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It is early in the year, and my musical look at the Past, Present and Future rolls along, just like in real life.
A couple of songs about the Future to begin, then one that you will surely know, that sounds like it should be about the Future, just by its title alone.
In fact, the song celebrates the Present!
And is the opening tune as I move into that Time Period of our personal history.
Of the three, the Present is the most elusive of all.
From here till I get to the end of the sentence is the Future, and once I get there the sentence is now in the Past.
Thankfully we have a broader respect for the Present.
But technically, it is measured in Moments.
And just for this Chapter, so will I.
So join me in this living Present, as these are The Good Old Days!
Here are the links as we Live in the Present, at Mike Pell Rockollections:

At Podomatic:


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Comment by Mike Pell on January 16, 2014 at 7:17pm

No, none of those sound familiar, I'm sure of it.

Real real pretty redhead lead singer, or at least on the song I saw.

In fact, I liked it so much I taped it off the TV onto cassette.

But you know how that goes, where the hell is that cassette?
A needle in a haystack...I don't even look at them anymore.

Comment by Jon on January 16, 2014 at 6:48pm

It wasn't TTWS since they were never on the show. It could be stellastar, the polyphonic spree or jem maybe?

Comment by Mike Pell on January 16, 2014 at 6:08pm


Thanks for the songs.

I liked the one by Toad The Wet Sprocket better than Atomic Tom, so I have it now, might play it but I am now top heavy with Present songs- I keep thinking of more of them, lol!

Atomic Tom I might like better if it weren't Live.

Comment by Mike Pell on January 16, 2014 at 5:57pm


Guy...girl...I DON'T CARE, LOL!

I must be wrong, but I thought I remembered seeing the band when a guy I really thought was funny, Craig Kilborn, had the Late Late Show.

And I seem to recall a sweet redhead singing...FEMALE!

Guess I'm wrong.

Comment by Jon on January 15, 2014 at 10:49am

Mike, you ok? This doesn't look like a female to me?

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 14, 2014 at 9:09pm

New Constellation is the album by Toad.  Don't worry, here is both of them.  Atomic Tom followed by Toad The Wet Sprocket.  Jon really likes the Toad song (not):

Comment by Mike Pell on January 14, 2014 at 6:38pm
I care about his opinion, but Jon is quickly replacing Leonard Cohen as Mr. Morose, lol!
Jon needs an attitude transplant!
I felt this was a good chapter, but a ton of awards I didn't expect.
The Soul Award - Traffic, and that was one I'll bet a lot of folks forgot, if they knew it in the first place.
The Commercial Award - Carly Simon, Heinz is correct and a good idea- the song is a better idea as it is.
The Lyrical Award - Pierce Pettis, thought you might pick this one.
Before I became the sweetheart I am now, I can recall saying to people a few times, "Smell that smoke? That's me burning bridges."
The Classic Award - The Drifters and Perry Como, both deserving.
The Vocal Award - The Four Lads, I wasn't sure how that would go over- glad you dug the great vocals.
And finally, a tie for The Golden Pell (not the first time I don't think) with Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor.
Excellent for the award and me for the show!
Very funny what you said about Bruce and Jon, LOL!
Honestly, I've never heard or heard of, The Moment by Atomic Tom.
I do know and like Toad The Wet Sprocket, just didn't know that song.
They had a real good looking girl singer, right?
Hey what happened, am I too late? Only Antiphon & New Constellation at that link.
Let me know if you heard anything you want, you should have gotten the other.
Thanks for the listen and writing, and I think you will like Pt.4 too,
Comment by Mike Pell on January 14, 2014 at 6:15pm
All Bruuuuuuuce, all the time!
Didn't I once play him 2 out of 3 songs, back when you cared, lol?
Wake up lad, these ARE the good old days!
Congrats on the lottery, now win big!
There is a need for whistlers in Pop & Rock & Roll, and someday I will prove it.
No magic moments, no golden moments...stop, you are bringing us down.
You tore the goalposts down and you were sent to jail?
Hell, people don't go to jail for real crimes.
But 3 hots and a cot is appealing to people who don't care, lol!
Now if you don't know what can possibly be availavble at the drive-in, I am not the guy to tell you.
Know why?
Because don't care, lol!
Say, I played some music in there- like any of it?
Thanks for the listen and throw me into depression writing,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 13, 2014 at 10:40am

Nice show Mike, despite Jon's lack of caring.  I wonder if you really care about his opinion?

Anyway, this show is full of awards:

The Soul Award - Traffic.  I had no idea that was Traffic.  Really cool sound and song.

The Commercial Award - Carly Simon.  Wasn't the song Anticipation used for a ketchup commercial years ago?  I'm thinking Heinz.  

The Lyrical Award - Pierce Pettis.  Moments.  "Do you ever look back and see the bridges you are burning?"

The Classic Award - The Drifters and Perry Como.

The Vocal Award - The Four Lads.  That is truly a phenomenal vocal performance.  Love it.

And finally...

The Golden Pell - Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor (tie).  Both of these are really good songs I've never heard before until today.  Jon is missing the boat on Bruce.  His loss.  But he doesn't care and neither do I.

Two songs that would have fit perfectly here are The Moment by Atomic Tom (Scott introduced me to this band a couple of years back) and The Moment by Toad The Wet Sprocket.  They were just featured in our New Music Corner and if you click here and go over to track number 8 you can hear it.  You can probably find the Atomic Tom song on youtube if you are interested in hearing it.  

Comment by Jon on January 13, 2014 at 7:15am

I don't know what tomorrow may bring, and I don't care.

Great. Bruuuuuuuce. And guess what? I don't care!

I have no anticipation. And I don't care. But I do wish these were the good old days. Actually, now that I think about it, I don't care. 

Now this next song? Uhhh.........ummmm......what was it? Sounded like Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce, but couldn't have been. You wouldn't do that to me, would you? Even if you did, I don't care.  

I've never had a magic moment. Ever. Not even when I won the lottery. The thrill of having winning numbers is fleeting. When I went to collect, I just didn't care. 

I wonder how much money professional whistlers make. Is this something I should look into? Is there a need for whistlers nowadays? You don't have to answer, I was just asking. Not that I care or anything.

I've never had golden moments either. Thought I once had a Golden Ticket and was excited that I was going to visit the candy factory, then I woke up. No more excitement and, of course, I just didn't care.    

I tore the goalposts down. The town wasn't happy about that and I was sent to jail. At first I cared, but then realized I would get three meals a day and plenty of sleep so I didn't care. Why wouldn't they watch the show at the drive-in? What were they doing? Not that I care, but why not watch the movie? You paid for it and you wouldn't have anything better to do, would you? 

Oh. It wasn't Bruuuuuce. Still, I don't care.

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