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Thank You.

by on Jun.20, 2015, under Station Update, The Events, The Music, The Musings, The Other Stuff

By the time most of you have read this, the music will have stopped.

So I’d like to make an attempt to thank A Tribe Called Quest, Al Green, Alicia Myers, Ana Caram, Andre Castano, Angela Johnson, Aurra, Bab Rolando 808, Bali Lounge, Barbara Tucker, Barrington Levy, Barry White, Bassmental, Bassnectar, Bear Who, Beenie Man, Billy Cobham, B.B. King, Black Science Orchestra, Black Uhuru, Blue Asia, Bob Marley, Bobby Womack, Booker T & The M.G.’s, Bootsy, Boozoo Bajou, Brass Construction, Brother Jack McDuff, Buju Banton, Byron Stingily, C Scott, Cameo, CeCe Peniston, Change, Charles Moui, Charles Webster, Chris Jasper, Chucky Sly, Cindy Mizelle, Circulation, Club Artists United, Coffee Kids, Crystal Waters, Daddy Funk 45, Darien Bailey, David Bowie, Deep Brothers, Deep Wide, Deniece Williams, Disko Knights, Dissidenten, DJ Andre Harris, DJ Aphreme, DJ Fudge, DJ Language, DJ Mbuso Sboniso Dlada, DJ Nermin, DJ Spen, DJ Spettro, DJ Spinna, Dobet Gnahore, DunnEASY, E-Man, Earth, East River Rituals, Ed the Red, Eddie Kendricks, Edit Van Halen, Elements of Life, Entertainment, Ernest Raglin, Erro, Erykah Badu, Esther Philips, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Fernanda Abrue, Fila Brazillia, First Class, Florian, Foremost Poets, Fred Everything, Funk, Funkadelic, Galaxy People, Ganeesh, Geoffrey Gordon, George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, George Duke, Goapele, Grace Jones, Graham Central Station, Groove Theory, Guy, Hardstone, Herbie Hancock, House Music, Housin’ Funk Parliament, Howard Johnson, Husky Matt Meler, Hustle & Flow, Ike “Black Liquid” Ngwaba, India, IndySoul, Innervision, Intik, Ital Foods, J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, J.C. Lodge, Jacob London, Jamal, James Brown, Jay Tripwire, Jazz, Jazzanova, Jill Scott, Jimpster, Jimmy Hendrix, John “Julius” Knight, Johnny Hammond, Jon Cutler, Joyce Sims, Julius Papp, Jungle Brothers, Kan Sano, Keith Hudson, Keith Sweat, Keith Thompson, Ken ECB, Kenny Dope, Kerri Chandler, Kiko Navarro, Kim English, King Kooba, Kink, Kool & The Gang, Kurtis Blow, La Veda Simpson, Ladybug Mecca, Lawnchair Generals, Lee, Lil Louis, Lisa Fischer, Littlemen, Loose Ends, Louie Vega, Lovelea, Lucky Dube, LuRob, Mad Scientist, Magik Johnson, Mandrill, Marcus Miller, Mark Farina, Marlon D, Marques Wyatt, Martin Venetjoki, Marvin Gaye, Masters at Work, Mati, Michael Henderson, Miguel Migs, Monsieur Dodo, Mood Swing, Moon Rock, Moss, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Mtume, Music, Nathan Adams, No Assembly Required, Non-Stop Mixes, Norman Conners, Nuyorican Soul, Omega, One Way, Only Freak, Oscar P, Ovasoul 7, Paul Johnson, Peter Tosh, Platinum Pied Pipers, Prince Dubb I, Quant, Ralph Falcon, Ramsey Lewis, Rayko, Recloose, Red X, Reggae, Rene & Angela, Rhonda Smith, Richard Samuels, Rick James, Rob Mirage, Robin Duhe, Roland Clark, Ron E. Jones, Rose Royce, Roy Ayers, Roy Davis Jr., S.O.S. Band, Sabrina Johnson, Sagat, Santana, Scuba, Shalamar, Sharon Redd, Shirley Marshall, Side Effect, Sister Sledge, Skyy, Slave, Slope, Sly & The Family Stone, Smokey Robinson, Soul-Ty, Souldynamic, Steel Pulse, Steve Miggedy Maestro, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Stolen Identity, Strafe, Subercabana, Sumo, Sweetback, T. J. Rhemi, Terence Trent D’Arby, The Brothers Johnson, The Bucketheads, The Crusaders, The Dells, The Demetrios Project, The Family Stand, The G.A.P. Band, The Isleys, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, The Moments, The Muthafunkaz, The O’Jays, The Ohio Players, The Pocket Dwellers, The System, The Temptations, The Stylistics, Third World, Thor, Tom Browne, Tom Tom Club, Tony Toni Tone, Treologic, Unforscene, Unlimited Touch, Urban Soul, Ursula Rucker, Vibezelect, Victor Wooten, Viola, Vision, Waldemar Bastos, War, Wayman Tisdale, Weather Report, Wind & Fire, Wish feat. Fonda Rae, Wyclef Jean, Yam Who, Yarbrough & Peoples, Zapp, Ziggy Marley…this isn’t even most of them…there are so many many more.

I know I left someone out… it always happens… know that I thank you too!

There are years of articles and posts within this site. Feel free to check them out. Some topical and some not.

I want to thank all of the artists who took the time out of their busy lives to respond to my attempts to reach out to them. I want to thank in particular Joyce Sims and Chris Jasper for allowing me the opportunity of playing their new releases when they came out. I’m proud that we’ve even had the opportunity to create artwork for their projects too!

I want to thank Shawn, one of the best ears in the business, for helping me track down some of the best music I’ve ever heard. I want to thank Wardell for opening up his world of music to me and then spending time putting together sets so I can share that world with you. Not everyone can hear what you feel. I want to thank Daizee her enthusiasm for the sound. It helped when I needed it most.

I certainly want to thank the thousands of humans across this planet spending tens of thousands of hours checking out the music and the mixes I was able to create with the help of these many artists. I want to thank whomever that is wearing the Official WBPM NetRADIO shirt over in Japan. I’m still amazed that there’ve been times when people of opposing factions, religions and groups were listening to the same music at the same time while others in their groups were blowing each other up. Go figure.

