Friday, August 31, 2012

Yes, I'm Ready For Some Football....

Ahhh....the fall crispness is a reminder that football has arrived. I've always had a love of football. I vividly remember being at the home of my cigar-smoking great aunt in Colorado, watching Len Dawson, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, on tv when I was quite young...donning my white jersey with a red "16" on it. During the '90's I enjoyed watching Lenny give the news sportcasts in K.C. as well. The Chiefs were a source of joy and sometimes disappointment, but regardless of that, I always enjoyed cheering them on live at Arrowhead Stadium or on tv. The days of their "big backs" was crazy exciting, Christian Okoye (the Nigerian Nightmare), notably one of my favorite running backs.
It takes big shoulders, but I stand up in Evansville, Indiana and say that yes, I am proud to be a Kansas City Chiefs fan.

Football means a little more to me recently since my middle son plays on his high school team. I'm learning more about the plays and terminology than I ever knew before.
I've officially joined the ranks of other sideline mama bear cheerleaders/coaches. 

I think that music is critical to an outdoor football game & consider stadium music to consist of 2 categories: The Jolt (designed to trigger adrenaline for the team & encourage victory) and The Kindle (songs that keep the crowd burning & supportive) 

Here is a list of songs I designed to describe a football game where our team comes out pumped up & ready, kinda loses control a smidge, but pulls it together at the end for a sweet victory....

Rise Up - Cypress Hill feat. Tom Morello
Showdown - Electric Light Orchestra
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Who Do You Love - George Thoroughgood
God of Thunder - KISS
Girl Is On My Mind - Black Keys
Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
Bang A Gong - T. Rex
Sound of Madness - Shinedown
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
Take A Look Around - Limp Bizkit
Train In Vain - The Clash
Iron Man - Black Sabbath
Shotgun - Junior Walker & The All Stars
T.N.T. - AC/DC
Wake Up - Rage Against the Machine
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Where Have All the Good Times Gone - Van Halen
Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
Winning - Santana
United - Judas Priest

This one is for the sideline mama bears:  The Boys of Fall - Kenny Chesney
The video is outstanding:

OK--- for "kicks" -- I will give away a CD with the songs from this playlist. Send me an email & put your name in for a chance!


See you at the game & Happy 84th Birthday Frank Kone,

Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records
radio show: records

check out Jack Clark's book "Back In Black" - about Mt. Vernon Illinois' 2005 High School Football Team!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Goin' Up To Wolfstock Country....

My radio show guest this week, Jack Clark, a sports & music writer in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, explained the story behind his book Back in Black which is available for purchase in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, at Azusa Printing.  The story is about the 2005 Mt. Vernon High School Rams football team's winning season. This story plays out like a Hollywood movie and created lifetime memories for not only the school, but for the community.

Jack also shared the story behind music festival WOLFSTOCK, which is set for Saturday, September 15 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Check out all the details for the fest - including how to get tickets which are SUPER CHEAP - $10
The festival lineup contains outstanding bands playing bluegrass, country, blues and the most awesome rock & roll. I have seen one of the bands playing at the fest - The Beatle Brothers - and they are F A B.

Check out Jack's music column & radio shows at:

Peace & Rock & Roll,
Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records

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Or go to  for a personalized copy for your music or food lover !
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Double the Fun ....

This weekend I am excited to host not one, but TWO internet radio broadcasts & I invite you to join me. If you can't listen live, you can ALWAYS go to the link & listen to the recorded archived show.
This Saturday at 3:00 p.m. CST, I will host Cleve Baker, a renowned blues radio personality who hosts nationally syndicated radio show:  "Confessing the Blues." Cleve (short for Cleveland) is one cool cat who has an exquisite handle on the blues music from vintage legends to the latest blues artists. Cleve's radio show is at Don't miss this great show!

On Sunday at 3:00 p.m. CST, Award-winning Chef, Jayson Munoz, owner of Kanpai Sushi & Asian Bistro, will entertain you with his wicked suggestions for Asian fare. Jayson was the winner of the Steel Cook title last winter and has attained many other awards. I have a feeling you never know what tricks he will pull out of his this show will be sure entertainment!

I always welcome your questions, comments & suggestions!

Peace & Rock & Roll,

Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records

Monday, August 13, 2012

I'll Be There Before the Last Teardrop Falls....

This weekend I left the southern tip of Indiana to drive my son north to Indiana University in Bloomington. While driving through the small towns of Indiana, American-a, we encountered many interesting scenes amongst the numerous painted signs for "fresh eggs" and "homegrown tomatoes," the abandoned cars and unfortunate deer who met their demise probably on the previous evening.  We saw a couple of Amish families in their quaint horse-drawn buggies and a father on a golf cart with his little boy and the backseat of the cart LOADED down with dogs. The Indiana fields of corn are burnt & brown from the drought, looking more like "October corn" that is "done" and ready for harvest, instead of August corn that should be just entering harvest phase.

