SATURDAY MORNING WITH HOWIEZOWIE PLAYLIST:
“Back to the Garden II”
19 August 2017
With special in-studio guest John Couture of Newport Electric!
Kapt. Kutter Mash Up #54:
The Big Transplant (featuring dialogue from the film “Silent Running”)
Bruce Dern takes 'matter' into his own hands on a deep-space mission to save the trees.
Born To Be Wild -The Moog Cookbook (Plays The Classic Rock Hits/1997)
The Moog Cookbook is the name of an electronica band made up of Brian Kehew and Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (under the aliases Uli Nomi and Meco Eno) as a parody/tribute to the novelty "Moog records" of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The duo performs exclusively on analog synthesizers, especially Moog synthesizers. The liner notes from their first album proudly proclaims "No MIDI" to demonstrate that they played things by hand, rather than using computer sequencing, which is common for synthesizer music. The Moog Cookbook released two albums in the mid-1990s featuring instrumental cover versions of alternative and classic rock tracks performed on vintage synthesizers. The pair reunited to record a track for the soundtrack of the 2004 film Moog. In 2006, the pair independently released a collection of material recorded during their earlier sessions and as part of other projects. This album is Bartell.
The band's name is derived from a 1978 cookbook, Moog's Musical Eatery by Shirleigh Moog, the first wife of synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog.
"Born to Be Wild" was written by Mars Bonfire (who also wrote several other songs for Steppenwolf) as a ballad. Bonfire was previously a member of the Sparrows, the predecessor band to Steppenwolf, and his brother was Steppenwolf's drummer. Although he initially offered the song to other bands — The Human Expression, for one — "Born to Be Wild" was first recorded by Steppenwolf in a sped-up and rearranged version. Brent Jones told the story of meeting Mars at a festival on our “Back to the Garden I” episode. He relayed that he was surprised to find out that the song was written about ecology, as opposed the the chaos and mayhem generally ascribed to it.
Opening Block (13:59)
Garden of Your Mind – Mister Rogers Remixed (PBS Digital Studios/2012)
PBS Digital Studios collaborates with Symphony of Science’s John Boswell to pay tribute to children’s television legend Mister Rogers. Pure magic! This magic is in the form of a song titled Garden of Your Mind, featuring the late, great, and beloved Fred Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003).
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was an American half-hour children's television series that was created and hosted by namesake Fred Rogers. The series originated in 1963 as Mister Rogers on CBC Television, and was later re-branded in 1966 as Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on the regional Eastern Educational Network (EEN, a forerunner of today's American Public Television), followed by its U.S. network debut on February 19, 1968, and it aired on NET and its successor, PBS, until August 31, 2001.
Earth – Dweezil Zappa (Confessions/1991)
"Earth" begins with an orchestra tuning up, then has Dweezil playing a classically influenced electric guitar composition, before he settles into a song about impending ecological disaster. On the surface the song itself sounds fairly standard, but contains many time signature twists and turns. And this is why the album as a whole succeeds, clearly the then 21 year old Dweezil had begun to learn many of his father Frank's techniques of keeping the listener on his or her toes. (Note that a line was edited for broadcast - as was part of the intro, the video included will give you the full version of the song)
Do It - The Mongrels (Live! In London EP/2016)
The Mongrels’ repertoire is as eclectic as it comes:
“We’re the only band in town that does the Byrds and the Buzzcocks, Steve Earle and The Sex Pistols ~ and we play none of the hits, all of the time,” says guitarist/vocalist Robert (Slim Sugar) Charles-Dunne. You can find them at their regular first Sunday of the month matinee (4pm – 7pm) Rock n' Roll Rent Party at the Richmond Tavern right here in downtown London – and anywhere else they can convince an establishment to allow them to roar.
Playin' By Their Rules – Broomsticks and Hammers (Mirror Box/2017)
Winners of the 2016 Folk/Roots Jack Richardson London Music Award, Broomsticks & Hammers continues and builds on the folk/roots tradition of taking songs grounded in stories of the human condition and treating these stories with great musicianship and exciting band dynamics. On record, the songs shine through alongside the band’s keen ear for thoughtful and sometimes quirky musical treatments. Live, the force of a seven-piece unit comes to the fore as the band traverses folk, rock, country, and even a little jazz and blues with ease. Fans of the roots music of Blue Rodeo, Dan Mangan, Ryan Adams, The Skydiggers, The Band, and others will find that Broomsticks & Hammers fits right in.
Since it's founding in 2013 the band has built a strong local fan base, playing local clubs, community-centred events, and supporting a variety of charitable causes. Among the band's most notable performances are: The main stage at the venerable Canterbury Folk Festival in Ingersoll; the main stage at the prestigious Home County Music and Art Festival in London; the inaugural season of Grand Bend’s Summer Sunset Sounds concert series; the sold out “It’s Not, Not Country” showcase in downtown London (with London favourite's Kevin's Bacon Train) as part of Canadian Country Music Awards Week.
