Show #203

Sam Cooke, January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964

Sam Cooke, January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964

You know that thing you do each Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00? Well, it’s happening again today. No, really. I feel so confident it will happen that I will even brave Regina city transit including a 10-bloody-freezing-minute wait to transfer downtown, just to get to the station to witness it happen. I will do this just for you.

No need to thank me, gentle people of Regina. Just tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 and enjoy the fruits of my labour.*

*The above is really only like half true. Just sayin’.

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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 #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 #99 (I think) Playlist, etc.

USS Enterprise

USS Enterprise

Tonight is going to embody the true spirit of What Planet Is This?!, in that I’ll truly be making it up on the spot.

If you’ve ever heard the show before, first of all: thank you. Secondly: you may have picked up that I come pretty heavily prepared. I’ve typically got way more music on hand than I actually require. This way, not only do I have variety, but I have enough to change the feel of each show by playing (for example) more laid back or more upbeat tunes.

Tonight, I’ve got nothing. Really. Well… Kind of really.

I’m bringing a laptop and a personal media player. Totally unlike anything I’ve done on the show before.

Nearly every CD I own has been ripped to my computer, so I still have a big selection from which to choose, but I really have very little idea, at best, of what I’ll play tonight.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 for uncharted territory.
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Show #97 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Tom Waits

Tom Waits

Would you believe me if I said I typically spend at least one hour preparing each show? It usually takes me around an hour and a half, in fact.

“Why does it take so long?” You might ask.

Well, a lot of the time I have to listen to a good portion of a song before I know if I’ll play it or not, for sure. Sometimes I just want to make sure it has the right vibe for the type of show I’m going for. Sometimes it’s a new album that I haven’t listened to much and I need to figure out which would be the best tune to play. Sometimes I’m just bored with what I’ve got lined up and I have to start from scratch.

I suppose it’s what people would call a “labour of love”.

Sometimes it’s a huge pain in the ass to go through all of the tunes, time things out, allot Canadian content, double-check and make sure there isn’t anything too lame sneaking its way in there, throw in some back-up tunes, in case I want to change anything up. But I always do it – because, at the end of the day, there is really nothing better than good music. It always pays off.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
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