Thursday, March 30, 2017

Babbling and Looking For Quotes

I Googled "babbling" and this came up. OK then.
It's early.

I'm awake. I don't want to be awake.

But I can't sleep either. Therefore we have an issue.

I'm looking for a quote about knowing you're always going to be playing for second place, and I can't find it.

Maybe that is my quote: "I'll always be playing for second place." -- Adams (hardly a philosopher or one worth quoting)

There are often times I'm looking for a quote for -- something...anything -- and I can't find it.

And thus here we are.

The vicious cycle goes on.

But let's spin it positive.

Always.

I'm babbling.

And wide awake.

I'm going to get coffee.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

GAME ON! Baseball Today!

It might not be pretty now...but it's beautiful to me.
Selfishly, I'm ready. So so ready.

Let's play ball. Finally.

Ignore the chilly temps (though we'll hit the 50s today). Ignore the mud and muck.

Baseball is back and I can't wait.

Thanks to Joe Early and the folks at Brunswick, I've been asked to call today's opener as the Bruins host the Blue Devils of Poly Prep from Brooklyn, and given tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of my arrival at WGCH (I trained on March 30, 1997; my first on-air shift was April 6), I can't think of a better thing to do.

Thanks to happenstance, my friend Mick McGowan will be on the call with me.

So here's how to listen:

3pm: Mick and I will be live on WGCH Radio (1490 am/wgch.com) for Greenwich Sentinel Doubleheader with a special pregame show from Brunswick.

3:30: First pitch of Brunswick/Poly Prep on WGCH.

4pm: The on-air radio portion will end, but Mick and I will be live here: http://64.78.234.165:8000/index.html?sid=38

*** I'll have this stream live before 3pm if you just want to listen there. Keep in mind there is a certain element of trial and error with all of this. We're experimenting with this web steam.

After that, Mick and I will head to Grand Prix New York in Mount Kisco, where our friend Steve Laux will join us, for The Clubhouse. Mark Jeffers and I (with our special guests) will overwhelm you with lots of fun from 7-8 on WGCH.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Avon Old Farms/Brunswick Coming Up at 2:30



Courtesy of WGCH, Brunswick, NSN and the Greenwich Sentinel, check out this link to the AUDIO ONLY of today's Avon Old Farms/Brunswick hockey broadcast. Face off is 2:30pm. Here's the link!
Click here (or here) to go to the game broadcast.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Milton/Brunswick Coming Up at 4:30

My setup in Wallingford.
Courtesy of WGCH, Brunswick, NSN and the Greenwich Sentinel, check out this link to the AUDIO ONLY of today's Milton/Brunswick hockey broadcast. Face off is 4:30pm. Here's the link!
Click here (or here) to go to the game broadcast.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Northwood/Brunswick Link: Sat at 1p

Ready to go at the Hartong Rink
Courtesy of WGCH, Brunswick, and the Greenwich Sentinel, check out this link to the AUDIO ONLY of today's Northwood School/Brunswick hockey broadcast. Face off is 1pm. Here's the link!
Click here to go to the game broadcast.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love Songs


Welp, here we are. Valentine's Day, Presented by Hallmark. It can be so easy to detest this day in the way one might dislike another overrated "holiday."

I had other examples, but I get myself in trouble too much, and today is about love. So I'm behaving.

Digressing.

The short answer is, when one is in love and is OK with the world, St. Valentine's Day (an effort to be proper) is fine. If not, then maybe not so much.

Your mileage may vary. That's it.

But let's talk music. Yes, we can all agree that there are some amazing love songs out there. "Unchained Melody", "Can't Help Falling in Love", "Love Me Tender", "When a Man Loves a Woman", "I Will Always Love You", and so on.

I remember, in the halcyon days at Majic 105, the request list on Saturday night would be long to play "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams. I would give the time that I'd be playing it. Get those requests in now!

But they don't always have to be slow jams, right?

You know, for instance, there happens to be this little dity...


I mean, that says a lot, right?
It don't take money. Don't take fame. Don't take no credit card to ride this train.
Granted, I have a bias. But the boys from the north of San Francisco did a few perfectly fine love songs ("Stuck With You", "Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do", etc).

