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Instrumental Invasion, 8/18/21 August 19, 2021

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The August 18 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded two segments per day from July 8 to 10.

The playlist was created on July 7 and annotated on the 8th. This time, I drafted the script as I recorded.

Since the show aired on my father Bill’s birthday, just as March 10 was my mother Lisa’s birthday, I chose to play “Daddy’s Got a New Girl Now” (even though I’m a boy) by Spyro Gyra and David Benoit‘s cover of “Secret Love” since he recorded it with his father Bob. As usual for my dad’s birthday (which he shares with David), we went out for dinner at Sushi Time 560 in Bethpage.

I also made sure to include Road Runner sound effects leading into “Roadrunner” by Boney James. I said “meep meep” myself when talking up the song in my overnight Homecoming Weekend show in 2017 and coming out of Lee Ritenour‘s “Road Runnerlast December 2.

“Hipster” by Alexander Zonjic was previously played on January 6. I referred to irony, at the root of hipster culture, in both talk-ups.

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The left channel audio was barely audible, so the aircheck is mono from the right channel. (8/26 UPDATE: The next show had the same problem.)

Instrumental Invasion, 8/11/21 August 12, 2021

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The August 11 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded over three days. The first hour was completed on July 1 with two second hour segments recorded on the 2nd and the last on the 3rd. Pickups were recorded on the 3rd and 4th (in the morning, before intermittent fireworks began).

The playlist was created and annotated, and the script drafted, entirely on June 30.

Since I was eager to play the McCoy Tyner Big Band version of “Fly with the Wind,” I swapped out the 1984 and earlier segment for a second 1985 to ’95 segment.

Some segments ran short, others were a little too long. In the last talk break, I forgot to acknowledge Trevor Neumann in the horn section of “Wayman” by Steve Cole.

I had the talk-up for “I’ll Love You Later” by Jay Rowe in mind ever since he played a solo piano version last year during one of his Facebook Live streams. For the sake of example, here’s his stream from May 25 of this year:

There’s a reason I played “Godzilla” by Nelson Rangell. While I have never seen a Godzilla film, not even the latest, I appreciate the franchise. I owe my appreciation to James Rolfe‘s explanatory 2019 Cinemassacre video, “Godzilla for Beginners”:

His spoiler-free review of Godzilla vs. Kong on March 31 set me up for if I ever watch it:

One more thing: Last Friday, James posted a behind-the-scenes video regarding his recent Angry Video Game Nerd episodes. That included outtakes from Shrek: Fairy Tale Freakdown, the first episode of 2021. The outtakes inspired me to clip them and add “Floaters” from the YouTube audio library, which is heard at the end of Technology Connections videos, to play underneath. For fans of that channel, “Floaters” has become synonymous with “le bloops,” bloopers from a given video. It came out this way, complete with Technology Connections-inspired captions:

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Mini golf in Bethpage, walking the Jones Beach boardwalk August 6, 2021

Posted by Mike C. in Aviation, Golf, Personal, Photography, Travel.
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My friend Kelly visited from Connecticut last weekend. Among our Saturday exploits were a round of mini golf at Bethpage Mini Golf, located within Batter Up, and a walk along the Jones Beach boardwalk.

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Kelly kept score:bethpageminigolf-73121-1
Upon scanning the card when we got home, I noticed that there was a five-stroke limit, rendering the score incorrect.

Here is the corrected scorecard:bethpageminigolf-73121-correction-1

After about an hour at home, Kelly and I headed down to Jones Beach to walk the boardwalk.

We drove south on the Wantagh Parkway:
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I periodically photographed planes that had taken off from Republic Airport… or were approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport. This one just left Republic:MC73121044MC73121045-smallerMC73121046-smallerMC73121047-smallerMC73121048-smallerMC73121049-smallerMC73121050-smallerMC73121051-smallerMC73121052-1-smallerMC73121053-1-smallerMC73121054-smaller
We briefly drove west on Ocean Parkway before turning into Field 4:
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We parked in the H section:MC73121059-smaller
This is one of many planes approaching JFK:MC73121060

Thanks to FlightStats, I was able to identify each plane. Above was JetBlue Flight 4 from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (San Juan).

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AgustaWestland AW109, owned by Area 109 in Brooklyn:MC73121071MC73121072-smallerMC73121073-smallerMC73121074-smaller
Kelly and I posted for photos along the south end of the boardwalk. Here’s mine:MC73121076-smaller
Lufthansa Flight 10 from Franz Josef Strauss Airport (Munich):MC73121077MC73121078-smallerMC73121079-smallerMC73121080-smallerMC73121081-smallerMC73121082-smaller
This GA (general aviation) aircraft was arriving at Republic: MC73121083MC73121084-smaller
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater:MC73121085-smallerMC73121086-smallerMC73121088-smallerMC73121089-smaller

We turned back for Field 4 just shy of the East Bathhouse.

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A close view of Jones Beach Theater off Bay Parkway:MC73121106-smaller
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From here, Kelly and I traveled west on Merrick Road for dinner at La Piazza in Merrick.

It was a fun afternoon, and weekend, for both of us.

Instrumental Invasion, 8/4/21 August 5, 2021

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The August 4 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded on June 24 and 25. Like last week, I did four segments one day and two the next day. Pickups were recorded on the June 26 and 27.

Continuing my streak of completing all preliminary work in one day, the playlist was created and annotated, and the script was drafted, on June 23.

A few segments ran long, which meant cutting down on my wordy talk breaks.

I was inspired to lead the show with “Devlin'” by David Grisman after seeing this video for the TWC Classics tribute site:

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Instrumental Invasion, 7/28/21 July 29, 2021

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The July 28 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded on June 17 (four segments) and 18 (two segments).

