Right Between Your Ears#39 Nov 13, 2017
Four Birthdays and Wild Swans Against The Sun.
The “Thick As A Brick 2 Show”. Featuring Jethro Tull’s epic 2012 conceptual satire album of the same name in it’s entirety. TAAB 2 is the follow -up to the 1972 album TAAB. It charted to the number 2 position in Hungary. In TAAB 2, Ian Anderson speculates on five completely different possible outcomes for young Gerald with the insight of forty years of life experience. These hypothetical life stories for Gerald Bostock include those of a greedy investment banker, a homosexual homeless man, a soldier in the Afghan War, a sanctimonious Evangelist preacher and a most ordinary man who (married and childless) runs a corner store.
The “Thick As A Brick Show”. Featuring Jethro Tull’s epic 1972 conceptual satire album of the same name in it’s entirety. Screeds have been written on different theories of what it all means both musically and lyrically. (A friend of mine holds it to be a metaphor for the American Revolutionary War against England.)It charted #1 in many places when released but couldn’t be played whole in America. In TAAB, the lyrics are credited to the epic poem of a fictitious boy, Gerald Bostock. One simplified theme is that of a young man choosing between a life of letters or a soldier’s life. Of trivial note: Car maker Hyundai used the song in one of their commercials in 2001. Ian Anderson recorded a new version specifically for the commercial to avoid having another artist do it. He does not drive a Hyundai – indeed he has never held a driving license – calling himself a “professional passenger.”
Deep Forests, high Andes, oceans of sand, mute pyramids, Aramaic celebrations, a swamp highway at night and an airport lounge in Japan. A drift of golden leaves, the scent of snow and a glass of white -Oktober flares like a match in the wind.
The “Grundberg Show”
Featuring the story “How I Met Your Grandpa” by Nellie Mae Grundberg, my Texas grandma.
Also contributions from the Lillooet Choir and my friend and neighbor, Mr. Dave Rutherford. Some Gulf Coast tunes and a version of Norwegian Wood that you have not likely heard before. Plus more on top of that.
I would like to say here that my heart goes out to the victims and their families of the recent atrocity in Las Vegas. Further, I would add that if you live in a city, it may be wise to avoid large crowds. Finally, wherever you live, don’t allow other people to tell you whom you should hate. Do your own homework and draw your own conclusions. As my grandma used to tell us children before going out to play in her neighborhood, “Ya’ll don’t be ugly to one another.”
The “Somewhere Out There Show”. A pre-recorded show due to the fact of my attendance at a Celebration Of Life for Mr. Jim Wong-Chu, a friend and co-worker for more than 30 years. Featuring Radio Lillooet’s first “Do-It-Yourself Weather Report” and some my-tee fine tunes.
“Called To The Bar Show”
Amid the hurricanes and forest fires from Texas to Lillooet, a birthday show for Miss Judy Joe, Mr. Daniel Hawes and a hearty congratulations to Mr. Jack Ruttle, my nephew recently “Called to the Bar.” So here’s to calling all three of you to the nearest bar. Please find some dulcet tunes and toe-tapping inside.
“Glassroads To Moscow"
Or, how I almost achieved minimal ecliptical totality. Shout out to the newly opened Mel’s Restaurant and an announcement of a new show coming in Sep., ie. “Radio Lillooet Special Presentations.” Plus some great Canadian tunes and a history lesson from Al Stewart.
On the last day of July, a tribute show to the over 150 volunteers and staff of Radio Lillooet. I’m proud to walk among you.
Note- From now, I will excise the Fire Reports from these archives, also for live listeners, rest assured that the computer and human hiccups have been removed from these clean copies. They are MP3 Player Ready.
“The Homemade Electric Jam Show”
We start off with with a 42 minute guitar epic from Bevis Frond. Sounds like 1967 but was recorded only four years ago. Sounds like Duane Allman but its Nick Saloman from England. A great soundtrack for near-future asteroid mine shuttle drivers, by the way. Then we set on the porch for some acoustic Sweet Home Alabama and Pentangle’s Waltz. Refreshed, we take a short walk through a Vietnamese Forest and finish up in the Bay Area with a lament by The Gravel Spreaders.
We enter with the Sandman Bluegrass Style, celebrate the coming Summer with a tribute to Springsteen, dip down to Rio, head over to Greece where the walls come Crumblin’ Down. Then Hank Snow takes us everywhere, Brian Keane takes us across the desert only to find there’s No Sugar Tonight. We pause to remember Quiet Bear and our own chosen roads. After a lunch in Japan we head out on the lam from El Paso and finish with a Poetry Man.
