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Melissa Etheridge- The Awakening

(cont)..."And I got to lie still, and I stopped being a rock star. I stopped working, I stopped striving, I stopped everything. And I was completely still . And being still is the best thing you can do for yourself. I mean it. We just don't do enough of it in our lives , and it is so important. And I just laid still, and I finally got to the point where my brain stopped chattering. It stopped waking up and wandering, and I started dreaming again. I started dreaming of what I wanted the rest of my life to look like ." RB: "With the diagnosis of breast cancer, you still could make plans for the future even before you completed chemotherapy and radiation ?" ME:" Oh my gosh , I want the rest of my life ! No no no, I'm not done at all, I'm just beginning . And with that new excitement, I started looking at what I had created , what I'm creating now, and what I wanted to create. I started reading like crazy , I started reading everything from cosmology to quantum physics , string theory, agnostic gospels, Buddhism, everything ! And everybody is saying the same thing , this simple thing : that we're all here to create, to be happy, and to love. You know, give me the peace signs and all the gooey stuff, but that's really what I started feeling.And when I started thinking ,'Oh my gosh , I want to write a new album ' , I had this joy behind it . I had this great desire to put my experience down and to ignite people and light 'em up and say , 'Look , you can do this too . We don't have to do it this way '. " RB: What attitudes and behaviors should we all look at ? ME: Today , right now, we have a choice .We have marketed ourselves into a little bitty corner of sound bites and fast food , and we think we can sustain ourselves on this . We think we can go to McDonald's every day , eat in our car , and be fine . We can just download that one little song that sounds just like that other song . They're little pieces . If you want to live your life on just little pieces of life , okay , that's your choice . But I think that there's a large bunch of us who really want more , who really do believe that the best food comes from the earth ; that it grows up out of the dirt ; and then you eat it and it nourishes you . And that music is made channeled through an artist . They craft it , they put it down in a certain place , and you can enjoy it for three minutes , or an hour , or you can even go to a live concert and enjoy it for three hours . Imagine giving yourself that time ! But I think our society needs to take a breath and step back , and get off this wheel that we're on of faster , faster , faster . I do ."

Jimi Hendrix Experience-Electric Ladyland pt1-Mitch Mitchell,biographer John McDermott

It does not take too much contemplation to figure out why 1968's double album Electric Ladyland,  the third and, as it turned out, last Jimi Hendrix Experience album, is my favorite of the three. "A fever dream of underwater electric soul..."…

Billy Joel- 52nd Street

 William Martin Billy Joel has sold more albums in the U.S. than any pop/rock singer except for Elvis Presley. Superstar musicians in that rarified league ( and many more only pretenders to it ) always surround themselves with gaggles of managers,…
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Bon Jovi-New Jersey- Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora

2013 was  a notable one for the band Bon Jovi. First, after performing live at the big charity concert telethon to raise donations for Hurricane Sandy victims, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation pledged a whopping $1 million donation to rebuild…

Who Quadrophenia2 seg 3

(cont)... As The Who's recognized Quadrophenia auteur , Townshend has assessed their almost half-century of musical creation and found it to be good . Pete is a delightful , witty , thoughtful , and refreshingly honest conversationalist who can easily and effectively examine The Who's epic 1973 opus through a slightly-detached , objective eye which only the passage of time , and maturity , can provide . -Redbeard

Who "Quadrophenia" part 1

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey join me In the Studio in this week's classic rock interview for the first in a two-part look at the new Quadrophenia Director's Cut box set , the last word on Townshend's 1974 rock opera, which certainly is much more appreciated today than upon its initial release ...(more)

Bryan Adams-Waking Up the Neighbours

...(cont) when you actually write out the fact that Bryan Adams sold 16,000,000 copies worldwide of Waking Up the Neighbours twenty years ago , it starts to take up some real estate on the page . In this week's classic rock interview , Bryan explains how one song in particular ,"Everything I Do, I Do It for You" , appearing under the closing credits at the very end of the Kevin Costner film Robin Hood : Prince of Thieves , put this album in front of people in places where his music had never penetrated . -Redbeard