Monday, May 31, 2010

Remembering ...

We who read (or write) these posts are part of a tremendous and exciting rock'n'roll world. And, whether we play the venues of the planet, groove to the sounds on whatever music machine we have or spend a few bucks to see the best that this genre has to offer, we can do it all for one reason:

Because we're free ...

And, whether they're from England or America, there are men and women who are over there in Afghanistan and are laying it all on the line every minute -- all to ferret out and destroy the forces that are determined to terrorize our world.
As with their forefathers who fought in places as diverse as the villages in France, the hills of Korea and the jungles of Vietnam, they have two goals:
  • To destroy any threat to the freedoms we enjoy (yes, including musical freedom)
  • To make it back home alive ...
Unfortunately, for many, that last goal was never realised ...

We commemorate those who have fallen, whilst we applaud those who have returned alive and well ... but we honour them all for what they've done for us.

In the rock world, we've had some greats who served in the military. From Ice-T to Lloyd Thaxton, Mike Nesmith to The Fore's Simon Thompson, they've done their country well.
But there were many others who made the journey back home -- in caskets, with military honour guards, to be met only with grieving families and a broken-hearted nation ...

Today, we must remember that our loved ones, who are in combat zones as we speak -- and those who came back, fallen and bodily broken -- didn't have to go! There is no draft, no conscription ...
they VOLUNTEERED their lives (knowing, full well, the potential consequences) so that we can breathe easier ... freer ... more securely ...

To all of you who've lost loved ones in the service -- in no-matter-which war -- know that, today, we are all thinking of them and appreciating that "last full measure of devotion" given by them. They were -- they are -- our HEROES!

(PS: I, too, am a veteran, as were 2/3 of the Hinson men before me and two of my sons after. We all know the sacrifice that must be made when one goes to war -- and, all too well, the spectre of that supreme sacrifice staring over your shoulder.)

Stay tuned ...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Leno, Thaxton and more ...

DIDJA HEAR THE PLUG? Last night, on The Tonight Show (which, btw, Uncle Lloyd had a chance to host once. Ask me the story ...), Bret Michaels was Leno's guest. During the interview, Jay talked about how Michaels' band, "Poison", debuted on a "local" teen show.

Do I need to tell ya which one? Yep ... and he even showed a clip from the show, with a very '70ish (I mean 1970ish) Lloyd Thaxton introducing the band. What a plug, Mousers!

Now ... on to the post:

The recent passing of Norman Ezell, who was with the '60s band The Five Americans ("I See the Light", "Western Union"), reminded me of the time when the band appeared on The Lloyd Thaxton Show. They'd arrived at the studio ... but their equipment didn't, so it was up to Uncle LL and his staff to do a little improvisation: They scraped up some instruments (including a raw cardboard sign saying "Five Americans" that hung on the drumkit), and the guys "performed" their song without a(ny other) hitch.

Now, though there were also The Byrds debacle (right-click into a separate window, okay?? That way, you can keep readin' ...) and a few other momentary glitches, Uncle Lloyd still kept his composure. He showed us (1) that, at times, you've gotta improvise (did anyone notice Jimmy Wright's makeshift drumkit on the Five Americans' spot?). Besides being able to come up with a filler or substitute prop at the last moment, Lloyd proved that improv always adds some unexpected punch to a show.
And by(2) pulling off a live broadcast, in a small studio, with a limited budget and making it the #1 show for its time slot in America, LL showed more confident professionalism than dozens of those "other" hosts!

So is it any wonder that the best of rock entertainers wanted to strut their stuff on his show?? Is it any wonder that (though Michaels' Poison also performed on competitors' shows [c'mon ... you know who I'm talkin' about ...]), Jay Leno showed a clip of the band playing on Lloyd's show??
Nope.

Stay tuned ...

Monday, May 24, 2010

You MAY Be A Winner!

