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It has been a strange couple of weeks, and there are many people still without electricity, heat and hot water- and demanding answers.
The best way for me to get away from all the madness is to get lost in the Music.
So that's what I did, and these first shows will deal with Hurricanes.
The Blackouts will come later.
I figure if you are able to listen to me and these chapters, then we have come through this Safe & Sound.
And that makes me very happy and relieved.
Hurricane Sandy...such a sweet little name Sandy!
I right away thought of 3 songs named Sandy, so I thought I'd play them.
This show rolls on, and even a Force Of Nature is nothing but an inspiration for a Theme for me!
Let's get to it, with some of the best Storm Music I could think of!
Here are the links to get you through a Hurricane while remaining dry, at Mike Pell Rockollections:


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Comment by Mike Pell on November 15, 2012 at 4:34pm
You get dangerous rain there, do ya, lol?
See now right away I have to defend Carly & Dion.
Thing is I really like them a lot...and guess who picks the music, lol?
Dion's music and I go way back to when I was a kid (I think it was a Dion record that was the first I ever bought), plus he's a New Yorker.
Carly's song said what I wanted to say for a start- stick together and we're Safe & Sound.
I was big time wrong guessing the Golden Pell.
I had you down for Lee Michaels.
If not, then easily Richie Havens- with a 7-Up not coffee in a little jazz bar.
Early Bruce had some great stories in the lyrics- did you know the cops finally busted Madam Marie for telling fortunes better than they can?
No irritation for me with those early albums.
And I thought that was a clever idea going with songs named Sandy.
I didn't consider Before The Deluge because I thought you would have heard it before.
Since you hadn't it is a worthy recipient of the Golden Pell, although I still would have gone with Lee Michaels or Richie Havens.
Frankly, I don't remember anything from the Grease movie...or even if I've seen it.
Either I was drunk or not impressed, or BOTH, LOL!
As for Blackouts, all I will say is I will be concentrating on the big, huge ones here in the Northeast.
So that eliminates Georgia.
We will see what gets played...even I am not sure, although I have the beginning and maybe the ending.
Thanks for listening and writing,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on November 14, 2012 at 3:22pm

Mike, glad you're okay up there buddy!  It's actually rained here a couple of times recently.  But I think everybody's okay.

I can't say I'm crazy about the opener or the closer for this show (Carly Simon and Dion).  Although they aren't bad, I just liked everything in between better.  

The Lee Michaels song was quite cool and the Bruce Springsteen song was too.  He writes a great story.  But I just love Jon's description of his singing style.  He's right on the money.  It can be quite irritating.  But like I said, he's a tremendous song writer.

And how 'bout that Richie Havens song.  That was killer.  I need to be sitting in a little jazz or piano bar having a cold one while that was being performed.  Of course, if it was you and I sitting in that bar, you'd be having a cup of coffee.  

And the Golden Pell goes to Jackson Browne.  Another terrific song writer.  And I'm giving him the GP, not just for the song, but for the song title as well.  Before The Deluge.  How cool is that word?  I've been hearing another song with that word in it lately that I can't place.  Wait, I think it's one of Rick Springfield's new tunes.  

And how in the world could you leave out the one Jon mentioned.  Sandy is my favorite song from the Grease movie.

As far as blackouts go, I immediately thought of the Scorpions as well.  Maybe even Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden.  Or maybe Lights by Journey.  Or, The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia?

Comment by Mike Pell on November 12, 2012 at 5:10pm


Glad you liked've been a tough sell lately, lol!

Doing songs about Sandy, I couldn't NOT play that Bruce one.

And yes that was Carly Simon to start.

I said her name and quoted her lyrics, and thought that would be enough identification.

But in truth, you had to be listening somewhat closely to catch it.

Good ear for her voice my man, since you didn't!

Thanks for the listen and writing,


Comment by Jon on November 12, 2012 at 4:57pm

Except for Bruce, I liked this show. I swear, Bruce always sounds like he starts singing right aftrer someone kicks him awake.

Was that Carly Simon at the beginning? I don't know if you mentioned her name or even if it was her, but it sounded like her.....

Comment by Mike Pell on November 12, 2012 at 8:17am


You're in the game, mentioned one!

I don't know about later since I haven't done them yet, but it is in the mix.

Thinking about the Thanksgiving show now.


Comment by Jon on November 12, 2012 at 3:07am

I'm guessing "Sandy" from Grease is one of the songs. Knowing you there might be a Springsteen song and possibly one by Dylan?

If you're doing blackouts later, will there be a Scorpions song?


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