We Close Out Both The Month and Week in Style With Our ‘M is For Motown’ EP and Tom Rush In the Spotlight, Friday, September 30, 2022

Good Morning, Motown Music Lovers! We’ve got your playlist for you today starting at 11:00 a.m. EST, and we close out the programming later with Tom Rush.

Here’s your musical landscape:

11:00 a.m. M is For Motown: Various Artists

We have two soul/R & B playlists, one that encompasses all record labels and this one, which features the Motown sound. You’ll hear Barrett Strong, Eddie Kendricks, Eddie Holland, Edwin Starr, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Jackson Five, Kim Weston, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers, The Temptations, The Contours, Mary Wells, Rare Earth, Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, Jimmy Ruffin and more!

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Tom Rush

We bring back the Pride of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I saw this guy in Portsmouth at his 79th birthday bash just before COVID-19 hit hard. This was the last time I’ve been in a concert venue, and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. I eventually lost the friend I saw the show with to COVID. I made this selection with her in mind today.

Before, in between, and after it’s our great wide Open Stream at the discretion of the Music Mermaid, who patrols the studio area with great pride. We run music on a 24/7 basis with no commercial interruption and no chatty DJ’s who just love to hear themselves speak. Oh, yeah, did I mention that we are completely free of charge?

On Saturday We Bring Our ‘A Little Bit O’ Soul’ EP, the Final Airing of “The Royal Scam” and LIVE DEAD! Later, On July 9, 2022

Good Morning, soul and R & B lovers. This is your day as we bring you some of the greatest feel-good music on the planet with our great multi-artist EP. We also give you a brand new LIVE DEAD! later on.

We start the day off right with ‘A Little Bit O’ Soul’

Here’s today’s lineup:

10:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

We start off the programming today with that feel-good music that gets you going. You’ll hear Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Ronettes, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Jimmy Ruffin, The Drifters, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Carla Thomas, James Brown, The Shirelles, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield, Sam & Dave, The Staple Singers, Nina Simone, LaVern Baker, The Supremes, Sam Cooke, Edwin Starr, Fontella Bass, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Irma Thomas and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Royal Scam by Steely Dan FINAL AIRING!

Today is the final airing of The Royal Scam. Come Sunday, we’ll have a brand new selection as our Album of The Week. When you roll out of bed, it’ll be ready for you.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY, February 19, 1971 NEW!

We’ve got another brand new soundboard recording for all our Deadheads. This one is from Port Chester, vintage 1971. Be there or be square, as they say.

The weekenders are officially on board this morning as we have our first full day out of the work-a-day world. (Well, most of us do. I’m not there yet.) This is a great day to tune us in and get a real feel for what we’re about. Before, in between and all night (we are 24/7), we give you that wide Open Stream. We don’t stop when the programming is over. We keep going.

We Keep It Simple Today With Asleep at The Wheel’s Album of The Week and Our ‘A Little Bit O’ Soul’ EP, Sunday, April 10, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! Today we do something we’ve been wanting to do for a while, which is to introduce you to one of the finest Texas swing bands ever to walk the earth, Asleep at The Wheel. (That is, if you haven’t already heard them. I’m sure some of you have.)

Asleep at The Wheel.

Here’s your Sunday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Route 66 by Asleep at The Wheel NEW!

I can vividly remember seeing this amazing band live at The Paradise in Boston back in the day. Man, there were people dancing on the tables they were so good. We chose this album because we felt it was a great way to introduce people to them. But they have made many albums and many live appearances over their half a century in music and, while we do have some of their stuff floating around our stream, I have a vast collection about to make it’s mark on our airwaves. Stay tuned. This is just the beginning.

3:00 p.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

Once again, we make our monthly pilgrimage to soul music mecca where you’ll hear Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Ronettes, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Jimmy Ruffin, The Drifters, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Carla Thomas, James Brown, The Shirelles, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield, Sam & Dave, The Staple Singers, Nina Simone, LaVern Baker, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Sam Cooke, Edwin Starr, Fontella Bass, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and many more! That’s five uninterrupted hours of soul and R & B!

