SO, Episode Three of our podcast BASEBALL HONEYMOON is up and online, via either Switchpod and/or iTunes (and hopefully if you like it, you’ll take a moment to either give it a whole bunch of stars at Switchpod or write a review on iTunes … and if you don’t, well, feel free to return to your regularly-schedule life) …

  Our very vague theme this week was music (since it’s Grammy weekend, even though I NEVER watch the Grammys or Grammies or however it’s spelled) …

  So among our special guests were Jeff Campbell, who is not only a baseball writer in the DC/Baltimore area but who founded an amazing organization, Hungry For Music … noted jazz musician/songwriter Dave Frishberg, who has used baseball as his muse many times … and of course known musicians Lars Anderson and Zach Daeges.

  Okay, so Lars and Zach are better known as two of the top prospects in the Boston Red Sox organization. But they are diehard music fans and my awesome friend David Laurila got them to interview each other, most of which they spent talking music rather than baseball.

  Also prominently featured is an interview with Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Fernando Perez who is simply the most amazing guy in baseball. (See what Reid Brignac had to say about him in the previous entry).
little rays.jpgThat’s him taking a bite out of the American League trophy.

  Anyway, since he worked hard on writing up the podcast blog entry, I’ll just let my husband Wayne tell you about the episode so you can be even more tempted to go listen!

We’re very proud of our 3rd episode of Baseball Honeymoon. We actually have a theme this time, and it’s music and baseball. There are 4 interviews in the podcast, which explains why we couldn’t keep it under an hour. We promise brevity will be observed on our next show, but when you see how much great stuff we have here, you’ll understand why we go a bit long.

We start out with Bagels and Boxscores, where Lisa and Wayne get into the great free agent freeze of 2009, and discuss the possibility of whether this is a new form of collusion or not.

At 8:55 Lisa interviews Fernando Perez, Rays OF. Fernando tells of scoring the winning run against the Red Sox in the 2008 ALCS, and he also discusses the Rays clubhouse. Perez is quite the alternative music expert, and he names a favorite baseball song from that genre.

18:42: Music- “O’Brien/O’Brien’s Nocturne”- M. Ward

It’s Trivia time at 19:08. Lisa announces the winner of last week’s contest, and then posits the question for this week, and of course it’s about THE baseball song. No, not the National Anthem, but Take Me Out To The Ballgame.

Wayne interviews jazz legend/songwriter Dave Frishberg at 22:57.
Even if you’re not a jazz fan, you might know some of Dave’s classic tunes, like “Peel Me a Grape”, “My Attorney Bernie” or “I’m Hip”. Dave’s phone was very low in volume, so in order to hear him, we had to do some sound editing magic. If it sounds like Wayne is a heavy-breathing stalker, it’s just that when Dave was talking, we had to crank it up, and that brought Wayne’s background noise way out in the mix. Wayne is a fan, but not a freak, OK? Dave tells some great stories, so don’t miss this, and try to ignore the mouth breather.

29:15: Music- “Van Lingle Mungo”- Dave Frishberg

Definitely one of the highlights of the show comes at 29:38. Lisa introduces our guest correspondant, author and expert on all things Red Sox, David Laurila from Baseball Prospectus. David captures Boston prospects Lars Anderson and Zach Daeges interviewing each other. The questions they ask each other make Media Day at the Superbowl seem like a Gerald Ford press conference. They both play guitar, which explains why they are so out there.

38:15: Music- “Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio”- Les Brown and his Orchestra

A Curly W appearance comes at 38:57, and Bill decides to go for the irony, giving us a hip-hop tune about why we should stop blaring pop music at the ballparks. You think if they played some Jimmy Smith during the 7th Inning Stretch, Bill might be OK with it?

At 43:14, Wayne regales (or annoys, you choose) us with his original paean to the Mets, “A Song With Orange (and Blue)”. At 46:18, Wayne apologizes for the indulgence, and audially excoriates himself. At 46:30 Wayne breaks out into sobs and begins to blame it all on his childhood traumas. At 46:35, Wayne checks into rehab.

Seriously, at 46:18 Wayne begins his interview with Jeff Campbell, creator of “Hungry For Music”, the very successful charity that brings musical instruments to needy children. Jeff explains how he started the endeavor, and why he got into producing CD’s featuring baseball songs.

55:27- Music-“Take Me Out To The Ballgame”- Bruce Springstone

Lisa and Wayne list their Top 5 favorite songs about baseball at 55:38; they bring back a familiar artist from an earlier show (albeit from a different period in her life), plus some songs that play a special part of their history. Lisa makes a joke that goes way over Wayne’s head….well more like under his posterior. In answer to her question, yes–we ARE six years old. You see, it IS possible to go scat and scatological in the same show!

End music: “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?”- Count Basie


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