English Classical Music

Some­what at a loss, in the light of yes­ter­day’s events, about what to play today, I’m pre­sent­ing a pro­gramme of clas­si­cal music by Eng­lish com­posers (writes Elrik Mer­lin).

The pro­gramme today includes occa­sion­al sea­son­al ele­ments, but focus­es pri­mar­i­ly on the music of lead­ing Eng­lish com­posers from the Baroque era and some­times before, to the 20th cen­tu­ry. We begin the pro­gramme with a par­tic­u­lar­ly mov­ing per­for­mance of Nim­rod, from Elgar­’s Enig­ma Vari­a­tions.

The ZBS Radio Hour will be along as usu­al at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 and 03:00  GMT), with the lat­est instal­ment of the adven­tures of Jack Flan­ders in The Ah-ha! Phe­nom­e­na, fol­lowed by the con­tin­u­ing sto­ry of Lady Win­der­mere’s Brass Fantab­u­lous.

While you lis­ten to today’s pro­gramme, I also offer you the fol­low­ing song lyrics.

If It Were Up to Me
Words and Lyrics by
Cheryl Wheel­er
from the album Sylvia Hotel

Maybe it’s the movies, maybe it’s the books
Maybe it’s the bul­lets, maybe it’s the real crooks
Maybe it’s the drugs, maybe it’s the par­ents
Maybe it’s the col­ors every­body’s wearin
Maybe it’s the Pres­i­dent, maybe it’s the last one
Maybe it’s the one before that, what he done
Maybe it’s the high schools, maybe it’s the teach­ers
Maybe it’s the tat­tooed chil­dren in the bleach­ers
Maybe it’s the Bible, maybe it’s the lack
Maybe it’s the music, maybe it’s the crack
Maybe it’s the hair­dos, maybe it’s the TV
Maybe it’s the cig­a­rettes, maybe it’s the fam­i­ly
Maybe it’s the fast food, maybe it’s the news
Maybe it’s divorce, maybe it’s abuse
Maybe it’s the lawyers, maybe it’s the pris­ons
Maybe it’s the Sen­a­tors, maybe it’s the sys­tem
Maybe it’s the fathers, maybe it’s the sons
Maybe it’s the sis­ters, maybe it’s the moms
Maybe it’s the radio, maybe it’s road rage
Maybe El Niño, or UV rays
Maybe it’s the army, maybe it’s the liquor
Maybe it’s the papers, maybe the mili­tia
Maybe it’s the ath­letes, maybe it’s the ads
Maybe it’s the sports fans, maybe it’s a fad
Maybe it’s the mag­a­zines, maybe it’s the inter­net
Maybe it’s the lot­tery, maybe it’s the immi­grants
Maybe it’s tax­es, big busi­ness
Maybe it’s the KKK and the skin­heads
Maybe it’s the com­mu­nists, maybe it’s the Catholics
Maybe it’s the hip­pies, maybe it’s the addicts
Maybe it’s the art, maybe it’s the sex
Maybe it’s the home­less, maybe it’s the banks
Maybe it’s the clearcut, maybe it’s the ozone
Maybe it’s the chem­i­cals, maybe it’s the car phones
Maybe it’s the fer­til­iz­er, maybe it’s the nose rings
Maybe it’s the end, but I know one thing.
If it were up to me, I’d take away the guns.

℗ Octo­ber 1, 1997

Pen­rod And Hig­gins Music / Amachrist Music
ACF Music Group
Inter­na­tion­al Copy­right Reserved


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

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