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10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11- REFLECTIONS & REMEMBRANCE PT.2

For those who have not seen it, here is a good video about about what is going on down at Ground Zero now with the Memorial.
The guy running it seems to have the right idea, and I was pleasantly surprised.
  
  
 
I'll open this chapter up with another couple of newer songs inspired by the events of Sept 11, 2001.
Seems to me the Chapins will be well represented in this series.
Then I will take issue with our NYC Mayor Bloomberg.
He has banned all references to religion and prayer at the Memorial Services this weekend.
I gotta think he is wrong on that, and who the hell made him King?
How did he become soley the one who makes all the decisions for how this Remembrance is run?
Listen, Bloomberg is so rich, he lives in a world where it is impossible to relate in any meaningful way with the average person.
Sure, you see video of him talking to the regular Joe, but he has no idea what they are really like.
On top of that, he is a politician, putting him even more out of touch!
So I will musically fill that void that is so important to so many Americans, and honor the solace provided them in those sad days after the attacks.
Seems to me, with the government warning of possible terrorist attacks BECAUSE of the 10th Anniversary, a little Prayer can't hurt.
Rest assured I am no holy roller, and I GUARANTEE you my set of songs for The Souls We Lost will NOT be boring whether you a believer or not.
And I will issue my own decree ala Bloomberg...no politicians are allowed to listen to my Rockollections!
Don't need them, don't like them, don't want anything to do with them!
Next week, some Questions, plus Poetry, a BIG two-letter word, a look at Luck and Good Fortune, and Optimism In The Face Of Adversity.
All brought to you in the wonderfully diverse form of our Rock & Roll Music, and throughout this series it will all be in the lyrics!
 
Here's the link to what is intended to be a moving experience, at WLSO.FM:
 
 
Mike

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Comment by Mike Pell on September 15, 2011 at 6:36pm

Oh never mind (remember Emily Litella on Saturday Night Live, lol?)!

I see it IS posted there.

Thanks,

Mike

Comment by Mike Pell on September 15, 2011 at 6:28pm
RJ,
Oh man, you know how I feel about those bastards, so VERY difficult, lol!
Yes, I never sound, or look, better than I do in ear buds- with actual large headphones, people have been know to faint, lol!
Follow The Light is a great song, wish I had a better copy, but I sent it to you anyway.
I understand the writer John McCutcheon was on his way back to a motel after a gig when he saw a sighn for the motel that said Follow The Light, and he thought of the recent 9/11 attack and a song was born.
See, another thing I like about your writing me, I wouldn't have put the two together, Jen Chapin & Janis Ian, but I hear it now!
I did notice that though, Bruce sounds raspier than usual on Souls Of The Departed.
Let Them In by John Gorka is my absolute favorite in that chapter, I really do cry when I hear it- odd how it undoubtedly would work over a 9/11 montage even though it is a poem from WWI!
I thought I might be taking a risk with The Prayer Of St. Francis, but I played it by Sarah MacLachlan on the 5th Anniversary which is shorter than the Burns Sisters, so why not.
Incidentally, I am deliberately trying to not REPEAT any of the songs I played for that 5th Anniversary, but there are a few I couldn't help using again.
However I would say the music in these shows are 90% or more different from the ones of 5 years ago!
I am taking a different look.
The Stevie Wonder song was another last minute pick, came out nowhere and I had to run around and find it, lol!
Oh yeah, he should be in your collection, Stevie just kept getting better, although he hasn't done much of note lately that I have heard.
Here's how the show sometimes works- I did the Prayer set with 4 songs, originally 3 till I thought of Stevie and I can't think of another that would fit as well with those 4, plus I don't want to beat everybody over the head with the Prayer thing.
However I have time left, and I know I want to say something to the people who may have lost someone in the attacks, but I don't have 5 minutes worth of talking unless I let myself get pissed off and go off on a rant, lol!
So I need a song, but then I won't have time to come back and say goodbye.
Keep Me In Your Heart by Warren Zevon strikes me, and with what he says I don't need to come back!
I can say goodbye before I play it and leave people with all the emotion packed in there- a song he wrote for his final album when he knew he was dying of cancer.
Sometimes the show is an accident in progress that seems to work out fine for me.
One last thing though, they have been emotionally draining for me, but I will Follow The Light!
Thanks for saying it was wonderful my friend, and hey copy & paste your comments for WLSO.FM ok?, I like this one,
Mike
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on September 14, 2011 at 7:13am


Mike,
Great show. I have a question for you. How difficult was it to restrain yourself in your description of the extremists by just saying “happy-go-lucky”?

 

This is my second listen to this show. The first time I was distracted, but this time I put in the ear buds and payed attention. Which, I must say, is the best way to listen to your show.

