Since many of our listeners are in the most vulnerable age range it seems fair that a certain amount of anxiety is on our minds. I have observed that nearly everyone I have seen are taking the precautions seriously. Paramount among the actions is staying at home except for limited trips for groceries or medicines. Big Canoe normally has a wealth of opportunities to join with other residents for activities, meetings, entertainment, clubs, etc. With few exceptions, these have all been shut down in response to the virus threat.
So how do we cope with this sudden change in our lifestyles? One option is to follow every gut-wrenching report from the front lines of the crisis. This will certainly amplify our fears and anxieties.
Another option is to imagine how you will feel when the crisis is over. Will you look back and be proud of the way you handled yourself during these turbulent times? Did I do what I could to protect my family, friends and neighbors from the spread of the virus? Did I use this time to enrich myself personally?
Some suggestions include :
To illustrate the power of music we can look to recent reports from Chicago, a city under stay-at-home orders. People scattered throughout the Chicago metro area belted out Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” at 7 pm on Saturday night, standing at windows, in yards and on balconies in freezing weather. A radio station played the song at the designated time set by a Facebook Event that attracted some 20,000 people.
While “Livin’ On A Prayer” is not considered a great song, it is a good universal anthem song that people will sing along. One participant said the sing-along was a “beautiful way to join together and share a brief moment of happiness in unity”.
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*Eddie Holland of the famous songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland made the original recording of this song in 1964. Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers recalled, I had been a fan of that song since it came out somewhere in the 60's. I just loved that song. His constant lobbying to get the band to perform a cover of the track actually happened in 1975. Name the song
*Gregg Allman played this song on one of Duane's old guitars at Duane's funeral in 1971. Gregg said it was his brother's favorite song he ever wrote. While it was never a big hit in the US...it has endured exceptionally well over time...Name the song
*This artist was an orderly at Colbert County Hospital in the daytime and sang with a local band, The Esquires Combo at night. On one such night, he was so distraught with a broken relationship, he stopped in the middle of a song and asked his band if they could play a slow blues backing...any key, their choice...to which he could sing. After a quick conference, the band started to play and the singer vented for about 6 minutes. The song was later recorded in famous Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Name the artist and the song.
*Women did get the right to vote in England until 1918 and until 1920 in the U.S. The term used to describe the movement became the title of a song by this artist, who wrote it, but actually offered the song to another band, Mott The Hoople...who passed on it. Name the artist and the song
Battle Of The Bands!
Hitch A Ride by Boston vs Eldorado by Electric Light Orchestra
1.Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) 2. Melissa
3. Percy Sledge When A Man Loves A Woman 4. David Bowie Suffragette City
Boston won the Battle with 60% of the votes
*Despite rumors to the contrary, this artist's song is not about his actual 'little sister', but is slang for 'girlfriend'. He is actually singing about a woman he loves marrying someone else while he still loves her. For the record, this artist actually did have a sister. Name the artist and the song.
*The album by this group in 1973 sold about 40 Million copies and holds an unassailable record for most weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 889 (last it was checked). Formed in England in 1965, the album vaulted the band to superstar status. Name the band and the album.
*The year this artist's extremely popular album released, he appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. trading in his band at least for the evening to play with the Tonight Show band. The 'duet' performance (male and female) inspired Carson to invite them back the following month to perform 2 songs. Who were the artists?
*A great album released in 1968 got this group started, but was actually the only album recorded with that particular lineup. While the band almost broke up after that album with the departure of some key members, they actually went on a quite successful run. The song we'll play did not get released as a single, but got substantial play on progressive rock stations. The song was also a split tribute to Otis Redding and James Brown. Name the band, the album and the song.
Battle Of The Bands!
I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better by The Byrds vs The Horse With No Name by America
1. White Wedding by Billy Idol 2. Pink Floyd Album Dark Side Of The Moon
3. Lyle Lovett and Francine Reed 4. Blood, Sweat & Tears, Child Is Father To The Man, I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
The Battle chose America over the Byrds with 56% of the votes
*If you didn't know it, the hardest working man in show business, James Brown, was also an accomplished producer. He produced and recorded a song for Yvonne Fair, one of his backup singers in 1962. And just 2 years later, he changed the title and tune a bit and recorded a classic, iconic version himself. What was the song?
