Relaxing in the Green Room
Ray Davies prophetically said in 1970 “It’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world except for my……” true words never spoken as they seem to sum up the situation of the modern world. I keep wrestling with two variables: 1) Am I mentally losing it? 2) Or am I so out of touch that I can’t grasp the nuance of the “new ways?” What bothers me most is that the lack of skilled and practiced verbal communication between two people is a prime reason to fuck up a situation which already has plenty of room to fuck up. The other day I asked my son (with whom I have great communication)
“How does (name of friend here) like his new job?”
I got that angry 24 yr old response –
“I don’t know dad, we don’t talk about that?”
I’m thinking what do they talk about? I didn’t ask him anything intrusive and I seem to get that answer to all my inquiries about anyone or anything beyond his sphere. Now I may be missing some important here. And maybe he just doesn’t want to tell me. I don’t know but when he shows me his Instagram news feed, I really don’t have great hopes for the future. Verbal communication/face-to-face communication is very important. You need years of practice – I know because I’m a miserable failure at it
Now on to more fun things. These days in quasi-retirement, I try to find things to do, but because I’m missing the Jewish carpenter gene, you won’t find me putting up a backsplash in the kitchen or building that toolshed I’d been putting off for years. Instead my hobby is finding CDs that have some of my favorite songs. Some of it is real detective work…here are some of my successes:
B-Movie: My favorite song by them, “The Soldier Stood Alone” came out on a very local CD they put out themselves. After searching high and low and sending out many emails, I located a VG copy…but I so love this song…which will be featured again on an upcoming show.
Sandy Denny & The Strawbs: The album was hard enough to find. I am glad to report this CD is easily available with plenty of xtra trax. Sandy Denny at her most innocent…the world suffers without her.
The Monks-Bad Habits: This album is fairly easy to buy as vinyl, but the CD only came out in Canada. Canada has always been famous for their small run of titles, and after 8 months I landed a copy of this and this edition of the podcast has one song from it
Brenda Lee – The Best of British “music club” label: I only mention this because this is the only place you can find her magic version of “The Crying Game.” It is hands down the best version of this song. The CD has 25 trax including: “The Letter,” “There’s a Kind of a Hush,” and a most fabulous interpretation of the Jacque Brel tune “If You Go Away.” She sings this as though she owns it. It is hard to believe it was written solely from the male perspective.
Jerry the Dung Beetle whispering sweet nothings in Martha’s ear.
Martha chatting up my producer/son
Tonight’s show is very special for me as I have “the first lady” of the Washington music scene here in the Last Gasp studio. Martha Hull has always exuded a powerful vulnerability and an even more powerful sexuality, anchored by a menacing intellectual aurora that says “Don’t fuck with me.” The interview was a lot of fun and took Last Gasp into a new frontier (an hour long show!). The show tonight is called MARTHA.