Hey ... remember those old contests that your local AM disk jockeys would run during their drivetime shows? They went something like this:

"ALRIGHT! We're lookin' for the THIRD CALLER ... that's the THIRD caller, not the first ... who can identify this sound:", then they'd play a couple of seconds from some way-out spaceship-sounding whatever (usually something like a blender or electric razor recorded at half-speed). "If you're the THIRD CALLER to CORRECTLY identify that sound, you'll get two FREE tickets to ... (whatever rock concert was coming up in your town)!!!"

Somebody once said that those contests (and our local Big WAYS 61 had plenty of 'em!) were a throwback to the old "secret decoder" messages and contests that ran during 1940's radio. Of course, with the introduction of the mega-stations and their satellite feeds, webside radio and more, this has, sadly, become a thing of the past.

Or ... has it??

With the return of local A.M. stations (these are slowly coming back into play in response to the "FM Oldies" only covering the late '70s to the 1990s), plans are being formulated to bring back some of the fun and zaniness (along with the music) that we enjoyed back-in-the-day.

And I can hardly wait ...

A FEW LOOSE NOTES

Got an email from a reader/fan in Washington (state) yesterday who said, "I have spoken with many Lloyd Thaxton fans, som of whom appeared on his program, and they all seem to have a special aura even to this day. They are more motivated and optomistic about life than any other music people I have met."
This, by the way, was a verbatim "hiccup" (Highlight, Copy and Paste) from her actual email ...

This week in 1963, Elvis' hit, (You're The) Devil In Disguise hit the top of the charts. When it was debuted on the UK's Juke Box Jury, though, one of the judges nixed it ... said Presley was "like Bing Crosby now". Of course, he was wrong. The judge was a chap named John Lennon ...

THE FORE are heading to the Liverpool IPO this weekend, performing at The Cavern Club, and their live smash hit, I Think You're Pretty, is to be released in just a few weeks. In the meantime, more fans are catching the Fore Fever here in the states ... if you're not on-board right now, then be sure to check their site and get to know Spencer, Nathan, Si and Matt -- four lads whose music is about to take off like wildfire worldwide!

More coming up shortly, so stay tuned ...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Let's Make Their Song of Love NeverEnding

Some of us remember them by their hit "NeverEnding Song of Love", while others remember their work with greats like Eric Clapton.
But one thing is completely inescapable: Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett created an aura that captivated listeners worldwide -- their amazing harmonic rock/blues/soul voices were amongst the most cherished and sought-after in the world of music.

Now, their lovely daughters have started a campaign to get these legends into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! And all I can say is, IT'S ABOUT TIME!! This Relic/Eagle's already in -- and I wanna shout-out to all readers to join in the push for their induction!

Here's what their daughter (and accomplished artist, btw), Michele, wrote on Facebook (and, listen: If "Facebook" can get Betty White on SNL, it sure as the dickens can get D&B into the Hall. Join up on Facebook and make your voice heard!):

This is copied verbatim, with just a couple of proof points (and I've italicized a very special part of this:!

HELLO FRIENDS
WE WILL SOON BE OFFERING ITEMS FOR SALE (SUCH AS COCO'S CD) ON DAD AND BABS' INDUCTION PAGE.
THE PROCEEDS WILL INITIALLY GO TO THE "SETTING UP" OF OUR FOUNDATION IN DADS HONOR THAT WILL ENABLE US TO PUT ON THESE FABULOUS TRIBUTE CONCERTS.
WE NEED YOUR HELP AND KIND CONTRIBUTIONS THRU THE PURCHASING OR THE ATTENDANCE OF THESE ITEMS/ EVENTS AS THE FILING FEES FOR FEDERAL STATUS IS QUITE EXPENSIVE.
INITIALLY, THESE CONTRIBUTIONS WILL HELP US SET THIS UP AND GET US ON THE ROAD. HOWEVER, JUST WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT, UNTIL WE ARE A "LEGAL" NONPROFIT, YOUR DONATIONS OR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS WORTHY CAUSE WILL NOT BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE (SOME CASES AND DONATIONS CAN BE MADE RETROACTIVE).
ONCE WE HAVE GOTTEN THE "GO AHEAD" FROM IRS, IT'S ON AND WE WILL CHANGE THE WORLD...WE WILL MAKE HISTORY...WE HAVE A VISION FOR THESE CONCERTS AND THE VISION IS CLEAR. WE WANT TO MAKE MUSIC MAGIC THE WAY CONCERTS USED TO BE...WITH FRIENDS SITTIN' IN AND PLAYING TOGETHER...LOVE AND PEACE FLAVORED WITH "WOODSTOCK". WE WANT TO HELP MUSICIANS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN NEED, AND WE WANT TO HELP WITH THE CONTINUING OF MUSICAL EDUCATION!!!! AND...YOUR DONATIONS WILL THEN BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
THIS FOUNDATION AND THE LOVE OF MUSIC AND FRIENDS AND FAMILY IS WHAT DADS HEART WAS ALL ABOUT....

