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Instrumental Invasion, 6/16/21 June 17, 2021

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The June 16 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded over four days: two segments on May 11, one on the 12th, two on the 13th, and one on the 14th. A few pickups were recorded to account for omissions.

The playlist was created on May 9 with annotations and the script draft on the 10th.

A few months ago, I posted a blooper where I almost said Jeff Goldblum‘s name when I meant to say Jeff Golub. This show marked the debut of Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Their cover of “Don’t Mess with Mister T.” appeared on The Capitol Studios Sessions, which I bought about a week before recording, along with their other album, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This. The latter album is more vocal than instrumental, so expect more from the former in the weeks ahead.

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Instrumental Invasion, 6/9/21 June 10, 2021

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The June 9 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded two segments per day from May 4 to 6. Pickups for the first two segments of the second hour were recorded on the 20th.

The playlist was created on May 2 with annotations and the script draft following on the 3rd. In spite of additional time allowed for talk breaks, I still wrote too much for myself to say, but I also didn’t write enough for two breaks. The latter issue allowed me to share a Jaco Pastorius tidbit I couldn’t share earlier due to the former issue. The drive through Oakland Park occurred on March 3, 2019, the day after my cousin David’s wedding to Talia. Here’s a photo:

The song I played before sharing the tidbit was “Jaco Smiled” by Ken Navarro, whose birthday coincided with last night’s show. As the show was winding down, he posted this video on Facebook, thanking everyone for the birthday wishes:

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For the second week in a row, one of my spots ran during a break. This time, it was for the community calendar. You can hear it at the 3:58 mark.

Instrumental Invasion, 6/2/21 June 3, 2021

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The June 2 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded over the last four days of April: two segments on April 27, one on the 28th, two on the 29th, and one on the 30th. One pickup was recorded on May 3 and another on the 15th.

The playlist was created on April 25 with annotations and the script draft on the 26th. I wrote too much to say in the time allotted on the playlist, which led some things unsaid. You can find the personnel I didn’t have time to credit at the following links:

I didn’t have to cut much from the rest of the script, but still had to fade songs down early in several cases. In the case of “Better Days Ahead” by Gerald Albright, I let the talk break overshoot what I had in mind as the post. (That refers to “hitting the post,” ending just as the main melody or vocals begin.)

One script cut was so good, I’d like to share it below. It’s in reference to “Market Street” by Yellowjackets from the Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home soundtrack:

That fourth film is set in San Francisco. I have yet to see it or any of the Star Trek films, outside of clips, and the clip I’ve seen of the fourth is Spock using his Vulcan pinch on a rowdy punk blasting music on a bus.

Here is that scene (the video):

Incidentally, Leonard Nimoy directed Star Trek IV.

Midway through annotating the playlist, I received a call from Pete Bellotti informing me I would be inducted into the WCWP Hall of Fame as part of their 2021 class. Pete is chairman of the WCWP Hall of Fame Committee and a 2019 inductee. I couldn’t say anything publicly until the announcement on May 11. I had been dreaming of this honor for a few years and was thrilled the dream came true. I just hope the ceremony happens as scheduled.

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The last spot break began with my latest promo, which I recorded on May 1:

New blog header May 29, 2021

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6/5 UPDATE: This pair was not comfortable on me, no matter what adjustments I had the eye doctors make. I feel much better wearing glasses with nose pads. So, I’ve gone back to my old pair while waiting for a new pair with nose pads. I also went back to the previous blog header.

Instrumental Invasion, 5/26/21 May 27, 2021

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The May 26 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded over three days. The first hour was completed on April 20 with a pickup on the 21st, while the second hour and additional pickups were done on the 22nd.

The playlist was created on April 18 with annotations and the script draft on the 19th.

It was a Brown namesake extravaganza with songs by Norman (guitar/vocals), Alison (banjo), Paul (guitar/vocals), and Dean (guitar), plus songs by Lisa Addeo – making her Instrumental Invasion debut – and Julian Vaughn that featured Mel Brown on bass. I’d love to see the five of them perform together someday.

For the first time in six shows, I had to replace a song because time was running short in a segment; in this case, the first segment of hour 2. “Through the Years” by Brian Culbertson was replaced with “Northern Lights.”

As I type this sentence, I have not played any version of Space Harrier, but through watching videos on YouTube, I’ve developed an appreciation for it. Thus, “Get Ready” by Jazmin Ghent (making her debut on the show) makes me think of the opening line in the game: “Welcome to the fantasy zone. Get ready!”

