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I trust most of you had a nice St. Valentine's Day!
And I'll do my best to continue the feelings here in the last half.
But while most Valentines are Red, sometimes they are more appropriately Blue.
In addition, there are people who do forget Valentine's Day.
I'll try to help bail them out with a beautiful song.
In between, a little History and Music for the Day and for Love!
I think you might like this!
Here's the link to close it out this year, and start thinking about next year, at WLSO.FM:

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Comment by Mike Pell on February 24, 2012 at 1:47am

Well, I knew I could work it in by saying most Valentines are red, but some...!

Damn RJ, I could have sent it to you.

Cancel the order!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on February 23, 2012 at 8:45pm

I too thought Waits was a perfect opener for part 2.  I haven't heard any of those songs, but I bought Blue Valentine yesterday.  It should be here in a few days.

Comment by Mike Pell on February 23, 2012 at 7:47pm
Wow, Best Show Ever!
I'll have to top that, and I WILL, lol!
You knew 3 of the songs, which is good, and Jackie DeShannon is correct.
I've always liked that Steve Earle song Valentine’s Day, probably because I was a Valentine's Day forgetter!
And since the show fell on that day, I figured it was the best time I would ever have to think of every Valentine's Day song I could.
I even left a couple out.
Sit Down I Think I Love You has long been my favorite Buffalo Springfield song...but like a favorite show, those things sometimes change.
I was a little concerned about the long ending of the Nils Lofgren song because it was eating up time- but you dug the guitar solo, and I can't bring myself to shorten songs, lol!
And Springsteen's vocal help is a winner for me too.
Golden Pell to Tom Waits, can't argue with that.
Again I was concerned, coming in off the break, that it was long and it was a slow one.
But I went with my gut.
I met a Russian girl in Starbucks who listens to the show, and she told me Part One was better than Part Two.
And I said why, because I opened Part Two with the slow Waits' song?
She said no...that was the best...she loves that song and she could listen to it all day, lol!
You can never figure each person, so that's why I don't try to please anybody or everybody.
I have to believe that no matter what I play, some will like it, some won't.
Funny about Tom Waits, like Leonard Cohen, they both seem to rock more with age and in their songwriting since the 90's.
But I prefer the old Tom Waits...with a voice that sounds like too much whiskey and too many cigarettes...and songs about hookers & drunks & strippers & pickpockets, lowlifes, etc.
Have you ever heard The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me), I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You, Ol' '55 (Eagles do a GREAT version, first one I heard), Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen), Step Right Up, Pasties and a G-String (At the Two O'Clock Club), Small Change (Got Rained on with His Own .38), to name a few?
ALL worth hearing!    
Thanks for the listen, writing, and especially the praise, lol!
Now try to get through the 2nd half of the Mardi Gras, lol,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on February 22, 2012 at 11:46am



I didn’t have a lot to say about part one of this week’s show, but I’ve got plenty to say about part two of last week’s show.


First, I’ve heard 3 of the tunes you played, and I like all of ‘em.  Cupid (Sam Cooke), Hello, I Love You (The Doors) and What The World Needs Now Is Love (Jackie DeShannon I think is who you said) are all good songs and excellent picks for this show.


You know how occasionally, you post a show and I say, “that’s probably my favorite show you’ve done.”?  Well, this is that show.  And it’s not only the known songs that you played, but the unknown ones in particular.  I started listening to this on Friday of last week, but just got too busy at work so I had to stop.  But what I heard made me want to listen to the full show.


Really, in a parallel universe, any of the songs could have been the Golden Pell winner.  They all deserve it.  The Steve Earle song Valentine’s Day is quite nice.  But even better to me was the Buffalo Springfield tune, Sit Down, I Think I Love You.  That’s a terrific song.  I love the Beatle”esqueness” of the song. 


And then that Nils Lofgren song.  I’ve never heard anything by him, but this is just fantastic.  And the key for me is those backing vocals by The Boss.  Perfect.  And that guitar outro solo just adds icing on the cake.  Beautiful song.


Of course, I saved the best for last.  Golden Pell to Tom Waits.  That’s one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.  I have only heard what Niels has posted on CRB previously from Waits, and quite frankly, I hadn’t liked it one bit.  I didn’t like his voice at all.  But his voice works great on this track.  The passion and emotion in his voice just blows me away.  I must seek out this album from 1978.  And don’t forget the simple, but totally effective musical accompaniment.  


Best show ever bro!

Comment by Mike Pell on February 17, 2012 at 12:42am


That's a nice one alright.

I have a bunch, including his Best Of that I haven't gotten around to listening to yet.

Steve Earle can be Folk, Country, and can really Rock when he wants to.

All on the same album, lol!

Hey, you want that one?

Thanks for listening buddy,


Comment by Jon on February 16, 2012 at 4:53pm

That was Steve Earle? Wow, great song. I have a couple of his albums, love Copperhead Road. Got another but it was too country for my taste, believe it was Guitar Town?

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