The Seegers and the Ramones – WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist and program notes for July 13, 2014

Ron Olesko on the air at WFDU-FM on June 15, 2004

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS July 13, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko Two musical “families” were showcased on today’s show, the Ramones and the Seegers. Starting a show with a memorial tribute to a member of the seminal punk band the Ramones might seem odd for a folk radio program, unless you knew Tommy … → read more

Murder Ballad Comedy, Part Three: “Fertile Liza”

Introduction Ken started us last week on a new, short, and lighter path for a few posts – murder ballad comedy.  We learned the obvious from John Cleese – that indeed, dark humor can be good humor, and really has an advantage in being such.  The uncomfortable nature of the … → read more

Unfinished Business

The weekend prior to Pete Seeger’s passing at the age of 94, an ironic, and in retrospect, provocative call came from Oscar Brand. This before I had any knowledge of Pete’s illness. “Hello Roger, this is Oscar. I’m calling to remind you, I want you to come over and record … → read more

Honoring the Past and Carrying Traditions Forward

Back in 1971, the late Harry Chapin created a notable song called “Circle.” Originally written for his brother Tom’s TV show “Make a Wish,” the song has entered our folk canon partially due to the powerful lyrics describing a life as part of an endless cycle with “no straight lines” … → read more

Delia / Delia’s Gone: A Digital Compendium, 1900 – 1992

Fahm Street, west side. Row houses built around 1850 - Frances Benjamin Johnston, ca. 1939

Note:  This is Part 1 of a two-part series on “Delia’s Gone” – See also Part 2 Introduction – “O, I am fortune’s fool!” I wonder if you’ve seen that ‘meme’ that goes in part like this – “Romeo and Juliet is not a love story.  It’s a three day … → read more

Listen to a Pete Seeger Interview Radio Special

Pete Seeger at Clearwater

In the fall of 2008, Matt Watroba (then the host) interviewed Pete for a special feature for The Sing Out! Radio Magazine. The interview, interwoven with lots of recordings of Pete’s songs, both by Pete himself and a wide range of covers by a sampling of other artists inspired by … → read more

Sing Out! Mourns the Passing of Pete Seeger

Last night, at around 9:30 pm, Pete Seeger passed on. He was 94, so it shouldn’t have been a huge shock or surprise … but Pete was always so engaged, inspiring, and such a curious amalgamation of sage wisdom with a flexibility and ability to evolve that is usually reserved … → read more

Pete Seeger Dies at 94

We’ve just received confirmation that Pete Seeger, our friend, mentor, founder and hero, passed a few hours ago of natural causes at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. We are working to gather details, and our thoughts, and will post a more comprehensive piece in the morning. Here’s a link to the NY Times … → read more