*This great American duo struggled with their newfound fame back in the 80's, as they preferred privacy and more or less being "the strangers at any party". And these feelings came with a sense of alienation as they played to the masses. By 1983, they were darlings of MTV and 5, #1 hits to their credit. The song we'll play is their motivation for keeping their core identity with the masses wanting more. Name the artists and the song.
*A great 60's-70's band released a great, very popular song of theirs that told the tale of a government agent and a femme fatale. It also contains one of the classic indecipherable lyrics in rock history....Who was the band and what was the song? (Hint...had something to do with being 5'9")
*This band gave us a very cool collection of songs in their 1979 album. One song is about a guy who thinks he's really cool, but it seems that he's the only one who thinks that. Implied is the fact that our hero avoids getting home because when he's on the road, he has more moments of being alone with his dreams...where he is a superstar...Name the band and the song
Battle Of The Bands!
Cold by Annie Lennox vs Show Me by The Pretenders
1.I Got You (I Feel Good) 2. Say It Isn’t So by Hall & Oates
3. Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) by The Hollies 4. Take the Long Way Home by Supertramp
The Battle Ended Up in Our First Tie with the Largest Vote Total Yet
*The Rolling Stones first recorded this song in 1977, even doing a take with a reggae beat...but didn't like the result. They shelved it for 4 years until they needed an additional song for their next album, Tattoo You. It took them 38 takes to get this track ready for inclusion on the album. Any guesses as to which song it is?
*A 1988 Cinemax television special originally broadcast in early 1988, starred this triple HOF inductee. Other special guests appeared, Bruce Springsteen and K.D. Lang to name just 2. The special was filmed entirely in black and white. We'll play a great track from it. Who was the artist?
*From this Texas rocker's first professional stage appearance in 1957 to his most recent national tour in 2018, this artist has singles that have reached both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Charts. Oh, throw in the fact that 4 of his albums have been Number 1 on the Blues chart. He is now 79 years young. Who is he?
*Iggy Pop wrote a track with David Bowie and Iggy's version was the first recording of it in 1977. Bowie's version, to no one's surprise, became an absolute commercial success in 1983. Name the song.
Battle Of The Bands!
Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan vs Whenever God Shines His Light by Van Morrison
1.Start Me Up 2. Roy Orbison
3. Delbert McClinton 4. China Girl
Van Morrison won the Battle with 53% of the votes
*This artist was the co-leader of this fantastic band that illuminated the '70's music scene. But as the 1980's dawned, the band's golden days were dimming, leading this artist to his first solo album. And it's success carried over with additional albums, until the band came back together. Name the band and the artist.
*A school teacher previewed an assignment to their class one day. The teacher played this song and instructed the class to analyze what the songwriter was feeling. One student was inspired to write from the perspective of what the song meant to his home town. This track might even inspire thoughts of your home town. Name the song and the artist if you can.
*This band had 3 lead singers and their name is fashioned after a 'rudimentary nightly temperature gauge." Hugely popular band in the 70's. What was the name of the band?
*The artist Sting got along quite well with another musician that not many people would have guessed. They shared a drummer (Vinny Colaiuta) , who came to Sting's band from the other artist. And Sting made a guest appearance at one of the mystery artist's live shows. Name the artist.
Battle Of The Bands!
Keeping The Faith by Billy Joel vs Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen
1. Steely Dan Donald Fagen 2. My Little Town by Simon & Garfunkel
3. Three Dog Night 4. Frank Zappa
Bruce Springsteen won by the slimmest of margins
*The brother of this band's frontman wrote a poem when he was 15 that his brother and this band used as the basis for this song. The song contrasts what its like to live in a large city during the day and during the night. The particular city in question...New York City. Name the band and the song
*The story of this great track from 1973 is about a man who meets the woman he believes is the true love of his life in the lobby of a Hotel...and he immediately makes a lifelong commitment to her, promising her the storied house on the edge of town with the white picket fence. In the end, she leaves his crying in his beer. Name the song and the band
*This song from 1977 begins with the guy getting kicked to the curb by his girl, presumably because he won't tell her he loves her. He makes the case that even though he will never love her, he's good enough, since after all he does want her and need her, and happy endings are only for fairy tales. All this translates into the title of the track...can you name it?
*This artist grew up in Seymour, Indiana, where he claims nobody had ever become famous. Ignoring the many naysayers, he went to New York and earned a record deal, which turns out was not that big a deal, as labels were hiring photogenic young rockers by the hundreds. While he got fed up and did not play the games the industry deemed necessary, he clashed with the establishment, but in the end...became a huge success. Name the artist
Battle Of The Bands!
