Chicago Blues Music and the Halcyon Days of Yore (2018.12.15)

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What do Chicago Blues have to do with Halcyon Days of Yore…one might ask?  You are invited to listen our radio show scheduled for Satuday, December 15th at 5:00 pm (Alaska time) on KRNN Juneau Public Radio 102.7 fm or thtough live on air web stream via:

https://www.ktoo.org/listen/krnn/

……. and/or read on:

What is now referred to as the classic Chicago blues style was developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s, taking Delta blues, fully amplifying it, and putting it into a small-band context. Adding drums, bass, and piano (and sometimes saxophones) to the basic string band and harmonica aggregation, the style created the now standard blues band lineup. The form was (and is) flexible to accommodate singers, guitarists, pianists, and harmonica players as featured performers in front of the standard instrumentation. Later permutations of the style took place in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with new blood taking their cue from the lead-guitar work of BB King and T-Bone Walker, creating the popular West Side subgenre (which usually featured a horn section appended to the basic rhythm section). Although the form has also embraced rock beats, it has generally stayed within the guidelines developed in the 1950s and early 1960s.—(Erlewine, et al., eds. All Music Guide to the Blues. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 1999.)

Halcyon Days  Adjective
Denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.

December 14: Halcyon Days begin

The Halcyon Days also occur around this time. According to ancient legend, a grieving wife named Halcyon threw herself into the sea upon discovering the drowned body of her beloved husband, Ceyx. The gods took pity on the pair, transforming them into halcyons, a type of kingfisher bird, with the power to still the stormy seas for 14 days near the time of the winter solstice while they hatched their young. (The birds nest by the seas, so calm winds would protect the eggs during this nesting period.)

The Blue and The Gray on Memorial Day 2018

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The Blue And The Gray

(abridged)
by Francis Miles Finch (1827-1907)

By the flow of the inland river,
Whence the fleets of iron have fled,
Where the blades of the grave-grass quiver,
Asleep are the ranks of the dead:
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment-day;
Under the one, the Blue,
Under the other, the Gray….

….No more shall the war cry sever,
Or the winding rivers be red;
They banish our anger forever
When they laurel the graves of our dead!
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment-day,
Love and tears for the Blue,
Tears and love for the Gray.

National Napping Day (2018.03.12)

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Please join us for the sleep-centered blues show on Walkiing The Blues Away, Saturday, the 10th at 5:oo pm on KRNN Juneau fm 102.7.  ( radio link:  http://www.krnn.org  )

National Napping Day is snoozed on the day after the return of daylight saving time to give folks the chance to catch up on the hour of sleep that they lost out on when clocks changed to the spring time.

A Boston University professor, William Anthony, has been credited with the origin of the event in 1999, primarily to emphasize on the import of sleep. Anthony is  reported to have said, “We chose this particular Monday because Americans are more ‘nap-ready’ than usual after losing an hour of sleep to daylight saving time.”

Year of the Dog (2018.02.17)

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YEAR OF THE DOG ON WTBA, 2/17:  The Chinese zodiac calendar brought us to the “Year of the Dog” this weekend.  You are invited to join Gavin, Wyatt, and John for a blues show in honor thereof on Walking The Blues Away, KRNN radio, 2/17 at 5 pm. ( radio link:  http://www.krnn.org )

Gavin:  This weekend begins the Year of the Dog.

Wyatt:  Yes indeed.  Loyal and friendly… that’s us.

Gavin:  Does this dog-year deal mean we get more biscuits?

Wyatt:  I just hope there are no firecrackers!

National Umbrella Day (2018.02.10)

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NATIONAL UMBRELLA DAY ON WTBA KRNN RADIO, 02/10:  This national is a time to celebrate an umbrella as the rain falls (or the sun shines) rather than be blue about the rain.  There is no doubt that the blues tunes will be coming down on Walking The Blues Away on KRNN Juneau 2/10 at 5:00 pm.

RADIO LINK:  http://www.krnn.org

“Scath Fearthainne” (it’s Gaelic), means, appropriately enough, rain shadow. If there has ever been a more perfect name for umbrella, we don’t know what it is. make sure one of them is strictly for use in the sun!

Clear Cut in the Parlor

The Holiday Tree of December decorated in the living room gave Gavin and Wyatt the dream of howling in the Old Growth Forest out in the prized wilderness….

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…until…

….the Clear Cut of January occurred as the small noble fur tree was taken outside ready for recycling …

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….and their cherished forest had suddenly disappeared.

Happy Festivus (2017.12.23)

Festivus For The Rest Of Us.

“Happy Festivus” is the classic salute of Festivus, a celebration central to the Season 9 episode of Seinfeld “The Strike” which aired on December 18, 1997.  Hence, folks have been moved by the goofy, loony, and wacky holiday to observe Festivus as other significant rituals.

Any Festivus gala must begin with ….

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…the meaning of The Aluminum Pole and next….

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…running to the essential Festivus Dinner followed by….

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… the critical event The Airing Of Grievances, and lastly…

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….the decisive closing event…The Feats Of Strength.

A word of caution to be careful about giving to The Human Fund,

and may we all find our own “Festivus Miracle.”

 

Wright Brothers First Powered Controlled Flight (1903.12.17)

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On December 17, 1903, two brothers of Dayton, Ohio, with an absence of prescribed engineering teaching challenged gravity in their odd flying craft above the dunes of North Carolina’s distant Outer Banks.

We take flight for “Walking The Blues Away” on KRNN Juneau fm 102.7 Saturday 12/16 at 5 pm on the eve of the Kitty Hawk triumph.  Find out how blues music can celebrate the wonderful flight.