Thursday, April 25, 2013


While trying to deal with vision misfortune, I have had to sport a very nifty eye patch, which really cramps my "style."
While munching on Cap'n Crunch Cereal in my arrrrg patch, I thought I'd do a little research on pirate music. I had two choices--talk about the high sea adventure music of those nasty boys .... or discuss the politics associated with downloading music illegally (pirating) and robbing artists of their just due.

I choose pirate music.

The nautical hymns were born in the ship days when crews were confined to their ships for weeks, perhaps months at a time.  The long voyages on the high seas required intense hard labor from the crews for loading/unloading ships and pulling all those giant ropes to sail the trecherous sea. The sea chanteys were used to boost morale & increase work ethic. The sailors incorporated their colorful sea adventures into songs that wreaked of drunken sailors, violent ship captains and love. 

I stumbled upon a new release of pirate ballads & sea songs called "Son of Rogues Gallery-Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys" and it is magnificent. It's not a Disney's real, grown up pirate stuff with foul words & vivid descriptions of their grunt work & other seedy activities, which truly describes the depth of emotion & that's what makes it so enchanting to this almost-grown adult.
This second volume of sea chanteys cooks up offerings such as "The Mermaid" by Patti Smith & Johnny Depp, "Leaving Liverpool" by Shane MacGowan, and many more with Marianne Faithfull, Tim Robbins, Iggy Pop, Macy Gray, Dr. John and Todd Rundgren.
I was particularly smitten with the song "Row Bullies Row" which is sung by Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl about the Liverpool girls who got 'em "in tow." Lennon, the son of another rogue - John, has a genetic link to the sea as his grandfather, Freddie Lennon, was a rousing sailor in the Merchant Navy. I've coincidentally been reading a lot lately about John's love of the sea and a trip that John & Sean shared in Bermuda...sailing the sea & singing their songs, making this song even more endearing.

Having grown up very near the Missouri River...I couldn't resist sharing this stirring pirate ballad, "Shenandoah" by Tom Waits & Keith Richards...who are the closest thing to pirate rock stars that I've ever heard. Their voices are strong, yet curiously tender....I can see those guys, sittin' 'round ye fire, scruffy faces & jugs o' wine...

I found the CD available on iTunes and Amazon

Ahoy Mates,
Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records Cookbooks

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I remembered having Cap'n Crunch chicken strips at Planet Hollywood years ago & I found a link for a recipe. Your sailors will sail the ocean blue to partake of these vittles.....

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I won't have a radio show this week...but tune into one of these past episodes:

Wanna know what ONE musician intimidated Jimi Hendrix?  Listen to this show:

Wanna hear May Pang's call into my show?  (May was John Lennon's former girlfriend)
Listen to this show:

I have so many interesting guests--check out all of them!  Chef Barbie Marshall, musician/promoter Gregg Kirk, authors Susan Masino, David Bedford & Dave Thompson, Rocket Scientists: Naked Singularity..... too many to name!
Go to   in the search box, enter:   Recipe Records Cookbook  
& you'll get a list of all colorful episodes.

 John's Blurb - with Jude Southerland Kessler

“And in the end, the love you make
Is equal to the love you take.”
-John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Let me tell you about my pharmacist. He’s freakin’ mean.
He never talks to you directly.  He sends his minions (dripping with eye rolls and sighs, as if you’re driving them to the brink just by refilling a prescription) to “deal with you.” And if he’s ever forced into talking to a customer, face to face, he makes it clear that it’s the ultimate interruption of his very important day.
After a miserable encounter with him last Friday, I spent the weekend rehearsing a little speech that I wanted to give him about how his job affords him the chance to cheer people who are suffering. I wanted to say that he has the opportunity to make people smile, to lift heavy hearts, to make a real difference in the world. I practiced (in my mind, of course) telling him that he has the choice to continue hating everyone and helping no one or the choice to open his heart to “all the lonely people” and to start serving humanity, helping others, being a part of the answer and not the problem.
And then it hit me. I have those same choices! I can choose to be nice to him, to show him kindness, to live out the little speech I’d planned to offer to him, free of charge.
John Lennon believed that the love you give away is the love that comes back to you…except that he said it much better than that.
I think John might tell me quite directly that I need to keep my speech for myself. 
Darn it all! Just when I had my eye rolls and sighs all perfectly rehearsed.  J.S.K.

Please check out
the outstanding
children's program
at Willard Library
this summer -
My friend Rhonda will answer any questions you have about their awesome summer activities connected to "weird science."


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Gregg Kirk is ticked off......


