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The Best of The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Miami Beach!

Out of the tree of life I just picked me a plum / You came along and everything started’in to hum / Still it’s a real good bet / The best is yet to come…

This city has never been my scene. It’s here that my dad Kenny has decided to retire, so knowing I’d been down south last weekend, we cashed in some “miles” and pulled together a last-minute trip to bring young Jonah down to see his Granddad.

Traveling to Florida during spring break is something I haven’t done since I was a boy Jonah’s age. At times all of us have gotten a touch cranky. I had actually planned on taking a week off the show fearing a wonky internet and family distractions, but last night’s dinner in Little Havana was inspiring and I wanted to send heartfelt and grateful vibes into the universe.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I hear the whispers, and I hear the shouts / And though they never cry for help / Tell me who sends these / Infamous gifts / To make such a promise / And make such a slip / Oh no / Can’t pull a trick / Never the rose / Without the prick / Oh, but tell me how do I say? / I woke up and it’s yesterday / Do I again face this night? / Guiding light, guiding light / Guiding through these nights

This has been one of those weeks when I’ve needed a friend or stranger to nudge me in the right direction. A ray of light. A glimmer of hope. A laugh, a tug, a pat on the back, and a dare I say a hug.

To be honest, Spotify randomly played “Guiding Light” from Marquee Moon. It’s funny, I’ve been thinking about Verlaine’s songs this past month but not this one. Digging through a few crates I found more songs about “light” and “the light” than most.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

The leader’s wife takes a government car / In the dark to meet her minister / But the leader never leaves his door ajar / As he swings his whip from the Boer War

He wore a leather mask for his dinner guests / Totally nude and with deep respect / Proposed a toast to the votes he gets / The feeling of power and the thought of sex!

Now the girl let the fat man touch her / Vodka fumes and the feel of a vulture / The driver waited in the embassy car / The fat man’s trap was set for capture / So the girl let the thin man touch her / Mixing questions, drunken laughter / The Ministry car was waiting there / A minister knows his own affairs

The People must have something good to read on a Sunday…

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Skip a life completely / Stuff it in a cup / She said “money is like us in time / It lies, but can’t stand up” / Down for you is up / Linger on your pale blue eyes / Linger on your pale blue eyes

The other night I woke up and walked outside onto our deck. It was a clear and relatively warm winter’s night. The canyon was alive and the moon above all was magical. I basked briefly in richness of the moonlight. Thoughts of time, space, and old friends crossed my mind. I was alone, but not quite. The fullness of life was not lost on me. This was no ordinary moon but a “super blue blood moon!” Its light felt like it gently ran through my eyes and into my bloodstream.

Moons and music can be magical. I truly believe that—and why the fuck not? Nothing feels ordinary today or in 2018. You can get an ordinary cold or walk across an ordinary street or have an ordinary opinion. But it has to be a “super blood gonzo hi-tech” moon. And it is.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

(I’ve got to say that these chilly California winter nights make for a quick and loose Idelic Hour session—and for shorter intros, ha!)

I’ve been fucking zooming into 2018 and this week I needed deep breaths and a prayer or two to keep one foot in front of another. All is good, but 2018 feels like some serious shit.

As we all know the Gov shut down this past week. Hold on—the fucking Government of the United States shut down? Sounds pretty punk rock to me? (Well, maybe not.) Hey let’s have inspiration, not negativity, own the day.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

It’s mid January and I’m buzzing—so much to jump-start in the new year. Sidel is on the hustle for sure.

Also my mother is visiting. Seems crazy to have mom out at the top of the year, but why not? After all, it’s frigid back east, so what better time to visit our beautiful canyon. The soundtrack of all that is going on is a continued, steady flow of new releases.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I may not always love you / But long as there are stars above you / You never need to doubt it / I’ll make you so sure about it / God only knows what I’d be without you

A few days ago my wife informed me that Monday is the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Is this true? It seems like the year is just getting going and a bit early for a holiday. Well, who’s complaining and who’s taking the day off?

Our country desperately needs a day to reflect on the life and preachings of Dr. King. And then there’s Rosa Parks. What courage to say “enough!”

Which brings me to this week’s Idelic muse: “Rosa, god chose ya.” It feels like her divine intervention was a must. Sometimes someone needs to step up, take a stand, and say “I’m tired of this bullshit.”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

2018 is a blank canvas.

I for one am going to let it rock!

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Don’t call me home, little sister / Before the night is done / My love and I are fleeing / Running into the sun. / Turn to fly, go away / Little bird, please don’t stay / Fare thee well. / Take up all your jewels and gold, / Bury them away in the earth. / Let your memory reduce them to dust / But don’t forget the knife that was thrust. / Turn to fly, go away / Little bird, please don’t stay / Fare thee well.

Today is my sister Evan’s birthday. We are two days less than a year apart, and for the last 48 hours I’ve been teasing her. It’s a tradition that has lasted a half century, and who knows beyond.

This week our little “now not so private” brother and sister joke, combined with events in Alabama, has made me feel upbeat this morning. In the light of 2017 I’ll take anything I can get. So happy birthday sis, and thanks for always leading the way, except for B Days that is.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

2017’s best of “Idelic Hits” #’s 1-20 | Kevin Morby, Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett, The Clientele, Childish Gambino, Aldous Harding, Randy Newman, Protomartyr, Father John Misty, The Jesus & The Mary Chain, Queens of The Stone Age/Ty Segall, Culture Abuse, Together Pangea/Orwells, War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes, Wolf Alice, King Krule, Phoebe Bridgers, Psychic Temple, St. Vincent, Everything Is Recorded

The other day a respected colleague told me that he felt I was a bit “lost.” Indeed in 2017 I can take that point to heart. After all I’ve been the music business for over twenty-five years, the last seven of which I’ve ended my week by posting a carefully curated playlist of songs in the form of an FM style radio hour. Each week I enthusiastically followed that post by singling out one newly released song. Every Friday for the last seven years I’ve proclaimed those records as “finds,” or as I like to call them “Idelic Hits.”

Why? I’ve clearly lost my mind. My wife gave up years ago trying to convince me that I was spending too much listening to and posting music. Why be so passionate about new music? After all, don’t we live in a world with an attention span of fifteen seconds? I have to say I often do feel a bit lost. Music has always lead the way for me. Buying records used to be an obsession. Now I’d rather share a song than buy one. I’m clearly not treading the road on “bloody red shoes.”

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