Monday, 19 June 2017

KSHE Klassics Show, June 18, 2017

Quotation du jour: Albert Einstein: When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity. 

This morning's show just flew by but, well, it wouldn't be Sunday if i didn't have technical problems that i don't seem to have on any other day. I had a bit of trouble tapping into KSHE's audio stream this morning and missed the first few minutes, which meant that i didn't hear most of "Sepia Sister" by Shoot (or is it "Shoot" by Sepia Sister?). It didn't overly bother me, though: not exactly a major classic after all. Or even a major Klassic. But with my secondary browser, Avast's Safe Zone, it worked immediately. Not sure what happened there, because the last time i listened to KSHE (Thursday), Vivaldi worked fine.

But the BSOD which meant that i missed George Harrison altogether was a bit of a bore -- yes, netio.sys failed again. Shit.

Anyway, here's the playlist -- not an exceptional edition, but still the best program on the wireless. (Younger readers may not know that "wireless" is an old term for "radio." In actual fact i'm so wired the rear of my desk is spaghetti-like.)

Shoot -- Sepia Sister
Z.Z. Top -- Arrested For Driving While Blind
Little Feat -- Oh Atlanta
Steely Dan -- The Fez
The Grateful Dead -- Friend Of The Devil
Stillwater -- Women (Beautiful Women)
Grand Funk Railroad -- Closer To Home / I'm Your Captain
Jay Ferguson -- Shakedown Cruise
J. Geils -- Looking For A Love
Atlanta Rhythm Section -- Another Man's Woman
Traffic -- Freedom Rider
String Driven Thing -- Circus
Jackson Browne -- Boulevard
Wet Willie -- Keep On Smilin'
Robin Trower -- I'm Out To Get You
Diesel -- Sausalito Summernight
Rod Stewart -- Blondes (Have More Fun)
Michael Murphey -- Geronimo's Cadillac
The Police -- Invisible Sun
Rick Derringer -- Don't Ever Say Goodbye
Loggins & Messina -- Nobody But You
April Wine -- Wings Of Love
Santana -- Everything's Coming Our Way
Mott The Hoople -- All The Way From Memphis
Heart -- Even It Up
Procol Harum -- A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Frankie And The Knockouts -- Running Into The Night
Ian MacLagan -- Little Troublemaker
George Harrison -- All Things Must Pass
Lou Reed -- Sweet Jane
Dixon House Band -- Sooner Or Later
Jefferson Airplane -- Volunteers
Rainbow -- Long Live Rock And Roll
The Who -- Love Reign O'er Me
Mountain -- Nantucket Sleighride
John Stewart -- Gold

And this is what i've played at home this week, because i know you're fascinated:

Kronos Quartet – Pieces Of Africa
Dan Fogelberg – Nether Lands
Fish – A Feast Of Consquences
Midori – Live At Carnegie Hall
The Move – Looking On
Marillion – Sounds That Can't Be Made
Joan Baez – The First Ten Tears 1960 – 1970
The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver – Beat Of The Street
Dan Fogelberg – The Innocent Age
Matchbox Twenty – Mad Season
Donovan – Sutras
The Albion Band – The Prospect Before Us
Steeleye Span – Below The Salt
Fairport Convention – Jewel In The Crown
Rory Gallagher – Calling Card
Various Artists – Folk And More, Vol. 16
The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
P.J. Harvey – White Chalk
King Crimson – Red
James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
America – History: America's Greatest Hits
Rod Stewart – A Spanner In The Works
Tyrannosaurus Rex – A Beard Of Stars
Andy M. Stewart & Manus Lunny – At It Again
Big Sugar – Revolution Per Minute
Wishbone Ash – Pilgrimage
Robin Trower – Day Of The Eagle
The Faces – Long Player
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – The Best Years Of Our Lives
Peter Gabriel – Birdy
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – In The Hot Seat
Jack Bruce – Somethinels
Talking Heads – The Best Of Talking Heads

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

KSHE Klassics, June 11th, 2017

Quotation du jour ~ David Bowie: Love descends on those defenceless / Idiot love will spark the fusion.

Whoa, the Klassics show just flew by today. I thought that there must be at least an hour more's worth of wonderful music when Uman announced that he was heading out the door. And i was undisturbed by any technical problems.... For a change! Here's what he played:

And that's Strawbs, there.

Strawbs -- Autumn
The Police -- Canary In A Coalmine
The Grateful Dead -- Uncle John's Band
Shooting Star -- You've Got What I Need
Genesis -- Visions Of Angels
Angel -- Rock And Rollers
Charlie Daniels -- The South's Gonna Do It Again
Jefferson Starship -- Can't Find Love
Alvin Lee & Mylon Lefevre -- So Sad (No Love Of His Own)
Jethro Tull -- Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll, Too Young To Die
Foghat -- My Babe
George Harrison -- Bangladesh
Charlie -- Killer Cut
Blue Oyster Cult -- Hot Rails To Hell
Black Oak Arkansas -- Jim Dandy
The Greg Kihn Band -- The Breakup Song (They Don't Write Em)
Utopia -- Love Is The Answer
Loggins And Messina -- Angry Eyes
Little Feat -- Rocket In My Pocket
April Wine -- I Like To Rock
Fleetwood Mac -- Spare Me A Little Of Your Love
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils -- Chicken Train
Bad Company -- Crazy Circles
Michael Bolton -- Fool's Game
Santana -- Well All Right
Styx -- Lady
Prism -- Julie
Procol Harum -- Conquistador
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band -- Turn The Page
Uriah Heep -- The Wizard
Gypsy -- Dead And Gone
Michael Stanley -- Don't Stop The Music
Steely Dan -- Bodhisattva
.38 Special -- Rock And Roll Strategy
Rare Earth -- I Just Want Celebrate
Dwight Twilley Band -- Twilley Don't Mind
UFO -- Doctor Doctor

