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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Mist falls and his voice cracks from the morning
 / Flowers and my body feels like lead / Someone should have stopped the birds from singing today / 
Hammers from striking nails into clay / Her face penetrates the blue gray morning
 / Her eyes pregnant pools produce a tear / 
Someone should have shouted you had gone in her ear
 / That summer was stolen away / Such a small love
 / Such a little tear
 / You would laugh so loud
 / If you could see us here…

It’s been a while since I’ve heard the wind blow hard outside my canyon office window. The sound made me curious and I stepped outside for a thought. I guess in this life…a “dude” needs a “thought” to balance shit.

The art of not blowing things out of proportion is clutch. This week held a lesson as to not making mountains out of molehills while being strong enough to “call a spade a spade.” Big things in life can kill ya’, but it’s the “lil things” (and the drama that can go with them) that I’ve learned to be careful with.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

When I live my dream, I’ll take you with me / Riding on a golden horse / We’ll live within my castle, with people there to service you / Happy at the sound of your voice

Last Saturday night the “home phone” rang past midnight. Long gone are the days of having a phone (or should I say a landline) next to the bed. To be honest, we rarely pick up our landline. I often do during office hours, but my wife almost never does. In 2016, an old fashion ring feels sinister. Whether it be spam or sad news, if that phone rings in the middle of the night I jump up from sleep and run to pick it up.

Such was a call last Saturday around 12:30am. Even Susan woke saying, “Better pick that up.” I jumped out of bed, hustled to the phone, snatched it up, but it was too late. I checked the message—nothing. I checked my cell phone—quiet, so I went back to sleep to an uneasy feeling and weird dreams.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Try / 
Try to forget what’s in the past / 
Tomorrow is here
 / Love,
 Orange sky above lighting your way / There’s nothing to fear / Birds singing a song / 
Old paint is peeling
 / This is that fresh
 / That fresh feeling / Words can’t be that strong
 / My heart is reeling / 
This is that fresh
 / That fresh feeling / Some people are good / Babe in the ‘hood / So pure and so free / I’d make a safe bet / You’re gonna get whatever you need…

I woke up this morning in a sweat. It’s been unseasonably mild in Southern California these last couple weeks, but this morning as I laid nestled to my crashed-out eight year son, it was balmy. As my eyes opened and I thought about recent events. I held my precious child tight and prayed.

Thank god.

Per norm, my plan for last night (Thursdays) was to come home and finish cutting the IH. After two weeks of listening to classic rock, I was devoted to putting together a playlist of some of the coolest new records I’ve been listening to online. A idea quite simple—fresh tracks for the upcoming fall season. This task was no sweat. All I had to do was come home, finish the episode, and write this little blurb.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

As I write this I have to wonder if anyone out there will be reading. After all, who might be reading a vinyl site on the Friday before Labor Day? It’s more of a day to “chase the sun,” or should I say, “get the fuck out of Dodge!”

It’s cool. I have no plans or an axe to grind. The summer of 2016 is about set. At times I’ve felt lost, but the warmth of my family, friends, and the canyon have kept me smiling. In fact Labor Day in this neck of the woods marks the beginning of Indian Summer.

It really is the grooviest time to be in LA—as the sun begins to set for the summer in the rest of the country, Californians have plenty of it left to bask in its “left coast” rays.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

“That first summer of my recovery was one of the most beautiful I can remember, perhaps because I was healthy and clean, and I began to rent some trout-fishing days for myself, mostly on stretches of water in the neighborhood that had been specifically stocked for local fisherman… Fishing is an absorbing pastime and has a Zen quality to it. It’s an ideal pursuit for anyone who wants to think a lot and get things in perspective.

It was also a perfect way of getting physically fit again, involving as it does a great deal of walking. I would go out at the crack of dawn and often stay out till nighttime… For once I was actually becoming good at something that had nothing to do with guitar playing or music. For the first time in a long time, I was doing something very normal and fairly mundane, and it was really important to me…”

Ask anyone who knows me. During the summer months I am fairly obsessed with fishing. I agree with Eric Clapton, it’s an “ideal pursuit” with a “zen quality.” Yes it does have its barbaric qualities, but going out to sea, killing a few fish, and eating them…it makes me feel like an ancient warrior. Humble, strong, at peace. True the chick might be hotter at Sushi Roko on Sunset, but filling your belly with a big tuna you slayed…

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Last Tuesday was the first day of school which seems ridiculous sending the kids back to class weeks before Labor Day. I have my theories about the Los Angeles School District, but like most public school parents I can’t be bothered by such barbaric timing. All I can say is that summers ago I was entertaining different cocktail conversations—bands, chicks, what happened at the bar, and scoring dope. Now we chat about school districts, homework, and soccer practice.

