Sunday, January 20, 2008
Smell My Vinyl
It felt good to be back on the air this morning. Lately I've been feeling way, way off-groove; I had been wondering if I was ever going to feel 'right' again...my fear was unwarranted, once again, music has proven itself to be a great restorative.
Recent events have caused me to miss a couple of shows and postpone my band plans, but this morning I was back on-the-air and I felt the equilibrium returning as soon as stylus hit vinyl.
I imagine that from the listener's perspective one show sounds pretty much like the next one, but from the DJ view there are good shows and there are bad shows; for me a lot depends on my own internal rhythm ...this morning was very good, my groove was hoppin'...it was all I could do to keep myself from lapsing into prolonged extemporaneous monologues about every song- I saved that for blog. Lucky you.
Sunday morning at 7am is a rough time spot. I've been doing it for well over a year and would like to move to a better time...such as the Tuesday night slot that just opened up. I think I have a pretty good case to make:
-When I took the Sunday spot, I was replacing the DJ who moved to Tuesday night- the same DJ who just left...it's a natural progression for me to move into his vacancy again.
-I have been a core volunteer since our very first fund drive in 2005-I was our first 'Volunteer-of-the-Year' fer chrissakes. Seniority should count for something.
- I have hundreds of hours of air-time logged. Hundreds is a lot.
-I can do - and have done- shows of any style or genre. I can improv with the best or I can plan to the nth second- I'm good at being a DJ.
There are others who have been on-air as long or longer than me but I don't know if they want the spot or not- IMO it would be theirs first, then mine...that is how a meritocracy works and I really think that the station should be run as a meritocracy.
Unfortunately, the station's default setting is "democracy"; in this case, that means committees and indecisions; ultimately a vote by the music committee will decide who gets the coveted spot.
Personally, I think democracy is an unworkable business model - please give one example of a effective business that runs on the one-person/one-vote ideal, just one- but I am in a minority. I was *ahem* out-voted.
It burns me up that our committee would even consider giving a brand-new DJ (someone not a current volunteer) a prime spot when there are long-term, dedicated, proven veteran DJs who would like it...grrr.
I'm not sanguine about my chances of winning a 'vote' but I do want the spot; I fear it will come down to who is coolest and schmoozes best- I am not especially cool and I suck at schmoozery...but I can put together a good show. I'm not sure if that matters though- we will see. I do have some friends at the station- if they show up to vote I might get the show. If not...I don't know. It'll be a hell of an insult if a newbie gets it, I know that much. The newbie can have the Sunday spot- it was good enough for me, it'll be fine for them. Just sayin'.
For now, it's Sundays for me...if I move up I'll need a new show name.
The New Breakfast Snob, Sunday Jan 20, 2008
Fairport Convention- Fotheringay
FC are one of my favorite Sunday bands...this musty old two-LP 'best of' is a happy recent find. One dollar!
Chieftains- O'Keefe's Slide
Another fave Sunday band... a bottomless well of great music, old and new.
Cat Stevens- Kypros
Cat- when he was still 'Cat'- getting down with a Casio. Really.
They said it would be good for my head...
Leo Kottke- Morning is a Long Way Home
I can play this song on vinyl. On guitar, not so much.
Snakefinger- I Can't Be Satisfied
This is from a live Blues CD that my pal Schlep sent my way months past...I've gotten quite a bit out of it.
Claanad- Last Rose of Summer
Robert Wyatt- Little Red Riding Hood
This album, Rock Bottom, contains two songs with same title- during my last show I played side 'A'...this week, side 'B'.
Bill Whelan- Caracena
Will someone please explain to me the difference between a 'reel' and a 'jig'?
Loreena McKinnett- All Souls Night
I would love to see her in concert. Sigh.
Moody Blues- Higher and Higher
This record sounds really stoned. In a good way.
Fred Frith- Ahead in the Sand
One of my favorite avant-garde Swedish guitarists.
Steve Earle & Pogues- Johnny Come Lately
Two sides of the same pond..what a great combo!
Moving Hearts- The Storm
Made me bop up and down.
Siobhan Skates- Short a Penny
99 pence shy of love...sigh.
Eleni Mandell- Dreamboat
The Twin gave me this CD- I'm on the lookout for more, she's amazingly versatile; cabaret, punk, broken folk/blues, jazz...weird. Great stuff.
Bob Marley- Night Shift
Please give me Tuesday night.
Roy Buchanan- Filthy Teddy
What became of Roy? He sure could play...in the Alvin Lee way.
Klark Kent- Grandeliquent
What became of my beloved Gear Slut? One of the many things we shared was a love of this 1980 EP by Police drummer Stewart Copeland- Stew plays every instrument and sings too- awesome! I FINALLY found a copy- GS, where are you?
Jefferson Airplane- Wild Turkey
Another recent find, still in the original brown paper-bag wrapper, the album cover satirized the old 'A&P' grocery bags...the fossilized reader may remember 'A&P' stores...and Jefferson Airplane.
Faces- Ooh La La
I wish that I knew what I know now- when I was younger...
Rod Stewart- Angel
Another dose of Rod, this one goes out to South Africa.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer- Lucky Man
At the end the synthesizer goes "whooee-eeee-wheeeeeeooow-weeep", which is still cool after all these years.
XTC- The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
Todd Rundgren producing XTC= Genius. Snap!
Pretty Things- Grass
The Pretty Thing's Parachute was Rolling Stone Magazine's Album-of-the-Year back when that actually meant something. (1970)
Kinks- Most Exclusive Residence For Sale
While I was doing my recent five-day temp job, I was approached by over 3000 Realtors- all of whom tried to sell me a house despite the fact that I'm unemployed and have 'sub-prime' tattooed on my forehead. That's a bad sign.
Little Feat- Old Folks Boogie
I really hope my grandmother gets to spin one more yarn.
Gong- Shadows Of
This jazzy instrumental features a young Alan Holdsworth on guitar...his solo albums annoy me but he can really play...he sounds perfect with this line-up, despite it's distinctly 'non-Gongesque' style. 'Real' Gong sure would sound good on Tuesday night...
Next week: The 80's Show.