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Instrumental Invasion, 8/5/20 August 8, 2020

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The August 5, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded over three days in July.

The first segment was recorded on the 10th, the next four on the 11th, and the last two on the 12th.

The playlist was created on July 6 and annotated on the 7th with additional annotations during the recording sessions.

There was a lot of ADR (automated dialogue replacement) in the various segments, but I still forgot to acknowledge David Benoit when I was naming Rippingtons alumni in the last bit of ADR. By the time he came to me, a day had passed since submitting the show for air.

Two hours before air, my cable went out and stayed out until around 2:30 on Saturday afternoon. This means I was unable to aircheck my show as it aired on WCWP. I had to make one out of my segment files, applying the broadcast multiband compression filter in Adobe Audition.

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Instrumental Invasion, 7/29/20 July 30, 2020

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The July 29, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded on the 9th.

The playlist was created on July 3 and annotated on the 4th with additional annotations while recording.

I always learn something while recording these shows. This time, I learned Kenny Loggins was the first to record “What a Fool Believes,” what a guajeo/montuno is, and the personnel on “Rise” by Herb Alpert. For “Ozark” by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, I resisted the urge to reference the Netflix drama that my father enjoys.

Instead, I noted it’s the first track on side two of As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls. The title track took up all of side one.

Yes, I played versions of “Can’t Hide Love” and “Some Other Sunset” for the second week in a row.

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Instrumental Invasion, 7/22/20 July 23, 2020

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The July 22, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded on July 5. I would have recorded on the 4th, but various neighbors were shooting off fireworks long before dusk.

The playlist was created on July 3 and annotated on the 4th.

For some reason, while recording the second hour’s first two talk breaks, I thought Kim Waters played alto sax on “Shakedown” and Euge Groove played tenor on “Hey Boo,” but they both played soprano. As a result, I had to rerecord parts of those talk breaks.

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Instrumental Invasion, 7/15/20 July 16, 2020

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The July 15, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded over two days. The first hour was recorded on June 12, one day after creating and annotating the playlist. The second hour was recorded on June 13.

I went from concept to completion of the this show and last week’s show in about 60 hours. I’m proud of the results and I hope you were, too.

I’ve been in love with John Williams’ “Summon the Heroes” since I first heard it in 1996. As the Wikipedia entry notes, it premiered 24 years ago this Sunday – July 19, 1996 – during the opening ceremony for the centennial modern Summer Olympics, held that year in Atlanta.

I’m proud of my “Baby Bottle Brazil” quip while back-selling “Ba Ba Brazil” by Four80East in the first segment of hour 2. My talk-up of “Top Down” by Alexander Zonjic, in the hour’s second segment, referenced a jingle from PAMS Series 31: Music Explosion. It was purely coincidental that the artists’ first names in that segment were in alphabetical order.

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7/20 UPDATE: I was sorry to hear of bassist Cleveland Eaton’s passing back on July 5. Cleve co-wrote and played bass on “Jamaican Marketplace” by Ramsey Lewis, which I played in the second segment of hour 1.

Instrumental Invasion, 7/8/20 July 9, 2020

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The July 8, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded over two days. The first two segments were recorded in the afternoon and evening on June 11, hours after creating and annotating the playlist. The other four segments were recorded on the morning of June 12 with part of the last talk break re-recorded on the 13th.

After playing Ken Navarro‘s cover of “Lakes” by Pat Metheny, I dipped into my archives for a clip from the April 15, 2010, Evening Jazz. After playing “Lakes” that night, I quoted a comment Ken left on my Facebook page that explained how hard it was to play. I edited out my stammering.

Unfortunately, the third segment did not play in automation. Following the second spot break, there was a second of dead air. Then, the third spot break, followed by all segments and spot breaks for the second hour. That meant the show ended about 15 minutes early. Listeners were denied “Silverbird” by Jeff Jarvis, “Cruisin’ Down Ocean Drive” by The Rippingtons, “Mr. Rodriguez’s Opus” by David Benoit, and “Something About You” by Jeff Kashiwa.

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Instrumental Invasion, 7/1/20 July 2, 2020

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***THIS IS MY 500TH BLOG POST!***

The July 1, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded on May 28.

Work on the playlist began on May 20 with annotations on the 24th, 25th, and during the recording session on the 28th.

My back-sell of Chicago‘s “Elegy…” originally included an explanation of the suite’s meaning and referenced what preceded “The Approaching Storm.” I had to cut it for time, but I saved the outtake:

“Progress?” was quite jarring the first time I heard it two years ago. It’s discordant horns mixed with traffic jam sound effects and other industrial cacophony. It’s still jarring, but less so each time I listen.

