Musical BlogCast ~ Just Going Through A Phase

 

A “leader”, who shall go nameless, has been going on a rampage from Day One… posing a major threat to humanity’s very survival. If not an outright, treasonous, political puppet or “just” pure evil, might we categorize him as a terrible two tyke experiencing a major meltdown… exhibiting a YUGE temper tantrum to our horrified, global community?

Would a spin-doctor’s diagnosis be, “Oh… he’s just going through a phase?”

If so… WTF would it take for “junior”, to stop blowing up and start growing up? A go stand in the corner time out would seem rather pointless docha think? After all… in his oval digs, there are no such architectural structures.

But… even in a rectangular setting that would still be a moot point. Very few of his running amuck, fellow political party, party animal enablers seem willing to trot out the inter-branch, governmental checks and balances. And if they cannot muster the maturity and courage to administer the necessary Constitutional tough love to discipline this tyrant… what’s left?

Well folks, how about a much needed (albeit temporary) musical diversion?

How about an unscheduled, mid-May BlogCast where I’ll be going through a phase? More to the point… phasing the music.

One of the really cool “tricks of the DJ trade” involves taking the two turntables, at hand, to the outer limits; especially if they have pitch controls, which does greatly facilitate such phasing.

But even if the available tech is not sufficiently fancy schmancy to allow the jock to slightly vary the speed… i.e., so one turntable plays infinitesimally faster than the customary 33 1/3 and 45 RPM… not all hope is lost.

Now, let’s say we’re dealing with the less sophisticated tech scenario. As is often the case, even when comparing the performances of two “identical” model numbered turntables, manufacturing tolerances (i.e., variances in speed) will handily come into play. That’s the key element! (Oh…btw… CD players are also subject to similar, unintended speed variables… ergo… this makes phasing compact discs possible, too).

What the DJ does is cue up two identical copies of a recorded song and then start up the slightly faster player a few “microseconds” AFTER the slower one. (S)he’ll then keep the faster player’s sound “off the air” while monitoring its progress with a pair of headphones… awaiting the ideal moment… that point just before it catches up with the slower one. At that juncture, (s)he’ll gradually increase the volume of the off-the-air turntable… mix that audio output into the over-the-air signal.

The sound waves between the two will then start to “duke it out” as they get closer and closer to synchronization… thereby producing those hippie, trippy, nearly otherworldly sound effects.

Seeing that I don’t have the ability to actually demonstrate this, I now present four recordings where no timing rigmarole is required…

That’s because similar audio wizardry was employed at the recording studio level to permanently incorporate these spacy effects into the master tape.

Of course in playing these tracks back, we’re bound to encounter some ads, which, regrettably, will disrupt our ability to directly segue this special music… but… after all… YouTube’s “paying the piper” is also a fact of life in the DJ trade.

 

Arbors ~ The Letter

Small Faces ~ Itchycoo Park

Bloomfield, Kooper & Stills ~ You Don’t Love Me

Doobie Brothers ~ Listen To The Music (Drum Cover by Sina)

 

If you liked what you heard today, click back for my June 1, 2017 BlogCast.

 

May BlogCast ~ Swan Songs(?) For a Troubled World

Welcome to my BlogCast… this installment is focused on May themed lyrics and song titles.

Admittedly, I’m posting this content a day later than originally intended… my excuse for this tardiness being the difficulty in getting motivated to blog much of anything here @WordPress… not while we’re all standing by, helplessly, eye witnessing Tweetie so thoughtlessly… so gleefully… bullying other likeminded, mindless “leaders”… and then… to add injury to insult… punctuating his 140 characters by casually and callously firing off missiles and dropping the MOAB (Mother of all Bombs).

We might categorize what has transpired within his first 100 days as nuclear brinksmanship, but that would imply that he would know when it’s time to back down (many doubt he does). Left unchecked by sounder minds, all his daring (and double daring) winds up accomplishing is inculcating absolute zero respect (for him) and boundless enmity (towards America)… from whomever he trains his antisocial media crosshairs on.

IN THE END that can only escalate us / the US towards WW-III.

In all honesty… if (when?) Tweetie pushes the button… given my druthers… I’d much prefer residing smack, dead center of some soon-to-be, ground zero bull’s-eye than winding up condemned to becoming either a buried alive, fallout shelter dweller or a staggering, irradiated, rotting corpse existing within his zombie apocalypse.

