(I'm more powerful than I thought: all I had to do was threaten to play my Rain Chant songs and today the sky opens up like a politician's palm.
Hmm... Now what do I do instead? Probably something really original like...rain songs.)
Oh sure, the east coast gets a foot of rain in one day, but do they offer to share with us in the Midwest? No. And what do we get? Bupkis - or at best an occasional miserable little five-minute drip-fest, the spritzing of the gods.
I live out in the country somewhat, and usually in summer I mow my lawn every other week, maybe every third week in a dry summer. This year I haven't had to mow since the end of June.
It's time to make a complaint to the Head Office. Musical requests for moisture will open this week's Whizbang.
Tuesday 8/30/11, 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.
Bacon in skillet
Lemonade in a glass
Here's something boys
You won't learn in class
~ Giant Mushrooms, Erin Hill & Her Psychadelic Harp
The multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Erin Hill is currently focusing her formidable skills on an ambitious new project - a sci-fi video album. Much like a collection of short stories, Erin describes the ten songs on her upcoming album Girl Inventor to be little 4 minute episodes in a Twilight Zone flavored series. The psychedelic harp-driven tunes run the gamut from dreamy to rocking, all topped with Erin's etherial vocals and are also waiting to be realized in video form. The first video for the track Giant Mushrooms is already making a splash online.
Generating our own stormy sounds, Just Plain Jazz will feature some of the fire-breathers of contemporary jazz, past and present, today. A little Trane, some Ayler, the Windy City titan Fred Anderson, the neglected pioneer Frank Wright and current standard-bearer Charles Gayle make up some of the featured artists.
Sparks will fly, so be sure to wear your safety glasses!
Wednesday, 1 PM: Dave Stewart, of Eurythmics fame, discusses his new album, "The Blackbird Diaries", which releases this week.
Also DJ Logic talks about Global Noize, his collaboration with keybordist Jason Miles, and their new album "Prayer For The Planet".
Thursday, 1 PM: Joss Stone on her most recent album, "LP1" and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard on his recent "Codes and Keys" release.
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"Energy is eternal delight." ~ William Blake
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::: Obvious World :::
In the 2 O'Clock hour of tomorrow morning's show I have three of my favorite songs in a row: 'Crystal Blue Persuasion' by Tommy James & The Shondells, 'Waited' by Soulhat, and 'Orange Peel' by The Sopwith Camel. They all sort of just float along and pretty soon you'll be floating, too...I mixed it up pretty good for this show. Hour One also has Paul Winter and It's A Beautiful Day. Hour Two leads off with The Slats, of all people, followed by The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Mazzy Star, and Loggins & Messina. The lyrical favorite of the morning: 'Headin' Down Into The Mystery Below' by John Hartford. " I wonder why the time goes by so fast, when the trip is slow, Headin' down out of the mystery above, headin' down into the mystery below...." See the playlist on the left panel at midnight. No repeat of this version of Centripetal Sounds, get it while you can. Cool Breeze
This week's Writers' Voices features an interview with local Fairfield author, Andrew Edlin. Andrew has written the fantasy novel "Inaccessible: Dragon Retreat".
Taking place in 1961, when the few solitary dragons are threatened as their invisibility begins to fail, the Protectors, allies of the dragons, led by 15-year old Griff Owen and his family, go up against the forces that are working to destroy the dragons and their Protectors.
Andrew self-published this novel and it is being released through e-book applications.
Andrew Edlin was born in Brighton, U.K. and currently lives in Fairfield, Iowa.
Hooray for my wife, the beautiful and always delightful Mary, queen of the bears. She is celebrating a big big birthday today, August 25. Bless her fuzzy little heart for putting up with her big shot radio husband.
I knew it was a sign that Great Taste is right in tune with what's happening in America when I read an article in the NYT Monday entitled, "Preaching a Healthy Diet in the Deep-Fried Delta." It seems that the National Baptist Convention is planning to have "health ambassadors" in every member church by September 2012. Some churches have even established "No Fry" zones in their kitchens. Frankly, this is great news as it's critical that organizations with influence on family life take an aggressive approach to educating their public about eating well.
Our guest this week, David Lee Sheng Tin, is a health coach and lifestyle consultant. who has developed the Blissfully Fit course. He asserts that, "Bliss is a state of complete joy and/or happiness. When you are blissful you feel contentment and serenity. For Bliss to be maintained 24/7 a state of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being has to be present."