As the words from Neil Diamond’s
song Beautiful Noise say,
“It’s the sound that I love,
and it fits me as well as a hand in a glove.”
Born in Nagano, Japan, where my dad, while in the service, met my mom, I began my life as a
military brat. Constantly moving abroad to foreign countries and throughout the United States made it
difficult for me to build lasting relationships growing up. However, no matter where we moved or lived,
the one lifelong relationship that developed and continues to this day is my love for music.
From my early years with a transistor radio pressed against my ear, until now when I’m listening
to the Rock-O-La Jukebox in my Man Cave or just have Inside the Gates Radio playing in the background,
music has been and always will be an important part of my everyday life.
Whether it’s Music to Your Ears, Rings a Bell, Strikes a Chord, or even if it’s the Same Old Song
and Dance, music is indeed the universal language we all relate to as individuals. When in an elevator,
in a grocery store, or in the dentist's chair, you will hear it. It’s played on a wedding day. It’s played at
celebrations of life. Whatever the occasion, Music speaks a language we can all feel and relate to.
Being a Baby Boomer, I feel blessed growing up with what I believe to be the best music of our
generation. From it’s earliest roots until today, music is like food and there is not much I don’t like!
Music, as the Beach Boys put it, goes good with the soul.
My show’s title, Beautiful Noise, was taken from one of my favorite Neil Diamond songs and is
just as the words say, “It’s the sound that I love, and it fits me as well as a hand in a glove.” Whatever
your preference of Beautiful Noise may be, quite honestly, you can hear it on my show. A wide variety
of songs, including Classic Rock, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Pop, and Country, to be heard and enjoyed by all who
Moving to Big Canoe was one of the best decisions I made in my life. This place is seriously a
piece of heaven here on earth. Making it just a little bit better, I was introduced to Inside the Gates
Radio Station and the Music of Big Canoe by its Co-founder and Music Director, Craig Looney. It wasn’t
long after, that the LooneyMan asked if I would consider trying my hand at doing a live show. I soon
became the station's fifth D.J.
Unlike some of the other DJs on our team, I had no experience or background when it came to
being behind a microphone or an instrument, but I did not let that slow down my chances of doing a live
weekly broadcast. Fast forward a year and a half, we now have 7 DJs bringing live shows each evening
of the week. For me personally, it’s been an amazing experience and I’m enjoying my ride on the
airwaves every Thursday evening with my listeners.
Big Canoe has so much to offer including its many amenities to be enjoyed by all with different
tastes. Whether you like to golf, play tennis or pickleball, cruise Lake Petit on a pontoon, enjoy one of
our many hiking trails, or just get a workout at the fitness center. I’m here to tell you about the best
amenity offered and it is absolutely free. That’s right, Inside the Gates Radio comes with no monthly
dues and can enjoyed by all with different tastes in music, only on Inside the Gates Radio
Visit our website at: wwwinsidethegatesradio.com
Join me Thursdays at 6 pm and Let's Make Beautiful Noise Together!
Text me during my live show: 727-463-0069
I am Delaine Faris, Big Canoe’s Rock and Roll Woman and your musical hostess on Wednesday nights. Welcome to The Journey….only on Inside The Gates Radio. This show explores rock’s classic roots through today’s new music…..and a little of everything in between. And, that is how I start every new edition of my show from the woods, waters, and wonders of Big Canoe. But, how did I get here? What is The Journey?
Well, my love for all things rock started as a little girl growing up in Houston, TX in the 1960’s. My Dad could play any song he heard on our upright piano after a single listen and we would entertain each other for hours. Him playing and me singing and dancing beside him to his versions of Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams, and Cole Porter. He loved all genres of music and so did I. He knew every note and I knew every word. I did not have my Dad’s piano talents and he tried in vain to teach me. I had a different plan. I had seen something on TV that rendered my Dad’s piano obsolete. It was a group called the Beatles and I decided I wanted to play the drums like a guy named Ringo.
