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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Psychoacoustics - Qu'est-ce que c'est? (Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far better....)

Radio Station Programmer / DJ / Impresario (or should that be Empress-ario?) is the perfect job for the musically obsessive-compulsive. Not simply an opportunity to daily pander to my own lifelong ritualistic aural-emotional self-stimulating/soothing instinct, but a chance to connect my inherit skill as an Empath with our Listeners and feed them, song by song, musical nutrition that joins you on your journey, narrates it along the way and helps you climb those rocky bits and navigate those treacherous shoals.

Steve Levine - my Radio Partner and unindicted musical co-conspirator - and I have often discussed (on and off the air) how important local radio was to us while we were growing up, and how the intimate connection between the DJ, the music and our own heads fueled our sense of life, helped to form a sense of Self and gave us a common vocabulary. If I utter a single note suspended in space suggesting a Universe you would, in fact, follow that note straight on till morning. Everyone knows the opening notes to "Stairway to Heaven,"e veryone knows the change between movements in "Layla" from pumping and driving guitar to soaring Piano Coda. These moments are engraved into our memories, encoded into our cultural DNA and when heard trigger a series of involuntary physiological reactions including but not limited to the influx of  peptides in the brain, which produce endorphins in the hypothalamus. We're not just Radio Programmers here at Radio Free Nachlaot, we're deliberate practitioners of "Psychoacoustics" - we're aural-biochemical mood-altering enablers and yes, our Science Project is going to win First Prize at the School Science Fair! :)

Today in Musical History marks the 10 year anniversary of my first and only Ocean Cruise - the "Cinco DeMayo" Cruise to Mexico and back from Long Beach which I took with my friend Tami Potter. I don't know where we went in Mexico because I never got off the ship. Once ensconced poolside with a tall frosty umbrella-festooned glass of something heavy on "Rum, My New Best Friend" (a phrase coined on that Cruise) I relaxed...and relaxed, and continued to do so for something like 4 days. A lot of Los Lobos and Gypsy Kings will be played today in honor of that sweet memory. Happy Cinco DeMayo and don't forget - Tshuva, Tefilla & Tequilla sweeten the decree!

Today's Torah Schedule:
  • 1pm, 5:45pm: Rabbi Chaim Richman's Parsha Shavua (Behar/Bechukotai)
  • 2pm: Rabbi Sholom Brodt's continuing Tzibur Moment Series with Ahavta Lreacha Kamocha
  • 3pm: Rabbi Chaim Richman's "The Meaning of the Stones" (Part 3)
  •  4pm: Reb Shlomo Carlebach "Learning from G_d Himself, Living for Real"

Today's Music Schedule:
  •  7am - 1pm: Lorelai's "Morning Dew for the Morning Jew" Show features a lot of the ritualistic neuron-stimulating music from Aretha Franklin, CSNY, Buffalo Springfield, Roseanne Cash, Black-Eyed Peas, David Gray, Lou Reed, Rickie Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Allison Krause, and much more. Don't be afraid of mixing genres, it's good for your musical digestion. 
  • 1pm - 6pm: "Israeli Soul" Afternoon features music from Neshama Carlebach, Raz Hartman, the Moshav Band, Matisyahu, High Windows, Eyal Golan, Jon Samuel Nelson, RebbeSoul, Noa Babyoff, Simply Tsfat, and Andy Statman.
  • 6pm: We celebrate The Buffalo Springfield's Farewell Concert (this day in Musical History, at of course the Long Beach Arena in 1968) by playing "Expecting To Fly" (1969).
  • 7pm: Joan Armatrading "Into The Blues" (2007)
Watch and listen for updates for our SPECIAL LIVE SHOW WITH SPECIAL GUEST coming up after 8pm tonight - you'll just have to WAIT AND SEE what happens next!