And the schtuff i've played at home this week:

Peter Hammill – Roaring Forties
Caro Emerald – Emerald Island
Enya – Shepherd Moons
Terje Rypdal – Odyssey
The Tea Party – Tangents
The Beatles – A Hard Day's Night
Jethro Tull – Catfish Rising
Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy
Dan Fogelberg – Windows And Walls
Bluehorses – Ten Leagues Beyond The Wild Worlds End
Kate Bush – Before The Dawn
Bill Bruford's Earthworks – Stamping Ground
Seether – Poison The Parish
David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Home – The Alchemist
Saga – Silent Knight
Caro Emerald – The Shocking Miss Emerald
The Who – Tommy
Eleftheria Arvanitaki – Ta Kormia Ke Ta Maheria
Various Artists – As I Cycled Out On A May Morning
Supertramp – Crisis? What Crisis?
Procol Harum – Home
T. Rex – The Slider
Ray Davies – Americana
Oysterband – Trawler
John Lennon – Acoustic

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

KSHE Klassics, June 4th 2017

Quotation du jour ~ Justin Trudeau: Connecting with Canadians isn't about what you say, it's about what you're listening to. It's about what you understand.

Nothing much to say about this one -- the usual mix of fabulous classic rock and obscure classic rock (most of it very good) and my morning was almost completely undisturbed by technical problems. My browser seemed a little sluggish -- many pages were slow to load and sometimes the opening of them interrupted KSHE's audio stream -- but i probably need to clear its cache.

Steely Dan -- Aja
Grinderswitch -- Pickin' The Blues
Spooky Tooth -- Cotton Growin' Man
Yes -- Going For The One
Andy Pratt -- Avenging Annie
Bruce Springsteen -- 10th Avenue Freeze Out
Supertramp -- Sister Moonshine
Eric Clapton -- Motherless Children
April Wine -- Roller
Fleetwood Mac -- She's Changing Me
Blue Oyster Cult -- In Thee
Bob Dylan -- Tangled Up In Blue
Tycoon -- Such A Woman
Shooting Star -- Bring It On
Lighthouse -- One Fine Morning
George Harrison -- This Song
Badfinger -- Perfection
The Michael Stanley Band -- Last Night
Ozark Nountain Daredevils -- Spaceship Orion
The Doobie Brothers -- Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)
Ten Years After -- I'd Love To Change The World
Santana -- Open Invitation
The James Gang -- Alexis
The Jeff Beck Group -- I Ain't Superstitious
Ambrosia -- Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Chilliwack -- Baby Blue
Dave Mason -- Only You Know And I Know
Hydra -- Feel Like Running
Uriah Heep -- Look At Yourself
Headstone -- Turn Your Head
Trooper -- Round Round We Go
Ronnie Montrose -- Town Without Pity
Traffic -- Empty Pages
Rod Stewart -- Every Picture Tells A Story
Lake -- Angel In Disguise
Bandit -- Visions Of You

And my own personal playlist:

Caro Emerald – The Shocking Miss Emerald (twice)
Various Artists – Folk And More, Vol. 13
Ashley Hutchings – By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down And Wept
Peter Gabriel – Passion
The Albion Band – The Vice Of The People
Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot
Talking Heads – The Best Of Talking Heads
Sheryl Crow – By Myself
Genesis – Abacab
Peter Hammill – Singularity
Runrig – The Story
Al Stewart – The Year Of The Cat
Portishead – Dummy
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell
The Move – Shazam!
Roger McGuinn – Roger McGuinn
The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
Jethro Tull – Aqualung
Jan Akkerman – Tabernakel
Dusty Springfield – Dusty In Memphis
Maddy Prior & Tim Hart – Summer Solstice
Focus – Focus 3
James – Whiplash
Peter Hammill – Skin
Renaissance – Scheherazade And Other Stories
Jeff Beck – Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop
Dan Fogelberg – Live At Carnegie Hall
Rory Gallagher – Top Priority
Steeleye Span – Rocket Cottage

Monday, 29 May 2017

Not The KSHE Klassics Show, May 28th

Quotation du jour ~ Jane Siberry: should the universe bring / the song to your ears / and you give it a spin / and it makes people stop / and say hey who was that? / say a sparrow started it / with a strand of grass.