STAY TUNED ... WE HAVE SOME REALLY COOL FUND-RAISING EVENTS AND ITEMS COMING UP, PRINTS SIGNED BY ME (ARTIST) AND KENNY LOGGINS, SOME ORIGINAL ART, SOME BEAUTIFUL COLLABORATIVE ART SIGNED BY BOTH ARTISTS WITH JAESEN KANTER (DIGITAL ARTIST AND VIDEOGRAPHER), ORIGINAL ART LOVINGLY AND BEAUTIFULLY MATTED AND FRAMED...
AND, OF COURSE, COCOS AMAZING CD....
MORE CDS TO COME!
ART SHOW/ MUSIC/WINE TASTING IN VENTURA AT THE WAV WITH SOME GREAT MUSIC FROM GREAT FRIENDS...
COMIN SOON!!!!
WE INVITE YOU TO CONTRIBUTE IN ANY WAY YOU CAN...JUST YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT AND YOUR "CHEERING ON" IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS ANY GIFTS OR DONATIONS!!!
LOVE ALWAYS AND IN ALL WAYS
THE BRAMLETT GIRLS

Now, to learn more about Delaney and Bonnie, just go to their Wikipedia® page or to Bonnie Bramlett's site!
(PS This sterling duo was often associated with the song "How Do You Do?" That song, however, was sung by the Dutch duo of Mouth & McNeal who, though their song was okay, couldn't hold a candle against D&B! Y'see, there's a difference between a "singer" and a "musical artist" ... and the Bramletts had that artistry down pat! Now ... if you've a Facebook page, what's holding you back? And if you don't have a Facebook page, what's holding you back?? Join FB {and the cause]today! )

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Why An Eagle??

"EAGLES: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see."
When Uncle Lloyd and I first started collaboratin' and conversationatin', I had this email site called "Ringside_eagle". Y'see, the bird had been my official moniker since the syndi years, and, since I was doubling as a pro wrestling announcer, it seemed sensible (at the time) to put them both together.
As our friendship grew, I had been assigned the Rock Relic by a studio I was working for -- but LL was more interested in the other one. "It has a nobler sound to it," he wrote once. "Relics just sit there and get old. Go with the Eagle."
I'd been reluctant to give the web world "the bird" (mainly because much of my studioside jawjackin' has been as the RR, including the Rock, Rhythm & Rimshots blog).

Today, that's changed. In honor and tribute to Lloyd Eugene Thaxton -- friend, mentor, partner-in-crime, The Electric Eagle has taken over where The Rock Relic left off. There's no more "ringside", as the wrestling days are long gone. Instead, this bald bird has entered the steel cage of rock-n-roll and has closed the door behind him.

Ran into a longtime friend yesterday outside a local restaurant, and we stood and talked music for quite some time. Billy Adams is one of the true Rockabilly legends and is also a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He was in town briefly (he now lives in Nashville) and is readying for a new tour of England. Along with his famed "Rockiteers", he not only charted with songs like Rock, Pretty Mama and You Heard Me Knockin' but also had written a song for Elvis (whom he knew and, yes, that Elvis) to perform in his Fall, '77 tour -- one that never materialized, as the Grim Reaper found Presley first.