This is a total day of rest for most sane people. Those of you who “get it” are staying out of the retail fray today and taking a mental health break. This is the place to be. We’re on 24/7 uninterrupted at no charge to the listening public. What other musical outlet says that? None.

No Joke, Music Lovers! We Start the Month With Our ‘M Is For Motown’ EP and ‘live’ Little Feat Later, Friday, April 1, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’re no fools here in The Mermaid Lounge. We kick off the month with our great ‘M Is For Motown’ EP and Little Feat live from London later!

Here’s your April Fool’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. M is For Motown: Various Artists

We’ve got all the best artists in Motown here today; the groundbreakers who created ‘the music that moved th world.’ You’ll hear Barrett Strong, Eddie Kendricks, Edwin Starr, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Jackson 5, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Jimmy Ruffin, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Kim Weston, Mary Wells, Martha & The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers, The Spinners, The Marvelettes, The Temptations, The Contours, Al Green, Rare Earth, Fontella Bass, Billy Preston, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and more!

7:00 p.m. Little Feat Live at The Rainbow Room, London, UK, August 4, 1977

A Mermaid Lounge favorite here live from London’s Rainbow Room. I have seen these guys several times over the years (the Lowell George version only), and they never disappointed. In fact, their performance at the Harvard Square Theater back in the seventies was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

Before, in between, and after we’ve got our great wide Open Stream of 27,000 songs. You’d be hard pressed to hear the same song more than once in a day. Tune us in. We’re totally free, unblemished by commercial advertising, and we’ve got The Music Mermaid. Nobody else does.

Today We Serve Up Our ‘For Foodies Only’ Playlist, Celebrate The Women With Irma Thomas, and Remember The Great Taylor Hawkins, Monday, March 28, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s a bittersweet day today as we pay respects to Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. That’s not all we’ve got, but it’s a day to remember one of the greatest drummers on the planet and just how fleeting life really is.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. For Foodies Only: Various Artists

Somebody suggested we make a playlist including songs about food. I’m glad they did because this is a really cool and eclectic playlist. You’ll hear The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Judy Collins, Sam & Dave, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Four Tops, The Strangeloves, Led Zeppelin, Don McLean, Cream, The Guess Who, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Eagles, Neil Young, Lucinda Williams, The Kinks, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Harry Nilsson, Fats Domino, Steely Dan, and more!

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Irma Thomas

We continue our celebration of Women’s History Month with Irma Thomas, a contemporary of Aretha Franklin who could easily be right up there on the musical food chain next to Aretha. But there’s apparently room for one one Queen of Soul, so Irma Thomas had to settle for the title of Soul Queen of New Orleans.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Foo Fighters

I wish we were running this playlist for happier reasons, but we’re not. We lose another great musician far too early in his life, and another one to drugs. Tonight we pay respects to the great Taylor Hawkins, and sincerely hope Dave Grohl and his mates eventually pull out of this sadness and keep on keepin’ on, even though there will never be another Taylor Hawkins.

What are you doing on Monday? Back to work? If you are in an office and have a computer, you can simply pull up a tab and join us for the day. We have many listeners around the globe who do. We have proof. We have emails! Best of all, we run 24/7 totally free of charge with no commercial interruptions. What’s not to like here?

Saturday Brings a Mix of Our Usual and Our Tribute to The Women of Music, March 12, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Today is Saturday and, if you’ve been listening to us, you know this is the busiest programming day of the week. Today we’ve got a great mix of musical material for you.

We’ve got our soul and R & B EP for you today, and the women are well represented!

Here’s your musical line-up:

9:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Home Plate by Bonnie Raitt FINAL AIRING!

This is the final airing of this great Bonnie Raitt album, and we’re starting early this morning so I must get a move on. Needless to day, tomorrow we will have a new selection.

11:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

This is a great multi-artist list paying homage to the great soul and R & B singers of our time. You’ll hear Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Ronettes, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Jimy Ruffin, The Drifters, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Carla Thomas, James Brown, The Shirelles, Etta James, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Irma Thomas, Curtis Mayfield, The Staple Singers, LaVern Baker, Nina Simone, Edwin Starr, Fontella Bass, Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and more!

7:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt: The Ballads

This could be described as Linda Ronstadt doing what she does best but, then again, she sings so many genres so well that it’s hard to stand definitively on one single style of music. She refused, from the beginning, to be pigeonholed. You’ll love this playlist and we haven’t heard it for a while.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, July 8, 1978 NEW!

We’ve aired The Dead’s 1985 Red Rocks show before, but this is a brand new soundboard recording of their 1978 show at Red Rocks, one of the most beautiful venues to catch a great jam band.

Come on, folks. It’s Saturday. While some of us continue to serve the entitled retail masses, you can be sitting back and enjoying all this great music for free. Yes, you heard that right. Or you read that right. We’re not going to bother you with subscriptions, credit cards, or take your personal information. I promise. No lie.

Another Monday and We’re Between Heaven & Hell, We Put Steely Dan In The Spotlight, and Deliver That Sweet Soul Sound This Evening, February 21, 2022

Here we are again, people. The beginning of another work week. But we’ve got some great music for you today as we celebrate Walter Becker’s birthday and Black History Month. But hey, here in The Mermaid Lounge, every month is Black History Month.

We celebrate Walter Becker’s birthday with Steely Dan In the Spotlight

Here’s your Moan-Day line-up:

11:00 a.m. Between Heaven & Hell: Various Artists

We start the day with a real Monday playlist because on Monday we are generally between heaven and hell. Here we have references to heaven and hell in the title and lyrics, and you’ll hear from Donovan, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, The Byrds, ZZ Top, Van Morrison, Lucinda Williams, Elvis Presley, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Fats Domino, Foo Fighters, The Grateful Dead, and more.

3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Steely Dan

After the 60’s the music of the 70’s was a bit of a letdown. (It only got worse in subsequent decades, by the way.) But Steely Dan was one of those bands who was an oasis in the middle of a desert. Love this band and the rap that they can’t reproduce their sound ‘live’ on stage was bullshit, by the way. That was not my experience when I saw them. Today we (belatedly) celebrate Walter Becker’s birthday by putting Steely Dan In the Spotlight.

7:00 p.m. That Sweet Soul Sound: Various Artists

I’d say we’re celebrating Black History Month, but every month is Black History Month here in The Mermaid Lounge. If it weren’t for black music, there would be no rock n’ roll. And no. Elvis never said he invented rock n’ roll. He deferred to his black counterparts on that issue. You’ll hear from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Roberta Flack, Rare Earth, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Fontella Bass, Edwin Starr, The Friends of Distinction, The Isley Brothers, Sly & The Family Stone, James Brown, Ray Charles, Etta James, Ben E. King, Mary Wells, Ann Peebles, The Temptations, Jackie Wilson, and more.

Your Monday doesn’t have to be a bad experience. Not when you’ve got access to all this great music totally free 24/7. No lie, people. We’re all about the music. People over profits. We live that here.

It’s Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge and We’ve Got Our ‘A Little Bit O’Soul’ EP, The Final Airing of The AOW, and LIVE DEAD Later, February 12, 2022

Good Morning, Weekenders! We’ve got a great Saturday of music planned for you, starting with our EP called ‘A Little Bit O’Soul’ which is actually a hell of a lot of soul.

Comin’ at ya starting at 11:00 a.m. EST!

Here’s your Saturday line-up:

11:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

We’ve got five hours of uninterrupted soul and rhythm & blues coming at you today from Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Ronettes, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Jimmy Ruffin, The Drifters, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Carla Thomas, James Brown, The Shirelles, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield, Sam & Dave, The Staple Singers, Nina Simone, LaVern Baker, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Edwin Star, Fontella Bass, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Sam Cooke and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Ode To Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry FINAL AIRING!

While we promise more from Bobbie Gentry, we’re sorry to report that this is the final airing of her debut album, Ode To Billie Joe. Get it while you can. We’ve already got our new choice lined up for tomorrow.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Manhattan Center, New York, NY, April 5, 1971 NEW!