Sorry to start off on such a downer, but having this discussion is relevant. You see, it was my somber, reflective, angst-ridden mood that got factored into the emotional mix… and played a significant role in what became this month’s musical mix.

True, the lead song qualifies as upbeat… but after that? Well… I found it impossible to maintain this mood… as is evident re the concluding two tracks.

There is one additional noteworthy aspect… the stunning visuals accompanying these tunes… which draw our attention to the natural beauty and fragility of planet Earth and our DNA… which should serve to remind all of humanity of all we stand to lose if (when?) Tweetie loses his temper… and of how, once, in the thick of that post WW-III nuclear winter… “survivors” will soon long for freshly rain-washed air, clear skies, sunrises and sunsets… will soon discover something as primal as falling in love to be complicated and (perhaps in this cataclysmic context) even pointless.

And that all duly noted, it’s time for the music to do the rest of the “talking”…

Temptations ~ My Girl

Bee Gees ~ First of May

Michael Bublé ~ End of May

My props to the inestimable, inexhaustible talents of the YouTube videographers who have made possible all viewed and heard here, this day.

If you’ve liked what you’ve heard, stop by for my next BlogCast on (or in the temporal vicinity of) Thursday, June 1, 2017… i.e., if humanity survives that long.

Musical BlogCast ~ No Foolin’… April Or Otherwise

My greetings go out to music lovers everywhere and my thanks go out to GWB… the biggest fool to ever hit the big time… for his so “adeptly” setting up this month’s BlogCast theme.

Considering the diversity of musical genre and wealth of compositions with the word, “fool” incorporated into the title/lyrics, distilling a playlist down to a scant five songs was one tough task… no… strike that… a much-welcomed labor of love.

Had I the opportunity to actually broadcast on the air or stream online, I could’ve easily maxed out an hour’s worth of programming… if not longer… no foolin’.

Since my BlogCasting philosophy / focus, as always, has been to keep the chitchat to a minimum… i.e, to let the music do all the talking… let’s get these tunes a’trackin’…

 

Aretha Franklin ~ Chain Of Fools

Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers ~ Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Quarterflash ~ Find Another Fool

A bit of a downshifting in the musical gears… that’ll permit Patti, Tegan and Sara to cool things musically and emotionally… like only they can. Enjoy…

Patti Smith ~ April Fool

Tegan and Sara – I Was A Fool

Mega thanks to all who stopped by to listen. If you found the mix to your liking, do stop by again… my next BlogCast will be on Monday, May 1, 2017.

 

March BlogCast ~ Don’t Touch That Dial!

I swear to my Creator that there’s not a speck of narcissism involved. Just for the pure fun of it, this DJ is about to spin five tunes about DJs, radio stations, radio static, etc.

Synopsis: As our story begins Chuck Berry’s intent is to request a song… to “write a little letter” and “mail it to (his) local DJ”… followed by Bob Seger listening intently to the Heavy Music on his radio “when the big bad beat comes on.” btw, the song title below is a link to a video which features Fred Astaire dancing to Seger’s Heavy Music. A bit of a caveat, while the visual aspects are excellent, regrettably, the sound quality is poor… in DJ parlance the off center vinyl pressing created a mild case of the “wows”.

Soon after that, the Kinks supersonic rock sends us soaring up, Up and Away on our musical journey Around the Dial… however… at this juncture, there’s a bit of mystery unfolding… Ray Davies’ lyrical reportage claiming “one of our DJs is missing.”

Perhaps an alien abduction is afoot… as suggested by David Bowie’s Starman… lyrics about the late night ambient lighting set low and the listener leaning back on his radio… more to the point… “That weren’t no DJ that was hazy cosmic jive”. Oh, btw, many of you Sci-Fi aficionados will likely recognize this Bowie tune from the film soundtrack: The Martian.

Coming full circle… once again we’re back on terra firma, where the earthly static reasserts itself ala Ten Years After rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’ us to wrap up this March BlogCast.

 

Chuck Berry ~ Roll Over Beethoven

Bob Seger ~ Heavy Music

Kinks ~ Around The Dial

David Bowie ~ Starman

Ten Years After ~ Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock ‘n’ Roll You

If you’ve liked what you’ve heard, my next blogcast will be on April 1, 2017… no foolin’!

