Show #150 (I think) Playlist, etc.

The world is sound: Nada Brahma

Let the rhythm move you. Let your mind and body be at one with the pulse. Hear the drummer strike the sky! Drink the movement of the air. Music is not just a pleasing collection of sounds. Music is vibration and vibrations are all around us and within us; creating, changing, moving the world every second of every day.

When you listen to a piece of music that you’ve never heard before that makes you feel good, do you ever wonder why it does so? It’s just an organization of sounds. Why should it make you feel good? The same goes for music that makes you feel bad. It doesn’t need lyrics in order to do so (although they sometimes help). Just the music can totally change your mood – or even your perspective on life.

Think of Mozart’s Requium or James Brown’s I Feel Good.

It’s just an organization of sounds. Why should it make you feel any certain way?

I won’t go too much in-depth at this time, but there is a handful of good literature on the topic. I recommend Joachim-ernst Berendt’s The World Is Sound: Nada Brahma – Music and the Landscape of Consciousness as an intro or for a considerably heavier read, try Hazrat Inayat Kahn’s The Mysticism of Sound and Music.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 for some great feeling music. Don’t forget to check out the Twitter feed for updates during the show. Send me a shout, if you’ve got the time!
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Show #126 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Leonard Cohen

Things could be worse.

It’s getting warmer, festivals are just around the corner, big events at CJTR are coming up… Life’s good.

What better way to spend the good life than listening to some great music, relaxing with drink-of-choice in hand, perhaps with a few close friends, maybe just some laid-back time alone?

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 for some great springtime refreshments and, as always, check this page for a playlist during the show.
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Show #113 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Jimmy Smith

So many greats are gone – some long gone: Trane, Louis, Ella, Ellington, James Brown, Miles. Not just in music, but other intellectuals: da Vinci, Poe, Socrates… Obviously, the list could go on endlessly. We all know that no one is around forever.

What sets some apart, though, is their contribution to the world. All of the names I’ve mentioned above continue to be remembered and their work retold or glorified dozens, hundreds or even thousands of years later.

Why is it still so enjoyable? What makes it continue to be so important? Surely the life experience of someone who lived in Greece more than 400 years BC (Socrates), could not effect the present day person. Could it? Today, we are given more information by the time we reach age 18 than some of our grandparents attain in their entire lives. This makes us no smarter (and that’s too often plain to see) but it seems to make it all the more amazing that great artists and thinkers of generations passed could have been so knowledgeable. Or perhaps its inspiration – that intangible thing that drives one to create.

With all of the great artists (I deliberately use that word) who have tread the Earth, it’s surely impossible to learn of them all, but some of them stand out immeasurably.

Have you ever fantasized what it would be like to have a cappuccino with Leonardo da Vinci? Just the opportunity to hear him speak would have been overwhelming. What if you could go for a beer with Duke Ellington? The stories he would be able to tell…

So I ask you that question that one so often ponders in admiration or curiosity (although imposing some of my own parameters upon it):

If you could have a conversation with any one [now dead] artist (musician/writer/painter/poet/philosopher/dancer/etc.), whom would it be?

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Show #110 (I think) Playlist, etc.

So, I got this Kobo thing for Christmas. I read a good deal and this thing has been great. I won’t get into a big advertisement/review for it, but since getting this neat gadget, I’ve actually increased my reading, significantly. I mostly read non-fiction, but I’ve been getting into a few novels, based on recommendations and reviews – not to mention the fact that the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo hit theatres a little while ago and I wanted to read the book first. 🙂

As I’ve worked from one book to the next, I realized that I don’t really know anything about popular books (not unlike my knowledge of popular music I suppose). I don’t know what’s hot or what’s any good. The vast majority of my reading consists of non-fiction, technical, music (industry, spirituality, history) and classics.

That said, I’m wondering what you’re reading. Any recommendations? Any brutal pieces of garbage to avoid? Fiction? Non-fiction? Let me know by leaving a reply right here, or send me a message over Twitter and I’ll read your selection over the air.

As always, I’ve got a lot of music lined up for today. Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 and check this page for a playlist during the show.
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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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What Planet Is This?! Turns 100!!! Holy smokes!

You got me. The show isn’t actually 100 years old.

Tonight marks the 100th show (I think) since I first moved in, around late October, 2009. Kind of a big deal, if you ask me, so I thought I’d do something special to celebrate.

At first, I tried to get Prince to make a guest appearance, but that didn’t really work out. He actually figured out a way to sue me for asking him, directly, and is trying to have me imprisoned for 10 years or pay a fine of $20,000. His lawyers mentioned something about the price of looking Prince directly in the eye. So… no Prince in the studio. Sorry.

My second thought was to have someone local in the studio. That seems a lot more do-able. However, things have been a little hectic outside of the studio, so I really haven’t been able to dedicate that much time.

Finally, I realized that the best thing I could do is trust my instincts and have a good time.

Tonight’s show will not only have a pretty cool theme, but will be in a bit of a different format than usual. I don’t want to give anything away, just yet, but I’ll assure you that it will be all good – I dare say the best show yet.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 and keep up with me on Tweeter for updates and cool treats like music videos, etc., during the show. Can’t wait for this one. It’s going to be lots of fun!
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