Saturday, March 24, 2012

Preface To Gold: Fools & Their Gold

On returning to the Gold Standard, a free verse poem (as told to TS Eliot)

Oh Gold Standard like Icarus we abandoned you to the Greek skies!
Must we take up arms like Hamlet or even like Hamilton
Whose duel with Burr meant his end - of life but not legend?

Does the rose not bloom in the bloomiest of months?
April needs the rain's lifeblood like our own life needs its blood blood -
Like our nation (all nations) need Gold as its golden Standard.

There is a hat every sovereign nation once wore -
Dare to wear that hat again, the Hat Of Fiscal Decorum!
The plume is the plume of Wise Hammurabi, dreaming of fairness.

Did Joyce, walking the streets of Paris, daydream about you
O Gold Standard now buried perhaps in Père Lachaise next to Collette
Or Jim Morrison who - it is said - once consumed an entire bar of Gold.

To fervently want Gold returned as a Standard too long slandered
We need Miss Manners to rap our knuckles for digging in infertile dirt
Like swords beaten into plowshares unshared with a hungry world.

So we close our eyes like blind Homer but see a better time -
A time when we like great Croesus manhandling great Midas can laugh -
Saved! Once again, the Gold Standard is in love with us!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I Don't Know Why The I Don't Know Show Is Being Posted On A Thursday

I just don't know. Really, I don't know. I don't... I don't know. You know?

I do know this show, which apparently doesn't know anything, is available on the Self Help Radio website if you want to listen. I don't know what you want. Part one of the show is here, & part two is here. I don't know how else I can explain it to you. What's in each part is below, although I don't know why I'm telling you that.

I don't know if you are listening - but thanks anyway!

(part one)

"I Don't Know" George Carlin _When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?_
"I Don't Know" Willie Mabon _Chess Rhythm & Roll, 1947-1955_
"I Don't Even Know" Envelopes _Demon_
"I Don't Know If You Don't Know" Adicts _Rise & Shine_

"I Know But I Don't Know" Blondie _The Platinum Collection_
"I Don't Know" Bill Withers _Still Bill_
"Don't Know Anymore" Alex Chilton _A Man Called Destruction_
"I Don't Know" Mekons _I Heart Mekons_
"I Don't Know For Sure" Hüsker Dü _Candy Apple Grey_

"I Don't Know Why" Eden Kane _Dreamboats & Petticoats, Vol. 4_
"I Don't Know Why" Stevie Wonder _At The Close Of A Century_
"I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)" Jack Mudurian _Downloading The Repetoire_
"I Don't Know Why" The Iguanas _A Journey To Tyme, Vol. 3_

(part two)

"I Don't Know Why I Love You" House Of Love _House Of Love_

"I Don't Know" Smack Dab _Queen Crab_
"I Don't Know What To Say" The Magnetic Fields _Realism_
"I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" Elvis Costello _My Aim Is True_
"I Don't Know What To Do With My Life" The Buzzcocks _Operators Manual_
"What I Don't Know" Betty Lavette _Bluesoul Belles_
"I Don't Know What It Is, But I Like It" Varetta Dillard _The Lovin' Bird: Complete Recordings 1958 - 1961, Vol. 2_

"I Don't Know" Bob Hope _The Sound Of Leamington Spa, Vol. 2_
"I Don't Know" Embellish _Moshi Moshi (Pop International Style)_
"I Really Don't Know" The Cat's Miaow _A Kiss & A Cuddle_
"Don't Know How You Do It" Imperial Teen _Feel The Sound_
"Don't Know How To Say Goodbye" Pigeon Detectives _Wait For Me_
"If You're Not Here (I Don't Know Where You Are)" Hunx & His Punx _Too Young To Be In Love_
"I Don't Know Which Way To Turn" Felt _Ignite The Seven Cannons_

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Show A Week Late? That's Not Groovy!

Boy is this being posted late. Hey man, I don't dig the vibe. I am inhabiting my own space right now & totally don't need your negativity holding me hostile. A radio show is like a good time, man. You can't make it happen on a schedule, you know? Far out.

That's as hippie as I can get. I hope there's some groovy in you because there's a hell of a lot in this show, which is available on the Self Help Radio website. You can also listen to the first part of the show here & then the second part of the show here. Or you can listen to them the other way around. Or just one or the other. There is a list of the songs in each part below.

As always, thanks for listening!

(part one)

"Groovy" Groovers _Las Vegas Grind, Vol. 1_
"Groovy Time" Blochin 81 _Review III (Marsh-Marigold)_
"Everything's Groovy" Gaye Bykers On Acid _Everything Groovy_

"Groovy" Johnny Moore's Three Blazers _Charles Brown 1944-1945_
"A Groovy Kind Of Love" Diane & Annita _You Heard It Here First, Vol. 1_
"The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" The Free Design _Kites Are Fun_
"Groovy Tuesday" Swan Dive _Swan Dive_
"Every Groovy Day" Roman Rebellion _Every Groovy Day_
"You're A Stone Groovy Thing" Ruth Brown _Sister Funk_

"Groovy Situation" Gene Chandler _Nothing Can Stop Me: Gene Chandler's Greatest Hits_
"Groovy Situation" Keith Rowe _Lee Scratch Perry: Arkology_
"Groovy Tune" Silly Pillows _New Affection_

(part two)

"Your Groovy Self" Nancy Sinatra _Speedway_
"Groovy People" Lou Rawls _All Things In Time_

"That's Groovy" The Classic Example _The Classic Example_
"Groovy Little Pizza" Charles Edward Cheese Band _Let's Eat Pizza_
"The Grooviest Girl In The World" The Fun & Games _Elephant Candy_
"Groovy Girls Make Love At The Beach" Gary Wilson _You Think You Really Know Me_
"Groovy Little Woman" Wilson Pickett _Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Studio Recordings (1962-1978)_
"The Weddin' March (I Feel Groovy)" Friend & Lover _Reach Out Of The Darkness_

"Groovy Times" The Clash _Clash On Broadway_
"(If You Think You're) Groovy" The Small Faces _The Immediate Anthology_
"Groovy Heart Attack" The Hit Parade _More Pop Songs_
"Wouldn't That Be Groovy" Doris _Did You Give The World Some Love Today Baby_
"Workin' On A Groovy Thing" The Fifth Dimension _The Very Best Of The 5th Dimension_

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Whither I Don't Know?

I know exactly why I am doing a show about not knowing. Although the more I think about it, "not knowing" is not quite the same as saying "I don't know." "Not knowing" is the condition you're in when you realize you don't know.

I was bluffing there. I don't know why I am doing a show about I don't know. I don't even know if I'm going to be doing the show tomorrow. I suspect I will. But I can't really be sure.

You don't know, either, but I don't care about that. I care only that I don't know. But to satisfy your skepticism you can tune in, tomorrow, at 7:30 am, on 88.1 fm WRFL in Lexington. Or you can listen online live from anywhere at the WRFL website - the audio link is right here.

I will put the show on the Self Help Radio website when I can - I was out of town this week so I still haven't put last week's show there - don't hassle me!

I will only say that I don't know when I'll put them there - oh but I will put those shows up sometime after tomorrow morning.

Will you listen? Honestly, I don't know.