Friday, November 03, 2023

Self Help Radio 110223: Rumble

Do you hear that rumble? Might there be a rumble? Rumbling promises more rumbling! & certainly there was two hours of rumbling on Self Help Radio this week.

In case you do listen to this show - I know you didn't listen when it aired - I do feel like I should let you know it's a fundraiser show - every time I talk, I ask for financial help for the station. I am in a strange position because I've been at so many radio stations, nearly all my friends are in radio. & I feel awkward asking them for support when they do the same at their stations. So I hope someone who might listen, who might appreciate the shows I do or at the very least the kindness of the station that airs them, I hope they might feel moved to make a donation. If that is you, reading this, go to the Freeform Portland donation page. & again, if you listen to the show, there's a lot of this kind of hat-in-hand talk on the show.

Meanwhile! The show itself is now at the Self Help Radio web page. Please use the username SHR & the password selfhelp to access. Everything that's on the show - minus all the donation talk & the silly spots I made for the fund drive - is listed below.

Thank you for listening & thank you for your support.

Self Help Radio Rumble Show
"Rumble" Link Wray & His Ray Men _The Link Wray Collection 1956-62_
"Rumble, Rumble, Rumble" Betty Hutton _American Songbook Series: Frank Loesser_
"Rumble Chillen" Albert Williams _The Sun Blues Box_

introduction & definitions

"Rumble Boogie" Don Cherry _The Don Cherry Singles Collection_
"The Rumble Drum" Marais & Miranda with the Pardo Ancient Instrument Ensemble _Ballads Of Long Ago_
"Rumblin' Tumblin' Baby" The Emeralds _Condition Your Heart_

interview with nutritionist Dr. Dale Newton

"Rumble In The Jungle" Don Covay _Hot Blood_
"King Of The Rumbling Spires" Tyrannosaurus Rex _The Definitive_
"Rowche Rumble" The Fall _Dragnet_

interview with geologist Dr. Dean Neighbors

"Rumble At Joe's" Sue Evans _Rumble At Joe's_
"Rumble On Mersey Square South" Wimple Winch _The Wimple Winch Story: 1963-1968_
"Rumble With The Gang Debs" Tullycraft _Disenchanted Hearts Unite_

Sir Archibald Von Poesy reads a poem live!

"Get 'Em In A Rumble Seat" Harry Reser's Six Jumping Jacks _Volume Two_
"Rumble Seat" Bobtown _A History Of Ghosts_
"Rumbletrain" The Mighty Lemon Drops _Laughter_

interview with fight enthusiast Dick Neff

"A Rumbling In The Land" Julie Felix _The Second Album_
"Rumble" Robin & Linda Williams _In The Company Of Strangers_
"Rumblin'" Neil Young _Le Noise_

conclusion & goodbye

"Rumble" You Am I _You Am I's #4 Record_
"Rumbler" Black Lips _Sing In A World That's Falling Apart_
"Rumbling Joker" Robert Pollard _Waved Out_
"The Rumble" Original Broadway Cast _West Side Story (1957 Orginal Broadway Cast Recording)_
"Trucker's Rumble" Deadbolt _Voodoo Trucker_

Thursday, November 02, 2023

Whither Rumble?

(It's Rumbling Bridge! Image from here.)

First of all, there's no mistake there - the theme is "rumble." Not "rumbling." There is a tendency I have (& perhaps you do too) to have the theme be a noun, so one wants to make any theme which might be a verb into a gerund for the sake of some kind of sense of agreement. But you know what? I don't mind the awkwardness of a theme like "rumble."

But why do a show with a theme that's a verb or at best a possible weird noun? For me, it's all about onomatopoeia. As you know because it's the best sounding figure of speech & one of the easiest to understand, onomatopoeia is when a word is made by the sound it makes. Like beep. Or snarl. Or buzz. It occurred to me - & frankly I didn't check this before I started planning the show - I hadn't done a show with an onomatopoeiacal theme in a long time. & my brain started liking the word "rumble."