My Dad was a firm no on the little girl rock drummer idea, believing that juvenile delinquency was sure to follow, so we picked up a new hobby. He was a switch engineer for the phone company who also loved electronics. So, we would build Radio Shack hobby kits together. It was a glorious moment when the last wire was connected and a bulb lit or a sound was heard. And one of those kits was a magical radio and radio would become my constant companion throughout the 70’s. Just pause a moment to think about the incredible rock music, the concerts, and that new type of radio station that hit the airwaves around that time …. FM Album Oriented Rock.
Fortunately for me, Houston, TX was the home of one of the most legendary FM AOR stations in the US. 101 KLOL Runaway Radio was the coolest thing in the world taking a style-queue from the pirate radio stations blasting from across the border in Mexico, who could play anything they wanted free of the US government regulations. And, they had a woman DJ. Dana Steele became my idol and her listeners were known as, Steelworkers. A couple of other musical hosts that became cultural icons started to influence this budding young wanna-be DJ. On Saturday at noon, a new show came out called Soul Train with, Don Cornelius and on Friday at Midnight, I would stay up for Wolfman Jack and the Midnight Special. On these shows, I would see Al Green, Sly & the Family Stone, Grand Funk Railroad, and Fleetwood Mac among many others. Everything was influenced for me and my friends from our clothes to our hair to our attitudes. We were now Rockers!.
Enter the early 1980’s and a cultural earthquake was about to strike. Video Killed the Radio Star, by English Band the Buggles was the first music video shown on MTV in the US, airing at 12:01 a.m. August 1st in 1981. Did video kill the radio star? Did commercial interests ruin our beloved FM stations as Tom Petty sings, in The Last DJ? Debatable, because after four decades and a long career that started as non other than a Radio Shack store manager, I find myself behind a streaming community radio station microphone living my lady DJ dreams with six of the most talented fellow DJ’s I could ever find. A “Journey” if you will.
What can you expect to hear when you tune into my show on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM EST? Rock from past to present and everything in between from R&B to Soul to Country and a sprinkle of American Classics, think Sinatra. And with a nod to FM radio’s album oriented days, each week we play a perfect album side uninterrupted and recommended by a listener. We pride ourselves at Inside the Gates Radio for our direct connection to our listeners. Throughout our shows, our listeners interact with us via text from Big Canoe and all over the world through the magic of technology and internet streaming. Tune in Wednesday for a Journey not measured in miles, but in the joy of our listeners celebrating time spent together with a drink of choice and the music of our lifetimes.
Live Show: “The Journey”
Wednesday Nights 6:30 PM EST
Text during live show: 404-444-2070
While Dale Hood is on vacation this week, his Thursday Slot will filled with a Special Artist Show. Craig Looney will present the Life, Career and Music of Boz Scaggs.
This show will be starting at 6:30. We'll start at the beginning with his tenure with The Steve Miller Band and proceed through his last album release in 2018. There is absolutely some fantastic stuff that we'll dig into.
Plan to tune in for a an evening of informative and entertaining music.
Dale Hood Beautiful Noise Thursday @ 6pm
Another well received, Thursday edition of Beautiful Noise this past Labor Day weekend as we celebrated the hard working men and women that keep this great country moving forward.
Opening the show with Huey Lewis and the News with “Working for a Living” set the tone for the evening.
We kept it rocking with Loverboy and “Working for the Weekend“ and did not forget our Country artist fans with songs such as “Work Hard, Play Harder” by Gretchen Wilson and “Shiftwork”by Kenny Chestney.
We celebrated working professions as well, Lawyers, Teachers, Operators, Preachers, Musicians, Postmen, and even Pirates!
Even a musical tidbit was shared with my audience, that being,
one Marvin Gaye at the young age of 22 while attempting to make his mark in the music industry played drums on the #1 Motown smash by the Marvelettes
Thanks and Keep Rocking
Dale (All Good In The) Hood
Jeff Weigl Beats Working Friday @ 4pm
The song Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin was the first song by the band allowed to be a US single.It became their biggest hit, going to #4. Many of their other popular songs, like Stairway to Heaven were never released as singles.
The band War got the idea for the song Why Can’t We Be Friends when they were traveling in Japan in the early '70s. War drummer Harold Brown said: "We're all connected by language, and by our food, and by our culture.You find out we're more alike inside than we are on the outside. We started realizing that’s what is really important. You travel all over the world, you can't speak a lot of their language. But one thing they do know, they know your body language, and how you may react.”