I have to admit I’m still almost as excited about the first day of school as the last. The smell of anticipation and the stiffness of new shoes and a book bag have never left me. Call it DNA, call it “sense-memory.”

Although it was sad to watch young Jonah’s summer fun and lazy mornings come to a halt, I couldn’t help but pick up his sense of excitement to reconnect with old friends and greet the new.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I often make my morning coffee to a much-loved Spotify playlist I named “The Cellar Door.” Its contents are many of my favorite folky gems that often help fill up the first twenty minutes of an Idelic Hour. A few mornings ago this Tim Hardin classic mixed well with my “bullet proof brew.”

It seems the songs we’re singing / Are all about tomorrow / Tunes of promises you can’t keep / Every moment bringing a love I can only borrow / You’re telling me lies in your sleep

Tunes of promises? Besides my parents owning this album, it turned 50 this month. Turns out there are a tons of songs about promises. As I dug through my crates, many of my favorite musical genres appeared to be making promises—maybe the most famous, “(I Beg Your Pardon) I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.”

My favorite of this set, “The Witch’s Promise” is a Jethro Tull song. I’ve always loved Tull and believe Ian Anderson was one of more underrated songwriters at the turn of the ’60s. The concept of a witch making a promise?

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I often think about great songs that have never been heard. Romantic notions maybe, but certainly poor Judee Sill overdosed hoping she’d come to in a world that knew this song:

The sun was red, and the fires were roarin’ / Stars aligned and the webs were spun / I coulda sworn I heard my spirit soarin’ / Guess I’m always chasin’ the sun / Hopin’ we will soon be one / Until it turns around to me, then I try to run

On phosphorous wings the phoenix floated / The fires froze and the sea was hushed / And when I tried to speak, the sun imploded / And the war will wage in my guts / Till the Devil bites the dust

I never say him losin’ a race but I think he must

The great storm raged and the power kept growin’ / Dragons rose from the land below / And even now I wonder where I’m goin’ / Ever since a long time ago / I’ve tried to let my feelings show / I’d like to think I’m bein’ sincere but I’ll never know…

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Drenched in summer—sometimes lost between a new and old year—I’m self prescribing what I call “summer fun.” Play, be silly, go to a rave, go to the beach and crash around the surf, get wet, sandy, and let your hair frizz!

Funny that I hadn’t made it to the beach until last Sunday. Per a recommendation from a fishing pal, we hit Crystal Cove in Newport. It’s a beachfront with a glimpse back to what California looked like in the ’50s and ’60s. The waves were pounding and the current strong. We had a blast. It felt timeless and young.

So play. Why not? Musically I tried to follow suit and be playful with this week’s Idelic Hour.

I was having lunch with Liz Garo, an old friend and the booker for The Echo for the last 20 years. She was telling me about a new crop of bands with Rough Trade/riot grrrl roots and it hit me, “white mice and brown rice.” It doesn’t really mean anything, but after a touch of digging through hot crates I found more songs about rats than mice. Neither has much of chance if they run against our kitty Nori.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

One cool thing about doing The Idelic Hour are the small rituals that Jon from The Vinyl District and I have developed over the years. In truth Jon and I have never met in person but each week for the last six years, Jon has sorted and edited my rants. Props to you, Jon Meyers for always taking the time to have a look, take a listen, clear me up, and make me look smarter.

Speaking of smarter, the last few weeks The Idelic Hour has been on summer reruns (the ritual I was referring to at the top of the page). It seems funny when I think about it. “I’m on reruns.” Ha! Truth be told it’s a nice break from the constant search for new music and a ritual that makes the summer feel like summer and therefore healthy—although that could sound absurd.

Good for my soul / Heaven knows she’s good for my soul / Close to my soul / Heaven knows she’s close to my soul / I should have let her know / I should have let her know

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