Sunday, December 31, 2006

Joan Baez---Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

by Hector Diego


And so it came to pass that on New Years Eve, 2006, America sacrificed it's three-thousandth citizen in the Iraq war.

TWIST AND SHOUT

by Hector Diego

At the Indra Club, Fall 1960, Hamburg Germany


Twist and Shout
was recorded by the Beatles in a single take on February 11, 1963. If you don't like this song, you just don't like rock and roll.

Eric Burdon and War---Spill The Wine

by Hector Diego


The Station Agent claims he has never heard this song. So, it seems appropriate on New Year's Eve to dedicate it to him, wherever he is. Ironically, I have never seen the Station Agent take a drink.

I think he's probably high enough on The Communist Manifesto or something...

Glen Campbell---Gentle On My Mind

by Hector Diego




John Hartford wrote this song in fifteen minutes, and Glen Campbell "crossed over" with his country-lite vocals and instrumentation.

Many people don't know that Campbell is a very gifted guitarist, and served as a session man for many great artists before being recognized. He brought country music out of the South and honky-tonk bars, inspiring the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, etc.

I have always loved his music. He wouldn't fly these days, when you have to dance to be noticed, instead of actually having a wealth of musical talent.

Hell, I could sit down at the age of twelve and enjoy Glen Campbell with the WW II generation. I call that a real artist.

Simon & Garfunkel--Bridge Over Troubled Water

by Hector Diego



We Are The World---Happy New Year from TWS

by Hector Diego


It's saccharine. It's formulaic. It's commercial.

It's great.

Dionne Warwick---I Say A Little Prayer

by Hector Diego


Written by tunesmith Burt Bacharach, this song reminds me of the kind of "white bread" music discovered by Steve Martin in the beginning of his great film, The Jerk--although ironically, Dionne Warwick is black. Nevertheless, although white bread, it is a cute little tune.

Harrison--Simon duet, Here Comes the Sun

by Hector Diego

Same old story, same old act...

by Jay Allbritton
The refrain in this song sums up my view of 2006--"One Step Up and Two Steps Back"

LADY MADONNA

by Hector Diego


This is the Beatles' first #2 hit record. All the previous releases had gone to #1. Ringo said it was a relief, the pressure was off.

It's Paul being "Presleyesque", as they said at the time. I love it.

All these people drinking lover's spit...

by Jay Allbritton
It's nice to see that the rock epic lives. This is Broken Social Scene with "Lover's Spit".

Let's Go Surfing Now...

by Jay Allbritton
There's a lot of differing opinions about this surfing clip, but there's some consensus that it's from a surfing documentary. My girlfriend got hurt real bad surfing a few months ago and she can't wait to get back out there. Baby, you're nuts and I love you. This is for you.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Country Joe and the Fish---Viet Nam Song

by Hector Diego

Country Joe and the Fish, Live at Woodstock

These days, I think I would be inclined to dispense with the expletive in this song. At the time, though, perhaps the idea was to point to something that was really obscene--a pointless war. Can you think of a war more pointless than Viet Nam?

Perhaps you could.



Here are the lyrics to their new song. Click on it to hear.


Cakewalk to Baghdad
Lyrics and music by Bruce Barthol © 2003

I remember back, before we whacked Iraq
I was watching the news, were we gonna attack?
A man named Richard Perle came on and talked
He said going to Baghdad would be a cakewalk

Cakewalk to Baghdad,
Cakewalk to Baghdad

It went real easy,
Took a couple of weeks
Tore down that statue
Set those Saddamites free
The Frogs and the Krauts, they feel real bad,
They missed out cakewalkin' into Baghdad

Cakewalk to Baghdad,
Cakewalk to Baghdad

Next we're gonna cakewalk into Teheran,
Gonna cakewalk to Damascus and Pyong-yin-yang
When we strut on in,
Everybody's gonna cheer
They'll be wavin' old glory,
We'll have kegs of beer, just like that...

