The featured artists for this week are Herman’s Hermits, one of the early British Invasion bands that swept this country.
They were considered part of the Merseybeat Sound despite being from Manchester and not Liverpool.
These 2 parts are dedicated to a great friend of mine, Denise.
And you will hear me debating with myself just how important a group they were.
Didn’t want to tick Denise off, lol!
Ironically, the more serious songs they did were relegated to… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on November 30, 2010 at 11:42pm —
This final chapter is out here a bit early because I am traveling for Thanksgiving myself.
My favorite shows to do are the Thanksgiving and Christmas ones.
I get to make a statement, send a message- as I have said before, music is my form of a Western Union telegram.
This episode definitely feels like Thanksgiving Day to me!
I'll start this finale off with a beautiful song by Lucy Kaplansky, with some noticeable help from Richard Shindell.
Then, saving the best for… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on November 24, 2010 at 2:01am —
Oh baby, Thanksgiving is getting real close now!
We have been listening to songs about going Home, Home For Thanksgiving.
But what if the Home is YOURS?
So I'll start off with songs for people who have guests coming to their Home.
Got a true story in here too, a dumb drunken story regarding inviting semi-strangers to my house from a Manhattan bar that does actually make for a fun memory.
Damn, I didn't think they would really come, and I couldn't even introduce most of… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on November 23, 2010 at 5:17am —
Here are the final two halves of the Trains, Planes & Automobiles series.
Hope I haven't overloaded you.
And tomorrow we begin to wrap up Thanksgiving 2010.
GETTING HOME FOR THANKSGIVING: AUTOMOBILES PT.3
Moving on down the highway in our Automobiles, as we get closer to Thanksgiving you may find yourself in a Traffic Jam.
Lots of other cars out there, so I’ll try to musically help you avoid that Road Rage.
After that, a song written by Woody… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on November 22, 2010 at 12:29am —
Well here are the first two halves of the Automobile portion of Trains, Planes & Automobile.
Although we commonly call them Cars, lol!
GETTING HOME FOR THANKSGIVING: AUTOMOBILES PT.1
Alright, after playing those Trains & Planes, based on the movie Trains, Planes & Automobiles or something like that, lol, we are caught up and ready for 2008 with Automobiles.
You might say, this year’s model!
By the way, Automobiles are the overwhelming choice for… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on November 21, 2010 at 2:43am —
Funny to put this up now, when everyone is so worked up about the TSA and their new scanning/groping techniques!
These are the final two halves about Planes.
GETTING HOME FOR THANKSGIVING: PLANES PT.3
I think I figured out why I used so many vinyl records in this series.
The holidays seem to subconsciously bring back memories of happy times past, so I think I just decided to do “Throwback Shows”- back to a time before CD’s, internet downloads, etc.
Good old… Continue
Added by Mike Pell on November 20, 2010 at 1:34am —
Moving on and back in the studio, where at least I sound better, I'll continue this series Trains, Planes & Automobiles with year 2.
And to no one's surprise Planes- the best and most interesting songs I could think of!
This is the first week, Pt.1 & Pt.2.
GETTING HOME FOR THANKSGIVING: PLANES PT.1
This year, thankfully I am not at home, but at the studio!
If you come up with an acceptable premise one year, and you can use it again, why not?
Added by Mike Pell on November 19, 2010 at 3:54am —
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 —