BY MIKE PODSEDLY Published in Smoke Signals July 2020 Issue
“THE GREATEST MUSIC OF OUR LIFETIMES” is our slogan that is backed by science. Studies show that music can be a particularly effective cue for bringing one back to sights and sounds of events from across our life spans. These have been labeled MEAMS, Music-Evoked Autobiographical Memories.
The link between cues and associated memory have been demonstrated in several controlled settings with a variety of participants. Favorite songs are typically listened to much more frequently over one’s lifetime than films or books.
Our preferred music is rooted in adolescence and early adulthood. Research revealed songs released when the participant was 10 to 30 years old are preferred, better recognized and elicit heightened emotional responses compared to songs from other periods. There is also a bump in ages 40 to 50 years old. For example, if you are 70 years old today then the music from 1960 to 1980 would be called your favorites. There might also be some favorites from 1990 to 2000.
The average study participant listened to music 30 min to 1 hour per half day. The number of MEAMS reported was positively associated with the volume of music listening in total. MEAMS can be effectively evoked most often in situations where your attention is not explicitly focused on music. Most MEAMS were experienced during background listening. They can occur while driving/traveling, doing housework, at work, relaxing, socializing, etc. MEAMS were reported as involuntary rather than deliberately retrieved. Another finding I found interesting was that there was no significant difference in the occurrence of MEAMS between musicians and non-musicians since I fall in the latter group.
Older adults reported more positive emotions in response to their MEAMS as expected. They also reported having more vivid memories. MEAMS are a relatively common everyday experience which serve to transport us back to life events that are often highly vivid, positive and social in nature. MEAMS have a role in maintaining one’s life narrative and evolving sense of self. This might also explain why people tend to reject the music of younger generations due to the lack of MEAMS experienced by them.
Personally, I have been constructing a timeline of significant events during my life as defined by me. I have then noted what songs bring the sharpest recall of each of these events. The process is not this clean because sometimes the music suggests the events and other times the events might lead me to the selection of the music.
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* This Motown artist had a defining hit in her career with this track in 1964 The song has been covered by many, but her track was re-issued in 1972 with another round of renewed interest. One interesting cover was done in the movie, Sister Act. Name the artist and song...
*Bob Seger's friend, Glenn Frey assisted with an idea for a song that ended up with a guitar joining in on what was previously a piano solo. And, the two of them collaborated on the background vocals. Seger won the 1980 Best Rock Performance by a Duo or a Group with Vocal Grammy Award for this song. Name the track...
*This artist wrote his best-known song in 1959 with his friend, Margaret Cobb. He performed it often, but did not record it until 1963. Delbert McClinton played harmonica on the track. During one live performance that also included a little-known (at the time) band, The Beatles, John Lennon was so impressed with the harmonica intro, he asked McClinton how to play it. A harmonica passage on The Beatles' Love Me Do' ensued. But name the song written in 1959 and the artist if you can...
*This band started the decade of the 80's on a low note with a poorly received album, but made a bit of a comeback with their next album a year later. But their next studio album, their 5th, was a monster success, spawning no less than 5 Top 40 singles. Anymore and I might just give it away...who is the group and what was their 1984 album...
Battle Of The Bands!
I Heard It Trough The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye vs I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown
1. My Guy, Mary Wells 2. Against The Wind
3. Hey Baby, Bruce Channel 4. The Cars Heartbeat City
Listeners picked James Brown a single vote
* This song was written by Randy Newman in 1960. The Tokens recorded it in 1965. Gene Pitney recorded it in 1966. Neither version was very popular. In 1968, this band turned in an excellent version on their 'Child Is Father To The Man' album. Name the band and song
*A song originally composed and produced way back in 1921 has flourished and endured through the years as a jazz standard (although I have a difficult time placing it in the jazz genre). By 2018, the song had been recorded over 400 different times by an amazing list of artists. Two legendary guitarists that you would not normally pair as collaborators, actually got together and recorded a terrific version in 1990. Their version is just pure fun....Name the artists and song...
*This artist wrote a song with his brother and recorded it in 1986. An instrument in the title of the track is very much featured in the song. The track was used in the 2009 movie, 'World's Greatest Dad', starring Robin Williams. The artist made a cameo appearance in the film and played an alternate acoustic version arranged for the film's soundtrack. Name the artist, the song and extra credit for the instrument...
*A song originally written and recorded by singer-songwriter, Fred Neil in 1966 was not very successful when released 2 years later. Another artist recorded it in 1969 with huge success, including a Grammy Award after it was featured in the film Midnight Cowboy and a bit later in 1994's Forrest Gump. Name the artist and song....
Battle Of The Bands!
What A Fool Believes by The Doobie Brothers vs Ventura Highway by America
1. Just One Smile, Blood, Sweat & Tears 2. Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler, There’ll Be Some Changes Made
3. Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Mandolin Rain, Dulcimer 4. Everybody’s Talkin, Harry Nilsson
Listeners picked America a single vote
* This Springsteen track was briefly considered as the title of the album on which it appears, but it didn't make it in the end. The song's title came from a 1973 movie of the same name starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek.