I’ve always felt that if we do not support our musicians then we are willfully allowing ourselves to die a silent death.

Please continue to support those who are in support of you and your sounds.

I will always do the same.

Thanks to all of you who’ve supported what I was trying to do.

So there ya have it… 11 years and some odd months of non-stop music streaming from WBPM NetRADIO. What’s next? Ohhhh… I gots plans. We ain’t finished yet!

 

Peace,

“DJ Whatshisname?”

LastShot

Kinda dramatic huh? LOL!!

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I’m thinking about ending it…

by on May.03, 2015, under Uncategorized

DJ-n-Turntables

The station that is…

(don’t panic)

After 11 years with all of the costs and time involved …

I’m really debating whether or not I should continue this internet station…

It’s been one hell of a blast DJ’ing the live sets and programming the shows…

WBPM NetRADIO has allowed me the opportunity to work with and communicate with some amazing humans from across the planet. I’m blessed to have met some who’ve opened my eyes and ears to new worlds. I truly and deeply thank you. Maybe one day Mars…

It’s just that now with things as they are…

I need more time to focus…

So in the mean time while I make up my mind…

I will present some of my favorite sets from the past…

Who knows… maybe even mix up one last one for the road….

IF it comes to that.

 

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If You Could…

by on Jun.02, 2014, under The Musings

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Internet radio music lovers, if you could control the “Wayback Machine”, who’s music would you bring back?

Minnie? Luther? James? Vesta? Who?

I got to thinking about that as I was hunting down new music for upcoming sets. I started thinking back to what got me listening to certain artists even at the young age that I did.

Did the lyrics make sense? Did I really understand what they were talking about on those songs? I’ll admit it, many times..No!!!

More often than not, the beat snatched me by the ‘fro and shook me loose only when done. It seems sometimes that today after years of using my ears, more often than not something seems missing. I’m sure part of that feeling is fueled by a sense of nostalgia. I do miss the tight arrangements of a full blown Cameo or Ohio Players.

I definitely miss the wordsmithing that went on in a number of George Duke‘s cuts. I miss the urgency of Max Roach’s “Right Now”, Eric B & Rakim, Odetta, Grand Master Flash & The Furious 5, The KayGees, Jackie Wilson, Charlie Mingus (shoot, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” still stops me in my tracks…). Curtis Mayfield‘s writing is some of the best ever heard. Marley, Coletrane and Miles all too good to be true but were.

Blakey, Blige & Berry too. Let me stop because I could go on and on. I think you get the drift.

Even some of the so called “mechanical” beats of the 1980s pops into my thoughts from time to time. Now, that is never to say that today’s musical landscape is barren and nothing more than a wasteland. Far from it. I hear some good stuff out there and try as often as one can to get my grubby fingers on those tracks. Still, there are times when I scan the airwaves just to see what corporate minds are trying to dump into ours and I hear nothing.

Used to be you got it off the air because that was where it was. Now, after all of the mergers and buyouts involving local stations this past decade or so, things have become, well, bland. I remember a time when I looked forward to road trips down south from New York because it meant that I would get to hear what everyone down the East Coast was getting to hear.

I also learned over time that what plays in Georgia may not necessarily make it “up North”. So, there’s a lot of music Northerners missed out on too.

Recent past drives “up North” found me lugging stacks of DVDs to listen to in the car.

I remember learning how in the past, stations were concerned about listener “satisfaction”. It would seem that now you get what you get. Less variety and more B.S. They know if they play something enough times – literally beat a song into your brain – they can influence your tastes. They do that instead of presenting something for your consumption and letting you decide if you like it or not.

As a result fewer people have a clue what their musical heritage really is. If people know more about the recording careers of an Aretha or a Johnnie Taylor, I believe there would even be the possibility of less strife between people. If you have NetFlix, check out some of the music documentaries streamed there. There’s quite a few. I recently checked out one about Muscle Shoals. Very interesting. shed light on a lot of things I suspected.

So I’m wondering today. If you had control of a Wayback Machine’s joy sticks, what would you do with them. Would variety play a factor? I know what I would do.

P.S.: We have another dedication coming this week at noon. Those in the know who it is dedicated to and why. Again this week’s cut is dedicated to those who’ve managed to get you thoroughly ticked off. Made you wanna holla not so nice things at the top of your lungs. Scream at the fool in the left lane tying up traffic or cutting people off or tapping on their brakes for no reason or driving with their lips loving a cell phone. It’s short and too the point. But it gets the message across. This Friday 12 Noon. Remember tender eardums may need to turn it down or wait until 12:10! This cut may not be suitable for all environments!

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So…

by on May.28, 2014, under The Music

 

 

So…

Spring has sprung and summer is knocking on our doors…

The summer mix set is coming. Working hard on it.

Those of us who love spoken words lost a voice this morning.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou passed on today as she continues her journey.

May we all listen to the message of her words and learn from her experiences.

Here’s an example of what I mean. Something that made me go “Hmmmm…” when it bounced against my skull…(Read the pic!)

Maya Angelou If you are always trying to be no...
Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 (Photo credit: symphony of love)

That’s what I’m talking about.

Been really busy lately. Looking for more VIP listeners to help support this station (cost of music is crazy man!!!)

There are nearly 1500 of you out there that have saved this station as a preset. So, I’m wondering if you really dig the commercials.

I’ve been listening as a non-VIP and I have to say, I hate how they get dropped in on the music. (I have no control over how and when the commercials get dropped in but would if more people would go VIP). How can you listen to the same commercial back to back over and over again? Amazes me. But anyway, I’ll just monitor the VIP stream and hope you enjoy the commercials. I know I can’t deal with them — breaks the groove up yanno?

BTW: Was watching the TV the other day and saw “Mr. Bloviated” himself (Rush Limbaugh or “Jabba the Rush” as I call him) spew in a video clip disrespecting the First Lady, Michelle Obama (frankly I’m sure she doesn’t pay him any mind). She was doing her part to raise awareness about the girls who were recently kidnapped in Nigeria. Immediately one song came to mind soon as he opened his “orifice”.

I will play it at the top of the Friday Mix at Noon eastern time. If you have tender ears or are listening in a place where saltier language is not appreciated, you might want to either turn down the volume for a few minutes or wear headphones. Also you might want to try to contain yourself. Try not to bust out laughing too loud okay? Remember This Friday at Noon Eastern!

Actually if there is anyone on your planet you mentally flip the bird to, This is the song you should dedicate to them.

Peace,

DJ

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10 years Later! A Decade of Streaming Music on Internet Radio

by on Apr.03, 2014, under The Music, The Musings, The Other Stuff

frankie knuckles way

Frankie Knuckles Way (Photo credit: Like A Final Boss)

Wow.. its been an entire decade streaming music via the internet…amazing…

First off I would like to pass along my deepest condolences to the Family, Friends and Fans of Mr. Francis Nicholls

Known to the most of us as Frankie Knuckles one of the originators of a music that permeates what we hear to this day. His accomplishments are legend and he is respected throughout the music industry working with some of the brightest stars in the Galaxy of music. (See the video the real story of house music here.)

I would be remiss to also celebrate the life and times of Ms. Joyce Beachum.

Most of you don’t know her like you are familiar with Mr. Knuckles but to those who do, she’s right up there with those you know as one of the most positive caring humans to have ever walked this planet. So, much respect sister. I miss you.

All this comes wrapped up in the realization that WBPM NetRADIO is celebrating a decade of streaming music to the planet. It started with me getting tired of lugging a stack of CDs to work and ended up as this. Along the way I have been in contact with some amazing people and have been encouraged by people like Joyce while inspired by the likes of Frankie (Knuckles and Crocker to name a few).

I want to thank all of the indie artists who decided to allow me the honor of presenting their music. I want to thank those like Joyce Sims, Mic Murphy (The System) and Chris Jasper for especially reaching out to me and allowing me the opportunity to pass the goodness to you.

Imagine the shock of realizing that the stream set up to allow me to listen to what I wanted to hear at work was being listened to by someone somewhere else! Dag, now I have to do it “right”! Or, the day I received an email stating that the station was Voted the Best in R&B & Jazz about a year after it went live and also topping the Garage Music genre @ Live365.com last year! The nerves that frayed when a live show went dead because my feed to the internet temporarily failed..that was fugly. The joy when someone in Japan brought an official WBPM NetRADIO T-Shirt or seeing that there were people on the planet listening in places where I didn’t even realize they had internent access! Like island out in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

We talked about Jazz and Funk and Hip Hop and of course House and some of its “sonic temples“. We talked about R&B and the stars of Soul. We talked about how its all connected and gave examples.

Here you saw responses to world events from NY to Arizona the other side of the world. Even here in the “Sunshine State” (Let me go on record now: SCOTT HAS GOT TO GO. There I did it again.)  Had some small fun with a wannabe  and  You’ve even been warned…

Seems like this site has almost become a chronicle of sorts as well, honoring those who’ve gone on the next stage in their journey. Never forget the George Dukes (see his last video), Vesta Williams, the Nick Ashfords (video) , Clarence Clemmons‘, Phoebe Snows ,  Gary Shider and of course the Whitneys of our worlds (to name a few). They are legion and their contributions to simply existing made the process that more bearable…

So, enough of that, I could go on and on and on…

In celebration there will be new mix sets streaming all this month featuring the cuts that have played and you’ve voted for as your favorites.  Starting this afternoon (like about now!), you’ll hear cuts from the 70’s, 80’s, 90s right up to the latest cuts released these past few days.

Here’s a clue as to the diversity of artists that have been heard on this stream

Here’s another clue with pictures!

So, as this is also an invite, click the player on the right hand side of the page and see what you’ve been missing if you’ve never tuned in before and cruise the site to see what’s been bubbling through here too!

If you have listened but have not been here since a live broadcast, you too should stick an ear in!

And to those of you who’ve listened all along I say thanks so much for making this worth the while!

Peace,

DJ

 

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Happier New Year

by on Jan.06, 2014, under The Musings

I wish a Happier New Year To you all.

2013 ended like no other and at one point I thought it could be no worse. It literally

The Marvelettes

The Marvelettes

felt like a slooooooow motion train wreck. It was fast approaching as bad as things were when Bobby Jr. passed.

Thanks to all of you who’d sent get well wishes and prayers to my sister.

It worked!

She’s back! (Personally I think she was just a tad too hard headed…)

Her recent illness really hit deep. See, I blame my sister for a major part of my love of music.

Yeah, my father was into the music business and I got to meet some of the legends of Soul (performers and broadcasters) at the house and sitting around a table having a meal in Frank’s Restaurant. But this is really my sister’s fault. She struck the match.

That’s because my earliest music related memory involves my sister (then a teenager) playing “Please Mr. Postman” by the Marvelettes…Over and over and over and over again..on some dinky record player.

I can recall visually where we were trekking across Harlem’s Lincoln Projects headed to some girlfriend’s house where they’d listen to more music. (I got to go because my poor sister was stuck with me more often than not!)

I can still see those tan Tamla labels centered on red plastic 45 record adapters rotating in my mind’s eye to this day.

Later .. (a lot later) I learned that while the Marvelettes were wailing to the USPS, I was also listening to the Funk Brothers backing the Marvelettes.

Playing drums was none other than Marvin Gaye with the prolific James Jamerson on bass. Who is James Jamerson you ask? No worries, you’ve heard him already…might not know it but you have. But that’s a story for another day.

This is about my melon headed sister who I love dearly for the everything that she sacrificed for me.

She really doesn’t have a melon head but I am sure there are plenty out there who would need one to contain all of the wisdom that sister has parceled out to me.

Two of the greatest gifts she gave me was her twisted sense of humor and by playing all that music around me a love for it. I will always be thankful for that.

I remember debating (I’m now a 17 yr old wannabe bass player, she a mother of four) with her as to whether or not Graham Central Station‘s “Save Me” was sacrilegious. I remember shaking my head in bewilderment… I didn’t even know what the word meant!

But wait…

This is about the New Year. You know what? Upon reflection lately, I realized I didn’t feel I told her properly or often enough how much I appreciate her and what she did for me. (Except the time when I was a baby, you sucked on my cheeks until it looked like I had huge hickies on my face… you know babies feel embarrassment?). I know as people, we all go through time and manage to get all caught up in basically a lot of bullshit. Here’s a tip: We need to step back sometimes, yanno?