Cakewalk to Baghdad,
Cakewalk to Baghdad

Cakewalk to Baghdad,
Cakewalk to Baghdad

Now moms and dads don't worry 'bout
Your soldier boys and girls
We're just sending them cakewalkin'
Around the world
When the coffins come home and the flag unfurls
Cheer for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Perle

Cakewalk to Baghdad,
Cakewalk to Baghdad

Do you think we'll see those Bush boys patrollin' the streets
Like our soldiers got to do in Basram and Tikrit?
We gonna see Richard Perle cakewakin' 'round
The streets and alleys of Baghdad town?

Cakewalk to Baghdad,
Cakewalk to Baghdad

Easy to cakewalk in ... not so easy to cakewalk out.

Tom Jones---Green, Green Grass Of Home

by Hector Diego


We all have to come from somewhere. I'm from the Village of Port Chester, within the Town of Rye, hard by the state line of Connecticut. You walk a few blocks and you are in Greenwich, Conn. It's right on the Long Island Sound.

The place has much historical interest. A Revolutionary War battle was fought there, and Westchester County in general, where the village is situated, is studded with plaques proclaiming "George Washington slept here."

We all have a "skin disease", that is, we identify with our temporary bodies. And so we think I am an American, I'm Chinese, I'm male or female, this race, that race, young or old, etc. These misidentifications cause all of the wars that have ever been fought or ever will be fought. Like a dog, we don't want anyone else to take "our" territory.

I'm not saying we should not fight like dogs if we must, but we should consider what life is worth.

John Fahey - When the Catfish is in Bloom

by Jay Allbritton
Here's another John Fahey video from Seamus O'Rourke.

WE ARE ALL SADDAM HUSSEIN

by Hector Diego


"Is he dead?"
"Sit you down, Father, rest you."


Probably by the time you see this image of Hussein confronting his destiny, you will have already seen it. But since it is a classic picture, and a classic theme, I couldn't resist reproducing it here.

In one life we may be a beggar, and in the next life we may be a king. We go from life to life, from species to species, learning. Mostly we learn by hard experience.

What is Hussein's fate? Who knows? Only a tri-kala-jna rsi, a seer of past, present, and future--very rare--could tell you. And chances are, he or she wouldn't.

We don't know Saddam Hussein's karmic history before this life, so we can't say what will happen to him now. By the same token, we don't know our own karmic history before this present life...and what this suggests to a thoughtful person is all important.

Good begets good, bad begets bad. You don't have to believe in God to understand this principle. However, at least a pinch of humility is required to understand that our business is to examine ourselves, not others. (That's my problem with economic philosophies [I won't mention them here] because they always focus on someone else as the wrong-doer--there is no concept of finding fault with one's self.)

I'm not sticking up for Hussein, by any means, but consider this, from the Bible. "Judge not, that ye be not judged."

Amen.

But why do I say that we are all Saddam Hussein? I'll let John Lennon, below, explain that. He did have a way with words.

Is there nowhere for an honest atheist to hide?

by Hector Diego

The Sri Venkatesvara Temple near Pittsburgh. It seems
that a new twist has been added to the God controversy.
I don't think that either the Christians nor the scientism
devotees anticipated anything like this.

Seriously, folks, some of my best friends are atheists--no kidding. I don't go around saying that theists have better behavior or are nicer people. How could I, when recent events (say, the last few thousands years) have shown the tendency--in the West, at least--for "religious" people to torture other people for their beliefs. There is something about this history that I find especially disturbing...

But none of that impinges upon philosophical arguments for the existence or non-existence of God--and I freely admit that there is no empirically based way of proving the existence of God. So I expect the same courteous admission that there is no empirically based way of disproving the existence of God. Does that make sense?

It seems to me that it does, because God is a metaphysical thing, concept, or whatever, and science--which is empirical--does not deal in metaphysics. Since science does not and cannot deal in anything not empirically testable, it is most unscientific to say that there is no God. On the other hand, it is most unscientific to claim the existence of God, based on science as the term is generally used.

Belief in God makes absolutely no sense only if we accept science as the only way to know anything. My disgust with this viewpoint is that it has absolutely no aesthetic appeal. This is not the same as saying that scientists or atheists have no aesthetic sense of the beauty of nature.

