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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 Lovin' Spoonful!
I will take us out this time with songs about those who can't go home- the homeless, the drunks, the druggies, all those who have no Home to go to.
A bit somber, but I won't shy away from a part of real life.
As I recall, Engineer Ken Stanley was very deeply affected by the first tune.
I mean surprisingly so- he couldn't look at me.
And in the final song, you will hear the story of a man's life in precisely 3 minutes!
Even after many years, and I first heard it in the 60's when Scott Muni played it on WNEW-FM, that one still gets to me.
When the going Home continues next week, I promise I will counter this with a very Happy beginning.
Please do come back and join me to find out just what I mean.
But until then, I hope you enjoy what is played here.
You can always let me know.

Here's the link to stroll on Home, at WLSO.FM:


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Comment by Mike Pell on November 19, 2010 at 1:05am
RJ (dropping the formality, lol!),
Great man, that you liked every song in this one.
You know, I think because I am older than you that I am sometimes surprised that you've never heard a song like Country Comforts by Elton John.
That might also explain why my selections may be older than your suggestions, lol!
I spent over 10 years away from our music, and I am still catching up.
Nice to know that like me you are not a snob either, and can enjoy John Denver.
There have been so many "It's a shames" in music, I would go around depressed if I thought of them.
Now I have NEVER EVER considered Darling Be Home Soon to be remotely connected to a stalker- get out of my Psychotherapy series, LOL!
Interesting that Craig Morgan turned you off contemporary country, I don't really know anything about the guy.
Here's what happened, I originally intended to play songs for those who can't get home for Thanksgiving, and that Simon & Garfunkel song you guessed before immediately came to mind.
Homeward Bound, but he can only wish he were heading home, so it fit well.
But as I was looking through my CD's I saw the Craig Morgan and a song that had Home in it.
So I played it, liked it, and right away thought of the Gordon Lightfoot song to go with it.
A change in the songs, but the sentiment stayed the same about NOT getting home.
I figured I could always play the S & G next year.
Context means a lot in my presentation of music, I've talked about giving meaning to songs by their placement, so that is music to my ears that you liked the Morgan song in a context that gave it new life for you.
And I am a HUGE Gordon Lightfoot fan, pretty much an expert on his songs, and I have played him many times before.
In fact, I think he is the Planes portion of that other series.
Which I think I will put here, lol!
Oh, I got the song No Place Like Home and think it is terrific!
Thanks for that, and for listening and those cool comments of yours,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on November 18, 2010 at 10:36am
***Spoiler Alert***

Mike, that show was very interesting. It was a total folk/country vibe. Which makes it an extremely easy listening show, which I enjoyed very much.

Frankly, I liked every song you played. James Taylor and Elton John started the show of excellently. I've never heard Country Comforts by Elton John, but I'm glad I have now.

I really liked the John Denver song, Take Me Home Country Roads. It's been a while since I've heard it, but he was a very good folk singer. It's a shame he died in that plane crash.

The song Darling Be Home Soon was quite interesting as well. Now, you say the lyrics are poetry, which I agree with, but you see it from a loving husband/significant other singing a loving song, but are you sure it's not from the eyes of a stalker? Just sayin'....:-)

The Craig Morgan song is a true country song. Honestly, he's one of the reasons I don't listen to contemporary country music. To me he's quite cookie-cutter. That being said, the song takes on a new life here, in this context, and I actually liked it. Isn't that kind of crazy?

And you finally played Scott and I a Gordon Lightfoot tune. We've guessed him as the artists several times. Anyway, Home From The Forrest was a cool song.

Also, this show (the homeless part) made me think of a great song that would really have fit so well here. It's a song called No Place Like Home, and basically tells the story of a man who's left his family with the wife's family and gone out on his own to look for work, and somewhere down the line he just slipped away. It's a beautiful song that I'll try to send you just to see what you think.

As usual, great show.

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