There was no Klassics Show on KSHE yesterday. It's Memorial Day weekend in the States and they were doing a weekend-long top 500 countdown, but i went through such a hassle to learn that, i thought i'd share my pain.

A few minutes before nine, i tried to connect to the audio stream. Nuffink. Tried again. Nada. Reloaded the page. Zilch.

My primary browser is Vivaldi. I tried to connect using my secondary browser, Avast's Safe Zone. Rien, encore. But then i remembered that i also have a third browser, Microsoft's Edge, but trying to connect using that was hampered somewhat by the fact that i was unable to open the damn thing.

A few days ago i installed an ad blocker in Vivaldi, i wondered if that might be creating the problem, so back i went to Vivaldi and disabled the ad blocker for KSHE. In a word, nope.

By now it was gone 9:30 and i supposed that i had missed a good half hour's worth of brilliant classic rock and that my week was pretty much ruined, and i was tearing my hair out in frustration.

I eventually solved it, though. I have said that KSHE doesn't stream their audio to Canada and that i need to connect via a VPN, which tells them that i am somewhere in New Jersey. I hadn't turned the VPN on! Duh!!! So i did and that's when i discovered that there was no Klassics Show. And i spent the morning listening to Radio Paradise and at least i got to hear my new favourite singer, Caro Emerald. And look, here she is.

And as i can't post a KSHE playlist, here's what i listened to this week, because i know you're fascinated:

Paul Simon – Graceland
James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
Terje Rypdal – Descendre
Björk – Post
Rory Gallagher – Stage Struck
Kate Bush – The Dreaming
Marillion – Holidays In Eden
Sparks – Kimono My House
King Crimson – Starless And Bible Black
Richard Thompson – More Guitar
Sky – The Great Balloon Race
Jeff Beck – Official Bootleg U.S.A. '06
Johnny Clegg And Juluka – A Johnny Clegg And Juluka Collection
Peter Hammill – In Camera
Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home
Various Artists – Folk And More, Vol 12
Ten Years After – Undead
Billy Talent – III
Ashley Hutchings – By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down And Wept
Dan Fogelberg – Live At Carnegie Hall
Steve Reich – Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint
Saga – Silent Knight
Bonnie Raitt – Luck Of The Draw
Ray Davies – Americana
Yes – The Yes Album
The Beatles – A Hard Day's Night
Seether – Poison The Parish
Rick Wakeman – The Six Wives Of Henry VIII
Paula Cole – This Bright Red Feeling
Caro Emerald – Emerald Island
Mike Batt – Tarot Suite
Tyrannosaurus Rex – A Beard Of Stars
Roxy Music – The Avalon Tapes

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Kiss vs Ariana Grande

I can't stand KISS. I think that they are one of the worst rock bands of all time. If one of their "songs" comes on the radio, i change the station.

Ariana Grande's music, on the other hand, is completely unknown to me: i'm a long, long (long!) way from being her target audience.

I won't need to remind anyone of the horrific bombing in Manchester on Monday. Ms Grande herself was devastated and flew home -- i can't begin to imagine the emotional pain she was suffering, poor girl.

Now, read these snippets published yesterday:

'NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande has vowed to return to Manchester, England, to give a concert to raise money for the victims of Monday’s deadly bombing at her show there.

'In a statement on Friday, the pop star says “we won’t let hate win” and offered to “extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours.”

'“Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”'

And this:

'MANCHESTER, England (AP) — KISS has canceled its show at the arena where deadly terrorist attacks occurred at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, earlier this week.

'Live Nation announced Friday that the rock group’s May 30 concert at Manchester Arena will not take place. Band members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer said in a statement that they “are heartbroken by the atrocity committed against the innocent victims of Manchester.”

'The bombing on Monday night claimed the lives of 22 people, many of them teenagers and their parents. Refunds for the KISS show will be granted to all ticketholders at the point of purchase.

'The band said its “thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected and all the people of Manchester at this difficult time.”'

KISS, you spiritless fucking cowards, i can't imagine why you have any fans but apparently you do, but it seems you don't care enough about the ones in the Manchester area to go there and put on a show that might help them through this "difficult time" as you put it.

I recall the example of my favourite guitarist Rory Gallagher who, during "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland in the seventies, was one of the few performers who would tour there regularly. He did it for the fans, as a way to brighten their lives.

Well done Ariana Grande! I may even go to YouTube and check out your music. Bless you.

Monday, 22 May 2017

The KSHE Klassics Show, May 21st, 2017

Quotation du jour ~ Bob Dylan: The radio makes hideous sounds. 

(For a Nobel Prize winner, Mr Dylan sure has said some dumb shit: today's show was excellent.)

I said two weeks ago that i would be unable to post the playlist for last week, because last Sunday was Mother's Day -- the busiest day of the year in my business -- and i had to work. I was able to listen for about an hour, on my 'phone, but it's such a noisy place it was hardly worth the effort. Or the data. (My work's wi-fi is utter crap and i couldn't connect to the network. I wound up using almost half of my month's data allowance.) (Apparently none of my tech-savvy manglement team knows how to re-boot a router!) I certainly couldn't create a playlist -- although Uman did play Dan Fogelberg's "As The Raven Flies," which made me wish i was at home with a beer and a sausage samwidge. I can't even remember anything else he played.

