Soul 1971

“Do you like good music? That sweet soul music…” 1971 had some great soul music in addition to all of the other great music available to hear on your AM radio. It was still a time when all styles were played on the radio one after another. It didn’t take much to hear a rock song, then country, then soul, then pop, and back to rock. My friend Greg said that because of that he had wide interests in music, as have I. In 1971, soul music was reaching an apex, which you can hear in today’s podcast.

So let’s go back and really listen to music from Jean Knight, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, Funkadelic, the Jackson 5, the Temptations, the Chi-Lites, the Stylistics, the Persuaders, Sly & the Family Stone, Bill Withers, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and War.

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Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day. First celebrated in 1907 as a religious observance. Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it a national holiday in 1914. Quickly taken over by Hallmark cards and florists in the 1920s. Interesting Wikipedia read. I think the day has become too commercialized, but it’s nice to give a shout-out to the moms. Here in America, it’s a pre-Memorial Day warm-up. We’ll be having a cookout today to celebrate. Enjoy.

Mother’s Day is early, so I didn’t think about Mother’s Day when putting together the podcast. The artists all have mothers they love, I’m sure. So listen to Classix Nouveau, Gary Numan, Ultravox, Duran Duran, Aloe Blacc, Raphael Saadiq, Al Green, Sharon Van Etten, Holly Golightly, St. Vincent, the New Pornographers, Christine perfect, Van Morrison, and Neil Young. Please go to to stream or download or download the podcast Thank you for tuning in.

Better Days Ahead

Don’t have much for today. Auto-correct is anticipating what I want to say pretty well this morning, so I’m definitely in cliche land. Hope all’s well with everyone, and that May will be a great month. Fully vaxed and two weeks out and we’re feeling much better about things.

Today’s podcast is another one thrown together without much to tie the sets together – shows my mind at the moment, first quiet, then a bit louder. So please enjoy Holly Golightly, the Ettes, the Liminanas, April March, Norah Jones, Valerie June, Melody Gardot, the Golden Palominos, Roland Orzabal, Garland Jeffrey’s, the Power Station, Cosby, Stills &Nash, the City, Bonnie Raitt, and Jude Sill.

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The Year is 1971

I have a book that purports to have “The 100 Best Rock ‘n’ Roll Records of All Time” by Jimmy Guterman. Not sure that I agree with him on all of his choices, but he makes compelling arguments for them. Most are among the best of all time, so there’s something to the list.

And while I can’t say that it is the best album of all time, Rod Stewart’s “Every Picture Tells a Story” comes in at #1. It’s certainly great, and I’ve played it these last 50 years. Yes, 1971 was 50 years ago, and I’ve had the album since it was out. Rod has originals (like “Maggie May” and the title song), judicious covers (Dylan, Motown) all perfectly sequenced.

In looking at the music of 1971, it seems to me that it’s the last gasp for that particular type of music. AM radio still played singles from albums, but albums were becoming more of their own form than just a bunch of songs thrown together. All styles were played on the radio, so rock, soul, and country could all be played back to back without it seeming to be too weird.

The result was another great year for music. Today’s podcast focuses on the music I most think about when 1971 is brought up. There was so much great music that I will have other playlists put together – soul and 45’s also planned for the look back at 50 years. After 1971, music as we know it changes – sometimes for good, and sometimes for not so good.

But let’s start with this slam-bang lineup: Rod Stewart, the Who, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Santana, Nilsson, the Doors, Todd Rundgren, Grin, Alice Cooper, T. Rex, and David Bowie.

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No Time

Quick one today. We’re headed down to see the grandson. He’s sixteen months old and a pure delight. We’ll have a great time.

We’re all over the place with this week’s podcast, so listen in to hear Dusty Trails, Stereolab, the Cardigans, Belle & Sebastian, the Moon, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, the Association, Lucinda Williams, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Neil Young, the Band, the Byrds, the Mamas &the Papas, the Youngbloods, and Jefferson Airplane.

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Call me Two Shots

Well, we got our second shot on Thursday. Unlike the first shot, there was no line when we showed up for our appointment. Good thing we got it on Thursday, as I was down for the count on Friday. Had a little bit of an elevated temperature, but it felt like my body was hit with a ton of bricks. Man, was I sore. Still, overall I’ll take a day of soreness over getting the ‘Rona.

So now we have two in the books, and after two weeks we’ll be fully vested. Someone asked what we should call it when someone is fully vaccinated and two weeks beyond the second shot (when we’re as safe as we’re going to be), and she said “fully vested” but thought there might be a better term, but I think that a bunch of us prefer the term “fully vested.”

My wife, except for her arm, had no ill effects. Good for her. Now to wait two weeks, when we’ll…wear masks everywhere and continue to follow guidelines.

To celebrate the 2nd shot, I’ve got lots of great music lined up for today, with The B-52’s, Talking Heads, Gang of Four, Wire, Richard & Linda Thompson, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ryley Walker, Angel Olsen, Cat Power, Kiki Dee, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye.

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Quiet Week

It’s been a quiet week here. Quiet is good We had some days that reminded us that summer is coming soon. It’s heading back into the 50s, but even the 50s sounds good. Proper spring weather.

Lots of good music on today’s podcast, with a mix of old and new from Cloud Nothings, the Mekons, Arab Strap, Billy Bragg, R.E.M., the Smithereens, the dB’s, the Golen Palominos, Peter Gabriel, Adrian Belew, Phil Manzanera, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Donovan, and Fairport Convention.

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Happy Pascha. It was originally a variant of Passover used by the Jewish people but early Christians claimed it for what we know as “Easter.” Passover is now Pesach in Hebrew, which ends at nightfall today.

Why Easter? The was a goddess named Eostre (or Ostara), who had celebrations named for her. She is either (or both) the goddess of fertility or the goddess of light (Springtime, when there was more daylight). The period of time when she was celebrated was called the month of Eostre, so Happy Easter.

And how did that come to pass? Well, as Catholicism spread across the continent of Europe, Bishops were told to find ways to get people into Catholicism, and one sent to England decided that the way to convert these heathens was to say that the Catholic holidays (Jesus’ birth and his resurrection) fell around the exact same times as certain pagan rituals. Apparently, it worked and ended up getting adopted by Catholicism (and then its offshoots), for the most part. So the English adopted Easter as the day Christ is risen, while most of the rest of Christendom says Pascha. Also explains the eggs (fertility). Still unsure of the bunnies, also an English thing, and not worldwide (bells deliver Easter eggs in France).

On today’s podcast, we have a lot of music both old and new, with Lana Del Ray, Florence + the Machine, Tribe, Valerie June, Lake Street Dive, Khurangbin & Leon Bridges, Jon Cleary, Johnny Adams, Albert Collins with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland, Miracle Legion, the Connells, and Syd Straw.

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Shot One in the Books

Tuesday, 1:00-1:10. First shot. Come on over to the bus station to get vaccinated…or words to that effect. Kate and I went over at 12:50, figuring this would be a breeze. There was some backup, but it wasn’t bad. We waited in line in our car, slowly moving around the perimeter of the parking lot. Some cars were taken out of line to park in the middle of the lot, while others stayed in line. We stayed in line. “First or second” was the main question at first. I’m not sure that we ever actually showed our confirmation – we were on their list. “Pfizer today” answered our question, “unless you’re getting the second Moderna shot.” You get what they have., and they had Pfizer that day. The cars who were separated were the Moderna second-shot people. They’d get a turn in the shot line after a bit. Everything ran smoothly.

We rolled up to the station and someone came out and gave us our shot in the car. It was quick and painless. I had no after-affects of the shot, and Kate had a headache, but not that bad. Our second shot is April 20 (4 weeks). Hopefully, it will be as smooth as the first one.

Two days later, there was a huge backup at the bus station (now clinic), as people were coming in with “plus-one’s.” Didn’t realize that it was a thing, and they certainly weren’t ready for it. I’m not sure if the system overbooked people, but I guess that it was a mess (three-hour wait times). It seemed to die down on Friday again, but we’ll keep checking to see if things operate smoothly.

Music while waiting? Of course. I told you that we were in our car. Listen to some of what we listened to that day on today’s podcast, which features these artists: Moby Grape, Robyn Hitchcock, Tami Neilson, Dusty Springfield, Bobbie Gentry, Drugdealer, Game Theory, Michael Penn, Hollie Cook, Asa, Amy Winehouse, Raphael Saadiq with Joss Stone, Kevin Morby, Angel Olsen, and Villagers.

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Vaccination Nation Station Creation

Good news (for Kate and me) – we have our vaccination scheduled for Tuesday. New Hampshire is starting to let the kids get vaccinated (well, kids = 50-64 year-olds) beginning on Monday, and we managed to get on the schedule early. I thought that it would take months, but persistence (over an hour on hold) paid off and we’re getting vaccinated.

We’re getting vaccinated three miles from our house – the local bus station has been changed over into a large clinic where they’re being dispensed. Not sure which vaccine we’re getting – heard that some have had the Johnson & Johnson one shot, but I think that it’s mostly been the Moderna vaccine, made less than ten miles from my house. There was a lady the other day who said that she had the Pzifer vaccine – she was in one of the elderly properties where I volunteered to help at a vaccination clinic (with Moderna). I might have been vaccinated there had I not gotten an appointment that was more local.

Let’s celebrate with a podcast that includes some whimsy, with these artists: Flight of the Conchords, the B-52’s, the Incredible String Band, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Cream, Joan Armatrading, Los Lobos, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, the Replacements, Sugar, R.E.M., Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and the O’Jays.

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