Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What I Want In 2009

I am trying to visualize-I really believe that if you visualize something and really believe that it will come true,then you are halfway there.

I visualize:

1)Getting a decent job with benefits

2)Losing weight and toning my body.

3)Leaving the demons behind.

4)Drinking only occasionally and not too much.

5)Achieving a happier love life.

6)Developing my artistic talents.

7)Cutting down on swearing.

8)Regaining spirituality.

9)Becoming more independent.

10)Liking myself.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunday Morning Hangover Playlist For December 28,2008:

Ernest Ashworth-The DJ Cried
Chris Connor-I Miss You So
Regina Spektor-Samson
Don Shirley-When Your Lover Has Gone
Margo Guryan-Under My Umbrella
Yard Sale-Smile
Pretenders-I Go To Sleep
Anna Ternheim-That’s Life
Frank and Nancy Sinatra-Feelin’ Kinda Sunday
Frank Sinatra-Angel Eyes
Korla Pandit-Never on Sunday
Sandpipers-The Wonder of You
Johnny Hartman-The Day the World Stopped Turning
The Critters-Mr. Dieingly Sad
Eddie Baxter-That’s All
George Carlin-Religion
Isaac Hayes-Shaft
Bo Diddley-Mumblin’ Guitar
Yma Sumac-Xtabay
Hurricane Smith-Oh Babe What Would You Say?
Eartha Kitt-All by Myself
Gary Schyman-Praan
Prince-Crimson and Clover
Hall and Oates –One on One
Korla Pandit-Smile
Doors-Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor
Claudine Longet-The End Of The World
The Who-Our Love Was, Is
Tom Jones –Sugar Sugar
Archies-Jingle Jangle
Tony Mottola and the Free Design-Going Out Of My Head
Steve Lawrence-Go Away Little Girl
Alexys-The Evolution of Alexys
Billie Joe Royal-Down in the Boondocks
The Cowsills-We Can Fly
Eddie Rambeau-The Concrete and the Clay
Coasters-Zing Went the Strings of My Heart
Evie Sands-I Can’t Let Go

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Watch Mad Men Here

Mad Men,the year's BEST TV show is available on line! You can watch them HERE:http://www.madmenepisodes.com/
especially the incredible Season 2 Finale and the poignant Season 1 Ep 13 :

Don Draper: "Nostalgia - it's delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, "nostalgia" literally means "the pain from an old wound." It's a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn't a spaceship, it's a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards... it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It's not called the wheel, it's called the carousel. It lets us travel the way a child travels - around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved."

Monday, December 22, 2008

KWVA Streaming Audio is Back!!!!!!!!

If you wanted to hear my program the last few weeks on the internet you were out of luck.Today the stream is back!
Go to www.kwvaradio.org and right click on the Listen Now!Banner on top.This will create an icon that you can right click and open with WinAmp.
It doesn't work for me with Windows Media Player,but it might work for you-Let me Know Here!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday Morning Hangover Playlist for 12/21/08

Special Guest DJ: Santa Claus

Eels-Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas
Traveling Wilburys-Holiday Message
Gunther-Ding Dong It’s a Christmas Song (45 version)
Apollonia-Holiday Message
Flintstones-Christmas Is My Favorite Time of Year
ZZ Top-Holiday Message
Gayla Peevey-I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas
Pee Wee Herman-Christmas Medley
Weezer-Christmas Celebration
Lou Reed –Christmas Message
Daniel Johnston-Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer
Pee Wee Herman Christmas Message
RIAA-White Christmas
Humpers-Run Run Rudolph
Phil Spector –Christmas Message
Brian Wilson-Christmas Interview
Squeeze-Christmas Day
Sulu-Christmas Message
Six Million Dollar Man-Elves Revolt
Korla Pandit-Silver Bells
Bob Rivers-Me and Mrs. Claus
Elvis Presley-Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me
Julie Brown-Christmas Message
Bob Rivers-Christmas Message from the King
Mojochronic-Yuletide Zeppelin
Eartha Kitt-Santa Baby
James Ingram-Christmas Message
Kay Martin-Come On Santa Let’s have A Ball
Loo and Placido-Horny Christmas
South Park-Christmastime in Hell
Slim Sphincter-Deck the Halls
Pretenders-2000 Miles
Voicedude-Imagine Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Flaming Lips-Christmas at the Zoo
University of Michigan Inpatient Music Therapy Program-Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Shaggs-We Have A Saviour
Social Skills Centre of London-White Christmas
Joni Mitchell-River
Shonen Knife-Space Christmas
Gunther-Ding Dong It’s A Christmas Song (extended version)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

