Aerial View was WFMU’s first regularly-scheduled phone-in talk show. Hosted by Chris T. and on the air since 1989, the show features topical conversation, interviews and many trips down the rabbit hole. Until further notice, Aerial View is only available as a podcast, available every Tuesday morning. Subscribe to the newsletter “See You Next Tuesday!” and find tons of archives at aerialview.me.
Keith Hartel (above) - my friend and guitar teacher - returns to eulogize one of our favorites, the incomparable David Bowie, with a focus on Bowie's guitarists, especially Mick Ronson (below).
I've long been fascinated by Mick Ronson's playing, not just with Bowie but on his solo records and with Ian Hunter, among others. His composing and production work with Mott the Hoople, Lou Reed and Morrisey is first-rate. And he had great taste in guitars and amps (a Les Paul into a Marshall, with only a Crybaby Wah Wah between). In his honor, I plugged my Les Paul directly into my Orange amp (see below) for this lesson.
I know I make this promise each and every time but this time, I mean it: more practice between visits from Keith, who you can find at the Guitar Bar in Hoboken.
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Last Week: Chris T., Errand Boy
Last week's show consisted of me running errands on a Saturday and taking to New Jersey's roadways to provide running commentary on a number of topics, including how people drive in this state.
Waiting In The Sky
Here’s how the human mind works: I said “Happy Birthday, HAL 9000!” in last week's newsletter end began to reflect on the famous “shutting down” scene where HAL keeps repeating the name “Dave” and it put me in mind of David Bowie and I thought further still to Bowie’s breakthrough Space Oddity and how it’s directly connected to my favorite film of all time, Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey and I thought about that time in 2001 (the year, not the movie) I talked a friend into going to see it in it’s 70mm widescreen rerelease at the Ziegfeld and how skeptical the friend was about the film’s merits, thinking it was all hype and the movie is overrated and how the friend didn’t feel that way after seeing it and why, over the years, I’ve spent untold hours learning about the film and trying to understand it while knowing it’s ultimately a very simple story about the next chapter in evolution, beautifully told and that it escapes me not everyone feels the same way about it and I kept thinking through to how Bowie probably saw it many times and I’m sure he loved it and then I thought of his recent birthday, how he shares it with Elvis Presley, who used Also Sprach Zarathustra as his entrance and exit music from 1968 on and I continued to connect, all the way to Arthur C. Clarke, Kubrick’s “2001” co-writer and genius who wrote The Sentinel upon which “2001” was based and who once said “If you understand ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ completely, we failed. We wanted to raise far more questions than we have answered.” and who, in 1945, first postulated the idea of bouncing signals off man-made satellites in geostationary orbit above the earth and without whom I might not be currently employed and how, if he had come out of the closet early in life he might’ve been shunned and unemployed and how this whole paragraph would then be moot and it brought me back to David Bowie and how he broke down barriers and and then I thought of Ziggy and how HE was like the “2001” Starchild, returning to Earth, to help us evolve. Or destroy us. Your choice.
Obligatory Throwback Pic
WPLJ Reunion Interview
Museum of Radio & Television, Oct. 19, 2001
L - R: Carol Miller, Zacherly, Unknown, Tony Pigg, Me
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