My Exit: Dave and Bill

my exit dave and bill

Bill on the left, Dave on the right.

Monday is My Exit day on WEXT -- the day when listeners get to program their own hour of music. It's a fun way to get a look at what's in someone else's collection, discover new music you didn't know about or even something old you liked but haven't heard in a while.

Tonight's DJs -- Dave and Bill -- dip into Motown, classic rock, jazz, and Zappa's take on Maurice Ravel.

Who?

Bill
I'm Bill and picture this: it's 1963 and I'm the little kid riding his bike around the neighborhood with an AM radio duct taped to the handlebars.

The music playing would become classic Motown and classic Rock. I remember live disc jockeys like WPTR's Boom-Boom Brannigan keeping the excitement up. (Dave: Me, too. I loved the Boomer.)

Spontaneity of humor and live programing and requests are mostly missing from today's radio but, imitated with internet podcasts and radio programing like WEXT.

To this day I love radio and either its internet descendant or regular radio itself is playing in the background, less the duct tape.

Dave
I'm Dave Schoch and this is my third My Exit. I had so much fun doing the last one with a co-host; I decided I wanted to share the experience with Bill. He has some great material of his own for us to work with and Bill really knows his rock. I work the phones all day, so the headsets fit my style and open me up during recording.

It's so much fun programing the music we like for the radio and to be given the chance to present it to you is something I never thought we'd be able to do. Thanks to WEXT we can!

How would you describe your taste in music?

Bill:
Mom and dad liked show music, Sinatra, swing, and barbershop. My sisters: Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis, plus many 45s in the pop charts. Myself, my first LP was Beatles 65. High school opened me up to jazz with Chuck Mangione and Buddy Rich. But back to the radio. The first song that I heard on my new FM stereo (including 2 speakers!) came blasting live out of WRPI college radio -- "21st Century Schizoid Man," by King Crimson.

My mix for today's show goes back to some of my roots but while researching the show I found music I missed along the way or had forgotten about. Plus, I'm listening to more jazz as I go.

Dave:
I still find I like my mix of classical music, classic rock 'n roll and a lot of the alternative coming out. But I like mixing genres, too. Between my choices and Bill's mix we really have a great variety and some really wonderful songs and bands for you, As well as some fun.

A few songs from Dave and Bill's My Exit:

"Analog Man" - Joe Walsh
Bill suggested this one. Ever feel like the computer is in control? Looking for a simpler time? You may be an Analog Man (Woman). Dave brought a slide rule to the recording to get into character, but he couldn't remember how to use it any more. Listen to Joe's woes. You may see yourself.

"Make Me Smile" - California Transit Authority
Watch out, this is not Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago). This is Danny Seraphine's band formed after he 'left' Chicago. They do great instrumental covers as well as original blues and jazz work. This is a great version for you to enjoy.

"Bodhisattva" - Steely Dan
What a great song. Foot tapping, get up and dance sound. What the heck Bodhisattva mean? The lyrics make sense, once you understand this word. It means: Well, it means... you have to tune in to the show to find out.

Bolero by Maurice Ravel
So what is this doing in our song mix? Well, there's a bit of a twist here. This is a live version from "The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life" by Frank Zappa.

And what could be more fun than hopping in that Cadillac and Riding with the King; BB King that is. Who is the chauffeur? None other than Eric Clapton. Come along for the ride on this fun romp. We think you'll have a lot of fun listening and you may even get a few surprises along the way. AND.... We even brought Cake for you to enjoy.

You can hear Dave and Bill's My Exit show Monday night at 11 pm on 97.7, Saturday at 8 am, or at exit977.org.

Here's how to schedule your own My Exit show on WEXT.

Comments

My favorite version of "Bodhisattva" is from the March 20, 1974 show (the Record Plant-LA one) I played "Do It Again" from when I did "My Exit" a while back... they kick off the set with it, and it's a barn-burning classic. I don't think most people really realize what Steely Dan were capable of at their best... they were truly instrumental virtuosos, some of the best rock has seen.

And nice to hear about "21st Century Schizoid Man" again... on what is still one of my favorite albums of all time, "In the Court of the Crimson King." I'd nominate it for one of the best songs to kick off an album ever. In fact I loved it so much in college (and other people hated it, except for my good friends) that we'd use it to clear the room after we'd had a party. (That, well, and "Trout Mask Replica"... that was incredibly effective. ;) .)

Looking forward to hearing the show tonight. Sounds like it'll be great.

Oh, and I apologize... I just realized that it's Wednesday and the show originally aired on Monday. I get All Over Albany through a feed, and I don't always check dates or times of posting. But I'll look forward to the re-airing on Saturday... I assume it'll be available for streaming. I'm nowhere near Albany at the moment, but thanks to the Internet, all things seem to be possible. ;)

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