Wednesday, November 05, 2008

New Beginning

Hear today's Radio or Not episode by clicking here (runtime 22:00)

When Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination, I changed the theme song of my then-radio show from The Propellerheads' (featuring Shirley Bassey) "History Repeating" to Tracy Chapman's "New Beginning."

So, of course, I felt as if I had to begin today's episode of Radio or Not with that same theme, as I have to believe it truly is a new beginning in so many ways.

I had a bit of a dilemma today regarding the podcast. It was a long day for me, fraught with peter principle type problems, precluding me from getting anything done on this show earlier in the day... thus the reason for the posting of this episode at 11pm.

But I certainly couldn't let this historic day, this most momentous world occasion of my adult life pass without producing a program commemorating it. As the day progressed, the music kept playing in my mind, along with the beautiful and, yes, eloquent words spoken by President-elect Barack Obama last night as the world watched and listened.

So, I decided to let some of the music and some of Obama's speech do most of the talking on today's show. I hope it's not too self-indulgent, and that you'll get the same goose bumps listening to it that I got putting it together.

The music used in this program:
Tracy Chapman - New Beginning
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young- Chicago/We Can Change the World
Bruce Springsteen - Long Time Coming
Todd Rundgren - Just One Victory
Widespread Panic - Hope in a Hopeless World
New Radicals - You Get What You Give
Elvis Costello _ (What's so Funny About) Peace, Love & Understanding
Eric Clapton - Change the World
Paul Simon - American Tune

In case you didn't get to see Barack Obama deliver this amazing speech, you can watch it here...

And this is the ad that ran the last couple of days of the campaign that brought me to tears...

Now, let's change the world...

Hear today's Radio or Not episode by clicking here (runtime 22:00)