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Gourmet Music Podcast - UTR Media
81: 6 Best Christmas Albums of 2022

Gourmet Music Podcast - UTR Media

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 49:01


We showcase our picks of the 6 best Christmas albums released in 2022, and showcase them in audio countdown fashion!-- TRACK LIST FOR EP. 81 --* Ring the Bells - Sandra McCracken* Silent Night - Tow'rs* I Wish It Would Snow - Dave Barnes* Keep Your Lamps - The Many* White Christmas - Staci Frenes* Emmanuel, God is With Us - Ellie Holcomb* O Come, O Come Emmanuel - John Van Deusen* I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Switchfoot* The Elf Song - Crowder-- CREDITS --Host/Producer - Dave TroutWeb post of Top 6 List - https://utrmedia.org/cmas22SPONSOR: Judson University - https://is.gd/jutourUTR's Buildathon Campaign - https://utrmedia.org/b2022UTR's Christmas Playlist - https://utrmedia.org/smcmasEmail: gourmetmusicpodcast@gmail.comAll songs used with permission or under fair use provisions(c) 2022 UTR Media. All Rights Reserved. A 501(c)(3) non-profit org - info at https://utrmedia.org

Heather Dubrow's World
Let the bells ring! Cancer Free & BFE with Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin

Heather Dubrow's World

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 52:30


There are only a few things that Heather loves more than organization…well maybe champs and big energy and this episode has all of the above. Joining Heather for this fun-filled conversation is none other than Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin AKA the founders of The Home Edit. This episode is equal parts emotional and celebratory as Clea is officially cancer free. We're discussing her emotionally complex journey and how bestie and business partner Joanna has stood beside her through it all. Get ready to laugh with these ladies as they discuss their love of champs, selling their company, and their new podcast “Best Friend Energy”. Plus, we couldn't let two home organization experts come on without settling the decades-long debate –are women inherently more organized than men? The answer will leave you shocked… Please support the show by checking out our sponsors! Keepster: Head to Keepster.co/HEATHER and put in promo code HEATHER for 25% off. Mrs. Fields: Get 25% off everything site-wide when you go to mrsfields.com/WORLD Airmed: Visit airmedcarenetwork.com/heather today and get up to a $60 gift card with code HEATHER

Film Alchemist
Double Feature: It's A Wonderful Life

Film Alchemist

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 70:05


The Alchemist see what a world without them looks like in It's A Wonderful Life. Key Elements: Lassoing the Moon, Bells and Wings Join the Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/filmalchemistpod  

The Rom Com Rewind Podcast
S3 E45: The Hallmark Holiday Christmas Special

The Rom Com Rewind Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 37:46


Sleigh rides, precocious kids, big city boys going back to their small town roots to learn about the meaning of Christmas, small town entrepreneurs following their dreams, it's that time of the year. It is officially Hallmark Christmas Romantic Comedy season! Are you up to date on your Hallmark Rom Coms? Want to know the big picks for this year? Have a Hallmark Rom Com suggestion? All that and more on this episode of the Rom Com Rewind Podcast. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Hark! The stories behind our favorite Christmas carols

We're ringing in the second season of Hark! with “Carol of the Bells,” or “Shchedryk.” Originally derived from a Ukrainian folk song, this Christmas classic crossed the Atlantic to become a major sensation, debuting at Carnegie Hall in 1922. Since then it has become an enchanting symbol of Christmastime with over 150 versions and recordings worldwide. And to this day the story behind “Carol of the Bells” resonates powerfully with the people of Ukraine. We speak with Ukrainian-American journalist Lydia Tomkiw about these modern-day parallels and music composer, Colin Britt, returns to unpack the musical brilliance of this tune.  Lydia's article for Slate: “Toll of the Bells: The forgotten history of nationalism, oppression, and murder behind a Christmas classic. Colin Britt is one of four composers involved in an international collaboration called “The Same Word,” which celebrates the commonalities between the world's religions. This piece will be premiered in Hamburg in February 2023.  Listen to Tatyana Yurina “Miss Diki” play “Carol of the Bells” on the bandura Special thanks to GIA Publications, Terre Roche of The Roches,  Tatyana Yurina and James Kennerley, the director of Music at St. Paul's Church and Choir school in Cambridge, Mass, for providing much of the music on this episode. Support Hark! by becoming a digital subscriber to America Magazine at: www.americamagazine.org/subscribe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

This American Dice
Dungeon World: The Fate of Blackburn the Lesser Ep 18

This American Dice

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 48:04


As Pascal tangles with the leader of the traitorous Honorguard, Donato has made a discovery about the false alarm that was raised.Meanwhile, can Kha'met, at the highest point in the city, send a message to get help, or will the traitors be victorious?The Fate of Blackburn the Lesser is-David as Pascal-Carl as Donato-Jarad as Farley-Justin as Khamet-and Austin as the Game MasterMusic for the episode includes:-A Dangerous Location by Ron Ernest-Conjuring a New Enemy by Teknoaxe -Subterranean Monster by Sir Cubworth-Sad Songs Pt 1 - Bells by Fake Cats Project-02 Winter is coming_ Adagio - First Snow by Dee Yan KeyDungeon World is a game by Adam Koebel and Sage Latorra

The Cultural Hall Podcast
If you Can Stomach it – AoN Ep. 647 The Cultural Hall

The Cultural Hall Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 69:58


Articles of News Join The Cultural Hall on Patreon Join us on The Back Row Facebook group LeAnne Willmore, Bells on Temple Square director and aunt of Mr. Mair Bells on Temple Square video gallery TABCATS YouTube channel Brazil's MeetUp... The post If you Can Stomach it – AoN Ep. 647 The Cultural Hall appeared first on The Cultural Hall Podcast.

Truth & Coffee Time w/Diverseluv
S4 Ep57: Holiday Bells or Holiday Hells (Truth & Coffee Time Re-Run)

Truth & Coffee Time w/Diverseluv

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 46:43


Thank you for hanging with us! The Holidays are upon us and we are re-visiting a fan fave, entitled, Holiday Bells or Holiday Hells! Ya'll know it could go either way! Let's get into it! In this episode we are discussing the good, the bad, and all there is in between. It's, Holiday Bells or Holiday Hells and we are digging into our different family traditions, the fun of spending time with family, as well as the stress of seeing some of those same family members. Also, ummmm, is there a Santa?! Thank you all and don't forget to check us out wherever you get your podcast fix! Follow us @TruthandCoffeetime and @DiverseLuv on your social media platforms. Subscribe, Review, Like, Share & Comment - engage with us! Keep hanging with us - we got you! In the meantime, check out a few of our resources and mentions below: Purchase the “Giving Yourself Grace Daily” Ebook HERE Podcast Hosts - Brian & Denise of DiverseLuv - Instagram: @DiverseLuv Linktree: DiverseLuv Emails: truthandcoffeetime@gmail.com hello@diverseluv.com Subscribe to our Newsletter Sign up here! Meet Denise & Brian Hendershot | Podcast Hosts, Authors, & Bloggers - shoutoutmiami.com Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/DiverseLuv) We would love to hear from you! Please Comment, Review & Subscribe to our Podcast & Websites: www.DiverseLuv.com www.TruthandCoffeeTime.com Podcast Credits Engineering & Editing by Brigz Crawford | Instagram:@brigzcrawford Truth & Coffee Time Theme Song by Brigz Crawford | Spotify: Brigz Crawford Truth & Coffee Time Tag - Mink Productions Podcast Contributors: ORG5 Podcast Hosted by Anchor.fm --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/truthandcoffeetime/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/truthandcoffeetime/support

Real Life Ghost Stories
#199 Mini Episode: The Bells

Real Life Ghost Stories

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 16:36


Thank you to Felicia, Tom and Emma for your stories! Visit our WEBSITE Subscribe to our PATREON Subscribe to our YOUTUBE CHANNELVisit our MERCH STORE Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

You CAN Tell The Children
Episode 68 - “I Heard the Bells” with Josh Enck

You CAN Tell The Children

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 25:13


For 46 years, Sight & Sound Theaters has been a place where families from all over the world experience the Bible coming to life on stage! Today, you get to be one of the FIRST audiences to hear insider information about their NEW edition to story-telling. Josh Enck, President and Chief Story Officer of Sight & Sound Ministries, gives us a sneak peak into their first ever movie, “I Heard the Bells”. Josh shares the inspiration behind this new avenue of storytelling, and gives us a glimpse into the life of well-known poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, which tells a compelling story of tragedy that moves people's hearts towards truth. Ready to hear why you should see Sight and Sounds' first ever film production in theaters? Let's go! JOSHUA ENCK is President and Chief Story Officer of Sight & Sound Ministries, Inc., the nation's largest entertainment company of its kind, drawing nearly 1.5 million people each year from around the world to its locations in Lancaster, PA, and Branson, MO. In his role, Joshua is responsible for casting vision and spearheading Sight & Sound's unique creative process from current show production to future development beyond the stage. Joshua has also produced, written and directed several stage productions during his 27 years with the ministry. Joshua resides in Strasburg, PA with his wife Kristen and their four children.   Resources For You: Sight & Sound Website Sight & Sound on IG Sight & Sound on FB I Heard the Bells Movie I Heard the Bells on FB   Next Steps: Check out our blog Share this podcast with a friend Subscribe to You CAN Tell the Children Leave a review on Apple Podcasts Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram Bring Bible2School to Your Community!