 

February Blogcast ~ “The Whole World Is Watching!”

Playback of the above video (prior to reading this blog) will set the proper mood. Now… to put this in DJ parlance…

Catch ya on the other side!

Whew! Can you believe the power and range of Ms. Cristina Ramos’ voice? WOW! The way she belted out that blow-the-roof-off-da-dump cover of AC/DC’s Highway To Hell amply proves she’s truly a force of nature! Considering this vid’s nearly one-year-old, YouTube posting date, her statement was purely musical… not political… totally unrelated to America’s more recent, rocky transition of power.

Even so, I’ve come to consider Ms. Ramos’ abrupt segue of musical genre… from potent operatic to kickass raunch and roll… as emblematic to my country’s regrettable transition from the sane, sober, mellifluous maturity of Constitutional scholar President Barack Obama to the chaotic, whack-a-doodle, whiny infantilism of Constitutional shredder #45.

Now… don’t misconstrue my meaning here. In no way am I maligning hard rock. To the contrary, we liberals (and I suspect even a few moderates, too)… a.k.a. the no longer represented Americans… are hankering for a new, ire inspiring National Anthem such as this… and We must make such a song the rallying cry to energize the picking up steam resistance movement.

Again… don’t misconstrue my meaning here. Above all else, I am a pacifist… and while there’s nothing I’d like to see more than We The People, somehow, some way, smoothing over the new régime’s rough edges through coolheaded, common sense and Constitutional channels… well…

Let’s just say that the dissent will remain orderly so long as these powers-that-be are willing to be humbled by some incontrovertible and damning statistics. Those, which prove only 25% of Americans elected #45 and only 25% of all polled Americans approve of him. Any normal man would realize he’s… uh… to be charitable here… not well liked.

Of course, since words such as “humbled” and “normal” are a bit of a stretch… well… that means there’s now a whole new connotation to those AC/DC lyrics…

“We’re on the Highway to HELL!”

In the political equation… America = We the People. That means We are in for a bumpy ride AND are going to need more music… more rallying songs.

My having come of age during the turbulent Sixties, the following tunes immediately come to mind. My generation oft literally poured into the streets to express our bipartisan outrage… first directed at Democratic Prez Lyndon B. Johnson and, soon afterward, zeroed in on political zero Republican Prez Richard M. Nixon. The societal changes we sought were to establish essential civil rights and put an end to needless war. Regrettably, the new admin is now gleefully gutting whatever modest gains were made during that era.

And that said… it’s time to let the music do the rest of the “talking”.

 

Rolling Stones ~ Street Fighting Man

Graham Nash ~ Chicago / We Can Change The World

Chicago ~ Prologue / Someday August 29, 1968 (“The Whole World Is Watching”)

Tending to some Old Biz…

My apologies for being nearly two weeks late in posting this February BlogCast… we can blame that on my feeling excessively bummed out about the new régime’s takeover overthrow of America. I’ll try not to let them drag me down again.

Onward and upward to the New Biz…

So long as I’m firing off synapses in my brain… my ten fingers are able to navigate my keyboard… and my American freedom persists… my next BlogCast will be on March 1, 2017… stay tuned…

“I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying…”

Today’s lead video features a virtually stripped down to the bare lyrics rendition of the King Crimson composition, Epitaph… a collaborative effort of bandmates Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Greg Lake, Michael Giles & Peter Sinfield… one, which showcases the a cappella, emotionally driven performance by the late, great Greg Lake (11/10/1947 ~ 12/7/2016).

These five songsmiths originally spoke of a confused world gone mad and, in view of more contemporary political events, their words are proving to be even more relevant… perhaps even prophetic… than when first penned in 1969.

EITHER give this song a listen prior to OR while reading onward to learn my reason for featuring it at this particular point in American History.

It all boils down to this…

Ever since we first learned that the Russians had hacked into and warped the outcome of last November’s Election Day… and that the GOP powers-that-be are not concerned in the least… only care about untying the pretty bow and tearing off the gift wrapping paper from Putin’s “present”… I’ve been dreading this particular Friday (a.k.a. tomorrow… a.k.a. the Inauguration Day from HELL).