But here's what he played today:

Russ Ballard -- Rene Didn't Do It

Oh, look, there's Russ Ballard himself. A fairly recent pic, i think. He was the singer in Argent and wrote one of the most dire songs ever, "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You" -- i find that most songs written since about 1971 that have the expression "rock 'n' roll" in their titles, have little relation to the genre.

Nantucket -- California
Steve Hackett -- Narnia
Emerson, Lake & Palmer -- From The Beginning
Dickie Betts -- Hand Picked
Chicago -- 25 Or 6 To 4 (live)
The Firm -- Radioactive
Strawbs -- Keep On Trying
Badfinger -- No Matter What
Bruce Springsteen -- Kitty's Back
Journey -- The Girl Can't Help It
Spirit -- Nature's Way
Ambrosia -- Life Beyond L.A.
The Hooters -- All You Zombies
Point Blank -- Nicole
The Animals -- It's My Life
Electric Light Orchestra -- Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
Mistress -- China Lake
Dave Mason -- Let It Go, Let It Flow
Dan Fogelberg -- Part Of The Plan
The Moody Blues -- The Story In Your Eyes
Roxy Music -- Love Is The Drug
The Steve Miller Band -- Space Cowboy
UFO -- Only You Can Rock Me
Genesis -- Eleventh Earl Of Mar
The Stabilizers -- One Simple Thing
Yes -- Time And A Word
Graham Parker -- White Honey
Pat Travers -- Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)
Supertramp -- Crime Of The Century
Jerry Garcia -- Sugaree
Mama's Pride -- Merry-Go-Round
Santana -- Samba Pa Ti
Rory Gallagher -- Brute Force And Ignorance
Heartsfield -- Racin' The Sun

And my own playlist for this week:

Ray Davies – Americana
Robin Trower – Day Of The Eagle
Rory Gallagher – Top Priority
Paula Cole – This Bright Red Feeling
Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love
Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty-Eight
Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn
Caro Emerald – Emerald Island
Florence + The Machine – Lungs
Mark Hollis – Mark Hollis
Saga – Images At Twilight
David Bowie – Hunky Dory
Brian Plummer – No Questions
The Kinks – Everybody's In Show-Biz
Sheryl Crow – Be Myself
Laurie Anderson – Bright Red
The Yardbirds – Greatest Hits
The Who – Odds & Sods
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country
The Allman Brothers Band – Beginnings
Home – The Alchemist
Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
The Beatles – Beatles For Sale
Arkells – Jackson Square
Dan Fogelberg – The Wild Places
Runrig – The Big Wheel
Figgy Duff – A Retrospective 1974-1993
Caro Emerald – In Concert (DVD)
Ashley Hutchings – 5
Propaganda – A Secret Wish
Jane Siberry – Ulysses' Purse
Procol Harum – Home
Max Webster – High Class In Borrowed Shoes

Sunday, 7 May 2017

KSHE Klassics, May 7th, 2017

Quotation du jour: Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man.

As my regular reader will have noticed, i did not post the playlist last week. Tech problems again, but for once, they weren't local. KSHE's audio stream must have been down -- i couldn't open it with my laptop, phone or iPad. It was fine the next day: i was able to listen to The Rock Magazine with no difficulty. So i don't know what happened on Sunday, it was very disappointing. I listened to Radio Paradise for most of the morning instead and heard some darned good music but it wasn't the same....

Radio Paradise, as you may or may not know, is commercial free and listener supported, and i am now a supporter. I have -- what's the word i'm looking for? Not "donated," they're not a charity. I have given them money once or twice but have just made arrangements to give them a monthly, um, er, support-type payment. I won't say how much -- not a lot but over the course of a year it should help. I felt i had to -- after all, they did, among other things, introduce me to my current musical obsession, Caro Emerald (, look, here's Caro:

On to this morning's program.

My router died yesterday and my laptop crashed twice before the show began -- the usual netio.sys failure -- but apart from a browser crash a few minutes into the show, which was easily fixed, i was able to listen uninterrupted and it really is the highlight of my week -- especially as work has become so depressing and i've virtually stopped going out for a beer at the end of my shift there. Not that i've become abstemious or anyfink -- god no -- but really, the only pub i want to go to, Bentley's, is a twenty-minute walk and the weather has just been so cold and rainy....

Oh, and i should warn you in advance: i won't be able to post a playlist next week. Next Sunday is Mother's Day, the busiest day of the year in the food poisoning industry, and i'll be working. I'll try to listen to at least some of the show on my phone, but i won't be able to compile a playlist.

