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OPINION - Train time...

by Chris Conley

Today's blog was written from northbound 333 - The Hiawatha to Milwaukee. 

I'm still thinking through yesterday's court ruling on the NSA's gathering of our cellphone data. I may post an additional blog today, or I'll have more to say about it tomorrow.

NEWS BLOG (WSAU)   So what do you listen to on the train?

Glad you asked.

This morning I woke up in time to hear the last few segments of The WSAU Wisconsin Morning News. It's been a little more than a year since Seth Mela joined us. He's genuinely funny. The pot-o-gold for morning show hosts is informative and entertaining. He is. And Tom King is the best foil in the market. They're both very enjoyable to work with.

And I thanks to my mobile hot spot, I was able to hear almost all of today's Jerry Bader Show while rolling down the tracks between Buffalo and Rochester.

I've also listened to the podcast of the DC Everest vs. Tomahawk basketball game:  http://wsau.com/podcasts/dc-everest-sports/934/everest-boys-basketball-vs-tomahawk-12-10-13-2nd-half/

I've also listened to some train-riding blues from Spotify. John Hammond / Daddy Was a Jockey and Honeyboy Edward's Sweet Home Chicago. 

Last night I spent some time listening through the Laura Nyro songbook -- a great folk songwriter who did very few live performances because of stage freight. Like Bob Dylan, she didn't have a great voice, but was a powerful writer. The Fifth Dimension recorded several of her songs (Stoned Soul Picnic, Wedding Bell Blues, Sweet Blindness). She wrote "And When I Die" as a teenager, and it became a hit for Blood, Sweat and Tears. "Stony End" and "Eli's Coming" are her's too. Her "Save The Country", which Nyro recorded herself after Bobby Kennedy's assination, is one of the best peace songs ever written. Like me, she's a New Yorker who moved to the suburbs. She died in 1997 of ovarian cancer at 49. She was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame two years ago. 


Chris Conley
12.17.13


Photo:  WTAQ.com - Amtrak Hiawatha at Milwaukee