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Reader’s Choice.

Life Elsewhere has fast become the go-to place for authors, publishers and book-lovers. We know this, thanks to the clever-clogs at WordPress, who are masterful at extrapolating data. The stats show that Life Elsewhere is linked, visited, and searched by an unusually high percentage of people who author, publish and read books. Going deeper into the traffic results, we discovered that the favorite book mentioned at Life Elsewhere, for 2014,  was Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton. This came partly as a surprise, because this book was only mentioned once on the program, when regular contributor and acclaimed creative director, Robert Newman selected Humans of New York for his Christmas Gift selection for 2013. We deduced a few certainties from this information, 1) Readers and listeners of Life Elsewhere pay careful attention. 2) You like big books with lots of pictures. 3) Robert Newman did a convincing job explaining why you need to get a copy.

It’ll be interesting to review the stats and data for 2015. We already know that one book we have featured is on the must-have shopping list for a number of Life Elsewhere devotees. Here’s an example from one of a few emails we received about Unbecoming: A Novel by Rebecca SchermI just ordered her book after I read your recommendation and comments” wrote Jean, from Seattle. Thank you Jean and everyone else who showed interest in Rebecca Scherm and her debut novel. We have an incredible list of authors with new books scheduled for interviews in upcoming editions of Life Elsewhere, including, Ben Yagoda who will talk about his new book, The B-Side, The Death Of Tim Pan Alley And The Rebirth Of The Great American Song. We’ll explore an hilarious take on modern family life, parenthood, and marriage with Tim Dowling author of How To Be A Husband. Best-selling author David J. Linden will join the program to talk about examining how our sense of touch and emotion are interconnected in his new book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind. And, Norman Doidge, M.D. unravels Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticityin The Brain’s Way of Healing

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New Time. New Place.

New Time:  Sundays, 12 noon ET

New Place: WMNF The Source HD3

Interview with author Rebecca Scherm

Tribute to  Ian McLagan

Hit That Never Was features Lioness

New Time:  Sundays, 12 noon ET

New Place: WMNF The Source HD3

A Must-Read Book, A Hit That Never Was & A Tribute To Ian

Rebecca SchermNext on Life Elsewhere, Norman B interviews Rebecca Scherm, the author of Unbecoming: A Novel. In his introduction he says of her debut novel, “This is a book that forced me to read slowly, as I realized I was reaching the end, there were only a few pages to go, I deliberately slowed down, I wanted to savor every single line, every exquisitely constructed sentence”Scherm has written an unquestionably brilliant book, listen to her explain how she conjured up the complex anti-heroine Grace, from Garland, Tennessee. A place Rebecca did not know existed until after writing the book. This and other surprises including her unflinching use of a four-letter word and her finesse in describing erotic sex scenes without resulting to cliches about genitalia, make for a fascinating interview.

The Hit That Never Was selected for this edition of Life Elsewhere, cameCisero complete with a drawing of Cicero the listener’s dog. Patrick who sent the drawing wrote that he had heard Floating On Clouds by Lioness via one of our blog posts from a couple of years ago. Indicating to us to remind you to always check out our BACK. page, where we often post music that may never ever hit the mainstream. Lioness is considered to be one of the UK’s top Grime artists, this cut came out in 2012 and we agree with Patrick, it deserves to be this week’s Hit That Never Was.

Ian McLagan & Norman B

Finally in the program, we respond to the flood of requests to hear Norman B’s tribute to his old art school friend, Ian McLagan. In April of 2014, Norman hosted a spectacular musical-charity event in Seattle. The all-star line up included Heart, Graham Nash, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Country Joe McDonald and the man who played keyboard with Small FacesFaces and recorded and toured with The Rolling Stones…the one and only, Ian McLagan. The two silver-haired Englishmen, delighted to see each other, agreed to record a long, intimate conversation, recounting the early music scene in London, circa 1960’s. And, Mac promised to share stories of the ups and downs of the bands he has been associated with. Many hours of revealing interviews were recorded using Skype, with Mac at his home in Austin Texas and Norman at his studio in Tampa, Florida. Because the interview was so long, we had to edit the recordings down with the intention of airing in separate editions of Life Elsewhere. We had just broadcast part one, when news came in that Ian McLagan had accidentally fallen, banged his head and suffered a fatal stroke. Norman B was reluctant to immediately broadcast his complete interview with Ian, saying  I didn’t want to capitalize on an old friend’s death”.  After a little persuading from friends and associates, Norman agreed to broadcast selections from the unaired interview and put together a heart-felt tribute to Mac. Since that salute aired we have been inundated with requests to hear it again. In this edition of Life Elsewhere we proudly re-play the moving eulogy to, as Norman says, “One of the loveliest fellas you could ever wish to meet”.

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The number of listeners who checked out Life Elsewhere in December reached an all-time high, according to the official stats. More people listened to our show about Art, Media and Culture as we neared the end of the year than ever before. We’d like to think all those new listeners to Life Elsewhere agree with this accolade from acclaimed New York-based Creative Director, Robert Newman: “I’ve been a fan of Norman B for over 25 years. He is a master radio host, voice talent, interviewer, media critic, and a creator of important culture and cultural events. As the host and producer of Life Elsewhere, Norman B has created one of the most intelligent, engaging, diverse, and entertaining radio programs in recent memory. It’s a pure delight from beginning to end. Norman’s ability to combine a diverse array of interviews, news, reviews, music, and much more showcases his talents as a producer and cultural mixmaster. And of course it’s his personality and voice that is the masterful centerpiece of it all, as he weaves an audio mosaic that is in turns playful, serious, engaging, colorful, authoritative, and always entertaining. Norman B reminds me of CNN news host Anderson Cooper with his ability to range through topics with a tone that conveys authority, but still keep a sense of friendly engagement. Norman B is one of the most exciting and brilliant talents and is deserving of a wide audience in any field.”

It could be a coincidence of course, but just as more listeners discover Life Elsewhere, we are moving the show to a new air-time and a new delivery platform. Beginning Sunday, January 26, Life Elsewhere will broadcast live at 12 noon on The Source WMNF HD3. You can listen on a digital radio, online or your smart phone. Plus, Life Elsewhere as a Podcast will be available at Stitcher.com.

We are excited about these changes and have and incredible line-up of guests scheduled, including Rebecca Scherm, whose debut novel Unbecoming has caused Norman B to predict “This book will be on my best-book-of-the-year list, but also on many other best-of-lists.” Ben Yagoda will talk about his new book, The B-Side, The Death Of Tim Pan Alley And The Rebirth Of The Great American Song. We’ll explore an hilarious take on modern family life, parenthood, and marriage with Tim Dowling author of How To Be A Husband. Best-selling author David J. Linden will join the program to talk about examining how our sense of touch and emotion are interconnected in his new book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind. And, Norman Doidge, M.D. unravels Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity in The Brain’s Way of Healing.

Become part of the program by sending us your selection for The Hit That Never Was. Tell us about a piece of music you believe should have been heard by enough people to be a Hit. Also, we would like to hear about who you are, let us know and jot down a few details about yourself. Send your info to: hitthatneverwas@lifeelsewhere.co

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photograph by Norman B,  2005

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