Here's today's, and here's Heartsfield, a scruffy looking bunch:

Heartsfield -- House Of Living
Billy Joel -- Root Beer Rag
Beat -- Don't Wait Up For Me Tonight
Aerosmith -- Big Ten Inch Record
Derek & The Dominos -- Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
Automatic Man -- My Pearl
Uriah Heep -- Stealin'
John Mellencamp -- Thundering Hearts
Badfinger -- Baby Blue
Justin Hayward -- Forever Autumn
Todd Rundgren -- We Gotta Get You A Woman
Peter Frampton -- Lines On My Face
Graham Nash -- Chicago / We Can Change The World
Sweet -- Love Is Like Oxygen
Les Dudek -- City Magic
Atlanta Rhythm Section -- Champagne Jam
Mott The Hoople -- All The Young Dudes
Steve Miller -- The Stake
REO Speedwagon -- Music Man (live)
Couchois -- Do It In Darkness
Michael Stanley -- He Can't Love You
Little River Band -- It's Not A Wonder
George Harrison -- What Is Life
The Glass Moon -- Killer At 25
Leon Russell -- Stranger In A Strange Land
Off Broadway -- Stay In Time
Jefferson Starship -- Play On Love
Wet Willie -- No No No
Chicago -- I'm A Man
Roger Daltrey -- Say It Ain't So, Joe
Nazareth -- This Flight Tonight
Triumvirat -- March To The Eternal City
Bob Welch -- Sentimental Lady
UFO -- Rock Bottom
The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver -- (I Don't Want To Love You But) You Got me Anyway
Rod Stewart -- Hot Legs
Flash & The Pan -- Down Among The Dead Men
The Greg Kihn Band -- Jeopardy
Jo Jo Gunne -- Run Run Run
Queen -- I Want It All
John Kay -- Easy Evil
Judas Priest -- The Ripper

And the CDs i listened to this week:

Caro Emerald – The Shocking Miss Emerald
Peter Gabriel – Passion
Dan Fogelberg – Nether Lands
Marc Cohn – Marc Cohn
The Quintet – Jazz At Massey Hall
Tangerine Dream – Phaedra
Saga –  Full Circle
Runrig – In Search Of Angels
The Pretty Things – The EP Collection
Bonnie Raitt – Give It Up
Rival Sons – Pressure & Time
Mark Knopfler – Shangri-La
FM – Black Noise
Genesis – Nursery Cryme
Donovan – What's Bin Did And What's Bin Hid
10 c.c. – How Dare You!
Garmarna – Guds Spelemän
Various Artists – A Little On The CD Side, Vol. 5
Roxy Music – The Early Years
Rob Hyman – Largo
Sparks – Kimono My House
Jethro Tull – A Passion Play
Humble Pie – Classics Volume 14
Counting Crows – August And Everything After
Paul Simon – Stranger To Stranger
Caro Emerald – The Shocking Miss Emerald Acoustic Sessions
Ten Years After – Live At Reading
Buffalo Tom – Big Red Letter Day
P.J. Harvey – Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
The Cure – Greatest Hits
Fairport Convention – Rosie
Sheryl Crow – The Globe Sessions
Steeleye Span – Dodgy Bastards

Monday, 24 April 2017

KSHE Klassics Show, April 23rd, 2017

Quotation du jour: Abraham Lincoln ~ The people -- the people -- are the rightful masters of both congresses, and courts -- not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.

Not a spectacular show on Sunday: no Rory for one thing, but also nothing by Jackson Browne, Billy Joel or Steely Dan, who usually appear every week. But it's still the best show on radio (that i know of). Remarkable for the fact that i was able to listen to the entire show without having any computer problems, too!

Crabby Appleton -- Go Back
The Who -- Slip Kid
J. Geils Band -- Musta Got Lost
Foghat -- Rock And Roll Outlaw
The Tubes -- Talk To Ya Later
Lake -- Paradise Way
Sherbs -- No Turning Back
Peter Frampton -- (Baby) Something's Happening
Marillion -- Kayleigh
Ambrosia -- Holdin' On To Yesterday
Lou Gramm -- Midnight Blue
J. Geils -- Whammer Jammer
Atlanta Rhythm Section -- I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight
Paul McCartney -- Smile Away
Blue Oyster Cult -- Godzilla
Moxy -- Sail On Sail Away
Eagles -- On The Border
Robert Palmer -- You're Gonna Get What's Comin'
Electric Light Orchestra -- Livin' Thing
The Doors -- The Wasp
Loverboy -- Lucky Ones
Gulliver -- Ridin' The Wind
Chris De Burgh -- Don't Pay The Ferryman
Sutherland Brothers & Quiver -- Arms Of Mary
Poucette-Dart Band -- Amensia
Jimi Hendix Experience -- Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Poco -- Rose Of Cimarron
Jefferson Starship -- Stranger
Dwight Twilley -- I'm On Fire
Bob Dylan -- All Along The Watchtower
The Little River Band -- Help Is On Its Way
Rush -- A Passage To Bangkok
Deep Purple -- Highway Star
Eric Clapton -- Mainline Florida
Grateful Dead -- Touch Of Grey
Jethro Tull -- Nothing Is Easy
Mahogany Rush -- A New Rock And Roll
Queen -- I'm In Love With My Car
Chris Rea -- Working On It
Thin Lizzy -- Romeo And The Lonely Girl
Sad Cafe -- Black Rose

And my own personal playlist for the week:

