As we continue with our Home For Thanksgiving series, the Free-Form Radio nature of this show led me to take the last song played in the previous half hour and expand on it a bit.
So we will take some rural back roads Home- with none of the selections sung by authentic country folk, lol!
Then another song written by, and I've said it before, that most underrated and underappreciated American songwriter in all of Rock & Roll, John Sebastian.
An absolute beauty from him and the… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on November 18, 2010 at 2:22am —
Over the years we have travelled Home by Planes, Trains & Automobiles.
Last year, we even went by Boats.
This year the means of Transportation is up to you!
The important thing, and the one I will musically concentrate on, is getting Home For Thanksgiving.
I'll open with a great old rocker that in fact has nothing to do with our topic, but it's title and content have long reminded me of Thanksgiving- and this year it was finally time to play it.
After that, another… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on November 16, 2010 at 2:11am —
Since Thanksgiving is coming up, I thought you might be interested in this.
Some years ago, I had the bright idea it might be fun to use one of the rare Thanksgiving movies, "Trains, Planes & Automobiles" to help celebrate the Holiday.
It would naturally be a 3-year project.
Took me 3 years to realize the movie is actually titled "Planes, Trains & Automobiles", LOL!
Now the first year's shows somehow got lost, so I re-created it from home.
Back when my home… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on November 14, 2010 at 2:56am —
Late with this one because as some of you know, I am the Staff Announcer at a TV station and worked well into the night yesterday, recording promos in a flurry of activity for the coming Christmas season.
That will continue as I barely scratched the surface.
And I also write the promos- they tell me what they want, how much time I have for each of the spots, and then leave me alone- very much like the radio station- maybe it's my abrasive personality, lol!
This episode will close… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on November 12, 2010 at 2:41am —
This is a sort of change of pace show for me.
There is something about The Fall Season that lends itself to a certain melancholy, a wistfulness, as the days get shorter and the nights colder.
That is the case here, as I will be playing more topical Songs For Autumn, and even dip into that Great American Songbook.
For example, the Leaves are a popular song topic at this time of year.
Included is one by Eva Cassidy- the sad story of that artist should be known to you.
Added by Mike Pell on November 9, 2010 at 1:24am —
Alright, as we celebrate the Fall Foliage, it is time for you to meet, or become re-acquainted with, ROY G BIV!
Any idea who that is?
Well, honestly he is not a person but rather a teaching aid used by the nuns when I was in grammar school.
It was a way to remember the Color Wheel, an acronym.
I am shocked that since I did this show that only a couple of people have told me thay have heard of this- even to the point of folks on the East Side of Manhattan not knowing what I… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on November 4, 2010 at 1:38am —
Here is the start of a Series I did some years ago, celebrating the arrival of Autumn and its beautiful Colors.
In fact, George Pataki was then Governor, and I will read a bit of a letter from him- meant for ALL New Yorkers, not just ME.
The nerve of that guy, lol!
I played much more vinyl records back then, which you may be able to hear.
Listening to it now, I love the opening set!
No ego there- after all this time it's like someone else played it.
And then a… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on November 2, 2010 at 1:26am —
Sometimes you think things will work on a radio show, but as I listen to this 2007 show I think I carried in the wrong music with me.
I remember in the 2nd half Engineer Ken and I looked at each other and knew...this maybe wasn't our kind of music...at least so many in a row.
But I could be wrong.
I leave it up to you to decide whether I get a thumbs up or thumbs down.
In any case, hope you enjoy it and Happy Halloween again!
Here are both halves of the show from… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on October 29, 2010 at 8:12pm —
Got some British Folk Rock and some British Folklore to begin this closing half.
How would you like some hideous Witch hitting on you and trying to make you her husband?
By the way, therein lies the secret to my success with women- the fact that I am NOT hideous!
Of course, there are a LOT of things I am NOT, lol!
In this tradional old story, she turns the guy into a wyrm, which in Olde English is a dragon.
Now I would think that is a worm, but hey, it's their language-… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on October 29, 2010 at 1:04am —
Some fun strangeness to open this Halloween show, and an audition for my acting career, lol!
Strange Things Are Happening indeed!
And I'd like you to try to guess what world-famous group, one of the greatest Rock bands ever, does that instrumental I will play.
Incidentally, it is from the vinyl album- sound any different?
Then it is on to the main question of this particular show.
Is it the time for Zombies?
Or as another person declares, is it the time for… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on October 27, 2010 at 1:40am —
Here's a show that's 5 or 6 years old that I brought back and used last year.
