2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,800 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Show #107 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Miles Davis

Every December, I convince someone to go against their will and guest host the show with me. They pick all the music, we tell a few good stories and a good time is had by all.

Last December, I had Mandy (my girlfriend) into the famous CJTR studios. She gave us a solid hour of music history – really. It included everything from Oratorio Society of New York to Bing Crosby’s Christmas album.

The December before that, I had Oneil (my dad) on the show. He played us everything from Corb Lund and Ry Cooder to Steve Martin and Willie Nelson.

Tonight’s guest host is a local musician, school band teacher and generally musical sort of guy. I don’t know what to expect, but I’m positive it will be good.

Tune in – same bat time, same bat channel: 4:00 to 6:00 PM. I’ll be updating the playlist on this page as we go along

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Show #106 (I think) Playlist, etc.

The Godfather of Soul

James Brown

Without soul, music is just organized notes. When music is played with soul, it lives – in as true a sense as it gets.

If music played with soul lives, James Brown’s music remains among the most living.

This coming Sunday, the 25th of December, marks the fifth anniversary of the death of the legendary performer/songwriter/leader, and best way I can think I can pay my respect at this time is to make sure his sound is still heard. If I could, I’d play all two hours of the Godfather of Soul, but I’d better keep a nice selection of other tunes going, just to spice things up. I may even play a Christmas tune, if you’re lucky. Maybe.

Tune in tonight from 4:00 to 6:00, put the headphones on or turn up the car speakers or whatever your preferred method of listening be and enjoy.

Also, don’t forget to check this site during the show for a playlist and keep the tweets coming.
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Show #105 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Clark Terry

If all the world heard music the way John Coltrane must have heard it, there would be more love than most of us will experience in our whole lives.

That’s what it’s all about here at What Planet: Love and Music. I’m not going to be all gushy on you and I won’t preach about human relationships (of any kind). I’m just going to let the music do it’s thing.

By the way, did you know it’s Clark Terry’s birthday today? ;]

Be sure to tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 tonight and check this page for a playlist, as the show progresses.

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Show #104 (I think) Playlist, etc. + Tom Waits Birthday Special

Tom Waits in performance

One of the weirdest and most famous and yet very listenable musicians that you’ve never heard of, Tom Waits’ solo career dates back to the late sixties, when he started playing at night clubs, influenced by greats like Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf, Louis Armstrong and Lord Buckley.

Decades of smoke and booze later, he’s recorded 22 albums, from 1973’s Closing Time to this year’s Bad as Me, contributed to dozens of other recordings, written movie and theatre music, had a successful screen acting carreer and received a handful of notable awards and recognitions, including being entered into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, earlier this year.

Waits always has a handful of stories ready, just in case. He’s captivating and a little reclusive, while still being pretty down-to-earth. His music covers ground from cabaret jazz to old-time country, hip-hop, rock & roll, show tune and a bunch more. Whatever Tom Waits is, he’s certainly entertaining and original.

Tune in tonight from 4:00 to 6:00 for a lot of Tom Waits and a spattering of other great music.

Be sure to use Tweeter to request your favourite Tom Waits tune now or during the show!

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This Wednesday: Tom Waits’ Birthday Special

Tom Waits

This Wednesday happens to be Tom Wait’s 62nd birthday (at least, it is according to Wikipedia, the backup copy of all human knowledge). What better way to celebrate than to have a What Planet Is This?! Tom Waits special on his birthday (Wednesday, 7, December)?

Well, that idea is fine and good. There’s no shortage of good Waits tunes from which to choose, but I thought to myself, ‘Self: what if listeners could pick their own favourite Waits tunes?’

‘A marvelous idea!’ I congratulated myself.

So here’s the thing…

These are the Tom Waits albums that I own:
Bad As Me
Blood Money
Blue Valentine
Bone Machine
Foreign Affairs
Franks Wild Years
Heartattack And Vine
Mule Variations
Nighthawks At The Diner
Rain Dogs
Real Gone
Small Change

If you would like to hear a particular tune from any of these albums, send me a twit now or anytime during the show (4:00 – 6:00 PM, Wednesday).

Please note: You must use tweeter to request a tune. I won’t be checking e-mail and I won’t be taking calls.

Let’s have some fun with this one and be sure to come back to this page on Wednesday for an update.