Digital Barbell Podcast
189 - Where To Score Deals On Hot Workout Equipment Right Now (Jake From Garage Gym Experiment)

Digital Barbell Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 38:57


It's the best time of year to buy workout equipment. Here's where to look, and what to look for! Connect with GGE on IG: https://www.instagram.com/garagegymexperiment/ GGE on the web: https://garagegymexperiment.com/ The companies and deals we talked about in this episode: Rogue Fitness (Matte Black November): https://www.roguefitness.com/ Tru Grit (free shipping over $599): https://trugrit-fitness.com/collections/sale?gclid=Cj0KCQiA99ybBhD9ARIsALvZavVKO2GxYEKApDyKiMEg_kS5NDoo414SraR_fTUB9zueojjswrRkwa8aAgjVEALw_wcB Rep Fitness (tons of deals): https://repfitness.com/collections/black-friday?gclid=Cj0KCQiA99ybBhD9ARIsALvZavX-Sw4thWvDsZmVtb6AEFNhjP1QDUSwE10GbTpUI9H0SWP2Dt7MSCIaAlMUEALw_wcB Titan Fitness: https://www.titan.fitness/ The Strength Depot (new deals weekly): https://www.strengthdepot.com/ PRX (killer folding racks): https://prxperformance.com/ Bells of Steel (up to 40% off): https://www.bellsofsteel.us/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=us&utm_content&utm_campaign=blknv&gclid=Cj0KCQiA99ybBhD9ARIsALvZavWFjV4_c9GThGggE2jg91IOSz77Xf0JE4VGaTTcvoD4CsBBesAvJJAaAoCSEALw_wcB Previous Episode with Jake - What you need for a killer garage gym: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/Jeu0up1n5ub The Walking Pad DB uses: https://a.co/d/3QA2trw Set up a free call today to work with a Digital Barbell Coach: www.digitalbarbell.com/contact-us Download our FREE Grocery & Meal Prep Guide: www.digitalbarbell.com/groceryguide Download our FREE 5- Week workout program "Arms, Abs, & A.. You know the rest" - www.digitalbarbell.com/armsandabs Find out how many calories, and macronutrients are right for you based on your goals: https://www.digitalbarbell.com/calorieandmacronutrientcalculator Are you tired of logging hours in the gym, eating clean, and not seeing results? Our Training Programs + Nutrition Coaching fixes both of these problems. Imagine not only loving your workouts and diet, but finally seeing the results of both in the mirror. We give you customized workouts, compassionate coaching and accountability, and a nutrition program built just for you that you'll love. You get the results you've always wanted, so you can enjoy your fitness without the stress of figuring it out on your own. Work with us today: www.digitalbarbell.com/contact-us

The Cultural Hall Podcast
Not That Kind of Sleeve AoN Ep. 644 The Cultural Hall

The Cultural Hall Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2022 60:04


What is a gastric (maybe tattooed?) sleeve? “Weird: the Al Yankovic Story” Who is Dr Demento? Al Fox Carraway Ep 192 and Ep 260 Get tickets for Bells at Temple Square A little about LeAnna Willmore, Mr. Mair's aunt New... The post Not That Kind of Sleeve AoN Ep. 644 The Cultural Hall appeared first on The Cultural Hall Podcast.

Triad Of The Force
ANDOR Reaction & Review • Episode 11 | Daughter of Ferrix (ft. Bells Mundo from Que Fonkin Show!)

Triad Of The Force

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 56:37


Welcome to Triad of the Force's ANDOR Fridays! Join Gus & Nani on their limited series, covering all things ANDOR. On today's ANDOR Friday, Bells Mundo from Que Fonkin Show! joins the gang as they review and analyze Episode 11 of ANDOR, Daughter of Ferrix. • • • Please consider donating to any of the organizations listed below if you're interested in helping Puerto Rico after the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona. Please remember: DO NOT SEND SUPPLIES OR DONATION TO THE GOVERNMENT, they've proven time and again they mishandle and waste resources. Only grassroots movements and communities have proven their worth. If you are willing and able please donate at the following links: Brigada Solidaria del Oeste: https://www.bsopr.com/?fbclid=IwAR3KwTf_FRy1GC5uGsCF0GFwIQQ9rQmIrCY7jkUTSHek1aNZOoajCwfedB8 Enlace: Venmo: GabrielaGuerra Sin Límites: https://www.sinlimitespr.org/donar Colectiva Feminista PR: PayPal: Colectiva.Feminista.PR@gmail.com ATH movil: /ColectiveFeminista • • • Triad of the Force is a channel which was featured on the Podcast Stage at Star Wars Celebration 2022, featuring Nani, Gus, and Moe, three lifelong Puerto Rican friends who after years of discussing the media they love, came together and created their show. Triad of the Force focuses their discussions on Star Wars, but their love for media spans everything from sci-fi, fantasy, CBMs, and beyond. From films to TV, from books to comic books, Triad of the Force looks at all media critically, from a Latine/x perspective. Joins us! Follow Triad Of The Force at: Twitter: https://twitter.com/TriadOfTheForce Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/triadoftheforce/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TriadoftheForce/ If you like us, get some merch and help the channel: TeePublic: https://www.teepublic.com/user/triad-of-the-force • • • Acknowledgement: The Intro and Outro music is the Triad of the Force Theme, composed and performed by Grushkov with full permission for use by Grushkov (https://linktr.ee/Grushkov).

Press Record
The students who ring the bells and a conversation with Asian American Students in Action

Press Record

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 23:34


This week on Press Record, we give a behind-the-scenes look at the students who play the bells. Then, you'll hear from the students who lead Asian American Students in Action.

writing class radio
142: Beginnings and Endings

writing class radio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 20:11


Today on our show, we're talking about beginnings and endings. What is an effective way to begin a story and a satisfying way to end? The story we bring you on this episode is an amazing example of how to start with appropriate grounding and how to land/end the essay like a gymnast. The narrator isn't just a beginning and ending genius, she also uses lingo associated with her theme. This style is effective, because the reader feels more drawn in. Another example of that same type of inclusive linguistic style was discussed on Episode 110: How to Write About Death: Use an Obsession. Jackie Ashton told the story of her best friend's cancer by using the situation of a Golden State Warriors obsession and basketball lingo throughout. Shawna Kenney submitted the essay you will hear today and we were blown away. Her story is called Words with Mom.Shawna Kenney is the author of four books, the latest being Live at the Safari Club: A History of HarDCore Punk in the Nation's Capital 1988-1998. Kenney is a Contributing Editor with Narratively and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Playboy, Creative Nonfiction, Vice, Bust, Rock the Bells and more. She teaches memoir writing with the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Writing Class Radio is hosted and produced by Allison Langer, and Andrea Askowitz. With frequent guest host, Zorina Frey. Audio production by Matt Cundill, Evan Surminski, and Aidan Glassey at the Sound Off Media Company. Theme music by Justina Shandler.There's more writing class on our website www.writingclassradio.com including essays to study, editing resources, video classes, writing retreats, and live online classes. Join our writing community.Follow us on Patreon to join our First Draft weekly writers groups. You have the option to join Allison on Tuesdays 12-1 ET and Zorina Wednesdays 6-7pm ET. You'll write to a prompt and share what you wrote. If you're looking to take your writing to the next level, we have two Second Draft writing groups. Each week, three people bring a finished draft for feedback. Join the community that comes together for instruction, an excuse to write, and most importantly, the support from other writers. To learn more, go to www.Patreon.com/writingclassradio. Or email andrea@writingclassradio.com for a Zoom link. First session is FREE.A new episode will drop every other WEDNESDAY. There's no better way to understand ourselves and each other, than by writing and sharing our stories. Everyone has a story. What's yours?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

The President's Daily Brief
November 15th, 2022. Sources Within US Government Continue to Raise Alarm Bells About China.

The President's Daily Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 18:33


It's November 15th. You're listening to the President's Daily Brief. Your morning intel starts now. ------ A good day to you, ladies and gentlemen. I've got three briefs for you this morning that are shaping America — and the world.   First, Joe Biden met with China's president yesterday, promising to reduce tensions and work towards peace. But odds are, we're headed towards conflict. I'll explain why.    Second, a warning from the National Fire Protection Association about a consumer product. And it has to do with Dirty Green Energy.   Third, some great news in the fight against cancer. A very simple form of exercise has been found to bring about a very big benefit. I'll explain what it is, and the science behind it.    Plus, a personal request this morning. And it has to do with finding good American companies to promote here on the PDB. ------ Please remember to subscribe if you enjoyed this episode of the President's Daily Brief. Email: PDB@TheFirstTV.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Kevin and Cory
Weather Bells

Kevin and Cory

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 44:38


In the 12 p.m. hour of the K&C Masterpiece, the guys talk to Cowboys EVP of player personnel Stephen Jones, then discuss the mistake in CeeDee's big game before asking some Cowboys questions in Mike Likes It

The Eric Metaxas Show
Katie Miller

The Eric Metaxas Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2022 45:59


Katie Miller from Sight & Sound Theater is in the studio sharing details about that production company's first venture in the world of film with "I Heard the Bells."See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

My Magical Cottagecore Life

Learn about a humble practice of prayer. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/detroit-conjure-llc-festi/support

Jill Scott Presents: J.ill the Podcast
All The Bells and Whistles

Jill Scott Presents: J.ill the Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 62:17


In this episode Jill, Laiya, and Aja talk to Nenna Joiner, owner of Feel More Sex shop about sex, sexuality and owning your pleasure. Call 866-HEY-JILL and leave us a message with your comments on this episode!You can purchase the products Nenna talked about in today's episode at https://feelmore510.com/. You can find Nenna on IG @feelmoreadult   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Insomnia Project
Bells & Auctions

The Insomnia Project

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 27:53


Bells & Auction Fan favourite Dan Barker is on this episode talking about his time working at an auction house. How to navigate your auction experience, how to prepare for the auction. Dan also tells us of his bell and milk bottle collection. A Sneak-Peek:[1:00] Dan tells us how he came to work at an auction house. [2:17] The science of reading an auction crowd.[3:15] Dan explains what makes him a dangerous auction hunter.[5:53] What makes a good bell and how does it end up in Dan's collection.[6:55] Dan tells of his greatest bell find at an auction. [9:26] Milk bottles and how collectible they are[10:42] Broken ink wells & milk bottles[12:53] Dan talks about bidding wars at the auction.[15:10] Dan tells the tale of when he found a hidden treasure in a stove pipe.[17:38] The old rocking chair auction story.[20:08] Dan does an intentional Boston accent.[21:00] Tips when looking at silver at an auction house.[22:15] Dan explains how you can tell if your silver object is “coin silver”[23:00] The key ring find.[26:00] Dan tells us the bells he is seeking and how you can tell a hand cast bell from one that is hammered out or pressed.Quotes:“I would imagine the Swiss know how to make a bell” - Marco“buy what you like” - Dan BarkerConnect with us on:Twitter: @listenandsleepInstagram: @theinsomniaprojectweb: theinsomniaproject.comPatreon: www.patreon.com/theinsomniaproject Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/the-insomnia-project. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Dead Doctors Don't Lie Radio
Dead Doctors Dont Lie 09 Nov 2022

Dead Doctors Don't Lie Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 54:00


Dr. Joel Wallach begins the show today discussing his book "Immortality". Also citing the average lifespans of various peoples around the world. Contending the average lifespan of Americans is only 75. Despite the fact that Americans spend more on healthcare than any other country. Pearls of Wisdom Dr. Wallach continues his monologue. Callers Tim has two questions the first concerning his tinnitis and connective tissue problems. Second he asks how much liquid minerals to give his small dogs. James has kidney disease and wants to avoid kidney dialysis. Madrew has two questions the first concerning a friend diagnosed with bone cancer. Second she has another friend with rheumatoid arthritis and Bells palsy. Jerry has questions regarding his vericose veins. Call Dr. Wallach's live radio program weekdays from noon until 1pm pacific time at 831-685-1080 or toll free at 888-379-2552.

