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    Friday, January 11, 2008

    Scott Sherley Of "Stardust Memories" Gets More Press



    The host of "Stardust Memories" received a nice write up in a column from Rick Chatenever in The Maui News on January 10th, 2008. Scott Sherley was also the host of "Sentimental Journey" heard on KMVI and KPMW in addition to "What Were They Thinking?" heard daily on "The Time Machine".


    MAKING THE SCENE: New year’s resolution
    By RICK CHATENEVER, Maui Scene Editor

    Ordinarily I don’t put much faith in signs. I didn’t think breaking a mirror last week was portentous, even if the week marked a birthday – the one that qualifies me for entry-level Social Security.

    With that in mind, I tried to take it in stride when the woman at the recycling center called me “Pops.” Nope, no sign there.

    But the beginning of a new year is a marker, an occasion for wistful memories and resolutions to try to get it right next time. And so, as I tediously dismantled the Christmas tree Sunday morning, Scott Sherley’s “Stardust Memories” on Mana’o Radio seemed rife with significance.

    Normally Scott’s ’40s and’50s song list isn’t my favorite, although the “Memories” ring true. This was, after all, the music playing during my childhood, before my generation created rock ’n’ roll.

    But Sunday, entangled in strings of lights while gingerly picking through fragile ornaments, I was a captive audience for this music of our parents, aka “the greatest generation.”

    Maybe it’s a mark of my new, uh, maturity, but the big band blare and the cutesy lyrics didn’t sound so rinky-dink anymore. In fact, these geriatric hit parade relics started sounding almost visionary, like little glimpses of New Age awareness, well before their time.

    “You’ve gotta accentuate the positive,” sang Bing Crosby. “Eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, don’t mess with Mr. In Between.”

    Whoa, I thought. It was like having a personal Unity Church service, right in the living room.

    “Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think,” came a few songs later. And then Rosemary Clooney, George’s aunt, singing, “When I’m tired and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings, instead of sheep?”

    Or how about, “Got no mansion, got no yacht, still I’m happy with what I’ve got. I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.”

    Wasn’t that what His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, was talking about when he visited Maui last year? Except it was the sun in the afternoon, baking his lessons about where to find happiness into the crowds filling War Memorial Stadium.

    Maybe the older-but-wiser thing was beginning to kick in. It somewhat made up for other byproducts of aging. Some equipment is working way better than expected, but other parts seem to be heading south for vacation.

    Like the memory. Is anybody else spending more time trying to remember just why you walked into this room in the first place? (Raise your hand if you know what I’m talking about.)

    But now those simple lyrics that buoyed our parents in the years following World War II seemed to be talking to me, and maybe the crowds hanging on the Dalai Lama’s words, too.

    Somewhere in time, those sentiments got lost. They got filed away under the heading of old-fashioned. Or corny.

    I realized something to that effect a few weeks ago while compiling my list of last year’s Top 10 movies. There were great performances, inspired writing, brilliant directing, true – but what was missing was a sense of hope.

    Take away the violence, the tragedy and the cynicism, and you’d have trouble making a list of 10 movies last year, much less 10 best. Throw in the media’s obsession with stars behaving badly – or the obsession with stars behaving at all, that makes all those millions they make seem a cheap price for their privacy. So much for role models.

    This week, the writers’ strike is being blamed for the cancelation of the Golden Globes Awards that had been scheduled for Sunday. In recent years, the Globes festivities, with Jack Nicholson always in high-profile attendance, have felt like a fun kickoff to Oscar season. In a ballroom rather than an auditorium with plenty of alcohol for lubrication, it’s always a party, and a blast.

    Not this year. The striking writers can take the blame, but it’s more like who cares? The writers are fighting, with the blessings of lots of stars, for a portion of Internet royalties. New technology keeps changing the equation of who gets what portion of the pie ? a convenient distraction from noticing what the pie tastes like anymore.

    “The Best Things in Life Are Free” is another of those songs that shows up periodically on Scott Shirley’s show.

    But being free doesn’t mean you don’t have to work hard on remembering what those best things are.

    Sounds like a good thing to try to do in 2008.




    Scott Sherley's "Stardust Memories" can be heard every Sunday from 10AM to 2PM in Hawaii on the FM dial and online at http://www.manaoradio.com except when Scott feels the need to hang out at Disneyland or DisneyWorld which means that either Kathy Collins or Michael McCartney spin those wonderful songs from The Hit Parade and Big Band Era. Scott can also be found at http://www.sherleyhawaii.com.



