Familiarity gives us comfort. Old memories anchor us as we careen into the future. I don't travel much. But when I do I am drawn to the touchstones of my past. More than once in recent years I have been pulled in by the nostalgic powers of a yellow and red Kent Feeds sign. Kent was a major brand in the sixties and seventies. Their signs were everywhere. Almost everyone in my family had a yellow nylon Kent Feeds windbreaker or a matching cap. Make the drive to Brighton some day. You'll see that rusted logo on a building at the east end of main street just before you head out of town to Washington.
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Two things, minimum, you will want to know about the next show: I am playing Ray LaMontagne's album Ouroboros in its entirety. This is some fabulous stuff, seriously. Mellow, but very powerful. Melodic, but trancey. Hey, listen up if you have not heard anything besides the single. Also, I am playing side two of an album called Schizofrenia by Taste of Blues. Their name says it quite well. There is a slight blues tinge to the pop and rock they deliver. Listen closely to the lyric content, you will be glad you did. Oh, and I have 9 other songs, including a 3 song mini-set by From Beyond and their self-titled release. Cool Breeze
"Almost 20 years to the day after Independence Day rocked the global box office becoming one of the biggest hits of all-time, the next chapter Independence Day: Resurgence takes aim at movie audiences hoping to tap into that demand for escapist fun in the summer with another disaster film. Reviews are lackluster, continuing a trend. Very few May/June films this year have created genuine excitement with the public." - Box Office Guru. This is disappointing, especially without a local theater bringing in intriguing small films, and there are a few opening this weekend that definitely fit the "intriguing" label. This includes Swiss Army Man, "Disarmingly odd and thoroughly well-acted, Swiss Army Man offers adventurous viewers an experience as rewarding as it is impossible to categorize." - RT; Nuts! "Lives up to its title in the best way, offering a delightfully unorthodox look at a bizarre and largely unexplored chapter in American history." - RT; and the film I'm most anticipating: Hunt For The Wilderpeople "Every once in a while, a small, unheralded film comes along, so smart and funny, such a pleasure to experience, you can't believe your luck. "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is such a film." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.
We'll talk about these films and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions. "In the midst of another big blockbuster summer, this raffish comedy-adventure provides a breath of fresh air." - Film Journal International on Hunt For The Wilderpeople
For years Irene Kelley has been one of the best kept secrets in Nashville, weaving her magic into song after song for artists like Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Rhonda Vincent, Carl Jackson and Pure Prairie League. -- Bluegrass Today
I am currently in the peak of the seasonal business cycle. Being there is overwhelming at best, long hours and stifling heat. I find myself thinking that I, like many others, will rise to the occasion by that leap of faith known as 'putting one foot down in front of the other and moving ahead'. Today I promise I will look for what I am looking for, be kind and generous, and stop short of missing the details of living that bring on the joy. Two hours of that will be mellow contemplative music. Join me from 2-4 Thursday... The G Man.
and don't be distracted...
by the bullets.
brave the hate...
keep on dancing...
and feel that pulse.
dance for the entire hour...
keep the pulse...
To teach gardeners easy and sustainable tricks they can use to keep pests off vegetable plants, entomologist Moni Hayne researched, wrote, took photos for, and published an e-book. Garden Insect Pests of North America--Pictures for Identifying and Organic Controls identifies and contains pictures of 30 common insect pests. It also explains which are the good bugs that you shouldn't control (because they eat bad ones). Moni, who holds two degrees in entomology, has participated in a wide variety of research projects involving many different vegetable and fruit crops. She shares her insect and plant knowledge by engaging in volunteer programs in schools, 4-H clubs, and conservation groups at the local, state, and national level.
With Father's Day upon us, my thoughts turn to my late father(he passed away about six years ago at Parkview in Fairfield). My father was not a touchy-huggy seventies kind of dad. But he obviously loved(and was proud of) his family. The best best thing he ever did for me was simply saying "yes." He said "yes" to a slightly crackpot idea. In 1977 or 1978 I was offered a position as a nighttime disc jockey at KMCD-KBCT. The job(my first) was mine for the taking but I knew I had to have my father's approval. After all, the job would take me away from my evening farm chores. On top of that, someone(probably my dad) would have to drive into Fairfield to pick me up from work every night just after 10pm. And damned if he didn't agree to the idea. He said yes(we were in the basement at the time changing into clean clothes after working outside). Thanks, dad. I may not be a full-time radio man these days but that job put me on the road to where I am today.