The band’s debut album Postcard was released in January 2016 and charted steadily on CHRW Radio Western and was well-received at college stations nation-wide, even reaching at #2 on the roots charts at CFBX in Kamloops, BC. The band’s sophomore release, Mirror Box, was recorded at the Sugar Shack in London with Juno-nominated producer/engineer Simon Larochette.
sCreamGrrrl's Can Con Corner (10:51)
Shake Yer Blues (Mary Wake Up) – Newport Electric (Thin Wild Mercury/TBA)
sez John Couture:“We don't hide our influences, why should we? Our influences made the best music of all time! This song certainly shows our 60's vibe. A cross between the Byrds and The Who, with a perfect dose of cheesy Hammond organ to boot! The ending has counter melody - something I first remember hearing on McCartney's beautiful song "Wanderlust". At the end we throw in a musical nod to the Everly Brothers. Why? Because I love the Everly Brothers!! Normally I take a lot time working on lyrics, but some songs you just gotta go with the groove man! It's a fun song and it's a kick to play live, we've received really good crowd responses playing it.”
I Love You So – The Marrieds (The Marrieds/2011)
Listen Linda – Westminster Park (Fig. 4 Molt, Rebirth/2017)
sez sCreamGrrrl: Well firstly, all the artists we played are local bands from right here, our very own beautiful forest city of London Ontario. The last song that you just heard is called Listen Linda from the band Westminster Park. Howie and I first discovered this band at the Aeolian Hall this past April for a benefit concert event hosted by Brent Jones called Eco Folk in support of the Thames Talbot Land Trust. This husband and wife fronted quartet were absolutely captivating. They have this intimate, melancholy, folky, fun loving sound. We recently attended a CD release party for their latest album titled Fig. 4: Molt, Rebirth at Novacks and the band opened their first set wearing animal masks. They were just brilliant and did a most memorable cover of Pulp’s Common People. What a magically night.
The song we played prior is called I Love You So from a band that we first discovered at Canada Day 2016 in Harris Park (where we also met Brent Jones, who was sitting in with them). That would be The Marrieds, comprised of Jane Carmichael (vocals, ukulele) and Kevin Kennedy (vocals, guitar) and they are indeed a married couple. They formed back in 2010 when they posted three snow day songs on YouTube during London’s infamous “Snowmageddon” of that year. The city of London was basically shut down, it was the first time in 25 years that my government office was closed for 3 days. So during the Snowmageddon, the snow songs posted on YouTube by The Marrieds were viewed over 10,000 times in just a few days, and captured the attention of CBC radio, which made them the Sound of the Day across Canada. The Marrieds are known for their “folk-country sound filled with playful lyrics and sweet harmonies.” The Marrieds just recently won a 2017 Jack Richardson London Music Award in the Folk/Roots Category, as well as a nomination for Video of the Year for “A Girl Said Yes.” We also saw them at Eco Folk Fest and then caught them yet again at the Home County Fest in Victoria Park ( both times with Brent Jones once again playing keys). What a superb show that was. I love that band and I love that festival.
And we started sCreamGrrrl’s CanCon corner with our in guest studio John Couture’s band called Newport Electric. We premiered a new song to the world for the first time called Shake Yer Blues (Mary Wake Up). I was thinking to myself, How and when did we meet Newport Electric? I believe it was at the APK playing with The Mongrels about 2 years ago for one of the Rock N Roll Rent Parties hosted by CHRW. So, what I’ve learned about Newport Electric is that the band came together in 2014 when friends John Couture (vocals/guitar) and Roger Osmond (drums/vocals) decided it was time to merge musically - so merge they did. They brought in veteran players Steve Sinclair (guitar/vocal) and Dusty MacMillan (bass/vocal) to round out their unique sound. And I know why I love them so much because to me they are clearly influenced by The Skydiggers, Blue Rodeo and Bruce Cockburn all mashed up with the dirty sound of Crazy Horse. And I just love all those artists so how could I not love Newport Electric.
And there you have it, this week’s SCGCCC featuring artists on the bill at the 2017 Back to the Garden Roots Music Festival. Hope you enjoyed my song selections!
John's Block (10:54)
sez John Couture: "I've had the pleasure of performing at Back to the Garden a couple of times and I'm really looking forward to it again this year. Brent Jones, his family and other organizers should be commended for all the work they put into this. What strikes me each year is the real sense of community; there's people from all age ranges and ethnic backgrounds; some come for the day and find a spot on the grass to enjoy the music while others walk around the various vendors and stay to watch a particular act they enjoy. There's babies in strollers, there's families with their dogs - it's just a great all inclusive celebration. Music has a beautiful way of bonding people. This year the event has grown to two days - a testament to the sheer amount of musical talent we have in the area.
