Monday, 28 November 2016

KSHE Klassics, Nov. 27th, 2016

Quotation du jour ~ John Ralston Saul: Muzak: A public noise neither requested nor listened to by individuals. It is the descendant of a school of public relations invented by the Nazis.

What a pain in the arse this computer schtuff is. Up until about an hour before the program was to begin, i had no Internet connection. Diagnostics proved it to have been a server problem, which was resolved around 8 a.m., thereby enabling to enjoy one of the highlights of my week, i.e., this program. But there were further probs. In the middle of Genesis's "A Trick Of The Tail," my default browser, Pale Moon, decided to stop playing the audio stream. The Internet connection was fine, so i tried my secondary browser, Vivaldi. Nope, no luck there, either. WTF (i said to myself). I had to listen to the rest of the program on my phone, except that -- just as the show was winding down, my Internet connection died there, too. Grr. (It's still pretty intermittent as i write this.)

Anyway, today's program was excellent as always, but John Ulett is on holiday and there was no presenter apart from the man KSHE calls "Otto Mation." I knew he was going on hols, from the ten minutes i'm able to listen to the Morning Rock Show before i have to leave for work during the week, but i thought maybe he'd pre-record it. I know he loves doing the show -- he told me when i met him.

Glass Moon -- Killer At 25
Bob Dylan -- Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Paice Ashton Lord -- Remember The Good Times
Electric Light Orchestra -- Mr Blue Sky
Wet Willie -- Keep On Smilin'
UFO -- Shoot Shoot
Badfinger -- Day After Day
Detective -- Recognition
The Dixie Dregs -- Take It Off The Top
Fleetwood Mac -- Emerald Eyes
Patti Smith -- Because The Night
Jackson Browne -- That Girl Could Sing
America -- Don't Cross The River
Dave Mason -- Only You Know And I Know
Status Quo -- Is There A Better Way
Chilliwack -- Fly At Night
The Tubes -- Sushi Girl
The Band -- The Weight
David Bowie -- Golden Years
Molly Hatchet -- Gator Country
The Doobie Brothers -- Jesus Is Just Alright
Heart -- Dreamboat Annie
Alice Cooper -- Hello Hurray
Eric Clapton -- Blues Power
Steely Dan -- Don't Take Me Alive
Marillion -- Kayleigh
Bruce Springsteen -- Cadillac Ranch
Genesis -- A Trick Of The Tail
April Wine -- Say Hello
Head East -- City Of Gold / Fly By Night Lady
Journey -- Spaceman
Heartsfield -- House Of Living
Santana -- Everybody's Everything
Utopia -- Love In Action
Blue Oyster Cult -- In Thee
Shooting Star -- Hang On For Your Life
Stingray -- Lovesaver
Ambrosia -- Life Beyond L.A.
Traffic -- Light Up Or Leave Me Alone
Little Feat -- Rocket In My Pocket
Firefall -- Livin' Ain't Livin'
Touch -- Don't You Know What Love Is
Triumvirat -- Spartacus
Pink Floyd -- San Tropez
Yes -- A Time And A Word

And my own personal playlist for the week:

John Hiatt -- Walk On
Keane -- Night Train
Paul Simon -- So Beautiful Or So What
Pat Metheny Group -- Imaginary Day
Bonnie Raitt -- Home Plate
Hothouse Flowers -- The Platinum Collection
Jeff Beck -- Loud Hailer
Dan Fogelberg -- Souvenirs
Coldplay -- A Rush Of Blood To The Head
The Beatles -- Beatles For Sale
Various Artists -- Common Ground
Mike Oldfield -- Tubular Bells II
Dan Fogelberg -- First Christmas Morning
Manfred Mann's Earthband -- Angel Station
Various Artists -- Shining Bright: The Songs Of Lal And Mike Waterson
Pink Floyd -- Meddle
Dan Fogelberg -- The Wild Places
Miroslav Vitous, Terje Rypdal & Jack DeJohnette -- Vitous Rypdal DeJohnette
Andy Irvine & Davey Spillane -- East Wind
Fish -- Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors
The Anderson Ponty Band -- Better Late Than Never
Brian Plummer -- No Questions
Dan Fogelberg -- High Country Snows
The Band -- The Band
James Taylor -- October Road
Steeleye Span -- Wintersmith
Harry Nilsson -- Pussycats
Jimi Hendrix -- Voodoo Soup
Dave Edmunds -- The Collection
Van der Graaf Generator -- World Record