Martin Allcock – Maart
Yes –  The Yes Album
Frank Zappa – Strictly Commercial: The Best Of Frank Zappa
Steeleye Span – Bloody Men
Seether – Isolate And Medicate
Peter Hammill – The Silent Corner And The Empty Stage
Steely Dan – Countdown To Ecstasy
Various Artists – Passion Sources
Mike Oldfield – Five Miles Out
Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Heartbeats Accelerating
Home – The Alchemist
Jimi Hendrix – Blues
Florence + The Machine – Lungs
Rory Gallagher – Blueprint
Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity – Open
Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan – In Session
Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers
Gregson & Collister – The Last Word
Dire Strairs – Brothers In Arms
Fairport Convention – Myths And Heroes
The Beatles – Abbey Road
Dan Fogelberg – The Wild Places
Caro Emerald – Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor
The Strokes – Is This It
3 Doors Down – Away From The Sun
Roy Wood Wizzo Band – Super Active Wizzo
Richard Thompson – Rumor And Sigh
Steely Dan – Aja

Monday, 17 April 2017

The KSHE Klassics Show, Apr. 16th, 2017

Quotation du jour: Keith Richards (on Chuck Berry) ~ He once gave me a black eye for daring to touch his guitar. Quite Right!!! I called it Chuck’s greatest Hit.

Some people (no names, please) have expressed a certain dubiety when i state that this radio program is consistently the highlight of my week. So, for the skeptics, here's a day-by-day breakdown of my week.

Monday: groceries and laundry, followed by a trip to the Beer Store and then an episode of The Big Bang Theory.

Tuesday: Came straight home after work. Ordered a Caro Emerald CD online. Had a frozen TV dinner, and watched another episode of TBBT.

Wednesday: Can't remember Wednesday. I think i went to Quiznos for a sub, and probably watched another episode of TBBT.

Thursday: I went to Kelsey's for a couple of pints. Almost every time i go there i regret it. The service is terrible, i don't like many of the people who work there. Arrived home to find that the Caro Emerald CD i ordered on Tuesday had arrived and it's a delight from start to finish, so, okay, that was a highlight.

Friday: Good Friday spent at work, earning double-time-and-a-half. Went to Kelsey's again; regretted it again. Spaghetti & meatballs for dinner and watched the DVD of "The Sweeney." It was all right but nothing more than that.

Saturday at work was pretty easy as it was my short day. I did have a bit of a laugh at the kitchen team: four hopless individuals, it was fairly busy and they were so disorganised, crashing into each other and fighting for space, it was ludicrous. Did groceries afterwards, went to The Beer Store, ordered Domino's pizza for dinner and watched an episode of "Cheers."

I rest my case. And here's the playlist:

Krokus -- Screaming In The Night
Fleetwood Mac -- Sentimental Lady
Trevor Rabin -- Finding Me A Way Back Home
Electric Light Orchestra -- Sweet Talkin' Woman
Alan Parsons Project -- I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You
Bob Dylan -- Subterranean Homesick Blues
Honeymoon Suite -- New Girl Now
Billy Joel -- The Entertainer
Pavlov's Dog -- Julia
Z.Z. Top -- Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers
Kim Mitchell -- Go For A Soda
Michael Stanley -- In The Heartland
April Wine -- Sign Of The Gypsy Queen
Ian Gomm -- Hold On
Van Morrison -- Wild Night
Iron Butterfly -- Scorching Beauty
The Fixx -- Stand Or Fall
Icehouse -- Electric Blue
Todd Rundgren -- Love Of The Common Man
Gamma -- I'm Alive
Little Feat -- Fat Man In The Bathtub
Morning Star -- Sad Lady
The Charlie Daniels Band -- The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Cream -- Strange Brew
Touch -- When The Spirit Moves You
Steely Dan -- Time Out Of Mind
Santana -- Dance Sister Dance
The Animals -- We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
J. Geils Band -- Come Back
Supertramp -- Poor Boy
Status Quo -- Down Down
Symphonic Slam -- Modane Train
Elton John -- Harmony
Trapeze -- Black Clouds
Shooting Star -- Breakout
Robin Trower -- Day Of The Eagle
Jethro Tull -- Bourree
Survivor -- Poor Man's Son
Loggins & Messina -- Peace Of Mind
Ted Nugent -- Hey Baby

And my own personal playlist for the week:

The Albion Band – The Vice Of The People
Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman
Waterson : Carthy – Broken Ground
Sharon Shannon – Each Little Thing
George Gershwin – Gershwin Plays Gershwin
Peter Gabriel – Passion
Cozy Powell – The Best Of Cozy Powell
Genesis – Nursery Cryme
Dan Fogelberg – The Innocent Age
The Beatles –  Beatles For Sale
Judy Collins – Judith
John Kirkpatrick – Going Spare
Annie Haslam – Annie In Wonderland
Sparks – Hello Young Lovers
Thunder – Behind Closed Doors
ABBA – Voulez-Vous
Terje Rypdal – Waves
Caro Emerald – The Shocking Miss Emerald
Big Wreck – Grace Street
Mike Batt – Tarot Suite
Rod Stewart – Never A Dull Moment
Procol Harum – Home
Runrig – The Stamping Ground
Happy Rhodes – Warpaint
June Tabor – Aqaba
Roger McGuinn – Cardiff Rose
Talking Heads – Fear Of Music
The Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request
Dick Gaughan – Handful Of Earth
Radiohead – Amnesiac
Dan Fogelberg – Windows And Walls
Steve Reich – Drumming
Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn
David Crosby – If I Could Omly Remember My Name

Monday, 10 April 2017

KSHE Klassics, Sunday April 9, 2017

Quotation du jour: George Harrison ~ If you don't know where you're going, any road'll get you there.

