Thursday, June 26, 2008

Strange Magic Two

Today I will present my second episode of

Strange Magic
Misses & Hits of the 1970s

We will begin the festivites around 4:15 pm at

You can listen through iTunes.

This show is dedicated to the 1970s, a decade of fanciful, cinematic, dreamy and aspirational pop music. Yay! We will, we will rock you.

Last week's show list was as follows. As always, we sprinkled an ultrafine mist of sounds from other eras. (Clear throat):

1. The Wackers, "Hot Wacks"
2. The Wackers, "We Can Be"
3. The Real Kids, "My Baby's Book"

4. Ted Mulry Gang, "My Little Girl"
5. Nina Simone, "My Baby Just Cares For Me" (1959)
6. Curtis Mayfield, "Blue Monday People"

7. Journey, "Stone In Love"
8. Bay City Rollers, "Shang-A-Lang"
9. Nick Lowe, "Rollers Show"

10. Ted Mulry Gang, "Dark Town Strutters' Ball"
11. Fats Waller, "Dark Town Strutters' Ball," composed by Shelton Brooks 1917
12. Elvis Presley, "Burning Love"

13. Journey, "Don't Stop Believing"
14. The Toms, "Long Line of Collectors"
15. Olivia Newton-John, "If Not For You"

16. Electric Light Orchestra, "Sweet Is the Night"
17. Isley Brothers, "Hello It's Me"
18. Todd Rundgren, "Couldn't I Just Tell You"

19. 38 Special, "Hold On Loosely"
20. Badfinger, "Beautiful & Blue"
21. Dobie Gray, "Drift Away"

22. Poco, "Raindrops"
23. Shakone, "Love Machine"
24. Status Quo, "The Price of Love"

25. Fanny, "I Need You Need Me"
26. Stevie Wonder, "You and I"
27. Disney Pinnoccio soundtrack, "When You Wish Upon A Star," 1940


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Boogie-woogie yay!

"I can see your house from here."

It's finally summertime. School's out for summer!

That means time for my rock & roll radio show!

Strange Magic.

(The show formerly known as Rock & Roll Love Letter.)

I am SO excited about the show I've got planned for tomorrow, Thursday June 19.

4 pm West Coast Time.

Then go to "Tune In."

It's a really neat station.

And tomorrow, I am going to play music to make YOU happy.

Gardening wise, I am waiting waiting waiting for my tomatoes and strawberries, and the suspense is killing me. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sunflower, the King of Flowers

I used to be very political, but while living in the former Eastern Bloc 1992-1995, my kneejerk American liberalism took a serious blow. 

I truly long, with all my heart, soul, and essence, for a world in which all creatures are treated with respect and kindness. I long with an aching heart for a world of equality and peace. 

Always have, always will.

I am Irish, after all.

But my ideas about the mortal patterns known as "politics" have gone a bit woozy.

I spent a lot of time with American communists in college--I went to UC Santa Cruz, after all. But living in a former Communist nation for three years after graduation was a rude awakening. I discovered that a  lot of great ideas just don't work out so well macro-wise. Which is something Karl Marx really should have thought about. 

I think Karl Marx should have thought about architecture.

The Czechoslovak people had a nice thing going before the Russians stepped in; they really did. They weren't exactly living in the Dark Ages. They had a democracy and beautiful stylish Art Nouveau architecture; they gave women the right to vote before the Americans did.

This was all before the Commies took over.

The Communists built faceless, ominous mega-housing projects, prefabricated monstrosities called panelaks. I lived in one. Humane, but not human.

That experience -- living in Eastern Europe without money for a substantial period of time-- is Reason Number One why my American Kneejerk Liberalism took a blow. 

Reason Number Two is that I found out that people who are politically or economically subjugated can also be absolute jerks, just as much as anybody else. Americans have no monopoly on jerkiness, stupidity, and ugliness. 

Jackass-ness is something that can transcend -- and descend -- class, race, and education. It's something that often exists on the most basic animal level. It has to do with genetics, with family dynamics, with brain chemistry, with a soul's nature. And with socio-economic experience. 

That's what I learned in Eastern Europe.

There's a particular kind of liberal narcissism that thinks Americans are somehow responsible for human evil.

This is a vast and useless burden that benefits no one and hurts many.

Reason Number Three that my liberal politics took a blow: Bill Clinton approved the deregulation of radio, effectively whoring our most beautiful, beloved, and sacred media.

Reason Number Four: The majority of the Democrats in the House and Senate voted for the war in Iraq.

It's not like I had any illusions about the Democrats by that point. But they lay down much more quickly than I had expected--with a few exceptions.