I didn’t intend to have two segments of songs from one year each, but I’m proud of how it turned out.

My talk-up for “The King is Here” by Norman Brown included the line “it’s good to be the king,” which was a running gag in Mel Brooks’s History of the World, Part I. Mel uttered the line as a different historical figure in each period.

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Instrumental Invasion, 6/24/20 June 25, 2020

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The June 24, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded on the afternoon of May 26 with rerecording on June 5.

Work on the playlist began on May 19 with annotations on the 24th and during the recording session on the 26th.

I was proud to incorporate Dave Pike and Randy Waldman into the show.

I bought Dave’s Jazz for the Jet Set after listening to “Sweet ‘Tater Pie” on Spotify. I was first exposed to the song after hearing WABC-AM DJ Dan Ingram play it on his WABC-FM (later, WPLJ) show in 1967. The jazz and blues show differed greatly from the top 40 he played the AM side. The aircheck I heard can be found on the Musicradio 77 website.

As for Randy Waldman, my musician friend Nelson Rangell recommended Superheroes to me during a phone conversation the night before I bought it and Dave Pike’s album. The first song I was drawn to was the “Mighty Mouse Theme.” It made me think of a routine in Andy Kaufman’s stand-up act. As Foreign Man, he would stand next to a record player while the theme played on an LP. He would stand perfectly still until the line “here I come to save the day!,” which he would lip-sync while heroically moving his arm.

Speaking of stand-up acts, I unknowingly channeled comedian Timmie Rogers both times I said the title of Brian Hughes‘ song “Oh Yeah!” That was Rogers’s catchphrase, exemplified in this 1960s performance:

I have a feeling I’m the only DJ in North America to play Anders Enger Jensen on the radio. His music is all over YouTube – on channels like The 8-Bit Guy, Techmoan, Technology Connections, and of course, his own channel – but it needs the terrestrial treatment, and I provided it.

The end of the first hour’s second segment and all of the third had to be rerecorded on the morning of June 5. After referencing Norman Brown‘s “Something Just for You,” on the same album as “It’s a Feelin’,” my segue to the tease should have been “A Song Just for Bilbao,” but I inverted “just” and “for” and didn’t notice the mistake until a day after recording. Since it wasn’t a factual error or repeated phrase (i.e. “but first”), I initially chose not to rerecord. A week after recording, I realized I neglected to acknowledge Dave Holland, the bassist on Michael Brecker‘s cover of “Song for Bilbao.” Since there was music playing under both omissions, I had to redo the entire segment. After that, I fixed my flub at the end of the previous segment.

Unfortunately, as I feared, the redone segments were not added to automation. So, listeners heard the original “for just” and Dave Holland-less segments. The lesson here is to thoroughly check your recordings before submitting them.

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Instrumental Invasion, 6/17/20 June 18, 2020

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The June 17, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded exactly one month earlier on May 17.

Work on the playlist began on May 2 with annotations coming on the 11th and during the recording session on the 17th.

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Instrumental Invasion, 6/10/20 June 11, 2020

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The June 10, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP marked the first time original musician liners were included. The first ten shows featured repurposed liners from The Mike Chimeri Show and Homecoming Weekend.

After linking to the April 29 show post on LinkedIn, saxophonist and vocalist Paula Atherton contacted me about recording a liner. I gladly accepted and also received her current single, “Can You Feel It?” Flushed with success, I reached out to my other musician friends to record liners of their own. Within six days, I had liners from each of them. I suggested Chieli Minucci acknowledge our in-joke about how my surname should be pronounced “key-mary” like “key-ellie,” but he took that further than I expected. I’m satisfied with how it came out, especially after I padded the reverb at the end. Another pleasant surprise came from Bill Heller who ended his liner with a piano flourish from his song “Blackbird on a Fence.”

Regarding my last name’s pronunciation, my father Bill said “key-mary” is correct, but our Italian ancestors endured mispronunciations so often that they gave up and went with “shimary.”

I began crafting the playlist on May 1 with annotations on the 11th and during the recording session on the 14th. To accommodate the new liners and music, I replaced the “1984 & earlier” segment in favor of a third “2017-present” segment.

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Instrumental Invasion, 6/3/20 June 4, 2020

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The June 3, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was the last of the initial ten shows I recorded in March and April.

The playlist was created and annotated on April 14 with additional annotations on the 25th and during the recording session on the 27th.

I was laughing as I said bassist Michael Palazzolo’s name during the back-sell of “Topside” by Bob James Trio because of a part I edited out where I tried to imitate the song’s synth voices.

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