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ROCKOLLECTIONS: SPRING HAS SPRUNG PT.1

It is the beginning of Spring, although it hasn't felt like it here in New York City.
And after almost 15 years of doing this, Spring is the only Season I have never taken a long Musical look at- I have done all the others.
I like Spring, but also have mixed feelings about it, as unfortunately it always brings me to a hot Summer.
I am a Winter guy!
When I do these Theme shows, I very often take some time to look at the topic from a different angle.
That will be the case with Spring, and will become more apparent as we go along with the Series.
In both halves of this opening show, I have even more of a Mixed Bag of Selections than usual.
But this is Free-Form Radio and reflects how I am feeling on any given day.
Must have been something in the water, lol!
Enjoy...I hope!
 
Here are those links to listen to the opening round of Spring my way, at Mike Pell Rockollections:
 

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Comment by Mike Pell on April 12, 2013 at 5:16pm

Hahahahaha...oh Jon I read it.

You LIKED it!

Please keep that mood you're in, lol!

Comment by Jon on April 12, 2013 at 4:40pm

Oh-oh. Wait till you read the second part....

Comment by Mike Pell on April 12, 2013 at 12:16pm
Jon,
Good God, the nice Jon is back, lol!
Can't believe you and RJ liked the Carly Simon song- and you guys hardly agree on anything!
And Jon my man, you are the ONLY person so far who has mentioned my playing the classical Vivaldi.
Together we will class up the joint, lol!
You even were on the same wave length with me on the Chicago song!
Plus you liked the Josh Ritter song, and thought the Wendy Waldman one was good.
And you didn't have a bad word to say about Brewer & Shipley's Witchi-Tai-To.
This is too much for me...I'll get comfy and spoiled...hahahahaha!
You said it, actually said this, "I liked this a lot!"
Happy Spring, thanks for the listen and writing, and welcome back Nice Jon, lol,
Mike
 
Comment by Mike Pell on April 12, 2013 at 11:54am
RJ,
Happy Spring back to you.
Although it is back to 41 degrees and pouring rain here again.
But if I mention it on the show, this coming Tuesday it will be beautiful again, lol!
You can SEE pollen?
Man, was I wrong with this one!
I had you 75% that you would pick Snow Is Gone, the other 25% chance was Wendy Waldman's Spring Is Here.
I thought you and Jon would hate the Carly Simon and Jimmy Webb song because it is from the 1940's and the American Songbook.
I had two other versions I almost played, Sarah Vaighan from 1953 and Anita O'Day with Cal Tjader from not much later.
But the point I wanted to make lyrically was that it was still cold in the 30's & 40's here in NYC, and Spring Would Be Late This Year.
So I took that most recent one by Carly & Jimmy because it was at least during the age of Rock & Roll.
And it wins the Golden Pell!!!
Amazing!
The first time I heard it, the "out of nowhere" guitar solo startled me, I thought it was an intrusion.
Doesn't bother me as much now, but I am still not sure about it.
You thought it was cool though, and I see it's not the only difference we have here, lol!
Yes the CTA song is long, but it said what I wanted, and I never like to tamper with the artist's vision about length.
I thought Snow Is Gone by Josh Ritter is killer (even my intro, lol), but what do I know?
You liked the Wendy Waldman song, and I forgot to mention it is from 1975.
And here's what you said about a song I love, lol, "But that last song may be my least favorite song you have ever played".
Well that's what makes us all different and Music fun.
Two guys who generally agree...and then along comes our uniqueness!
For the record, it is Witchi-Tai-To by Brewer & Shipley, written by Native American Indian Jim Pepper.
I've been playing that for years, the song has become a friend to me, and I went on more about it in Part Two.
I am not insulted or anything though.
You put it right when you said, "you can't win 'em all.  As long as you like it, that's all that matters."
I would say the same to you...maybe I already have, lol!
By the way, I think you can post at Podomatic again...seems that way.
Thanks for the listen and writing, and grinding your teeth through a song that I made popular in my Brooklyn neighborhood- or at least one bar, lol,
Mike
Comment by Jon on April 11, 2013 at 5:09pm

Man, I really liked this show! The Carly Simon song was fantastic and then some classical music to class up this joint!

Early Chicago is da bomb, they had balls back then.

Never heard that Josh Ritter song before but I like. Very catchy.

Wendy Waldman? Couldn't catch the last name, but it was good. And then to the followup by Blitchy Ha Ha (sorry, missed that name, you kinda said it quick) which did sound a bit like Wendy's song. Hmm....

I liked this a lot!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on April 11, 2013 at 9:44am

Happy Spring to you, Mike.  Hope it's a good one up there in New York.  It's quite pollen colored down here in Georgia.  

Golden Pell to Carly Simon and Jimmy Webb.  That song was very gloomy and haunting for a Spring song.  Sounds more like a Fall or Winter song.  But the kicker for me was that "out of nowhere" guitar solo.  That was totally cool.

I like the CTA song, but it is quite repetitive at the end and it seems like it will never end.

Snow Is Gone by Josh Ritter almost got the GP.  It's quite a nice song as well.

As for those last two, I liked the one by Wendy somebody (Spring Is Here).  But that last song may be my least favorite song you have ever played.  I have no idea who you said it was or what the name of it was, but speaking  of repetitiveness.  That song dripped it.  Oh well, you can't win 'em all.  As long as you like it, that's all that matters.

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