I'll have a new one for 2010.
So if you would like to listen, here are both halves.
Well it’s that enjoyably creepy time of the year, Halloween.
And I usually try to acknowledge it on the show with themes within a Theme.
But first, I’ll start with a fellow you may remember from TV, radio and a hit record who was nicknamed the Cool Ghoul, John Zacherle.
I met him… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on October 24, 2010 at 12:20pm —
Going into this final stretch of the Harvest Moon Ball, it occurred to me that we had done a lot of Dancing.
But I hadn't paid any attention to those who won't, can't, or just plain don't want to, Dance.
So that calls for a musical acknowledgement of the NON-Dancers!
Of which I, in my now 15 years sober state, am becoming a proud member, lol!
Plus, and this happens occasionally, I will have TWO endings.
Ending A is satisfactory and makes perfect sense.
I thought of… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on October 21, 2010 at 1:17am —
I'll get you off to a rocking start to this chapter of our Harvest Moon Ball.
I love it when our minds get in synch, and people write to me anticipating what I am going to play.
The MOST anticipated song will be played this time out...or in.
Sometimes I don't feel like writing, this is one of those times.
I don't get paid to write, I get paid to talk, lol!
Suffice it to say I have harvested some terrific music that will leave you surprised that they weren't on the first… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on October 19, 2010 at 12:50am —
Opening up this second chapter for our Harvest Moon Ball, a song that has been interpreted by very many artists and in very many ways.
But I will play you the original version, a Rocker from 1958.
Then I will play one of those interpretations, as the song is turned from a Rocker into a sultry Song Of Seduction, a remarkable transition.
That will open a set of what I'll call Romantic Dancing.
And you know what a hopeless romantic I truly am, lol!
Plus I can be obsessive… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on October 14, 2010 at 1:43am —
This is going to be fun.
It is that time of year for a Harvest Moon Ball.
For those nitpickers out there, I know that the Harvest Moon appeared in September as it almost always does, although there are those rare times it happens in October.
But Harvest Moon Balls are traditionally held in October!
Before the invention of electric lights (in danger of extinction in this country?), for generations farmers knew that full moon as the Harvest Moon because it provided extra light… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on October 12, 2010 at 12:51am —
Today, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s music is called Progressive Rock.
Back in those beginning days of free-form FM Radio in 1966-67 we had a much looser definition- anything they DIDN’T play on AM was progressive rock!
It was simpler, and I hate labels anyway.
Got a couple of Angel songs to begin this one, one of them, yes, another Bob Dylan song covered by the Earth Band.
Then one I like called Questions- which reminds me very much of the old band Procol… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on October 7, 2010 at 12:42am —
I am always honest with you.
So I must tell you that sometimes putting a Podcast up can be a royal pain in the ass!
That is the case with this one.
Not the content, but from a technical standpoint. It was a struggle.
If you only know Manfred Mann from the 60’s pop singles group, you will be very surprised by what he moved into as Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.
He headed in a much more “progressive” direction.
I’ll begin this with a Springsteen song and a classical… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on October 5, 2010 at 12:31am —
I am putting this show up now.
As the week goes on you will see why.
Coming back with Manfred Mann, we’ve got Pretty Flamingo by them.
Then another of their many interpretations of Bob Dylan songs- this time his Just Like A Woman.
Manfred Mann was on of the few groups to successfully replace their lead singer and still remain at the top of their game.
The not so well known You Gave Me Somebody To Love is next, and the opening piano riff reminds me off the Vince… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on October 3, 2010 at 9:31pm —
I am putting this show up now.
As the week goes on you will see why.
I think I can guarantee you a fun time with this one,
it was a treat for me to do!
The music of that 60’s British Invasion group, Manfred Mann.
Just wait till you hear these songs- the memory section of your brain will be in overdrive.
We will start off with a countdown, 5-4-3-2-1.
The band was asked to provide a new theme for the famous British TV music show, Ready, Steady,… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on October 2, 2010 at 9:15pm —
I am going to open up this last half of Back To Back To School with a question.
A question regarding Teachers who use propaganda to brainwash kids, and although the song is from 1964, the situation has never been worse than it is today.
Then it is on to how maybe the reason I hated school was because when you think about it, the whole day for a kid revolves around it. and being told what to do.
So quickly the Rebel comes into our show, not unlike myself, making the Teachers… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on September 30, 2010 at 4:54am —