Alcôve
Silent Echoes

Alcôve

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 14:18


Notre Dame + Centre PompidouBy placing listening devices on the surfaces of built and natural monuments, artist Bill Fontana captures uncanny natural music that reveals that these bodies are alive with sound. Fontana's latest project amplifies the voice of Notre Dame. Since the devastating fire of 2019, the ringing of the cathedral's bells has ceased. To create his new work, Silent Echoes, Fontana attached sensors designed to detect vibrations to each of the ten bells of Notre Dame. As the bells reverberate in response to the ambient sounds of Paris the live feed is transmitted to a series of speakers at the Centre Pompidou, creating a haunting, immersive sound sculpture. In this episode, Alcôve's Alisa Carroll interviews Fontana in San Francisco, and very special guest Davia Nelson of The Kitchen Sisters meets with Fontana in Paris. 

Travel FOMO
Bruges, Belgium: Fairytales Still Exist.

Travel FOMO

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 57:47


Season 6 – Gap Year: Central Europe Episode 2 Remember those classic fairytales? Cobblestone streets. Medieval buildings. Moats and canals. Bells ringing from the town's watch tower. All of these things still exist in Bruges, Belgium. Come with Jamin and Hilarie to Burg Square, The Belfry clocktower, the Farmers Market, and the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Hear their thoughts on Belgium's best chocolates and waffles, and how the mood changed when they made an impromptu visit to a torture museum. Plus, find out what they learned during their free walking tour with Adventours. You can subscribe to Travel FOMO in two different ways: (1) See their adventures on YouTube and (2) follow audibly from wherever you listen to podcasts. Why? Because they're traveling to 18 different countries in the coming year, and you won't want to miss it. This episode is available wherever you listen to podcasts. To see the Bruges fairytale for yourself, watch their video from their gap year adventures: https://youtu.be/6nEO0u6EyDk Travel FOMO is hosted by a husband and wife duo, Jamin and Hilarie Houghton. Learn more about them at www.travelfomopodcast.com. Follow us on social media: Instagram: www.instagram.com/travelfomopodcast Facebook: www.facebook.com/travelfomopodcast TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@travelfomopodcast

The Do Zone
Two pound dumb bells of death

The Do Zone

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 17:01


When you're in great shape, you start to feel almost invincible. It's important to keep that feeling in check. Let me show you how I did that recently.

The Seven Bells Podcast
Nicholas Sayre and The Creature in The Case - Part 3

The Seven Bells Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 50:27


It's a 7 Bells special episode! This week Alex and Zack discuss part three the novella "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Glass Case" by Garth Nix and read an email from listener, Lauren! Join our Pateron and get access to our Pateron exclusive show "Short Story Long" for as little as $5 a month!Check our brand new show, Hatermore! Hosted by Alex and super-producer Dallas! Available where ever fine podcasts are downloadedEmail us at 7bellspodcast@gmail.com!Join our Subreddit!Follow us on Instagram!Follow us on Twitter!Check out the other shows on the So... What Did You Learn? Network:So... What Did You Learn?RocktanicaAvailable on your favorite podcasting apps!Don't forget to rate and review us on Apple podcasts and Spotify. Thanks! We love you!Support the show

Barnyard Language
Children, Chickens, and Competitive Weight Lifting w/ Heather Bell of JusttheBells10

Barnyard Language

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 108:16


Today we're extremely excited to be talking to Heather Bell, better known as Ma Bell! Heather is a mother of eight children, a farmer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and a social media star known for her cooking videos. Heather's family has been very active in foster care and adoption, and she was kind enough to share some of her experiences with us. The Bells can be found on Instagram and TikTok.Thank you for joining us today on Barnyard Language. If you enjoy the show, we encourage you to support us by becoming a patron. Go to Patreon to make a small monthly donation to help cover the cost of making a show. Please rate and review the podcast and follow the show so you never miss an episode. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok as BarnyardLanguage, and on Twitter we are BarnyardPod. If you'd like to connect with other farming families, you can join our private Barnyard Language Facebook group. We're always in search of future guests for the podcast. If you or someone you know would like to chat with us, get in touch. We are a proud member of the Positively Farming Media Podcast Network.

Pelvicpreneur Podcast
130 - Janey Sattentau | Prioritising Your Own Workouts As A FitPro

Pelvicpreneur Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 45:13


As a FitPro, you spend a LOT of time planning amazing exercise sessions for your own clients, but have you given much thought to what working out for you, means to YOU? Do you ever find yourself working out, then later realise that you're just doing the same types of exercises each and every session, and not really progressing? Do you have “FitPro exercise goals” of your own that you want to achieve, but something else always gets in the way of you getting closer to them? Whilst it's definitely difficult to fit personal workouts in in between classes and PT clients (we lead busy lives!), but special guest on the Pelvicpreneur Podcast this week is Janey Sattentau, and she's here to chat about the importance of exercising and making time to do so, as a FitPro. Janey's a great role model for fellow FitPros to look up to; she shares her reasons why working out takes priority for her; and she has tips galore about how to make YOUR exercise sessions fun and challenging for both the brain and the body. Pop your earbuds in, get a dose of inspiring motivation here today, and enjoy! Sign up to Your Pelvic Matters Teacher Training program - www.clairemockridge.com/enrol Links and resources: Enrol on Janey Sattentau's Bells and Flow program – www.clairemockridge.com/bellsandflow Follow Janey Sattentau on Instagram – www.instagram.com/active.calm Access Claire's private podcast "Boundaries For Business" library - www.clairemockridge.com/boundaries Check out Claire's 25 Done For You Captions service - www.clairemockridge.com/captions Are we Instagram friends yet? - https://instagram.com/clairemockridge/ Stay connected and sign up to the mailing list - https://clairemockridge.com/newsletter  

This American Dice
This American Monster: Grand Finale!

This American Dice

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 82:41


This is it folks. The Grand Finale of This American Monster!This American Monster is a podcast from This American Dice.Our Cast is:David as Ashton GreeneAlex as Herbert “Darkblade69” KmochCarl as Chase WelkerLeigh as Sundry CharmsAnd Austin Smith as the Game MasterOur Theme Music isSinlude by Patrick RossAdditional music for this episode includes:-Tend to It by Osiris Saline-Sundry's Last Song: Guitar by Ron Ernest and Steve Arthur with vocal by Austin Smith - homage to Spiritual by Johnny Cash-Sad Songs Pt I. Bells by Fake Cats Project-Brushed Bells in the Wind by Daniel Birch-Glacier Bells by Daniel Birch-Sundry's Song - Lyrics and vocals by Austin Smith and Alex Ernest with music by Ron ErnestAdditional Voices for the show include:Marisa as Jessica LureAlex Ernest as Anastasia Ruiz-JohnsonSteve Arthur as Shane MeridewKate Hoffman as Anna CrossOur cover art is byOk_mazur who can be commissioned on Fiverr

KZradio הקצה
Return to the Lost Days w/Ishai Adar – My Mallet and Bells Journy // 30.10.22

KZradio הקצה

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 119:49


Field Recordings
Bells on sheep, east of Rome around 7pm on 26th June – by Cosmin Sandu

Field Recordings

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 1:13


“I love the randomness they produce and the contrast with the surround and distant car traffic… I recorded it with my zoomh6 – X/Y capsules.” immersedinsounds.wordpress.com

The BikeRadar Podcast
UK National Hill Climb Championships special | Cow bells, cut-off handlebars and the UK's top climbers

The BikeRadar Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 34:45


In this special edition of the BikeRadar Podcast, digital writer Jack Evans records live from the UK National Hill Climb Championships in Llangollen, North Wales. After taking part himself, Jack reports on a totemic event in the UK domestic racing scene. You'll hear from the UK's top climbers, including the women's and men's champions, and find out which bikes they rode on the 1.6km climb, with an average gradient of 12.5 per cent. The clang of cow bells, blast of horns and roar from the crowd will transport you to the Old Shoe's relentlessly steep slopes. https://www.bikeradar.com/features/pro-bike/2022-hill-climb-bikes/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01n3XHOtsyI&t=697s Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Facts Matter
CDC's Excess Death Report, Insurance Data Sounding Major Alarm Bells | Facts Matter

Facts Matter

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 17:11


Right now, there is an alarming trend of young people dying from unknown causes. Specifically, looking at the numbers coming from the Human Mortality Database for the United States over the past two years, they show that starting in 2020, excess mortality rates began to skyrocket. ⭕️ Sign up for our NEWSLETTER and stay in touch

Thank You for Toilet Paper: A History of the Little Things

They tell the time, ring out for celebrations, and help us keep track of sheep and goats. In times of great distress, they'll even let others know that we aren't dead yet. Time for a little love for bells.

North Pole Radio
"The Halloween Tree" with Robert from "Behind the Bells"

North Pole Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 71:38


On this special Halloween bonus episode, Matt and his special guest Robert of the "Behind the Bells" podcast discuss the oft-forgotten but Emmy Award winning animated Halloween special "The Halloween Tree".

The Seven Bells Podcast
Nicholas Sayre and The Creature in The Case - Part 2

The Seven Bells Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 34:21


It's a 7 Bells special episode! This week Alex and Zack discuss part two the novella "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Glass Case" by Garth Nix.Join our Pateron and get access to our Pateron exclusive show "Short Story Long" for as little as $5 a month!Check our brand new show, Hatermore! Hosted by Alex and super-producer Dallas! Available where ever fine podcasts are downloadedEmail us at 7bellspodcast@gmail.com!Join our Subreddit!Follow us on Instagram!Follow us on Twitter!Check out the other shows on the So... What Did You Learn? Network:So... What Did You Learn?RocktanicaAvailable on your favorite podcasting apps!Don't forget to rate and review us on Apple podcasts and Spotify. Thanks! We love you!Support the show

Murder Metal Mayhem
Bonus Episode - The Bells of San Pedro (narrated by Pete Altieri)

Murder Metal Mayhem

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 36:59


Pete provides the narration of his short story, "The Bells of San Pedro", a terrifying tale from his "Creation of Chaos: Volume III" collection. It's a story about the Day of the Dead, and this bonus episode was released the same week as episode 197, which was about that Mexican holiday.Order any of Pete's books on his new website with a great online store..Go to Murder Metal Mayhem to listen to our show from our new website, and while you're there, score some killer MMM merch - shirts, stickers, and our adult activity book!Join the 666 Club for only $3 a month and support the podcast with a special VIP experience!  You can also join for only $25 for the  year here if you want to save 25%.

