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I'll close out this from-5-years-ago album and show with more selected cuts.
I haven't listened to this show since I did it, and I can't believe I played so few songs, although they were kind of long.
Not to bum anybody out as to that aforementioned mourning period, but my main memory is that I had listened to the CD before the show, and there was a song that applied to my ex-girlfriend Angel's death- at least in my mind.
This was after all, only about 3 weeks after she died.
So hovering over me was this wondering how I would handle playing it- I could have skipped it but not me, I was going to play it no matter what.
You'll hear it...and me, in this Part Two.
I thought it was what I said after the song, but surprisingly I am equally affected by what I said with the intro also.
It funny, these shows are Time Capsules, and I do forget what I did and listen just like a stranger to them years later.
And speaking of Time, it hasn't healed much with regard to that whole sad situation.
Maybe I won't let it!
Hey, I am always what I am on that show, and I think that means something.
People can actually get to know me, for good or bad.
No machine me, but a real person!
Music Radio could use more of that!
Ending with Death this week, so next week it's all about Birth!
Here's the link to the ending half, at WLSO.FM:

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Comment by Mike Pell on March 26, 2012 at 12:01pm

Wonder what that was all about?

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on March 26, 2012 at 11:40am

I heard that in his voice as well.

Comment by Mike Pell on March 26, 2012 at 11:33am
That is an easy one for the Golden Pell, When The Deal Goes Down.
It was almost shocking after 5 years to hear that emotion coming out of myself.
I was going along alright until then.
Although she only lasted about 2 1/2 months from first being sick until death, it had been a drainingly sad experience.
I thought it was lyrically right on.
Funny, listening to Dylan sing it, I swear I hear him letting out little sobs in it.
Thanks for the listen and sharing that experience,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on March 26, 2012 at 10:56am

Hey Mike,

It didn't look like I'd get to this, but I did.  I'm keeping this one simple.


There's just too much emotion going on in your voice to give the Golden Pell to anything other than "When The Deal Goes Down".  That song fit perfectly for you and lyrically it was brilliant. 

Comment by Mike Pell on March 20, 2012 at 11:46pm

No problem RJ.

Even I can't take too much of me, lol!

Comment by Mike Pell on March 20, 2012 at 11:45pm
Listening today you are a man of your word.
You also can literally make me fall down laughing, like with this:

For the love of all that's holy, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?


A little dramatic there, no? Hahahahahahaha!!!!!
Well, Dylan & Tom Waits & even Leonard Cohen have changed their sound.
Oddly rocking harder as they get older.
About time Christgau got something right, but even a stopped watch is right twice a day, lol!
Thanks for the listen, writing & laugh,

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on March 20, 2012 at 5:19pm

Tomorrow man...tomorrow.

Comment by Jon on March 20, 2012 at 5:17pm

Gave my promised listen today and I am very scared. Niels posted some songs from Tom Waites' new album a little while ago and I liked it. I liked the songs in this episode as much as the first episode, so what does this mean?????

For the love of all that's holy, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Fantastic listen though Mike. I thing Christgau got something right!

Comment by Mike Pell on March 17, 2012 at 12:22am
Yeah, where is RJ anyway, lol?
Jon's gonna listen next week.
There are tons of songs that stir my soul, and not in a good way.
But I haven't played When The Deal Goes Down since that show.
Not a conscious effort to avoid it- but I know what it says and how I will feel.
Excellent choice for the Golden Pell, Beyond The Horizon.
It was good to have Engineer Ken with me on that old one, we had become such good friends.
We had decided to just play an album, since I had no theme in mind, nothing prepared to play- hadn't given it any thought, things just didn't seem that important as it was only about two weeks after the funeral.
I thought I was going along fairly nicely, although stumbling over words.
But that song was hanging over my head, I had picked it and was going to play it.
It was incredible how fast I went from being the regular person I always am, to one helluva sad and weepy guy.
I don't think anybody would have thought I was mourning, just having a rough day.
Every time I went to see her, and she was dead in less than 6 weeks, I would pray she would be better but she looked worse.
I would stay there in Pennsylvania for a week or more each visit, my jobs were all very nice about it.
I remember thinking the last time I saw her it wouldn't be long, and she would be better off dead- she would LOOK better dead!
I said my goodbyes to her, never knowing if she could hear me or not.
Came home to Brooklyn, worked as Announcer the next day, and she died that night.
I remember her brother-in-law breaking my hump about not being there when she died.
But I told him I had no way of knowing when that would happen, and I had to continue my own life and responsibilities, I got a little ticked about.
Ah well, that was then, this is now.
But it took 5 years to re-play this show!
Thanks for the empathy my friend,
Comment by Scott on March 15, 2012 at 10:21pm

Love being first and beating RJ and Jonster to the punch!


Very touching to read your narrative and then to hear your hurt.  Some songs a special  to us for lots of reasons, some hold that special someone close to us for all time.  Those are the ones that stir our soul forever.  I have a few of them that knock me over when I hear them still.


Really felt Beyond The Horizon, very nice track! So thats my Golden Pell!  But the song When The Deal Goes Down, thats the one I think you were referring to in your narrative...  Touching!


Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, like it or not!  It makes us who we are.


Much more melancholy show this time.  But your emotions come across and that made it a classic!


Thanks for sharing your good times and your rough times Mike!

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