Show #202

Frank Zappa: December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993

Frank Zappa: December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993


Not much left in this year now, is there? Better make the best of it. Be good, be well, live and love like you’re dying, give when you can, treat everyone as someone from whom you can and will learn. The best gift you can give someone is time – you’ll never get that time back.

And during and in between all of this, listen to as much good music as you can. Life’s too short to waste time listening to shitty music.

Speaking of which, tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 for two hours of great music! :-]

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Show #198 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Wet

Wet


Closing in on my 200th show! I’d better get something special planned…

Today, though not a milestone show, will still be pretty good, if I do say so, myself. I’m in a good mood and hope to get you in the same kind of mood, too.

I’ve got a little bit of jazz, funk, soul, folk, pop and more to get you over the hump. Hang in there and tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 for some good-feeling grooves.

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Show #196 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Emily King

Emily King

Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground.

Oh! Hello. I didn’t see you there. Come on in. Let me take your coat. Can I offer you some tea? There, we’ll let that steep for a few minutes. Please, choose any seat you like. Let me put on some music. I’ve picked out some of my favourite selections for you.

Just tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 and enjoy.

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Show #181 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Seal

Seal


At the end of the day, at least there’s good music.

It’s rainy again, I’m sick, I’m so tired I think I’ve begun to see and hear things that aren’t really there, life keeps speeding up and all I want to do is slow down. Man, now would be a perfect time for some blues. One of my favourite quotations comes from The Simpsons, when Bleeding Gums Murphy was talking to Lisa,

“The Blues isn’t about feeling better. It’s about making other people feel worse – and making a few bucks while you’re at it.”

Sadly, that is not my intention with the show today. As much as I would like to have us all wallow in self-pity for a couple of hours (and we all know there is no shortage of great blues music to get us there), I’m actually going to attempt the opposite: feel-good music. And I don’t mean that obnoxious self-help, you-can-do-it, go-the-distance tripe. I mean the type of stuff that genuinely makes you feel, “You know what? Things aren’t so bad.”

With your mind wide open, and all the good intentions you can muster, tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 today and enjoy.

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Show #173 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Pink Martini

Pink Martini


Yay! It’s Juno time!

I love the enthusiasm I’ve been noticing from people in Regina leading up to and including this week. A lot of people have been pretty pumped about the whole Juno thing – even if they don’t generally follow what’s going on in the music world in Regina. To me, this is very cool. Not only are there more performances than usual, but people’s mood is generally more positive towards the scene.

And I’m not talking about the Beebers and Bubbles. Great artists who have been around for a few years or quite a few years are playing in various venues around town. It’s cool stuff!

All that said, today’s show will not be about the Junos. There will be a couple of appropriate nods played throughout the show, but I think the best way to experience the Junos this week and weekend is to get out there and do it!

From 4:00 to 6:00 PM today, be sure to tune in for a nice mix of music you are certain not to hear elsewhere in Regina – and yes, even some Juno-related music.

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Show #160 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Radiohead

Radiohead


Sometimes it feels like I’m living back-to-back Wednesdays. I barely notice the rest of the week and look at that!. It’s time to head to the radio station again! This week, it curiously isn’t so. For some reason it feels like I haven’t been in to host the show in months. I wonder if I’ve been experiencing time loss again… Stupid flux capacitor (otherwise known as rum)!

Anyway, now that I’ve cleared up that very important detail, allow me to invite you to tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 for what will surely be the best show in months… since last week!
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Show #158 (I think) Playlist, etc. + Gelukkig Nieuwjaar Muziek

electrosaxes
We made it! Hooray! All we had to do was go to sleep sometime between the beginning of the 31st of December, 2012 and the end of the 1st of Januaray, 2013 and there was suddenly a new year upon us! Good for us!

To celebrate this rare occasion, I’ve decided to do a showcase of the two (broad) types of music that I know best.