I tend to see the Western traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as having more in common with science, than these traditions and science have to do with the Indic traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. The Western religious traditions defined the cultural matrix out of which science developed--more or less.The Western religious traditions make common cause with science in seeing everything in dualistic terms. Good God, Bad God. Fact, not a fact. And both of them tend to have a similar world view: we live only once upon this earth.

The beauty of science is that it is neutral, as any tool should be. We control the tools we use, not the other way around. But the unreasonable antagonism toward religion displayed by some atheists is not science at all, it is scientism. Scientism makes extraordinary claims, such as "there is no God."

I am willing to admit that by scientific measurement, claiming "there is a God" is extraordinary. I am only asking those who subscribe to scientism that their claims denying God are equally extraordinary. Are they willing to do this?

In my worldview, the facts of life are birth, death, old age, and disease, continuing ad infinitum (and ad nauseum) until the soul has understood its real nature. This world, therefore, is an opportunity to learn, it is one gigantic institution of higher learning.

I do not consider this worldview to be necessarily "religious", I regard it as factual. These are facts that are understood metaphysically. I have no physical proof for it. But, neither can they be disproved physically.

I also believe that belief in God is not necessarily "religious". Atheistic folks might assert that belief in God is by nature religious, because they are not that interested in religion and therefore, quite frequently, know very little about it. Actually, simple belief in God could be a mere philosophical conviction. One could believe in God and despise every religion in the world. What's "religious" about that? Let's take this even further. One could believe in the existence of God, and in the Indic tradition, even directly percieve the existence of God, and yet contest God's supremacy, actually be against God. So why should belief in the existence of God necessarily be considered religious?

However, I believe that the existence of God is a fact, determined by my metaphysical method of knowing. If you don't believe in a metaphysical method of knowing, that is fine. We could still be friends.

But I pose this challenge. How do you actually know that I do not have a metaphysical way of knowing? You can assert that I am crazy, conditioned by my environment, or otherwise deluded in some way, but how do you know--in empirical, scientifically testable terms--what I know or don't know?

I rest my case on HOW DO YOU KNOW?

I'm not even trying to debate a scientism devotee. I would lose in any real debate on any subject. I'm just begging for a little courtesy, no more and no less than I have offered.

Here's one of George Harrison's friends on this subject.

Here's George:

Family Guy Quotes Ringo

by Jay Allbritton
Stewie plays the banjo and vamps Ringo's line "I've got blisters on my fingers!"

Anti-Atheism Rampant

by Jay Allbritton
Sam Harris of the L.A. Times offers ten myths, and ten truths, about Atheism.
SEVERAL POLLS indicate that the term “atheism” has acquired such an extraordinary stigma in the United States that being an atheist is now a perfect impediment to a career in politics (in a way that being black, Muslim or homosexual is not). According to a recent Newsweek poll, only 37% of Americans would vote for an otherwise qualified atheist for president.

Atheists are often imagined to be intolerant, immoral, depressed, blind to the beauty of nature and dogmatically closed to evidence of the supernatural.

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Mrs. Robinson

by Hector Diego


Friday, December 29, 2006

American Artist---Bill Monroe (1911--1996)

by Hector Diego


Monroe is one of the most influential figures in American music. The man literally invented the musical genre known as bluegrass, featuring, besides vocals, a mandolin, a banjo, a guitar, a fiddle, and an upright bass. What more needs to be said? Well, we could mention that the Beatles loved his work...

Here's Monroe and his ever-changing Blue Grass Boys performing Body and Soul at the Grand Old Opry.

Sheryl Crow---Ode To Billie Joe

by Hector Diego


I tried to find the original, and I'm still looking. But for now, try Sheryl Crow's version of Ode To Billie Joe. It's very good, and really, her voice is not that different from Bobby Gentry's.

American Artist, Harry Nillson (1941--1994) ---Everybody's Talkin'

by Hector Diego


If you haven't seen the movie that made Everybody's Talkin' famous, do so. Fred Neil, though, wrote the song.

