Straight from 1974, some groovy Christian rock and a “rap session” about God that’s meant to appeal to middle school age Catholic kids. Ayres was friends with Harry Chapin had a weekly radio show on ABC and it is claimed that “Father Bill interviews leading rock performers and plays the best in rock music.” Mt. Airy is the name of the rock band on this record - it features Tom Chapin, Harry Chapin’s younger brother. The whole effort is as sincere and as square as I remember liberal-minded youth-focused ministries of the era.

I’ve said before and I will stand by it that there is no bad version of Boots, and the detail that makes this one particularly special is its use of the guitar riff from Day Tripper, to say nothing of Lynn’s quipping to the audience. This album is from 1969. Lynn seems to have had a respectable career, though I admit she is not someone I am familiar with. The back of the album describes how Lynn  ”parlayed the Miss Montana title and her basic belief in what is good and proper into one of the most fabulous careers in the entertainment world.” Well, there you go. She retired from music to become a minister, and died in 2010 - her obituary is here, and makes it plain that she was a special brand of Vegas country music.

Because somedays you deserve a totally kick-ass Polka song. I haven’t come across much info about Johnny Dyno, but here is his obituary from 2007. His real name was apparently Johnny Dynowski and he is from Connecticut. This history site for WRCH-FM in Connecticut lists Dyno as a polka announcer for the station from the mid-50s to the late-60s. Dyno was also apparently vocalist for Joe Rock and his orchestra. I don’t see any date for this album, but it does contain a version of Lara’s Theme in Dr. Zhivago, so it was sometime 1965 or after. The whole album is pretty damn energetic.

This 1958 record seems like a compilation to me, since various songs sound like they were recorded differently, but maybe I’m wrong. What’s interesting to me is that the phrase “Dark Town” does not just exist in some kind of racist vacuum but actually refers to a real neighborhood in Atlanta, a derogatory view of it to be certain, which I  had only ever heard before in context of the song "Darktown Strutter’s Ball," which was recorded by people of all shades. Anyhow, my real interest in this song focuses on Harris’ delivery, a sort of fast-paced talk singing, a kind of rapid pace vocal ramble, that also features some odd inflections that works against the actual music to create a very odd dynamic. This album contains Harris’s novelty hit “The Thing” - as a kid, I mostly knew him as the voice of Baloo the Bear in Disney’s Jungle Book which made him the coolest person in the world for a number of years until I discovered Frank Sinatra. Anyhow, your enjoyment of this song involves a lot of caveats that may be more abundant in someone currently in their late 40s than anyone 30 years younger … understandable.

A blast from the present:

It takes Neil Degrasse Tyson less than a minute to use a basic law of the universal, introductory science, to tear down the entire young earth creationist claim of the universe. It’s that easy. And if the idea is that the Bible is infallible, once you tear down its timeline, the entire thing crumbles.

Whenever I see a Pete Rugolo record, I snap it up - there’s bound to always be something interesting, experimental, jazzy, cool, or audio-fidelic on it. I posted a Rugolo track some time ago. Rugolo really liked odd arrangements, so this one, as the album title explains, has him leading an orchestra of 10 trumpets and 2 guitars through some jazz standards, as well as some Rugolo compositions. This one is a Duke Ellington number, and the album is from 1960.