Christmas Creeps
Episode 136: Blood Beat

Christmas Creeps

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 55:06


Home for the Horrordays continues with one of the more bizarre films we've ever covered: Blood Beat! A family hunting trip in the Wisconsin wilderness is interrupted by the vengeful spirit of a dead samurai, and it's up to the two psychic women of the house to stop him. Or at least, that's what we think is going on here... Blood Beat is a bunch of loosely interpreted ends in search of a movie and it's our job to twist those ends into some kind of narrative sense. We also spend some time discussing apple picking, mellowcrème candies for old people, waterbeds, the films of Jim Wynorski and James Cameron, and so much more! Questions/Comments? Email us at XmasCreeps@gmail.comTweet us @ChristmasCreepsVisit us on the web at ChristmasCreeps.com! Join us on our Discord channel! Intro / Outro: Carol of the Bells by Bards Bizarre

Octoberpod AM
Monster Mashed

Octoberpod AM

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 57:08


Halloween season has finally come in a fall of white bedsheets and a flurry of old brooms. Kids are wearing their hairy ape costumes and prowling the neighborhood for candy and making mischief. Join Edward October for a frightening foursome of monster mayhem. First: Edward October narrates an east Tennessee cryptid encounter. Then enjoy "Tea Party," a clip from Octoberpod's Halloween Potluck (now streaming on YouTube). It's a true ghost story submitted by Amber Jourdan (Witches Talking Tarot podcast) and narrated by MJ McAddams (Humble Hauntings podcast). Later the classic monsters keep coming with Octoberpod's gender-fluid, nautical take on Dracula: Claimed the the Sea, written by Amy Koto (author, Dash & Seek) & narrated by Jennifer (Haunted Happenstance podcast) with Madeline (Tranifesto podcast). Finally, Edward October narrates the tale of a mysterious NES game that could unlock the secret of the "Bells from the Mummy's Tomb"// PROMOS Darkcast Network Halloween SleepoverWhen You Give a Dad a PodcastFreaky AFTara Voshell / Spooked Girls Productions// WATCH OUR COMPANION YOUTUBE CHANNEL, OCTOBERPOD HOME VIDEOOctoberpod Home Video adapts all of our stories as ambient short films. Find it only on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OctoberpodHomeVideo// FIND OCTOBERPOD ON THE WORLD WIDE WEBWebsite: https://www.OctoberpodVHS.comYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OctoberpodHomeVideoTwitter: https://twitter.com/octoberpodvhs (@OctoberpodVHS)Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/octoberpodvhs/ (OctoberpodVHS)TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@octoberpod (Octoberpod) Merch Shop: https://octoberpod-outfitters.myspreadshop.com/Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/octoberpod/// CONTACTFor business inquiries or story submissions, contact Mr. Edward October at octoberpod@gmail.com // FINE PRINTOctoberpod was produced, edited & directed by Edward October. The series co-producer is MJ McAddams. Select music and fx cues courtesy of FreeSound.org. All other cues were sourced from recordings within the public domain. Logo and banner graphics by Jessica Good. Edward October illustrations based upon an original character design by Nic Calavera. All stock photography and music/FX cues, except where noted, sourced from images and/or recordings within the public domain. Selected still photography courtesy of Unsplash.comSubscribe for more true, true-ish, and classic tales of horror and the paranormal. Octoberpod: retro horror for bold individualists.

Growing Native
Coral Bells

Growing Native

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 4:15


The genus Heuchera is found in the saxifrage family, Saxifracaceae, with 80 other genera that includes the genus Saxifraga and its 400 species. Yikes! My old (1976) Hortus Third says that there are about 35-50 Heuchera species found in North America and they are largely western. Eight species are found in Arizona and Heuchera sanguinea is found in Arizona, New Mexico and southward, of course. Ms. Mesquitey and I always find it in rocky shady areas, like the shady side of a mountain or hill sides where it's also moist. My ancient Kearney and Peebles, Arizona Flora (often referred to simply as “K and P” by plant geeks) says it found from 4,000 to 8,500 feet in elevation. And it blooms through the summer and into October. That’s pretty cool! The photos are mine. The flowers are beautiful, but check out those basal leaves as well.

The Seven Bells Podcast
Nicholas Sayre and The Creature in The Case - Part 1

The Seven Bells Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 48:36


It's a 7 Bells special episode! This week Alex and Zack discuss part one the novella "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Glass Case" by Garth Nix.Join our Pateron and get access to our Pateron exclusive show "Short Story Long" for as little as $5 a month!Check our brand new show, Hatermore! Hosted by Alex and super-producer Dallas! Available where ever fine podcasts are downloadedEmail us at 7bellspodcast@gmail.com!Join our Subreddit!Follow us on Instagram!Follow us on Twitter!Check out the other shows on the So... What Did You Learn? Network:So... What Did You Learn?RocktanicaAvailable on your favorite podcasting apps!Don't forget to rate and review us on Apple podcasts and Spotify. Thanks! We love you!Support the show

Field Recordings
Binaural bells, St Pauls Cathedral, London, UK on 19th September 2022 – by Joe Harvey-Whyte

Field Recordings

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 3:42


“St Paul's cathedral bells ring for the state funeral on 19th September 2022.  A binaural recording made using a matched pair of DPA 4060 microphones. Please use headphones for the […]

KZradio הקצה
Guy Bahir: Mr. Shuffle's Best of Fingered Floodgate 9 - City Bells, 17-10-2022

KZradio הקצה

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 119:33


Commune
Meditation: Ring the Bells with davidji

Commune

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2022 15:36


The Weekend Practice podcast is made possible by El Encanto. Join El Encanto for Wellness Week, November 6-10, 2022. Learn more at cmn.to/encanto.

Deep Energy 2.0 - Music for Sleep, Meditation, Relaxation, Massage and Yoga
Deep Energy 1107 - Bells for Meditation - Part 2

Deep Energy 2.0 - Music for Sleep, Meditation, Relaxation, Massage and Yoga

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 50:09


Background Music for Sleep, Meditation, Relaxation, Massage, Yoga, Studying and TherapyHi everyone, this is Jim Butler and welcome to the Deep Energy Podcasts 1106 and 1107 - Bells for Meditation - Parts 1 and 2…….I have a brand new podcast. ‘Slow Piano for Sleep' A weekly podcast of my own solo ambient piano pieces. Available wherever you listen to podcasts and at the link belowhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/slow-piano-for-sleep/id1626828397https://open.spotify.com/show/5BD3upRDysHNAKctGODPKT?si=18ca97b89ccb4d39If you would like to find out more about me and my music, head on over to www.jimbutlermusic.com or you can e-mail me at jimbutlermusic@gmail.com. On the website you will find links to all of my social media including FB, FB fan page, IG and Twitter and any live appearances I am making in the Keene, NH area. My YouTube page has all of the podcasts if you like listening that way, plus various other videos. https://www.youtube.com/user/JimButlerMusicI now have a merchandise store with a collection of mugs, t-shirts, tote bags, hoodie's and a ton more… you can find it at www.deepenergy.threadless.com This podcast is ad supported, if you would like to listen to the podcast without ads or speaking, please go to my Bandcamp page and most of the podcasts are there. If you would like a podcast and you don't see it, just send me an e-mail and I will get it uploaded ASAP.www.jimbutler.bandcamp.com Please share, subscribe, rate and review (helps more people find the podcast) through however you listen to the podcast including:Spreaker, Stitcher, Apple Podcast App, Castbox, Pandora, Spotify, Soundcloud, Luminary, iHeart Radio, Radio.com, Deezer, YouTube, Alexa and Siri and many other podcast providers.Thank you for listening. Until the next time, please be kind to one another, peace, bye…Original Image by: by me via Dream app (not sponsored)

Field Recordings
Muffled Bells, Cuddington, Buckinghamshire, UK on 19th September 2022 – by Paul Ridout

Field Recordings

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 3:24


“As a republican I probably shouldn't have enjoyed this as much as I did – the bells in the village church were being rung this morning with muffled clappers so […]

Deep Energy 2.0 - Music for Sleep, Meditation, Relaxation, Massage and Yoga
Deep Energy 1106 - Bells for Meditation - Part 1

Deep Energy 2.0 - Music for Sleep, Meditation, Relaxation, Massage and Yoga

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 52:39


Background Music for Sleep, Meditation, Relaxation, Massage, Yoga, Studying and TherapyHi everyone, this is Jim Butler and welcome to the Deep Energy Podcasts 1106 and 1107 - Bells for Meditation - Parts 1 and 2…….I have a brand new podcast. ‘Slow Piano for Sleep' A weekly podcast of my own solo ambient piano pieces. Available wherever you listen to podcasts and at the link belowhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/slow-piano-for-sleep/id1626828397https://open.spotify.com/show/5BD3upRDysHNAKctGODPKT?si=18ca97b89ccb4d39If you would like to find out more about me and my music, head on over to www.jimbutlermusic.com or you can e-mail me at jimbutlermusic@gmail.com. On the website you will find links to all of my social media including FB, FB fan page, IG and Twitter and any live appearances I am making in the Keene, NH area. My YouTube page has all of the podcasts if you like listening that way, plus various other videos. https://www.youtube.com/user/JimButlerMusicI now have a merchandise store with a collection of mugs, t-shirts, tote bags, hoodie's and a ton more… you can find it at www.deepenergy.threadless.com This podcast is ad supported, if you would like to listen to the podcast without ads or speaking, please go to my Bandcamp page and most of the podcasts are there. If you would like a podcast and you don't see it, just send me an e-mail and I will get it uploaded ASAP.www.jimbutler.bandcamp.com Please share, subscribe, rate and review (helps more people find the podcast) through however you listen to the podcast including:Spreaker, Stitcher, Apple Podcast App, Castbox, Pandora, Spotify, Soundcloud, Luminary, iHeart Radio, Radio.com, Deezer, YouTube, Alexa and Siri and many other podcast providers.Thank you for listening. Until the next time, please be kind to one another, peace, bye…Original Image by: by me via Dream app (not sponsored)