One Week Till Christmas

One Week Till Christmas

...and just tonite I am getting around to writing Christmas cards.

But what I really would like to do is somehow find a way to send a greeting to all of the wonderful people in my past that I am no longer in touch with,friends from afar,distant relatives,and those from another place and another time who were kind to me.

Merry Christmas, wherever you are.

A Charming Christmas Story

Here is a great blog post that my friend Vickie sent me:
POV Online by
Mark Evanier


"I want to tell you a story...
The scene is Farmer's Market — the famed tourist mecca of Los Angeles. It's located but yards from the facility they call, "CBS Television City in Hollywood"...which, of course, is not in Hollywood but at least is very close.
Farmer's Market is a quaint collection of bungalow stores, produce stalls and little stands where one can buy darn near anything edible one wishes to devour. You buy your pizza slice or sandwich or Chinese food or whatever at one of umpteen counters, then carry it on a tray to an open-air table for consumption.
During the Summer or on weekends, the place is full of families and tourists and Japanese tour groups. But this was a winter weekday, not long before Christmas, and the crowd was mostly older folks, dawdling over coffee and danish. For most of them, it's a good place to get a donut or a taco, to sit and read the paper.
For me, it's a good place to get out of the house and grab something to eat. I arrived, headed for my favorite barbecue stand and, en route, noticed that Mel Tormé was seated at one of the tables.
Mel Tormé. My favorite singer. Just sitting there, sipping a cup of coffee, munching on an English Muffin, reading The New York Times. Mel Tormé.
I had never met Mel Tormé. Alas, I still haven't and now I never will. He looked like he was engrossed in the paper that day so I didn't stop and say, "Excuse me, I just wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed all your records." I wish I had.
Instead, I continued over to the BBQ place, got myself a chicken sandwich and settled down at a table to consume it. I was about halfway through when four Christmas carolers strolled by, singing "Let It Snow," a cappella.
They were young adults with strong, fine voices and they were all clad in splendid Victorian garb. The Market had hired them (I assume) to stroll about and sing for the diners — a little touch of the holidays.
"Let It Snow" concluded not far from me to polite applause from all within earshot. I waved the leader of the chorale over and directed his attention to Mr. Tormé, seated about twenty yards from me.
"That's Mel Tormé down there. Do you know who he is?"
The singer was about 25 so it didn't horrify me that he said, "No."
I asked, "Do you know 'The Christmas Song?'"
Again, a "No."
I said, "That's the one that starts, 'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...'"
"Oh, yes," the caroler chirped. "Is that what it's called? 'The Christmas Song?'"
"That's the name," I explained. "And that man wrote it." The singer thanked me, returned to his group for a brief huddle...and then they strolled down towards Mel Tormé. I ditched the rest of my sandwich and followed, a few steps behind. As they reached their quarry, they began singing, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." directly to him.
A big smile formed on Mel Tormé's face — and it wasn't the only one around. Most of those sitting at nearby tables knew who he was and many seemed aware of the significance of singing that song to him. For those who didn't, there was a sudden flurry of whispers: "That's Mel Tormé...he wrote that..."
As the choir reached the last chorus or two of the song, Mel got to his feet and made a little gesture that meant, "Let me sing one chorus solo." The carolers — all still apparently unaware they were in the presence of one of the world's great singers — looked a bit uncomfortable. I'd bet at least a couple were thinking, "Oh, no...the little fat guy wants to sing."
But they stopped and the little fat guy started to sing...and, of course, out came this beautiful, melodic, perfectly-on-pitch voice. The look on the face of the singer I'd briefed was amazed at first...then properly impressed.
On Mr. Tormé's signal, they all joined in on the final lines: "Although it's been said, many times, many ways...Merry Christmas to you..." Big smiles all around.
And not just from them. I looked and at all the tables surrounding the impromptu performance, I saw huge grins of delight...which segued, as the song ended, into a huge burst of applause. The whole tune only lasted about two minutes but I doubt anyone who was there will ever forget it.
I have witnessed a number of thrilling "show business" moments — those incidents, far and few between, where all the little hairs on your epidermis snap to attention and tingle with joy. Usually, these occur on a screen or stage. I hadn't expected to experience one next to a falafel stand — but I did.
Tormé thanked the harmonizers for the serenade and one of the women said, "You really wrote that?"
He nodded. "A wonderful songwriter named Bob Wells and I wrote that...and, get this — we did it on the hottest day of the year in July. It was a way to cool down."
Then the gent I'd briefed said, "You know, you're not a bad singer." He actually said that to Mel Tormé.
Mel chuckled. He realized that these four young folks hadn't the velvet-foggiest notion who he was, above and beyond the fact that he'd worked on that classic carol. "Well," he said. "I've actually made a few records in my day..."
"Really?" the other man asked. "How many?"
Tormé smiled and said, "Ninety."
I probably own about half of them on vinyl and/or CD. For some reason, they sound better on vinyl. (My favorite was the album he made with Buddy Rich. Go ahead. Find me a better parlay of singer and drummer. I'll wait.)
Today, as I'm reading obits, I'm reminded of that moment. And I'm impressed to remember that Mel Tormé was also an accomplished author and actor. Mostly though, I'm recalling that pre-Christmas afternoon.
I love people who do something so well that you can't conceive of it being done better. Doesn't even have to be something important: Singing, dancing, plate-spinning, mooning your neighbor's cat, whatever. There is a certain beauty to doing almost anything to perfection.
No recording exists of that chorus that Mel Tormé sang for the other diners at Farmer's Market but if you never believe another word I write, trust me on this. It was perfect. Absolutely perfect."