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    Tuesday, January 01, 2008

    The Time Machine's Most Played Albums Of 2007


    It's the first day of 2008 and we decided to look back at our most played albums on the air for 2007. Everyone argued over a top ten or twenty list because there were so many choices. We decided that instead of bickering over different music choices (and trust us...this is what we love to do...bicker about movies and music), we would present to you our most played albums on the air last year. This way there was no wiggle room for critical favorites. The funny part was that after the list was completed, everyone gathered around, smiled and agreed that these albums did fill our hearts and souls musically and that's all that matters in the end. In addition to Micah Wolf's debut album, "All Together Now" (with The Bangles, Marshall Crenshaw and Rachael Yamagata) and "Under The Covers Vol. 1" from Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, both Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse garnered a bit of airplay from their 2006 releases into the year 2007 but the albums below are actually titles that came out in 2007 that dominated our playlists.




    A large number of spins for sixty-six albums in no particular ranking outside of the first choice.




    Let's kick it off with the most played album hands down over any other this past year on "The Time Machine"...



    WILD HOPE
    - Mandy Moore





    RAISING SAND
    - Alison Krauss and Robert Plant





    SONIC CRAYONS
    - Ken Sharp





    DANGEROUS GAME
    - Mary Weiss





    SHE'S ABOUT TO CROSS MY MIND
    - The Red Button





    TRAFFIC AND WEATHER
    - Fountains Of Wayne





    BEAUTIFUL MESS
    - Maple Mars





    DAY INTO NIGHT
    - Nelson Bragg





    IN STEREO
    - Marmalade Souls





    GIRLS AND BOYS
    - Ingrid Michaelson





    WINTER IN JUNE
    - Lucy Schwartz





    MAGIC
    - Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band





    HAWAIIAN BLOSSOM
    - Raiatea Helm





    UNDER THE BLACKLIGHT
    - Rilo Kiley





    ACTUAL SIGHS
    - Richard X. Heyman





    NEVERMIND LULLABYE
    - Nushu





    PANCHO FANTASTICO
    - John Hoskinson





    FREE LIFE
    - Dan Wilson





    RIPE
    - Ben Lee





    FAST LANE ADDICTION
    - Shannon Curfman





    NOT TOO LONG
    - Norah Jones





    LULLAGOODBYE
    - Taylor Mills





    BIPOLAR DIVERSIONS
    - Jackdaw 4





    THE SHAPING & SHIFTING OF OBJECTS & SOUND
    - Jen Woodhouse





    HOW I WON THE WAR
    - The Well Wishers





    ALL SIDES
    - Kasim Sulton


    The Time Machine


    MEMORY ALMOST FULL
    - Paul McCartney





    SLIP BENEATH THE COVERS VOLUME 1
    - Anastasia Gilliam





    THE REMINDER
    - Feist





    LIVE ON SUNSET STRIP
    - The Raspberries





    WOBBLE WITH THE WORLD
    - Cindy Alexander





    GALA DAYS
    - Milkshake Jones





    TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC
    - Sophie Ellis-Baxtor





    THE STORY
    - Brandi Carlile





    NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND
    - Deadbeat Poets





    UNDER THE COCONUT SKY
    - Kanekoa





    BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION
    - Marianne Keith





    FOR FRIENDS IN FARAWAY PLACES (ALBUM) and FREAK OUT (EP)
    - The Wellingtons





    NEVER HEAR THE END OF IT
    - Sloan





    THE TRICK TO LIFE
    - The Hoosiers





    IS IT NOW?
    - Doughboys





    AT MY AGE
    - Nick Lowe





    WE ARE THE PIPETTES
    - The Pipettes







    BIG TOP WOMAN
    - FRANK CIAMPI


    The Time Machine


    ONE HIT WANDERER
    - Henry Gross





    NEPTUNE CITY
    - Nicole Atkins





    HERE AND NOW
    - America





    MADE OF BRICKS
    - Kate Nash





    THE WALK
    - Hanson





    SLACK KEY CIRCUS
    - Barefoot Natives





    BITCHIN'
    - The Donnas





    BETWEEN YOU AND ME
    - Amanda Kaletsky


    The Time Machine


    RIDING HIGH
    - Ridinghood


    The Time Machine


    LONG PROMISED ROAD: SONGS OF DENNIS AND CARL WILSON
    - Adam Marsland's Chaos Band





    THE BEST IMPRESSION OF SANITY
    - Jag Star





    LITTLE EVE
    - Kate Miller-Heidke





    MUSIC AND LYRICS *original soundtrack
    - Various Artists including Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore and Haley Bennett





    CITY BEACH
    - Jill Cunniff





    REVIVAL
    - John Fogerty





    MIRACLE OF FIVE
    - Eleni Mandell





    OVER MY HEAD
    - Vaughan Penn





    THE LONG WALK BACK
    - Just Off Turner





    COCO
    - Colbie Caillat





    SEEDS
    - Martin Sexton





    LITTLE VOICES
    - Sara Bareilles





    THE DISTANT FUTURE (EP)
    - Flight Of The Conchords





    LONG ROAD OUT OF EDEN
    - The Eagles








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