It was an honor to have a few moments to talk to legendary songwriter Carole Bayer Sager about her new memoir, “They’re Playing Our Song.” It’s full of terrific stories about her musical collaborators, the songwriting process, and overcoming the self-doubts that can hold us down.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Peter Ames Carlin is a best-selling author and one of the best rock and roll biographers. His newest book is “Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon.” We discussed why this is the first ever comprehensive bio of Paul Simon, his approach to researching a subject, why he chose to write about Paul, and why the “Bridge Over Troubled Water” album reads as a letter to Art Garfunkel.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Jason Warrior is a Chicago native and is currently competing on “The Voice” as a member of Team Adam (after being stolen away from Team Alicia). We discussed his unique perspective on the competition, how he’s a positive role model as he represents the city, and what was the best piece of advice he’s received from being on the show.Follow @bigwakeupcall
It was great to have a few minutes to catch up with Kenny Loggins, who returned to the show to talk about his fun new project, a kids’ book based on his classic song “Footloose” (with a new interpretation of the song included). We discussed his inspiration on adapting the song into a romp featuring zoo animals, how he wrote his first kids song when he was just a kid himself (“House at Pooh Corner”), and why he thinks his music has multi-generational appeal.Follow @bigwakeupcall
We always have fun chatting with Lisa Loeb, and she returned to our show to talk about her new album “Feel What U Feel.” We talked about how being a mom influenced her songwriting, our personal experiences with The Wiggles, what makes a successful song for all ages, and why you can’t beat kids TV from the ’70s.
Bill McCormick called in from the World News Center for his regularly scheduled weekly visit on a typically bright and beautiful Friday morning (the universe wants us to do this segment), and we discussed (AGAIN) how aliens are NOT coming to visit us yet and why human immortality has NOT yet been achieved. Plus! An update on the Power Rangers Movie and a nugget and/or tidbit about Dr. Strange.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Dominique Wilkins is an NBA legend and member of the 2016 class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. We had a fun conversation sharing memories of a classic Hawks-Bulls game from 1987, as well as talking about his diabetes diagnosis and his efforts to further diabetes awareness and education as part of the diabetes dream team.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Simon Reynolds is a critically-acclaimed writer whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The New York Times and many others. His new book, Shock and Awe, is a comprehensive look at the history and influence of Glam Rock. We had a great conversation about Glam Rock’s impact on modern music, how it’s often incorrectly portrayed as “all image and no substance,” and whether or not youthful identity is still wrapped up in the choice of one’s music.Follow @bigwakeupcall