The Galaxy – He started a joke, and now the whole world is singing….

Robin Gibb, c. 1969

Robin Gibb, c. 1969

We start the show this evening with a remembrance of Robin Gibb, one of the three Brothers Gibb (four, if you count Andy, who was never officially a member of the singing group), who passed away late last Sunday evening.  It would be easy to just fill the set with some of the Bee Gee‘s disco classics, which we will naturally be doing in short order.  But, to have a true understanding of their important place in music history, I think we need to start with some of their early material.  The reality is that not only were they great singers with a special brotherly harmonic sense, but they were also songwriters of the first order.  In my eyes, while the disco songs were also well written, their songwriting talents were on special display in the early, pre-disco era.  These are true pop songs, ’60s/’70s style, yet they have such a universal quality to them that they could just as easily be country songs.  Truly, these are songs that stand the test of time.  (Note: many of these early songs feature lead vocals by Robin, or Robin and Barry.)

  • Holiday
  • I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You
  • I Can’t See Nobody
  • I Started A Joke
  • Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You (an album cut from their first album, also used as the b-side to the Holiday single; the song was later covered by the Flaming Lips)
  • New York Mining Disaster
  • Run To Me
  • Massachusetts
  • How Do You Mend A Broken Heart
Bee Gees, c. 1975

Bee Gees, c. 1975 (l-r: Robin, Maurice, Barry)

Then, we have the disco era.  While there are some who would probably prefer to forget disco, the inescapable fact is that, as with their pre-disco material, their music was marked by rock-solid composition and a gorgeous harmonic sense.  The material wouldn’t have been successful as disco music if it didn’t have the solid bass/drum rhythm construction.  These things just don’t happen by accident – they were inspired by funk, but they didn’t just imitate it, they took the funk and made it their own.  This aspect of their disco-era music is most easily heard in songs like You Stepped Into My Life and Nights On Broadway

  • Jive Talkin’
  • You Stepped Into My Life
  • You Should Be Dancing
  • If I Can’t Have You (The b-side to Staying Alive; it was also recorded for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack by Yvonne Elliman, and was the fourth #1 hit from that soundtrack, reaching the top spot in March of 1978.
  • Too Much Heaven
  • Nights On Broadway
  • Love So Right
  • More Than A Woman
  • Stayin’ Alive
  • How Deep Is Your Love

Now, given that today is Memorial Day, I can’t help but want to play something that could fall within a Memorial Day theme.  After some thought and consideration, my conclusion was to play a Glenn Miller set.

  • In The Mood (1939)
  • Pennsylvania 6-5000 (1940)
  • Blueberry Hill (some may remember the song for the version made popular by Fats Domino; here, the vocal is sung by Ray Eberle)
  • Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me) – vocals by Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke, and the Modernaires
  • A String of Pearls
  • Along the Santa Fe Trail -v. by Sgt. Johnny Desmond
  • Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar
  • Peggy, the Pin-Up Girl (1944, -w- Sgt Johnny Desmond, T-Sgt Paul McKinley)

We close tonight’s show with some Smashing Pumpkins: Rhinoceros, and Fristessa, both from 1991.







In Just one year taking lessons at The Practice Pad

Country Joe McDonald and Jerry Garcia -Starship Ride -Superstitious Blues

Pete SeegerI Had A Rooster – Smithsonian Favorite Ballads

Hot Tuna New Song (For The Morning)

Junior  Brown – Joe The Singing Janitor – Semi crazy

Sol Driven Train – Circle Song #2 – Lighthouse


BOB Dylan’s Birthday set

I Want  You – Blonde On Blonde

Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat – Blonde On Blonde

Camper Van Beethoven – Flowers – Key Lime Pie

Apples In Stereo – The Sun Is Out

The Flaming Lips – Buggin

The Sons Of The Never Wrong – Sleeping Bag

Jimmy Cliff – Hitting With Music – Super Hits


Cookie Monster -C is FOr Cookie –

The Bill Hilly Band – Begin The Beguine – All Day Every Day

The Mavericks – Hey Good Lookin – From Hell To Paradise

CAn – She Brings The Rain – Anthology 25 Years

Los Lonely Boys – Velvet Sky – Lost Lonely Boys

The Silos Sunset Morning – Come On Like The Fast Lane

String Cheese Incident – Good Times Round The Bend

Sonny and Cher – United We Stand – Greatest Hits

Make it a safe and thoughtful weekend – filled with WDBX playingin the background


Pete Seeger – This Land Is Your Land




Your Community Spirit 2012 May 25

News includes Occupy Updates Daily; Women On Wheels; High School Seniors Suspended For Biking To School; Climate Change Is Frying Our Cities; Swap-O-Matic Vending Machine Lets You Trade Not Buy; Los Angeles Becomes Largest U.S. City To Ban Plastic Bags; Congress Raises Middle Finger To Young Bicyclists. Happenings include Puerto Rican at Rice and Spice; Salsa Dancing; Friday Night Fair; Habitat for Humanity; Campfire Programs at Crab Orchard; Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

The Galaxy – Is it summer already?