In an effort to help raise awareness about tick-borne illnesses, singer/songwriter/publisher Gregg Kirk, of the New York Metro area, founded The Ticked Off Music Fest, which will occur Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the World Cafe Live, in Wilmington, Delaware. 
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Kirk has spent many years working in the music industry, launching his career by playing with Philly legend Robert Hazard shortly after Hazard penned “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” for Cyndi Lauper. Kirk then went on to form his own bands, including The Killtoys, Shovelhead, The Figurados and The Zen Engines.  He has spent the past decade battling chronic Lyme Disease. Lyme and tick-borne diseases are the fastest growing infectious diseases in the country and Pennsylvania in particular has had the most reported cases of Lyme in the last year. The goal of the event is to drive awareness, give tips on prevention, connect those suffering from illness with Lyme-educated doctors, and to educate on the many symptoms of the diseases.

Gregg will be my guest tomorrow on Recipe Records Radio Show and he will share his purpose in founding this all-day music festival which features performers such as John & Brittany, Laura Cheadle, Cliff Hillis, Schroeder, Melissa Cox and Gregg's band: The Zen Engines. Speakers & renowned authors will also appear at the event in support of the cause.

Listen and call into the show live tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. CST:

If you can't listen can always listen to the archived episode --use the same link.

Don't miss the Benefit for Lyme Disease Research
Ticked Off Music Fest
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm
World Cafe Live - Wilmington, Delaware
Tickets:  $24.00  -  All Ages Welcome

John's Blurb with Jude Southerland Kessler
What a week! My mom has been suffering with a thyroid condition. My father-in-law had surgery for a leg broken in three places. And both Lanea and I have faced some rather serious health issues.
Maxine, Ron, Lanea, Jude: different people of different ages in different cities with different ailments, different doctors, and different methods of treating our conditions, but the bottom line is this: we all dropped everything to get well. 
My mother used to say, “When you are ill, the world ends at the foot of your bed.” It’s true.  When you have a broken bone or your eyes malfunction or you endure a serious infection, nothing “normal” happens until the cure is found or the treatment, applied.

What if we reacted that way when our world was sick? What if we dropped everything when some maniac guns down school children or blows shrapnel into the legs of innocent families at a marathon? What if everything stopped until society’s illness was cured?
We watch these tragedies on TV, and we feel awful for the people involved. But because it wasn’t our child, our friend, or our problem, we just shake our heads and move on.

John Lennon said, “If the world demanded peace instead of another television set, there’d be peace.”
Okay, John. We’re with you. But how…tell us how to get from here to there! 
I love the quote and the passion, but I need to have a step-by-step plan of action.
Any ideas?   -Jude Southerland Kessler





Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fly Me To The Moon

I'm excited to host a band today on a special space mission episode of Recipe Records Radio Show. Joining me from Greenbelt, Maryland, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is a group of rocket scientists that are more rock star than any astrophysicist you might imagine.

NAKED SINGULARITY: Maggie Masetti, (web, outreach, and social media for the JWST, Hubble's successor being built now at Goddard) vocals, guitar, trumpet; Kevin Boyce (joint Japanese/US mission that will be X-ray astronomy), bass, vocals;
Rich Kelley (the lead scientist on an instrument that they're building for that project), lead guitar;
Rob Gersten (Earth Science at Goddard), drums; Joe Nigro (Earth Science at Goddard), lead guitar,;
also Tali Figueroa, drums/backing vocals.

The band 'Naked Singularity' has been playing together for more than a decade and are what I consider the perfect blend of using your day job to create material for your true hobby or passion. Their original music lyrics often poke fun at the struggle of the 9-5 grind, but do so in a comfy haven of musical goodness.

Tune in today to hear them discuss the meaning of naked singularity or perhaps even 'Hawking Radiation.'  When asked for a cool astrophysics band name, a fellow astrophysicist suggested "Naked Singularity," adding that "the term might be misunderstood by your audience and lead to a decline in public morals, which is not part of NASA's charter"....and so this group of astrophysicists quickly adopted the name for their band.....
(picture on right: Naked Singularity performing with an ASTRONAUT!)

The band just released their first CD, titled "Last Call" which has been a labor of love for these musicians who wrote all of the material, recorded, mixed & mastered it completely....which is no small task....

So tune in to hear this terrific band whose motto is:
 "Not as geeky as you think"

Listen to the show live today at 2:00 p.m. cst & call in with your questions about space or music ;)
Listen to the archived show anytime after 3:00 pm cst today, click on the same link.