The "release" this weekend was very difficult, mainly for me. Elliott entered this new phase in similar fashion to when I took him to kindergarten. On the first day of kindergarten we drove up to the school (which he wasn't familiar with at all) and while I was trying to find a place to park, he announces "Mom, just drop me off."  As you might guess, the "release" at Indiana University was very similar. However, when I noticed his smudged glasses as we left Evansville, it broke off a little part of my heart.  We had a good time together and then it was time for me to head back to E'ville.

Since I didn't really have my wits about me as I left Bloomington, I just had on a random radio station. I heard the warmth in the voice of Don Williams, a country & western artist, as he sang "some broken hearts never mend", a song I hadn't heard since the '80's.  I've always encouraged people to listen to a variety of music, which I do a lot of and this ride home created a country & western evening for me which was completely enjoyable, if not a little bittersweet at the same time.
I celebrated the fresh feeling of my maiden voyage to Bloomington, Indiana, through the words of Hank Williams, Jr. " ain't it great to be livin' in the USA, I'm laid up here in a country state of mind" .. and one of my favorites, Waylon Jennings, sang about loving people of all races and "America..."; Mickey Gilley sang about your "true love ways", while Dolly's heavenly voice proclaimed "I am a seeker, you are a keeper, you are the leader won't you show me the way."

While Elliott was never off my mind & I thought about all that lie ahead for this tremendous young man, I heard Freddie Fender prophetically provide "I'll be there before the next teardrop falls" and Randy Travis tenderly sang "I'm gonna love you forever and ever and ever and ever.."... and I sang…. Amen.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012


In response to my blog last week about The Beatles, one of my friends, Mr. Frank Kone (who will be 84 at the end of this month) sent me a great story that I wanted to share with you. Originally I was going to skip writing a blog this week because kids are starting school tomorrow and I'm moving my oldest, Elliott, to Bloomington, IN to study computer science as an official Hoosier.  Hopefully some of that science will rub off on me....
But amidst all of the chaos that I've grown to embrace, this special gem of a story came to me & I wanted to share it with you.
Frank, who was a high school physics & science teacher at Mt. Vernon High School, Mt. Vernon, Illinois, recalls this story which took place circa 1962 .... 
     "And so were born the former lunch group at Mt. Vernon H.S. was the music dept. where we would talk music. The head of the dept., Wiliard Beckemeyer, was very gifted, had written our Alma Mater, had a beautiful brass choir and angel choir for his Christmas program and would always close with "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" (I still tear up when I hear it), and also had statewide recognition. When the bell rang, he would always say..."I must be about my father's business - Bach".  To which I would always reply the same, except substitute for Bach, Newton.  Here is why I wrote all this - before the Beatles had come to America, he had heard a playing of "Love Me Do", recorded it and played it for us one lunch hour, and said, (I quote)... " This group will eventually be as well known as Bach - they have great talent! "   Quite a complement !! "

Next week I am focusing on ...... THE BLUES......  I'll have an outstanding guest on my radio show ... Cleve of national radio blues show "Confessing The Blues" ...    

Peace & Rock & Roll!

Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records
Evansville, IN

Radio Show:  - Recipe Records


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Happy 50th Anniversary Lads from Liverpool....

*Warning* the opinions contained herein are those of the author.. wait... I'm always giving my opinion.....
Fifty years ago, four lads from Liverpool entered an EMI recording studio in London, England to record a song titled "Love Me Do" ... and as they say, history was made. The world of music was forever altered by the emergence of these four charismatic mates. 

The Beatles recognized the necessity to be different and they created innovative sounds and techniques that are duplicated by musicians today.  The boys gained tremendous fame and fortune, but they also lost their privacy due to the hysteria resulting from their popularity. While I realize The Beatles aren't everyone's cup of tea, it's difficult to deny that this band had a great impact on modern music.  I've always felt that individually they were great musicians, but as a quartet...they were unforgettable. 

How about you "turn off your mind, relax and float downstream" ( a la "Tomorrow Never Knows"/Revolver).......and join me this Sunday as I chat with BritBeat, a Beatles tribute band from Chicago.  The show is at 11:00 a.m. CST and you tune in by going to the link below.

BritBeat performs a fantastic show that duplicates costumes and instruments used by the Fab Four, and are renowned across the country.  You will feel like you are hearing the original Beatles..back in the day.

I'll also fill you in on a little recipe called Brit Treats.....Tune in for the fun!

Here's the link:
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Radio Show:  Sunday, August 5, at 11:00 a.m. cst
If you can't listen at that time--NO WORRIES!  You can go to the site & watch it anytime! 

Peace & Rock & Roll!
Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records

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