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

KSHE Klassics, Nov. 20th, 2016

Quotation du jour ~ Chrissie Hynde: What writing Reckless reminded me is that, if you’re a rock’n’roll figure, you don’t change. Lemmy couldn’t retire from being Lemmy. He was Lemmy until the end. I mean, I talk to John McEnroe about this – if you’re a sportsperson, youwork like a dog for a few years and, by 35, you gotta find something else to do. People in rock’n’roll have a duty be themselves. I’m 65 and I’ve barely changed since I was 17!

The Marshall Tucker Band -- Take The Highway
The Doobie Brothers -- Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)
David & David -- Welcome To The Boomtown
Dave Mason -- Let It Go, Let It Flow
Roger Hodgson -- Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy)
String Driven Thing -- Starving In The Tropics
Starz -- Cherry Baby
Dire Straits -- Lady Writer
Blues Image -- Ride Captain Ride
Captain Beyond -- Sufficiently Breathless
The Grateful Dead -- U.S. Blues
Thin Lizzy -- Showdown
Angel -- Rock & Rollers
Crabby Appleton -- Go Back
Jackson Browne -- The Pretender
Moon Martin -- Rolene
Steely Dan -- Any Major Dude Will Tell You
Loverboy -- Hot Girls In Love
The Jimi Hendrix Experience -- Little Wing
The Charlie Daniels Band -- The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Ian McLagan -- Little Troublemaker
Kansas -- Can I Tell You
America -- Sandman
Jefferson Starship -- The Girl With The Hungry Eyes
The Steve Miller Band -- Living In The U.S.A.
Strawbs -- Keep On Trying
Brave Belt -- Another Way Out
Bruce Cockburn -- If I Had A Rocket Launcher
Lake -- On The Run
Pete Townshend -- Pure And Easy
Peter Gabriel -- Solsbury Hill
Heartsfield -- Shine  On
The Michael Stanley Band -- Last Night
Bruce Springsteen -- Jungleland
The Who -- The Kids Are Alright
Roxy Music -- Love Is The Drug
Traffic -- Freedom Rider
April Wine -- Roller
Couchios -- Do It In Darkness

And my own personal playlist for the week:

Rant Maggie Rant -- Latitude
Dan Fogelberg -- Phoenix
Dick Powell -- Lullaby Of Broadway
Colin James -- Blue Highways
Fairport Convention -- Live In Finland 1971
Terje Rypdal -- Waves
Yes -- Fragile
Dan Fogelberg -- The Wild Places
James Taylor -- Sweet Baby James
Richard Thompson -- Acoustic Classics
Kate Bush -- Never For Ever
Happy Rhodes -- Equipoise
Various Artists -- All The Young Dudes
The Albion Band -- An Evening With The Albion Band
Dan Fogelberg -- River Of Souls
O.S.T. -- Buster
Jethro Tull -- Heavy Horses
Quintessence -- In Blissful Company
Genesis -- Calling All Stations
Oysterband -- This House Will Stand
10 c.c. -- How Dare You!
The Kinks -- Arthur
Dixie Chicks -- Taking The Long Way
The Move -- Message From The Country
Peter Gabriel -- So

Monday, 14 November 2016

KSHE Klassics, Nov. 13th, 2016

Quotation du jour: Harry S. Truman: You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog!

