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Maika Makovski — in session at Effecte Collins — RTVE/RNE España — February 25, 2021 — RTVE, Espanã -

Maika Makovski in session tonight — recorded for Effecte Collins 2021 on February 25, 2021.

Lest you think music is rolling over and dying in the midst of lockdowns, social-distancing and COVID — ‘fraid not. It’s finding a way and it’s getting out there, and maybe you can’t get physical about it, the music is there and the artists are playing it and poring collective hearts over it.

And, to those of you who think Music has hit critical mass…


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The Romance Of Helen Trent — July 27, 1959 — Gordon Skene Sound Collection -

Like any social/cultural movement, when it finally arrives at the mainstream it comes with a goodly degree of baggage brought on by the very same mainstream subjecting it to vast amounts of ridicule via stereotypes. Goes back to The Lost Generation of post-World War 1, the Era of Wonderful Nonsense of the 1920s, The Swing Era, the Era of Be-Bop and The Beat Generation of the 1950s. Every generation suffers the slings and arrows of the previous generations who just “don’t get what these…


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January 30, 1977 — KTNQ-AM — The Real Don Steele — Gordon Skene Sound Collection -

If they looked at your i.d. closely they would realize you weren’t 250 pounds — you weren’t 6 foot 6 and you weren’t 40 years old. But your Fake i.d., the one you got from a friend of a friend of a friend has been your ticket to the life of the party. You’re the go-to guy for keggers and Schnapps and Jagermeister. You’ve been to more parties in the past month than your entire life so far. Saturday night is all about…


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KIQQ — The Real Don Steele — Billy Pearl — January 18, 1974 — Gordon Skene Sound Collection -

It’s happening — you’re heading into senior year and suddenly you don’t care about anything. Your parents look strange, your teachers act strange — everything is way too corny for you to get involved with. You don’t know why you’re still sitting in school. It’s boring and pointless. All your friends are older than you and they’ve already graduated. They’re out doing things, seeing the world, having adventures. Not you.You’re stuck. Days crawl by so slow you don’t even know…


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Count Basie and His Orchestra — America Dances — CBS — July 6, 1938 — Gordon Skene Sound Collection -

The incomparable Count Basie and his Orchestra to help slide into this Holiday weekend. Broadcast on July 1938 from the CBS series America Dances and broadcast via shortwave to The BBC in London. Further evidence of the popularity of the new technology (shortwave broadcasting) and further evidence that Big Band Jazz was making its presence known outside the Continental U.S. and spreading rapidly worldwide. America may have been dancing, but the world was swinging along with us.

At the…


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The Little Unsaid — A Child’s Christmas In New York — Pat Troise-Skene

Here we are, Christmas Eve 2020. And as promised, offering some traditional, not-so-traditional and previously unheard songs to get you in some semblance of the festive spirit this year.

Carrying on perhaps more in the tradition of Leon Russell’s Slipping Into Christmas than The Mustangs Peace on Earth, The Little Unsaid; a group of brilliantly talented musicians put together by singer-songwriter/producer John Elliot, whose evocative voice and keenly realized production make this particular song an introspective glance at Christmas’s gone by, Christmas’s imagined and Christmas’s hoped…


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Coming to the end of a year of chaos and upheaval in 1968, a glimmer of hope came from a space capsule orbiting the moon on December 24, 1968.

From outside the window of their ship, a view of the Earth peering over the horizon of the Moon. In contrast to the foreboding surface of the grey and colorless planet, the Earth seemed bright, determined and filled with hope. And those of us on Earth, gazing up from what we were convinced had become a dark and foreboding place, we saw the Moon as we did…


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KFWB — Joe Yocam — Gene Weed — January 11, 1968 — Gordon Skene Sound Collection -

Here’s the deal — 1968 was going to be a big year for you. You decided you weren’t going to be one of life’s great watchers — the world was changing and you were smack in the middle of it. You had a lot to look forward to, and you had a lot to dread. You had to get involved — it was all too serious to do nothing. That was you. …


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Stunned incomprehensible silence. That was a reaction many people had when they first heard the news that John Lennon was dead, gunned down as he stepped out of a car, on his way home from a recording session.

And as the news reports came in — and as word repeated over and over that John Lennon was in fact dead, it started to sink in, started to become clear that something came to an end and it was big and it would be different and never be the same from that moment on.

Hard to realize it was 40…


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The tape of this concert has been sitting in a box, on a shelf, in the vault for the better part of thirty years. I had assumed it was an advance copy of the album Le Orme In Concerto which came out in 1974, and both my tape and the album were recorded around the same time.

But that’s where the similarity ends. The released album is 43 minutes long. The tape of this concert runs over 82 minutes. …

Gordon Skene

Two-time Grammy nominee, author and archivist of history, news, and popular culture. Runs Past Daily — runs The Gordon Skene Sound Collection. Hardly sleeps.

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