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Ease into your day with the best music around, every weekday from 6am until 10am. Hosted by Anne Williams. Anne has been with the station for over 16 years. The Acoustic CD of the Month Club has become a staple of WNRN’s fund drives and grows in members each year.

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Decade of Difference: Warren Zevon

Decade of Difference features Warren Zevon. In the 1960s, Zevon wanted to be a folk singer , so he moved from LA to New York City and started writing songs for others. He spend most of the early 1970s playing keyboards for the Everly Brothers. After a hiatus, he returned to LA and roomed with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. His second album, Excitable Boy, features John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, and gave us his most recognizable songs, including “Werewolves of London.”

From the late 1970s and into the early 1980s, Zevon went in and out of rehab. Except for an occasional live gig, he took a break from the music industry to help with his sobriety. He worked with Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry of REM in the Hindu Love Gods project. A few years later, it was this group of musicians that became his studio band for his come back album, Sentimental Hygiene. Decade of Difference played the title track.


Photo: cover of Excitable Boy

By |February 16th, 2018|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: Lou Reed

Decade of Difference looks at Lou Reed. In the late 1960s, Reed was the principle singer, guitar player and songwriter for the Velvet Underground. In 1970, he began his solo career. His second album, Transformer, was released in 1972 and was produced by David Bowie. The lead single, “Walk on the Wild Side,” climbed to 16 on the Billboard charts.

Lou Reed made a few more commercially successful albums after Transformer, but by the mid-1970s album sales declined. Reed became caught up in drug and alcohol addiction. He re-emerged in the 1980s with critically acclaimed albums including 1989’s New York. “Dirty Blvd” by Lou Reed played on a Decade of Difference.


Photo: from Rolling Stone’s feature on Lou Reed Essential Albums

By |February 15th, 2018|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: The Rolling Stones

On a Decade of Difference, it is a take on love from The Rolling Stones. This song examines the pain that can come with love. It was generally thought this was about Mick Jagger’s break up with Marianne Faithful, but he stated in 1993 that it was not. Keith Richards says it is about being on the road and far away from where you want to be. WNRN gave us a listen to this song about love from The Rolling Stones 1971’s Sticky Fingers album. It’s “Wild Horses” on a Decade of Difference.

From 1980, it’s The Rolling Stones brush with the disco sound. They recorded this in the Bahamas after Keith Richards was exonerated from a drugs charge in Canada. The 17th studio album, Emotional Rescue, features thermo shots of the band on the cover. The video to the title track was filmed in the same way. The Rolling Stones came to our “Emotional Rescue” on Valentines Day.


Photo: The Rolling Stones in Milwaukee, Wikipedia

By |February 14th, 2018|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: Allen Toussaint

The Mardi Gras Decade of Difference feature is a major figure of the New Orleans music scene, Allen Toussaint. Toussaint started playing and producing professionally in the 1950s, then wrote  hits for others in the 1960s. These included “Fortune Teller,” “Ruler of My Heart,” “A Certain Girl” and co-wrote “I Like It Like That”. “Working in a Coal Mine” was initially made famous in the 1960s by Lee Dorsey. WNRN played New Orleans finest, Allen Toussaint’s version from the 1971 Toussaint album on a Decade of Difference.

For the rest of the 1970s and into the 1980s, Toussaint continued to write songs that others made famous including signature tune of Dr. John “Right Place, Wrong Time”, and the big hit for Glen Campbell, “Southern Nights.” Toussaint also built a studio, and did arranging and producing for others. He put out just a few albums in the 1980s. 1987’s Mr. Mardi Gras – I Love a Carnival focuses on Fat Tuesday. WNRN aired “Mr. Mardi Gras” from Allen Toussaint.

Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

By |February 13th, 2018|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: Etta James

Decade of Difference looks at Etta James. Rolling Stone calls her one of the top 25 singers of all time. She started her career in 1954, and had hits in the 1950s and 1960s including her signature tune, “At Last”. She had two Top 20 singles in the early 1970s. “Losers Weepers” and ” I Found a Love”. WNRN played “I Found a Love” from Etta James.

Along with her commercial success, Etta James became a heroin addict, suffered physical abuse, and spent some time in jail. She had a comeback in the 1980s with the release of Seven Year Itch. Here is the single from that 1989 album recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, WNRN played “Come to Mama” from Etta James.


Photo: the cover photo from Etta James’ album, At Last!

By |February 13th, 2018|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments

Decade of Difference: Van Valen

Decade of Difference features Van Halen. Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the Van Halen’s self-titled debut. The band started with two brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen along with David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony. WNRN played a song from the 1979 release, Van Halen II. That album ended up at number 6 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart . Van Halen’s first top 20 hit was “Dance the Night Away.”

The peak of Van Halen’s commercial career came with the album 1984 and its hit song, “Jump.” The song marked a change in the sound of the band from guitar driven to synthesizers taking an occasional lead role. Van Halen’s only number one hit is “Jump.”

Photo: Van Halen’s debut cover art

By |February 9th, 2018|Categories: Anne Williams, Decade of Difference|0 Comments