He, as most artists, appreciated what Lloyd Thaxton did to promote the Sixties rock scene, and we agreed that it's time for a return of the sounds that made the rockin' world go 'round (sorry, Queen, but it wasn't Fat-Bottomed Girls that did that! lol).
And that includes Rockabilly. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of jamming with Billy and Pat Williams (another longtime friend and Rockabilly pioneer), and you could clearly see how the British Invasion forces were influenced by the sound.
Fortunately, the Arbitron® ratings are swinging more to our side every day, Mousers! And it's about time ...

Stay tuned for more ...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cat Tales In Mouse House


Awhile back, I was asked to do a PSA on behalf of the spay/neuter programs in this area. Though I had to pass, it brought back memories of another time, not long ago ...

The cats like to hang out in my upstairs office. One afternoon -- having finished my paperwork -- I took my ShihTzu, Keiko, out for a walk. Leaving the computer on and shutting the door behind me, I went downstairs and, with the dancing queen on her leash, started out of the house.
Well, I thought I'd shut the door behind me.

Apparently, one of my Meow Mafia found that it didn't "catch", and pushed it open. This, of course, led to a wave of feline foragers infiltrating the room -- and, with a blank Word document on the monitor, the temptation to check out my keyboard was too strong for them.
Finding all kinds of strange characters on that page when I returned, I could just imagine the four largest cats (Sugar, Gadget, CaPurrr and K-Cat) seizing the chance to take over and express their opinions (either that, or trying to order cat food over E-Bay®!).

CaPurrrr: Hey, guys, LOOK! Th' old man's left his writing thing on! Let's see if we c'n type somethin' like he does!
Sugar: Um …. I dunno, man! Is that furry excuse for a mutt around here?
CaPurrrr: Naaaah … she's gone for a walk. (He looks puzzled at the keyboard) Hey … any of y'all know how to work this thing?
Sugar: Awwww, move over, Friskie-face! I've seen th' old man use this, so it can't be that hard! Now … what to talk about? (he stops to think, then perks up his ears) I know! Hey, Gadget … how do ya spell "neutering"?
Gadget: O-U-C-H!!
But why are ya writin' about that?? We oughtta tell them to send cat food or somethin'!
K-cat (entering the room with a scrunched-up nose): WHOOOOO-EEEEE!! Don't y'all go back to th' litter box for a few minutes, ya hear? It's a mite pungent … HEY!! You're on the ol' man's writin' thing!
Gadget: Yeah … Sugar's tellin' folks some stuff about fixin' cats …
K-cat: Why? Did one of us break or somethin'??

CaPurrr: Awww, get serious, Stinky! There's so many little kittens out there with no home, scroungin' outta trash cans and sick. Heck, I see 'em everytime I'm up there in the man's kitchen window, catchin' some rays …
K-cat: Brother, you can't even catch a decent mouse! But I saw 'em, too … and grown humans can't take care of all of 'em! There's just too many …
Sugar: D-UH! … that's why I'm writin' this, dude! See, folks've gotta remember to get their pets fixed so it won't be like that.
Gadget: Yeah. the man. took us to that vetur ... that vetra ... that doctor up the street, remember? It don't cost a lot, and it didn't hurt us!
CaPurrr: Hmph … speak for yourself, specs! I couldn't scratch myself for weeks! But you're right. I mean, about the … whatcha call it? Nootering? An', 'sides that, the humans oughtta watch out for their pets … sometimes, when they get out, they could get dead by one o' them big things the man calls "cars." Or by big, mean dogs or somethin'!