The “Lord Of The Rings Show” A long Neil Young song so you can get a beverage and find a chair, then Bo Hansson’s epic album in its entirety. Ramsey Lewis takes us gently back from Shire and Raccoon Eyes gets us to Rawhide and another working day.
Metalgrass pickin’ with the Dustbowl Cavaliers, a toss of the dice, shakin’ the bush with Willie Jones, an Andean interlude, a merchant sailor’s song, a Fisherman’s Dream, around an Acadian campfire in the Ontario woods, that ole Cajun moon, a bit of Greek to get our appetites up for supper in Montreal, a tribute to the Boy From The Country, a blind man plays the oud, a rainy August night thumbing to Ft. Lewis, an Indian Sunset ending with a hound dog in the back of a pick-up truck heading down Highway 12.
We start off with a gold-mining song with a flute and pedal steel guitar then jump over to Europe where Ian Anderson shows just what a man can do with a flute before floating on the Sea of Japan to soothing koto and shaku-hachi sounds. Freddie Aguilar tells us “There Is Time Yet” and some prairie boys tell us there is “No Time.” We pop up in St Petersburg, Russia and hear an indie band before the unmistakable accordion riffs of Louisiana carry us back to North America. We encounter a Big Boned Gal from southern Alberta and hear an Aboriginal man’s story before being soothed to the bone by Najma Akhtar. We get our souls wet in the South Canadian River of Texas and finish up in Surrey, B.C. listening to some delicious flamenco.
We kick it off in Austin, Texas, visit the future, drop in on an old Lynn Valley friend, walk the piney woods, hear a raccoon sing(and his daddy), visit the Elk & Green Rivers, play a tribute to a Texas man I knew, sit in an Irish pub with the old folks, hear Chet Atkins after a couple of Coronas, get introduced to South East Indian London Country Music, ask a Question, make a judgement, imagine the pretty gals of Cali, Colombia and finish off with a damn good joke from right here in Lillooet.
Some good advice on war, its causes and its aftermath by a few different artists starts us off before we head down to Beaumont, Texas with Ronnie Milsap and into the swamp with Gatemouth Brown running from “loup garou”. The boy down the road leads us to Japan for a break before the 2000 blues. Bevis Frond rallies us back to honor the brave men and women who refuse to kill for other people’s agendas with a Burrito Bros. nod to Vancouver, B.C. Next we find ourselves on a grassy riverbank in Ireland and fall asleep with visions of a Poinciana tree. We wake up and hear about the disappearing goat.
A Tennessean’s tribute to Texas on the Sugar Road to Punta del Faro. A jump across the Straight of Gibralter to Morocco where we meet Mustang Sally at a Pow-wow, drink blackberry wine with some Greeks and Cambodians. Advice for fair and tender maids, getting old in the bayou listening to Freddie Aguilar, a wee bit of church for Easter, trying to make it in the big city and finishing up with a South African line dance.
Starting with some British Rock we head to Mexico, hear a Somali woman singing with a Danish band, have a bit of Cajun humor, honor B.B. King, hear some Tagalog with a Texas accent, meet the Canadian grandfather of screamo, go to the rodeo, ride on Pegasus’ back, try some ayahuasca down in Peru, scoot back to Texas and fetch up in Soho with the Cool Cats.
27 Mar 2017 Belly dancing with Russian Cowboy Surfers, driving a rig into Houston, Texas, waiting on a load from Mexico, passing through Louisiana, touching down in London and Manila, good advice from Graham Nash, talking about the Naskan Uxwal walk and finishing up in Cherokee Bend.
20 Mar 2017 Today we pipe in the Cherokee Syllabary Scottish style, deal with war, ride in a U-Boat, take a subway in Montreal, visit the mountains of Tennessee, the Philippines, swing over to Sweden, bounce back to Texas’ Big Thicket, the Ontario woods, Galveston, Germany, L.A. and wind up in Greece sipping raki with Zorba.
06 Mar 2017 “The Godfather Show”. Today we look at eight versions of the Godfather Theme from all over the world, played on all kinds of instruments. Along the way we fly to Japan, visit Germany, Italy, Egypt, Tel Aviv, India, Sicily, Sweden and finish up on the Lillooet Bridge Walk and go out on some ethereal pedal steel guitar.