ABRAHAM LINCOLN ON CROSSCURRENTS, 2/12: The 16th president of the United States, whose Gettysburg Address stands as one of the most legendary bits of oratory in American history, Abraham Lincoln was born on this date in 1809. You are honestly invited to honest Abe Lincoln’s birthday on Crosscurrents, 2/12 at 8 am. ( radio link: http://www.krnn.org )
HAL BLAINE ON CROSSCURRENTS, 2/5: The busiest session drummer in the 1960’s and 70’s who played on 40 #1 singles, 150 top ten songs, and Grammy Award best record for six years in a row, Hal Blaine was born on this date in 1929. Bring your sticks as you are invited to join the beat of Hal Blaine’s birthday on Crosscurrents, 2/5 at 8 am. ( radio link: http://www.krnn.org )
Hal Blaine played on the following #1 hit songs:
“Johnny Angel” – Shelley Fabares (03/03/62)
“He’s a Rebel” – The Crystals (10/06/62)
“Surf City” – Jan & Dean (06/22/63)
“I Get Around” – The Beach Boys (07/04/64)
“Everybody Loves Somebody” – Dean Martin (07/11/64)
“Ringo” – Lorne Greene (11/07/64)
“This Diamond Ring” – Gary Lewis & the Playboys (01/23/65)
“Help Me, Rhonda” – The Beach Boys (05/01/65)
“Mr Tambourine Man” – The Byrds (06/05/65)
“Eve of Destruction” – Barry McGuire (08/28/65)
“My Love” – Petula Clark (01/15/66)
“These Boots Are Made’ – Nancy Sinatra (02/05/66)
“Monday Monday” – The Mamas & the Papas (04/16/66)
“Strangers in the Night” – Frank Sinatra (07/02/66)
“Poor Side of Town” – Johnny Rivers (10/08/66)
“Good Vibrations” – The Beach Boys (10/29/66)
THOMAS PAINE ON CROSSCURRENTS, 1/29: An English American writer and political theorist whose works paved the way for the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine was born on this date in 1737. Few people have spoken to all the ages, to all people and nations, and apparently to some dogs, and you can join the Paine birthday on Crosscurrents, 1/29 at 8 am. ( radio link: http://www.krnn.org )
Thomas Paine as quoted:
“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”
― Thomas Paine, A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North America
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. ”
― Thomas Paine, The American Crisis
“Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man
“Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man
“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”
― Thomas Paine, An American Crisis
“But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man
Where knowledge is a duty, ignorance is a crime. ~~ Thomas Paine, Virginia Papers
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. ~~~ Thomas Paine, Common Sense
LORD BYRON ON CROSSCURRENTS, 1/22: The most flamboyant and notorious British poet of the Romantic Movement who gained notoriety by his scandalous private life and brilliant use of the English language, Lord Byron was born on this date in 1788. The romance of Lord Byron’s poetry has inspired a show of love and triumph through “doo wop” music to which you are invite on Crosscurrents, 1/22 at 8 am. ( radio link: http://www.krnn.org )
As Lord Byron is quoted as saying:
Friendship is Love without his wings!
Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.
And, after all, what is a lie? ‘Tis but
The truth in masquerade.
Deep Vengeance is the daughter of deep Silence.
here is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.
Adversity is the first path to truth.
There is no instinct like that of the heart.
The best prophet of the future is the past.
To have joy, one must share it.
Hatred is the madness of the heart.
There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.
If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.
I am not now
That which I have been.
This is the age of oddities let loose.
The English winter – ending in July to recommence in August
There is pleasure in the pathless woods.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR ON CROSSCURRENTS, 01/15: A minister and community activist who sought equality and human rights through peaceful protest, Martin Luther King Jr. was born on this date in 1929. We hope you can join us for a celebration of Dr. King’s life through songs of civil liberties on Crosscurrent, 1/15 at 8 am. (radio link: http://www.krnn.org)
Quotations to inspire, give hope, and continue the struggle……
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
BILL GRAHAM ON CROSSCURRENTS, 01/08: A central figure in organizing, producing and marketing rock music across the nation, gaining fame in the 1960’s for concerts at the Fillmore theater in San Francisco and later at its East Coast spin-off, Bill Graham was born on this date in 1931. We hope you can join us for the Bill Graham birthday and a playlist consisting entirely of memorable performances from the Fillmore concert theatre on Crosscurrents, 01/08 at 8 am.
Song list among others will include: Santana; Tower of Power; Mayall; King; Mahal; Franklin; Berry; Allman; Dead; N.R.P.H.; Quicksilver; Airplane; Hendrix; Cocker; Russell;
PAUL REVERE ON CROSSURRENTS, 01/01: A silversmith who is legendary for his efforts to warn colonialists during a fabled midnight horse ride only a portion of which is true, Paul Revere was born on this date in 1735. You are invited (with or without a horse) to start the new year by celebrating Revere’s birthday on Crosscurrents, 01/01 at 8 am.
KEITH RICHARDS ON CROSSCURRENTS, 12/18: An English musician whose admiration for Delta blues lead him to a career as an icon rhythm guitarist, Keith Richards was born on this date in 1943. You are invited to celebrate the music and birthday of Keith Richards on Crosscurrents, 12/18 at 8 am.
On being alive:
“Hey, it’s good to be here. It’s good to be anywhere.”
“It’s a privilege just to wake up to a new day.”
“We age not by holding on to youth, but by letting ourselves grow and embracing whatever youthful parts remain.”
“I fell into it. I’m still falling.”
“I was number 1 on the who’s likely to die list for 10 years … I was really disappointed when I fell off that list.”