Thursday, November 3, 2016

Bring Back My Midnight Special! (Wicked Cool Minute #2)

"Heeeere we are......In a room full of strangers......" - The Bee Gees (Nights on Broadway)

The hottest music performers in the 70's, The Bee Gees included, serenaded fans every Friday night. Donning bell bottoms, chest hair, sequins, crocheted halter tops, long dresses and unbleached toothy smiles. 
NBC's "The Midnight Special" was created by Burt Sugarman, a TV producer who approached the station with the idea, but was shot down. Instead of taking 'no' for an answer, Sugarman bought airtime, got Chevrolet to advertise, and he produced the instant hit without their assist. Oddly enough, the pilot aired August 19, 1972, and was intended to encourage young people to vote in the upcoming Presidential election. Whoa.
Upon the popularity of the program, NBC bought the program and aired it after Johnny Carson every Friday night.

The Midnight Special was old school. It was EVERY Friday night. And all you needed was a television.
So you could tune in at the same time every week, watch the hottest acts of the day, in one spot, no pricey concert ticket, no parking hassle, no expensive beer (probably $2 each back in the day)....just pure indulgence. 
Wolfman Jack
A nostalgic masterpiece that has been forgotten and replaced with edited, lip-synced videos which fail to reveal the raw, human factor that merits recall.

The program contained appearances by ELO, Rod Stewart, Ray Charles, Cass Elliott, The Bee Gees, Marvin Gaye, Little Richard, B.B. King, Heart, KISS, Prince, plus too many to name. The program also included comedians such as Steve Martin, Richard Pryor and Billy Crystal and Helen Reddy and Wolfman Jack frequently as guest hosts.

I became hooked on the Midnight Special and insisted on watching each week. Now...I had no business being up that late, mind you, but I managed talking my parents into letting me stay up to drool over the musicians.

So...where is that anticipation for music now? 
It's in the iTunes drops, downloads and internet live sessions, among thousands of other avenues. Enjoying a performance is not quite the same because, firstly, you have to have the technology - which is harder than you think. 
Secondly, you gotta know it's happening - (See point 1.)  I realize that it can be argued that pure performances can be captured much more efficiently with today's technology, and I do respect that.
Music lovers today are robbed of the anticipation of a weekly performance of today's hottest musicians such was "The Midnight Special."
You can't replace the feeling of comfort from a Friday night sleepover with friends and family, Mt. Dew, Totino's pizzas and a private concert on "The Midnight Special." 



Enjoy this video I love, featuring KISS in a "Midnight Special" episode. Drummer Peter Criss was always my favorite and sings lead on this (and it's not "Beth")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vhsg1BtO54



Thanks for reading the Wicked Cool Minute for the week...and Happy Voting!


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INDIE AUTHOR BOOK FAIR:


Evansville Local Authors
Indie Book Fair - United Way Giveback Event
Saturday, November 19 -- 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
St. Paul's United Christian Church - Gymnasium
2227 W. Michigan St., Evansville, IN 47712

DOZENS OF AUTHORS!
HOLIDAY GIFTS FROM LOCAL AUTHORS!
SUPPORT CHARITY:  10% OF ALL SALES GOES TO UNITED WAY!


Lanea Stagg, Patricia Easley & Donna Hendricks
EVANSVILLE LOCAL AUTHORS -- A Special Children's Reading Night 
Willard Library - Monday, November 28 - 6:00 p.m.
Tell all your friends!  3 local children's authors will read; treats; crafts!  Register here:  http://www.willard.lib.in.us/calendar_of_events/event_details.php?eventID=1433


Friday, October 21, 2016

Wicked Cool Minute - I Love My American Woman

Go America!
For decades I have thought the song "American Woman," by The Guess Who, was an America-inspired protest song. Of course, I derived that information from what I thought were well-informed disc jockeys and music rags.
So the story I always heard was that the Canadian band wrote this song to protest America: "I don't need your war machines; I don't need your ghetto scenes."
The ongoing 2016 circus (presidential) election drove me to investigate the significance of the song and the history of the lyrics.
I reached out to Neil Ratner Rock Doc (find him on Facebook) who was a musician and close friend of many musicians in the late 60's and 70's.

The Rock Doc told me that "American Woman" is "a very misunderstood song and not patriotic at all." The song was co-written by Burton Cummings who says, "What was on my mind was that girls in the States seemed to get older quicker than our girls and that made them, well, dangerous. When I said 'American woman, stay away from me,' I really meant 'Canadian woman, I prefer you.'"

So there you have it...the Canadian boys preferred the Canadian girls. Naturally there are two sides to every story and perhaps there is one here, but the song now sounds differently to me.

Check out the version by The Guess Who:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_3yeQeBOAI



And for extra credit points, check out the cover by Lenny Kravitz:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzWHE32IxUc


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Main Event

Yep.....I said FREE CONCERT on Evansville's Downtown Main Street!