K-Cat: Yeahhhh! Well, 'cept KEEEE-kkkooo! That mutt can't even catch her own tail! (all the cats begin to laugh as K-Cat continues) Anyway, why don'tcha write about that new thing on the magic picture box that the man likes to watch? I think it's called the Dog Whisperer, or something.
Gadget: Oh, yeah! It's where that man … what's his name? Ummmm, Cesar Milan, an' he shows how to train (hee!hee!) dogs! It's on that Aminal Planet TV channel.
Ca-Purrr: Hmph … hasn't done much for that overgrown flea-flicker that lives here, has it?? Ya notice they never haveta do that with us?? Shoot … just give us a little room, some good food and water, and we're good to go!
K-cat: And please – after what I been through …don't forget … a clean litter box!
Gadget: But the human Cesar takes the dogs, an' … an' makes 'em learn to do something called heel, and be good, not bite … you know, stuff like that.
Sugar: Yeah … and didja know that when doggies are fixed, sometimes they're easier to train? An' it doesn't cost a bunch of those green papers humans call money, either!

K-Cat: Cool! Hey … while you're on that thingy, see if the ol' man got any o'that HE-mail he talks about. Mebbe somebody's got a purty girl cat …
Gadget (anxiously guarding the door): NO TIME!! Hurry … the ol' man's just come in the back door!
So they all take off like a flash, knocking off the keyboard, turning over the chair – and leaving a mess on the desktop!

We'll get back to the regular posts tomorrow ... but, until then, remember what these whiskerlickin' fleaflickers have said: Make a point to neuter or spay your pets, whether they be dogs or cats. You'll be helping him or her more than you'll ever know ...

Stay Tuned ...

Unclle Lloyd's Lloud Byrds!!

Hey ... we're gonna start makin' these posts a little more interactive, so watch the bottom of this post for more details!
Now ... on to UNCLLE LLOYD'S LLOUD BYRDS!! ...
Take our llivelly lleader LLoyd, mix in (one of my all-time fave groups) Jim (now Roger), Mike, Gene, Chris and David -- collectively known as The Byrds, and you've got yourself a story for the ages! Now, remember: those dudes loved to play it loud and live. And the show was set in a slightly-bigger-than-a-breadbox studio, so ... Wait a minnit. Here ... let the Man tell ya about it, in his own write (actually, it was on one of his own blogposts, but bears repeating). It's wild:

"As you know, most artists did lip-syncs to their songs on the show. It was easier than carrying loads of equipment around with them from show to show. However, the Byrds didn't know how to lip-sync and wanted to do their song live.
Now doing a song "live" on the show was difficult. Our show was live itself and being as we only had one stage (dance floor), we had limited time to set up a full band with all of their electronics.
Actually we had to do it all during a two minute commercial break. Now live set-up means (1) Clearing the stage of all the teen participants. (2) placement of the act on platforms (3) setting up the HUGE speakers (4) Doing a sound check for the audio person in the TV booth. During the two-minute break everything was going well until I noticed that all the group's amps were turned full UP. The Byrds looked like reasonable people so I told them it would be better if they turned the volume down. I said that this was not a auditorium but a small TV studio and their amps at full volume would overload our system, blow out the kid's ears and either knock us off the air or, in the least, make them sound over modulated and, to put it more simply, "AWFUL."
After a few, "But Man, we gotta have loud man," and "We won't be able to hear it Man," I did convince them that it would be to their best interests to 'TURN THE F------- VOLUME DOWN!!!!'
Sheepishly they complied. By that time the two minutes were up, we were back on the air and everyone was ready. I picked up my mike and said, "And here they are ... THE BYRDS!"
At that point each musician turned to their amps and cranked them up full volume and away they went.
I looked up at the engineer in the booth and saw his hair standing straight up. The show was live and I've always wondered how it sounded."


I appreciated the PS he included when he sent this story to me: "You wrote, 'It was when I decided to make music on my own ... man,' So I guess it turned out pretty darn good after all."

Groovy, huh? Lloyd, crew and kids survived ... and the sound came through the tubes like a dream!

