Signed, sealed, delivered--it's yours: another collection of rockin' pop music on the radio, blithely mixing eras and styles because it's all pop music. It stands together as one. That idea appeals to me: Standing together as one.
You like a different sound? That's all right. I'll have a listen. Maybe I'll learn something, or maybe it'll leave me cold, and I'll just go back to digging what I dig. The process of discovery includes finding things that aren't your thing. But it also includes the opportunity for revelation. Where would I be if no one had ever turned me on to specific music, specific artists, that I either didn't know or didn't properly appreciate? I'd be poorer for that lack. There is so much out there. There is so, so much out there.
We won't all like the same things. We won't. But there may be overlap. There may even be a common ground where we can dance. We can hear what we need to hear, not just what we want to hear. We can groove individually. We can stand together. We've got to stand together.
This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.
This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl airs Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, and on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/ You can read all about this show's long and weird history here: Boppin' The Whole Friggin' Planet (The History Of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO). TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS are always welcome.
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Hey, Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) will contain 165 essays about 165 songs, each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of songs can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here. My weekly video series The Greatest Record Ever Made! on YouTube has posted my rants about The Ramones' "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?," Badfinger's "Baby Blue," Baron Damon and the Vampires' "The Transylvania Twist," Chuck Berry's "Promised Land," Dusty Springfield's "I Only Want To Be With You," The Sex Pistols' "God Save The Queen," Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," and Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog," Patti Smith's "Gloria," The Monkees' "Riu Chiu," Eytan Mirsky's "This Year's Gonna Be Our Year," and Little Richard's "The Girl Can't Help It."