
Badfinger -- Baby Blue
Firefall -- Livin' Ain't Livin Alone
Genesis -- Visions Of Angels
Cheryl Dilcher -- Who's The Captain
Bob Welch -- Sentimental Lady
Michael Stanley -- All I Ever Wanted
City Boy --
Eric Clapton -- Mainline Florida
Good Rats -- Back To My Music
Atlanta Rhythm Section -- Georgia Rhythm
Jim Capaldi -- Living On The Edge
Jackson Browne -- Rock Me On The Water
Symphonic Slam -- Modane Train
Flash And The Pan -- Hey St Peter
Fleetwood Mac -- Emerald Eyes
Santana -- Dance Sister Dance
The Marshall Tucker Band -- Searchin' For A Rainbow
Pousette-Dart Band -- Amnesia
Loggins & Messina -- Angry Eyes
Angel -- Rock And Rollers
The Moody Blues -- Ride My See-Saw

And my own playlist for the week -- incomplete, as usual. I really must keep better notes!

Marillion -- This Strange Engine
Dan Fogelberg -- Home Free (three times!)
Jan Siberry -- Ulysses' Purse
Pink Floyd -- The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Rod Stewart -- Smiler
Thin Lizzy -- Black Rose -- A Rock Legend
Steeleye Span -- Ten Man Mop, Or, Mr Reservoir Butler Rides Again
Various Artists -- What's Shakin'
The Pretenders -- Greatest Hits
Rory Gallagher -- Blueprint
Journey -- Journey's Greatest Hits
Dan Fogelberg -- Captured Angel (three times!)
Badly Drawn Boy -- About A Boy
Rory Gallagher -- Take It Easy, Baby
Sandy Denny -- Like An Old Fashioned Waltz
Incubus -- A Crow Left Of The Murder

Sunday, 14 August 2016

The KSHE Klassics Show, Aug. 14, 2016

Quotation du jour ~ Dan Fogelberg: It looks like you're gonna have to see me again, Illinois.

Three months ago, i would have said that listening to this program was THE highlight of my week. But now, a person of the female persuasion has entered my life, and each week has many highlights -- The Klassics Show remains one of them, though!

The Who -- Love Reign O'er Me
Bruce Springstreen -- Cadillac Ranch
Pink Floyd -- San Tropez
April Wine -- Sign Of The Gypsy Queen
Peter Gabriel -- Solsbury Hill
The Byrds -- Turn Turn, Turn
Thin Lizzy -- Dancing In The Moonlight
The Jeff Beck Group -- I Ain't Superstitious
New Riders Of The Purple Sage -- Panama Red
Eric Clapton -- She's Waiting
Mama's Pride -- Can I Call You A Cab
Jefferson Starship -- No Way Out
Trapeze -- Midnight Flyer
Robin Trower -- I'm Out To Get You
Trevor Rabin -- Finding Me A Way Back Home
Santana -- Everybody's Everything
John Stewart -- Gold
John Mellencamp -- I Ain't Even Done With The Night
Stillwater -- Mind Bender
Cream -- I'm So Glad
Utopia -- Love In Action
.38 Special -- Wild Eyed Southern Boys
Supertramp -- School
Foghat -- Rock And Roll Outlaw
Fleetwood Mac -- Bare Trees
Little Feat -- Time Loves A Hero
The Animals -- House Of The Rising Sun
Dire Straits -- Lady Writer
Blue Image -- Ride Captain Ride
The Michael Stanley Band -- Don't Stop The Music
Stephen Stills -- Love The One You're With
Van Morrison -- Into The Mystic
Dixie Dregs -- Take It Off The Top
Jonathan Edwards -- Shanty
Foreigner --  Women
Genesis -- The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
The Steve Miller Band -- The Stake
Iron Butterfly -- Scorching Beauty
Electric Light Orchestra -- Turn To Stone
Badfinger -- Perfection
Detective -- Recognition
Prism -- Spaceship Superstar
The Allman Brothers Band -- Melissa


And my own personal playlist for the week -- incomplete, as usual, because ol' Muggins here often forgets to take notes!

Dan Fogelberg -- Home Free (six times!)
Mama's Pride -- Mama's Pride
Yes -- Keystudio
Keane -- Under The Iron Sea
Jeff Beck -- Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop
Paul Simon -- Stranger To Stranger
Alan Stivell -- In Dublin
Bruce Springsteen -- Born To Run
Talk Talk -- Laughing Stock
Rod Stewart -- Blondes Have More Fun
Saga -- 10,000 Days
Foreigner -- Head Games
Genesis -- Wind And Wuthering
Dan Fogelberg -- The Definitive Anthology

Sunday, 7 August 2016

St Louis Adventure, Day 3

Quotation du jour: Eddy L. Harris ~ I look at the Mississippi and i see a symbol of America, the spine of the nation, a symbol of strength and freedom and pride, wanderlust and history and imagination.

Thursday, June 23

For some reason i didn't take a lot of notes on my third day, and at this distance it's difficult to remember everything i did.

I know that this was the day that the MetroLink ticket machine ate my debit card. But there was a telephone hotline and i was able to talk to someone at their world headquarters, and he sent a technician out (in about half an hour -- not bad, really) and he retrieved my card for me, which i then tried to use once more to buy a week's pass -- but the machine didn't <inserts swear word here> work. I was able to buy a one-day pass with cash ($7.50), though,  and so set off, for the Delmar Loop neighbourhood. It was relatively easy to find -- there's a MetroLink station there, and it turned out to be a lovely area. I didn't do much there, though, other than wander around.

Well, i knew that on Friday i was meeting the wonderful Kitra, the extraordinary Jan, and my brother from a different mother Dave -- who is entirely responsible for my becoming attracted to St Louis, btw -- at Union Station, and so that's where i went next, just to check out the scenery. Of course i immediately became lost again, but that was okay, i like exploring, i must have walked for about three hours and, as on the day before, it was at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit, again i was becoming seriously dehydrated and disorientated.

Ah, but thank you Saint Martin -- the patron saint of drunks -- i eventually circled around a bit and found Maggie O'Brien's Irish Pub And Restaurant at 2000 Market Street, and had a great lunch -- their "Notre Dame" club sandwich -- and a couple of pints of an excellent beer, Goose Island 312.  The barmaid was extremely attractive and very friendly, too. It was difficult to tear myself away but somehow i managed it and headed back downtown.

One of the highlights of my visit was going to the National Blues Museum, which had only just recently opened at 615 Washington Ave. It includes everything you could possibly want to know about the history of blues music, from its African roots all the way up to the 21st century and rap (ugh!). There was nothing about Rory Gallagher, which disappointed me a little, but i was delighted to see Memphis Minnie there. She wrote "When The Levee Breaks," which appeared -- with altered lyrics -- on Led Zeppelin's 4th album and, unusual for them, they actually gave her a co-writing credit, which should have made her a fortune. Alas, she received not a cent in royalties, and rumour has it that, when she died, Bonnie Raitt paid for headstone. Poor Minnie.

Then, it was approaching 5 o'clock and i was starting to think about food. Again. Attached to Busch Stadium is an entertainment complex called Ballpark Village -- and i'll have more to say about them later. It has four or five different restaurants, but i went into the Budweiser Brewhouse -- not really sure why, as i find Budweiser undrinkable, but they had a beer i liked -- Goose Island Honker's -- no, i'd never heard of it, either, but it was excellent. And i had their ABC burger and it was very good. I lingered.

Not for all that long, though. I was feeling quite tired and decided that i should probably head back east to Belleville. It took me a while to find a MetroLink station but i finally did and immediately hopped on to a westbound train.

This is where the day fell apart. I wasn't familiar enough with MetroLink at this point to recognise station names, and just to make things more interesting, my cell phone ran out of battery, so i was unable to contact Chuck and say "HELP!!!!!" (I had my iPad but it's not included in my data plan and was useless without a Wi-Fi hotspot.)

I was in trouble. It was starting to get dark by then and i had no idea where i was. Eventually i realised that i was in terra incognita, turned around a got the next train back but i was so sleepy, i needed to reassure Chuck that i was okay, i just wanted to go to bed.

I've heard that downtown St Louis is pretty dangerous after dark. It's known to be a very dangerous city. Now, i'll be happy if any of my friends there will correct me on this, but the impression i have is that St Louis County is extremely dangerous, but the city itself -- which is NOT a part of the county -- is no more dangerous than any other large American city. Or Canadian city, for that matter, although in Canada we don't have the guns.

Anyway, i got off the train at Union Station and booked myself in to the first hotel i found -- the City Centre Hotel. (Actually, it was spelt "City Center," which was understandable, i s'pose.) It was fabulous! Sumptuous double room (one of the few they had left) -- well, for $179 U.S., it fuckin' should be! Contacted Chuck using my iPad via the Wi-Fi and passed out.

KSHE Klassics, August 7th, 2016

Quotation du jour ~ Dan Fogelberg: You're successful if you can get one person to pick it up and put it on the turntable and go, Wow, thanks for writing that!

Just this morning's playlist today, no extraneous blethering from me.

Rocky Burnette -- Tired Of Toeing The Line
Poco -- You Better Think Twice
Foghat -- Dreamer
Jay Ferguson -- Shakedown Cruise
Genesis -- A Trick Of The Tail
The Michael Stanley Band -- Last Night
America -- Sandman
Dixon House Band -- Sooner Or Later
April Wine -- Roller
The Spencer Davis Group -- I'm A Man
Gamma -- I'm Alive
New England -- Don't Ever Wanna Lose You
Chicago -- 25 Or 6 To 4 (live)
Alan Parsons Project -- I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You
Peter Frampton -- (Baby) Something's Happening
Bruce Springsteen -- Jungleland
George Harrison -- All Things Must Pass
Traffic -- Light Up Or Leave Me Alone
Robin Trower -- Sweet Wine Of Love
The Who -- Athena
Little Feat -- Rocket In My Pocket
Charlie -- She Loves To Be In Love
Wet Willie -- Street Corner Serenade
The Band -- The Weight
Jackson Browne -- Here Come Those Tears Again
J. Geils Band -- Looking For A Love
The Police -- Invisible Sun
Rare Bird -- Beautiful Scarlet
Gary Wright -- Love Is Alive
Janis Joplin -- Move Over
Kansas -- Portrait (He Knew)
Rush -- Lakeside Park
Joe Walsh -- At The Station
Eric Clapton -- Let It Rain
Samtana -- Winning
Triumvirat -- The March Of The Eternal City
Steely Dan -- Any Major Dude Will Tell You
Charlie Daniels -- The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Bob Seger -- Heavy Music
Starz -- Cherry Baby
Arthur Brown -- Fire

And my own personal Playlist for the week (incomplete, of course because i often forget to write things down), just in case anyone's interested.

Patty Loveless -- The Trouble With The Truth
Spiers & Boden -- Tunes
Dan Fogelberg & Tim Weisberg -- Twin Sons Of Different Mothers
Blodwyn Pig -- Ahead Rings Out
Bob Dylan -- Bob Dylan
Rory Gallagher -- Jinx
Annie Haslam -- Annie In Wonderland
Miroslav Vitous, Terje Rypdal & Jack DeJohnette -- Vitous-Rypdal-DeJohnette
Jimi Hendrix -- Blue Wild Angel: Live At The Isle Of Wight
Billy Joel -- The Stranger
Dead Can Dance -- Spleen And Ideal
Eliza Carthy -- Heat, Light & Sound
Dan Fogelberg -- Home Free
The Jimi Hendrix Experience -- Are You Experienced?
Linda Ronstadt -- Heart like A Wheel
Free -- Tons Of Sobs