So one of my resolutions this year was to make sure I let her know what she did. In a sense all of this…WBPMNetRADIO the web site (the periodic written ramblings) and the internet radio station is her fault.

So, THANKS SIS!  You are truly a Soul Sister.

I’ll be there soon.

P.s.: Learning to play Archie Bell & The Drell’s “Tighten Up” on the drums is your fault too. :p

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HUGE SET Playing on WBPM NetRADIO

by on Aug.21, 2013, under Station Update

There’s a HUGE SET streaming today on WBPM listen to wbpm netradioNetRADIO.

“What?” Say you? I say “There is a HUGE Set playing today on WBPM NetRADIO”

It started at Midnight and will run through Midnight Thursday and within it is musical bliss for those who miss

These are the beats that made you groove (OO0!!)

You know the cuts I am talking about too. The kind you don’t hear on most internet radio or “regular” radio for that matter!

The ones that had you humming, moving without seeing

Dreaming of those what if’s and more.

The variety of these tracks stretch from Alpha Blondy (WorldBeat AfroPop) to Zapp (Straight up Funk)

You will hear music that reminds you of the good things and the times of “if you coulda, you woulda”.

They are placed in an order to make you go “Hmmm” and “MMMmmm”

“This is not your regular internet radio station okay?”

This is the biggest, longest conglomeration of sets ever streamed on this station to date.

Nearly 400 different cuts are lined up for you so don’t sleep on this one.

That’s 400 classic Jazz, Funk, Reggae, R&B, Soul, Brazilian, Fusion, African, WorldBeat, Chillout, Downtempo, House, Old School Hip Hop and indie artist tracks mixed for you Non-stop enjoyment.

Don’t be stingy either. Tell a friend about this internet radio station you’ve been listening to called WBPM NetRADIO…we could all use more of them right?

Okay go click on the widget over there to the right and get to listening. You missing the good stuff.

Don’t forget to vote for the station too!! That really helps around here!

Peace,

DJ

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Music Radio…

by on Aug.01, 2013, under Station Update

Music Radio…

VIP

You should be a VIP.

Seems to be so commercialized. You get a few good songs mixed in with a stretch of music that you hear over and over and over again peppered with the same commercials. That was how I felt when I first started this station years back. Adding to that was the fact that I was unable to listen to what I wanted to hear at work. The reception was terrible inside the building and the hours I spent at that job was during a time when radio basically went to a infomercial format during the early hours of the morning. Nothing to groove to.

I started lugging CDs to play while at my desk to help pass the time faster. They started piling up.

One night while up late at home I cruised the ‘net and came across an internet radio station from Sweden and they were literally jamming. They were blowing out some of the cuts I would’ve loved to hear at work but have not heard since “back in the day”. But something was missing. Hmmm…

I dug a little deeper and learned how they were able to legally do what they were doing without being sued by the labels and the rights organizations. I decided to start my own station so that I could tune in and listen while at work and no no longer have to lug all those doggone CDs.

I started WBPM NetRADIO in earnest. See, I had played around with doing an internet based radio station years earlier while in NY but was unfamiliar with all of the rules and regulations that went along with doing such a project so it kind of went into a sort of stasis mode.

But at this point after cruising the ‘net I was seeing that with the higher availability of faster internet access starting a station was now feasible yet still kind of pricey. I plunged ahead anyway.

Nearly a decade later here we are. WBPM NetRADIO is heard globally and has been listened to in places I wouldn’t have imagined.

Who would’ve thought that beyond listeners in the U.S. that this station would be picked up in such countries as the UK, Costa Rica, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Turkey, Nigeria, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Singapore, Brazil, Denmark, Korea, Russia, Spain, The Netherlands, Australia, Isreal, Cyprus, Italy, Taiwan, Argentina, The Phillippines, Ethiopia, Chile, Colombia, Sweden, Venezuela, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Namibia, Qatar, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Poland, Thailand, Iraq, Hungary, Malta, Ireland, Martinique, Egypt and the People’s Republic of China. And, that’s in the past month alone! I was honestly surprised when all those years ago to find someone else listening to a stream I put together so that I could listen at work. (I find it ever interesting how people in countries that “oppose” each other have no problem listening to the same kinds of music. Just something that makes me go “Hmm…”)

Thank you.

This month (assuming no further catastrophic equipment flameouts) you will hear the works of some new independent artists and artists you may be familiar with. Including in the latest play lists are Red X, Quentin Harris, DJ SPen, Maurice Joshua, Lem Springsteen, Black Coffee, Roy Ayers, Joey Negro,Sunkids, Charice, Mimistry of Funk, Jacob London, Martin Venetjoki, Kerri Chandler, DJ Dove, Joyce Sims (new cut coming out and it is TIGHT!), Laura Vane, Ken ECB, Jon Cutler, Chris Carrier, Funk La Planet All Stars, Dennis Ferrer, Lil Louis, Teena Marie, Only Freak, DJ Mike Cruz,Byron Stinglily, Jay Tripwire, Erykah Badu, Unforscene, J. Boogie, Bassnectar, King Kooba, Uman, Platinum Pied Pipers, Stevie Wonder, Pleasure, Mark Farina, Jocelyn Brown, Rebirth, Loose Ends, Jazzanova, Parliament, Lisa Shaw, Inner City, Kings of Tomorrow, Capitol A, Mercury, Praxis, Black Box, Raze, Elements of Life, Nuyorican Soul, Delano Smith, Roland Clark, Marxman, Steel Pulse, Eva Be, Groove Theory, Praful, Jill Scott, Maxwell, Mad Lion, Barry White, Soul II Soul, Howard Johnson, War, Marques Wyatt, Miguel Migs, David Bowie, Martin Luther, Grace Jones, Nice & Smooth, East Side Movement, Andy Caldwell and dozens of other artists from a wide variety of genres.

But here’s the rub.

In order to be able to stream all of this music and keep getting my paws on more takes people signing up as a VIP listener. Doing so benefits WBPM NetRADIO as well as those who do. When you sign up as a VIP you get to listen to the music without any interruptions. WBPM NetRADIO earns a small (make that damn near tiny) fee for every hour you tune in as a VIP. Remember VIP status means NO COMMERCIALS at all. Just non-stop music that is mixed so that it is a well blended stream of R&B, House music, Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Reggae, Down Tempo grooves and Chilled Beats. One song mixed into the next.