The Boss never saw the movie, but got the name from a poster he saw for it. Name the song.
*The great Eric Clapton covered a song by this notable artist who first recorded the track in 1980. Clapton almost felt that to do the song, he would be in vocal competition with said artist, something of which he was quite uncomfortable. Accompanied by the 5-man version of the group, The Impressions, this track became quite vocally pleasing and acceptable to Clapton. Name the artist Clapton covered and extra credit if you know the song
*A song written by 1/2 of this famous musical duo back in 1965 was the 1st single released from their album that same year. It sold well over 1 million copies and was #1 in the US, Canada and the UK. 20 years later, Chrissie Hynde with reggae/pop band, UB40 recorded a cover version. Name the original artists and the track.
*This song made its public debut in the musical 'Hair' in 1967. It was recorded in 1968 by a female artist who played the role of Sheila on the stage version of the play. Three Dog Night covered the track the next year.
Name the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Mandolin Wind by Rod Stewart vs Higher Love by Steve Windwood
1. Badlands 2. Stevie Wonder, I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It
3. Sonny and Cher, I Got You Babe 4. Easy To Be Hard
Listeners picked Steve Windwood with 53% of votes
* This Canadian artist attained musical and personal popularity in the 80's and 90's, but battled health issues his entire life all of which caught up to him at the tender age of 41, when he passed away. He started playing guitar at the age of 3 and developed his own unique style of playing due to his ill-health limitations. Name the artist
*This artist made an appearance on Soul Train in November of 1975, lip synching his way through 2 songs. Few white performers had appeared on the show, but host Don Cornelius gave him a very warm welcome. The artist was pretty nervous and reportedly got a little drunk beforehand to take the edge off, which might have contributed to his stumbling over some of the lyrics. Name the artist
*The members of this band were once part of Roy Orbison's backing band as they became key contributors to the State of Georgia's thriving studio scene. While influenced by some of the great Southern rock bands of the time, they came up with a kind of 'boogie swing' that brought them a gold status album in the late 70's. Name the band
*One of this band's members was considered a 'Military Brat' and lived in many different places around the world. The band has a legendary list of songs and has sold millions of records, but the group has had only 1 single that topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US. Name the band (a combination of names) and extra credit if you know who the military brat was and better yet, if you know the name of their only #1 single
Battle Of The Bands!
Little Miss Night and Day by Boz Skaggs vs Dangerous Mood by Keb’ Mo’
1. Jeff Healy 2. David Bowie
3. Atlanta Rhythm Section 4. Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood, Dreams
Listeners picked Keb’ Mo’ with 51.6% of votes
* The wife of this artist's manager was pregnant when the track we'll be playing early in the show was being written. The songwriters suggested the name of this song as a perfect name for a little baby girl. And when the baby girl was born...that is precisely the name she received. The artist who sings the song also became the godfather to the little girl...more to that story...name the artist and the song...
*Don Henley said in 2007: "Here I am, just turned 60, but I'm not complaining. I'm thrilled and delighted...none of us ever thought it would go on this long. We are not afraid of the passage of time, necessarily, and we've been sitting one out for a long time." And that is kind of what the track we'll play tonight implies. They were most patient in anticipation of releasing this album and this track...Name the song...
*This song is about 2 boys who have broken a law, although the exact law that has been broken is not stated in the track. The crime is reported to the police and the 2 boys get arrested, but released when "a radical priest" intervenes on their behalf. Daniel Berrigan, who appeared on the cover of Time magazine around the release of this song was thought to be that priest. Name the artist and the song...
*Some of the members of this great 70's band (and beyond) had other talents as well. One member played college basketball in California. Another was an expert fisherman...being so good at it, in fact, he eventually became an editor for the Outdoor Life magazine. Name the band...extra credit for the band member names...
Battle Of The Bands!
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by Carole King vs Down To You by Joni Mitchell
1. Elton John, Amoreena 2. Long Road out of Eden Waiting in the Weeds
3. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard by Paul Simon 4. Three Dog Night, Chuck Negron, Corey Wells, Danny Hutton
Listeners picked Carole King with 55% of votes
BY MIKE PODSEDLY Published in Smoke Signals June 2020 Issue
Inside The Gates Radio owes its existence to the streaming revolution. It is estimated that 80% of music listening is on streaming platforms. The music we consumers play is not ours in the physical sense. This is in contrast to when we purchased vinyl records or CDs, which had all the information about the tracks and band members on the album covers or CD inserts. We all just rent the music we listen to whenever we activate a streaming service.
The advent of streaming has made an enormous amount of content available to us. In order to navigate this wealth of choice, providers have created algorithms to produce playlists to choose from. These playlists use adjectives like mellow, chill, workouts, cleaning, etc. to match the songs to your activity or mood. The algorithms are based on databases that include the song classification, demographics and listening habits. To access the content, one pays $10 to $15 per month for the privilege. Inside the Gates Radio doesn’t use algorithms to generate playlists. Every song that is selected for the library has been chosen by humans. One by one, songs are evaluated for relevance, quality of sound and performance along with listening experience. This results in a carefully curated library that is “the greatest music of our lifetimes.” The full library is played in rotation 24/7 so the listener gets a unique experience every session.