This video dares to compare every version of Space Harrier:

I also made reference to The Golden Girls. “Picture it!,” I exclaimed as Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty) while acknowledging Nick Petrillo on keyboards.

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Instrumental Invasion, 5/19/21 May 20, 2021

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The May 19 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded entirely on my laptop through an Apogee MiC 96k. The first hour was recorded on April 12, with the second hour recorded on the 13th (one segment) and 14th (two segments). I thought I’d be doing one hour each on the 12th and 14th, but symptoms from the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were low enough that I spread out the second hour’s recording.

The playlist was created and mostly annotated on April 10 with further annotations on the 11th and 12th once I acquired the albums three hour two songs appeared on. Expect to hear more from those albums, and two others that I purchased, in the coming weeks. The script was drafted on the 11th.

“Grey Area” by Cindy Bradley had been played before, but I didn’t acknowledge Mike Broening‘s piano solo. I made up for that this time. As you saw in the link, he goes by Michael professionally, and I will address him as such in the future. I’ve called him Mike because I once heard Cindy call him that in an interview.

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Instrumental Invasion, 5/12/21 May 13, 2021

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The May 12 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded over four days. Two segments were recorded on April 6, one on the 7th, another two on the 8th, and the last one on the 9th. Pickups were recorded on the 8th and 9th.

The playlist was created on April 4 and annotated on the 5th, after which the script was drafted.

I made an effort to play songs that were on the Billboard smooth jazz charts at the time of recording. I had played three of the five songs in previous radio shows: “Feels Like Friday Night” by Kim Waters, “Hurry Up and Wait” by Oli Silk, and “Tokyo Groove” by Adam Hawley.

There wasn’t just an abundance of Steves, Chrises, and Pauls. There were also a few Davids, Erics, Jeffs, and Michaels. I chose not to redo talk breaks to acknowledge them; it would have been overkill.

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Instrumental Invasion, 5/5/21 May 6, 2021

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The May 5 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded two segments per day from March 31 to April 2.

The playlist was created on March 27 and annotated on the 28th. The script was drafted on the 29th.

I used the phrase “one compound word,” while back-selling “Magicsmiles” by Gregg Karukas, as an homage to a 2012 episode of The Angry Video Game Nerd (strong language):

The phrase was uttered by the Nerd (James Rolfe) toward the end of a monologue on football. The monologue starts at 1:27 with the phrase coming two minutes later.

And speaking of videos, here is the music video for “Motor City Sway” by Alexander Zonjic:

I didn’t have Cinco de Mayo in mind when I programmed “South of the Border” into the playlist, but I realized while drafting the script that the show would air that day.

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Instrumental Invasion, 4/28/21 April 29, 2021

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The April 28, 2021, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded over four days. One segment was recorded per day on March 23 (at home) and 24 (away on my laptop), and two per day on the 25th and 26th, both at home.

The playlist was created on March 21 and annotated on the 22nd, after which the script was drafted. While drafting, I forgot to include a tidbit about David Benoit‘s cover of “Your Song” by Elton John. The original came out in David’s last year of high school and he’s been a fan of Elton ever since. I added that tidbit in a March 27 pickup.

There were plenty more tidbits to go around, including one that required a pickup to make clear I was saying “funky” and not some other word. The personal tidbits are true and I have photographic evidence. Here I am in Florida at Christmastime in 1992, possibly the day that Cedar Walton‘s Manhattan Afternoon was recorded:

And this was taken during that trip on March 28, 2004, wherein I listened to “Expression” by Joyce Cooling and other songs on This Girl’s Got to Play:

One tidbit, however, was cut for time in the first segment:

Here is the cover of “Palladium” by Weather Report that I recommended in the outtake:

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Instrumental Invasion, 4/21/21 April 22, 2021

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The April 21, 2021, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded over three days. The first two segments were recorded on March 16, the next on the 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) on my laptop, and the second hour back at home on the 18th. A pickup was recorded on the 19th.

The playlist was created and annotated on March 14 with the script drafted on the 15th.

After three weeks of mistakes, I finally achieved a flawless show…almost. While I knew I’d be playing “Sienna Step” by David Benoit for the second time, I forgot I had previously played “Tropical” by Jeff Lorber. Besides that, flawless. I was never short on time or had too much to fill.

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Pardon the signal interference throughout the aircheck. To make up for that, here is a clean scope from segment files with a hard limit filter applied: