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Finishing up with our Odds & Ends, something the late Scott McKenzie, of San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers in Your Hair) fame, did with his Music that to my knowledge was unique, and went extremely undetected by listeners.
He re-wrote the same song 3 times in the course of his life!
And that's 3 times I know of, he may have done more.
I've been wanting to play these even before he passed away in 2012.
I think I can modestly say this is likely the ONLY place you will ever hear these on the Radio!
And I have never had a more difficult, tongue-tied time introducing songs in my life, lol!
After that, because December is dominated by Christmas, I've never gotten the opportunity to play some songs with December in their lyrics, and have nothing to do with Christmas.
The time has arrived!
Give a listen to them, you may never have noticed.
This is what Odds & Ends are for and all about.
I just may do these Odds & Ends more often in the coming year.
Join me and enjoy!
Here are the links for once again, Music to be introduced to or remember, at Mike Pell Rockollections:
At Podomatic:

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Comment by Mike Pell on December 20, 2013 at 3:10pm
Hahahahaha...nah, giving your 3 year old son a bath was not the time to try to listen to that one.
It was very much all in the lyrics.
You normally listen with high quality speakers, don't you?
As I said, the 3 song project by Scott McKenzie was only 3 I knew of...there may have been others but I see nothing anywhere about any more of them.
And it was such an unknown attempt to do something different, it discourages being ambitious like that.
I can only think of maybe 2 other people I know who knew about it.
I was playing sneaky December songs, with December hidden in the lyrics- although except for James Taylor the others came at you right away!
So A Long December by Counting Crows wouldn't make it because it's right there in the titile.
And the Golden Pell is awarded to Leonard Cohen, another excellent choice by you and the one I think I would have made.
You are at least the 3rd person who wrote me about never hearing that famous song, which tells me I have to play more Leonard Cohen and as usual radio isn't doing its job, lol!
Strange story, he misses his friend who ruined his marriage.
I am NOT that forgiving.
In a similar real life occurance, if I am George Harrison, I don't see myself forgiving Eric Clapton enough after stealing my wife for him to remain my BEST friend, lol!
That takes a HEAP of forgiving!
Thanks for the listen and writing, sorry to pester you,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 18, 2013 at 10:15am

Mike, I tried to listen to this last night.  Problem was, it was while I was attempting to give my 3 year old son a bath.  That, combined with really crappy computer speakers made it a no go.   I got all the way to Al Stewart but I really hadn't heard a thing.  So I took another stab at it today.

Much better this time.  I enjoyed it all.  Especially the 3 song project by Scott McKenzie.   That was a very cool idea and it's execution was excellent.  I liked all 3 versions.  But it's not the GP winner.

You ended the show with two hits.  I really dig I Am A Rock.  Just a great song.  And it's not that Time Passages is not a good song, it just never moved me.  I would have loved to hear A Long December by Counting Crows there as well.  

I digress, the Golden Pell is awarded to Leonard Cohen.  Famous Blue Raincoat is an amazing song.  Almost scary.  Nice pick.

Comment by Mike Pell on December 13, 2013 at 4:28pm
VERY funny stuff about running away, and excellent writing.
You shoukd have a regular column somewhere, and I sincerely mean that!
It's December...just look around you!
"They" won't find you, but "they" are out are you, come to think of it, lol!
Sorry I depressed you so much you need to head for the hills and a cabin you will burn down.
Paul is short, but a pet rock is NOT a pet!
They have sadly changed the pronounciation of  Uranus so it no longer makes us giggle anymore.
And the laughter continues...!
Thanks for listening, and the very creative writing,
Comment by Jon on December 12, 2013 at 7:53am

I ran away from home once. I was eventually found at the library. It only took a few months, but an attempt was made.

Then I ran away again and this time I was found at the local eating a lightly-toasted tuna sammich. This time it only took a few hours.

I don't look in the mirror, therefore I don't know myself.

Really? It's December? I didn't not know. I'm getting ready to run away again. This time "they" won't find me.

I shoveled the driveway yesterday. It'll make my getaway that much quicker.

Ok, this is an incredibly depressing show. So depressing that I want to hurry up and get to that cabin in the woods, away from everyone. I'll live off the land, dammit! Nobody will find me! I WILL NEVER SHAVE AGAIN!

Then the cabin will burn down since I'll be careless. I'll go live in a rusted out VW micro-van. I won't survive. But there will be a movie about me, oh yes!!!

Wow. Is this a cry for help? Maybe the internet po-po will come knocking at my door.

Funny, Leonard Cohen always makes me think of a orchestra leader. I get him confused with that other Leonard. Leonard Bernstein, I think it is. Or maybe it's the Beranstain bears.

If they were rocks, could you skip 'em across water? Have they ever tried that? Paul trying to skip Art across some water? Maybe it would have been the other way around since Paul was shorter. He also looks smoother so he could possibly get up to 5-6 skips. Wonder if a pet rock ever felt pain? It is a pet.

Maybe they could skip the rock (or Paul) through the time passages. Maybe he'll end up on Saturn or even (tee hee) Uranus?

Imagine the following conversation:

"Where's Paul?"

"He's stuck."

"In traffic?"


"In cement?"


"On a hard crossword puzzle?"

"No! Look, he's stuck on my butt, ok? PAUL SIMON IS STUCK ON MY BUTT!!!!!"

And then the laughter ensues......... 

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