Nillson was a very gifted composer who made all the wrong decisions concerning his career. Still, he was very close friends with the Beatles, and many of his songs are eternal.

He died too young, of course. But he hit the mark.

HELTER SKELTER...Too Sweet Paul?

by Hector Diego


"After the eighteenth take, Ringo flung his sticks across the room and shouted, 'I've got blisters on my fingers!"

Eddie Holman---Hey There Lonely Girl

by Hector Diego


You must have noticed by now that Hector Diego has very strong opinions about music. In my opinion, as the 70's wore on the music of radio deteriorated badly--the Beatles retired as a group, Motown dried up, and Led Zeppelin receded before the flotsam and jetsam wave of disco.

But the musical decade began with some of the greatest music ever made. 1970's Hey There Lonely Girl is one of the great vocal performances of all time.

Just listen to Eddie Holman's golden pipes.

Jefferson Airplane---White Rabbit

by Hector Diego


Judy Collins---Both Sides Now

by Hector Diego


Don't you wish you had written a song like this?

The Queen Never Appreciated The Beatles

by Hector Diego


OK, so Her Highness has been rattling her jewelry all these years--as John suggested--and she's a pretty nice girl. But she doesn't have alot to say! And she changes from day to day!

The govt. of Britain (represented by the Queen...or does she represent the people...how would an American know?) has decided AFTER ALL THESE YEARS now that postal mail is becoming obsolete due to email, to honor the Beatles. What has taken so long for this development? WHY NOW?

Of course, any time is a good time to honor the Beatles, but one suspects that the squares could not abide such a public display until now...and the scent of money is obvious.

Speaking of money, why not put the Beatles on English currency? Then, when a bloke has a "ten-bob note up his nose", he'll be in really good--not just royal--company.

Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Sting...

by Hector Diego


...performing Hey Jude. I would have loved to have witnessed this set!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Ludwig van Beethoven---Moonlight Sonata

by Hector Diego


Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata inspired the composition of John Lennon's Because, on the Abbey Road album.

Johann Sebastian Bach's GREATEST HITS

by Hector Diego


If you don't have this Bach compilation by SONY, stop everything and order it now! It has all the most melodious music the man composed, with excellent arrangements. It does not contain any melodies that are difficult to remember (those that fail Hector's "poor man's" melody test).

I'll bet the farm that Bach is the most beloved of classical composers simply because his symmetrical melodies tend to stick in your head and heart. Something tells me this makes Bach the greatest classical composer of all.

I tend to believe what Pete Seeger said about creativity: "Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple." In that case, it seems that we have described the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach, the greatest German, in my opinion, that ever lived.

Oh God, I need a drink of cool cool rain!

by Jay Allbritton
Love! Reign on Me!

One After 909

by Hector Diego
One After 909 was released on the Let It Be album, but was written in the late 50's. It seems the authorship of the song--John or Paul--is disputed. Here's the album version and the live film version, such a classic. They sound identical to me, except that in the film version, the sound shifts from the rooftop to the street below, echoing off the pavement, the buildings, and some folks' stone hearts.

It looks like some of the good burghers of St. John's Wood didn't care for this matinee all that much, the Beatles last public performance.

The fools.




Aretha Franklin---Respect

by Hector Diego


What ever happened to Motown? Damn, that was good stuff.

American Artist---Sam Cooke (1931--1964)

by Hector Diego


Sam Cooke "took an active part in the Civil Rights Movement, paralleling his musical ability to bridge gaps between black and white audiences." Sam Cooke, "one of the true founders of soul music", gave it all.

Stevie Wonder---I Love You More Today

by Hector Diego


Stevie Wonder is one of the greatest vocalists of the 20th century. Listen to those pipes!

Murray Head---One Night In Bangkok

by Hector Diego


Yes, I have dissed the dance genre here at KTWS Radio, treated it with contempt. Even the term "dance genre" is dismissive (is that where "dis" comes from?) because there are, for all I know, many genres of dance music.

My problem with this stuff is melody, for most of it has very little. But here I would like to admit that some of it is very good.

Who in hell is Murray Head, by the way? And what was he doing in Bangkok?

