SEARCH the Guide, by date, band, artist, event, festival, etc. (in addition to the sidebar)

Monday, August 6, 2018

Music on TV Update: Monday & Tuesday. Aug 6 & 7 2018 edition

24 HOURS OF HAROLD LLOYD! Who's Harold Lloyd? Check the first Tuesday listing -- you'll be glad you did!

Let's jump right in. If you're going out for the evening, you'll want to set the recording device.

If you're stuck at home, it's a good time for what the video purveyors are offering.

Either way, we've got ya covered.

All times PDT; broadcast times in Southern California.

Monday, August 6, through Tuesday Morning, Aug. 7, on TV...

6:30-7 pm - "Stories from the Stage" airs "Road Trip" (S 1, ep 19, 2018). Melissa Ferrick tells about the night she opened for Bob Dylan. On PBS World, antenna, cable, satellite.

7-7:30 pm - "Visiting with Huell Howser" airs a 2001 visit to the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA. On KCET, antenna, cable, web, satellite.

7:30-8 pm - "Music Voyager" airs "Atlanta's Stage" (S 8, ep 1, 2017). One of the rare American music/arts editions of this show, which is usually involved with some kind of "world" music. On KLCS, antenna, cable, satellite.

9-10 pm - "Backstage Pass" airs a 2018 episode (S 8, ep 6) with Bobby Murray, guitarist for Etta James, as he pays tribute to the legendary blues artist at "Michigan Bluesfest." On KLCS, antenna, cable, satellite.

10-11 pm - "Allison Krauss & Union Station" in a 2012 concert. Good sound, lighting, camera work. On AXS TV.

11 pm-midnight - "Three Girls and their Buddy" is Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and master musician Buddy Miller, in a concert recorded during their tour. On AXS TV.

After midnight...

3-3:30 am - "The Dailey and Vincent Show" airs a 2018 edition titled "Country Music Hall of Fame and More" with Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune. On RFD TV.

3-4 am - "Backstage Pass" (S 5, ep 11, 2014) brings a performance by the Lowdown Brass Band. On KLCS, antenna, cable, satellite.

3:30-4 am - "Presley's Country Jubilee" airs a 2017 edition from Branson, MO. On RFD TV.

4-4:30 am - "Best of the Marty Stuart Show" from 2012, with Stuart Duncan, five-time ACM Fiddle Player of the year and principal in the Nashville Bluegrass Band. On RFD TV.

Tuesday morning, Aug. 7:

All day Tuesday - "Harold Lloyd Silent Movie Classics" run from 3 a.m. to 3 a.m. (okay, the last two are talkies).
* Precious little from 90 years ago speaks to us today like the roles of Harold Lloyd. Often, his characters begin the story as privileged bumblers, made oblivious by inherited wealth. Then Lloyd, and the audience, through his experiences, find realization, whether as process or ephiphany. He does not remain distant from hard working or even desperately poor folks, but without reservation, he interacts with them on a human level because it's what you do when you are human. One wonders what influence his films had in an America that did not know it was on the verge of the crushing Great Depression. Certainly, you need to turn to the speeches of FDR to hear the same reiteration that everyone is worthy of friendship, of understanding, of another chance to contribute to making things better for all.
* Mostly, the realizations come when Lloyd's character finds love. And without pre-nuptial agreements or the family oligarch sabotaging things to protect the affluent blood line, Lloyd's joie de vivre asserts that economic circumstances mean nothing. There are the first cinematic elements of the Horatio Alger ethic, so important in 19th century American literature. But the stronger theme is always Lloyd showing the way to being your brothers' and sisters' benefactor. And it comes without any need for the kind of "Look at ME!" grandstanding that characterizes today's philanthropy. This is human showing how to be human. And while couched in plenty of slapstick humor, it is touching, endearing, and it remains a guide to finding a fulfilling, happy life -- one based on making a difference.
* If that sounds overdrawn, just catch a few of these films, which include plenty of examples of superior storytelling.
* All of these are beautifully restored films from the 1920s, starring the original comic genius of film. And remember, "silent" films aren't silent at all -- they're a perfect demonstration of matching music to mood, emotion, action, bliss, peril, and everything else.
* Harold Lloyd mixed subtle reactions with physical comedy on a grand scale. And he did it all when film was a new medium, and there were NO special effects or stunt doubles.
* So, when you see Harold Lloyd dangling by one hand from the ledge of a six-storey building? Or hanging by the hands of a clock 70 feet up, with the Pacific Electric Red Cars whizzing by far below? Or somehow escaping death when a speeding steam locomotive demolishes his pre-Model T car?
* You are really seeing Harold Lloyd in exactly those hazardous, death-defying predicaments.
* Sure, the same era produced his wonderfully talented contemporaries -- Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Douglas Fairbanks, Clara Bow, William S. Hart, and others whose names most people know better than his. But Harold Lloyd was one of a kind, and no one else topped what he could do.
* Catch some of this, or record it. Recommendation, if you can only catch one? "Safety Last," from 1923, which runs 5-6:30 p.m. This magical time machine, an anthology of Lloyd's best work, screens for 24 hours on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) on cable or satellite.

9:20-11 am - "Shania Twain - Still the One" is a recorded live concert with a 13-piece band from 2013 at Caesar's Palace in Vegas. On AXS TV.

Noon-1 pm - John Mellancamp is The subject on "The Big Interview with Dan Rather" (S 6, ep 7, 2018). On AXS TV.

All day Tuesday - "Harold Lloyd Silent Movie Classics" continue, running from 3 a.m. Tues. to 3 a.m. Wed. (See the first Tuesday listing, above.)

The Guide waives our copyright for this edition. Feel free to share, so folks'll know there are alternatives to corporate mainstream media's obsession with Chicken Little singularities.

No comments: