Mt. Vernon Register-News


February 5, 2011

Musically Speaking: Super Bowl lesson learned the hard way

MT. VERNON — Well here it is, another annual, national ritual commonly known as Super Bowl weekend.

In 2009, I learned the hard way that I should just have music on the Musically Speaking program that airs on Super Bowl Sunday.

Barely a few months into this radio show, I had naively scheduled an interview program for the same Sunday as the Super Bowl.

Bad idea. The Pittsburgh Steelers dismantled Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals before a massive television audience. Relative few people said they had actually heard the interview. And they were just being kind, I’m certain.

Of course that interview with Mike Young, the drummer from Farm, was one of the first to be made available in the archive section on the Web site. You can hear it even now!

I spoke with my friend Darin Cochrane on Monday.

A number of people told me how much they enjoyed the show that Darin put together as a Celebration of Life for Jodi Beckham. The show drew a crowd to Bubba’s in Nason last Friday.

Suffice it to say that a few hundred people turned out for the cause and over $2,100 was raised in the process.

Darin said that he would like to thank each of the bands involved with the show, as El Hannorah, No Issues, Tommy Gunn, Pumphouse Monster, Isolated Incident, Custom Made and Burnt Toast provided the live music performances.

I think that Darin Cochrane gets it. The people are what’s really important when it’s all said and done.

Darin, you da man.

Last Saturday night, I truly enjoyed the power of progressive instrumental rock music when Eye of the Needle played the Scheller Playhouse with a performance of music originally recorded by the English band, Camel, in the early 1970s.

Megan Crain Barrow opened the show for EOTN.

You should know that Adam Greenwalt got a real work-out on that drum kit that night!

Even though I wasn’t able to attend, I was told that at one point last Sunday afternoon, no less than 12 musicians were simultaneously jamming at the Genkota Winery!

This weekly get together of Del Herbert and friends is taking on a life of it’s own.

Why am I not surprised?

This Sunday night, I will have some things on the radio that we haven’t heard in quite a while.

I can tell you that I will be playing the “Coal Miner Trilogy” from Dallas Alice and some other gems from Musically Speaking radio shows past.

I guess that you will have to tune in and see what I have for you, the valued radio listener.

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Enjoy this weeks’ radio show and please be careful out there.

Don’t drink and drive or text and drive!

The Illinois State Police are counting on it.

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