Anyway, I like his images of heaven and hell, all packed up within petting distance of one another--you choose. I can feel an angel/devil standing next to me.

From 1984.

The highlight of President Gerald Ford's life.

by Hector Diego


One of our beloved readers sent me a photo of the late George Harrison's visit to the White House, standing with the late Gerald Ford, and, I believe, the late Billy Preston. Here's another one with Ford's son, and the very, very great Ravi Shankar. You can see the huge 'fro of Preston, who is standing behind George. Those were the days...

What would you rather do, meet a Beatle, or be the President of the United States? Ford will not be remembered as a great President, yet at the same time, he is not usually reviled, either. I'll apply that standard to my own life's work--I'll do the best I can, and hope that no one trashes me after I've gone to the next life.

To be Pres. and to hang out with George! Old Gerald had his cake, and ate it too.

But it is getting late, indeed.

TWS back pages: Why Not Beatles Park?

by Hector Diego












This post was originally from August 21, 2006. There was no KTWS Radio music because I didn't know the ropes then, and to make up for it I have posted three great Beatles songs. Now let me Get Back to my dissertation...

For those of you who don't know, the Beatles played their last concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park August 29, 1966. This venue is the venue from hell. It is always windy and frequently cold. For those reasons it seems an appropriate place for the Beatles to end their touring careers...there's something funereal about "the Stick", as it is affectionately called by Bay Areans.

If not called Candlestick Park, why not Beatles Park? After all, the greatest historical event for which the place is known has nothing to do with 3Com, which names the place now: 3Com Park. Doh!

What in hell is 3Com and who cares? This is just one more example of corporate nonsense. This corporation has the nerve to rename this park after itself...I could continue on here, but you all know what I'm talking about. Nothing is sacred to corporations---not even the Beatles. And I believe that says it all about corporations.





Bob Marley---One Love

by Hector Diego

"Give thanks and praise to the Lord," the man said. "And I will feel alright. Let's get together and feel alright."









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Kimya Plays Thanksgiving Show in Living Room

by Jay Allbritton
The revolution will not be televised. It will be in your living room in the form of Kimya Dawson. If you're lucky.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Dedicated to my wife, SAN FRANCISCO NIGHT

by Hector Diego

Young cop, old cop, feel alright, on a warm San Francisco night.

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American Artist---Buddy Holly (1936---1959)

by Hector Diego


Charles Hardin Holley (Buddy Holly) was, of course, a huge influence on the Beatles, and not just because of the name of his band, the Crickets.

Jefferson Airplane---Today

by Hector Diego




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Johnny Cash---I Walk The Line

by Hector Diego


This big guy with the voice as deep as a coal mine wasn't just about "country".
He was about humans.



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Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

by Hector Diego




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Simon and Garfunkel---Scarborough Fair

by Hector Diego





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You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

by Hector Diego


I love this voice. Oh, the good die young.

England's own Dusty Springfield (1939--1999).



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Still they lead me back...

by Jay Allbritton
In 1997, the grocery store I worked at for seven years closed. The space has stayed empty until recently, when it re-opened under a new name. Walking back into that space triggered a flood of memories. The soundtrack? That's right. "The Long and Winding Road" was playing over their PA system. Perfect.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Zombies---Time of the Season

by Hector Diego




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Florida Gators Chris Leak, Man of the Hour

by Hector Diego


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Old Mac in concert---Too Many People and She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

by Hector Diego

"Elvis McCartney" by Klaus
Voorman, designer of Revolver
sleeve and Beatles' buddy

Paul McCartney and his friends perform Too Many People and She Came In Through The Bathroom Window--click here.

TIGHTWADISM DEFEATS ALL PHILOSOPHIES

by Hector Diego


If you don't know what tightwadism or tightwaddery is, you don't know jack. Perhaps you practice tightwadism, but call it by another name--thrift, perhaps. You do know jack.