I tried listening to the free stream and I have to admit listening to three or four songs in a row only to hear the some commercial I just heard not too long ago killed me. I know some of them by heart now! I don’t know why many would rather listen to the commercials!

Try the VIP trial and let me know if you agree that this station sounds totally different and entirely better commercial free.

Stay sane (’cause it is nuts out there lately)

Peace,

DJ

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Just wanted to go to the movies…

by on Jul.24, 2012, under The Musings

“We just wanted to go to the movies!!”

Police Car Lights

Is what the lady said as the news hounds interviewed her and the other survivors of that midnight madness at the movie theater over in Aurora. Surely someone will be asking at some point “What were you doing when…”. I know what I was doing….

Sitting up in the middle of the night thinking random thoughts about the life and times (for starters…)

Maggot Brain had come on and the tv was tuned to some news channel with the sound muted. My eyes kept getting drawn the blue and red flashing lights on the screen. My brain was not processing what they were sending though. My ears had preempted all programming as Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain” faded in building in volume.

The version I was listening to was not the familiar one most people have heard. This was a 14 minute version from another album where they played it live. (Funkadelic Live Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan 12th September 1971). Not a bad sounding recording my ears were saying – but my eyes kept cutting in…

At some point I I turned on the closed captioning on the TV to discover hell had revisited earth yet again…and the music played building to a crescendo of guitars as I read the news…

Wildly estimated body counts started coming in as the drummer got some…

Somehow the music added the perfect context to the event. Hard to explain. and I was thinking to myself, they only wanted to see a movie…crazy. And the music fit perfectly. Check this out…

Willard really? In a movie theater?

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Rant

by on May.09, 2012, under The Musings

1973 Buick Century Gran Sport

Thought’s that crossed my mind while driving and listening to music…

I warned ya…

If this sounds like you…I don’t care.

Ladies, do the planet a favor.

Put your war paint on before you get behind the wheel.

Don’t tie up traffic driving in the middle lane 20 mph slower than the rest of the world putting on eyeliner. (You have no idea how many people were hoping you’d roll over a bump…)

Deep in conversation are we? Here’s a tip: Shut the Hell up! It’s obvious to the rest of us you cannot operate a vehicle properly with your mouth open. So please we beg you. Shut the hell up!

Dude, she piss you off that much? Drive over there and let her know! Don’t yell over the cell phone stompin the brake pedal to make your point. See that really big truck in your mirror? Sooner or later that driver is gonna say “Oops.” You idiot.

Oh and by the way. I didn’t know we were racing. Did you seriously believe that your 22″ wheeled whatever you wanna call it (but used to be a 1973 Buick Century) could hang with a V12 BMW 850 CI  on that curve? Seriously, really? I was trying to get the heck away from your wobbly non-driving ass. Just knew that thing would tip over any second…

And you in the black Impala. Get a map. Know where you’re going before you leave okay? That 3 lane change you pulled this afternoon nearly wiped out the rest of us.  I want to get there. Since you seem not to, why bother leaving in the first place.

And to the rest of you … Keep on Truckin’  (Eddie Kendricks…nice cut.)

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WBPM NetRADIO Update…

by on Apr.26, 2012, under Station Update

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(Yeah…yeah I know…been crazy busy) Here’s a WBPM NetRADIO update:

I’ve been looking at the demographic data for the station. Very interesting. And Ironic. WBPM NetRADIO has had people who are portrayed in the news as mortal blood enemies listening to the same music on here at the same time. Go figure.

So I have to ask:

If you all can agree on the beats why can’t you folks agree not to beat shoot, stab and basically blow each other the f*ck up? Just sayin’. Don’t get mad at me if you realize you’ve been played.

And to all you beautifully talented artists out there who’ve sent music or questions about/for submissions…

If you have music to submit please please please look up at the top of the page to get info on how to submit your music. It really is important. I have one buckethead (not the group) send me a file that was infected. Nope not doing that no more. Send the CD with theMP3 or WAVE on board and some kinda bio information.

Oh, and here’s a little experiment…

If you go to the beach. Walk out on the sand and look closely if you see little specks of color, look closely and see if it is plastic or not. Then do me a favor and let me know where you spotted it at. Heard something real interesting on the radio earlier about pollution and plastic. Dude says its on every beach everywhere. I’m curious. So, humor me okay?

Okay now to the really important stuff:

This week features a set that starts off kinda relaxed then at some point (I ain’t warning ya) takes it up a few notches. It will be playing Friday and over the Weekend at various times so check the schedule. I want to see what happens (it’s about that demographic thing I mentioned earlier). The set has a variety of cuts. Genres include Reggae, House Music, R&B, Jazz, Chill Grooves, World Beat and a few surprises. A more “mature” set? Depends on how well you listen.

Been thinking about this a lot lately. End of this month the license for the station needs to be renewed. Debating going VIP only (yeah..the demographic business again), It would help to cover the cost of the music etc. But I note that there are a few of you who listen non-stop for hours each day (even through those horrid commercials – I dunno how you stand it) who are not VIPs and I’m wondering if you realize that you are really missing the real flow of the sets because of the previously mentioned commercial interruptions. I’m still juggling this mess around in my big head so if you have a thought ..now would be nice to let it be known.

Stay sane, I have to go make some money.

Peace,

DJ

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Shouldn’t have to wear a Hoodie to make a point…

by on Mar.26, 2012, under The Musings

That’s some of what I thought as I considered the Trayvon

Martin case…

My new Hoodie

as I heard of all the folks wearing a Hoodie to rep Solidarity. Here in the land of the assumed to be “free”-  the home of the not so”brave”. Obviously we are not as free as too many would like to assume and there too many who think its brave to go around taking out women and kids. And it’s not just Sanford or Syria either…and please forgive me for digressing but can someone please answer this…how is it a country can get all outraged over the doings of a mad or crazy man but yet accept the disfiguring of girls who simply want to go to school? Just asking…I mean I would think they would stay pissed…A lot of this indignation I’m seeing around me is hitting me a less than genuine … these things we have been seeing has been happening for a minute so why the outcry now? Where was the fuss way back when…and mathematically speaking…how many isolated incidents make a pattern?