One thing I discovered is that I sure have a lot of versions of Link Wray's "Rumble." The song itself is collected on my records & it's covered by lots of folks. I never knew it was so beloved!

Let's get ready to rumble on today's Self Help Radio which airs noon to 2pm on Freeform Portland which is on the air in town at 90.3+98.3fm & online at freeformportland dot org. I'll also be asking for you help for the Fall Drive today so to preemptively give, become a Friend Of Freeform right now by going to our Patreon site. Just think of how many more shows with oddball themes like "rumble" are possible with your support!

Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Preface To Rumble: Rum Balls

(These rum balls don't rumble. Image from here.)

Confession time: though I love to cook, I'm not that good at baking. If I told you why I think that is, you would laugh at me, so I'm not going to say so. But one other reason is that often with baking if you follow the recipe exactly you might screw up because I believe like with gardening one needs to have a knack for baking. A kind of "yeasty thumb," if you will. But please don't.

Here's a recipe of vegan rum balls. They seem easy enough - & I love when people try to veganize recipes, I've done that a few times for non-dessert-y things, with mixed results. I haven't had a rum ball in a while & I am struck by how little rum goes in them. I might double the rum content. Or just finish the fifth of rum you bought for the recipe thinking you'd need more than a couple of tablespoons. Wow.

Rumble & rum ball are kinda homonyms, or rather, homophones, as people constantly correct me these days. It's like there's another kind of synonym out there that everyone has always called a synonym & then suddenly everyone's like "if it means the same but it's often considered not, it's a synophone."

Just as I wrote that, I wondered if there really were something called a synophone. I found only this reference on the internets, from here:

To my understanding, heterographs are words that have different meanings, different spellings, but sound the same. Synophones are words that have different meanings, different spellings, & sound similar but not the same.

So, ball & bawl would be heterographs, while ball & bell would be synophones.

This is what I get for trying to be sarcastic & make things up. Enjoy your rum balls!

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Halloween Thoughts

It's Halloween night, I am beat, it's been a while since kids came to trick & treat. Guess it's nearly over.

What I did for Halloween is made three radio shows - Self Help Radio's was new, it was about ghost towns (not so scary); the Dickenbock Report was a kind of repeat from a show I did about nightmares ten years ago; & Corporate Standardized Programming was three hours of Halloween songs. I'd share them but Halloween is nearly over.

Also I bought some candy & my wife bought some Halloween bags & I put the candy in the bags & I sat in front of my house & handed them out tonight. I had thirty-six bags to give & have fourteen left. We didn't get a lot of kids. I think it might be because I didn't use the Next Door dot com "treat map." I'm always a little leery of interacting with that app.

In case you're wondering, no, I didn't dress up. I'm not a dressing up kind of guy. I don't think I've dressed up for Halloween since I was a kid. At least nothing elaborate. The kids were very cute tonight. A lot of Harry Potter. One kid, probably in middle school, was dressed as Jason from Friday The 13th. I said, "Take a bag but don't kill me!" He laughed at this.

Here's something I don't think I've seen before: parents following their kids while holding glasses of wine. It's a Portland thing I guess.

Kinda glad the holiday is over. People around her sure love it though. I need to work on another radio show!

Monday, October 30, 2023

Two Halloween Things

Happy All Hallow's Eve Eve! Here are two Self Help Radio related Halloween things:

1) Almost all of the Halloween shows I've ever done for Self Help Radio are archived on the Self Help Radio Halloween page. The most recent one - ghost towns - is on the front page. It wasn't all that scary though. Maybe I won't add it to the Halloween page later.

2) Tonight's episode of Corporate Standardized Programming on KBOO - airing midnight to 3am on 90.7fm in town & online at - will be a mishmash of Halloween songs. You don't have to stay up late to listen tho - it'll be at the show's page in time for tomorrow.

Now I need to get ready for Halloween! I am making little treat bags for the trick-or-treaters. If they come by. They hardly ever do but in case they do.