Midmorning: Huttner, DeVille & Wheat at the Fair
Posted at 7:15 AM on August 28, 2007 by Bill Wareham (1 Comments)
Midmorning heads to the State Fair today. In the 9 a.m. hour the tallk will turn to weather - from floods to drought, Minnesota's weather over the last few months has been nothing if not dramatic. A look at what's behind the rain or lack of it in different parts of the Upper Midwest. Kerri Miller's guest in MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner.
At 10 a.m., Kerri's guests are a couple of guys who really know their pop music - Bill DeVille and Mark Wheat, both from 89.3 The Current. In the last 25 years, the compact disc has shaped the way music is made and presented to audiences. But will the Internet and iTunes make the CD and the album obsolete? Bill and Mark will tackle that question and more.
Some brief comments I'd like to hear the guests address.
I am a Gen X college instructor of music history who spent much of the late 80s and 90s as a bassist in a number of bands (Nero's House Band / Green Pyramids).
*In 1976, my mother gave me an ultimatim: I could either get a "Stretch Armstrong" or "Kiss: Alive!"- as my baby sitter was a huge Kiss fan (and as a 6 year old I had a huge crush on her), I opted for the latter.
*One thing I try to relate to my history students is the "gestalt" of the vinyl album. Not only the feel of the album, but the liner notes, inserts, spinning wheels (a la Led Zeppelin III). In the age before the music video these things had a great impact upon our perception of the band.
*There is also the concept of A side and B side. Think of Sgt. Pepper (1967). Side A ends with "...Mr. Kite" you get a breather then flip the album over for "Within You, Without You." -- When bands began producing CDs in the 90s, many of us still thought in terms of A side B side and arranged our track list accordingly. But the Vibe of the CD itself has its own sui generis "music/space/time" feel.
* I liken the album (and CD) itself to a multi-movement work like a suite or symphony -- A group of tunes interrelated (even if there is no apparent unifying "concept")
*MTV never captured my interest mostly because they (1) never showed videos of bands I liked, (2) rarely could see the guitarists fingers to cop their licks.
"That's all I've got to say about that..."
Instructor Music History
Augsburg College / McNally Smith College of Music
Musicologist & Author- Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest