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Tom Petty Karaoke By Amy Rigby

A favourite guest at Life elsewhere is the always engaging Amy Rigby. The highly-acclaimed singer-songwriter and astute writer kindly sent us a sound file of her new single, Tom Petty Karaoke. “I don’t usually put out singles.” Amy sighs, almost apologetically. She is talking with Norman B about her new recording, Tom died on October 2nd, a year ago and his birthday was October 20th, so I guess this is unofficially Tom Petty Month. I had been thinking a lot about him, he was like a guardian angel for me, like he was and is for many musicians. I’ve written about him on my blog a lot because any time I’m on the road it’s like Tom is there on my shoulder, saying “that’s cool” or “you can do better.” This was true when he was alive and even more now that he’s gone. Trying to evade another week of discord and divisiveness in the news, I saw a video of J Mascis singing “Don’t Do Me Like That” in a nearly-empty karaoke bar. The night before, I’d sung “American Girl” with Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express and felt the power of that song reach out and lift people up. Mascis’ karaoke performance was the opposite, it was internal, like prayer. He wasn’t doing it for an audience, he was doing it for himself. I imagined I was J, strummed some “American Girl” chords and wrote this song.” She cleverly references Petty, both musical and lyrical and with and with a deft hand on the production by her husband, Wreckless Eric, Amy has created a masterful salute with Tom Petty Karaoke. Hear the single and conversation with Amy in the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

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Show #294 V2

Who Selected What Song?

“What’s your favorite love song?” We asked our all-star line-up of guests. As predicted, their answers were diverse and original. And, when it came to explaining their choices, they all had well-considered explanations. The big surprises came in who selected what song. Here is the list of the favorite love songs selected by our guests:

  1. Carol King – (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman
  2. The Beatles – In My Life
  3. George Burns – Red Rose Rag
  4. Dayna Kurtz – Venezuela
  5. Taj Mahal – Further On Down The Road
  6. Bryan Ferry – Don’t Worry Baby
  7. Plastilina Mosh – Naranjada
  8. Alkaline Trio – Radio
  9. Tom Waites – Pictures In A Frame
  10. Heads Hands & Feet – A Song For Susie

See if you can match the correct guest with their love song selection. Here is the list of our guests:

  1. Wreckless Eric
  2. Ronny Elliott
  3. Steve Brodner
  4. Terry Morgan
  5. Leaone
  6. Tim Orchard
  7. Adam Morris
  8. Amy Rigby
  9. Brendon Hock
  10. Mark Haskell-Smith

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Show #259

 

Amy Rigby, It’s A Pleasure

What a pleasure it is to know Amy Rigby. Some people, no, make that a lot of people in the rock ’n’ roll racket can be miserable sods. I put it down to spending far too much time living on the road. Even if you’re The Stones taking up whole floors of grand hotels with your ever-increasing entourage, it’s still a bloody hotel, no matter how good the room service is or the thread-count of the sheets. Living on the road, meandering from one gig to another ain’t no fun-filled escapade. Even fresh-faced young wannabes realize the sex ’n’ drugs and rock ’n’ roll lifestyle gets stale, if not boring after the first week. So, what a pleasure it is to know Amy Rigby. She’s a veteran of lugging her precious and trusty equipment from one venue to another. But, no matter how many stairs she has to climb before she can collapse on yet another suspiciously-soiled creaky bed. And, despite almost never finding a place to eat with passable edible food, Amy manages to always carry on with a beguiling smile and, wait for it, a bloody good attitude. You don’t often come across someone who has spent the best part of their lives in the wacky world of rock ’n’ roll with the great attitude Amy Rigby has. She is about to embark on yet another expedition in support of her new album, The Old Guys. So, what a pleasure it is to welcome Amy back to Life Elsewhere to talk about and play a selection from her new album. In the last year Amy has shared her thoughts on Love, Holiday Gifts and next we’ll learn about  The Old Guys. This is her first album in a dozen years, with twelve unmistakably Amy Rigby songs, recorded with Wreckless Eric in upstate New York.

Norman B January 24, 2018

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The Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Show

          

         

        

          

              

Which guest selected which books? The Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Show is next and we asked some of our favorite guests from the past twelve months to select three books and one non-book gift. Our distinguished all-star lineup includes esteemed New York City-based creative director; Robert Newman, famed singer-songwriter, Amy Rigby; scholarly anthropologist and author, Agustin Fuentes; best-selling author and screenwriter, Mark Haskell Smith and astute journalist, Remy Carreiro. Above, are all of the book selections our smart, clever, talented guestshave suggested as gifts. Can you unravel which guest selected which three books? It’s a lot harder than you may think. And, who selected as a non-book gift, a rare 1979 recording from Chief Checker? Make sure you don’t miss this fascinating edition of the best show available on Art, Media and Culture!

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Show #251      

 


Cool, Imaginative Suggestions

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It’s that time of the year again for the Life Elsewhere Annual Holiday Gift Show. This is when we ask some of our favorite guests from the past twelve months to select three books and one non-book gift. Our distinguished all-star lineup includes esteemed New York City-based creative director, Robert Newman; famed singer-songwriter, Amy Rigby; scholarly anthropologist and author, Agustin Fuentes; best-selling author and screenwriter, Mark Haskell Smith and astute journalist, Remy Carreiro. Be prepared for a cool, imaginative gift suggestions.

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