Unlike the streaming services the cost to stream Inside the Gates Radio is free— that’s free, free. ITG Radio is managed by music lovers who want to share their music and knowledge with you the listener. The live shows are must listen radio. The show schedule kicks off with Dinnis Keefe’s Saturday Serenade at 6:30 p.m., Sunday’s Shiraz Alikhan’s San Francisco Nights at 4:30 p.m. followed by Craig Looney’s Looney Tunes at 6:30 p.m. You will be engaged when they share the backstory of the songs they play. Craig offers a mini song quiz for every show and the questions along with the answers are posted in the blog section on www.insidethegatesradio.com.
This radio station is an amazing asset to the Big Canoe community and beyond. The potential for communicating with residents is unlimited. Access is very easy using your device and our app for IOS and Android. If using your computer just go to our website and use the player page to listen. Your listening experience can be enhanced by connecting to your Bluetooth speakers or even Alexa. Please take advantage of this great music library and it will evoke memories of events in your life and be reacquainted with favorite songs you may have forgotten.
*After the break-up of this classic band that got him elected into the Rock And Roll HOF in 1991, this artist collaborated with the legendary Bob Dylan on a Sam Peckinpah movie soundtrack in the early 70's and then toured with Dylan in 1975 and 1976. Name the artist and his former band....
*This artist was one of 2 sons of their father who was a bandleader and musician who also worked in an automobile plant to support the family. Sadly, the father abandoned the family completely, seeking to fulfill his dreams in California. The older brother took up the support challenge, leaving the younger son freedom to hone his musical skills listening to the likes of James Brown, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and the Beatles amongst other bands. He was also a very good student and ran a 5 minute mile...at least until he discovered rock and roll. Name the artist...
*Elvis Presley inspired more than a few great rock and roll artists, including this one. The artist we'll play tonight met Elvis at age 11 in Florida where Elvis was working on a film entitled, "Follow That Dream", a title our artist took to heart. Imagine driving into the great wide open with nothing but glorious possibility in one's path. Name this artist Elvis inspired...an artist who set out to follow his path...Extra credit for the title of the song...
*This band's members were all born in the year 1949 and with the exception of a brief time off from 1977-1979, they've been churning out classic rock tracks. They appeared in the 1990 movie, Back To The Future III as a square dance band. Name the band
Battle Of The Bands!
You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet by Bachman Turner Overdrive vs Shapes of Things by Yardbirds
1. Roger McGuinn Byrds 2. Bob Seger
3. Tom Petty Running Down a Dream 4. Z Z Top
Listeners picked Yardbirds with 53% of votes
*We'll play a track from what some have called one of the great singers in Rock and Roll history and an artist with a compelling story. He rocketed to fame with his group in the late 50's before going solo and recording some great songs of his own. Most stars like him were destined for the 'supper club' circuit and oldies concerts...but he went on another musical journey of folk, blues and gospel...that continues to this day. He is generally know by his 1st name. Name the artist.
*A track by George Harrison from his 'All Things Must Pass' album was initially written by Harrison in 1968 and offered to The Beatles in 1969 for inclusion on the 'Let It Be' album. The rest of the band were not convinced and it got left off, a continuing source of conflict that ultimately lead to their breakup. Name the tune.
*James Honeyman-Scott was a guitarist for The Pretenders who eventually passed due to a drug overdose in 1982 at the age of 26. This track was a tribute to Honeyman-Scott and one that is very difficult for Chrissie Hynde to perform as a result. Any guesses on the song?
*Pete Brown was a friend of Jack Bruce of Cream fame. He was also a poet who wrote the lyrics for a number of Cream songs including Sunshine Of Your Love and I Feel Free. He also wrote the track we'll play that is a song about depression and hopelessness with the setting being an empty apartment. Name the popular tune.
Battle Of The Bands!
Ain’t Even Done With The Night by John Mellencamp vs Still The Same by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
1. Dion 2. Let It Down
3. Back On The Chain Gang 4. White Room
Listeners picked Bob Seger with 53% of votes
* There was a film in 1970...To Kill A Mockingbird starring actress Mary Badham. The lead singer and front man for this band fell briefly in love with the actress, but after a short romance...she dumped him. This track was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance in 1997, the year it was released. Name the band, the singer and extra credit for the song title....
*Daryl Hall shared once that Eddie Van Halen admitted copying the synthesizer part from this Hall & Oates song and used it in the classic Van Halen song, 'Jump'. Hall had no problem whatsoever with him doing so. Name the Hall & Oates track...
*The real name of this band was Chad Allan & The Expressions, but the band fell victim to a marketing gimmick that backfired. Once the gimmick was introduced...it was continued by radio station DJ's and the band's name accompanied them as long as this Canadian group was together. Name the band...
*Eagles founding member, the late Glenn Frey, knew what he was saying when he dubbed this band...'the best singing band in the world'...Name the band
Battle Of The Bands!
Let’s Dance by David Bowie vs Somebody to Love by Queen
1. Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Anybody Seen My Baby? 2. Kiss on My List
3. The Guess Who 4. Little River Band
Listeners picked Queen with 54% of votes