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Ladies and Gentlemen…Orion Freeman!

Morning Son by Orion Freeman

“Morning Son” – Orion Freeman

While I type, feel free to listen to the first song off of Orion Freeman’s new album. The song is calledFamily Treeand the album is calledMorning Son. I’m hoping you’re as moved by this singer/songwriter, poet and artist as I have been over the past 5+ years. I had plans to post about him in November 2016, but at the time he was on a real life journey in Peru, India, Nepal and Thailand for 6 months. Then when I heard there was a new album coming out, I waited…and it killed me to wait because I want everyone to know this guy’s name…Orion Freeman.

Orion Freeman (and Tom on the left) playing at Burlap and Bean – April 22, 2017

Last night, my husband and I went to a local coffee shop to see Orion Freeman perform. It was his CD release party for his second album, Morning Son, and he played to a capacity crowd (actually, I think the crowd went a few bodies over capacity, but I’m not going to tell). This was our second time seeing Orion play live. The first time was in December 22, 2011 when we went to an open mic night at Steel City Cafe in Phoenixville to hear our son’s band perform. Yeah…it’s been over 5 years, but you only have to hear Orion once and you’ll be hooked. That night he was playing on a guitar that had no pick guard, so Orion had put masking tape where the guard should be to protect the finish.

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A couple years passed, and Orion reappeared when he started a Kickstarter campaign to finance his first album “Divine Game“. I was ‘in like Flynn’ to help out and get my digital download and CD as soon as it came out! Oddly though, I set the CD aside and didn’t listen to it until last summer. I was blown away! Why? Oh why hadn’t I listened to this album sooner? That was the moment I knew I had to let the rest of the world know…Orion Freeman is a true poet and an amazing lyricist. He music is amazingly calming and transports you to a softer, gentler place in this mad, mad world we live it.

It’s hard to believe that an artist such as this can put out music as glorious as his soulful folk pop and still not be recognized by the big wigs in the music industry. Where are the radio jocks and music media personnel that used to all claim that they’re the people that make and break new artists? Is the music industry now run like our government with thousands of lobbyists from the major record companies buying their multimillionaire lip sync-ers radio time? Fuck that! People…it’s our job as Americans to take back our radio and media and let them know what we want to listen to! And I want to hear Orion Freeman! Get your copy of his new album “Morning Son” on Monday, April 24th here.

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Book Review: “Confessions of a Teenage Disc Jockey” by T. Morgan

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For those music and radio fans who have lived in the Philadelphia region, the name T Morgan is a household name. And his new book, Confessions of a Teenage Disc Jockeyis not only the story of his life in radio (that has now spanned five decades), it is also a history lesson in the evolution of radio broadcasting.

T takes the readers from the early days of rock n roll on AM radio in the mid-sixties, when he could listen to radio stations up and down the east coast from his family’s home in Scranton, through the 1970’s album based radio that was growing on FM, and then right up to the present day. Along the way, he tells the highs and lows of being a disc jockey without ever sounding arrogant or pretentious.  Instead, T tells his story while remaining humble and grateful for the opportunities that were given to him.

There is brief mention of the Beatles influence on radio in the 60’s and of T Morgan’s missed opportunity at meeting Paul McCartney, along with so many other entertaining tales of meeting an amazing list of rock stars and celebrities during his time as a disc jockey.

If you’re a radio fan who owned a transistor radio way back when, or a rock ‘n’ roll enthusiast, you’re going to love this book.  I will admit that it started out a little rough in the beginning (it is self-published), but I think Mr. Morgan eventually finds his true written voice and will pull you in.  And for that reason…

I rate the book, 3 out of 4 Beetles!

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