Okay ... I said we're gonna start makin' the Mouse House a little more interactive, and here's how:
Just send in your fave moments from the show, meetings or coversations with LL, or even comments on ThaxThings like Stuff Happens, Dawks or whatever (c'monnnnnn ... you c'n do it!). Let's get this blog all over the globe and North Dakota, okay?? Let's make it one that everybody can contribute to ...
You can send yer comments in a plain, unmarked envelope or send 'em to me at the new Electric Eagle Email (LL was keen on my new moniker, soooooo ... there!)

Stay tuned ...

Monday, May 10, 2010

What, Exactly, Is "Cool"?

Cheesers, while I was off this past weekend, I still checked our MouseMail for input from both readers and CTB (Cliquers-To-Be).
Amongst the write-ups was a doozy from a collegiate named Kimberly. She says "I enjoy reading your blog and all about Mr. Thaxton. My mother used to watch his show all (the) time. She said he was cooler than any one else (I assume she was meaning Dave Clark and Bandstand). Can you tell me your definition of cool?"

Well, I'll be happy to -- but, first, Kimberly, it was "Dick Clark"; "Dave" was the front man and stage drummer for his band, The Dave Clark Five (for the record: It was studio musician Bobby Graham who played the drums on DC5 albums).

I mentioned this once to Uncle Lloyd, who evoked the demeanor of a different fivesome who were synonymous with the word. Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and the Chairman himself, Frank Sinatra, formed a stage and screen act known as The Rat Pack (in fact, Uncle Lloyd patterned this clique after theirs ...).

But he reminded me these five gents were a fine blend of talent, humor and camraderie, not so much because they were instant "cool", but because they showed ultimate confidence in everything they did together. They knew their marks, their cues, their trade and each other.
Now, no matter what we've heard about any of them outside The Pack, we know that, together, they cliqued ... er, clicked.

And that, my dear, is the basis of the word "cool". Maybe that's why, in some usages, you'll hear it followed thisclosely by the word "confident."

Let me ask you something: If you were to drive the route you're looking at in the pic above (it's Fancy Gap, Va., after a snowstorm), would you feel a little ... well, nervous the first time you negotiated it? (Oh ... I forgot to tell ya that, a little later on, you'd be driving past an area with no guard rails and a half-mile-or-more drop off the side ...)
But, once you've driven it (especially in that weather), you've got the experience that makes you more confident ... therefore, you don't sweat it like you did at first.

Well, the same thing applies to actors, singers, producers, writers, dishwashers (hey ... we're not too far apart, y'know ...) or anyone else. When LL first broke into the business, he was probably a bit nervous the first time he went in front of a microphone. But, having done it, he became cooler ... more confident ... and, soon, mastered both radio and television exposure.

So remember: You can only become cool if you become confident in what you're doing! In that case, Lloyd was every bit as cool as Dino or Frank ... and so can we be, if we just know what we're doing and believe that what we're putting into it is the very best we can give ...

Capiche?? Great ... then ...
stay tuned ...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Face It ... Moms ROCK!

Hey ... I just thought of something (I can do that at times ...):

Do ya realize that, if it weren't for moms, there wouldn't be rock and roll?? C'mon, think about it: Every person who's been involved with this music (or any music for that matter!) has come from women who went through a passel of pain (go on ... ask any mom what it's like on that delivery table!) to have him or her.
Then, they took about eighteen years or so to raise our rockers in the best way she knew how. Sometimes she did it alone, sometimes with a tear in her eye or heart; but she did it ...

So, for each and every angel who wears the mantle of "mother", "mum" or "mommy":



See ya in 24, so stay tuned ....

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Retro Radio Rock RETURNS ...

(Man, I'd give a purty penny to hear Elmer Fudd® read that title just once! In the meantime ...)


If you noticed, we've got a little spot where you can leave your comments at the bottom of each post. Once, Uncle Lloyd and I were discussing "comments" that people leave. He emailed:

Speaking of comments, I got this nice one from Mike McCann. Mike is a New York DJ, rock music historian and publisher of a Rock Newsletter that goes out to radio stations all over the country. I met Mike while in New York on a book tour:

Lloyd, your comments on being true to your mission (and ignoring the outside suits whenever possible) ring so very true.

