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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 musical look at what has more Colors than anything else.
Care to guess what that might be?
I don't know if I have changed much, but back then I used to try to prove how far I could go with the music I would pick, taking that freedom I had to the max.
So what should be familiar will blend with the very unpredictable, as I turn on, and turn you onto, The Wonderful World Of Color Radio!

Here's the link to that big box of Crayolas, at WLSO.FM:


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Comment by Mike Pell on November 4, 2010 at 2:46am
Dear Scott,
I tell you, Autumn is becoming more and more closely up there with my favorite season Winter.
Those colors sound great in Carolina- and I am well aware Carolina trounced my beloved NY Islanders in hockey tonight, lol!
Seems like a beautiful view you have there, and as for leaves, well my building has a super and he rakes them.
I just like to flop around in them!
I really like both Chicago eras, couldn't pick one.
That's a GREAT point you make about the car radio!
And I remember when it extended to the house too- having heard this new experimental progressive Rock, I was the first guy to get an FM radio, a clock radio no less.
I would bring it to my friends' houses cause they didn't have one either, and we would listen to that wonderful underground music with no static!
That old Coca-Cola commercial, sung by the New Seekers, haven't played that in a long time, but I can hear it in my head.
That Stones song was part of their answer to the Beatles Sgt. Pepper and was in fact a hit single.
I have never been to San Francisco, but I imagine that was some fantastic trip, pardon the pun, you took with your father
That's the kind of thing that will always remain vivid.
Finally, there was a deliberate intent on my part, continued in Part Two of the Colors show, to bring about that hippie imagery.
Worked with you, lol!
Thanks for writing and the listen,
Comment by Scott on November 3, 2010 at 8:46am
ok, I admit that I read the comments while the show started (tabbed browsing is cool sometimes). In NC the fall colors are astounding this time of year. The mountains peak season is typically the 3rd week of October and then it rolls down into the Piedmont of central Carolina a couple weeks later. Just beautiful! One draw back, I was looking out my back window the other day when a small gust of wind kicked up, looked like it was snowing, hahaha - I'll rake my backyard at least 2-3 times this fall to keep them from smothering my grass...

Love the Cetera-era Chicago, but I have to confess its usually Chicago V and newer that I really like. Fancy Colours is from Chicago II, I will need to go back a listen. The track fits the show though...

Black and White Radio... hahaha, why did that make sense?! Quite weird, but I remembered the old Ford pickup truck with the AM only radio in it when you said that. So now that's what Black and White radio is to me now, AM radio...

After reading Mikes reply about the Donovan song taking him away, I listened closely and I can see how this would be a good start to the day. Being a show of colors, the imagery that comes to mind when I hear this track is quite funny as well. I see the old Coca-Cola commercial, you know the one.. "I'd like to teach to the world to sing, in perfect harmony" ... hahaha. I guess I was listening with my eyes...

Hate to pile on, but add me to the list of people who don't know old Stones tunes. I liked it though in the context of the show.

Mike, I liked this show, wasnt bad at all.. For whatever reason I get very strong Hippy imagery more so than colors. Thats not bad, it was a colorful era no doubt. I remember going through Haight-Ashbury with my Dad in 72-73, I was 7 or 8. The head shops were incredible, dyed leather belts, purses, vests, pants and the colors in peoples hair stick with me. And of course, the People. Not sure how happy my Mother was to have him take us through there, but its a vivid memory for me. My Dad really got a kick out of it too.
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on November 2, 2010 at 8:15pm
Kaleidoscope was definitely my first thought. Then rainbows.
Comment by Mike Pell on November 2, 2010 at 7:21pm
Dear RJ,
But were Rainbows your first choice?
We talked about that recently, go with that first one, lol!
Honest is fine- and I tried to issue a warning when I said back then I used to try to prove how far I could go with the music I would pick, taking that freedom I had to the max.
Nice catch on Chicago, I considered it but it was too slow, and I liked the way Fancy Colors blended in and segued with the Disney song.
Donovan's Colors takes me way and is a killer song, far more than just interesting, lol!
And I am so surprised at the number of people who don't know those old Rolling Stones hit songs- might be that brilliant state of radio these days, with their small playlists.
Even if they have a 2,000 song playlist, it is small to me!
That was Livingston Taylor sounding very much like James.
He also had another brother Alex, and a sister Kate, who made records.
Part Two will be completely different, and involve a teaching aid the nuns used when I was in grammar school, lol!
Thanks for the listen and comments as usual,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on November 2, 2010 at 2:38pm
Rimshot!!!! I thought about rainbows as well, but I thought I was being inventive.

Well, in being totally honest, I have to say this wasn't my favorite show. Not that it didn't have it's moments. I liked the Chicago tune, Fancy Colors. I must say, If you would have told me there was a Chicago song, I would have immediately thought "Colour My World".

I also thought the Donovan song (Colors) was interesting.

I don't remember hearing that Stones song before, so that's new to me.

And I did think that was James Taylor, not his brother (Livingston, I think you said).
Comment by Mike Pell on November 2, 2010 at 2:21pm
Oh I'm sorry...but we do have some nice parting gifts, lol!
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on November 2, 2010 at 2:01pm
Well, my first thought to your question is a kaleidoscope, which made me think of The Beatles. I think it's Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds that has lyric along the line of "the girl with kaleidoscope eyes". That's my guess, now I'm gonna listen.

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