I had a reasonably painless listen to the show this morning -- none of the computer problems that often beset me on Sundays, and it was an excellent show, too.

Mountain -- Nantucket Sleighride
Eagles -- Wasted Time
Trooper -- Raise A Little Hell
Jimmy Barnes -- Working Class Man
King Crimson -- 21st Century Schizoid Man
Fleetwood Mac -- World Turning
Derek & The Dominos -- Bell Bottom Blues
Uriah Heep -- Lady In Black
The Who -- Athena
Journey -- Look Into The Future
Electric Light Orchestra -- Poker
Stu Nunnery -- Isle Of Debris
Loggins & Messina -- Back To Georgia
Shooting Star -- Last Chance
Small Faces -- Itchycoo Park
Taxxi -- I'm Leaving
Cat Stevens -- Bitterblue
Firefall -- Mexico
Neil Young -- Cinnamon Girl
Robin Trower -- My Love (Burning Love)
The Outlaws -- There Goes Another Love Song
Little Feat -- Feets Don't Fail Me Now
Dire Straits -- Skateaway
Thin Lizzy -- Cowboy Song
The Nazz -- Open My Eyes
Strawbs -- Heartbreaker
The Edgar Winter Group -- Round And Round
Michael Stanley -- My Town
Mason Proffit -- Two Hangmen
Grateful Dead -- One More Saturday Night
Jimi Hendrix Experience -- The Wind Cries Mary
Jackson Browne -- Here Come Those Tears Again
Marshall Tucker -- Take The Highway
Rod Stewart -- Handbags And Gladrags
Rockpile -- Teacher Teacher
Van Morrison -- Tupelo Honey
The Headboys -- The Shape Of Things To Come
Joe Walsh -- Turn To Stone
Sniff 'N' The Tears -- Driver's Seat

And my own personal playlist for the week:

The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band  – Gorilla
Steeleye Span – Dodgy Bastards
Dan Fogelberg – River Of Souls
The Beatles – Rubber Soul
Renaissance – Scheherazade And Other Stories
Man – All's Well That Ends Well
City Boy – Young Men Gone West
Robin Trower –  Day Of The Eagle
Steeleye Span – Gone To Australia
The Kinks – The Road
Propaganda –  A Secret Wish
Ofra Haza – Shaday
Peter Hammill – Skin
Peter Gabriel – Passion
Oysterband – Diamonds On The Water
Various Artists – Songs Of The Century
Little Johnny England – Tournament Of Shadows
Ray Davies – Thanksgiving Day
Donovan – Sunshine Superman
Jackson Browne – The Next Voice You Hear: The Best Of Jackson Browne
Roger McGuinn – Roger McGuinn
En Vogue – Funky Divas
George Harrison – Brainwashed
Yes – The Yes Album
Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity – Open
Pete Townshend – Coolwalkingsmoothtalkingstraightsmokingfirestoking
T. Rex – Electric Warrior
Jon Anderson – The Promise Ring
Richard Thompson – Sweet Talker
Peter Hammill – Nadir's Big Chance

Sunday, 2 April 2017

KSHE Klassics Show, April 2nd, 2016

Quotation du jour ~ Jimi Hendrix: When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.

Aargh, he expostulated.

No, not over the content of the program (although, a lot today could hardly be called "klassics") but over the computer problems that seem to beset me every friggin' Sunday -- but rarely on any other day. (Last Sunday was a rare exception.)

My old friend netio.sys crashed the computer twice before the show began and once during. Googling the problem suggests that this could well be a driver issue, but i ran a driver updater several weeks ago and it didn't seem to help. I uninstalled that updater this morning and downloaded a different one. I haven't run it yet but we'll see if it does any good.

New England -- Don't Ever Want To Lose Ya
Steely Dan -- Don't Take Me Alive
Trapeze -- Midnight Flyer
Todd Rundgren -- I Saw The Light
Runner -- Run For Your Life
The Moody Blues -- Tuesday Afternoon
Stillwater -- Mind Bender
Dave Mason -- Headkeeper
Grinderswitch -- Higher Ground
Stingray -- The Man In My Shoes
Nils Lofgren -- No Mercy
Prism -- Hello
Genesis -- Dance On A Volcano
The Who -- Another Tricky Day
Leon Russell -- Tightrope
Robin Trower -- Victims Of The Fury
Chilliwack -- Something Better
Budgie -- I Ain't No Mountain
New Riders Of The Purple Sage -- Panama Red
The Babys -- Looking For Love
Slade -- Get Down Get With It
Moon Martin -- Rolene
REO Speedwagon -- Son Of A Poor Man
Starz -- She's Just A Fallen Angel
Chicago -- Beginnings
Foghat -- Drivin' Wheel
Kansas -- Two Cents Worth
Ray Gomez -- Make Your Move
America -- Don't Cross The River
Molly Hatchet -- Gator Country
The Michael Schenker Group -- Cry For The Nations
Jefferson Starship -- Girl With The Hungry Eyes
Elton John -- Funeral For A Friend
Michael Stanley -- All I Ever Wanted
Tucky Buzzard -- Gold Medallionsht
The Grateful Dead -- Estimated Prophet
Queen -- Liar
Lynyrd Skynyrd -- I Know A Little
Climax Blues Band -- Couldn't Get It Right

