Autumn and Christmas are the two fave times of the year for special musical programming on the Croude. Both pass all too fast for me....as quickly as leaves on trees are gone or the first snowflakes sometimes vanishing in our subtropical climate.
The Electric Croude
This is the time of the year when I especially enjoy epic adventures...both sonic and cinematic. That quickly brings us round to this Saturday night's show. While epic usually denotes "length of time"--thats only one dimension. The sublime talent of Rachel Bissex was cut way too short with breast cancer. Yet I define her musical career clearly in the realm of epic when you hear her December Moon which opens the show.
There is a special kind of sonic magic that transforms October. As the late Nick Drake, acclaimed folk singer once sang “...Autumn reaches her for her golden crown...” The fresh morning chill in the air, the transmuting of foliage into natural blankets of color against bare charcoal branches against a purple twilight sky and the music that pervades and massages our soul.
Do you find the title mystifying? Me, too.
But that’s the power of music. To communicate a range of feelings and moods that no other language can begin to impart. At this time of the year, there are certain tracks that pop up in my mind as annually as the Fall colors that will be coming our way. I’ve asked others about this. Most tend to agree. Whereas commercial radio playlsits cycle the same top 50 over and over again, yours truly has the luxury to play to the Seasons.
This year The Electric Croude, a weekly local feature of your Community Idea Stations, airs just hours shy prior to the attack on our American homeland 10 years ago. In this one hour special, listeners will hear a variety of vocal and instrumental works that remind us that while we should never forget – music has its own transcendental way of providing a simultaneous memorial and a healing balm like nothing else can.
There is a decidely bluesy feel to this week’s show given the weather and general vibe permeating this time of summer. Put another way, some great new music for you. And also a look at one of Richmond’s own, Matthew Costello.
Nothing like late night food served up with great music on a hot summer’s night! For your edification this week at Cafe Croude is my take on Simple Sesame Salmon from my kitchen adjacent to our sonic bistro. Before we run over to comestibles, the Music. Listen to the great Al D on the enclosed video clip while you’re scanning this. You’ll hear it in HD on the show this week.
Yes… RECIPES! Read On. An invitation to share yours, too.
Every season has its music. Best example is Christmas. You wouldn't expect to hear It Came Upon A Midnight Clear on the Croude in July… well, maybe you would.
By similar analogy I would never play Eric Johnson's Desert Rose in December. But you will hear it on this show. For me there are certain sound colours, time signatures and vibes that characterize every month of the year. The aforementioned EJ song has July written all over it.
Let's see. Two new books for you--AREA 51 by investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen and The Hunt for Zero Point by Nick Cook, former aviation editor of Jane's Defence Weekly. And of course the music. As diverse as Area 51 is complicated its not a black and white issue. There are those who are convinced the secret military installation [which does not exist according to the US government] is a secret base where fake moon landings were staged and aliens are housed. Other questions pop into existance as rapidly as the quantum flux...
Despite the fact that its fiction with a number of historical and spiritual errors, the 1986 film featuring a musical score by Ry Cooder is still the best film about Guitar-dom ever made. John Fusco's screenplay given one off direction by Walter Hill elevates a simple story to mythical proportion. Not to mention the virtuosity of Steve Vai and Cooder's slide work enhanced with a number of blues legends.