Tune in tonight. From 4:00 to 5:00, you’ll hear all “electronic music” (whatever that is); from 5:00 to 6:00, you’ll hear all “jazz” (at least things that may qualify as jazz in some circles). Just for kicks, I may even play tunes that have elements of both (oh my!).

You’ll love it, I promise… or double your money back.
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Show #152 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Dr. John


We’d have to be crazy to ignore our own creativity. All those things that you liked doing as a child that were “weird” and you were told were “bad” – remember those things? Okay, tormenting the neighbour’s cat was actually bad. I mean those crazy fun things that only kids get away with, but they train out of you, as you get older.

I remember a perfect example: when I was in grade 6, I had a small group of friends and never really paid attention to anyone else. That was, until I went outside for recess one frozen winter day and found a kid standing atop a snow mound as big as he, at four and a half feet, just around the corner of the door to the school. There were other kids further away, but no one within immediate earshot, and there he was, as loud as his tiny person’s voice could carry, to the other mounds of snow singing/shouting, with a big grin on his freckled face,

Ee leek tee eet. Ee leek tee eet, eet peoples in beekeenees!
Ay lake tay ate. Ay lake tay ate, ate peoples in beekeenees!

Clearly, this was someone I had to befriend.

One thing that I liked to do when I was a tyke was make up accents. I was usually going for what I thought was French or Chinese or just ended up with some silly gibberish accent. It was great! I’d do it all day.

Somewhere along the line, though, we’re trained out of this kind of behavior. It’s not proper to pick a mound and sing to the snow anymore. You’re not allowed to make up an accent and be silly all day.

Why not? Afraid of how you’ll look to people? Who cares? What do they know? They probably liked to quack for hours on end or draw on the walls.

Well, we both know there isn’t enough room for a long drawn-out analysis here. The only real point (if there is one) is that I think we should go out of our way to be silly for a day – or maybe even better – for a moment every day. Pick something ridiculous (but harmless, of course) and just do it.

One of the recent favourites I did was to add something totally unrelated to the end of every sentence [heating duct]. I managed to carry about my regular day, including going to work, etc. and end every sentence by muttering, exclaiming or even singing the same ridiculous thing [heating duct]. I got a few weird looks, but no one ever actually said a thing about it [heating duct]. 🙂

One more was when I picked a different decade of slang for each work day of the week starting with Monday being ’30s slang day and ending with ’70s on Friday. It was great! People like having their monotony broken more than you might….
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Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 for some great music that will hopefully inspire you to be a little weird (or normal?). Creative. That’s the word.
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Show #142 (I think) Playlist, etc.

Charles Mingus


If you could be any well-known figure in history, who would you be? Don’t pick yourself. That’s lame. Would you be a famous humanitarian like Dr. Martin Luther King or the Dalai Lama? A famous prophet like Jesus or Muhammed? A notorious political leader like Stalin or Hitler? How about a folk singer like Joni Mitchell or Bob Dylan? Or a brilliant thinker like Einstein or da Vinci?

To put specific rules on this particular fantasy, this would be your chance to be a passive tag-along in their life. This would not be your chance to go back and change history. This would be your chance to go back and experience everything about their life as an observer who could not participate actively.

I’d love to hear who you’d be and why, if you want to leave it in the Comments here.

Personally, I’d have to go with a jazz innovator like Miles Davis or John Coltrane or Dizzy Gillespie or Herbie Hancock. There are dozens of others, but those four names came to mind immediately, when I began to ponder the idea. I won’t go into their life stories, but each of them (in unique ways) has agressively pushed the limit of what is accepted as jazz and/or popular music. Each of them has taken their knowledge of an existing form of music and used that knowledge to utterly destroy the very conventions that gave them the opportunity in the first place. They’ve each received their share of flack from critics over their wild ideas too. Each of these inspired characters have been highly influential and has lived or is stilling living a in a world where their name is known by countless people and their style and influence continues to be drawn upon by musicians everywhere.

That’s cool.

Tune in from 4:00 to 6:00 PM for some great music.
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