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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

In every dream home a heartache / And every step I take / Takes me further from heaven / Is there a heaven? / I’d like to think so / Standards of living / They’re rising daily / But home oh sweet home / It’s only a saying

Now that we’ve said hello to 2017, let say hello to today—full moon Friday. Mercury in retrograde! Greetings from Laurel Canyon—oh, and by the way, this here canyon is closed. Yes, and in addition to the bittersweet farewell to our lovable and funky prez, it poured and rained and poured. Then a house slid into Laurel Canyon. Talk about your morning drive becoming a metaphor for the future…

Our canyon is closed. Were not cut off from the rest of the world or the city, but maybe that might not be such a bad thing.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I remember when / we had a lot of things to do / impressed by all the words we read / and the heroes that we knew. / Climb on your, your dream, / a dream of our own making / to find a place that we could later lose / to whatever time would bring.

We were seventeen / and the caveman was affecting you, / moving you to greater things / (in a lesser way) you had to prove. / The clock struck summertime / You were going round in circles now. / Wishing you were 17

Hi ’17.

Well, here we are standing, waiting, wondering what you will bring us. We kind feel like it’s a game of musical chairs. Any clues on who will last until the end of you?

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

For a year in music, 2016 was well… sad. Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t all suck, but 2016 is a year that will go down in history for things “stranger” than music. What we did have were some great melancholy albums and only a few breakout newcomers. From my turntable, here are the standouts.

It’s too late to articulate it / That empty feeling / You share the fate as the people you hate / You build yourself up against others’ feelings / And it left you feeling empty as a car coasting downhill / I have become such a negative person / It was all just an act / It was all so easily stripped away / But if we learn how to live like this / Maybe we can learn how to start again / Like A child who’s never done wrong / Who hasn’t taken that first step

Almost out of thin air, indie rocker Will Toledo emerged under the awkward moniker Car Seat Headrest with anthem after anthem for a generation of Millennials who have seemingly gone MIA. Maybe they’re too loaded to climb out of their sleeping bags at Bonnaroo, but I’m predicting (hoping) young artists have more to say in 2017 than they did in ’16.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

They took the whole Cherokee nation / Put us on this reservation / Took away our ways of life / The tomahawk and the bow and knife / Took away our native tongue / And taught their English to our young / And all the beads we made by hand / Are nowadays made in Japan…

So much has been said about the protests at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Well, I should say so many posts have been made on Facebook. Honestly I really don’t know much of the facts. What I do know is state troopers are standing down Native Americans.

Our Native Americans are people who used to live free, worship, and respect the land, plants and animals. This “land” is our country and they should be treated as sacred, let alone as scabs. Sadly with “the Donald” coming into power, there’s even more to think about than a 21st century Wounded Knee.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

This week has been very different from the last. For the most part I’ve kept 2016 close to the canyon (home), but on Monday it was time I took a road trip. So “southbound” I flew. First back to “FLA” to visit my dad in Miami, then Wednesday it was off to the Gulf Coast—a flight to Pensacola, then an hour drive to Mobile, Alabama.

Aside from driving through in the summer of ’76 as a teenager, I’ve never been to Alabama. This year I met a few brilliant people from down here and we’ve been happily working together creating a “home-brew”—a 21st century Alabama music company. I’ve found the warmth and enthusiasm of my new “Bama” friends is refreshing and there’s plenty of cheap oysters and gas. The coffee is surprisingly good too.
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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel, You were talking so brave and so sweet, Giving me head on the unmade bed, While the limousines wait in the street.

Those were the reasons and that was New York, We were running for the money and the flesh. And that was called love for the workers in song, Probably still is for those of them left.

Ah but you got away, didn’t you babe, You just turned your back on the crowd, You got away, I never once heard you say, I need you, I don’t need you, I need you, I don’t need you, And all of that jiving around.

Stunned, I really can’t remember a week like this since I started doing the The Idelic Hour. I guess I can only compare this week to that of 9/11, the LA Riots, and the Northridge Earthquake.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

As I often note, The Idelic Hour—this hour+ “mixed” playlist of songs and this little column—is what I consider my “living diary.” As my wife and likely Jon from TVD knows, I often finish my “thoughts” early morning. Many Fridays I have nothing really to say—after all I’m really trying to connect to the universe through DJing an hour of songs, so often I just post some lyrics and fill a few lines. (Hey, that works.)

Today feels slightly different. Not because Chicago finally won a World Series. I mean, it was a great game, but I’m from “the coast.”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Ever since the riots / All I really wanted / Was a black girlfriend / They don’t play around / They’re hard enough / To keep any man in line / Thinking of my pale white skin / Thinking of her dark and smooth / She against me / (My black girlfriend) My black girlfriend / Black girlfriend

Most of my Idelic Hour shows are made mid-week and finished Thursday late evening in my garage office (in the Canyon of course!) Funny enough, I woke up this morning realizing something was missing! Yep, I spaced on finishing this week’s show—ha!

It’s not the first time I’ve cut (MC’d) in the AM but it has a different vibe for sure, especially in a mix of sounds inspired by darkness. I don’t know about you, but I think this time of year (mid October to January) has the darkest nights. Take it from someone who still often roams at night. ‘Tis the season of darkness.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

He’s looking like a sailor / 
Who hasn’t a ship
 / Same salty song
 / And curled up lips
 / In the land of the brave / 
And running out of vain / 
Waiting for a guy, silver-eyed
 / Like a bullet train…

Out of the desert and into the oven. After a day of rain the heat turned up in the canyon. Driving on Mulholland, I saw the temperature hit 100 twice yesterday. With all the “glare,” it’s a struggle to keep my eyes on the prize. At the end of the day, life and what’s really important is… “lovely” still.

Sunday, October 23 is a special day. My talented, magical, “bewitching beauty” Zoe turns 22. So this weekend it’s time to turn up the music and celebrate.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Just enough time for a quick note this week. I was out unusually late two nights in a row rocking to cool bands and friends—Warpaint, Warbly Jets, Brian Bell, and CG Roxanne & The Nightmares.

Now I’m packing my gear, jumping in the car, and rocking to Joshua Tree for one of this year’s musical “high points,” the Desert Daze festival. It’s all the cool rock bands from the last few years mixed with indian summer air, family, and friends. Another late night ahead. Deplorable but adorable! (Props to Liz and Mitchell!)

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