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Well if Christmas Day falls on the day of the show, it goes without saying that New Year's Day will too!
However this time I didn't have Christmas songs to choose from, but the Whole Wide World of Music.
So I was wondering...WHAT will I play?
It occurred to me that there are certain times of the year that you think about Life.
Birthdays are one, certainly the beginning of a New Year is another.
You take a look backwards at where you've been, and a look ahead at what may be coming up in your Life.
And a Theme was born, lol!
So that's what I will do.
Early on, you'll hear a song that I cannot play without thinking of my old and dear friend Engineer Ken Stanley.
We always played this one on the first show of the New Year, and for a number of years we had the crappiest copy to play, as neither of us would get a new one- that may be my biggest memory of it!
Oh man, it's things like that you remember in Life, and they always bring a smile.
Let's Ring Out The Old And Ring In The New!
And with this new number, 2013, continue on with the business of Living Life!
Here are the links, your choice of two while you are still sober, to listen to some Life at Mike Pell Rockollections:
At Podomatic:

Or at Soundcloud:


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Comment by Mike Pell on January 5, 2013 at 1:15am
Sleepwalking? Even with Harry?
Scott gave him the the Golden Pell.
Fred Neil kicked it in for you though, thank goodness, and I can hear Johnny Cash doing Other Side To This Life.
You never heard much Fred Neil even when he was recording- Vin Scelsa was one of the only DJ's I heard play him- so I wonder how difficult it would be to pick up on him now.
I may have to go on a personal crusade to make him more well known, lol!
As you know, I just love playing the ones people have completely forgotten about and I had that feeling about the Moody Blues song.
I still have the pile for the series of 1967 songs I was doing and want to return to, and Janis Ian was in it.
I had a feeling I was going to end the show with Seasons, so I thought of her A Song For All The Seasons Of Your Mind, and that's the name of it.
And a definitely worthy Golden Pell winner!
Those first 2 or 3 Janis Ian albums were gems, with lyrics and topics that were unique!
Sorry it took so long to respond, I think I caught that flu stuff from you, lol!
Thanks for the listen and writing, another dependable guy,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 3, 2013 at 2:50pm


I've gotta tell you, I was sleepwalking through this show.  Even with all the big names (Harrison, Chapin and Taylor), it just wasn't reaching me.  

But then, you played Fred Neal (Neil?) and the second half of the show killed.  That song Other Side To This Life really sounds like it should've been done by Johnny Cash (no disrespect to Fred).  Then, a song that I've heard but completely forgotten about, The Moody Blues with The Other Side Of Life.  Beautiful.

And you closed with the Golden Pell winner, Janis Ian.  I didn't get the name of the song, but it was really good.

Comment by Mike Pell on January 3, 2013 at 11:52am
Playing Harry Chapin is always nice for me.
And the way he died- he has a heart attack and it has to be while driving on the Long Island Expressway.
Then he has the bad luck to be hit by a tractor-trailer!
All while he was on his way to a FREE oncert!
Something not right with the cosmos fro all that crap to happen to such a nice guy!
That's Fred Neil, and I gotta play more of him- he's virtually unknown and that's just wrong.
Are you kidding me?
That Moody Blues album has Your Wildest Dreams and Rock & Roll Over You on it, just to name a couple besides the title track!
That Janis Ian Indian feeling seems to come from a guitar trying to sound like a sitar.
Good ears on your part.
Thanks for the listen and writing, you are a dependable guy,
Comment by Jon on January 2, 2013 at 5:04pm

Mr Chapin was nice, I remember the announcement on the radio that he died in a car crash. Didn't really know who he was back then, but remember the announcement.

Fred Neal was a really good song, didn't sound like it came from '65. Dug it.

The Moody Blues song is good (the album as a whole isn't) and nice end with Janis Ian. Kinda Indian feeling, know what I mean?

Comment by Mike Pell on January 1, 2013 at 10:58am
I gave it up years ago too, but I must confess, I actually had a couple of scotches last night at friends' house.
But I won't start drinking again.
I'm too goddam cheap to buy my OWN Johnny Walker Black, lol!
Actually, it's TRUE!
I was ok, as testified to by my ability to get up early on my own and write the blog and put out Part Ewo.
Yes, that JT seemed to go nicely in there.
And ah, that's music to my ears- playing a song it's been too long since you've heard- in this case, the Moody Blues The Other Side Of This Life.
That's what I love to do!
The Golden Pell to Mr Chapin...I think that would be my pick too.
But I am always surprised when it's a song I think people have heard.
But hey, you just can't hear them all!
Happy New Year to you and yours my friend, I am always glad to hear from you.
2013 IS off to a great start, but it's only hours since it began...we'll have to see, lol,
Comment by Scott on January 1, 2013 at 10:42am

I don't drink so no hang over for me!  I don't miss those days.

You play Chapin every now and again and I always like it.  Love JT and the tune you played is perfect, but the Moody Blues tune really works so good, and I love their  music!  Its been too long since I heard The Other Side, easily the Golden Pell, but since Ive heard it before I have to pick a different song...  It has to be Chapin this time.

Happy New Year Mike!  Thanks for a great year in cool shows and commentary!  Hope 2013 is off to a great start!

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