The song Mad World by Tears for Fears is about a depressed young person who feels out of place in this world. He sees life as being empty and looks for ways to escape the pain. The line in the song, "The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had" suggests thoughts of suicide, but according to Roland Orzabal who wrote the lyrics, it relates to the psychologist Arthur Janov's idea that our most dramatic dreams release the most tension. So, the guy in the song isn't necessarily looking to die - he wakes up from morbid, lucid dreams feeling better.
The song Ghost Riders in the Sky was originally written and recorded by Stan Jones in 1948. Jones was a forest ranger who wrote songs on the side. Artists like Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, Johnny Cash and The Outlaws, all recorded it, and it became a cowboy standard.
Dinnis Keefe Song Sense Saturday @ 6:30pm
Any of you regular listeners to SongSense might have noticed that I take particular interest in the season of Summer. Me, personally, I enjoy the soaking heat of the US South. But, if I surrender to the reality of where I live and where Inside The Gates Radio resides, I would have to say that Georgia Fall and Spring rule.
Georgia Summer: Hot, humidity like the equator, cicadas singing praises to this soup of sauna 24-hours a day.
Georgia Winter: Averages forty-something degrees, humidity same as summer, no frostbite here, but a bone-soaking cold that just never seems to leave without chemical intervention.
Georgia Spring: Heh. Now the secret is out. THIS is why people move here. The mid-southern United States can have travel-photo Springs (Not going to try to describe in this limited space). And that, of course, calls up...
Georgia Fall,: A photo-negative of glorious Spring, complete with leaves turning from eye-soothing greens to nerve-and-mood stimulating reds, yellows, oranges, all soaking in mild temps. What's not to like?
I started SongSense this week with what I consider one of the most joyous songs of Fall: Earth, Wind & Fire's "September." To wit:
"Do you remember
The 21st night of September?
Love was changin' the minds of pretenders
While chasin' the clouds away
Our hearts were ringin'
In the key that our souls were singin'
As we danced in the night, remember
How the stars stole the night away, oh, yeah..."
Craig Looney Looney’s Tunes Sunday @ 6:30pm
After spending 20 hours in the car Friday through Sunday, Looney's Tunes Live Show #194 kicked off with an enthusiastic gang of Looney's Tuners that created a great vibe from our opening track...Tinsley Ellis and his Don't Know Beans song from the album, Ice Cream In Hell. It was quite the ride from there out.
We had some fun with a bit of a twist on the Then And Later Segment as we followed a song (not a band or an artist) through time and with different covers. Starting with Carol King's Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow from 1971 followed shortly thereafter by Dave Mason's version from 1978. To cap it off, we then dove head first into Joe Walsh's version of the same song from his 1992 album, Songs For A Dying Planet. Very cool to hear three separate interpretations of the same song in a period over 3 decades.
I enjoy all the comments from our faithful listeners during the show, but it is really something when I hear from some of those same listeners who weren't able to listen that evening, telling me how much they missed it. Had a few Sunday night and I assured them it was all right, as I know they'll be back. One even asked if he could vote in the Battle Of The Bands Segment without being on board. I reminded him that since we have no rules...he was more than welcome to participate. So...he did! BTW...Pink Floyd nipped Led Zeppelin...
I think perhaps the largest song reaction of the show came during and just after the Sing Along Song...Del Shannon's, Runaway from 1961. I was informed of more than a few folks also getting to their feet to dance while they sang. How special is that?
Once again, my three closing tracks for the evening were quite popular. Steely Dan's The Royal Scam, Dancing Girl by Dion with Mark Knopfler and a closing track from The Allman Brothers Band, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed made for a most sublime end to a most satisfying Looney's Tunes.
Thanks to all for tuning in...catch you next Sunday at 6:30...
