Tag Archives: Music

Dionne Warwick

Music legend Dionne Warwick called in to talk about her participation in a new song, “Let There Be Light,” with all proceeds benefitting Feeding America.   We also chatted about her unexpected appearance on an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

Lisa Loeb

lisaLisa Loeb is the first artist to record a new album exclusively for Amazon Music, and it’s a great collection of songs for little ones, “Nursery Rhyme Parade.”  We talked about singing for our children, why it’s nice to have simple recordings focusing on vocals, and our shared love for ’70s kids television, especially Zoom.

 

Luther Campbell

Luther Campbell is a legendary rapper (the leader of the 2 Live Crew) who has been fighting for free speech rights for over two decades.  His new book is “The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice and Liberty City.”  We talked about his beginnings as an independent artist, how the 2 Live Crew quickly caught on to mainstream success (and brought about an obscenity declaration and a case before the Supreme Court), and why he continues to fight the good fight for civil liberties.

Ted Gioia, author of “Love Songs: The Hidden History”

Ted Gioia is a music historian and columnist for “Daily Beast.”  His new book is “Love Songs: The Hidden History.  In a very enlightening interview, I learned that love songs are basically responsible for the continued existence of humanity — in more than one way.

Pentatonix

Pentatonix’s new album, “That’s Christmas To Me,” is the highest-charting Christmas album by a group since 1962.  Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan called in to talk about performing at the Rock City Christmas festivities and how they put together material for the album.

Dennis DeYoung

One of the first 45′s I remember owning was “Come Sail Away.”  I came home from school one day and my mom had bought it for me after hearing it on the old WLS.  I wore that thing out on my little Fisher-Price record player.   I’ve been a fan of Styx ever since, and was very happy to have the chance to chat with Dennis DeYoung.  When he started spontaneously singing a little bit of “Lady” it gave me chills!  Dennis was on to talk about his new CD/DVD, “Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx Live in Los Angeles.”

Woodstock Legend Wavy Gravy

Wavy Gravy called in to promote his upcoming one-man show.  We talked about his “rainbow bridge,” what happened to Bob Dylan’s original typewriter, and why I shouldn’t be ashamed for my generation because of Woodstock ’94 and ’99.

Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al called in to promote his new album, Mandatory Fun.  We talked about his songwriting process, good parody songs vs. bad parody songs, and why it’s still ok to scold Vanilla Ice.