A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs
Episode 155: “Waterloo Sunset” by the Kinks

A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022


Episode one hundred and fifty-five of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Waterloo Sunset” by the Kinks, and the self-inflicted damage the group did to their career between 1965 and 1967. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode. Patreon backers also have a nineteen-minute bonus episode available, on "Excerpt From a Teenage Opera" by Keith West. Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt's irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/ Resources No Mixcloud this week, as there are too many Kinks songs. I've used several resources for this and future episodes on the Kinks, most notably Ray Davies: A Complicated Life by Johnny Rogan and You Really Got Me by Nick Hasted. X-Ray by Ray Davies is a remarkable autobiography with a framing story set in a dystopian science-fiction future, while Kink by Dave Davies is more revealing but less well-written. The Anthology 1964-1971 is a great box set that covers the Kinks' Pye years, which overlap almost exactly with their period of greatest creativity. For those who don't want a full box set, this two-CD set covers all the big hits. And this is the interview with Rasa I discuss in the episode. Patreon This podcast is brought to you by the generosity of my backers on Patreon. Why not join them? Transcript Before I start, this episode has some mentions of racism and homophobia, several discussions of physical violence, one mention of domestic violence, and some discussion of mental illness. I've tried to discuss these things with a reasonable amount of sensitivity, but there's a tabloid element to some of my sources which inevitably percolates through, so be warned if you find those things upsetting. One of the promises I made right at the start of this project was that I would not be doing the thing that almost all podcasts do of making huge chunks of the episodes be about myself -- if I've had to update people about something in my life that affects the podcast, I've done it in separate admin episodes, so the episodes themselves will not be taken up with stuff about me. The podcast is not about me. I am making a very slight exception in this episode, for reasons that will become clear -- there's no way for me to tell this particular story the way I need to without bringing myself into it at least a little. So I wanted to state upfront that this is a one-off thing. The podcast is not suddenly going to change. But one question that I get asked a lot -- far more than I'd expect -- is "do the people you talk about in the podcast ever get in touch with you about what you've said?" Now that has actually happened twice, both times involving people leaving comments on relatively early episodes. The first time is probably the single thing I'm proudest of achieving with this series, and it was a comment left on the episode on "Goodnight My Love" a couple of years back: [Excerpt: Jesse Belvin, "Goodnight My Love"] That comment was from Debra Frazier and read “Jesse Belvin is my Beloved Uncle, my mother's brother. I've been waiting all my life for him to be recognized in this manner. I must say the content in this podcast is 100% correct!Joann and Jesse practically raised me. Can't express how grateful I am. Just so glad someone got it right. I still miss them dearly to this day. My world was forever changed Feb. 6th 1960. I can remember him writing most of those songs right there in my grandmother's living room. I think I'm his last living closest relative, that knows everything in this podcast is true." That comment by itself would have justified me doing this whole podcast. The other such comment actually came a couple of weeks ago, and was on the episode on "Only You": [Excerpt: The Platters, "Only You"] That was a longer comment, from Gayle Schrieber, an associate of Buck Ram, and started "Well, you got some of it right. Your smart-assed sarcasm and know-it-all attitude is irritating since I Do know it all from the business side but what the heck. You did better than most people – with the exception of Marv Goldberg." Given that Marv Goldberg is the single biggest expert on 1950s vocal groups in the world, I'll take that as at least a backhanded compliment. So those are the only two people who I've talked about in the podcast who've commented, but before the podcast I had a blog, and at various times people whose work I wrote about would comment -- John Cowsill of the Cowsills still remembers a blog post where I said nice things about him fourteen years ago, for example. And there was one comment on a blog post I made four or five years ago which confirmed something I'd suspected for a while… When we left the Kinks, at the end of 1964, they had just recorded their first album. That album was not very good, but did go to number three in the UK album charts, which is a much better result than it sounds. Freddie "Boom Boom" Cannon got to number one in 1960, but otherwise the only rock acts to make number one on the album charts from the start of the sixties through the end of 1967 were Elvis, Cliff Richard, the Shadows, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and the Monkees. In the first few years of the sixties they were interspersed with the 101 Strings, trad jazz, the soundtrack to West Side Story, and a blackface minstrel group, The George Mitchell Singers. From mid-1963 through to the end of 1967, though, literally the only things to get to number one on the album charts were the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Monkees, and the soundtrack to The Sound of Music. That tiny cabal was eventually broken at the end of 1967 by Val Doonican Rocks… But Gently, and from 1968 on the top of the album charts becomes something like what we would expect today, with a whole variety of different acts, I make this point to point out two things The first is that number three on the album charts is an extremely good position for the Kinks to be in -- when they reached that point the Rolling Stones' second album had just entered at number one, and Beatles For Sale had dropped to number two after eight weeks at the top -- and the second is that for most rock artists and record labels, the album market was simply not big enough or competitive enough until 1968 for it to really matter. What did matter was the singles chart. And "You Really Got Me" had been a genuinely revolutionary hit record. According to Ray Davies it had caused particular consternation to both the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds, both of whom had thought they would be the first to get to number one with a dirty, distorted, R&B-influenced guitar-riff song. And so three weeks after the release of the album came the group's second single. Originally, the plan had been to release a track Ray had been working on called "Tired of Waiting", but that was a slower track, and it was decided that the best thing to do would be to try to replicate the sound of their first hit. So instead, they released "All Day And All Of The Night": [Excerpt: The Kinks, "All Day And All Of The Night"] That track was recorded by the same team as had recorded "You Really Got Me", except with Perry Ford replacing Arthur Greenslade on piano. Once again, Bobby Graham was on drums rather than Mick Avory, and when Ray Davies suggested that he might want to play a different drum pattern, Graham just asked him witheringly "Who do you think you are?" "All Day and All of the Night" went to number two -- a very impressive result for a soundalike follow-up -- and was kept off the number one spot first by "Baby Love" by the Supremes and then by "Little Red Rooster" by the Rolling Stones. The group quickly followed it up with an EP, Kinksize Session, consisting of three mediocre originals plus the group's version of "Louie Louie". By February 1965 that had hit number one on the EP charts, knocking the Rolling Stones off. Things were going as well as possible for the group. Ray and his girlfriend Rasa got married towards the end of 1964 -- they had to, as Rasa was pregnant and from a very religious Catholic family. By contrast, Dave was leading the kind of life that can only really be led by a seventeen-year-old pop star -- he moved out of the family home and in with Mick Avory after his mother caught him in bed with five women, and once out of her watchful gaze he also started having affairs with men, which was still illegal in 1964. (And which indeed would still be illegal for seventeen-year-olds until 2001). In January, they released their third hit single, "Tired of Waiting for You". The track was a ballad rather than a rocker, but still essentially another variant on the theme of "You Really Got Me" -- a song based around a few repeated phrases of lyric, and with a chorus with two major chords a tone apart. "You Really Got Me"'s chorus has the change going up: [Plays "You Really Got Me" chorus chords] While "Tired Of Waiting For You"'s chorus has the change going down: [Plays "Tired of Waiting For You" chorus chords] But it's trivially easy to switch between the two if you play them in the same key: [Demonstrates] Ray has talked about how "Tired of Waiting for You" was partly inspired by how he felt tired of waiting for the fame that the Kinks deserved, and the music was written even before "You Really Got Me". But when they went into the studio to record it, the only lyrics he had were the chorus. Once they'd recorded the backing track, he worked on the lyrics at home, before coming back into the studio to record his vocals, with Rasa adding backing vocals on the softer middle eight: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "Tired of Waiting For You"] After that track was recorded, the group went on a tour of Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. The flight out to Australia was thirty-four hours, and also required a number of stops. One stop to refuel in Moscow saw the group forced back onto the plane at gunpoint after Pete Quaife unwisely made a joke about the recently-deposed Russian Premier Nikita Khruschev. They also had a stop of a couple of days in Mumbai, where Ray was woken up by the sounds of fishermen chanting at the riverside, and enchanted by both the sound and the image. In Adelaide, Ray and Dave met up for the first time in years with their sister Rose and her husband Arthur. Ray was impressed by their comparative wealth, but disliked the slick modernity of their new suburban home. Dave became so emotional about seeing his big sister again that he talked about not leaving her house, not going to the show that night, and just staying in Australia so they could all be a family again. Rose sadly told him that he knew he couldn't do that, and he eventually agreed. But the tour wasn't all touching family reunions. They also got into a friendly rivalry with Manfred Mann, who were also on the tour and were competing with the Kinks to be the third-biggest group in the UK behind the Beatles and the Stones, and at one point both bands ended up on the same floor of the same hotel as the Stones, who were on their own Australian tour. The hotel manager came up in the night after a complaint about the noise, saw the damage that the combined partying of the three groups had caused, and barricaded them into that floor, locking the doors and the lift shafts, so that the damage could be contained to one floor. "Tired of Waiting" hit number one in the UK while the group were on tour, and it also became their biggest hit in the US, reaching number six, so on the way home they stopped off in the US for a quick promotional appearance on Hullabaloo. According to Ray's accounts, they were asked to do a dance like Freddie and the Dreamers, he and Mick decided to waltz together instead, and the cameras cut away horrified at the implied homosexuality. In fact, examining the footage shows the cameras staying on the group as Mick approaches Ray, arms extended, apparently offering to waltz, while Ray backs off nervous and confused, unsure what's going on. Meanwhile Dave and Pete on the other side of the stage are being gloriously camp with their arms around each other's shoulders. When they finally got back to the UK, they were shocked to hear this on the radio: [Excerpt: The Who, "I Can't Explain"] Ray was horrified that someone had apparently stolen the group's sound, especially when he found out it was the Who, who as the High Numbers had had a bit of a rivalry with the group. He said later "Dave thought it was us! It was produced by Shel Talmy, like we were. They used the same session singers as us, and Perry Ford played piano, like he did on ‘All Day And All Of The Night'. I felt a bit appalled by that. I think that was worse than stealing a song – they were actually stealing our whole style!” Pete Townshend later admitted as much, saying that he had deliberately demoed "I Can't Explain" to sound as much like the Kinks as possible so that Talmy would see its potential. But the Kinks were still, for the moment, doing far better than the Who. In March, shortly after returning from their foreign tour, they released their second album, Kinda Kinks. Like their first album, it was a very patchy effort, but it made number two on the charts, behind the Rolling Stones. But Ray