Back in early December, my Adsense account disappeared. It wasn't blocked or suspended, it just went away.
After several attempts and well into January, a support person said that it should be corrected in 24 hours. Four weeks later another support person told be to just create another account.
Today, March 20, 2017, I was finally able to get an account working.
Graceland is up and Hound Dog is on it's way. I'm going to go and have a well deserved piece of chocolate cake.
Be safe out there!
It is now more than a year since CIDO FM radio went off the air. It is also about one year since Richard got the website up and running and posted the first video to YouTube. What have we learned in that year?
As an almost obsessive reader of album liner notes (remember them?) I was aware of something called the “Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section”, and of course I was aware of the reference to Muscle Shoals in “Sweet Home Alabama”. I may have even pulled out an atlas at one point (remember them?) and looked up the actual location of Muscle Shoals but that was about as far as it went for many years. Then one day while idly flipping through channels I stumbled upon the documentary “Muscle Shoals”. I was immediately riveted, and searched the PVR listings to find out whether I could see the whole thing. Fortunately, I could. I loved it so much that I had to own it, and have since procured a copy (thank you, Amazon).
I found the documentary absolutely fascinating, and I suspect that anyone who enjoys rock music would agree. I had no idea of the amount and variety of music that had come out of those little studios in an out-of-the-way corner of Alabama. Since I needed material for the radio show I hit upon the idea of the “virtual field trip” – from time to time we would do a feature on a particular place like this. I had started to pull together material about the Abbey Road studios, and about the Sound City studios in Los Angeles among others. Alas, it wasn’t to be since the radio station went off the air before we could do more.
So what is left is the archive of our one and only virtual field trip to Muscle Shoals Alabama. You will hear stories of bellhops and hospital orderlies that became singing stars, the only artist to ever be covered by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan, the kick-start of the career of the Queen of Soul, the birth of Southern rock ‘n roll and of some of the most skilled musicians to ever work in the field. Of course because it was Richard and I doing “Song of the Day” there were the usual digressions on random topics such as Richard’s dancing ability, other uses for medicine bottles, unusual businesses in Kingston Jamaica, and how we would fare in a foot race against Bob Seger (hint: quite badly).
Enjoy the episodes, and seek out the documentary if you can. It is well worth your time.
(And here is a link to the documentary: Muscle Shoals
On a regular basis I receive new release CD's. Many of these come from up-and-coming artists. I've been pondering what to do with them. The solution has been found! Shortly I'll be opening up a new playlist, Post-Modern Music. (And no, it not the genre.) Here I'll post a sample from the CD, some comments and then contact information as provided. (iTunes links, Facebook and websites.)
I'm bringing in some help, with me will be SuperiorJello. She hosted the "It Came from the Geek" show on CIDO FM.
Should be fun!
If you check the episode list you will discover that most weeks were organized (if you can call it that) around an informal “theme”. We looked at songs about animals, telephones, transportation – all manner of things. There was no particular reason why, other than that it amused me and I could sometimes find unusual links between songs in that way.
Another thing that you will notice is that occasionally segments veer off on tangents, or even start out that way. That is all my fault. I have a love of trivial information generally, not just music trivia. That is how we end up talking about Gerry Anderson’s marionette shows, early 19th century land surveying problems, Hurricane Katrina, ‘70s television programs, the Spanish Armada, the end of the world, and celebrity pets. We also featured different musical instruments from time to time. We even occasionally visited what I called “the Audio Twilight Zone” – unusual music that ran the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous. Richard mostly succeeded in keeping me on track. We were not particularly controversial, though there were some derogatory references to Justin Bieber, I did accuse Cher of ruining modern popular music (though I never explained why – perhaps someday I will, stay tuned) and I did in the same week accuse both Andy Williams’ father and Tipper Gore of making poor parenting choices. You will have to listen to find out why.
Here's the link to the ad that was the inspiration for Keep Talking:
BT - Keep Talking
If you want to see more of the Mellotron, here is Sir Paul showing off his: Paul McCartney
Actually, if you have the time, the documentary that this came from is well worth watching:
Chaos and Creation at Abby Road
Shortly after we aired the segment on Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” on the radio an amusing little incident came to my attention that involves that song. As it turns out, a few days before our segment aired Sinead O’Connor was performing at an outdoor music festival in New Zealand. The venue is described as being quite picturesque, as the stage was set up in a park near a large pond. Unbeknownst to all concerned a duck lived on that pond. A duck with impeccable timing, and perhaps a flare for showbiz.
Toward the end of her performance Sinead O’Connor began singing the song that made her famous – Nothing Compares 2 U. It may have been a bit of a surprise for the assembled fans, because she had stopped performing the song many years before, claiming that she had sung it so often that she could no longer bring the emotional depth that she felt the song required. So she sings along until she gets to the line “like a bird without a song …”. At that precise moment the aforementioned duck decides to make its presence known by loudly quacking. The exact timing of this, and the humour of it, throws Sinead off. She got a bit of a fit of the giggles and had to stop the song.
As with most things these days, there is video of it on YouTube, though you cannot hear the duck: Sinead & Duck
And here is a link to our segment: Nothing Compares 2 U
Will she ever sing it again without remembering the duck? Time will tell.
You might look at the list of episodes that we did and say “Leonard Nimoy?”. As you will hear if you listen to the segment it was an “extra” – something of a quick dip into a little known part of Leonard Nimoy’s career.
We were recording a series of segments for broadcast shortly after receiving the news that Leonard Nimoy had passed away. We are both old fans of Star Trek, and one of the features of Richard’s radio program was to play “the Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” by Leonard Nimoy from time to time. In between recordings I mentioned that I had other tracks that Leonard Nimoy had recorded and Richard invited me to put together a segment to mark his passing.
This is turned out to be one of my favourite segments albeit for an unusual reason. I think when you listen to the segment you can hear that we are striving to be as respectful and diplomatic as we can, while at the same time setting out to play what in my personal opinion is a genuinely terrible piece of music. Now there are people who carve out careers for themselves as singers notwithstanding their limitations as vocalists. No one would mistake Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Leonard Cohen for the Three Tenors, for example. What each of those three brings to their music is a real passion, often because they wrote the song that they are singing. I do not doubt Leonard Nimoy’s sincerity, but it does not translate into a something that is really listenable. The arrangement does not help, as you can hear from the opening bars. It practically plods. As a result, the song is terrible even before he starts singing. And it goes downhill from there.
So give a listen if for no other reason than curiosity! It is sort of like eating haggis – now you can say that you have done it, and you never have to do it again.
Not So Proud Mary
Richard has observed that it was during the week that we talked about early electric guitar influences that the segment really started to take on a focus. I think he is right. I was prowling around a music store when I discovered a compilation CD that led me to rediscover both Link Ray’s “Rumble” and Dwayne Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser”. It had been several years since I had heard either one, but I was quickly inspired. I got to thinking about just how influential those songs were for everything that came after. Add The Ventures, The Shadows, and throw in Dick Dale and you have got a whole week! So I did. The result is now there for you to hear if you are inclined. Obviously the whole of the story is more complicated than we could cover in 5 short radio segments. Having said that we think they still stand up.
Electric Guitar Week starts with Link Wray and the Ray Men & Rumble