Hot 96 FM and Outside the Gift Box are sponsoring "The Main Street Event," a free concert at 327 Main Street; in front of Outside the Gift Box (across from Innovation Pointe, Heavenly Ham and The Arts Council.)
Main Street will be closed between 3rd and 4th Streets for the event.

The concert begins at 4:30 p.m. with Factor Primo taking the stage.
Will Champlin, L.A. recording artist and "The Voice" finalist, will begin at 6:00 p.m.


HOT96 FM will be on site as well as food vendors for your convenience!



Will Champlin on "The Voice"
I had the pleasure of speaking with Will Champlin on the phone yesterday and I asked him about his career, what influenced him, and what it was like to be on Adam Levine's team, among other things. The talent who graced the stage of NBC's "The Voice," is using his gifts to generate popular music that is entertaining millions.
Champlin told me that the crowd can expect to hear original music from his latest album "Borrowing Trouble," along with his crowd-pleasing covers, which have included "Demons" by Imagine Dragons (my personal fave.)
It was an interesting surprise to learn that Champlin's father, Bill, was a member of the highly respected band Chicago, and it was not too shocking to hear that Chicago was a huge influence, along with other bands such as Steely Dan and Fleetwood Mac. He appreciates all current popular music and listens to a lot of cutting edge, obscure music from Ireland and England. 

When I asked the highly recognized musician about his experience on "The Voice," he shared that the experience went fast and furious and "it changes everything." When asked about Adam Levine, the accomplished musician who is the lead for band Maroon 5 and a coach on the NBC reality talent show, he told me that Levine is "a great guy. He's a great guitar player, too, not just solo lead vocalist. A lot of people don't realize what an outstanding guitarist he is."

Graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, residing and performing in Nashville, competing on "The Voice," and recording his own music is rewarding, but it's been a lot of work. "Musicians and creators tend to forget to enjoy it. Musical nutrients are needed to nurture your creative side." 

Champlin told me in all sincerity he is "looking forward to coming to Indiana and performing for Evansville." I assured him that Evansville will love him and treat him with the utmost hospitality. 



Will Champlin - "At Last" performance from "The Voice"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1ZD5s1blu8
Will Champlin


Will Champlin - Retrograde-James Blake (looping cover by Will Champlin)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stnCtoR8amM




Champlin assured me that plenty of his merchandise will be available (and I'm pretty sure you'll get autographs, too).

Follow Will Champlin here:

http://www.willchamplin.com/

https://www.facebook.com/willchamplinmusic

https://twitter.com/willchamplin

https://www.youtube.com/c/willchamplin

https://www.instagram.com/willchamplin/


Evansville based band Factor Primo performs urban music which is a blend of funk, contemporary R&B, jazz and soul music. The band's diverse influences are evident in the dynamic music they create and the artists they cover. The core members of the group are Chasen Little on drums and percussion, Edward Sein on lead and rhythm guitar, and Patrick Preston performs on keyboards, organ, synths and is the Musical Director.
Evansville's Factor Primo
Factor Primo's first full-length release, Sonic Wallpaper Vol. I, is available on iTunes and other digital music platforms. While all members perform on vocals, their first release featured a number of performers from Evansville and beyond to collaborate with them in the studio. They will be playing selections from this first effort at this Friday's MAIN Street Event as well as material from other artists they respect and admire.

The co-sponsor of the event, Outside the Gift Box, is a locally owned gift shop that caters to your cool side. Unique and very reasonably priced gifts are a specialty at the shoppe. 
Led Zeppelin cut out album
Owners, Tracy and Joe Klemczewski, have done a marvelous job of bringing this hip store to downtown Evansville and I hope you will check it out soon. I love their pure aspirations to help downtown Evansville grow and thrive along with catering to customers. Their spirit of contribution is notable, as a portion of all sales benefit parallel local charities through their "Imagine Project." The benefactors include Soldier Dogs for Independence, Aurora, The Arc, Peace Zone, and LaCola Village.



OUTSIDE THE GIFT BOX
"Pup Stop" in front of Outside the Gift Box
A respite for downtown pups!
Convenience • Trendy, fun novelties and an extensive inventory on Main Street and online! • Themed gifts and packages ready to go! Customization • Gift & Go Station for an impeccable final touch! • Happiness consultants standing by to help you unleash smiles! Community • Customized/branded products for your business or organization! • The Imagine Project extends your giving to those who need it most! www.outsidethegiftbox.gifts




WILLARD LIBRARY LOCAL AUTHOR EVENT:





INDIE AUTHOR BOOK FAIR:


Evansville Local Authors
Indie Book Fair - United Way Giveback Event
Saturday, November 19 -- 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
St. Paul's United Christian Church - Gymnasium
2227 W. Michigan St., Evansville, IN 47712

DOZENS OF AUTHORS!
HOLIDAY GIFTS FROM LOCAL AUTHORS!
SUPPORT CHARITY:  10% OF ALL SALES GOES TO UNITED WAY!


Peace & Love,

Lanea Stagg
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