Saturday, December 16, 2006

Rocky's Getting Good Reviews

Rut roh.
Say it isn't so.
Here's another one.
I loved Rocky III, one of my favorites movies because Rocky was believable.
Could it be there's one more hit left in him?

Goodnight and Goodluck has been turned off. It ended with Joyce Cooling's "Coasting". Appropriate in an ironic way. My thoughts and prayers go out to my friend David Myers who is one of the best guys I know. I really liked voice tracking that station. I thought it had a chance. But the question remains. How can you sell advertisers on a station that can be heard all over the world? There were a lot of listeners for the Vox but they were not concentrated in one area. I would love to stream but how would you make it profitable? Any ideas? I'm all ears...
Meanwhile another pro on the beach. That sucks.
Good luck, David.
Thanks for everything, I had a blast!

The Top Ten of 2006

1. "Love"-The Beatles. Did you really think that the Beatles would be number 2 to anybody? New, exciting, refreshing, cool. A Beatles mash up performed by Sir George Martin and his son, Giles. I can't get this out of my CD player. Hearing these new, mashed up versions of Beatles songs (with the permission of everyone) just makes me feel eleven again. Incredible stuff and so nice to have "new" Beatles stuff to listen to.

2. "4AM"-Stevie Williams. Man, where did this guy come from? A bass player from Manchester England who was marketed to the smooth jazz crowd. He may be the best bass player since Jaco Pastorius. And that's saying something. The CD that single handedly got me through one of the shittiest summers on record. And that's saying something.

3. "Modern Times"-Bob Dylan. What can you say? In my house pre-Beatles, it was three guys, basically. Hank, Johnny and Bob. In my house 45 years later,it's Johnny and Bob anyway, only because Hank isn't around to defend himself. This is an incredible piece of music from the best songwriter of my generation. There's no denying that Bob is the man. Pre, during and now 37 years post Beatles...he is the king of them all. You must buy this disc.

4. "American Five"-Johnny Cash. God, I truly miss this guy. I always will. I will NOT consider myself a resident of Nashville till I
a)visit his grave
b)drive by his house (which is now owned by Barry Gibb(good for him).
His last written piece of work and his heart rendering "If You Could Read My Mind" make this the most important piece of work this year by a man who knew he was dying. This is really one of the people I want to meet when I get to Heaven. My friend Mario has two pictures of him with the man in black..and June. Impressive. God, I truly miss this guy.

5. "The Road To Escondido"-Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale. Perfection and long overdue. Wow, how sweet is this? The perfect driving CD (I oughtta know). Real classy tunes.

6. "All Those Roadrunning" Mark Knopfler/Emmylou Harris. If there is a better pairing of artists in the last few years, I haven't heard it. His sweet unpicked guitar and her beautiful rich voice go together about as well as peanut butter and chocolate. There is so much sweet country rock music on this disc that I can't pick a favorite song. Nice, sweet, uncomplicated great music.

7. "Taking The Long Way"-The Dixie Chicks. They're back and they are pissed. The Dixie Chicks sounded like they had something to prove and to me they proved it well. I don't give a rat's ass about politics. (I like Charlie Daniels, too). They can play and they can sing and they do. Awesome harmonies and and incredible talents. They get better and better.

8. "Under The Sun"-Lindsay Buckingham. My favorite member of Fleetwood Mac. He is quirky, funny, and heartbreaking as well. This may be his best album and I have all of his others. He writes from the heart and paints pictures with words like few can. Nice guy, too.

9."Once Again"-John Legend. I have been following his career since "Standing In The Shadows of Motown". He is Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and James Taylor rolled into a silk smooth delivery. The Al Green of this generation.

10. "Rockford"-Cheap Trick. Summertime fun stuff from one of the best American bands ever. When they are on and clicking (like the show I saw this summer), they can rock the house down. I thought this was one the best Cheap Trick albums ever. It sounds crisp and clean and nice to see that they still have fun live and in the studio.

The Top 10 Most Annoying Christmas Songs Of All Time

What? No "Cheech and Chong"?

Here they are

Week Two

I can't wait til I get a routine down. After being in the hotel for 3 weeks, I go to "Mario's In The Woods". It's getting easier by the day. I know I am supposed to be here for some reason. God and I have always had this weird relationship. We have for some time. I really love his sometimes impeccable sense of timing. And his use of dramatic pauses in his delivery. Sometimes the punch line is not what I expected. Who the hell knew that Emmis would buy the Rock? Damn, I didn't see THAT one coming. I was the punchline. Sometimes I think that my previous generations committed some heinous insult to him and he has decided to have some fun with me. It's all been fun, though. I do believe my life has turned out better than 99% of the people in the world. OK, make it 99.6% Sometimes I stand toe to toe with the man upstairs for some percepted misslight. We're in the ring and I am yelling at him(after considerable damage to me with a series of blows that have made their mark) "IS THAT ALL YOU GOT?" "COME ON! HIT ME!!" like some punch drunk fool from a Rocky movie...(or video game..whatever..)

He can humble you like that, I know. Then, he steps back and laughs, because we are friends and I would not, could not do anything without Him and his Son in my corner.

It's not like Nashville's not a cool city. And it's close (fairly). I really do believe I am going to like it here. So far, so good. My prayers begin with ...thank you for what I have.

I hope all who need a job, find a job.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Teddy Was Right

I am an American History buff. I am reading "John Adams" as we speak. I have finished biographies of Washington and Lincoln. I can't wait to get started on Theodore Rex, the biography of probably my favorite president of them all, Theodore Roosevelt. Dynamic, well read, well spoken, a friend of the environment and the little guy. Here is what he said in 1907, it still rings true today

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be NO divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but ONE flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

A Place To Rest

One of the hardest things to find when you move to a new city is a place to call your own. Rents in Nashville are very expensive, even more than I thought. I looked at a real shithole yesterday. It was convenient but somehow I had the feeling an exorcism took place there or something. My friend Mario and his "wife" are going to allow me to rent a room from them until I find the "perfect place". How cool. It's out in Kingston Springs TN (about 23 miles from the station) but now I'll get the hotel off my ass. I just need to find a bed, then all is well. All I need is a place to shit, shower and shave and just a good vibe, I ain't hard to please, ya know. Anything under $525 a month in this town is a shithole, that's for sure. Anywho, his "wife" Nancy is a web designer so maybe I will have a cool new look to the website sometime soon. That would be neat. Off to bed and back to work tomorrow.

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