I was asked to choose a song from three artists performing. Let me tell you, this was a much more difficult task than it sounds. There's so many great bands and artists that I have a huge respect for, how can I only choose three?!?"
We Don't Talk - Andy Chillman (Up Hill Both Ways/2017)
My first pick is Andy Chillman with "We Don't Talk". With a voice very reminiscent to Chris Rea, he had my attention the minute I heard him. His style is very stripped down and basic - touches of piano, drums and other instruments but nothing that takes away from the strength of the acoustic guitar and voice. I've only heard the one album (Up Hill Both Ways) but he is definitely an artist I want to explore more.
Mouthful - Brent Jones (Coincidence Makes A Miracle/2016)
Next I chose Brent Jones' "Mouthful" from his most recent release. Brent told me that wherever he travels, he books a recording session at whatever city he's in. What a great idea! His travels took him to Bath, England and he had some great stories to tell about Peter Gabriel's studio where some of this album was recorded. A absolutely amazing piano player, great voice and all around good guy. I like how he gets a little funky on this track.
Slow - Aaron Allen & the Small City Saints (Better Days/2015)
Aaron Allen is my final choice. Seeing Aaron live is my nemesis; I've never had the chance to catch him live. Whether it be my own band also playing the same night or other "life" stuff, I've just never had the opportunity even though I've really wanted to. The musical gods have listened...he's scheduled to perform a set right before we take the stage! There's no way I can miss him this time!! I think Aaron is an extremely talented songwriter and some of his stuff reminds me of Steve Earle (who I found out we both share a love for). This song "Slow" is simply one of the prettiest tunes I've ever heard. Turns out Mr Brent Jones also plays piano on this track - something I learned only a couple of days ago (the guy is everywhere!). Aaron is a talent in London that should be more known.
Closing Block (12:18)
Gardener – Pete Denomme (Nice to be Home/2010)
Owner/Creative Director at London Music Club and co-founder of the Back To The Garden Festival with the song that inspired it!
Trouble With Love - Coming Up Roses (Single/2017)
Justine and Noelle have been friends since Kindergarten and are both going into Grade 11 at Banting Secondary School here in London. They are involved in the music program at the school and have had the opportunity to participate in some unique performances including singing on stage with Eric Church when he was performing at Budweiser Gardens last spring. Coming Up Roses can also often be seen busking on Saturday mornings at the Western Fair Farmers Market. They've been performing together for about a year and a half. Back to the Garden will be their first time performing at a festival. They are on SoundCloud under "Coming Up Roses music". They are also on Instagram @cominguprosesmusic. Their Instagram page includes videos of their singing.
The girls wrote “Trouble With Love” as a commentary on the pressures and expectation of teenagers to always feel the need to be in a relationship.
Irish Blessing - Jocelyn Rasmussen (Singing Is Praying Twice/2017)
Sez Jocelyn Rasmussen:“When I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer my first thought was that I needed a miracle. My second thought was that it could come in any form. It might be a spontaneous healing, it might come through medical treatment, or it might release me into whatever comes after this life. I knew that any of these outcomes would be okay.
As it turned out I received extraordinary medical treatment and had almost three wonderful years cancer free. In gratitude, I decided to record some of the healing prayers I have set to music over the years. I sing them to start my day, to clear my mind or to steady my heart. My deepest wish is that they will serve you too. The prayers include “The Serenity Prayer,” “The Prayer of St. Francis,” Black Elk’s Prayer,” “Take Me Where You Want Me To Go,” “The Servant Song,” “i thank you God,” “Abide,” “Amazing Grace,” and an “Irish Blessing.” I play piano and sing, with Christine Newland on cello, Steve Clark on bass, Fil Beorchia on percussion, Chris Norley on guitar, Jesse Nestor on lap steel guitar, and Barry Usher on soprano saxophone.
Ovarian cancer has been nicknamed “the silent killer” because it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. The survival rate is low, and there is still no screening test for it. Early cancers of the ovaries often cause no symptoms or symptoms that are more commonly caused by other things. By the time ovarian cancer is considered as a possible cause of these symptoms, it usually has already spread beyond the ovaries. Also, some types of ovarian cancer can rapidly spread to the surface of nearby organs. Research is needed to develop screening tests, to improve treatments, and to some day find a cure.
While we strive for these goals, your contributions also extend the lives of women living with ovarian cancer and give them the miracle of time. Time to nurture their growing families and to make creative contributions to their communities.
I am donating the entire $20 you pay to download the “Singing Is Praying Twice” album to support research for treating and curing ovarian cancer. The additional $5 you pay for the physical CD covers shipping and packaging.”