FTB #108 marks the final audio entry in a year that defies description. A simple (or even complex) Year In Review or Countdown just wouldn’t cut it for this more than slightly dazed senior citizen. While dealing with and ultimately surviving stage four cancer punched up an E ticket worth of brand new emotional turmoil and angst, an unrelenting 2020 shrugged and said, “Hold My Beer!” Ever the cockeyed optimist I can point to more than a few positive developments that occurred and hope we have finally at least reached the beginning of the end of this unrelenting maelstrom of uncertainty. What this episode represents is the personal inner soundtrack that played for the bulk of what essentially became a stretch of time without a calendar or clock. And sometimes you can dance to it. You will also hear a tribute to the just departed Leslie West, a musician’s musician that was blessed with a signature tone and exceptional technique and musicality. He was also a very funny and fine human. Continued gratitude for all your support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Have a safe, healthy and very Happy New Year.
This episode was going to start with a tribute to my friend and radio sister Rita Houston from the second I learned she lost her six year cancer battle. Her fight was long, painfull, debilitating and unfathomable to anyone who has never dealt with it up close and personal. I am happy she is at peace but like everyone who knew her, sad her light has vanished from our sight. I initially planned to continue doing a “regular” show and even managed to get in a great new song from Jeffrey Dean Foster but once the Christmas tunes came out, the floodgates opened. What can I say? It’s been a truly tough year for everyone and sitting here on December 22 felt the need to try and muster up some last minute Holiday Spirit. Musically we run the gamut from a brilliant brand new Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men track to Butterbeans & Susie’s 1930 chestnut “Papa Ain't No Santa Claus (Mama Ain't No Christmas Tree).” Let’s take a sonic holiday romp together and lift our spirits high. Did I mention weed is finally legal in New Jersey? It’s good to be home, wherever you are. Merry Christmas to all and thanks for making this brutal year suck a whole lot less. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
Episode #106 was recorded on Monday evening December 14. Today Joe Biden won the election for about the 140th time since November 3, but save for some musical synchronicity politics are far from the focus here. News that the vaccine distribution has begun is another fine bit of news today but everything is still way out of whack. Let’s shut it all out and immerse our minds in the healing world of music. There’s a sneak peak at McCartney III, Barry Gibb linking up with Jason Isbell, a haunting new tune from Shelby Lynne, Mark Dark (aka Mark Lanegan) has a great new version of an Everly Brothers Christmas classic, unreleased Dave Brubeck from the Time’s Out Sessions, more from eels new one and Remasters from Prince, The Gun Club and Steve Forbert. We also say goodbye to Harold Budd, a brilliant musician and yet another Covid casualty of this unforgiving year. Thanks for all the love at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and most of all for listening.
The final month of this brutal year finds most everyone I know in desperate need of a hug. Don’t you feel it? Confusion, dismay and in too many cases... abject fear of what lies ahead before the calendar finally turns. As John Lee Hooker once sang, “Music is The Healer” and that’s what FTB #105 is all about. Let’s keep safe, lean toward love and allow the healing to begin. New sounds this time from Negativland, Cliff Hillis, Death Cab For Cutie, Daniella Cotton, The Midnight Callers, Robyn Hitchcock, The Hold Steady, Bruce Springsteen, a new mix of a seminal George Harrison song and a blistering new take on a Coltrane masterpiece from an ensemble including Henry Kaiser and Mike Watt. There’s even a few early Holiday treats including new original music from Calexico along with Noel nuggets from Big Star and The Smithereens. Listen for some 2020 musical highlights from Fiona Apple, The Posies and Fontaines D.C. and as always a romp through the stacks. Thanks to all for the generous support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and know that I am sending all the love in the world to each and every one of you.
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