Thursday, September 17, 2009


If you scroll down a bit you will see some of the items on the schedule for this coming Sunday. There is a sad addition to the planned programming. A remembrance of MARY TRAVERS.

MARY TRAVERS 1936-2009

Over the years I had the pleasure of meeting Noel Paul Stookey a number of times and some very brief contact with Peter Yarrow. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mary Travers but I recall some things about her that impressed me and made me feel that this was---as the Yiddish expression goes---"a real mensch".

Quite a few years back ---before I was doing a radio show---I called Harold Leventhal's office about the possibility of getting tickets for a Carnegie Hall concert with Pete Seeger and he said to stop by his office and pick up a pair for whatever they cost (always the business man--bless him). I was "wowed" when I realized I was sitting behind PPM in the audience and Mary graciously chatted with this awed unknown. Harold Leventhal, when I called to thank him, said in his gravel like voice--"...glad you like the show , Tony". OK he had me mixed up with someone else. So much for fame.

At one of their first "reunion" concerts I just loved the line she used on the stage at a Westchester, NY venue---"...anything different about us, folks? PAUSE. They are bald and I am speaking". What a great sense of humor.

A brief time of being just MARY without PPM led to long lines, as I recall, at a venue in Newport RI.

Recently she appeared in a documentary on PBS and, sadly, was there with all the tubes she needed for her condition. My take was that she felt the commentary for that documentary was more important than her personal appearance. Few people---well, Farah Fawcett comes to mind---are that open.

There is no sense in my repeating all the comments that have been posted elsewhere and the radio and TV comments here---"soundtrack of a generation", "meaningful music", "talked the talk---and also walked the walk"(I made that one up--though true ). Suffice it to say she is a great loss to a generation and even more so as a "mensch" in a world that needs more such folks.

As to program notes. The thing to do is to tune in on Sunday and read below for the other people that will be remembered that day in addition to some of the new artists that I am sure will admit a debt to people of Mary Travers' generation for their creativity and content.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Program Notes as the Title Says--And Some Other Items

On Sunday September 20 I will be presenting a few items that should be of interest to you on both programs:

TRADITIONS: For a few brief minutes I would like to commemorate and remember a member of the WFDU staff who passed away recently and who I was proud to call "friend". We will, besides some music he might have chosen, play an interview we did with Iris DeMent some years ago while sitting in a car on a very rainy day---and the punch line to that is quite interesting. I will mention it.
Our usual features can be expected with the addition of a segment to commemorate what would have been this artist's 86th birthday and how artists in other genres picked up on his songs and created a major cross over hit for him--- and his estate---and you will, surely, hear the maestro himself with a fitting ending song. No picture here---you figure who it is.

SUNDAY SIMCHA: More than La Shona Tova I cannot say. The New Years program is all fresh and new as it should be for the coming of the New Year. We shall go to the river in some traditional and nontraditional ways and also hear some classic cantorial music.

FINALLY: I had written on THE ALMOST DAILY ROOSTER that most of the items will be posted on this site except for some items that might be more appropriate there. Along with new videos from time to time. There are a few items there now that you might find of interest and that I hope you agree with. If not please feel free to leave comments.
Should you be tennis fans or just fans of proper decorum I think you will consider this an appropriate item to discuss .

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