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Dr. Bass Explains His Passion

Dr. James Bass

“It’s just like rock ’n’ roll, it’s all about life and love!” Proclaims Dr. James Bass, explaining his passion, Choral Music. The esteemed Director of Choral Studies in the School of Music at the University of South Florida and the artistic director of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, becomes animated, gesticulating with a conductor’s panache as he leans into the microphone. Norman B invited James Bass to talk about an often misunderstood genre of music. Choral music refers to music sung by a choir. Each musical part is sung by two or more voices. The size of a choir varies, it can be as few as a dozen singers or as large as to be able Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E Flat Major also known as Symphony of a Thousand.” Explains Dr. Bass, who illustrates his chosen topic with judiciously selected works. Be prepared to reappraise your thoughts on Choral Music, as James enthusiastically shares his knowledge. His refreshing take is unwavering, even when asked if sex is integral part of Choral Music.

Make sure you do not miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Dr. Bass is an extraordinary guest. His music selection will amaze you, including a special Hit That Never Was, featuring the late Elliott Smith.

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 12.04.05 PMSpecial programming note: The October 4th edition of Life Elsewhere will feature an exclusive interview with Frank Jenkinson, who documented the very first days of Killing Joke in 1979. Frank was right there, living in the same ramshackle house in Notting Hill Gate, London, along with band members and the original management team. Jenkinson witnessed the birth of what was to becomeScreen Shot 2015-09-25 at 12.03.51 PM one of the most influential bands of the late 70’s London music scene. Better still, he had a camera, which he took along to gigs, including the legendary John Peel Radio Show Sessions. The photos he Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 12.03.16 PMtook, graphically document a moment in time, now long gone and shrouded in mystery. Frank’s extraordinary photographs lay dormant in a dusty box, under his stairs, until he recently noticed on Facebook, Killing Joke‘s ever-increasing and devoted following. HeScreen Shot 2015-09-25 at 12.03.00 PM has self-published a unique photo-book, representing a small moment of time in 1979, with plans to publish a much larger volume of his historical pictures. To round out our focus on Killing Joke, we look to the future of music with highlights from Norman B’s 2013 in-depth interview with Killing Joke‘s bass player, Martin Youth Glover.

The Killing Joke photographs are from the BBC John Peel Sessions, October, 17, 1979, by permission of Frank Jenkinson

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Yes. Yes. & Yes!

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Just as we were putting together the post production to touches to the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, news came in that the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriageInstantly, we decided we needed to hear from frequent contributors to the program and get their opinions on this landmark ruling. Sir Mix-A-Lot, the legendary rap artist, already booked to voice his opinions on the Charleston massacre, gladly gives his honest take on the Supreme Court’s edict. Mix who has a passion for fabulous cars, was taking one of his Italian roadsters for a spin, through the Cascades mountains, east of his home in Seattle, as the interview took place. It would seem the horsepower in his motor was a little too eager and quicker than our cell phone connection, but we did capture enough of Mix‘s opinions to make it worth your while to stay listening to the whole program.

We asked frequent contributors Audrey Bilger and David Warner to voice their opinions on the Supreme Court’s ruling. Audrey a professor of literature and co-author of Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage admits to being elated. While David Warner, editor-in-chief of Creative Loafing, Tampa, tearfully says he became giddy when he heard the news.

Also in the program Stephen Witt talks about his new book, How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy. This is the enthralling story of the birth of mp3’s, streaming music, the music piracy revolution and the mysterious man who almost singlehandedly took down the music industry. Coincidently, Taylor Swift‘s complaint against Apple happened as Stephen Witt‘s book is published. 

Plus, this week’s Hit That Never Was features Ashley MacIsaac, a Canadian fiddler, singer and songwriter from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. MacIsaac caused controversy back in the early 90’s by announcing he was gay, when that was just not done by an aspiring musical act. From his 2003 self-titled album, you’ll hear Lay Me Down, a terrific qualifier for the Hit That Never Was.