Of course, we have Frank Sinatra, who just about perfected the art of the love song. I mean, "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Just The Way You Look Tonight" can produce some of the best feels.

"Come Rain or Come Shine." The utter masculine confidence of the opening line is a killer.
"I'm gonna love you, like no one has loved you. Come rain or come shine."
Ring a ding ding.

Then again, for me, utter perfection, in the form of one of the greatest songs ever written, was a song about a deep, complicated love.

Run for cover! Run and hide!

With Count Basie, well, we've flown to the moon.

Incidentally, and we could do a whole thing on Sinatra and love songs, but "One For My Baby" is just incredible. We've all been there.
"We're drinking, my friend, to the end of a brief episode. Make it one for my baby, and one more from the road."
That song is from Sinatra's album, Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Loney. I advise you to not be depressed when listening.

Ah but love songs can come from anywhere, and that's what we're driving at. Look at Led Zeppelin, for instance. There are people who have gotten married to "Thank You."

Then we come around to the Beach Boys. As we discussed perfection with Sinatra, well, come on...


I mean, that just about gets it right.
"If you should ever leave me, though life would still go on, believe me. The world could show nothing to me, so what good would livin' do me?"
Again. We've all been there.

Love songs can also be complicated, and we have plenty of examples of that ("Layla"). One, for instance, comes from the Lads (written, magically, by George Harrison).

Even Sinatra (who hated rock and roll) called "Something" among the greatest love songs of the past 50 years. He also credited it to Lennon and McCartney. Oh well.

Take this lyric: "You're asking me will my love grow? I don't know. I don't know." I mean, that doesn't exactly engender confidence.

Finally, we'll finish with Sir James Paul McCartney.

Yes, I know, this is the man who wrote "Silly Love Songs." But I ask you: what's wrong with that?

(ducks)

Macca also wrote "Here, There, and Everywhere", "Yesterday" (another complicated love song), "My Love", and perhaps my favorite: "Maybe I'm Amazed." Tastes change, of course, but as I sit here today, this is where my head (and I guess my heart) is.


Music needs to resonate. Whether it is in the melody or the words, it has to strike the listener. "Maybe I'm Amazed" isn't just a McCartney song, and as such it is great.

Remember, Paul committed the crime known as "Ebony and Ivory." Or whatever that thing was with Kanye West.

"Maybe I'm Amazed" is a Paul McCartney song, no doubt about it, and could never be a Beatles song. It screams of him, and of his Linda (he also openly sings of her in "The Lovely Linda").

This isn't a slow dance song. It's a mid-tempo rocker. But again, if one has truly felt anything, then they've been amazed. Amazed by everything.

McCartney isn't known for being modest, but read this and tell me if even Paul McCartney isn't vulnerable.
Maybe I'm a man and maybe I'm a lonely man
Who's in the middle of something
That he doesn't really understand
Maybe I'm a man and maybe you're the only woman
Who could ever help me
Baby won't you help me understand?
Um. Wow. Yeah. I've been there, and if there's a t-shirt, I'll take one.

Incidentally, while I love "Got to Get You Into My Life," well, that's not a love song.

It's about pot. Yup.

I know we've only scraped the top of the love song genre. We never got to "Your Song", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "Best of My Love" (The Eagles song), "Endless Love", and on and on and on...

We all have our love songs. Some we'd like to forget. Some are great, and we'd still prefer to forget them (not naming names or songs). Some we used as our own wedding song and...

Well you get the idea.

So Happy Valentine's Day, you crazy kids, and just remember, "Every Breath You Take" is not a love song!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Bears and Bruins! Oh my! Berkshire/Brunswick Hockey Today at 3:30

Senior Day at Brunswick
Courtesy of WGCH, Bleachers, Brunswick, and the Greenwich Sentinel, check out this link to the AUDIO ONLY of today's Berkshire/Brunswick hockey broadcast. Game time is scheduled for 3:30 pm. Here's the link!

Click here to go to the game broadcast.

Make sure to WATCH the game on gobleachers.com (you'll get the call there also).