Yep, phase two of the GOP/KGB overthrow of America is now breathing down our collective neck. For all liberally, ethically and patriotically minded Americans (and likeminded souls throughout our global community) there’ll be NO TGIF this week… perhaps never again… and that’s for damned sure!

Ergo, from this DJ’s POV, Epitaph sets the appropriate mood for what is certain to pan out as a societally, ecologically and economically backward four years ahead… if we even last that long. That’s all in doubt since the unethical, excessively empowered rightwingers will start calling ALL the shots tomorrow… and are virtually unchecked by the powerless leftwingers.

Indeed, this horrific imbalance will produce such deleterious and devastating effects that, sooner or later (unlikely the latter), they’ll go rippling outward until they negatively severely impact every last damned life form fighting for survival on our politically imperiled planet.

No, I’m not being melodramatic… unless by some unforeseen miracle there’s a drastic 180-degree shift in the attitude of the unprincipled, principle political players residing on the far, Far, FAR right…

We are SCREWED!!!

But, returning to the music at hand, let’s now give a listen to Epitaph’s fully orchestrated mix… get a preview glimpse of what could easily become America’s / our world’s not too distant future.

One thing for sure, whenever I view this vid, I can empathize with the profound sorrow the depicted man is feeling. It’s as if I’m living out that last man on Earth scenario… walking, all alone, through the rubble of that post nuclear war apocalypse.

In the event that either or both of these videos, someday, get yanked from YouTube here’s the printout of the lyrics.

Epitaph (including: March For No Reason and Tomorrow and Tomorrow)

By Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Greg Lake, Michael Giles & Peter Sinfield

The wall on which the prophets wrote,
Is cracking at the seams.
Upon the instruments of death,
The sunlight brightly gleams.
When every man is torn apart,
With nightmares and with dreams.
Will no one lay the laurel wreath,
As silence drowns the screams.

(Chorus)

Confusion will be my epitaph
As I crawl a cracked and broken path
If we make it we can all sit back and laugh,
But I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying,
Yes I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying.

Between the iron gates of fate,
The seeds of time were sown.
And watered by the deeds of those
Who know and who are known.
Knowledge is a deadly friend,
When no one sets the rules.
The fate of all mankind I see,
Is in the hands of fools.

(Repeat chorus)

A Must See and Hear New Year 2017 Blogcast

As 2016 winds down, I want to sincerely thank all who’ve been spending their precious time reading my blogs and listening to my blogcasts. I also want to welcome and thank anyone new to my blog site on this holiday night.

Those who know me are likely already aware that I’m feeling serious doubts and dread regarding the régime change slated to take place in America a scant 20 days from now.

On this last night of 2016… perhaps one of the last nights in America and our world… you can thank the confidence inspiring, lingering influence of President Barack Obama for calming me and, in turn, sparing you from my blogging more extensively along those gloomy lines.

Suffice to say… if I had the power, I’d snap my fingers to cure all my nation’s ills… all of our world’s ills.

Needless to say… I don’t… so it’s on to the music.

Admittedly, your first reaction to my plans to play Auld Lang Syne three times might be “Isn’t that a bit monotonous?”

Not really… you see I’m presenting a diverse mix of stellar recording artists and showcasing the inexhaustible creativity of YouTube videographers, who’ve enhanced their productions with historical footage and (in the case of my lead video) included some powerful thought evoking poetry.

A brief excerpt from that poem (read full poem here)…

New Year’s Prayer by Charlotte Anselmo

Please give the leaders of our world
A courage born of peace
That they might lead us gently
And all the fighting cease.

 

Well… here’s where our magical, musical journey into 2017 begins…

For those of you facing time constraints… perhaps some New Year’s Eve party hearty plans… if you play just one video… stick to the very first. Beyond that…

Have fun tonight! For those who wind up buzzed on booze and/or on other substances, be sure to have a place to sleep it off OR call a cab OR have a sober, designated driver within your circle of friends.

Wishing you the happiest, healthiest, most prosperous 2017 possible!

 

Sissel ~ Auld Lang Syne

Dougie MacLean ~ Auld Lang Syne (Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2016)

Kenny G ~ Auld Lang Syne (20th Century Images)

If you liked my blogcast, I’ll see you back here on February 1, 2017 (if not sooner)…