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Thursday's, 6:00...Dale 'All Good In The' Hood's, Beautiful Noise (He'll be off this coming Thursday)
Friday's, 4:00....Jeff Weigl's, Beats Working...The Happy Hour for the weekend
Saturday's, 6:30...Dinnis Keefe's, SongSense....compelling entertainment
Sunday's, 6:30...Craig Looney's, Looney's Tunes
Monday's, 6:30...Shiraz Alikhan's, San Francisco Nights...He missed last week and is back tomorrow with all this pent-up musical energy ready to go
What’s in a name? Not what you think
BY MIKE PODSEDLY
When you begin to listen to Inside The Gates Radio, either through the free app or the player on the website, the first visual is the title and artist of what is currently playing. This information alerts you to whether you have heard it before or is performed by an artist you favor.
Titles convey a hint as to the contents and play an important function in songs, books and movies. Song titles are usually contained within the lyrics so you are likely to hear the title again but in context. Sometimes the title may be tacked on later and never heard in the song.
Popular music reflects the current culture while new sounds and themes reside among the fringes, a precursor to changes in musical direction. In the 1950’s and 1960’s increases in disposable income led to more time and money directed to leisure activities. Teens had purchasing power which allowed them to have significant influence in the music industry. Rock and Roll songs were played on the radio much more than any other genre. With the advent of TV, The American Bandstand was a logical extension. The after-school show featured clean-cut average teenagers dancing to the latest hits. There was also a guest artist to lip-sync their songs. The most memorable segment asked participants to Rate-A-Record on a 35 to 98 scale leading to the phrase “It’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it.” that everyone associates with the show. Bandstand went national in 1957 and lasted until 1963. A weekly show then continued the format until 1989.
The primary themes of young love and rebellion were reflected in the songs topping the charts during that period. Dancing was instrumental for teens to meet and impress the opposite sex. A survey of hit song titles during that time include many references to dancing as well as demonstrating how to do them.
The Temptations suggest we “Take A Look Around” at some of the songs that were being played in the 1950’s. Danny & the Juniors invited us to remove our shoes so as not to mar the gym floor and join in “At The Hop”. Bobby Freeman asks the obvious question “Do You Want To Dance” while Chris Montez is more inclusive in “Let’s Dance”. Chubby Checker introduces a mild form of oblique exercise called “The Twist”. The Isley Brothers took it one step further with “Twist and Shout”. Joey Dee and the Starliters added a little sweetener with “The Peppermint Twist”. The Drifters focus on the most important part of the evening in “Save the Last Dance for Me. Martha And The Vandellas seek to expand the party by “Dancing In The Street”. Little Eva found her step with “The Loco-Motion” which was followed up by “Let’s Turkey Trot”. Dee Dee Sharp was prolific in her variety of dance crazes with “Mashed Potato Time”, “Ride!” and “Do the Bird”. In an effort to keep the party going The Dovells said “You Can’t Sit Down” especially when doing the “Bristol Stomp”. Bobby Rydell made it easy for teens on the low end of rhythmic skills with the “Sway”.
After discovering someone you like on the dance floor the vagaries of young love come to the forefront. Imagine The Everly Brothers panic over breaking curfew with a girl when they struggle to “Wake Up Little Suzie”. Ricky Nelson dreads meeting the girl’s father as he tries to navigate his choices when he realizes “It’s Late”.
Dion laments the range of emotions, both happy and sad, he faces being “A Teenager In Love”.
Approaches to finding love vary despite The Monotones writing the “Book of Love”. The “Dream Lover” pictured by Bobby Darin is for a lifetime and not a short fling. Buddy Holly thinks about striking up a romantic relationship “Everyday”. Once you become a steady couple The Flamingos describe the feeling as “I Only Have Eyes for You”. The Miracles took it a step further declaring “You Really Got a Hold on Me”. Smokey Robinson penned two songs of unconditional love, first for Mary Wells in “My Guy” and then for the Temptations to extoll the virtues of “My Girl”. The Shirelles brazenly declare that “Baby It’s You”.
Facing being apart for the summer Brian Hyland promises to send a daily letter that’s “Sealed With A Kiss” while on the other end The Marvalettes ask politely “Please Mr. Postman” do you have a letter for me?
Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs pleads for his girl to “Stay”. When she doesn’t, Neil Sedaka confronts the situation saying “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”. Gene Pitney has a sadder reaction saying “Only Love Can Break A Heart”. Del Shannon stands in the rain and questions what went wrong with his little “Runaway”. The Supremes reflect on the situation asking “Where Did Our Love Go”. Dion’s remedy is to avoid attachments by becoming “The Wanderer”.
Frankie Lyman & The Teenagers are left to sum up the journey by asking “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”. The answer of course is because we do.
The sophisticated Inside The Gates listeners may find many of these songs trite now but for those growing up during that time they were important social guideposts. Plus, they led to the greatest era of rock music just ahead.
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"No Sing Along For Me"
BY MIKE PODSEDLY
I enjoy the great music of my generation that is played nonstop on Inside The Gates Radio. I experience the emotion and memory produced by the music that has been documented in earlier articles. One thing that is missing is my ability to sing along in a pleasant voice that the music deserves. I elicit groans and pleas to stop when in the company of others. This condition has been consistent throughout my life and has led me to be a closet car and shower singer.
I can trace this lack of ability to sing to an event that occurred back in the fifth grade. My class was to perform a choral presentation at a school function. We had a tiered platform, robes and the works. After the music was selected it became imperative to rehearse for the upcoming show. I had memorized the words and was ready to go. After a few practice sessions I was pulled aside and directed to pantomime instead of singing. This evaluation was to plant the idea that singing was something I should avoid at all costs. This feeling has persisted into my senior years.
While helping launch ITG Radio I began to listen to music more often. I heard many different vocal styles that I had not paid attention to before. I wondered why my voice did not come close to being within this rather wide range of recorded musicians.
So, I put on my research hat to determine the cause of my seemingly outlier of a singing voice. I first came upon a test for being tone deaf on musical-u.com. I put on my best noise cancelling headphones and began the test. It was divided into three sections, all comparing two tones. First was responding whether the tones were the same or different, second consisted if the sequence of tones went up or down and lastly if the tones were higher or lower. I was surprised by my score of 83% correct. I could eliminate being tone deaf as a reason for my poor singing voice.
On the musical-u website they offer training to improve your musical ability. They state that there are two aspects to singing in tune, voice control and hearing the notes. Voice control is about 20% of what it takes to sing while the ability to hear the note you should sing compared to note you are singing makes up the other 80%. As in most activities, the brain must be trained to recognize pitch and tuning.
I found another article that supported the assessment that that pitch accuracy is primary cause of bad singing. There is an interview with Sean Hutchins, while he was at BRAMS (International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research), studying the neuroscience of music. “Hutchins says that even though nearly all of us are equipped with the biological hardware to produce a wide range of notes, bad singing is rampant. ‘Singing is a complex expression,’ he explains. ‘The majority of people, around 60 percent, have a difficult time’ with it. (Discover Magazine, Can't Sing? Blame Your Brain, James Dziezynski, June 22, 2014). The problem was not the perception of a note but the ability to reproduce the sound with their voices. Hutchins’ conclusion: “Our brains have the ability to signal the voice to produce the correct note, but have mapped out the wrong output to match a perceived note. ‘Our brains are quite good at perception, which is why so many of us enjoy listening to music without being great musicians,’ he says. But those same brains give our vocal cords faulty instructions.”
There are many articles debating whether musicality is an innate or acquired skill. Aside from those rare individuals who are born with perfect pitch, I believe it is a skill that requires both an aptitude and practice. People born with physical assets such as height, speed, stamina, etc. are drawn to sports activities if they wish to exploit their advantages. The same holds true for people that test well may focus on academics. I have heard comments from musicians about the need to practice regularly or they see deterioration in their skill level in a relatively short time. This complaint is often repeated by participants in sports such as golf, tennis and many others. After several interruptions to my golf game, I would remark that it felt like I was starting over when I got back to the course.
It appears that for me to improve my singing voice it would take a vigorous and sustained effort to train my brain to match the notes in my head to those coming from my vocal cords. Given my age and a myriad of other interests, this will not happen for me. I will proudly continue in the company of the 60% of the population that are considered “bad singers”. I will continue to experience the music on Inside The Gates Radio library, the greatest music of our lifetime!
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