As per tradition, November's scene show is always nothing but covers. I have a long standing love affair with the cover song. A great cover version can add to a song, even take mental ownership of a song from the person who wrote it. So here's a couple of hours and change of fantastic cover songs, and some yahoo talking in the middle of them...
So it's Saturday morning in the US, which means technically my birthday's almost over, since I was born in Indonesia, and they're +15 hours from where I am now. But I've never chosen to celebrate it like that. Instead, this will probably hit the airwaves when I'm asleep.
I'm writing all of this four days earlier, but today I turn 40. That means the 30s are over, well, my 30s anyway. Did I do enough with them? Have I started to leave a mark on the world that will outlast me? Did I bring enough positive energy into the world? Was I too afraid, too headstrong, too impatient, too argumentative, too something?
Dunno. Got four days left in my 30s. We'll see what becomes of them. And then we'll see what happens when I get into my 40s. Will the entertainer have an audience, or merely an empty room?
Look at me, getting all melancholy and shit. Anyway. This is a bunch of music I wanted to listen to, so I built this mix for me, to get me through my 40th birthday. Maybe it'll be awesome. I'd like to hope so. Regardless, it'll be a ride. You're welcome to come along as well.
So Monday morning show, huh? I know, right? Get over yourself, and don't get used to the idea. I'm not often up early enough for this, but hell with it. Sometimes you do where the muse takes you.
This week, we've got indie pop, Japanese singing dentists, classic rock and our friend's band with her on vocals, as well as the song that has been stuck in my head for much of the last week. Next show's on Saturday, not Friday. Also, correction to the Leonard Cohen RIP show - the muse he wrote the song about was Marianne, not Suzanne. I was tired. Sue me. Or don't. Please don't. I need what little money I have. I have places to go, people to see...
It's a Unified Theme show! We haven't done one of these in while... the last one was, what, "#35 - the one about rain"? Far too long! This shall be fixed! So yeah, while the country's in the shitshow, I'm in a a great mood, so hopefully you aren't letting the world get you down too much. In fact, shows 83, 84 and 86 form a nice little triptych - panic, anger and recovery. Use as recommended by your physician, or the nice fellow in the white coat with the long sleeves, whoever happens to be closer.
Sometimes the path can be dark for a long while, but there will always be light again, and it will be that much more sweet when it appears, as you appreciate it all the moreso.
There's no way to write anything short about Leonard Cohen, but I wanted to put together an overview of his life and music for all the people who've been telling me - "I don't know that much about Leonard Cohen. Where do I start?"
As with our RIP shows, there are a number of cover versions and I recommend you go out and get The Essential Leonard Cohen to start with, and grow from there, although you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't get "You Want It Darker," his final album released only weeks before his demise.
Here's Leonard Cohen...
So if don't like the shows where I talk a bunch, skip this one. If you don't like hearing someone talk politics, skip this one. If you don't like poetry, skip this one. If you don't like protest songs, skip this one.
If you're frightened, depressed, angry, confused or just generally uncomfortable with the US right now, listen to this show over and over and over again until you wear out the internet. I swear a lot. I read a bit of my poetry. I rant a ton.
I know I'm a straight white guy, and that means a lot of people look at me and see the enemy right now. I understand that, and you have every right to. There is a lot of hate and racism and misogyny out there today.
But I will fight for women, for people of color, for people in any shade of queerness, for immigrants, for people of any religion. We're free together, or we're all enslaved together. If that means the government wants to come and arrest my ass, so be it. But I will not be intimidated. I will not be scared. I will protect you to my last breath, and past it if I can.
Just keep this in mind - don't let them make you run, make you hide, make you be afraid. Be cautious, be wary, but do not be afraid.
We'll fight and we'll win. Be strong. I am with you.
It's not the end of the world, but I can see it from here. Have yourself some good music to make you smirk and grin a bit during the weirdest day in political history in my lifetime, I'm sure of it.
Back to our usual randomness, although I have a few themed shows planned for coming weeks. We'll see how all that goes. Enjoy!