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AN OLD HALLOWEEN SHOW PT.1 & PT.2

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.



HALLOWEEN PT.1

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 — 10 Comments

HARVEST MOON BALL PT.4 END

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 — 6 Comments

HARVEST MOON BALL PT.3

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 — 5 Comments

HARVEST MOON BALL PT.2

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 — 6 Comments

HARVEST MOON BALL PT.1

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 — 6 Comments

EARTHY MANN PT.2 & OTHER MANN MEN (HUH?)

We continue.

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 — 5 Comments

EARTHY MANN PT.1

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 — 4 Comments

THIS IS A MANN’S WORLD PT.2 END

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 — 2 Comments

THIS IS A MANN’S WORLD PT.1

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 — 4 Comments

BACK TO BACK TO SCHOOL 2010 PT.2 END

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 — 7 Comments

BACK TO BACK TO SCHOOL 2010 PT.1

This was the 3rd show I had planned before I was so rudely interrupted last September.

Well not exactly what I had planned, since I added songs in the course of the year, and a different time in free-form radio brings different results.

NO songs from last year will be repeated- all distinct selections for this 2010!

It is that most awful time of year again, resulting in going Back To Back To School, kicking and screaming!

I will open with a school that I might, just might,… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on September 28, 2010 at 1:02am — 2 Comments

THE CYCLE OF LIFE - ENTIRE SERIES PARTS 1 THRU 8

Here is some of a back and forth between RJ and I, regarding a series I did- The Cycle Of Life- and he suggested I put it out here.

He had asked me about my disappearing in a huff one time.

And yes, it is true- I did quit radio for a while over this and some other things.

Possibly a couple of more people will listen to the series, cause I still feel not enough did, lol!

Maybe next I’ll put up the other tipping point series, Money & The Financial Crisis, another somewhat… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on September 27, 2010 at 12:59pm — 19 Comments

TEACHERS PT.2

The concluding Part from last year that is exclusive to you- a musical look at Teachers.



Opening back up with one more GOOD Teacher song, this time a title song from a movie.

You are forewarned, both the movie and the song are so sweet, you may fall into a diabetic coma!

And notice, as I will comment upon in this episode, that none of these fictional teachers are from books- just movies & TV.

Maybe because kids can’t read.

Just a thought…cynical as it is,… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on September 24, 2010 at 9:43pm — 6 Comments

TEACHERS PT.1

Another Part from last year that is exclusive to you- a musical look at Teachers.



You know, Teachers have to go Back To School too.

I wonder how they feel about that?

Not as miserable as I was, I’ll bet, lol!

We will begin this musical look at Teachers with some words- funny words- from New York City’s own (the Bronx), and former NYC substitute teacher, Robert Klein.

Opening a very long set.

After that, well, there are Good Teachers and Bad Teachers- the ones… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on September 24, 2010 at 1:59am — 5 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: BACK TO SCHOOL PTS.1 & 2

EXCLUSIVE to those here at Classic Rock Bottom...not like I am a big deal, lol!



This is the first hour of a series I did last year- just before our station closed down.

There had been rumors it was going to happen, and they turned out to be true.

But we quickly found a new home.

Coming next a look at Teachers.

I had songs left over and I am thinking of finishing this year.

Let me know what you think.



ROCKOLLECTIONS: BACK TO SCHOOL PT.1

Here’s… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on September 22, 2010 at 3:47am — 10 Comments

END OF SUMMER CRUISE PT.2 CONCLUSION

Alright- cruises, boats, etc.- you need Sailors.

That is where I am going in this one.

And when I say sailor, who is the first one you think of?

I have a real good set about Sailors, and since we had the wind, I lengthened it even more.

Then a change of pace to an entirely different kind of seagoing vessel, with a button-down mind, then the World’s Greatest Group!

This one has the usual surprises I hope you have come to expect.

(Stick around for the… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on September 16, 2010 at 12:47am — 3 Comments

END OF SUMMER CRUISE PT.1

I thought I would try something different here, for this last official week of the season- an End Of Summer Cruise, using music as our proxy means of travel.

Whether the Cruise is on a lake, a river or the ocean- I got you covered.

Although if it is on an ocean, we might be lucky enough for some whale-watching!

Further, if you are tight for money and can’t afford a cruise, or if you don’t have a boat of your own, well, we can BUILD our own!

Which is just what we will do,… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on September 15, 2010 at 12:40am — 3 Comments

FOR 9/11- NEW YORK SONGS & MORE 2010 PT.2 END

Wow did it get cool here in New York City!

But there was an awful lot of heat coming from that picture.

My memory is that for months after, when I would pass the remains of the World Trade Center, it was still burning in certain areas.

Those rescue workers went through a lot- brave and uncomplaining.

This time out I will tell you how I feel about the proposed community center and mosque near Ground Zero.

Want to take a guess?

And there will be songs with… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on September 10, 2010 at 4:06am — 7 Comments

FOR 9/11- NEW YORK SONGS & MORE 2010 PT.1

Been a while since we did one of these traditional remembrances.

Not that I forgot- 2 years ago I was doing the Salute To Radio for my 10th Anniversary that ran into Sept.11th, and last year we were getting kicked out of our radio station.

No selfishness here, New York Songs because I am a New Yorker, do a show for that station that is back and running in New York, we took the biggest hit from those nitwit islamic terrorists, and there are simply more songs about New York than any… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on September 9, 2010 at 1:14am — 2 Comments

EXCLUSIVE TO HERE- NEW YORK SONGS 2007 PTS. 3 & 4

Here are both halves of the Sept.11th 2007 broadcast- the ONLY time my show has ever fallen on Sept.11th since it did on the fateful day.

As it happened, that show in 2001, the Beach Boys as I recall since Summer was ending, was never broadcast because the transmitter was atop one of the Twin Towers that came crashing down.

Thanks,

Mike



PART THREE

As today is September 11th, this will be a more serious chapter than the ones before it.

This is our Pearl… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on September 9, 2010 at 12:48am — 6 Comments

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