Saturday, May 21, 2005

in the mix.

so it has been a coupla weeks since i started working at the Current.

what a trip.

i only sit and press one button once an hour for the first half of the 6-hour shift so as to monitor the "Jazz Image" re-broadcast.

just as well as i like to listen to it anyway. i guess now i just get paid to listen to it.

truly i never would have thought i'd be Leigh Kamman's "co-worker"(though i am just playing a tape of him).

being a mega jazz head myself, to be able to facilitate his work and way of educating and telling stories about the genre, it is an honor. plus i get to bring my jazz records from my own stash to fill out the rest of the last hour as it tends to end 15-20 minutes before the end of the hour.

last week i threw on a cut from Eric Dolphy's "Berlin Concerts" double LP. a classic performance for a pretty much unknown dude this side of the pond. a lot being an American helped him in his country. he had to move to France away from the U.S. to get any work(not much demand in the U.S. then for jazz basoon and bari-sax). he died pretty young to boot.

in any case i get to play his(and other jazzers from my collection) records now on the radio from time to time. so you can't beat that.

perhaps when they tear down the Guthrie Theatre i will play a side from the Mingus record i have that was recorded at the Guthrie.(there is a song dedicated to Dolphy on that recording incidentally).

last weekend i made the mistake of not eating much whilst watching the I-Quit show at the Rogue Buddha. they had Tim Glenn and Chris Thomson up in there. Andy Broder and Adam Linz made a bunch of crazy noise on turntables which is always a good thing.

then afterward i headed home, grabbed a cup of coffee(on an empty stomach-ugh!) and headed over to the station.

it was rough as i was not ready. but i stumbled through some breaks and said hopefully nothing too dumb. mostly talked about the music i was playing, Radiohead's crazy website, the problem Alan from Low's been having(a tough thing to talk about as i think i can relate), some shows i saw over the weekend(one of which, Monade, was amazing!) and whatever else came to mind. there was a documentary about Fritos on the TV in the studio, i probably wisely abstained from talking about that.. cable TV or public radio...how's a consumer to decide?.

in the meantime i am having fun. i get to DJ at night which is something i never really got to do at Radio K as we were a daytime only station at the time.

there is a different vibe to listening to music at night that if you never listen to music at night or otherwise you probably wouldn't understand. but it takes something different to lay still and listen to music, or sit and watch your baby, or make out with that guy or gal you are with(depending on whether you are a guy or gal or not) whilst listening to music at night. what a kick to play those tunes that someone out there doing all the above or none of them can hear somewhere else.

i constantly listen to music. virtually all the time. if i don't have an actual music source near me i can usually hear it in my head.

i don't own an i-pod because i don't really need one. since it is always in my head anyway.

i know a lot of people like me. we tend to stay in packs.

if you've never been to a record convention i highly reccomend it.

i have so many stories from people i know just from being a music addict. they are endless stories. i try to remember as many as possible. it would make an incredible movie. no doubt about it. if you have ever met my friends Betty and Barb, whom i once met at a record show and subsequently at a lot of record stores and such you know exactly what i am talking about.

if you haven't then give me a ton of dough and i will make the movie. it is all in my head.

anyway. major tangent.

the point is i think there are more people who like music now. and as long as there are more people liking music then i think we are all doing fine.

right now i am listening to James Brown "Love Power and Peace". a '71 Paris concert at the Olympia. good gawd y'all!!!

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