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ROCKOLLECTIONS: GET YER LA LA'S OUT PT.6 END

It is a Last Return to La La Land, another time to Get Yer La La's Out!

At the break I said Ooh La La, well that's a good clue to the first song and the one after.

As a matter of fact, I will play the Hits in the Opening Set.

So naturally after that I will take you to a Buddhist Mantra, lol!

Followed by another tune you will know

And finally, to close the Series, I knew when I started it all that this would be the ONLY Song to end with!

Think about it, what would… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on May 23, 2024 at 1:41am — 3 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: GET YER LA LA'S OUT PT.5

I have really been having fun playing Songs with La La's in them, I am easily pleased, lol!

To start this Episode, a trip back to the Early Days Of Rock & Roll, 1956.

Included are a Song from the play Hair, a tune from a 1965 Judy Collins album, a Paul McCartney single, and another by the Beatles.

Also the B Side of Sloop John B, and cuts from Born In The U.S.A. and My Generation.

All in all, a nice Mixed Bag of Rocking Music!

Join me for a revisit to La La Land, I… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on May 20, 2024 at 8:25pm — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: GET YER LA LA'S OUT PT.4

More of Get Yer La La's Out, and I'll start this Chapter with a few you know, but do you remember the La La's?

Then a pair of Leopard Skin Headphones, kind of expensive I would think, put pick up a pair the next time you go Shopping!

After that a song with serious lyrics, mostly about Hollywood, from a terrific album that went largely unnoticed.

To close, Songs About Singing!

A return to La La Land is planned for next week, for more Get Yer La La's Out.

But kindly do… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on May 15, 2024 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: GET YER LA LA'S OUT PT.3

It's Week Two of Get Yer La La's Out, and I'll start with an Oldie.

I love the Element Of Surprise- the Songs and Groups and Artists you wouldn't expect La La's from.

Like The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and The Beach Boys.

And if they did have La La's in them, what songs would they be?

I'll take care of those, it's what I am here for, lol!

It's Fast and Furious In La La Land!

Join me, this is a good Episode!



Here are the links to Fun With Our Music, at… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on May 13, 2024 at 9:49pm — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: GET YER LA LA'S OUT PT.2

I'll start this Chapter of Get Yer La La's Out with a Hit Song from a woman who had been in the Rotary Connection in the late 60's.

And yes, I did steal this Series title from the old Rolling Stones Live album!

Then I am going to play games, the most fun for me is when I play Songs, as is the case with these La La's, you forgot or maybe never even noticed had La La's in them at all!

In this trip trip to La La Land, can we include the Beatles?

Of course, you can include the… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on May 8, 2024 at 10:29pm — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: GET YER LA LA'S OUT PT.1

When you hear the first song, you're gonna think it finally happened, Pell went MAD, LOL!

But there is a Method To My Madness, my way of introduction to La La's in Our Music.

Music is inundated with them!

They can be at the End, in the Middle, or come right at you in the Beginning!

All Genres are represented, and even by surprising Artists you wouldn't expect, like say Bob Dylan.

Join me for a trip to La La Land!

To Get Yer La La's Out!

This will be a lot of… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on May 7, 2024 at 12:21am — 9 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: KENTUCKY DERBY PT.2 END

As we conclude our Musical Kentucky Derby , I know a horse I would bet on but he is for a very good reason not on the field, not a contender.

Then I'll play a couple of songs that are not only about Horses, but RACEHORSES!

What’s that expression, “You can lead a horse to water, but…”?

Followed by a song that seems to bring out strong emotions in people, both for and against.

Finally, and all out of breath, I will leave you with a perfectly named song that was # 2 on the… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on May 1, 2024 at 11:18pm — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: KENTUCKY DERBY PT.1

Well it only took many years, but I finally realized in time to do something about it!

A show that has been bouncing around in my head for all those years, dedicated to the Kentucky Derby coming this Saturday.

So there will be much horsing around, and even imbibing in that famous Traditional Beverage.

There are some listeners who think along with me in these Free-Form Radio ventures.

And I am sure they figure there is a Rolling Stones song I HAVE to play.

I am going to… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on April 29, 2024 at 10:16pm — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: VOL1- THE ORIGINALS PT.2

The simple continues.

Songs we know very well, Originally done by other solo artists or groups.

And I am pretty sure I have at least a couple of surprises in this Episode.

Notice I am calling this Volume 1.

That's because there are so many of these, I should be returning to The Originals in the vague future.

They are Educational, Interesting and Fun.

All good reasons to return!

But please do enjoy this one!



Here is the link to some things Possibly… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on April 24, 2024 at 11:03pm — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: VOL1- THE ORIGINALS PT.1

It's simple this time.

There are many songs we know very well, maybe were Big Hits.

And some were Originally done by other solo artists or groups.

In a lot of these cases that is a big surprise, unknown to us.

In other cases, we know or have heard about these Originals.

I will be playing as many as I can fit in.

One great memory, there is a version of a Folk Ballad in here that Engineer Ken and I flipped over.