Look at what the broadcast industry has done to oldies radio -- made it blander, tighter, less creative, less quirky and less localized. Oh yeah, also lower rated with smaller ad revenues.
Now, oldies are allegedly dead for traditional radio, while mega-chains Clear Channel and CBS have jock-free but deep playlisted jukeboxes playing on the new HD2 feeds.
I predict those will last, without significant promotion of the programming and availability of affordable receivers, months not years."


Now, the Chief sent that to me about four years ago. Today, here in the 010, there have been a few interesting, and very welcome, changes:

According to Arbitron® ratings, there's been a definite turn in the number of listeners who are tuning in and groovin' with the oldies. This goes hand-in-hand with the baby-boomer generation getting a little older and yearning more for those great, classic sounds of entertainers from Animals to Zombies.

But it's also showing a tremendous shift of younger audiences who are apparently tiring of the histrionic heavy-metal and the loopy redundance of computer-generated synth-pop.
Plainly, they want something that not only sounds alive, but gives them the attitudinal endorphins that make them feel good!
And they're curious -- they wanna know what it is about those old tunes that makes their folks feel so good when they hear them ...

To that end, there's a new push to re-format AM stations with "oldies" playlists instead of some boring "talk radio" nonsense. Of course, we've already seen the re-emergence of the LP record, and a new move to add cassettes back into the mix! By the way, some of those AM stations are putting out feelers for as many of their old staffs as they can get their hands on. We're talkin' live DJ's, mousers! Remember? They'd make us laugh with their zaniness while they were cueing up the next record!

It can lead to bigger things for these disk jockeys! I think we already know of one who proved it, right?

Stay tuned ...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Coming Soon on The LT Network

Mousers, I haven't had a chance to update our cheesyfest over the past few days due to some deadlines (see, if they're met, my studio masters reward me with some papery treat called a "paycheck". As long as they don't go Pavlovian on me, I'm safe ...).

A few years ago -- after I'd discovered this interweb thing and could finally give my Smith-Corona a rest (for you who don't remember, way back in olden times we had something called a "typewriter" that made words look like this when typed. Sort of a hard-copy word processor. Ask your grandparents to demonstrate) -- Uncle Lloyd introduced me to webside networking.
Now, we're not talking about this "social" stuff, like the Twitter® or Facebook ® or chattyboxes. There were things on the planet of Microsoft that you could join and interact with others who were in your career or other field of interest.
(Oh. I forgot: Add a ® after that word, "Microsoft", for me when ya get a chance. Thanks ...)

Well, I've found a number of great spots to hang my rock hat, like Linked-In™ (a boss way to make career connections) and the best rock forum on the web, Rock-Talk!. (By the way, both are free to join and enjoy!)

But there's one other benefit of networking, and it's brought out in the book, Stuff Happens: You find yourself making friends you can live with -- I mean, solid friends who have the same interests as you! So that brought even more thoughts into this mouser's little brain (now, there's a Kodak moment: me thinking ...):

Aren't we all networking in some way or another? Think about it: When Lloyd Thaxton was at his zaniest on the show, it affected someone out in TV land (no, I don't need an ® for that. Berle used it years before that, er, network came along!). That person, then, spread that good feeling to one or more of his/her friends, who passed it on to theirs, and so on and so on ...
and The Lloyd Thaxton Show became a tremendous, top-of-the-Neilsen hit!

So we're all networking, in a way. Some of us have a bit of a challenge as to what we want on that network: Is it drama? Music? Sitcom? Information? Whatever we show in our lives, on-or-off the web, is gonna affect somebody ... and it'll spread in the manner they've received your "transmission".

Whatever we decide to "broadcast", we've gotta make sure it's something that'll get the best personal "ratings" from those we come in contact with. After all, we wanna keep our show "on the air" for a long time ...

Stay tuned ...