SILVERSTEIN & CROSSCURRENTS, 9/25: The unique poet, illustrator, and songwriter with a silly, enchanting, and strange character, Shel Silverstein was born on this date in 1930. You are invited to draw on your goofy and imaginative side for Uncle Shelby’s birthday on Crosscurrents, 9/25 at 8 am.
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy and Crosscurrents, 8/28: The Russian author of War and Peaceand Anna Karenina, Lev Tolstoy was born on this date in 1828. A celebration of this prodigious thinker, writer, and philosopher Leo Tolstoy will be held on Crosscurrents, 8/28 at 8 am.
BOLT+ECLIPSE & CROSSCURRENTS, 8/21: Jamaican sprinter who won multiple gold medals in three consecutive Olympic Games, Usain Bolt was born on this date in 1986. The birthday of the record eclipsing sprinter coincides with a solar eclipsing sky on Crosscurrents, 8/21 at 8am.
STEVE MARTIN ON CROSSCURRENTS, 8/14: The comedian, actor and writer, who began his career as a stand-up comic, Steve Martin, was born on this date in 1945. You are invited to join our “happy feet” as part of the Steve Martin birthday party on Crosscurrents, 8/14 at 8 am.
J.K. ROWLING ON CROSSCURRENTS, 7/31: British author, film and television producer, screenwriter and philanthropist, creator of the critically acclaimed Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling was born on this date in 1965. You do not need to wait on Platform 9 ¾ for the Hogwarts Express as you have a ticket for the Rowling party on Crosscurrents, 7/31 at 8 am.
AMELIA EARHART ON CROSSCURRENTS, 7/24: An American aviator who set many flying records and championed the advancement of women in aviation, Amelia Earhart was born on this date in 1897. Amelia set numerous flying records and you can listen to various sets of musical records played for her birthday on Crosscurrents, 7/24 at 8 am.
SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE ON CROSSCURRENTS, 7/10: The famous English jurist Sir William Blackstone born on this date in 1723 is remembered for his “Commentaries on the Laws of England”, an attempt to provide a culturally wide-ranging review of English law. No need to pass the bar, or be in a bar, as you are invited and simply need to tune in the Blackstone birthday on Crosscurrents, 7/10 at 8 am.
TOMMY TEDESCO ON CROSSCURRENTS, 7/3: A member of the famed studio musicians known as “The Wrecking Crew”, Tommy Tedesco was born on this date in 1930. You are invited to celebrate Tommy Tedesco’s talent, kindness, imagination, and humor on Crosscurrents, 7/3 at 8 am.
“The Wrecking Crew” (2015) film audio clips used by permission of Denny Tedesco whose dedication in producing the documentary is so much appreciated. Further information about the film and how to purchase a copy may be found at the website: www.wreckingcrewfilm.com
Playlist may include: Beach Boys; Glen Campbell; Crystals; Jan and Dean; Gary Lewis and the Playboys; Mamas and Papas; Marketts; Monkees; Ricky Nelson; Tommy Roe; Ronettes; Routers; Sandpipers; Simon and Garfunkel; Nancy Sinatra; Sonny and Cher; T-Bones; Tijuana Brass; and of course the solo guitar of Tommy Tedesco.
BIG BILL BROONZY ON CROSSCURRENTS, 6/26: The versatile American blues singer and prolific songwriter, a mentor to many British rock icons, Big Bill Broonzy was born on this date in 1893. The legend of Bill Broonzy from slick urban boogie to acoustic folk blues are yours to enjoy on Crosscurrents, 6/26 at 8 am.
Playlist may include: Eric Clapton; Keith Richards; Pete Townshend; Ray Davies; John Mayall; Peter Green; Savoy Brown; and of course… the man himself Bill Broonzy.
Writer, music analyst and cultural commentator distinguished for academic essays that set rock and roll in a societal context, Greil Marcus was born on this date in 1945. His book “The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll in Ten Songs,” provides the soundtrack for the Greil Marcus birthday to which you are invited on Crosscurrents, 6/19 at 8 am.