Donna Summer, 1977

Donna Summer, 1977

We started tonight’s show with some Donna Summer.  The first thing that came to mind this week when I heard of her passing was not necessarily one of her songs, but rather the experience of hearing her songs on the radio as a 10 year old in 1978.  Obviously, I was not into the disco scene yet, but I was at the point of forming my own opinions about what music was interesting, and what I would find interesting and not interesting about music.  Donna Summer did not turn me into a disco freak, but I have no doubt that her omnipresence in popular radio during the late ’70s had a role in shaping my future musical interests.  So, I felt it appropriate to play a brief memorial for her on tonight’s show, with a set consisting of Bad Girls, Last Dance, and Hot Stuff.

Rush, 1978

Rush, 1978 (l-r:  Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, Geddy Lee)

I’ve been wanting to do a Rush set for a few weeks, especially after receiving the news that they will be hitting the touring trail again this summer and fall (with a stop in St. Louis, on my birthday no less).  If Donna Summer had some influence on my musical tastes, Rush eventually trumped them.  We started the set with Force Ten, the opening cut from Hold Your Fire, an album that I believe to be vastly underrated.  We then heard Cygnus X-1, a favorite song from A Farewell to Kings.  We then heard a live set from 1976’s All The World’s A Stage: Bastille Day, Anthem, a medley of Fly By Night and In The Mood, and finally Something for Nothing.  I will admit that while the band has issued a number of live albums over the years, All The World’s a Stage remains my favorite, a document that catches the band as they were really starting to take flight.  With all that said, though, I am looking forward to the upcoming tour.  There will be an album coming out over the summer.  I have heard a song from that album, and it was pretty good.

It has been a while since we’ve played some Neil Young.  Naturally, the common thread that strings these disparate songs together is the exquisite guitar work.  His songwriting abilities are tremendous, but some of his guitar work was years ahead of his time, making it easier for him to bridge the stylistic gap between pop and hard rock, and allowing him to relate with the punk rockers that would come (Johnny Rotten covered some of his material in the ’70s).  We heard  Cinnamon Girl, Like a Hurricane (from 1977’s American Stars and Bars, but it was recorded in ’75, ), Cortez The Killer (from 1975’s Zuma),  Heart of Gold, and finishing the set with Old Man.

Dietrich Buxtehude, 1674

The only known surviving portrait of Buxtehude, from A musical party by Johannes Voorhout (1674).  He is seen playing a viol.

Dietrich Buxtehude may be one of the most influential Baroque era musician/composers that you’ve never heard of.  He was well known for his abilities as an organist, and his organ compositions are considered very important to the formation of Baroque-era organ technique.  The young Johann Sebastian Bach is known to have walked more than 250 miles, from Arnstadt to Lübeck in Germany, in order to hear Buxtehude play (he was actually able to stay in Lübeck for three months, most likely learning quite a bit from the master composer).  We heard two pieces of Buxtehude’s – O dulcis Jesu, BuxWV 83 (a devotional to Jesus, set in Latin prose, that would have been considered a sacred concerto), and Schaffe in mir, Gott, BuxWV 96 (another sacred concerto, this time setting a scripture from Psalms, dividing it into two sections based on how the words are set to the music).  The performances are by soprano Emma Kirkby, with a small consort consisting of John Holloway (violin), Manfredo Kraemer (violin), Jaap ter Linden (viola da gamba), and Lars Ulrik Mortensen (organ).

Charlie Parker, New York, 1949

Charlie Parker, New York, 1949

We finished the show with some live Charlie Parker, from December of 1948, recorded at the Royal Roost club in New York City.   While the Bird made a number of truly great recordings, he had the ability to create real magic when he was on stage.  His live recordings are, unfortunately, a bit of a mixed bag, owing to his long history of substance abuse, and to the recording technology available at the time.  Some live recordings were made with a single microphone, while others sound like they were amateur recordings recorded from the audience.  But with the right combination of circumstances, the results easily explain why be-bop had become so popular, and why Parker had become such a legend in his own time.  The Royal Roost recordings, originally issued by Savoy Records on LP many years ago, are a collection of various radio broadcast captures that Parker made, largely with his regular bands, which in 1948 included a young Miles Davis on trumpet (a year before he did the Birth of the Cool sessions, a band which was also captured live at the Roost), Al Haig on piano, Tommy Potter on bass, and Max Roach on drums.  They were referred to during the course of these shows as the “Charlie Parker All Stars”, and these were truly all-star lineups.  Even though there were moments where Parker was captured at less than his best, in general the Royal Roost recordings represent some of the best documentation of what Parker could do on stage.   We heard Groovin’ High, Big Foot, and Salt Peanuts.

Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb

Postscript: during tonight’s show, we were saddened to hear of the passing this evening of Robin Gibb, member of the Bee Gees.  Had I heard of this prior to the show, I would have prepared an appropriate tribute, as the Bee Gees were just as omnipresent during the late ’70s as Donna summer was, and they had the further advantage of having written their own songs, and songs for others.  Indeed, their disco material was so popular that it is easy for folks to overlook their pre-disco material, which was also of a high degree of quality, a number of which featured Robin singing lead with his distinctive voice, as well as the brotherly harmonies that the Gibbs made their calling card, even before they revolutionized the use of falsetto vocals.  We shall do an appropriate memorial in next week’s program.

Your Community Spirit 2012 May 18

News includes Occupy Updates Daily; Test Your Mettle By Giving Up Shopping; Sun Solar Light Is Both Lifesaver And Work Of Art; Solar Powered Implants Could Help Blind People See; Sugar Sabotages Learning And Memory; Walkscore Measures Walkability. Happenings include Open Mic Night; Best of Rice and Spice; Friday Night Fair; Habitat for Humanity; Farmer’s Market; Vigil for Peace; Downtown Art & Wine Fair; Invasive Species Program At Giant City; Bike To Work Day.

What Momma Said 5/12 Setlist

Greetings – As you can see by reading this I have not much time in my life to fill out another form list or other compilation of information BUT I love the music that I play so the artists, being the actual show, deserve some acknowledgement.

Everett and I enjoy dabbling in a wide mix of genres and try to cross generations as well.

The new Willie Nelson cd, Heroes preview  is so great! HAD to play one for the listeners and one for me!

Here is what we played as I remember it (Artist/Song/CD)

Willie Nelson -A Horse Called Music – Heroes

Snake Oil Medicine Show – Love Tea Party – Bluegrass Tafari

Brooks Williams – Mountain – Skiffle-Bop

Still On The Hill -Round Barn -Still

The Sadies – Why Be So Curious? (Part 3) – Favourite Colours

Beatles – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band


Maurice Sendak -Where The Wild Things Are! (RIP – to someone who is truly one of a kind)

Robert Randolph Band – Going InThe Right Direction Unclassified

Gary US Bonds – No More Homework – The Best of Gary U.S. Bonds

Dick Dale  and His Del Tones- Listen to the King of Surf – The Best of Dick Dale

Dick Dale  and His DeltonesLet’s Go Tripping – The Best of Dick Dale

Ken Nordine – Muddy – Colors

Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby – Super Freaky

String Cheese Incident – Hold What You Got – Carnival 99 (Live)


Hermans Hermits – I’m Into Something Good

Frente – Open Up your Heart and Let the Sun shine In

Farmer Jason – Punk Rock Skunk – In The Woods With Farmer Jason

The Monkeys – Daydream Believer (Still kind of dazed at the loss of Davey Jones and more dazed at Donny Osmond dancing on Wierd Al Yankovic‘s new Video oh strange world!)

Bruce Hornsby – Cartoons and Candy

GrooveGrass – Stuck Like Glue  (Bootsie and bluegrass together?! who da thunk it?)

Billy Jonas – Lean On Me- What Kind Of CatAreYOu?

Post show play….Willie Nelson – Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die

I Highly recommend the Willie CD – Listening to it – again – love hearing Lukas Nelson

and I couldn’t believe it was Sheryl Crow on “Come on up to the House”

Take the Joy of Music With you…

Wherever you go

momma c

Pete’s Place – 5/14/12 Playlist

Jan Garbarek, “I Took Up the Runes” (1990, ECM). Kind of Nordic/Brazilian world music.

Miles Davis Quintet, “Freedom Jazz Dance” from Miles Smiles (1966, Columbia).

The Leaders, “Mudfoot” from the 1986 album of the same name by group including Arthur Blythe, Chico Freeman, and Lester Bowie. Great 80s sound.

Pat Martino, “Double Play” from Undeniable (2011), recorded live at Blues Alley in 2009, with Eric Alexander joining the guitar hero on sax.

John Scofield, “Twang” from Grace Under Pressure, (Blue Note, 1992). With Bill Frisell as second guitar.

Gato Barbieri, “El Gato” from Fenix (Flying Dutchman, 1971). Great extended workout for the muscular tenor sax player, with arranging by Oliver Nelson.

Medeski, Martin & Wood, “Junkyard” from Radiolarians II (2009). Weird groove.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, “Dance of the Lobes” from Black Roots (1971, Atlantic). Weirder groove.

Joe Henderson, “Pedro’s Time” from Our Thing (Blue Note, 1963). Great early/mid-60s Blue Note date with great tenor solo by the leader and angular piano by Andrew Hill.

David Grisman, “Devlin'” from Hot Dawg (1979, A&M). Dawg music at its best.

Kenny Werner, “Lawn Chairs & Other Foreign Policy” from Lawn Chair Society (2007). The below-the-radar piano player with modern front line stars Dave Douglass on trumpet and Chris Potter on sax.

(full Pete’s Place playlists at