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Instrumental Invasion, 9/16/20 September 17, 2020

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The September 16, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP is the 25th show overall. It was recorded over two days: the first hour on August 21 and the second on the 22nd.

The playlist was created on August 18 and annotated on the 19th, with additional annotations during each recording session.

I finished recording in the nick of time. After the last talk break, the landscaping crew for the two houses directly behind my bedroom began running their leaf blowers.

I had to work in “Working Girl March” by Dave Grusin from the Tootsie soundtrack, which I bought immediately after watching the film on Netflix a week before recording. The version on the soundtrack is not the cue used in the film.

The show intro was one of three talk breaks I scripted out in Notepad. Each had a lot of information to share and I didn’t want to get stuck.

The ends of the talk-ups for “Cruisin'” by Larry Carlton and “Hacienda” by the Jeff Lorber Fusion had to be remixed and precisely spliced over the original mixes. The first talk-up had a glitch between “not” and “Grusin.” The second required me to raise the gain on “this time” because it was too low to hear as I raised the music levels.

I didn’t mention it on the air, but the notes at the end of Larry’s solo on “Cruisin'” always remind me of the pause sound in Konami games for the NES:

Now, here’s the pause sound mixed with the end of the solo:

I noted that Jean-Luc Ponty performed “Tender Memories” on David Sanborn‘s Night Music around the time Storytelling was released. Here is that performance:

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Instrumental Invasion, 9/9/20 September 10, 2020

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The September 9, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded over two days: the first hour on August 14 and the second on the 15th.

The playlist was created on August 11 and annotated on the 12th, with additional annotations during each recording session.

Even though they only air once, I like to keep my shows evergreen, but I was aware this show would be airing two days before September 11. So, I referenced Philippe Petit, who in 1974, walked on a wire between the roofs of the World Trade Center towers. I played “The Firehouse Chill” by Fourplay, then acknowledged my father Bill, a volunteer firefighter for the Freeport Fire Department‘s Truck Co. 1.

I’ll mention here that my dad’s friend Joe Falco is also a member Truck Co., as well as Engine 1/Ladder 24 in the FDNY. It was in that capacity on 9/11 where he survived the collapse of the World Trade Center’s south tower (2 World Trade Center). My dad interviewed Joe, affectionately known as Bubba, for a documentary that served as my college senior project. I posted that documentary to my YouTube channel in 2016:

9/11 UPDATE: The audio from the video was included, with my permission, in the latest episode of a podcast called What Was That Like.

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Instrumental Invasion, 9/2/20 September 3, 2020

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The September 2, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded two segments per day from August 5 to 7.

The playlist was created and annotated on August 4 with additional annotations during the recording sessions.

I had It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World on my mind as I played Gerald Albright‘s cover of “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown. I had seen the film on Amazon Prime Video earlier in the week. I didn’t like it as much I thought I would. I was hoping for a happier ending. I eventually came to accept the way the film ended and appreciate the its historical significance.

The horn section in Bob James‘s interpretation of “We’re All Alone” by Boz Scaggs was too numerous to mention in my back-sell, but you can read the list here.

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Instrumental Invasion, 8/26/20 August 27, 2020

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The August 26, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded on July 31.

The playlist was created on July 29 with annotations on the 30th and during the recording session on the 31st.

I was able to include “Bright Sky” by the Jeff Lorber Fusion after replacing it during the recording session for last week’s show.

As noted during the show, “Morning Dew” by Anders Enger Jensen is the theme song for videos by The 8-Bit Guy, who I was fortunate to meet at the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo in 2017 and 2018, attending his panel at the latter. (I also watched his panel at UPLINK earlier this month.)

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POSTSCRIPT: During the height of the pandemic, WCWP hosts were asked to record messages to include in PSAs (public service announcements). Here was my contribution, recorded May 1, which may or may not have been used:

8/28 UPDATE: Upon listening to the aircheck, I realized missed an opportunity to segue from Bob Mamet‘s Day Into Night to Nelson Rangell‘s Turning Night Into Day. Instead, I got hung up on the saxophone aspect of the show before the spot break and blindly referred to “the sunrise directive” in the talk-up after.

Instrumental Invasion, 8/12/20 August 13, 2020

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The August 12, 2020, Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded on July 17.

The playlist was created on July 15 with annotations later that day and the day after.

I liked sharing the origin of an infamous hip-hop breakbeat sample by playing Bob James‘s cover of “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” by Paul Simon. Coming out of that song, a new liner debuted from Joe Bertie, co-host of WCWP’s The Smooth Jazz Show:

Joe got in touch with me hours before air so he’d know when it would run. He recorded the moment and posted it to Facebook with the caption:

Voiceover liner for “Instrumental Invasion” with Mike Chimeri. Terrific show.

I dedicated Jeff Golub and Brian Auger’s rendition of “The Cat” to Bobby Guthenberg, a.k.a. Bobby G., one of the hosts of The Rock Show, which airs weeknights at 7PM and Sundays at 10PM.

The extra time before “Old School” by Nelson Rangell allowed me to reference LIU Post‘s founding in 1954, and the years in which I was a student.

Extra time was limited in most segments, which meant starting songs underneath liners or fading them under early so I could back-sell.

The disparity between audio channels on “Cantiga Nova Swing” by the Dave Brubeck Quartet was so wide, I had to combine them into mono.

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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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