Mostly Minnesota Music on WMCN – theme stop or go – guest star Jason Chaffee

We were so excited to have Jason Chaffee play in studio today. He sounded great and it was inspiring to hear his story of how sobriety has brought him serenity, joy and returned him to a love of music. His album is about his personal journey from struggles to triumph. He is debuting his video on Jan 10th at the Aster Café!

The theme this week was stop and go. Ironic since we also had a host of uninvited gremlins at the station (really on my computer) making us stop when we wanted to go. There was a lot of live Macguyvering on air and I got to talk for longer than I might normally want to talk. BUT it was fun. If you don’t so something that scares you now and again, you’re living wrong!

Next week is the last show of the semester. We have to reapply for next semester. We have our fingers crossed.

Download the Spotify playlist or check out the written list below. Both are what we planned to do – not necessarily what we really did.  Continue reading

Lakeville is having a Fall Block Bash Charity Event for Wags & Whiskers on October 16th from 2pm to 5pmLakeville is having a Fall Block Bash Charity Event for Wags & Whiskers Oct 16

wagsHappy to help spread the word on this fun event…

Wags and Whiskers and Be-you-tiful Sol Salon & Med Spa are having a Block Party! Fall Block Bash Charity Event
October 16th 2pm to 5pm
20170 Heritage Dr. Lakeville MN.

The main event will include and Dog and Cat costume contest at 3pm the Lakeville Mayor “Matt Little” will be judging and picking the winner who will receive a prize! There will also be a silent auction with lots of baskets to bid on. Bring the kids, The Lakeville Fire Dept. will be there with one of their fire trucks so they kids can check it out from 2pm to 4pm! There will also be Face Painting, Cake Walk, Karaoke, Wacky Hair, Super Heroes and Princesses dress up, Food Trucks and much more! It’s a family affair. Please come out and help suppose a great cause!

Formed in 2009, Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue of MN is a volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals, and educating the community on responsible pet ownership. Wags & Whiskers has no facility or shelter. Instead, all our animals are housed in foster homes while they await their forever homes.  With this approach, our foster parents become familiar with the personalities of his or her foster dog or cat and use this familiarity to match our animals to appropriate homes.


Molly Dean CD release – The Natural Minor

Thursday night  Molly Dean’s played her new CD, The Natural Minor – live at the Icehouse. She was surrounded by an array of well-known Minnesota musicians and while each made the show better, Dean took center stage. Her guitar playing adds has an undercurrent of Americana while her voice moves pleasantly up and down with her songs.

Fire Burned Bright is slower paced song for Dean. The cello (Dan Zamzow) and violin (Shannon Frid-Rubin) give a classic feel while percussion (Paul Jennings) keeps a tempo that brings the music back to the ground, where the audience is. Dean’s voice is as sweet as the story of the song and she’s not afraid of a pregnant pause, which gives a nice offbeat to several of her songs, Fire Burned Bright and others. in contrast, a song like Autumn Sky is toe tapping with a nice guitar rift (Erik Koskinen).

Conversations is the song that I was singing the day after the show. It might be a girls’ song but it’s catchy and shows the earthier side of Dean’s voice from deep, to high, to rasp. Storyteller is an interesting lyrical recap of all of the songs – but it also is like a sampler of the musical tastes found in the rest of the songs. It’s a rich blend of very distinct sounds – often happening at once but each sounds is clear and distinct and fits.

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