Dave Mason -- We Just Disagree
Electric Light Orchestra -- Turn To Stone
Breathless -- Takin' It Back
The Michael Stanley Band -- Don't Stop The Music
The Doobie Brothers -- South City Midnight Lady
Joe Walsh -- At The Station
Canned Heat -- Going Up The Country
The Steve Miller Band -- The Stake
Utopia -- Love Is The Answer
Shooting Star -- Bring It On
City Boy --
Santana -- Everything's Coming Our Way
J. Geils Band -- Looking For A Love
Lake -- Angel In Disguise
King Crimson -- The Court Of The Crimson  King
Rainbow -- Stone Cold
Stephen Stills -- Love The One You're With
The Marshall Tucker Band -- Heard It In A Love Song
Bob Dylan -- Lay Lady Lay
Stillwater -- Women (Beautiful Women)
Wet Willie -- Everything That You Do (Will Come Back To You)
Billy Joel -- Say Goodbye To Hollywood
Russ Ballard -- Rene Didn't Do It
The Babys -- Looking For Love
Tony Carey -- A Fine, Fine Day
Mama's Pride -- In The Morning
John Stewart -- Gold
Badfinger -- Baby Blue
Flame -- Beg Me
George Harrison -- All Things Must Pass
Touch -- Black Star
Mott The Hoople -- All The Way From Memphis
Jefferson Starship -- No Way Out
Brewer & Shipley -- One Toke Over The Line
Rod Stewart -- Gasoline Alley
Real Life -- Send Me An Angel
Jethro Tull -- Living In The Past
The Alan Parsons Project -- I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You
The Jimi Hendrix Experience -- Manic Depression
Steely Dan -- My Old School
Gypsy -- Gypsy Queen (Part One)
Rocky Burnette -- Tired Of Towin' The Line

And my own personal playlist for the week:

Richard & Linda Thompson -- I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Steeleye Span -- Please To See The King
Bram Tchaikovsky -- Strange Man / Changed Man
Van der Graaf Generator -- Do Not Disturb
Jane Siberry -- Ulysses' Purse
Dan Fogelberg -- Captured Angel
Dan Fogelberg -- Full Circle
Bob Dylan -- The Times They Are A-Changing
Bruce Springsteen -- Born To Run
Max Webster -- Mutiny Up My Sleeve
Procol Harum -- A Salty Dog
Nanci Griffith -- Flyer
Dan Fogelberg -- Home Free
John Kirkpatrick -- Going Spare
Survivor -- Vital Signs
Hothouse Flowers -- The Platinum Collection
Rory Gallagher -- Tattoo
Dan Fogelberg -- Captured Angel
Steve Rothery -- The Ghosts Of Pripyat
Mike Oldfield -- Music Of The Spheres
Kim Mitchell -- Ain't Life Amazing
Dan Fogelberg -- Souvenirs
Paula Cole -- This Bright Red Feeling
Paul Simon -- Graceland
Thunder -- Laughing On Judgement Day

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Dan Fogelberg And Me

Dan Fogelberg (1951-2007) is primarily remembered as a soft-rock singer whose heyday was in the seventies and eighties. He was far more than that, though: he was an excellent blues guitarist, he recorded a bluegrass album, and i would call a lot of what he did “country rock” à la early Eagles. Although i knew his name, i don't think i'd ever actually heard his music until about two years ago. I have since become obsessed with the man, his music, and his life.

The first song of his i ever heard was “Part Of The Plan” (with Graham Nash on backing vocal). John Ulett played it one Sunday morning about two years ago on the KSHE Klassics program – about which i write with predictable regularity. I was immediately struck by both the catchiness of the tune, and the beauty of his voice, and i downloaded the song from iTunes and played it almost every day – and liked it more each time. The lyrics are profound, the message is sincere, and it was his first hit single (1974).

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I went to my local CD shoppe, Video+ -- just on the off chance that they might have something of his and they had a greatest hits collection which i of course snapped up, and, wow, just wow. I was hooked. So many wonderful songs.

When he died, of prostate cancer, many people wrote, in tribute, that he had written the soundtrack of their lives. I don't think that's true for me. He wrote some extraordinarily beautiful music but i'm first of all a blues-rock fan (with prog and folk-rock closely behind). (I would, for the sake of convenience, consider a lot of his music as folk-rock.) But, from beyond the grave, he speaks to me. I don't know how to explain it, but i connected.

I now have around fourteen of his albums and just ordered another one yesterday. This has caused problems. So much great music in so short a time, i am trying very hard to become familiar with all of it, but it's taking time. For instance, there will be a song i really like, but i can't remember what it is or what album it was on!

Somehow, Dan, the city of St Louis and i are interconnected. Intertwined in some way. I first heard him on a St Louis radio station. The only other radio station i can recall ever hearing him on, was a different St Louis station. His concert DVD “Greetings From The West” was recorded at the Fox Theater in St Lou.... (I don't often watch concert DVDs but i've watched this thrice now, may in fact watch it again tonight, it's superb.)

Yet, he wasn't a St Louisan – he was born in Peoria, Illinois. In fact, in the state of Illinois, his birthday, August 10, is officially “Dan Fogelberg Day.” I have a commemorative t-shirt. And one of his best songs was entitled “Illinois,” which includes the lyric “it looks like you're going to have to see me again, Illinois,” and dammit all anyway, don't i feel the same way?

One last thing. His widow, Jean, is an artist (and a very good one). On behalf of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, she designed a set of Christmas cards – very attractive ones, too. I bought a set. Sixty dollars, yikes! (The cards were $20 US, the postage was $25 US, = $60 Canadian. But what the hell, i have more money than i need and it was for a worthy cause.)

Apparently there is “new” album coming out, “Live At Carnegie Hall” (iTunes only, i think) and a biography in the works. I look forward to both.

God bless you, Dan.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

KSHE Klassics, November 6, 2016

Quotation du jour ~ Jane Siberry: Don't worry about my health, My body is just fine. Don't worry about what other people think of me, just laugh about my ways and be glad that i have faith and for what times is left, let's just enjoy each other's company.

Another exceptionally good morning today!

The Moody Blues -- Questions
George Harrison -- Bangla Desh
Toto -- I'll Supply The Love
Strawbs -- Little Sleepy
David Bowie -- Jean Genie
Thin Lizzy -- Don't Believe A Word
Cheryl Dilcher -- High
The Little River Band -- It's Not A Wonder
Michael Bolton -- Fool's Game
Little Feat -- All That You Dream
Blind Faith -- Sea Of Joy
Charlie -- She Loves To Be In Love
Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes -- Call Of The Wild
Crawler -- Stone Cold Sober
The Grateful Dead -- Estimated Prophet
Wings -- Venus And Mars
Santana -- Winning
The Byrds -- Eight Miles High
Jay Ferguson -- Shakedown Cruise
Journey -- Of A Lifetime
Grinderswitch -- Kill The Pain
Bruce Springsteen -- Thunder Road
Spirit -- Nature's Way
Robin Trower -- Sweet Wine Of Love
Jackson Browne -- In The Shape Of A Heart
Jethro Tull -- Bourée
The Boomtown Rats --I Don't Like Mondays
Rod Stewart -- Handbags And Gladrags
Leon Russell -- Tightrope
Climax Blues Band -- Mighty Fire
Wishbone Ash -- Blowin' Free
Mama's Pride -- Ole St Lou
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils -- Spaceship Orion
Foreigner -- Headknocker
The James Gang -- Alexis
Heart -- Even It Up
Rick Derringer -- Don't Ever Say Goodbye
The Jeff Beck Group -- I Ain't Superstitious
Head East -- Since You've Been Gone

And my own personal playlist for the week:

Kate Rusby -- 20
Dan Fogelberg -- Greetings From The West (DVD)
Def Leppard -- Rock Of Ages
Florence + The Machine -- Lungs
Dan Fogelberg -- The Wild Places
Collective Soul -- Afterwords
Runrig -- Transmitting Live
Steeleye Span -- Storm Force Ten
Lisa Gerrard -- The Mirror Pool
Colin James -- Fuse
Steely Dan -- Aja
The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver -- Beat Of The Street
Van der Graaf Generator -- Do Not Disturb
Dan Fogelberg -- The First Christmas Morning (I must point out that i generally don't approve of listening to  Christmas music this early in Movember, but i just received this in the mail and so of course had to listen to it. And it's lovely.)
Various Artists -- Great Grandson Of "Morris On"
Rant Maggie Rant -- Latitude
Dan Fogelberg -- Souvenirs
Cassandra Wilson -- Silver Pony
Linda Ronstadt -- Heart Like A Wheel
June Tabor -- Apples
Susan Tedeschi -- The Best Of Susan Tedeschi, Episode One
Jeff Beck -- Loud Hailer
Dan Fogelberg -- Captured Angel