I Can’t Quit Her by Blood, Sweat & Tears vs Another Rainy Day by Chicago
1.Summer In The City by Lovin’ Spoonful 2. Dixie Chicken by Little Feat
3. Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad by MeatLoaf 4. John Mellencamp
Blood, Sweat & Tears won by the slimmest of margins
*This artist did not play baseball, but he loved watching it and hearing the stories his father would tell him about the legendary New York Yankees. This song honors the players that were heroes to him as long as he can remember. Name the artist and the song.
*Ghost Riders In The Sky was a 1948 Cowboy song by Stan Jones, but the more famous versions were later recorded by Johnny Cash and Bing Crosby. The song was also an inspiration for an early 70's rock band, whose version was a big hit with a slightly different title. Name the band, their famous front man and the song.
*This artist sold over 3,000,000 copies of his 1994 album in the US alone. He had plans to re-release it as a double album and then play it straight through on a special tour. He kept it a secret from everyone, including his band, thinking they could read about the plan in Rolling Stone magazine, kind of like everyone else. Unfortunately, the artist passed away prior to this all coming together. Name the artist and the album if you can.
*This song had a title and lyrics inspired by an oft-use expression by Jackie Gleason. The song created a fantasy world where the artist was the object of all of his woman's affections. Name the artist and the song.
Battle Of The Bands!
What It Is by Mark Knopfler vs Let’s Dance by David Bowie
1.Centerfield by John Fogerty 2. Riders On The Storm by The Doors Jim Morrison
3. Wildflowers by Tom Petty 4. How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You by Marvin Gaye
David Bowie came out ahead in the Battle by 15 - 11
*This popular duo, both of whom were born in Texas, had great hits in the early to mid 1970's and then disbanded in 1980. They reunited on two different occasions, the last time in 2004. Both artists have long been advocates of the Baha'i Faith. Name the band
*This artist was quoted saying..."Before there was organized religion, there was the moon. The Indians knew about the moon. Pagans followed the moon. I've followed it for as long as I can remember, and that's just my religion." Name the artist.
*Country Singer/Songwriter Marty Stuart wrote a song...The Observations Of A Crow...in 1999. Shortly after that, he realized how many melodic similarities his song had with a track from a huge musical icon. Stuart got to hang out with that artist who told him that he might borrow something out Stuart's song someday. We'll play the track. Any guesses on the artist to whom Stuart was referring and if you know the song...wow for you!
*This song starts with layers of clock noises...each clock being recorded separately at an antiques store and then the band and their famous engineer blended them together. The clocks were used to demonstrate a new quadraphonic sound system. Name the song and the band
Super Ball Battle Of The Bands!
Kansas City by Paul McCartney vs San Francisco by Scott McKenzie
1.Seals and Crofts 2. Neil Young
3. Things Have Changed by Bob Dylan 4. Time by Pink Floyd
Kansas City prevailed in the Battle by 21 – 20 and On the Field by 31 - 20
*This famous band was signed to the MCA Record company for $9,000. so you can imagine the time frame. The band was largely unknown when they performed at an event call "Sounds Of The South" press party. The song we will play was written specifically for this event and largely had over 500 hardened industry vets standing on their chairs to get a glimpse of group. Name the band and the song.
*The Gap wanted to use this band and one of their hits in a commercial, but Apple Records owned the rights to the song and asked for an enormous sum of money and The Gap turned it down. Name the band...and the song which might be a bit more difficult.
*As a teenager in 1960, this artist attended a concert for jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, which served as a catalyst for starting a rock band with a horn section. His first band resisted putting one together so he quit and went to California to get one started. Name the artist and the band.
*This song is a homage to the teenage rebellion songs of the '50's. It's about a kid whose conservative parents held him to a 10:00 PM curfew. He was stuck while everyone else was out there having fun. The duo who performed this great tune lament the success of the song, (it became most popular), but they didn't feel like it was their best work. Name the group and the song.
Battle Of The Bands! Homeward Bound by Fleetwood Mac vs Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
1.Workin’ For MCA by Lynyrd Skynrd 2. No Matter What by Badfinger
3. Al Kooper Chicago 4. Your Mama Don’t Dance by Loggins and Messina
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young won the Battle with 62% of votes