And my own personal playlist for the week:

Dan Fogelberg & Tim Weisberg – No Resemblance Whatsoever
Rockpile – Seconds Of Pleasure
Peter Hammill – And Close As This
Kate Bush – The Sensual World
Marillion –
Afro-Celt Sound System – Anatomic
Rod Stewart – Smiler
Mike Oldfield – Return To Ommadawn
Talking Heads – Remain In Light
Van der Graaf Generator – Maida Vale
Ten Years After – Live At Reading, 1983
Linda Ronstadt – Heart Like A Wheel
The Chieftains – 4
Peter Hammill – Singularity
Melissa Etheridge – Your Little Secret
Sharon Shannon & Friends – Libertango
Tangerine Dream – Phaedra
Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Tom Tom Club – Hits
Bangles – Greatest Hits
Rob Thomas – Cradle Song
Dan Fogelberg – Full Circle
Terje Rypdal – Descendre
Steve Earle – The Revolution Starts Now
Dead Can Dance – Within The Realm Of A Dying Sunday
Roy Wood – Exotic Mixture

Monday, 27 March 2017

KSHE Klassics Show, March 26, 2016

Quotation du jour ~ Sheryl Crow: I'm standing in the middle of the desert, waiting for my ship to come in. (From the song "Leaving Las Vegas.")

Welcome to my weekly tale of computer problems and, incidentally, the playlist on this Sunday's edition of the best radio program i know of, the Sunday Klassics Show on KSHE95.

But, praise be, i had no computer woes. I was able to connect to my VPN with no difficulty at all, my Internet connection remained solid all morning, and i wasn't troubled with any netio.sys failures (and the resultant Blue Screen Of Death). I must live right.

Good Rats -- Back To My Music

Charlie Daniels -- Uneasy Rider
Billy Joel -- Captain Jack
Michael Stanley -- One Good Reason
Traffic -- Light Up Or Leave Me Alone
Chilliwack -- Arms Of Mary
Head East -- City Of Gold / Fly By Night Lady
Jackson Browne -- Rock Me On The Water
Firefall -- Livin' Ain't Livin'
Triumvirat -- Partacus
Franke & The Knockouts -- Running Into The Night
Heartsfield -- Shine On
Couchois -- Roll The Dice
Poco -- Crazy Eyes
Danny Spanos -- Hot Cherie
The Who -- The Kids Are Alright
Mama's Pride -- Can I Call You A Cab
Arlo Guthrie -- Coming In To Los Angeles
Thin Lizzy -- Showdown
Bruce Springsteen -- The Promised Land
Bob Dylan -- Lay Lady Lay
Kansas -- Play The Game Tonight
Paice Ashton Lord -- Remember The Good Times
Rare Bird -- Turn Your Head
Prism -- Spaceship Superstar
Creedence Clearwater Revival -- Sweet Hitch-Hiker
Santana -- All I Ever Wanted
Robin Trower -- I'm Out To Get You
Pete Townshend -- Rough Boys
The Grateful Dead -- U.S. Blues
Rare Bird -- Beautiful Scarlet
Rod Stewart -- Blondes (Have More Fun)
Aldo Nova -- Fantasy
Stillwater -- Women (Beautiful Women)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer -- Still ... You Turn Me On
Jay Ferguson -- Shakedown Cruise
Kantner / Slick / Freiberg -- Across The Board

And my own personal playlist for the week:

Fairport Convention – Rarities 1973-1974
Peter Gabriel – Us
Rory Gallagher – Notes From San Francisco
Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty Eight
Dan Fogelberg – Nether Lands
Cream – The Very Best Of Cream
Dead Can Dance – Spleen And Ideal
The Beatles – Yellow Submarine
Genesis – Duke
Robin Trower – Day Of The Eagle: The Best Of Robin Trower
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – In The Hot Seat
John Hiatt – Walk On
Howard Skempton – Lento
Jeff Beck & Jed Leiber – Frankie's House
Sheryl Crow – Live From Shepherd's Bush Empire
Lisa Gerrard & Jeff Bona – A Thousand Roads
Steeleye Span – Dodgy Bastards
Tim Hart & Maddy Prior – Summer Solstice
Rory Gallagher – Jinx
Dan Fogelberg – The Wild Places
The Faces – Long Player
Free – Tons Of Sobs
Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Colin James – Blue Highways
Jethro Tull – Stormwatch
Genesis – Foxtrot
Procol Harum – Procol Harum

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