Davies was starting to get unhappy. He was dissatisfied with everything about his life. He would talk later about looking at his wife lying in bed sleeping and thinking "What's she doing here?", and he was increasingly wondering if the celebrity pop star life was right for him, simultaneously resenting and craving the limelight, and doing things like phoning the music papers to deny rumours that he was leaving the Kinks -- rumours which didn't exist until he made those phone calls. As he thought the Who had stolen the Kinks' style, Ray decided to go in a different direction for the next Kinks single, and recorded "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy", which was apparently intended to sound like Motown, though to my ears it bears no resemblance: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy"] That only went to number nineteen -- still a hit, but a worry for a band who had had three massive hits in a row. Several of the band started to worry seriously that they were going to end up with no career at all. It didn't help that on the tour after recording that, Ray came down with pneumonia. Then Dave came down with bronchitis. Then Pete Quaife hit his head and had to be hospitalised with severe bleeding and concussion. According to Quaife, he fainted in a public toilet and hit his head on the bowl on the way down, but other band members have suggested that Quaife -- who had a reputation for telling tall stories, even in a band whose members are all known for rewriting history -- was ashamed after getting into a fight. In April they played the NME Poll-Winners' Party, on the same bill as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals, the Moody Blues, the Searchers, Freddie And The Dreamers, Herman's Hermits, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, the Rockin' Berries, the Seekers, the Ivy League, Them, the Bachelors, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Twinkle, Tom Jones, Donovan, and Sounds Incorporated. Because they got there late they ended up headlining, going on after the Beatles, even though they hadn't won an award, only come second in best new group, coming far behind the Stones but just ahead of Manfred Mann and the Animals. The next single, "Set Me Free", was a conscious attempt to correct course after "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy" had been less successful: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "Set Me Free"] The song is once again repetitive, and once again based on a riff, structured similarly to "Tired of Waiting" but faster and more upbeat, and with a Beatles-style falsetto in the chorus. It worked -- it returned the group to the top ten -- but Ray wasn't happy at writing to order. He said in August of that year “I'm ashamed of that song. I can stand to hear and even sing most of the songs I've written, but not that one. It's built around pure idiot harmonies that have been used in a thousand songs.” More recently he's talked about how the lyric was an expression of him wanting to be set free from the constraint of having to write a hit song in the style he felt he was outgrowing. By the time the single was released, though, it looked like the group might not even be together any longer. There had always been tensions in the band. Ray and Dave had a relationship that made the Everly Brothers look like the model of family amity, and while Pete Quaife stayed out of the arguments for the most part, Mick Avory couldn't. The core of the group had always been the Davies brothers, and Quaife had known them for years, but Avory was a relative newcomer and hadn't grown up with them, and they also regarded him as a bit less intelligent than the rest of the group. He became the butt of jokes on a fairly constant basis. That would have been OK, except that Avory was also an essentially passive person, who didn't want to take sides in conflicts, while Dave Davies thought that as he and Avory were flatmates they should be on the same side, and resented when Avory didn't take his side in arguments with Ray. As Dave remembered it, the trigger came when he wanted to change the setlist and Mick didn't support him against Ray. In others' recollection, it came when the rest of the band tried to get Dave away from a party and he got violent with them. Both may be true. Either way, Dave got drunk and threw a suitcase at the back of a departing Mick, who was normally a fairly placid person but had had enough, and so he turned round, furious, grabbed Dave, got him in a headlock and just started punching, blackening both his eyes. According to some reports, Avory was so infuriated with Dave that he knocked him out, and Dave was so drunk and angry that when he came to he went for Avory again, and got knocked out again. The next day, the group were driven to their show in separate cars -- the Davies brothers in one, the rhythm section in the other -- they had separate dressing rooms, and made their entrance from separate directions. They got through the first song OK, and then Dave Davies insulted Avory's drumming, spat at him, and kicked his drums so they scattered all over the stage. At this point, a lot of the audience were still thinking this was part of the act, but Avory saw red again and picked up his hi-hat cymbal and smashed it down edge-first onto Dave's head. Everyone involved says that if his aim had been very slightly different he would have actually killed Dave. As it is, Dave collapsed, unconscious, bleeding everywhere. Ray screamed "My brother! He's killed my little brother!" and Mick, convinced he was a murderer, ran out of the theatre, still wearing his stage outfit of a hunting jacket and frilly shirt. He was running away for his life -- and that was literal, as Britain still technically had the death penalty at this point; while the last executions in Britain took place in 1964, capital punishment for murder wasn't abolished until late 1965 -- but at the same time a gang of screaming girls outside who didn't know what was going on were chasing him because he was a pop star. He managed to get back to London, where he found that the police had been looking for him but that Dave was alive and didn't want to press charges. However, he obviously couldn't go back to their shared home, and they had to cancel gigs because Dave had been hospitalised. It looked like the group were finished for good. Four days after that, Ray and Rasa's daughter Louisa was born, and shortly after that Ray was in the studio again, recording demos: [Excerpt: Ray Davies, "I Go to Sleep (demo)"] That song was part of a project that Larry Page, the group's co-manager, and Eddie Kassner, their publisher, had of making Ray's songwriting a bigger income source, and getting his songs recorded by other artists. Ray had been asked to write it for Peggy Lee, who soon recorded her own version: [Excerpt: Peggy Lee, "I Go to Sleep"] Several of the other tracks on that demo session featured Mitch Mitchell on drums. At the time, Mitchell was playing with another band that Page managed, and there seems to have been some thought of him possibly replacing Avory in the group. But instead, Larry Page cut the Gordian knot. He invited each band member to a meeting, just the two of them -- and didn't tell them that he'd scheduled all these meetings at the same time. When they got there, they found that they'd been tricked into having a full band meeting, at which point Page just talked to them about arrangements for their forthcoming American tour, and didn't let them get a word in until he'd finished. At the end he asked if they had any questions, and Mick Avory said he'd need some new cymbals because he'd broken his old ones on Dave's head. Before going on tour, the group recorded a song that Ray had written inspired by that droning chanting he'd heard in Mumbai. The song was variously titled "See My Friend" and "See My Friends" -- it has been released under both titles, and Ray seems to sing both words at different times -- and Ray told Maureen Cleave "The song is about homosexuality… It's like a football team and the way they're always kissing each other.” (We will be talking about Ray Davies' attitudes towards sexuality and gender in a future episode, but suffice to say that like much of Davies' worldview, he has a weird mixture of very progressive and very reactionary views, and he is also prone to observe behaviours in other people's private lives and make them part of his own public persona). The guitar part was recorded on a bad twelve-string guitar that fed back in the studio, creating a drone sound, which Shel Talmy picked up on and heavily compressed, creating a sound that bore more than a little resemblance to a sitar: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "See My Friend"] If that had been released at the time, it would have made the Kinks into trend-setters. Instead it was left in the can for nearly three months, and in the meantime the Yardbirds released the similar-sounding "Heart Full of Soul", making the Kinks look like bandwagon-jumpers when their own record came out, and reinforcing a paranoid belief that Ray had started to develop that his competitors were stealing his ideas. The track taking so long to come out was down to repercussions from the group's American tour, which changed the course of their whole career in ways they could not possibly have predicted. This was still the era when the musicians' unions of the US and UK had a restrictive one-in, one-out policy for musicians, and you couldn't get a visa to play in the US without the musicians' union's agreement -- and the AFM were not very keen on the British invasion, which they saw as taking jobs away from their members. There are countless stories from this period of bands like the Moody Blues getting to the US only to find that the arrangements have fallen through and they can't perform. Around this time, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders were told they weren't notable enough to get permission to play more than one gig, even though they were at number one on the charts in the US at the time. So it took a great deal of effort to get the Kinks' first US tour arranged, and they had to make a good impression. Unfortunately, while the Beatles and Stones knew how to play the game and give irreverent, cheeky answers that still left the interviewers amused and satisfied, the Kinks were just flat-out confusing and rude: [Excerpt: The Kinks Interview with Clay Cole] The whole tour went badly. They were booked into unsuitable venues, and there were a series of events like the group being booked on the same bill as the Dave Clark Five, and both groups having in their contract that they would be the headliner. Promoters started to complain about them to their management and the unions, and Ray was behaving worse and worse. By the time the tour hit LA, Ray was being truly obnoxious. According to Larry Page he refused to play one TV show because there was a Black drummer on the same show. Page said that it was not about personal prejudice -- though it's hard to see how it could not be, at least in part -- but just picking something arbitrary to complain about to show he had the power to mess things up. While shooting a spot for the show Where The Action Is, Ray got into a physical fight with one of the other cast members over nothing. What Ray didn't realise was that the person in question was a representative for AFTRA, the screen performers' union, and was already unhappy because Dave had earlier refused to join the union. Their behaviour got reported up the chain. The day after the fight was supposed to be the highlight of the tour, but Ray was missing his wife. In the mid-sixties, the Beach Boys would put on a big Summer Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl every year, and the Kinks were due to play it, on a bill which as well as the Beach Boys also featured the Byrds, the Righteous Brothers, Dino, Desi & Billy, and Sonny and Cher. But Ray said he wasn't going on unless Rasa was there. And he didn't tell Larry Page, who was there, that. Instead, he told a journalist at the Daily Mirror in London, and the first Page heard about it was when the journalist phoned him to confirm that Ray wouldn't be playing. Now, they had already been working to try to get Rasa there for the show, because Ray had been complaining for a while. But Rasa didn't have a passport. Not only that, but she was an immigrant and her family were from Lithuania, and the US State Department weren't exactly keen on people from the Eastern Bloc flying to the US. And it was a long flight. I don't know exactly how long a flight from London to LA took then, but it takes eleven and a half hours now, and it will have been around that length. Somehow, working a miracle, Larry Page co-ordinated with his co-managers Robert Wace and Grenville Collins back in London -- difficult in itself as Wace and Collins and Page and his business partner Eddie Kassner were by now in two different factions, because Ray had been manipulating them and playing them off against each other for months. But the three of them worked together and somehow got Rasa to LA in time for Ray to go on stage. Page waited around long enough to see that Ray had got on stage at the Hollywood Bowl, then flew back to London. He had had enough of Ray's nonsense, and didn't really see any need to