Sep 142013


Sounds of the hall in roughly 33 1/3 minutes!

As I continue to burn my stuffed orange plastic box of 45s I experienced a troubling realization: the excitement I felt in anticipation of burning XTC’s “Toys,” the C-side from a double 7-inch centered around the exquisite Mummer track “Love On a Farmboy’s Wages,” quickly dissipated to feelings of queasiness and shame. I pride myself in sticking with and seeing through the people and things I love, but I could no longer stand behind “Toys.” Music not only has the power to shape my worldview, sometimes it even offers a place to reside, a basis for a new or extended persona. A song I wrote at that time, while in the throes of “Toys,” sprung to mind. Lyrically it was the equivalent of me playing Cowboys and Indians with this XTC song. The Me Today looked back at the Me Yesterday and thought, What a dipshit!

How do I prevent looking back 30 years from now and realizing that Me Today, the guy talking to you with so much self-awareness and confidence, was yet again a total dipshit? Will you stand by me as I determine whether I can stand by my old singles-spinning self?

RTH Saturday Night Shut-In, episode 114: Will You Stand By Me?

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RTH Saturday Night Shut-In, episode 114 by Mrmoderator on Mixcloud


  4 Responses to “Rock Town Hall’s Saturday Night Shut-In: Will You Stand By Me?”

  1. ladymisskirroyale

    Ah, “The Hustle,” one of the first singles I owned. That “Dancin’ In the Moonlight” were part of my youth.

    But that Deep Purple – I would have to take a sledgehammer to it.

  2. cliff sovinsanity

    Mr. Mod, are you back full time on Saturday nights? I don’t think I’ll be able to fill in this weekend.
    Also, every time I write a comment in the comment section and hit the “space bar”, the SNSI player plays. Sometimes, when I type it will skip to the previous episode. Very annoying.
    Good show. I dug the NH song.

  3. Hey cliff, feel free to post shows whenever you can. Same goes to Slim, LMKR. HVB, and others who want to take the plunge. I do have more time to dedicate again, but I surely don’t feel the need to be THE guy. Thanks.

  4. PS – I meant to say that I’ve been having similar problems on and off with the player launching automatically. It’s annoying. The Back Office has looked into it a couple of times. I’ll ask “them” to look into it again. Thanks.

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