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Instrumental Invasion, 3/23/22 March 24, 2022

Posted by Mike C. in Airchecks, Audio, Internet, Jazz, Media, Music, Personal, Radio.

The March 23 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded one hour per day on January 29 and 30.

The playlist was created on January 27. The first hour was annotated the same day – mostly by literally cutting (with scissors) and pasting (with tape) from the January 26 playlist – and the second hour on the 28th. I saved the PDF in grayscale again this week because the blue shade varied from the newly-written annotations to the ones on the printout. The talk break script was drafted before recording on the 29th, with digital copying and pasting from the January 26 script where necessary.

Much of the first hour was a do-over from January 26. About 40 minutes of that show’s first hour went unaired because the stream went out. The outage encompassed part of the first and third segments and all of the second. Rather than replay songs individually over subsequent shows, I made the unprecedented move of putting every unaired song in one show. I hope I never have to do this again.

Aside from the seven reused songs from January 26, “Bado Boy!” by Brian Bromberg was first heard last July 14. By this time, I knew the song’s origin: the titular Bado Boy is a male cat Brian rescued from Barbados. The last talk break, including the anecdote, was tough because there was too much information and too little time. Luckily, “Bado Boy!” had a long intro, allowing me to start the segment with the song, lower the levels for the Bruce Leonard liner and my talk-up, then bring the levels back up. On the other end of the spectrum, I had to pad out the first segment of hour two with an extra liner. Given a choice, I prefer having to pad segments out with liners than hurry my talk breaks, speed compress talk breaks, play shorter liners, or fade a song out early.

This was the second week in a row with two 2007-16 segments rather than two 2017 to present.

I realized this morning that Ken Navarro was playing real bass on “Running Toward the Sun.” It sounded too good to be synth bass; or as Ken calls it, “key bass.” I’ll be playing another song from Ken’s one-man band period (2014-16) on April 20, and I redid the back-sell of that song. Be sure to listen for that.

As for last night’s show, click here to download the aircheck MP3 or listen below:



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