Okay I’m not going to rehash all that you’ve already heard except to add…

If you have to go to the store (for example), remain vigilant. Ask Amadou’s mom about that…

Spring has sprung and its breaking loose all over the place…

Rest in Peace Trayvon and my deepest to the family.

It’s a damn shame we can’t even get skittles without some crap jumping off. That goes for a Three Muskateers bar too..Right Queen, NY?

And what the hell is going on in San Diego? Some schizoparanoidignorantass murdered an Iraqi woman and left a note calling her a “terrorist”? WTF man?!? Really? People need to watch what they say because as Gabby’s experience has shown, there are those who have less than shit for brains running around loose.

Makes me wanna holla…

And I can relate to the scenario (on foot and behind the wheel)…

The only refuge sometimes is music and I’ve been digging through a lot lately.

Take a listen and see what I put together to soothe your moods the right way…

The latest set features a 10 minute House’d version of Parliament/Funkadelc doing “Mothership Connection” titled “Mothership Reconnection” and it is very, very tasty. Also you will notice a similar the bass line sounding like Chic’s “I Want Your Love” on another track (“Selected Works” by Uncle Sam) with nice ivory work mixed in… And yet another version of MFSB’s “Love Is The Message” A very smooth Kim English cut (“I Know A Place”), Terisa Griffin’s “Yes”,  Sick feat. K8 doing “What A Gig” and a number of other new cuts I’ve been able to track down…

So be aware, keep dealing and don’t let them change your tune.

Peace (to Syria, Sudan, San Diego and of course Sanford FL)

DJ

 

 

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The Recipe… Part 1

by on Mar.14, 2012, under The Other Stuff

Sennheiser HD555 Headphones
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Everyone loves chocolate cake but can’t everyone make one from scratch. Same with listening to music. If you don’t have the right ingredients its not going to sound right at all. So here’s a few things to consider when firing up the sound cannons or just tuning in to WBPM NetRADIO.

Computers are rapidly becoming the platform of choice when listening to music.

Just think, not to far back (for some of you…I know who you are too!!) the only way you could take your music somewhere and hear it was to lug around bulky boom boxes (shoot, some of them were off the hook!!) or crates of records and tapes. I remember barely over decade ago I was tickled at the idea of rollerblading with my portable mini-disc player and not having to carry around a bunch of cassettes (CDs were out of the question).

Since then things have improved totally.

Today you can carry a tiny iPOD stuff with days of sound weighing less than the batteries used in the old cassette Walkmans. They sound a lot better too!

One problem though…today we are faced with a huge choice of headgear and not a lot of information as to which ones are best for our needs.Here’s a little information for those who care to know…

The word used for headphones by Djs and Recording folks and the like is “cans”.

There are basically four types of headphones.

Circumaural are the kind of headphones that completely fit over and around the ears. Check out the ones at the top of the page. These are sometimes called “full sized” headphones. They tend to be the largest and often the heaviest kinds of “cans”. They offer the most isolation from outside or external noise.

Supra-aural headphones sit on the ear. These were the headphones you got when you brought a Walkman back in the day. They don’t do a very good job of blocking external sounds from the listener. But are less expensive that the Circumaural type.

Ear Buds fit into your ear but not into your ear canal. Most personal sound gear comes with these now. The sound quality can vary greatly between manufacturers. When buying replacements compare the specifications on the backs of the packages.

Note: The higher the Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) the better. healthy younger people generally can hear sounds between the range of 20Hz and 20,000Hz (or 20KHz) better than older folks. A person’s hearing gets worse with age.

IEM‘s or In Ear Monitors fit directly into your ear canal. They act like earplugs and headphones at the same time. There are two types universal fit and custom fit. To have a set of customs, a cast would have to be made of your ear canal. See the money burning yet?

There are all manner of engineering designs for headphones resulting in various methods of getting sounds from them into your head. But I want to keep this simple for practical purposes…

Headphones are generally “Dynamic” or “Electrostatic”.

Dynamic headphones work using the same principles are your regular speakers. Magnetic fields are generated to cause the voice coil to move the diaphram pushing air in order to create sound.

Electrostatic headsets have no voice coil. They have a diaphragm suspended between two perforated metal plates. Depending on the charge being applied to the plates at any given moment, the diaphragm is either drawn towards or away from the plates. This causes the diaphragm to move the air through the holes in the metal plates to create sound.

It can take a lot more voltage (like up to one thousand volts!) to make this method work as compared to the voltage needed for dynamic headphones.

So Electrostatic headphones are more likely to be less common and more expensive.

One of the benefits of Electrostatic headphone is that it tends not to have the problems dealing with distortion and higher frequencies that regular dynamic headphones have.

Electrostatic types tend to have much better sound quality. Unless you are mad serious about squeezing every iota of sound into your head at the utmost quality, go with the dynamics and save your beans.

WARNING: Turn them things DOWN! Listening to headphones with the volume turned up will ultimately result in hearing loss. It may be temporary (you’d better hope so) or permanent. So why take a chance.

I have permanent damage in my right ear after using (unknown to me) a faulty headset while in the military. I powered up the receiver and it made a loud cracking noise when and let’s just say things have not been the same since.

“Huh? What’s that?”

Here’s a few tips:

Don’t go for “cute”. Cute don’t stay cute for long if you discover you brought something that sounds like crap.

Consider how long you will be wearing the head gear. Look for comfort.

Consider what you will be doing while wearing the cans.

If your head is going to be moving about – say turning your head quickly – you really have to consider how secure the headgear sits on your head.

A very long time ago, (we are talking near dinosaur times) I was sitting in my basement jamming on some Rufus I was listening to the music through these niiiice Telephonic headphones. I had them cranking and Chaka screaming “Tell Me something goooood!!!” I had them headphones moving around on my head they were so loud.

My father was calling me and didn’t hear a thing. Dude stood right behind me calling my name and I never had a clue. So he walked up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder – scared the crap outta me. I spun my head so fast that I ended up looking into one of the “cans” (the part of the headphone that has the speaker and covers one of your ears) while the headphone remained on my head.

I looked so stoopid my Dad cracked up and said nevermind. But I digress…

Consider what kind of music you will be listening to.

