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The Theme Park is a two hour show. That’s 8.33% of my day! It’s 120 minutes… 7,200 seconds…. Whichever way you look at it, its a big slice of time and, every Tuesday between 2-4pm anyway, it goes very, very quickly. What am I going on about? You guessed it, the theme this week was Old Father Time.

The program was dominated with some of my favourite Blues & R&B numbers, although I made room for some Classic Rock and even a bit of Jazz, so, hopefully, everyone should have been fairly happy. And, I even got to read a bit of poetry: Charles Bukowski no less!

I opened the show with the Chambers Brothers’ hit of 1968, ‘Time Has Come Today’. Here’s a shorter version of it grabbed from the Ed Sullivan show. Cool set (and the drummer isn’t bad either!).

Did you know that a ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second? I’ll be careful about using the term in the future, ’cause I don’t think I can actually move that fast, contrary to popular belief.

I’ve played Billy Ward and His Dominoes’ song ‘Sixty Minute Man’ before, but if this show didn’t warrant a replay, then I’m not sure which would. Billy really likes to draw attention to his skills with the ladies, that’s for sure.

220px-irmathomas2006Talking of ladies, Irma Thomas, Grammy Award winning soul and R&B singer, is often called the “Soul Queen of New Orleans.” A contemporary of Aretha Franklin and Etta James, she never experienced their level of commercial success but has a large cult following among soul afficionados

We played her version of ‘Time Is On My Side’ which she recorded on the Imperial label in 1964, before the Stones had a huge hit with their version. Bad timing for Irma perhaps.  In 2007, she won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album for After the Rain, her first Grammy in an acclaimed career spanning over 45 years. Great singer.

How cool is Dr. John? I loved playing his classic tune ‘Right Place, Wrong Time’. He’s 68 now and still going strong with his unique version of blues/boogie woogie and rock ‘n’ roll. Have a look at this clip – wouldn’t you have love to have been at that show! 

We also played Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘Time Machine’ which led to a little bit of pondering on my part about the possibility of time travel. Well, according to Stephen Hawking, the absence of tourists from the future constitutes an argument against the existence of time travel. But Carl Sagan also suggested that maybe, just maybe, they are here but are disguising their existence or we just don’t recognise them as time travellers. Ooooh, spooky. I’ll never look at a back-packer the same way again.

200px-charles_bukowski_smokingLots more music and a great poem was read – Charles Bukowski’s ‘throwing away the alarm clock’. It’s a bit too long to insert here, but try to find it (and all his poetry in fact). Often remembered as the ‘Poet Laureate of Skid Row’ his work is unpretentious and highly entertaining. And although all his work is, I believe, ‘poetic’ he also wrote many short stories and six novels, eventually having  over 60 books in print .

And if you’re wondering whether I found a Roy Orbison song about time to play – Well, what do you reckon? Have a listen to ‘Wild Hearts Run Out Of Time’, from the Essential Roy Orbison CD. I continue to be amazed by his wonderful voice. 

And now its time I went. But remember what Woody Allen had to say: ‘Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once.”

Here’s the complete playlist:

Time Has Come Today  – Chambers Brothers

Let The Good Times Roll  Louis Jordan

Midnight Hour  Clarence Gatemouth Brown

First Time I Met The Blues  Buddy Guy

Just In Time  Dean Martin

Can I Come In For A Second  Nat King Cole/Nellie Lutcher

Sixty Minute Man  Billy Ward & His Dominoes

Turn Back The Hands Of Time  Tyrone Davis

Time Is on My Side 2:55 Irma Thomas 1964 R&B

Good Morning Good Morning  The Beatles

Right Place Wrong Time  Dr. John

Time Machine  Grand Funk Railroad

Twilight Zone theme

Twilight Time  The Platters

Only Time Will Tell  Etta James

Good Morning, Heartache  Billie Holiday

Here Comes The Night  Van Morrison

All Day And All Of The Night  The Kinks

After Midnight  Eric Clapton

Hard Times  Ray Charles

Woke Up This Morning  Ruthie Foster

Turn! Turn! Turn! – Byrds

Time After Time  Cyndi Lauper

Round Midnight  Amy Winehouse

Times They Are A-Changing  Bob Dylan

Comes a Time  Neil Young

Walkin’ After Midnight  Patsy Cline Patsy Cline 

Wild Hearts Run Out Of Time  Roy Orbison

The Last Time – John Hiatt & The Goners

Just One More Time  Billy Gayles

Midnight Special Train  Big Joe Turner

Any Time At All  The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night

Stay Just A Little Bit Longer  Hollies

One Week – Barenaked Ladies

Next week, Zoe will be in to help me host the show and we are celebrating our favourite female singers. Tune in because I think this one is going to be a goodie.

Listen to Lyn at the Theme Park on BayFM 99.9 on Tuesdays 2-4pm Sydney time. Also streaming on
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