be there anyway, because they had a road manager, their publisher, their agent, and plenty of support staff. He felt that he was only there to be someone for Ray Davies to annoy and take his frustrations out on. And indeed, once Page flew back to the UK, Ray calmed down, though how much of that was the presence of Rasa it's hard to say. Their road manager at the time though said "If Larry wasn't there, Ray couldn't make problems because there was nobody there to make them to. He couldn't make problems for me because I just ignored them. For example, in Hawaii, the shirts got stolen. Ray said, ‘No way am I going onstage without my shirt.' So I turned around and said to him, ‘Great, don't go on!' Of course, they went on.” They did miss the gig the next night in San Francisco, with more or less the same lineup as the Hollywood Bowl show -- they'd had problems with the promoter of that show at an earlier gig in Reno, and so Ray said they weren't going to play unless they got paid in cash upfront. When the promoter refused, the group just walked on stage, waved, and walked off. But other than that, the rest of the tour went OK. What they didn't realise until later was that they had made so many enemies on that tour that it would be impossible for them to return to the US for another four years. They weren't blacklisted, as such, they just didn't get the special treatment that was necessary to make it possible for them to visit there. From that point on they would still have a few hits in the US, but nothing like the sustained massive success they had in the UK in the same period. Ray felt abandoned by Page, and started to side more and more with Wace and Collins. Page though was still trying to promote Ray's songwriting. Some of this, like the album "Kinky Music" by the Larry Page Orchestra, released during the tour, was possibly not the kind of promotion that anyone wanted, though some of it has a certain kitsch charm: [Excerpt: The Larry Page Orchestra, "All Day And All Of The Night"] Incidentally, the guitarist on that album was Jimmy Page, who had previously played rhythm guitar on a few Kinks album tracks. But other stuff that Larry Page was doing would be genuinely helpful. For example, on the tour he had become friendly with Stone and Greene, the managers who we heard about in the Buffalo Springfield episode. At this point they were managing Sonny and Cher, and when they came over to the UK, Page took the opportunity to get Cher into the studio to cut a version of Ray's "I Go to Sleep": [Excerpt: Cher, "I Go to Sleep"] Most songwriters, when told that the biggest new star of the year was cutting a cover version of one of their tracks for her next album, would be delighted. Ray Davies, on the other hand, went to the session and confronted Page, screaming about how Page was stealing his ideas. And it was Page being marginalised that caused "See My Friend" to be delayed, because while they were in the US, Page had produced the group in Gold Star Studios, recording a version of Ray's song "Ring the Bells", and Page wanted that as the next single, but the group had a contract with Shel Talmy which said he would be their producer. They couldn't release anything Talmy hadn't produced, but Page, who had control over the group's publishing with his business partner Kassner, wouldn't let them release "See My Friend". Eventually, Talmy won out, and "See My Friend" became the group's next single. It made the top ten on the Record Retailer chart, the one that's now the official UK chart cited in most sources, but only number fifteen on the NME chart which more people paid attention to at the time, and only spent a few weeks on the charts. Ray spent the summer complaining in the music papers about how the track -- "the only one I've really liked", as he said at the time -- wasn't selling as much as it deserved, and also insulting Larry Page and boasting about his own abilities, saying he was a better singer than Andy Williams and Tony Bennett. The group sacked Larry Page as their co-manager, and legal battles between Page and Kassner on one side and Collins and Wace on the other would continue for years, tying up much of the group's money. Page went on to produce a new band he was managing, making records that sounded very like the Kinks' early hits: [Excerpt: The Troggs, "Wild Thing"] The Kinks, meanwhile, decided to go in a different direction for their new EP, Kwyet Kinks, an EP of mostly softer, folk- and country-inspired songs. The most interesting thing on Kwyet Kinks was "Well-Respected Man", which saw Ray's songwriting go in a completely different direction as he started to write gentle social satires with more complex lyrics, rather than the repetitive riff-based songs he'd been doing before. That track was released as a single in the US, which didn't have much of an EP market, and made the top twenty there, despite its use of a word that in England at the time had a double meaning -- either a cigarette or a younger boy at a public school who has to be the servant of an older boy -- but in America was only used as a slur for gay people: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "Well Respected Man"] The group's next album, The Kink Kontroversy, was mostly written in a single week, and is another quickie knockoff album. It had the hit single "Til the End of the Day", another attempt at getting back to their old style of riffy rockers, and one which made the top ten. It also had a rerecorded version of "Ring the Bells", the song Larry Page had wanted to release as a single: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "Ring the Bells"] I'm sure that when Ray Davies heard "Ruby Tuesday" a little over a year later he didn't feel any better about the possibility that people were stealing his ideas. The Kink Kontroversy was a transitional album for the group in many ways. It was the first album to prominently feature Nicky Hopkins, who would be an integral part of the band's sound for the next three years, and the last one to feature a session drummer (Clem Cattini, rather than Avory, played on most of the tracks). From this point on there would essentially be a six-person group of studio Kinks who would make the records -- the four Kinks themselves, Rasa Davies on backing vocals, and Nicky Hopkins on piano. At the end of 1965 the group were flailing, mired in lawsuits, and had gone from being the third biggest group in the country at the start of the year to maybe the tenth or twentieth by the end of it. Something had to change. And it did with the group's next single, which in both its sound and its satirical subject matter was very much a return to the style of "Well Respected Man". "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" was inspired by anger. Ray was never a particularly sociable person, and he was not the kind to do the rounds of all the fashionable clubs like the other pop stars, including his brother, would. But he did feel a need to make some kind of effort and would occasionally host parties at his home for members of the fashionable set. But Davies didn't keep up with fashion the way they did, and some of them would mock him for the way he dressed. At one such party he got into a fistfight with someone who was making fun of his slightly flared trousers, kicked all the guests out, and then went to a typewriter and banged out a lyric mocking the guest and everyone like him: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "Dedicated Follower of Fashion"] The song wasn't popular with Ray's bandmates -- Dave thought it was too soft and wimpy, while Quaife got annoyed at the time Ray spent in the studio trying to make the opening guitar part sound a bit like a ukulele. But they couldn't argue with the results -- it went to number five on the charts, their biggest success since "Tired of Waiting for You" more than a year earlier, and more importantly in some ways it became part of the culture in a way their more recent singles hadn't. "Til The End of the Day" had made the top ten, but it wasn't a record that stuck in people's minds. But "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" was so popular that Ray soon got sick of people coming up to him in the street and singing "Oh yes he is!" at him. But then, Ray was getting sick of everything. In early 1966 he had a full-scale breakdown, brought on by the flu but really just down to pure exhaustion. Friends from this time say that Ray was an introverted control freak, always neurotic and trying to get control and success, but sabotaging it as soon as he attained it so that he didn't have to deal with the public. Just before a tour of Belgium, Rasa gave him an ultimatum -- either he sought medical help or she would leave him. He picked up their phone and slammed it into her face, blacking her eye -- the only time he was ever physically violent to her, she would later emphasise -- at which point it became imperative to get medical help for his mental condition. Ray stayed at home while the rest of the band went to Belgium -- they got in a substitute rhythm player, and Dave took the lead vocals -- though the tour didn't make them any new friends. Their co-manager Grenville Collins went along and with the tact and diplomacy for which the British upper classes are renowned the world over, would say things like “I understand every bloody word you're saying but I won't speak your filthy language. De Gaulle won't speak English, why should I speak French?” At home, Ray was doing worse and worse. When some pre-recorded footage of the Kinks singing "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" came on the TV, he unplugged it and stuck it in the oven. He said later "I was completely out of my mind. I went to sleep and I woke up a week later with a beard. I don't know what happened to me. I'd run into the West End with my money stuffed in my socks, I'd tried to punch my press agent, I was chased down Denmark Street by the police, hustled into a taxi by a psychiatrist and driven off somewhere. And I didn't know. I woke up and I said, ‘What's happening? When do we leave for Belgium?' And they said, ‘Ray it's all right. You had a collapse. Don't worry. You'll get better.'” He did get better, though for a long time he found himself unable to listen to any contemporary rock music other than Bob Dylan -- electric guitars made him think of the pop world that had made him ill -- and so he spent his time listening to classical and jazz records. He didn't want to be a pop star any more, and convinced himself he could quit the band if he went out on top by writing a number one single. And so he did: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "Sunny Afternoon"] Or at least, I say it's a single he wrote, but it's here that I finally get to a point I've been dancing round since the beginning of the episode. The chorus line, "In the summertime", was Rasa's suggestion, and in one of the only two interviews I've ever come across with her, for Johnny Rogan's biography of Ray, she calls the song "the only one where I wrote some words". But there's evidence, including another interview with her I'll talk about in a bit, that suggests that's not quite the case. For years, I thought it was an interesting coincidence that Ray Davies' songwriting ability follows a curve that almost precisely matches that of his relationship with Rasa. At the start, he's clearly talented -- "You Really Got Me" is a great track -- but he's an unformed writer and most of his work is pretty poor stuff. Then he marries Rasa, and his writing starts to become more interesting. Rasa starts to regularly contribute in the studio, and he becomes one of the great songwriters of his generation. For a five-year period in the mid-to-late-sixties, the period when their marriage is at its strongest, Ray writes a string of classic songs that are the equal of any catalogue in popular music. Then around 1970 Rasa stops coming to the studio, and their marriage is under strain. The records become patchier -- still plenty of classic tracks, but a lot more misses. And then in 1973, she left him, and his songwriting fell off a cliff. If you look at a typical Ray Davies concert setlist from 2017, the last time he toured, he did twenty songs, of which two were from his new album, one was the Kinks' one-off hit "Come Dancing" from 1983, and every other song was from the period when he and Rasa were married. Now, for a long time I just thought that was interesting, but likely a coincidence. After all, most rock songwriters do their most important work in their twenties, divorces have a way of messing people's mental health up, musical fashions change… there are a myriad reasons why these things could be like that. But… the circumstantial evidence just kept piling up. Ray's paranoia about people stealing his ideas meant that he became a lot more paranoid and secretive in his songwriting process, and would often not tell his bandmates the titles of the songs, the lyrics, or the vocal melody, until after they'd recorded the backing tracks -- they would record the tracks knowing the chord changes and tempo, but not what the actual song was. Increasingly he would be dictating parts to Quaife and Nicky Hopkins in the studio from the piano, telling them exactly what to play. But while Pete Quaife thought that Ray was being dictatorial in the studio and resented it, he resented something else more. As late as 1999 he was complaining about, in his words, "the silly little bint from Bradford virtually running the damn studio", telling him what to do, and feeling unable to argue back even though he regarded her as "a jumped-up groupie". Dave, on the other hand, valued Rasa's musical intuition and felt that Ray was the same. And she was apparently actually more up-to-date with the music in the charts than any of the band -- while they were out on the road, she would stay at home and listen to the radio and make note of what was charting and why. All this started to seem like a lot of circumstantial evidence that Rasa was possibly far more involved in the creation of the music than she gets credit for -- and given that she was never credited for her vocal parts on any Kinks records, was it too unbelievable that she might have contributed to the songwriting without credit? But then I found the other interview with Rasa I'm aware of, a short sidebar piece I'll link in the liner notes, and I'm going to quote that here: "Rasa, however, would sometimes take a very active role during the writing of the songs, many of which were written in the family home, even on occasion adding to the lyrics. She suggested the words “In the summertime” to ‘Sunny Afternoon', it is claimed. She now says, “I would make suggestions for a backing melody, sing along while Ray was playing the song(s) on the piano; at times I would add a lyric line or word(s). It was rewarding for me and was a major part of our life.” That was enough for me to become convinced that Rasa was a proper collaborator with Ray. I laid all this out in a blog post, being very careful how I phrased what I thought -- that while Ray Davies was probably the principal author of the songs credited to him (and to be clear, that is definitely what I think -- there's a stylistic continuity throughout his work that makes it very clear that the same man did the bulk of the work on all of it), the songs were the work of a writing partnership. As I said in that post "But even if Rasa only contributed ten percent, that seems likely to me to have been the ten percent that pulled those songs up to greatness. Even if all she did was pull Ray back from his more excessive instincts, perhaps cause him to show a little more compassion in his more satirical works (and the thing that's most notable about his post-Rasa songwriting is how much less compassionate it is), suggest a melodic line should go up instead of down at the end of a verse, that kind of thing… the cumulative effect of those sorts of suggestions can be enormous." I was just laying out my opinion, not stating anything as a certainty, though I was morally sure that Rasa deserved at least that much credit. And then Rasa commented on the post, saying "Dear Andrew. Your article was so informative and certainly not mischaracterised. Thank you for the 'history' of my input working with Ray. As I said previously, that time was magical and joyous." I think that's as close a statement as we're likely to get that the Kinks' biggest hits were actually the result of the songwriting team of Davies and Davies, and not of Ray alone, since nobody seems interested at all in a woman who sang on -- and likely co-wrote -- some of the biggest hit records of the sixties. Rasa gets mentioned in two sentences in the band's Wikipedia page, and as far as I can tell has only been interviewed twice -- an extensive interview by Johnny Rogan for his biography of Ray, in which he sadly doesn't seem to have pressed her on her songwriting contributions, and the sidebar above. I will probably continue to refer to Ray writing songs in this and the next episode on the Kinks, because I don't know for sure who wrote what, and he is the one who is legally credited as the sole writer. But… just bear that in mind. And bear it in mind whenever I or anyone else talk about the wives and girlfriends of other rock stars, because I'm sure she's not the only one. "Sunny Afternoon" knocked "Paperback Writer" off the number one spot, but by the time it did, Pete Quaife was out of the band. He'd fallen out with the Davies brothers so badly that he'd insisted on travelling separately from them, and he'd been in a car crash that had hospitalised him for six weeks. They'd quickly hired a temporary replacement, John Dalton, who had previously played with The Mark Four, the group that had evolved into The Creation. They needed him to mime for a TV appearance pretty much straight away, so they asked him "can you play a descending D minor scale?" and when he said yes he was hired -- because the opening of "Sunny Afternoon" used a trick Ray was very fond of, of holding a chord in the guitars while the bass descends in a scale, only changing chord when the notes would clash too badly, and then changing to the closest possible chord: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "Sunny Afternoon"] Around this time, the group also successfully renegotiated their contract with Pye Records, with the help of a new lawyer they had been advised to get in touch with -- Allen Klein. As well as helping renegotiate their contracts, Klein also passed on a demo of one of Ray's new songs to Herman's Hermits. “Dandy” was going to be on the Kinks' next album, but the Hermits released it as a single in the US and took it into the top ten: [Excerpt: Herman's Hermits, “Dandy”] In September, Pete Quaife formally quit the band -- he hadn't played with them in months after his accident -- and the next month the album Face To Face, recorded while Quaife was still in the group, was released. Face to Face was the group's first really solid album, and much of the album was in the same vein as "Sunny Afternoon" -- satirical songs that turned on the songwriter as much as on the people they were ostensibly about. It didn't do as well as the previous albums, but did still make the top twenty on the album chart. The group continued work, recording a new single, "Dead End Street", a song which is musically very similar to "Sunny Afternoon", but is lyrically astonishingly bleak, dealing with poverty and depression rather than more normal topics for a pop song. The group produced a promotional film for it, but the film was banned by the BBC as being in bad taste, as it showed the group as undertakers. But the single happened to be released two days after the broadcast of "Cathy Come Home", the seminal drama about homelessness, which suddenly brought homelessness onto the political agenda. While "Dead End Street" wasn't technically about homelessness, it was close enough that when the TV programme Panorama did a piece on the subject, they used "Dead End Street" to soundtrack it. The song made the top five, an astonishing achievement for something so dark: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "Dead End Street"] But the track also showed the next possible breach in the Kinks' hitmaking team -- when it was originally recorded, Shel Talmy had produced it, and had a French horn playing, but after he left the session, the band brought in a trombone player to replace the French horn, and rerecorded it without him. They would continue working with him for a little while, recording some of the tracks for their next album, but by the time the next single came out, Talmy would be out of the picture for good. But Pete Quaife, on the other hand, was nowhere near as out of the group as he had seemed. While he'd quit the band in September, Ray persuaded him to rejoin the band four days before "Dead End Street" came out, and John Dalton was back to working in his day job as a builder, though we'll be hearing more from him. The group put out a single in Europe, "Mr. Pleasant", a return to the style of "Well Respected Man" and "Dedicated Follower of Fashion": [Excerpt: The Kinks, “Mr. Pleasant”] That was a big hit in the Netherlands, but it wasn't released in the UK. They were working on something rather different. Ray had had the idea of writing a song called "Liverpool Sunset", about Liverpool, and about the decline of the Merseybeat bands who had been at the top of the profession when the Kinks had been starting out. But then the Beatles had released "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane", and Ray hadn't wanted to release anything about Liverpool's geography and look like he had stolen from them, given his attitudes to plagiarism. He said later "I sensed that the Beatles weren't going to be around long. When they moved to London, and ended up in Knightsbridge or wherever, I was still in Muswell Hill. I was loyal to my origins. Maybe I felt when they left it was all over for Merseybeat.” So instead, he -- or he and Rasa -- came up with a song about London, and about loneliness, and about a couple, Terry and Julie -- Terry was named after his nephew Terry who lived in Australia, while Julie's name came from Julie Christie, as she was then starring in a film with a Terry, Terrence Stamp: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "Waterloo Sunset"] It's interesting to look at the musical inspirations for the song. Many people at the time pointed out the song's similarity to "Winchester Cathedral" by the New Vaudeville Band, which had come out six months earlier with a similar melody and was also named after a place: [Excerpt: The New Vaudeville Band, "Winchester Cathedral"] And indeed Spike Milligan had parodied that song and replaced the lyrics with something more London-centric: [Excerpt: Spike Milligan, "Tower Bridge"] But it seems likely that Ray had taken inspiration from an older piece of music. We've talked before about Ferd Grofe in several episodes -- he was the one who orchestrated the original version of "Rhapsody in Blue", who wrote the piece of music that inspired Don Everly to write "Cathy's Clown", and who wrote the first music for the Novachord, the prototype synthesiser from the 1930s. As we saw earlier, Ray was listening to a lot of classical and jazz music rather than rock at this point, and one has to wonder if, at some point during his illness the previous year, he had come across Metropolis: A Blue Fantasy, which Grofe had written for Paul Whiteman's band in 1928, very much in the style of "Rhapsody in Blue", and this section, eight and a half minutes in, in particular: [Excerpt: Paul Whiteman, "Metropolis: A Blue Fantasy" ] "Waterloo Sunset" took three weeks to record. They started out, as usual, with a backing track recorded without the rest of the group knowing anything about the song they were recording -- though the group members did contribute some ideas to the arrangement, which was unusual by this point. Pete Quaife contributed to the bass part, while Dave Davies suggested the slapback echo on the guitar: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "Waterloo Sunset, Instrumental Take 2"] Only weeks later did they add the vocals. Ray had an ear infection, so rather than use headphones he sang to a playback through a speaker, which meant he had to sing more gently, giving the vocal a different tone from his normal singing style: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "Waterloo Sunset"] And in one of the few contributions Rasa made that has been generally acknowledged, she came up with the "Sha la la" vocals in the middle eight: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "Waterloo Sunset"] And the idea of having the track fade out on cascading, round-like vocals: [Excerpt: The Kinks, "Waterloo Sunset"] Once again the Kinks were at a turning point. A few weeks after "Waterloo Sunset" came out, the Monterey Pop Festival finally broke the Who in America -- a festival the Kinks were invited to play, but had to turn down because of their visa problems. It felt like the group were being passed by -- Ray has talked about how "Waterloo Sunset" would have been another good point for him to quit the group as he kept threatening to, or at least to stay home and just make the records, like Brian Wilson, while letting the band tour with Dave on lead vocals. He decided against it, though, as he would for decades to come. That attitude, of simultaneously wanting to be part of something and be a distanced, dispassionate observer of it, is what made "Waterloo Sunset" so special. As Ray has said, in words that seem almost to invoke the story of Moses: "it's a culmination of all my desires and hopes – it's a song about people going to a better world, but somehow I stayed where I was and became the observer in the song rather than the person who is proactive . . . I did not cross the river. They did and had a good life apparently." Ray stayed with the group, and we'll be picking up on what he and they did next in about a year's time. "Waterloo Sunset" went to number two on the charts, and has since become the most beloved song in the Kinks' whole catalogue. It's been called "the most beautiful song in the English language", and "the most beautiful song of the rock 'n' roll era", though Ray Davies, ever self-critical when he's not being self-aggrandising, thinks it could be improved upon. But most of the rest of us disagree. As the song itself says, "Waterloo Sunset's fine".

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Viva & Barnes: Law for the People
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Viva & Barnes: Law for the People

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