Take into account where you will be using them. Will you be using them some place loud  like say a… Subway? Would it be wise to be ignorant of your surroundings? Or somwhere quiet like maybe an office or library?

Very few things can be as annoying as hearing what you don’t want to hear while trying to listen to your headphones or earbuds. So…if you can, try the listening gear out in the store and compare how much background noise you hear with the volume down low and with it at a comfortable level.

The more you don’t hear, the better the headphones or buds block out the outside sound. Bear in mind that you don’t want them to totally block out the sound. Imagine being told to look out and you don’t hear the warning…nuff said.

If they are wired consider cable length, thickness and the quality of the plug/connector on the end. Nothing irks me more than discovering the wire insulation is breaking away from connector because I know soon the wire itself will break from bending and flexing. Also take a look at where the wires actually connect to the headphone. Say you get up and walk somewhere farther than the cord can reach. Does the cord look like it can take an accidental pull without ripping out of the headphones or away from the plug?

Check and see if there are adapters included with the headphones. Most headphones come with a tiny 1/8″ stereo plug on the end of the cable (see picture above). A lot of gear uses larger jacks for connecting headphones. Look to see if there is an adapter that converts your teeny 1/8″ stereo plug into a 1/4″ standard stereo plug. If not you can usually find them at electronics parts stores (Radio Shack) or you might find them in places like Best Buy. You can also check musical instrument stores Like Sam Ash or Guitar Center which by the way are good places to check out some of the nicer headphones!

Okay I could’ve turned this “novella” into a serial. There are tons of specs one can consider when buyin anything. I’m not into getting absolutely “scientifically ridiculous” about this. That’s why I didn’t get crazy about the specifications. The main point is get what is good for you and the music.

Next time, speakers….

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See What I Mean?

by on Feb.13, 2012, under The Music

By now you’ve heard the latest news…right?

So I won’t tell you who it was or anything like that. So let’s just say

“Damn not you too…”

Whitney Houston

 

Peace and love,

DJ

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Where you hear…

by on Dec.20, 2011, under Station Update, The Music

You New Yorkers out there remember back in the day when WBLS used to have Frankie Crocker do the station call letters in that booming echoing voice?

“WBLS…The Total Black Experience In Sound Where You Hear…” Then in full blown stereo he’d rattle off like 400

Kraftwerk: Computer World (1981), first popula...

WBLS credited with first popularizing Kraftwerk in the U.S.

artists names for what seemed like 20 minutes listing all who were heard on the station (sounding good while doing it mind you … Remember that? One of these days I’m going to do that (yeahhhh rrrrrrrrrrrright!!) But until then…

Where you’ll hear…

Cheb Mami     Santana     Shalamar

Deep Forest     Dennis Ferrer     Flowriders

Ronnie Laws     Praful    Zap Mama

Miles Davis     Roland Clarke     Goapele

Susu Bobien     Loose Ends     Big Moses

Barbara Tucker     Rick Garcia     The Brothers Johnson

Kludo     Eric Carlton     E-Man

Lisa Shaw     Mr. Fingers     Talking Book

Rose Royce     Angelique Kidjo     Roger Smith

Jacob London     Femi Kuti     Teena Marie

(Shoot…tired of typing)

And a ton of others!

All Happening Now-now-now…

(stereo effect..like that huh?)

On WBPM NetRADIO

in

Stereo-ee-oe-ee-oe-ee-oe-oo-ooo-oooo

 

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Wow…check this out…

by on Dec.03, 2011, under The Musings

Wow…check this out…

Using a Android based device?

Read this...

What do you think?

Peace,

DJ

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Check Out Slow Jam Set Tonight @ 10p EST

by on Nov.01, 2011, under Station Update

Check Out Slow Jam Set Tonight @ 10p EST

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Hope all is well or better yet improving….

Got a request for a slower set so here ya go! click the player widget (to the right there) and listen in and let me know if this should be a regular event at WBPM NetRADIO. To give you an idea if what’s coming, here’s a peek at what you’ll be hearing:

Khara sings the classic Rose Royce cut “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” in Italian. Nice job too! Diana Ross is heard in a rare remix of “My World Is Empty”, The Isleys take a “Voyage To Atlantis”, Heatwave’s “Always and Forever” – You’ll also hear from Tony Toni Tone, S.O.S Band and plenty of others taking it down a notch while heating it up. Enjoy!

 

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Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy…

by on Sep.25, 2011, under Station Update

Vesta Williams

R.I.P. Vesta Williams

Seemed kinda like the right thing to say

considering the state of politcs lately…

“Ahm jus sayin'”

Okay, so a new set is up and running and you are probably wondering whats in it.

Here’s a clue:

I’ve added three Vesta Williams cuts to the latest set. It just  started streaming earlier today. “Don’t You Blow A Good Thing” b/w Morris Day‘s instrumental version of “Fishnet” b/w Vesta’s “Once Bitten”. Later I added “Congratulations” to the end of the set.

I’ve also added in a few classic R&B and club hits cuts like Steve Arrington‘s “Nobody Can Be You’, “Tramp” by Carla Thomas and Otis Redding, Keith Sweat‘s”I Want Her”, “Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll” by Vaughn Mason & Crew and others.

I might as well not be stingy and let you know I finally got “Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy” cleaned up and sounding great and it is in the set as well.

Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy

This is the uncut original out of print album version.

Yeah the 15 minute version…. heheheh… sounds good too! No turntable rumble or pops and clicks at all. You get to hear the song as it was intended. The solo that blew minds years ago now can blow yours. (For free no less!)

For you musicians… this is a cut you could do well to listen to. You will hear good production, arrangement and writing in this cut from end to end.

For the vocalists… If you can harmonize with others like these sisters do then YOU ARE ON POINT.

I Want This CD for Christmas!!

This is one of those cuts where even the backup singers put in work. Everything is firing on all cylinders.

What’s really important is that you get a chance to hear another awesome example of great female vocals working together. The Brides vocal work on this cut is something you just don’t hear often enough. (Too much auto-tuning going on the radio lately folks if ya asked me.) And it’s funky to boot.

