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

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