Mel Torme sounds better to me every year,but it was his appearance in the movie "Girls Town" that really made me appreciate his talents.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Two blogs in One!!!!

Did I Lose 10 Pounds?
Current mood: surprised
Or is the scale at the fitness center off? I have been on the treadmill every day now,slowly increasing the resistance time and speed. And I am usung the Abs Nautilus ,up to 70 pounds of 2 reps.
Sorry for braggin,but if I keep this up I might just get healthier.No booze or candy this week,and I gave up smoke a while ago.
Currently reading :
Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
By Christian Lander

Snowed In!!
Current mood: frustrated
I WAS going to do a radio show tomorrow on KWVA but after trying to walk around Junction City and falling on my ass on Rt 99,I decided to cancel.All the roads here are sheets of ice and even tho the sun is out it is only 26 degrees with more snow expected tonite.
Currently listening :
Learning to Crawl
By Pretenders

Monday, December 15, 2008

My Favorite Record Store

If Marc Time had a store,it would look like
3335 Adams Avenue San Diego, California 92116
From the site:Nickelodeon Records is owned by Ruth and Elizabeth. Both of these women are over 60, which makes them mean, knowledgeable about records,excellent graders of condition, and fair pricers. Ruth went to high school in the 50's and remembers the first record she bought: "Why Don't You Believe Me?," by Joni James. Elizabeth went to high school in the 60's and Judy Henske was the first artist whose music she purchased. They both bought records through the '70's; this time span enables them to better serve the needs of people of all ages.

