Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I'M THE BOY WITH THE BEAT

About a dozen years ago I ventured to take up playing drums. My friend Gideon Courtney was my teacher, with weekly lessons. While I was in no way a natural musician, I found I was able to keep a fairly steady beat if I stuck to the basics.

I got a few opportunities to play at church from time to time. Then, a couple of years ago, I discovered the cajon! At last, I have found a musical instrument that I love to play! And, maybe, have acquired some skill.

I remember the first time I saw this unusual instrument. It was at the LIFE 100.3 1st anniversary party. Scott Krippayne was the performer and his percussionist played a cajon. A guy, sitting on a wooden box, banging it, and from it came many intriguing beats and sounds!

One day, a few years ago, there was a cajon sitting by my office door, handmade and delivered by a listener. What a coincidence! I was thinking about buying a cajon! It's become a huge blessing!

So now, you might say I'm the boy with a beat.

Now, a few years have past and I've become fairly competent with it. And, I've added some extra effects, like a few shakers, a train whistle, a siren whistle, a guiro, a vibraslap, tambourine, woodblocks, a triangle, splash cymbal, djembe and some bell horns.

In addition to playing nearly weekly at Living For Jesus Outreach Ministries in Orillia, I'm playing with a few friends who each present a different style of music and more variety for me.

Love playing, anytime, anywhere!  I especially love playing along side a drummer on a kit!


All of my percussion stuff.


Playing with John Par and the boys in Elora.


Sitting on the cajon, with a kick pedal and shaker.


Me and Tom Roe playing at Amica in Barrie.


Playing with John and Kevin, (and Steve on spoons) at
Living For Jesus in Orillia.

Friday, January 20, 2017

KINGSTON - HE'S BACK!

http://www.christianflamethrower.com/dial.html#cklcSome of you may know that my first on-air, full-time radio job was at CKLC in Kingston. It was 1978. I was fresh out of college and lucky to start my career at an established station, with a bunch of other guys my age, similar personalities with a couple of bosses who taught us to love radio as much as them.

After the first few years, I was restless and bored, playing the same Canadian songs every night. (The programming department stacked the Cancon in the late hours to make the quota and keep the CRTC happy.)


In 1983-85, I was being influenced by a couple of other radio guys - Howard Stern whom I could hear thru AM static from New York City on WNBC and Rob Christie at 630 CHED in Edmonton, whom I enjoyed via cassette tape, recorded in Edmonton by a friend. The other influence was David Letterman, still new on NBC late night, full of sarcasm and originality.

My personality morphed into a combination of the three entertaining guys with a sprinkling of memories from 1050 CHUM's Scott Carpenter as I recalled from my teen years.

The "Scott Jackson Zoo" or "Sanitarium" was birthed from 10pm-1am. The record count per hour dropped as the phone calls and listener interaction increased. There were regular listeners who called in a character and silly recurring features that often got me in trouble with the boss.

After my show at 1am, I would begin producing bits for the next show. It got crazier and sillier and with some foresight, I kept tapes of the shows - "just in case".

Well, "just in case" has come to fruition. I have recently volunteered to provide a one-hour radio show to CJAI - a public radio station on Amherst Island, just outside of Kingston.  The playlist consists of songs from my CKLC era - Poison, Duran Duran, Supertramp, and a few others. Each show has an original CKLC bit from those days 30 years ago, except now I can't get in trouble! If you ever called CKLC and were on my show, you might hear yourself on the new show on CJAI! Just warning you!

Tune in Tuesdays at 9pm. It's an unleased hour. Who would have thought?!

 


Saturday, December 24, 2016

THE SHOWS, THE SONGS AND THE DAYS - 2016

On the previous blog I posted photos of some of my favourite moments of 2016. Here are three lists that summarize it all.  My favourite shows, favourite songs and favourite days.