Hard copies of their CDs are available on CD Baby for $12.97

The best deal on the mp3s is probably Amazon, for $8.99; also found on iTunes

The links to all the places these are available are available on our website:

Follow the band on Facebook or Twitter for updates! and

Enjoy this recipe from Recipe Records the 60's Edition, which pays tribute to the USA landing the first man on the moon on July 20, 1969.....

Moon Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
7 oz. marshmallow cream
1 1/2 tsp. Tang (the drink of the astronauts)
Assorted fruit for dipping

Blend cream cheese and marshmallow cream, then stir in Tang.  Serve with fruits!

To Infinity & Beyond,
Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records Cookbooks

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Are You Experienced?

It's been 40 years since Jimi Hendrix left this world, but his spirit and presence is stronger than ever. Not only was a new collection of his music (People, Hell & Angels) released last month, but author Gary Jucha released his new book Jimi Hendrix FAQ, which has been described as the perfect fan handbook. Gary will be my guest today on the Recipe Records Radio Show and he's going to chat with me about Jimi's life and share various stories about this guitar legend. Hendrix was a rather modest fellow, but was driven and addicted to playing his guitar & creating music. Gary shares his obvious respect & admiration for Hendrix in the book as he accurately captures the experience of Jimi Hendrix, by reflecting upon years of study and sincere appreciation of the story surrounding this humble, "aw shucks" artist who became a superstar. Today Gary will answer my many questions, including Jimi's opinion of The Beatles & The Rolling Stones, his musical influences, and mysteries surrounding his untimely death. Check out the show live at
2:00 pm CST today - or you can listen to
the archived show anytime after this afternoon
- just click on this link:

Find Gary's terrific book at, or  
The book retails for $22.99

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Enjoy this recipe from Recipe Records .....
Jimi's Little Wings (Tribute to Jimi's song "Little Wing")

4 lbs. party-size chicken wings
2 - 18 oz. bottles KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce (the best in my opinion)
1/4 c. Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp. Frank's hot sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Wash the chicken & pat dry; place in large baking dish.  In a bowl, mix BBQ sauce, mustard and hot sauce. Pour over wings, coating each wing. Bake for an hour or until meat is very tender.  Baste every 15 minutes with the sauce.

Have a Groovy Day,

Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records Cookbooks
Evansville, Indiana

Thursday, April 4, 2013


While the Beatles were growing up in Liverpool, they endured a rather industrial upbringing. The city has been described as very dreary and working class, however, Liverpool native & author David Bedford gives us a more upbeat look at the city.

David  will join me on the radio show today & talk about his exquisitely documented book on the roots of the Beatles. Liddypool-Birthplace of The Beatles is a great addition to any collection and contains meticulous facts about the city and its influence on the lads. The book also contains gorgeous photographs of the city, some rare & unseen, not to mention fascinating interviews with numerous Beatle "cast of characters."
David came to write his book in an almost backward manner, as he began reading about The Beatles simply because it was 1) local history that he should know about anyhow and 2) he was diagnosed with an illness that limited his physical activity. During the process of absorbing Beatle history, he found that a lot of the "facts" of the Beatles were given with conflicting dates. The desire to find out the facts was very strong for him & he set out to get the proper information and share it with readers.
You can read more about his book at

David's newest book is The Fab One Hundred and Four: The Evolution of The Beatles from the Quarrymen to the Fab Four will be out in the next days & you'll be able to read more about it at:
Don't miss the radio show today at 2 pm CST (you can listen to the archived show via this link anytime after the show is recorded)

Peace, Love & The Beatles,
Lanea Stagg

John's Blurb
with Jude Southerland Kessler

"You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!"
- John Lennon

My parents still aren’t convinced. Yes, I’ve written two books and am about to publish a third on the life of John Lennon. And yep, I’ve invested 28 years in extensive 7-day a week research, 8 hours a day minimum. But my parents are still searching for a vocation I can pursue.
At least once a month, my father says, “You should have been a…” followed by any number of jobs: attorney, doctor, Indian chief. Recently, when I began hosting my own radio show, “The John Lennon Hour” on BeatlesARama Radio each Sunday night, my father exclaimed, “That’s fantastic! Now you tell people you’re a commentator! That’s a good job!”
Ever experienced that in your life? Are there those who want you to be something other than who you are and what you are? My guess is, it’s all too common.
For 40 days, we’ve been in the season of Lent…the time of sacrifice and “giving something up.” But now, it’s Easter: a celebration of new life, new chances, rebirth. This is the time to be reborn as the person you were meant to be, not as the person others want you to be. This week is the week to start over as you.  You and me...let's begin!