In addition to value in buying record collections, they place strong emphasis on the unusual in both artists and cover art. For example, behind one section in their store titled "Music for Dining" is a "Smoking Section." All of the artists are pictured holding or smoking cigarettes.

Their expertise was combined and in 1984 Nickelodeon Records was opened. The store opened selling only vinyl and continues to sell only vinyl and Oscar's Drive-In T-Shirts.

Winter in Junction City

We got a few inches today and it froze underneath.They don't have snow plows in this town so I guess I'll stay home.
More snow Wednesday and on the weekend.Glad I don't have to drive anywhere.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Playlist for December 14, 2008

I NEVER post play lists,and never have.But starting today I will try to let you know what you missed and what themes I have been exploring.Just reminding you that you can download past shows at www.ahammer.com/marctime ,but the archives haven't been updated lately.

12/14.08-Torch Songs-An exploration of new and old torch songs,a love song which the singer laments an unrequited or lost love.

Janet Jackson-Come Back To Me
Bebel Gilberto-Momento
(break,definition of 'Torch Song")
Julie London-If I Could Be With You
Telly Savalas-If
Bread-It Don't Matter To Me
(break,details of recent trip to San Diego)
Madeline Peroux-A Summer Wind
Ella Fitzgerald-I Thought About You
(break,Dennis Yost obit)
Classics IV-Traces
Sandpipers-The Wonder Of You
(break,Betty Page obit)
Betty Page Tribute CD-Mood 1
Chilites-Have You Seen Her?
Frank Sinatra-Here's That Rainy Day
Johnny Mathis-I'm Glad There Is You
Lovin Spoonful-Rain On The Roof
Annie Lennox-No More I Love You's
The Lover Speaks-" " " (original version)
John Lennon-Oh My Love
Association-Never My Love
David Carbonera-Mad Men Suite
Badfinger-Without You
Bee Gees-How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
(break,introducing the first phazed pop song)
Toni Fisher -The Big Hurt
Colin Blunstone-Caroline Goodbye
Paul McCartney-Sing a Long Junk
Dolly Parton-I Will Always Love You
Kitty Wells-Makin Believe
Roy Orbison-It's Over
Frou Frou-Hear Me Out
Carpenters-Goodbye To Love

Friday, December 05, 2008


I come from a background of Roman Catholic rules and guilt-so much of organized religion does not focus on the here and now,but more on what happens after you die.

Although I believe that some cosmic force or forces created us,and there may be a great super invisible force behind life, I prefer the concept of free will-does God determine what I do in my life? Should he or she or it judge my actions?

I prefer a world where we focus on the NOW and not the HEREAFTER....a world free from judging others by our standards,not a black and white world where my religion is better than yours.I believe that many need religion,and religious values and thought. Just don't tell me how to live my life.

And I won't judge you for your religious beliefs.If you want to say prayers to a bearded old man in the sky or believe in the mythological Jesus,that's fine .

I think despite all of these heathen and heretical thoughts I am a spiritual person. Forget about my recent "sins" or misdeeds.I am a non-violent individual who tries to bring smiles and cheer into a sombre world,be it in my demeanor,actions,or my sometimes entertaining radio program.

I could always do better...I have a ways to go.

But I prefer to see how my life plays out and deal with the afterlife when I get there.

Stolen Song Segment

From Reuters and HuffPost:
Rock guitarist Joe Satriani has sued British band Coldplay, accusing the Grammy-nominated stars of plagiarizing one of his songs.

Satriani's copyright infringement suit, filed on Thursday in Los Angeles federal court, claims the Coldplay song "Viva La Vida" incorporates "substantial original portions" of his 2004 instrumental "If I Could Fly."

The 52-year-old guitar virtuoso is seeking a jury trial, damages and "any and all profits" attributable to the alleged copyright infringement.