It just arrived at the station one day, unexpected… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on April 23, 2024 at 4:32am — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: VOL1– FAVES AND GUILTIES PT.2

The Muse steered me a little Folkie at the beginning, and I wanted to play the two Best Songs I have ever heard about Old People.

And then I went on about the joys and adventures we used to have playing the Flip Side of Singles.

This was a nice diversion show for me, just playing songs I've always liked for no other reason than that I've always liked them.

But even here, my mind seems to make Musical Connections on its own.

Honestly, I think Themes are what I do… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on April 17, 2024 at 11:27pm — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: VOL1- FAVES AND GUILTIES PT.1

It has occurred to me that this Rockollections Show will not go on forever.

Some day, for some reason, it will end, as everything does.

So rather than wait to play particular songs in a Theme, or finding a reason to play them, I have decided to go for myself and just play them because I want to!

These are Favorites of mine encountered over the many years I've been listening to Music, and some may be just Guilty Pleasures on my part.

Included in this opening half are some… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on April 15, 2024 at 8:53pm — 6 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: IT'S ONLY DEATH PT.8 FINALE

This is it, we made it, time to figuratively throw dirt on our Musical Exploration of Death In Song!

I’ll even read a Poem!

I picked the Music to end with, as I pick all the Music- I play what I want!

And I stand by what I chose, coming almost Full Circle with the last song.

This was a daring Series admittedly- risking alienating the squeamish.

The challenge, the trick, was to NOT do a Series about Death that was depressing and morbid.

Instead, make the Series… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on April 10, 2024 at 10:41pm — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: IT'S ONLY DEATH PT.7

I am back with and winding down the Lighter Side of It’s Only Death, beginning with a guy who was both a Satirist and Mathematician, and appeared frequently on PBS.

A friend of mine, Clay Eals, wrote a book about Steve Goodman and had a few Song suggestions- I hadn’t thought of Steve so I went with one of them.

After that, a couple that may tickle your Memory Synapses- Motherlode and Emmitt Rhodes anyone?

Then a Half Serious/Half Fun Set to close this opening half.

One more… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on April 8, 2024 at 9:08pm — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: IT'S ONLY DEATH PT.6

I’ll start this Chapter with a Song that is probably the first one I heard that had such very Upbeat Music masking a Serious Message.

We have been listening to not so terribly sad Death Songs, the premise of the Series.

And I should point out that it definitely occurred to me that the time to do a Series called It’s Only Death is when you are Alive- not much chance after, lol!

I can remember a time when we celebrated Heroes for the Right Reasons.

That’s what the Sets in here… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on April 3, 2024 at 10:57pm — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: IT'S ONLY DEATH PT.5

It’s back on track for hey, It’s Only Death, lol!

Still trying to prove that contrary to popular opinion Death can be a Ball Of Laughs.

Oh alright, not always!

A couple of serious ones in here, including a song for Janis Joplin.

And a Classic piece of Rock & Roll that inspired another Classic- interestingly the latter I have never played all the way through on the show before.

Although I love it, I always felt it was overplayed, but it’s Time!

It’s Only… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on April 2, 2024 at 12:42am — 4 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: IT'S ONLY DEATH PT.4

I am Poking The Bear, Mocking The Grim Reaper- knowing full well the Old Bastard will win in the end, lol!

What’s he going to do, come early?

Besides, there are other things to fear, as Jerry Seinfeld will inform us.

And Jack Paar will reappear.

I will have a very interesting Set in this Chapter.

I don’t want to give it away, just trust me!

To close this week, a very strange song based on a True Story.

You may never look at your dog the same way… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on March 27, 2024 at 8:58pm — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: IT'S ONLY DEATH PT.3

It’s Week 2 of It’s Only Death, a Series most people told me NOT to do!

They asked who’s gonna listen to that, Songs About Death, lol?

But I felt I could flip Death the other way, and lessen the fear of it with Our Music.

I’ll have the usual mix in here- some Comedy, a couple of Classics, including a memorable one Live At The Fillmore East, and a few you may not know or remember.

It will be interesting to see whether I pass or fail with this Series.

So come along for… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on March 25, 2024 at 11:45pm — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: IT'S ONLY DEATH PT.2

If there is an Unwritten Rule In Radio to stay away from Death Songs, I will write it down and break it, lol!!

Hey It’s Only Death, and it comes to us all.

The Lesson here is to not fear it.

In fact, I am going to have fun with it and mock it!.

We’ll hear some Gallows Humor to open this Episode.

Then a little story from Jack Paar, remember him?

He says something that could serve as the Motto of this Series.

After that a group that had the nerve to make a debut… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on March 20, 2024 at 8:11pm — 2 Comments

ROCKOLLECTIONS: IT'S ONLY DEATH PT.1

I will go where Radio dares not!

The Theme of this New Series is Death.

Fear not, don’t shy away, I will do this with a lighthearted touch for the most part!

I am doing this Series for two primary reasons.

I always wanted to see if I could do it.

And secondly, my Birthday is coming- Birth And Death go together, if you get one you’ll inevitably get the other!

To start, a Musical Point/Counterpoint!

Then a method of dealing with the Angel Of Death, and we'll… Continue

Added by Mike Pell on March 18, 2024 at 9:09pm — 2 Comments

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