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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"Time and Chance Happens To All"

It's Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale's 68th Birthday, as well as the 42nd anniversary of the release of Joni Mitchell's first studio album, produced by David Geffen ("Song for a Seagull," 1968) as well as the 35th album release anniversary of Steely Dan's "Katy Lied" (1975).

Are these numbers staggeringly scary? How could John Cale be 68? Is it really 42 years since Joni first stunned us with her beauty, grace and lyrical magic? How is it possible we heard "Katy Lied" for the first time only 35 years ago?

As Shlomo HaMelech - King Solomon - said in Ecclesiastes (Kohelet)
9:11 - "Time and Chance happens to all."    עֵת וָפֶגַע יִקְרֶה אֶת־כֻּלֽ

Although we hesitate to think about it, the March of Time continues relentlessly. Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. In the case of today's artists - for the interesting. John Cale went on after his career with the Velvet Underground to collaborate with myriads of musicians of all different genres. David Geffen (Joni's "Free Man in Paris" and maybe the mysterious subject of Carly Simon's "Your So Vain") went from being a record producer to a major corporate player (co-founder of Dreamworks) and politically influential far beyond his wildest dreams. Of course Joni Mitchell herself went on to expand her musical and artistic career and continues singing and painting to this very day, B"H. Steely Dan (whom Rolling Stone Magazine called "The perfect musical anti-heroes for the Seventies") may have peaked in the '70's but they keep on touring and releasing new work.

Thankfully we have music to transport us into the realms of Eternity, where we stay Forever Young . . . or, at the very least, perpetually Young at Heart!

Today's Torah Schedule:
  • 1pm, 5:45pm: Rabbi Betzalel Phillip Edwards' Series on the Chevyra - the Piasetzner Rebbe's Conscious Community - Part 12
  • 2pm, 7:45pm  - Rabbi Chaim Richman's Parsha Shavua "Vayakhel-Pekudei"
  • 3pm - Rabbi Moshe New "Souls on Fire"
  • 4pm - Lorelai Kude's interview with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven of The Temple Institute on the subject of International Temple Mount Awareness Day (coming up on March 16th)
Today's Music Schedule:
  • 8am - 1pm - Lorelai is moving her apartment and very distracted, but still manages to pull off an AWESOME "Morning Dew for the Morning Jew" Show featuring Geographical themes (Babylon, Jerusalem, California) as well as comparing & contrasting archetypes of femininity ("Girls" vs. "Women") and a sly paean to magic as well...
  • 1pm - 6pm: "Israeli Soul" Afternoon features a mix of Jerusalem-Themed Music, and patriotic Israeli Oldies (from the "Jerusalem of Gold" Album) from the '60's & '70's (you'll LOVE these) as well as music from Sasson and Matisyahu.
  •  6pm - The Velvet Underground and Nico (one of Rolling Stone Magazine's 50 Best Albums of All Time) featuring, of course, birthday boy John Cale.
  • 7pm - Joni Mitchell's "Song for a Seagull" (1968) Produced by David Geffen
  • 8pm - Steely Dan's "Katy Lied" (1975)
  • 8:30pm - Barenaked Ladies "Born on a Pirate Ship" (1996) - Harrrrr!
  • 9:30pm - Buffalo Springfield "Rare and Live" - Tasty!
  • 10:45pm - Fairport Convention "HeyDay - The BBC Radio Series" - surprisingly delicious!
  • 12am Midnight - Eric Clapton in concert - Crossroads Festival (2004)
If you're not helping Lorelai move her apartment today the least you could do is listen to Radio Free Nachlaot all day! Enjoy!.