Later you will hear cuts from all over including Art of Noise, Donald Byrd, Duke, Empress, Ralph Falcon, Aly-Us, Sister Sledge, Red X’s “House is the Message” (think “M.F.S.B.’s “Love Is The Message” with even bigger teeth), Louie Vega, The Muthafunkaz (still feeling “Whoa!”), Divas of Color, King Kooba and many more.

Okay enough reading .

Click the station widget on the right and get to listening!

Drop me a note after listening to the Brides. I’d like to get your responses..

Peace,

DJ

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Connections & Disconnections

by on Sep.19, 2011, under The Music

Roger Troutman

Roger Troutman

You know that saying “Small World”?

It’s all about connections and disconnections. For example, consider a band like Zapp. Started by Lester and Roger Troutman, the group grew into the powerhouse most of us know as Zapp. But, before that it was Roger and the Human Body. Through a childhood friendship with Bootsy Collins that Zapp got major exposure through theMotor Booty Affair tour of ’79. A record deal, “More Bounce to the Ounce”  and opening performances for acts like Prince, the Commodores, Ashford and Simpson, Cameo, Kool and the Gang and the rest, they say, is history.

Wait a minute. I said connections and disconnections…

Go back a step.

Parliament-funkadelic (say that fast twenty times) was a mother lode of funk. Onboard the mothership was a cast of talent including Bootsy’s Rubber Band, The Horny Horns and The Brides of Funkenstein.

Dawn silva, Lynn Mabry, Jeanette Washington, Debbie Wright

 

Ahhh.. The Brides…. Did you know that original members Dawn Silva and Lynn Mabry backed up to Sly & The Family Stone? Later the Brides consisted of Silva, Sheila Horne and Jeanette McGruder. Did you also know that their album “Never Buy Texas from a

Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy

Cowboy” containing hits “Never Buy Texas from a Cowboy” and “Mother May I” features some of the best guitar solos you will ever hear? Later you could hear Dawn Silva on tour with The Gap Band during 1982.

 

Oh dag did it again..

Go back two steps!

1977

Reach for it by George Duke . All ‘N All by E.W.&F. Menagerie by Bill Withers. Angel by the Ohio Players. The Pride by the Isley Brothers. Ask Rufus by Rufus. Secrets by Con Funk Shun. The Force by Kool & The Gang.

George Duke hit us upside the head with “Reach For it” making heads snap around. Did you know it was an accidental hit? Came out of a set they were performing at The Cellar Door in D.C. (Thank You Ndugu!) Deep head nod to Byron Miller for the bass solo that won me bets  left and right (a lot of people thought it was Stanley Clarke due to Duke’s association with him). Hehehehehe…sorry guys! Not!

So you have Duke, Ndugu, Miller and company cutting up in D.C., the Mothership slittin’ about zappng the sonic doo-doo out of our minds and … come to think of it.. I think The George Duke Band is due in Detroit on the 24th of this month at the Opera House. (Next month you can may catch them on the Capitol Jazz Supercruise)… But I digress…

The above mentioned LPs share something in common something real simple and quite obvious…they are sounds of their time. They reflect where we’ve been and where we think we’re going as is all music when you think about it… Santana’s Abraxas reflects more than excellent guitar performances and it wasn’t all about Carlos either….

Connections and Disconnections…

 

 

 

 

 

Look into the the family trees of the bands and you will see many many familiar names down in there. Like James Brown, Fred Wesley, Bernie Worrell, Bootsey Collins, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Stanley Clarke, Frank Zappa, Airto, Flora Purim, Billy Cobham, Santana, Al Johnson, Weather Report, Dianne Reeves, Earth, Wind & Fire (who included in its roster Ronnie Laws and Roland Bautistsa who also played with George Duke), Herbie Hancock (who played with everybody!), Shiela E , Ramsey Lewis (remember Sun Goddess? That was done with E,W&F)…

The roots run deep no matter which branch you follow. Something to consider when the media foists upon you the” latest new never heard before new to the planet genius” of some sort.Whether it is music related or about politics, everyone is connected somehow some way. There’s no escaping it.

Connections and disconnections.

It’s all in the mix. Without some there’d be none. It’s not about who came first its about when. Just like it is about what plays when not who. Because in the end it’s all about what.

Listen carefully and you will hear what I mean.

I’d like to also note with regret the passing of a local institution here in Tampa. WTMP 96.1 FM 1150AM is no longer broadcasting R&B and community related programming to Tampa’s Black community. It’s reported in local papers the owners lost control of the stations to a New York based hedge fund through a financing deal gone sour. Visits to their web site shows the format will focus on the latin community. I hope that the sound of ‘TMP will rise again. The community needs it. Read more here.

Peace,

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What are you doing?

by on Sep.02, 2011, under The Musings

Traffic congestion, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Now THIS is traffic!

That’s what bounced around the inside of my skull earlier today.

“What are you doing?”

Huh? I’m driving around in the crazy Tampa traffic. That’s what I was doing when the question floated up. The thought came right after the notion that there is absolutely no reason on this earth that a town this small should have such traffic congestion. It’s not like I’m on the BQE in NYC or stuck on 495 circling D.C. or sitting debating whether I should’ve taken 90 instead of 94 out of Chicago or which is quicker from Kearny Mesa during afternoon “rush” 805 or 15 to hit I-8 and head east…..

Then the question came…again:

“What are you doing?

Huh?

I’m sitting here blowing dollars out the quad exhaust of this car at the moment getting damn near zero miles per gallon (more like getting gallons per mile).

As traffic eased and I started to move the question kept repeating…”What are you doing?”

Whaat?!?

I’m moving, that’s what I’m doing. I’m motivating down the street!! Jeez….

I get in the drive way, I park the car, I head inside and I sit down and stare at the mixer and yet again…

“What are you doing?”

Rolling my eyes…I heaved out a sigh and thought… “I’m going to go ahead and upload the latest set right now…satisfied? Jeeez….Come to think of it, I gotta do that internet radio station clean-up routine too!”

I see that we have some new listeners out there. Cool!

So you’ve heard some of the recent sets. I hope you enjoy them and hang around because I have plans (rubbin’ hands together)… The songs of the latest set have been picked with some of everyone in mind …Guess who if you dare….Or there might be a song that kinda fits your day if you know what I mean….

In any case…

“What are you doing?”

Did you know you can now listen to WBPM NetRADIO with your Android based phone from anywhere?

 

 

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