This is a bumper-packed edition of Life Elsewhere and we urge you not to miss one moment. Life Elsewhere airs Sunday, June 28 at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Monday, June 29 at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

There are new additions to the BACK. page, take a look and enjoy the links Norman B has curated for your viewing pleasure.

Sandra Block. Peter James. Bibi Bourelly. Lonesome Ghost.

Next on Life Elsewhere, we’ll explore the work of mystery writers, Sandra Block and Peter James. Norman B will introduce music from Bibi Bourelly, a new artist, he believes will have a big hit. And, talking of hits, this week’s Hit That Never Was features Lonesome Ghost.

Little Black Lies is the debut novel from practicing neurologist, Sandra Block who centers her gripping mystery novel around Zoe, a doctor with ADHD. A new patient arrives, a beautiful sociopath who murdered her mother, Zoe becomes obsessed with questions about her own mother’s death. But the truth remains tauntingly out of reach. As Zoe digs deeper, she realizes that the danger is not just in her dreams but is now close at hand. Little Black Lies is about madness and memory and the dangerous lies we tell just to survive. Norman B explores this fascinating book and the ramifications of mental illness, doctors and lies.

The juxtaposition between real and crime-thriller police are discussed with bestselling mystery author Peter James who will talk about his book, Want You Dead, the tenth in the Roy Grace detective-thriller series. James offers thought-provoking observations about police procedures, criminal minds and the more innocent times of Dixon of Dock Green. Be sure not to miss the early part of the interview when Peter James and Norman B share their respective experiences with stalkers!

Bibi Bourelly, the 20 year-old who penned Rihanna‘s Bitch Better Have My Money and Higher, releases her own single, Riot. “I want to give people the truth because a lot of people aren’t so authentic”. Says Bibi, and this comes across in her voice and music confirms Norman B, who adds, Bibi is going to be a BIG hit!” Let us know if you agree with Mr. B, send your comments to normanb [at] life elsewhere [dot] co.

This week’s Hit That Never Was is by Lonesome Ghost, from Dallas, TX. The plaintive and memorable, My Dear available on the EP titled, None of These Songs Are About You Or Anyone You Know was released in 2011. A perfect example of a Hit That Never Was, says Norman B and suggests that you send your selection to hitthatneverwas [at] lifeelsewhere [dot] co.

This will be a must-listen to show, make sure you tune in at 12 noon ET, Sunday, April 19 at The Source, WMNF HD3 and 5.00pm PT, Monday, April 20 at NWCZ Radio

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Michael Brown, Ferguson & Media Reactions. Beach Bullies.

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Unarmed Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Immediately the media circus descended on the suburb of St. Louis and reporters, anchors and pundits began rattling off their minute-by-minute commentaries. One observer posted on Facebook, Does anyone else suspect the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri is being prolonged in part because of CNN’s unrelenting coverage?” In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, we’ll ask Eric Deggans, journalist & author of the resolutely titled, Race-Baiter, to give his overview of the media coverage and how it relates to the premise of his book, How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation“.

 

Plus this week’s Hit That Never Was features a very rare cover of The Velvet Underground’s Femme Fatale by the unlikely-named, The Beach Bullies from their 1980 album titled We Rule The Universe on the long-defunct Musclebound Records. The Beach Bullies were the brainchild of James A. Smith, aka The Great One (guitar/vocals), friend and sometime collaborator of Robyn Hitchcock. Along with vocalist Jill Fricker (vocals/guitar).

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War Explained.

Download the latest edition of Life Elsewhere featuring the erudite and cogent Hugh Gusterson, Professor of Cultural Studies and Anthropology at George Mason University, who explains the meaning of war, why war happens and who really wins in war. Also, two veterans recall their experiences and Norman B pays tribute to his late father a veteran of World War II. Plus a special anti-war Hit That Never Was from Jamaica’s legendary Twinkle Brothers

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