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The terrorists have won.
We are a nation ripped apart and polarized like never before in modern history.
We need music now more than ever. We need music to ground us, and to lift us up. We need music to remind us that it's ok to cry and it's ok to laugh. We need to get lost in the music. It's lustful, and it's spiritual. Music can be your lover or your god. It can be both at once. Allow yourself to fall into it.
We need things to look forward to. I look forward to Monday nights at 8pm when I can share a couple of hours with you away from this sick, sad, crazy world. It won't be this way forever, but while it is, look towards the music and remember that you are alive.
Johnny Cash died 17 years ago. Where has the time gone? I open up show with two sets of the Man in Black. He deserves many hours of celebration. I actually hosted a Cash/Cave show a few years ago that you might enjoy. Check it out here.
I close out the show with a tribute to Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals who passed away this past weekend. Thanks for all the love, Toots.
See you Monday at 8.
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Run Softly, Blue River: Johnny Cash
Busted: Johnny Cash
Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog: Johnny Cash
If I Were A Carpenter: Johnny Cash
Cocaine Carolina: Johnny Cash with David Allen Coe
Ain't Gonna Hobo Nomore: Johnny Cash
Hurt: Johnny Cash
Tomorrow Is Already Here: Stereolab
Coca-Cola Blues: Psychic Ills
Levitation: 13th Floor Elevators
Hurry On Sundown: Hawkwind
Cymbaline: Pink Floyd
The Weeping Song: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Memory of a Free Festival: David Bowie
Retribution: Abbey Lincoln
Lilin: Electric Masada
Cost of Living: Keithis
Freedom of Choice: Devo
Fire: Mikal Cronin
Ode To Billie Joe: Mercury Rev featuring Lucinda Williams
King of California: Dave Alvin
Country Roads: Toots and the Maytals (1976 The Longbranch Saloon, Berkeley, CA)