Tightwadism is not about being stingy or cheap, although it is certainly about buying quality items cheap. It's also about buying non-quality items and saving money, when the item in question does not need to be "quality". Some people are so foolish that they waste money buying quality items that they will only need once. That's not only wasteful, it's stupid. So if you are someone who likes to waste money, read no further, I'm going to offend you---you are stupid, at least when it comes to money. But most of the industrialized world is stupid when it comes to money, so you'll be in good company. Some of the nicest people I know waste money constantly!

Amy Dacyczyn, the author of The Tightwad Gazette (Volumes I, II, and III) is perhaps the world's most famous tightwad. Believe it or not, Dacyczyn is pronounced decision, and deciding to become a tightwad is the best decision you will ever make.

Tightwadism is a total philosophy of life. Basically stated, it means that you constantly and in good cheer endeavor to save as much money, energy, time, good will--whatever it is--in anything you do, on the one hand, and to make the best use of those things when you do use them, on the other. Anyone who takes a moment to reflect on this statement will realize that it is indeed profound. It is a spiritual way to live. And this philosophy and way of life is so deep that no one will ever become perfect at it--it is therefore an eternal path. One could and should strive to hone one's tightwad understanding and skills. Tightwadism, then, is truly humbling.

Tightwadism does not mean not being generous for a good cause--your own or someone else's. But by practicing tightwadism, one will more likely have the means to be generous when the time comes. Like many a prophet in the history of this non-tightwad world, you will be despised by non-tightwads, but forgive them, for they know not what they do.

People generally do not understand tightwaddery, or simply don't want to understand. For instance, you look up tightwaddery in Wikipedia? The fools redirect you to miser. The 60's happened and the Wikipedia people didn't know it. But, like a good tightwad, I will continue to use the free Wikipedia resources for a good cause.

Like my philosophy of melody, I am interested in presenting tightwadism systematically, using formal propositions and definitions, something even Dacyczyn hasn't done. But for now, let me just throw a few tightwad ideas out there to get you started.

When something is free and you can use it, don't be ashamed--take it.

Never pay full price when you can avoid it.

Always look for deals.

Don't waste.

Don't presume that the name brand is better. Do you realize that the same company may own different brands at different prices, and it is the exact same thing produced or grown by the same people in the same place? They do this all the time, and depend on dumb non-tightwads to go for it.

I can go on and on and on about this; it's one of my favorite subjects. Perhaps that's because we are drowning in an ocean of truly mindless consumerism. Once you get the tightwad philosophy completely understood, you will be disgusted when you go shopping and notice how other people do it...never comparing prices, presuming that name brands are "better" (they could be, but a tightwad would research it), not making the slightest effort to save money.

Now the reason I say that Tightwadism "defeats" all other philosophies is because anything that disagrees with tightwadism is by definition stupid. What, you don't want to save money? You don't want to get more for less? Most of us would agree with Tightwadism on principle, so why don't we practice it constantly? People don't practice Tightwadism because their parents did not, or because they have a mental block against it, or (and this might be the biggest reason) because of social pressure. I say, if your friends don't respect Tightwaddery and you are trying to turn over a new leaf, get a new set of friends. They are addicted to wasting money and you don't need their association.

Yet tightwadism is also neutral because it is compatible with all philosophies, except a philosophy of waste. Let's start with economic philosophies, to make it obvious.

Most capitalists have been tightwads--that's how they became rich. For them, tightwadism could mean paying a billion dollars to buy out a huge corporation...and not a million more! And if a capitalist had a heart, he would practice tightwadism, and with the savings, give to the poor.

Now let's take socialism, or communism--the greatest good for the greatest number of people. You cannot have the greatest good for the greatest number if you are wasting money. That's impossible. If you are giving to each according to their need, that's Tightwadism. But if you are only giving according to their excessive demand, that is not Tightwadism...and not socialism, either.

To help understand the importance of Tightwadism, let's put it in perspective by pointing out the stupid, non-tightwad foibles of our stupid, consumeristic society.

They made the rail system unattractive for human transportation, and made it practically impossible to live without an automobile, at least in America. Not only is this a waste of everyone's money, it is a waste of natural resources.

Look at how much food people leave on their plates in restaurants. Shame! Shame on them!

