Rhythm, a word I just had to type five times to spell it correctly, kicks off this episode. In the soft, pillowy center we’ll coast along with Mr Tom Eaton. The last stretch curves over toward neo-classical land a bit. Hang on.
I say this absolutely without reservation: this is one of the deepest flows I’ve ever had the pleasure of putting together. Listening to this–something I’ve done several times now–has a genuinely profound and moving effect on me, and I owe that solely to these superb artists. I hope this episode brings you to a deep and meaningful place as well.
Sometimes you just need to drift a while. We’ll kick off doing exactly that, then very gently ease the throttle upward. I think you’re going to like how this one ends. (No, not the bit where I get talky…just the stuff before that.) We’ve got peace…and we’ve got power.
From a deep world-music groove to get things started, we’ll course through some shadowy spots, spend 30 minutes with Robert Scott Thompson, then find our way eventually to some jazz influences and modern classical. Quite a mix, gotta say. It’s just how we do.
Hold on, we’re heading into theme territory. Take a quick glance at the playlist–or, hey, just listen to the first 30 seconds of the show–and you’ll have the theme firmly in hand. Ain’t rocket science. Let’s go. Let’s go.
“John,” they said to me, “how will you possibly follow up your 300th show?” I gave them a sly smile, and as I turned to go said, over my shoulder, “With the 301st.” True story. Settle in. This 90’s got new and library tracks, and we settle in for 30 minutes with Michelle Qureshi.
Music can’t cure the thing that’s currently ailing us collectively, but I hope this 90 minutes’ worth at least takes your mind off it for a bit. There are fresh tracks in front, delicious library cuts in the back, and in the middle we’ll stroll through a half hour of contemporary classical offerings from Bruno Sanfilippo. Take care of yourselves, and enjoy.
Start Pascal Schumacher, Sol, Sol*
4.56 Huma, Ubicuo, Eva
12.00 William St Hugh, Future Alchemist, Weasels Devour the Sun**
14.32 eyes cast down, Aurora, We Once Were Lost
25.10 Ecovillage, New Life (feat. Ludvig Cimbrelius), Arrived
*Per the website, available June 2020.
**I got this via snail mail, and when I went to look for a link, it appears Mr St Hugh has pulled down most of his online musical presences. You can find this album on Spotify. On principle, I won’t link there.