I initially posted this a few years back after my dad passed away, but I realized that it seemed like a really good way to end what’s over and head into a New Year.
This is the Phil Och's song, "When I'm Gone." It's not his version, though, but an absolutely exquisite cover by two groups, Kim & Reggie Harris and Magpie. I first heard it years ago when the long-running Saturday night show, The Midnight Special on the classical music station WMFT in Chicago played it as their closing song each week. They used it for a great many years, but have changed hosts in recent years, but they were still using it then.
My folks absolutely loved the song. Loved it. They enjoyed The Midnight Special a great deal although they liked it more in its earlier years and not the selections as much in its (and their) later years. But they always listened and, if not always all the way through, they always made sure to listen to the ending, just to be sure to hear The Song.
The song is about all the things to do in life now, because this is your chance to see them through.
On this week’s Naked Lunch podcast, hosts Phil Rosenthal and David Wild continue their slight detour. As they write, “Phil & David continue to reveal and pay tribute to their favorite movies ever with all of you and with each other. Come for the hot Stanley Kubrick talk, stay for Phil & David discussing Almost Famous by Cameron Crowe, The Last Waltz by Martin Scorsese as well as The Ten Commandments, Klute, Network, A Hard Day's Night, Tootsie, Rushmore and so many more significant films that shaped their tastes in cinema and their lives in general.
If you missed Part 1, you can listen to it here.
For fans of the great Steve Goodman especially (and I'm sure a treat for most anyone), radio station WFMT in Chicago has a special episode of their live Folkstage show -- a tribute to Steve Goodman, which they're calling "New Year's Steve" .
It airs tonight -- Saturday, December 30 -- and starts at 8 PM Chicago time, so 6 PM in Los Angeles, and 9 PM in the East.
Here's their description --
"In memory of irrepressible Chicago folk icon Steve Goodman, it’s a high-spirited hootenanny and sing-along of his best-loved songs with James Curley, Jenny & Robin Bienemann, Naomi Ashley, Dennis Leise, Jon Williams, John Abbey, and introducing Stephen Schuch."
You can listen to the show online by clicking here -- and then click on the "Listen" button.
We actually have a new one this week. The contestant is Dan Feld from New York, New York. I got the hidden song pretty quickly – though this is one where some people will, too, and others won’t have a clue. (When they finally give the “name” of the song…that really isn’t its name, but just a way, I guess, that a lot of people identify it.) As for the composer style, it’s one that I’m not all that knowledgeable with enough to pick out differences and usually can only say, “Well, it’s like maybe one of these several composers…” And then select one that seems probably the closest to me. So, as I listened, I marked this one down as a sure miss -- but I got it right!
The guests on this week’s Al Franken podcast are political analyst Molly Jong-Fast and Mark Leibovich of The Atlantic. Along with Al, they look back at the year in politics and, as Al puts it, “take a tour of the big political events of 2023.”
For the “Mystery Guest” segment on What’s My Line?” the contestant is Jack Benny -- high up on my list of favorite comedians. (And who was my grandmother's favorite comedian.) A long while back, I posted an appearance by him on the show, but that was a return visit. This is his first time he appeared. It comes from 1953 near the start of the program’s run. He’s one of my favorite comedians, and once again he has great fun with it all, most notably with the voice he chose to use – along with throwing himself into it. Because the guessing lasts so long, they unfortunately don’t have time for any chatting at the end – but keep watching because the one line he does get out is a joy.
If you want to jump to the “Mystery Guest” segment, it starts around the 17:15 mark.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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