Sacred Songs, Part 6: Dear Believer

Posted in Audio transmissions on February 10th, 2017 by bill

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This one took some weird twists and turns along the way. Did I really want to kiss U2’s ass by putting them next to Lennon like that? Ah, to hell with it, it all sounds good to me.

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We Are the Dead

Posted in Audio transmissions on January 20th, 2017 by bill

English singer, musician and actor David Bowie, 1974. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

I didn’t really intend to be posting this on Inauguration Day; I meant to have it done earlier. But I had to wait until January 1 to make sure no one else was going to die, and then it took a while to get things together. But now it seems entirely appropriate to say one last goodbye to the departed of 2016 as we say goodbye to a pre-President Von Clownstick world and inaugurate four years of…um…interesting times.

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro,” said Dr. Thompson. I guess it’s time.

  • Dearly Beloved  Prince
  • We Are the Dead  David Bowie
  • Going Home  Leonard Cohen
  • Stranger in a Strange Land  Leon Russell
  • Abe Vigoda with Hal Linden  Me or Your Computer?
  • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings  People Don’t Get What They Deserve
  • Abe Vigoda  I’m Dead
  • Sign O the Times  Prince
  • The Space Program  A Tribe Called Quest
  • This Is All About Me  Garry Shandling
  • Revolution Part 2  Butthole Surfers
  • When I Met You  David Bowie
  • The Show Must Go On  Alan Rickman with Tim Allen
  • Trying to Live My Life Without You  Otis Clay
  • Rainbow Stew  Merle Haggard
  • I Need Music  George Martin
  • A Day in the Life  The Beatles
  • The Album Is a Disaster  Leonard Cohen
  • Memories  Leonard Cohen
  • The Last Show  David Bowie
  • Rock & Roll Suicide  David Bowie
  • Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi  Carrie Fisher

Sacred Songs, Part 5: Darkness Increased by 1

Posted in Audio transmissions on December 21st, 2016 by bill

Today is the Winter Solstice, an important day in the calendar, when darkness culminates and the return of light begins.

The darkness has seemed particularly dark this year, so the end of this cycle is welcome. But before moving on I felt like taking a minute (or an hour) to wallow in it. Darkness, after all, is overcome by confronting it, not by avoiding it; in the I Ching, the “young light” emerges only after “darkness is increased by one.”

But of course, being who I am, I couldn’t resist adding some uplift at the end. It may take a while to arrive, but hold on, it’s coming. I recommend listening as dusk with a cocktail in hand, as I am doing at this very moment.

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Sacred Songs, Part 4: The Life of the Mind

Posted in Audio transmissions on December 19th, 2016 by bill

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This mix is dedicated to the memory of the fat John Goodman, who apparently is no more.

Playlist:

  • Look Upon Me  John Goodman
  • This World  The Staple Singers
  • If I Follow My Mind  Jimmy Cliff
  • It’s All in Your Mind  The Soul Angels
  • Stoned Out of My Mind  The Chi-Lites
  • Out of My Mind  Buffalo Springfield
  • Can’t Find My Mind  The Cramps
  • Dear Prince  Lord Buckley
  • Starfish and Coffee  Prince
  • All in My Mind  Love and Rockets
  • My Mind Is Connected…  The Soft Boys
  • Turn Off Your Mind  Timothy Leary/The Stranglers
  • Tomorrow Never Knows  Junior Parker
  • My Body Is a Cage  Peter Gabriel
  • Cut the Body Loose  Astronautilus
  • Postures (Leave Your Body Behind)  Chris Thomas & Tabby Thomas
  • Light Years  The Gift of Gab
  • Free Your Mind/Back in Our Minds  Funkadelic

Sacred Songs, Part 3: Sing, Cuckoo, Sing

Posted in Audio transmissions on December 17th, 2016 by bill

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I know it’s generally considered rude to remind people that they’re going to die. But I’ve been guilty of it in the past, and if you listen to this I’ll be guilty of it again:

And yes, sure, it can de depressing to contemplate mortality. But then again, as Ford Prefect says (paraphrasing, I think, Dr. Johnson), “the prospect of death contracts the mind wonderfully.” Often as not, and maybe this is just a quirk of my strange personality, I find being reminded of my own eventual demise oddly exhilarating: a reminder that I am in fact alive now, and free to do as I please for whatever time remains. It can be nice and bracing, like a splash of cold water across the face, if you’re into that kind of thing. Caveat auditorus.

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Sacred Songs, Part 2: The Sweetest Person I Ever Heard Of

Posted in Audio transmissions on December 11th, 2016 by bill

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Here’s another musical collage for your entertainment and edification:

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Sacred Songs, Part 1

Posted in Audio transmissions on December 2nd, 2016 by bill

Few things in this life bring me more pleasure than throwing together a bunch of music and sharing it with people. Alas, the days of the mixtape are long gone, and the mix CD has now followed it into the grave. Yet the urge lingers.

A few weeks ago I started playing around with posting stuff to a site called Mixcloud, which saves me the expense of postage or the trouble of driving all around the East Bay on Halloween to distribute cassettes (as I once did). But figuring out how to embed these things in a blog post caused me a great deal of what now seems to have been needless aggravation.

Anyway, with these problems now behind us, allow me to present…

…and a song for today

Posted in Audio transmissions on November 9th, 2016 by bill

A song for today

Posted in Audio transmissions on November 8th, 2016 by bill

The Redness and the Horror

Posted in Audio transmissions, Read it in books on October 31st, 2014 by bill

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” has never been more resonant than it is now, in the year of Ebola hysteria.

Blood was its Avatar and its seal –the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men.

So this being All Hallows’ Eve, why not give it a read, or better yet a listen. I’ll give you two versions to choose from. Either the classic, classy British-accent version by Basil Rathbone:

Or the extra-twisted version read by old Uncle Bill: