Monday, January 4, 2010

Thank You WBGO for Playing Ben Sidran

When I arrive at work in the morning I must follow a ritual. When I get in I turn on my computer and get my coffee. By the time I return to my desk the computer has booted up. I usually alternate between WFUV and WBGO, my two favorite not for profit radio stations. Today it was turn to access WBGO. At about 8:45 I heard a jazz version of Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited. The DJ, Gary Walker, identified the artist as Ben Sidran. I immediately used my research skills and was pleasantly surprised to find that this cut was part of a Dylan cover CD called Dylan Different. A few minutes later I found out that it was available at Itunes for $9.99. So I just completed downloading it. When I come home from work tomorrow night, it goes on the CD player. I am sure that Lee will like it since it includes his favorite Dylan song, Tangled Up in Blue.

Dylan's songs have been covered in numerous genres of music. Many covers are scattered throught CDs but I have collected many CDs devoted to Dylan covers. This is the first jazz cover collection that I now own.

Thank you so much WBGO for bringing this to my attention. I like the non-profit stations because they have almost unlimited playlists and are not concerned with an aging audience. Older listeners have the money to donate to them. When the next WBGO fundraising drive begins, I will pick up the phone and make a pledge and I hope my other radio friends will do as well. I am also generous each year in donating to WFUV.

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