And here's the worst waste of all--war. Do you have too many teenage boys in your country? By God, let's get rid of them! And help the enemy country get rid of their kids too!

Notice I have been emphasizing industrialized culture in this discussion. People in India are naturally tightwads. I inadvertently let a water faucet go dripping in an Indian train station once, and practically started a riot. Stupid American.

I'm stupid no longer, I practice Advanced Tightwadism. My wife and I compete with each other in saving money--for us, Tightwadism is entertainment.

When will we rich folks with computers wake up and realize this fundamental truth...

From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.

Turn your computer off when you are finished with it.


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PLEASE PLEASE ME

by Hector Diego


This is the very first music posted on KTWS Radio's debut, by the Station Agent. The man has good taste, I would say.

When Please Please Me was first released the critics loved it, praising it with technical language only those specifically trained in music could understand. For the rest of us, "brilliant" and "fresh" were appropriate adjectives.

Fresh, indeed. Here's a studio version that never made it out of the studio. It took eighteen takes for the radio version that got George Martin's seal of approval.

YESTERDAY

by Hector Diego


This is the most recorded song in history. George Martin suggested to Paul McCartney that it should have a string arrangement. Paul said, no, really?

And here we are.



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The Mamas and The Papas---California Dreamin'

by Hector Diego


Have you ever dreamed away a day in California
in the winter?
California is a state...of mind.



Ironically, it was Michelle Phillips (in the photo above, left) whose formal training in singing helped to discipline the incredible talent of Cass Elliot, at right (Mama Cass, 1941-1974). This is like the use of dynamite to begin the chain reaction that leads to nuclear fission.

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Deep Hoser Music---Patsy Cline (1932---1963)

by Hector Diego


Do you realize how many recording artists have gone down in small planes? None more gifted than Patsy Cline...



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American Artist---Roger Miller (1936---1992)

by Hector Diego


You couldn't go anywhere in 1965 to avoid this song by Roger Miller.



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The Walrus Speaks, KTWS Hoser Music, Continued

by Hector Diego




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Monday, December 25, 2006

Radio KTWS, Christmas Night Hoser Music

by Hector Diego


"Hosers" listen to Classic Rock. Every Classic Rock station I have ever heard plays Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Pull up a chair, hoser.

Bob Dylan---Ballad of a Thin Man

by Hector Diego


As a lad, Dylan's Thin Man symbolized an entire generation for me--my Dad's. Because they knew that something was happening--they just didn't know what it was.

Did you, Mr. Jones?


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JOHN LENNON---STAND BY ME

by Hector Diego
It happens to me every year. Come the evening of December 25, I've had my fill of holiday music. Here's a nice video of John doing Stand By Me.

The King---Blue Christmas

by Hector Diego


This one takes me way back, to what...the late 50's? I like the female warbling in the background...everyone is having a bit of Christmas cheer. These days someone is elected Designated Driver.

Stay safe, folks...

Studio Version, Man's World

by Hector Diego

This song is not PC...or is it?

The Beatles were big fans of Brown's work. Here's The Godfather of Soul.


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James Brown 1933-2006

by Jay Allbritton
So long, James.



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The Philadelphia Story

by Jay Allbritton
Watching It's a Wonderful Life at my girlfriend's dad's place earlier really got me in the mood to see some more Jimmy Stewart.

So, here's a couple of clips from one of the great comedies of all time, George Cukor's The Philadelphia Story, starring Stewart, Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant.

A little domestic violence.


Drunkenness and cheating.


Insanity!


Merry Christmas, people.

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Say The Word...at KTWS

by Hector Diego


He's here to show everybody the light.

It's getting late here on America's east coast, just time for one more song at KTWS, The Walrus Speaks Radio. But what should be the finale on this fine Christmas Eve?

Mystics and holy men have always been concerned with words of power. In the proper state of mind, a single word, or even a single syllable such as AUM or OM, can bring one to a higher dimension of consciousness.

John Lennon seemed to be aware of the power of words to transform the world. Be like him at this sacred time.

Say the Word.

George Harrison---Give Me Love...

by Hector Diego



...give him peace on earth.

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