THE SHOWS

  1. Manic Drive and KJ-52 at LIFE 100.3's Air Raid 25 in Oro Station
  2. To Tell house party - at my house.
  3. Dan Bremnes and The Color at Emmanuel Orillia
  4. Alice Cooper at Casino Rama
  5. Mark Lindsay, Chuck Negron, The Cowsill, The Turtle and Gary Puckett at the Beacon Theatre in NYC
  6. Brian Wilson and the band singing "I Get Around" at Massey Hall
  7. Paul McCartney in Hamilton, and after leading my friend to Christ
  8. Handsome and Gretyl at Centennial Park in Nashville
  9. Jimmy Needham at LIFE 100.3's Rock The Lake in Orillia
  10. "A Night With Janis Joplin" at the Panasonic Theatre, Toronto

THE SONGS
(not necessary released this year but were my favourites this year)
  1. Handsome and Gretyl/Avalanche
  2. Handsome and Gretyl/My Heart Is Set
  3. Tim McGraw/Humble and Kind
  4. Matthew West/Join The Angels
  5. Relient K/Bummin’
  6. The Classic Crime/Beautiful Darkside
  7. Luke Langman/Something Real
  8. Jonathan Thulin/Jeykll and Hyde
  9. Tauren Wells/Love Is Action
  10. Beach Boys/Let Him Run Wild

THE DAYS
  1. Handsome and Gretyl Summer Tour across America
  2. Visiting James Dean 1955 crash site in California
  3. Mixing "Doom and Gloom" by the Rolling Stones in NYC
  4. The CKLC reunion with old friends at CJAI on Amherst Island
  5. Visiting Pittsburgh Institution in Kingston, many times.
  6. Speaking at Alliston Pentecostal Church on November 27. My best day.
  7. Pulling a near suicide victim out of the lake.
  8. Visiting Alcatraz Penitentiary in San Francisco
  9. The day my daughter Crystal Martin started full-time at LIFE.
  10. Playing cajon for Chris Bray in Brechin

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

THE BEST OF 2016

Air Raid 25 featuring Manic Drive, with KJ-52, Leina and The Walk, May 14, 2016
 at Trinity Community Church in Oro Station.
 
KJ-52 and me.

hanging in the office at rock and roll central

My last day with Anthem For Today - in Kingston on Good Friday.

Cruise to Belize

The LIFE DJ's with guest speaker Adrian Bell.

Breakfast

Living on the waterfront

New floor

Coke tat for my birthday

Me speaking at Banting Memorial Secondary School

The CKLC on-air guys - reunion.

hanging with Eric Tremblay at CJAI

To Tell playing in my house.

Brian Wilson at Massey Hall

Dan Bremnes and the band at my house

Alice Cooper at Rama

Paul McCartney in Hamilton

Grandkids

Teaching Kyler to ride

Kai and me.

35th anniversary

Silent auction for the Alice photo.

Handsome and Gretyl Tour in Nashville

The RV that took us across the country.

Jake Stanley and Cody Marshall with me - xmas party

Visiting JR Ewing at Southfork Ranch, Dallas

Good to see Tim Cardascia again, in Sacremento

Summer

Visiting the James Dean crash site - L.A.

Home

Handsome and Gretyl in L.A.

The Mint in L.A.

Former site of CBGBs New York

Tim and Ros Maassarany visiting.

Hanging with the PM


Joyceville

Visiting Jason at Easter

Mark Lindsay in New York at the Beacon.

Times Square

Luke Langman and me - LIFE xmas party

Crystal, AJ, Janice and me.

Jimmy Needham at Rock The Lake

Alcatraz



The best gym - San Francisco

Me and Crystal at Rock The Lake

The cell in Alcatraz

Haight Ashbury in San Francisco

Tim Maassarany at Sharathon

Sharaton - Jay Davis, me and Tim Maasarany

Giving away a hot tub - Andrew Robertson, Todd Gale,
me, winner, owner, Steve Jones

Rolling Stones Exhibitionism, me remixing "Doom and Gloom"

me and Pastor Wayne Lucas.
 
Miss you Kingston.

The LIFE staff at I Fly Toronto. L-F - Todd, TVD, Steve, Cathy, me, Crystal, Luke
Jillian, Cody, Jake, Tim, Luke, Glen

me with The Color

Pastor Jim and Pat Woolcott