Yes, they are back for another week! We’ve been at this for a while and there’s no end in site for the world’s ultimate jam band. This is another good soundboard recording with more than three hours of Dead music.

As usual, we’ve got plenty of wide Open Stream before, in between and after. We run 24/7 totally free to all and we are worldwide. No hidden costs. No subscriptions. No personal information asked. Do it.

It’s Digging Out Day Here and We’ve Got Our New Album of The Week Plus a Brand New Motown EP, Sunday, January 30, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve not only got our brand new Album of The Week for you today but we’ve got a brand new All-Motown EP to get you through the afternoon!

Yes, folks. M is indeed for Motown.

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones NEW!

Without a doubt, one of my favorite Rolling Stones albums of all time. It was their 9th British and 11th American studio release. It was released on April 23, 1971, and was the first released on their new (and their own) Rolling Stones Records. It was also their first album without Brian Jones, who had died two years earlier.

3:00 p.m. M is For Motown: Various Artists NEW!

This is a companion EP to our ‘Little Bit O’ Soul’ EP. It gives you strictly Motown artists (but not all Motown artists because there is some music we simply do not play), including The Temptations, The Spinners, The Jackson Five, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Jimmy Ruffin, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Isley Brothers, Martha & The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, The Marvelettes, Billy Preston, Mary Wells, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Eddie Kendricks, Rare Earth, Junior Walker & The All Stars, Edwin Starr, and many more!

This is a day of rest (yeah, as long as you weren’t in the snow belt yesterday), so you might as well take advantage of it and join your friends from around the globe. We’ve got a bunch on here this morning from Canada to Lithuania. Programming is only part of our day. The rest of it is filled with wide Open Stream courtesy of The Music Mermaid. Try it. You’ll see.

Sunday Gives Us ‘Blood On The Tracks’ As Our New Album of The Week, and The Sixties Rotation, Volume Two EP, January 23, 2022

Good Morning, Weekenders! Maybe you’re sleeping in; maybe not. But we never actually sleep here in The Mermaid Lounge. We blast out music on a global basis 24/7!

Mid-afternoon brings a little under five hours of the best of the mid-to-late sixties!

Here’s your musical landscape for today:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan NEW!

Dylan is another one of those guys who gives me fits. It’s difficult, if not impossible, for me to pick a favorite album. Is it Desire? Is it Blood On The Tracks? Is it Nashville Skyline? I don’t know. It varies with my musical mood, I guess. I have the same problem with The Heartbreakers and The Beatles.

This is Bob Dylan’s 15th studio album, released on January 20. 1975, so we honor this album very close to it’s 47th anniversary, written at a time when there was a lot of stress in Dylan’s personal life. Jakob Dylan once described this album as “my parents talking,” but his father insists it’s not autobiographical. Either way, this album logged in at no. 16 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums of All Time. By 2004, it has risen to no. 9. It reached no. 1 on The Billboard 200 Chart, and no. 4 on the UK Albums Chart. Give it a listen. It is undoubtedly one of Dylan’s very best.

3:00 p.m. The Sixties Rotation, Volume Two: Various Artists

The Sixties Rotations (volumes 1 & 2) were the very first playlists we ever put together for this station. They have both expanded to EP’s at this stage of the game, and today we give you the one that focuses on the mid-to-late sixties. You’ll hear The Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, Simon & Garfunkel, the Grateful Dead, Buffalo Springfield, Janis Joplin, The Four Tops, Roy Orbison, The Yardbirds, James Brown, Chuck Berry, The Four Tops, Vanilla Fudge, Sly & The Family Stone, The Zombies, The Doors, The Chambers Brothers, The Animals, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Donovan, Procol Harum, The Electric Prunes, Them, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Mamas & The Papas, and many more!

It is indeed a day of rest. And what could be better than joining your fellow global listeners on such a day? You don’t have to wait for programming. We run on wide Open Stream 24/7, so our button is never in the ‘off’ position. All you really have to do is click the button below. Go ahead. See for yourself.