The playlist was created and annotated, and the script was drafted, on June 16.

Since the early days of the show, I’ve reached out to fellow WCWP alumni to record liners for it. The latest is Alexis Lindsey, known as Lexticy during her time at the station. Her liner debuted in this week’s show:

I recorded liners for her in the days of her show and I was glad to reach out to her for Instrumental Invasion.

It only took a week for me to play Rodney Franklin‘s addictive “Windy City,” which Lex’s liner led into.

Immature as it is, I can’t think of this show, the 69th overall, without an exclamation from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure coming to mind:

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Instrumental Invasion, 7/21/21 July 22, 2021

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The July 21 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded one hour per day on June 10 and 11.

The playlist was created and annotated on June 9, and the script was drafted on the 10th, a few hours before recording.

I changed things up by shuffling the segment format order. Rather than have two 2017 to present segments in hour 2, I moved the second one to the top of hour 1. This meant that a song from prior to 2017 got to end a regular show (not special ones like March 24 and 31) for the first time in months.

Another change was to stop saying “WCWP Brookville” at the top of each hour. Jeff Kroll told me to say that in the early days of the show in case automation didn’t run the legal ID, but it has run every time since the second week. I kept saying “WCWP Brookville” out of habit, but finally broke the habit here.

25 years after first hearing “The Groove” by Rodney Franklin on CD 101.9 (currently a web and HD station), I finally got a chance to play it after acquiring a double album CD. The CD contained his 1980 releases: You’ll Never Know – featuring “The Groove” – and the eponymous Rodney Franklin – home to the addictive “Windy City,” which you can expect in a future show.

I discovered Eric Gunnison back in 2015 after hearing his intense piano solo in a live version of “The Red Pill” by Nelson Rangell (starting at 4:18):

The led me to buy Trios, off which I played “Care to Join Us” tonight, and eventually, Voyageur.

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Instrumental Invasion, 7/14/21 July 15, 2021

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The July 14 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded on June 3. It was the first show recorded in one day since January 6, which was recorded four weeks earlier on December 9.

The playlist was created and annotated, and the script was drafted, on June 2, one day before recording.

In all, I worked on three shows in 12 days, between May 23 and June 3, recording them in a 10-day span, between May 25 and June 3.

Pickups were recorded from June 9 to 11, and on the 26th.

A few segments in this show ran long, but I didn’t have to cut much out to compensate.

I made a timing error for the second straight show, this time in the second segment of hour 2. That meant I had to replace “Altair and Vega” by Bob James and Keiko Matsui with “Au Naturale” by Chieli Minucci and Special EFX. The script for the talk break coming out of that song had to be revised, along with the tease at the end of the previous segment.

I called “Vulcan Worlds” by Return to Forever a “fascinating” song because Spock (Star Trek) was half-Vulcan and fond of the phrase “fascinating.”

I came up with “Wummers of Summer” two summers ago when I heard Steve Oliver‘s “Wings of Spring” on SiriusXM’s Watercolors. I’m glad to finally say that publicly.

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Instrumental Invasion, 7/7/21 July 8, 2021

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The July 7 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded two segments per day between May 29 and 31 with pickups on the 31st and June 17.

The playlist was created on May 28 with annotations carrying into the 29th, followed by the script draft.

Half the segments ran long, half ran short. One of those segments ran short due to a miscalculation that gave me an extra minute. Another short segment gave me the opportunity to learn a “fun fact” (a term I lovingly borrow from Technology Connections) about Joe McBride. In all the years I’ve heard his music, I never knew he was Bake McBride‘s nephew.

I played “Red Suede Shoes” by Chuck Loeb after hearing the disappointing radio edit on SiriusXM’s Watercolors that cut the song in half, eliminating Till Brönner and Eric Marienthal‘s solos. They got their due in this show.

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Instrumental Invasion, 6/30/21 July 1, 2021

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The June 30 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded over three days. The first hour was recorded on May 25, the second hour’s first segment was recorded on the 26th, and the last two segments were done on the 27th.

The playlist was created and annotated on May 23 and the script was drafted on the 24th.

Every segment ran short, which once again required padding with extra liners, ditched talk-ups, and additional dialogue.

“Just Groovin'” by Norman Brown was the latest song recycled from a previous show. It was #1 on the smooth jazz radio charts at the time of recording.

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Instrumental Invasion, 6/23/21 June 24, 2021

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The June 23 Instrumental Invasion on WCWP was recorded between May 18 and 21. One segment was recorded per day on the 18th, 19th, and 21st (during construction next door), with three segments on the 20th. Pickups were recorded on May 23 and 24.

The playlist was created on May 17, with annotations and the script draft on the 18th.

Four of the six segments ran short, which required me to pad them out with additional liners and dialogue, shorten the talk-up – “Just So” by Boney James – or eliminate it – “Keepin’ the Faith” by Steve Laury and “Chi-Town” by Nick Colionne.

“Chi-Town” and Weather Report‘s “Birdland” were recycled from previous shows. I first played “Birdland” last July 8 and “Chi-Town” exactly 52 weeks ago.

I tried my best with instrument and musician pronunciations on Bob James and the Angels of Shanghai‘s cover of “Onara,” the theme from Dae Jang Geum. I’m proud of my talk-up for the preceding song, “Rainbow Gold” by Jessy J.

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11:43 AM UPDATE: In reference to guitarist Wayne Bruce, I said his alter ego was not Manbat, since Bruce Wayne is Batman. It slipped my mind that there is a Man-Bat supervillain whose real name is Dr. Kirk Langstrom. I had seen Man-Bat in Batman: The Animated Series when I watched the series over a few weeks in the fall of 2019. I regret the error, but I still get a chuckle out of my quip.