The Best of The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

When I dove into this week’s Idelic playlist, I was not sure what this episode was about. As I write, it’s become clear—these songs and the bands that make them—are about me. Ha yes, it’s my form of a diary and this is what’s going on.

I’ve been to a ton of shows and dealing with a ton of people. Yes, my “rock ‘n’ roll journey” continues. There was some good news, sad news, and the in-between. Another friend (actually two) have died too young.

I could be sad, yet those feelings were washed away when I sat with my old friend Tom and his dad who just turned 98 years old. Fuck man, Florence and Allan Surgal are still a happy couple at 97 and 98 years old. That is as psychedelic as seeing Tame Impala from the fifth row as I did just the other night.

I jumped in the Prius and called my daughter. We chatted about life in Brooklyn, the upcoming winter, her first apartment, and new friends in Williamsburg. Then I came home where my son was more than happy to tell me his “creative” building plans for Minecraft. Shit man, Tame Impala’s light show could never be as trippy as Jonah’s description of his cyber intentions.

Ok, let’s not get carried away. My point here is I have an amazing family and an extended family of bands, musicians, and songs that are far cooler than my wildest thoughts. This week’s Idelic Hour celebrates my Idelic family—from the bands I’ve been seeing to our weird and magical cat, Lu Lu.

As Allan said to me when I left, “I’ll be here, what else am I gonna do?”

Life is a mind blower. Enjoy it.

The Idelic Hit of the Week: James Williamson with Mario Cuomo – I’m Sick Of You

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