 

Follow The Light is lyrically beautiful song. I liked it much more upon a second listen. And Hurry Up Sky…wow! That’s an amazing song. If you take away the context of this show, it sounds like something you would hear by Janis Ian on a Saturday night radio show from the 70’s.

 

Souls Of The Departed does sound like Pink Cadillac, but it’s a better song. My only problem with Bruce from time to time is his vocal delivery, which is probably part of his attraction for many folks.

 

Let Them In and The Prayer Of St. Francis are my two favorites from this show (but I like every single song). Again, both songs are lyrically amazing and I can really see/hear the former song being played over a video montage tribute for those who lost their lives that day.

 

Stevie Wonder is an artist that is sorely missing from my collection. This song is terrific.

 

And finally, Keep Me In Your Heart by Warren Z. Great song, and how ’bout the line “there’s a train leaving nightly called when all is said and done”. That is brilliant my friend.

 

Thanks for the wonderful show bro!

Comment by Mike Pell on September 14, 2011 at 12:50am

RJ,

If you figure out what the songs were, I'll send them.

Mike

Comment by Mike Pell on September 13, 2011 at 3:01am
Jesus, FINALLY it's readable!
Comment by Mike Pell on September 13, 2011 at 3:01am
Scott,
Bloomberg IS an idiot!
That's not what the separation of church & state is about.
He had already lost my vote before this, now he'll just annoy me till we get rid of him.
Tom Chapin, Harry's brother, has been writing and performing music for decades- used to be on an excellent kids show with very entertaining songs on Sundays, can't remember the name but I would watch it if I could.
Jen is Harry's daughter, and runs the World Hunger Year, like her father did.
There are a few songs I have heard by her I like, nice voice and good-looking too, lol!
There will be another Chapin in the series episode coming late tonight, and possibly Harry's brother Steve before it is all over.


That Springsteen track had a "Pink Cadillac" kind of feel in several spots.


Nice call! Now that I think about it, I cannot disagree.
It's on the Lucky Town album, called Souls Of The Departed.
My favorite in the set was Let Them In by John Gorka.
Not always know for my classiness, lol!
But screw Bloomberg, I'll do Prayer.
The situation cried out for it.
God bless you too Scott, and thanks for letting me know what you thought,
Mike

Comment by Mike Pell on September 13, 2011 at 3:00am

Scott,
Bloomberg IS an idiot!
That's not what the separation of church & state is about.
He had already lost my vote before this, now he'll just annoy me till we get rid of him.
Tom Chapin, Harry's brother, has been writing and performing music for decades- used to be on an excellent kids show with very entertaining songs on Sundays, can't remember the name but I would watch it if I could.
Jen is Harry's daughter, and runs the World Hunger Year, like her father did.
There are a few songs I have heard by her I like, nice voice and good-looking too, lol!
There will be another Chapin in the series episode coming late tonight, and possibly Harry's brother Steve before it is all over.

That Springsteen track had a "Pink Cadillac" kind of feel in several spots.

Nice call! Now that I think about it, I cannot disagree.
It's on the Lucky Town album, called Souls Of The Departed.
My favorite in the set was Let Them In by John Gorka.
Not always know for my classiness, lol!
Comment by Mike Pell on September 12, 2011 at 12:20pm

Scott,

Bloomberg IS an idiot!

That's not what the separation of church & state is about.

He had already lost my vote before this, now he'll just annoy me till we get rid of him.

Tom Chapin, Harry's brother, has been writing and performing music for decades- used to be on an excellent kids show with very entertaining songs on Sundays, can't remember the name but I would watch it if I could.

Jen is Harry's daughter, and runs the World Hunger Year, like her father did.

There are a few songs I have heard by her I like, nice voice and good-looking too, lol!

There will be another Chapin in the series episode coming late tonight, and possibly Harry's brother Steve before it is all over.


That Springsteen track had a "Pink Cadillac" kind of feel in several spots.


Nice call! Now that I think about it, I cannot disagree.

It's on the Lucky Town album, called Souls Of The Departed.

My favorite in the set was Let Them In by John Gorka.

Not always know for my classiness, lol!

But screw Bloomberg, I'll do Prayer.

The situation cried out for it.

God bless you too Scott, and thanks for letting me know what you thought,

Mike

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on September 12, 2011 at 11:20am

Hey, Scott is right on with his reply, all aspects of it.

 

There are two songs I really liked, but I'll have to go back and listen and get back to you on what they are. 

Comment by Scott on September 12, 2011 at 8:25am

Bloomberg is an idiot!  NYC should be outraged at his antics.  I know those outside looking in sure are ...  heres to hoping you all kick him to the curb, and soon!

 

Interesting tracks from the Chapin family.  Didnt realize they were recording still.  Loved the daughters voice!

 

That Springsteen track had a "Pink Cadillac" kind of feel in several spots.

 

Classy move to slip the prayer into your show...  Take that Bloomerg!!!

 

God Bless Mike...

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