Donovan

  • Thu
    Aug 18
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Aug 21
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

donovan - open road

donovan's best album: 1970's "open road." donovan open road

check a track of cosmic inspiration here: donovan.

and catch most of that inspired spirituality, and a tight little band, on my show thursday night at 8, and sunday morning at 8.

  • Sun
    Aug 07
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am
  • Thu
    Aug 11
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm

donovan's magical songs

donovan is coming to fairfest next month (september 4th), so my daughter elise and i both take to the air together to share our favorite songs that speak of the magic in the world. (we've shared the same tastes in music since she was born)
beatles, maharishi, donovansongs like:

hurdy gurdy man [pictured], atlantis (my mercifully shortened version), celia of the seals (perhaps elise's favorite), the riverman's daughter (a magical tale of romance), the (mysterious tale of a girl's love and transformation into a swan) reedy river, and (david lynch's favorite) season of the witch.

  • Thu
    Dec 08
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 11
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

1968 part 3

mary hopkinThe remarkable musical year 1968 saw the first release from Todd Rundgren's group Nazz, and Welsh singer Mary Hopkin [left], who followed the success of the first record released on the Beatles' Apple Records--"Those Were the Days"--with versions in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Hungarian, and German (that's the version I play on this show).

It was also the year a number of artists released stunning second albums: Cream, Janis Joplin, and Sly & the Family Stone. And even though albums fully came into their own, singles were still going strong, with the likes of The Doors, Johnny Taylor, and Johnny Cash.

Also on this week's show is a remarkable outtake from The Beatles' White Album, written by John Lennon in India, called "Child of Nature." It'll sound familiar because the lyrics were re-written a few years later and released as an altogether different song, but this one has an innocence that wasn't there in the later version.

Here's what you'll hear.

  • Thu
    Nov 03
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 06
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

1968

In the year 1968 wtraffice first heard Donovan sing about Maharishi as well as the sun and the river, The Beach Boys sang about friends, James Brown sang about being black, and Traffic sang about an herbal preparation called "medicated goo."

Everyone knows Etta James' wedding classic "At last," but her song "Tell mama" should also be sung at weddings, in my opinion.

The Band's debut album "Music from Big Pink" featured the sad and weird classic "Long Black Veil," and James Taylor inspired George Harrison with his love song, "Something in the way she moves."

The wild variety and creativity of the music released in 1968 was and still is astounding. My playlist is here.