Marsbar Playlist ~ 10-11-2020

October 11, 2020

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the (somewhat) complete list. David gave us the gift of words and music for Thanksgiving from 9PM until 10PM, and that segment isn’t included in the list. Many thanks to JerusalemSlim for covering post-10PM.

This coming weekend (10/17-18), David is taking some much-deserved time off. See you all back in the arena 10/24, and Happy Thanksgiving!
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B.B. King & Etta James – There’s Something On Your Mind
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
Billy Porter – For What It’s Worth
Blackmore’s Night – Rainbow Eyes
Bobby Bland – Stormy Monday Blues
Bonaparte – Melody X
Boy George – The Crying Game
David Vaters – Brothers Of Mine
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Earons – Land Of Hunger
Elton John – Your Song/Can You Feel The Love Tonight/Candle In The Wind/Daniel/Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me
Eric Carmen – All By Myself
Eric Clapton – My Father’s Eyes (live)
Etta James – At Last
Flash And The Pan – California
Garfield – Private Affair
Harlem Gospel Singers – Walking in Memphis
Hooters – 500 Miles
Joe Bonamassa – Bird On A Wire
Leonard Cohen & U2 – Tower Of Song
Molly Johnson – Boogie Street
Moody Blues – Never Comes The Day
Pavarotti & Friends – We Are The World
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (live)
Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind
Richard Wright – Night Of A Thousand Furry Toys
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Roxy Music – Jealous Guy
Shawn Phillips – The Ballad of Casey Deiss
Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
Tanita Tikaram – Twist In My Sobriety
Tracy Chapman – The Promise
Unheilig – An Deiner Seite
Vera Lynn – Until It’s Time For You To Go
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Marsbar Playlist ~ 10-10-2020

October 10, 2020

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to the late night tenacity of TheBarron:
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Beat Farmers – Happy Boy
Big Supreme – Don’t Walk
Blancmange – Blind Vision (extended)
Bob Dylan – Lay, Lady, Lay
Boomtown Rats – Dave
Breeding Ground – Reunion
Bruce Springsteen – Ghosts
Bryan Ferry – Gates Of Eden
City Boy – Dinner At The Ritz
Cockney Rebel – Sebastian (Live From Face To Face)
Cocteau Twins – The Thinner The Air
Concrete Blonde – One Of My Kind
Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane
Cure – Caterpillar (Flicker Mix)
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
David Bowie – Blue Jean
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Firesign Theatre – The Ralph Spoilsport Mantrum
Flaming Lips – Do You Realize?
Gazebo – I Like Chopin (extended dance version)
Genesis – The Carpet Crawlers (Live From Turn It On Again)
Gowan – A Criminal Mind
Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child (Wild One extended)
Jordan John – Make Way For The Funk Parade
Klaatu – Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft
Lloyd Cole And The Commotions – Brand New Friend (Long Remix)
Madness – Our House (special remix–extended dance version)
Martha & The Muffins – Women Around The World At Work
Mick Jagger – Memo From Turner
Mighty Lemon Drops – Inside Out
New Order – True Faith
Nik Kershaw – The Riddle (extended remix)
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
Rammstein – Radio
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) (extended remix)
Simply Red – The Air That I Breathe
SLAVE To The SQUAREwave – Debauchery
SLAVE To The SQUAREwave – Headphones
Smiths – Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Status Quo – In The Army Now
Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime (DMC re-mix)
Terry Draper – Sunset On Mars
Vladimir Rogov – Mistakes Are Beautiful
Willie Deville – Across The Borderline (2 Meter Session)
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Marsbar Playlist ~ 10-4-2020

October 4, 2020

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to unstoppable and enthusiastic post-10PM assistance from JerusalemSlim:
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Aphrodite’s Child – Marie Jolie
B.B. King & Eric Clapton – Three O’Clock Blues
Big Brother & The Holding Company – Summertime
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
Blackmore’s Night – Now And Then
Bobby Bazini – Summer Is Gone
Christians/Holly Johnson/Paul McCartney/Gerry Marsden/Stock Aitken Waterman – Ferry Cross The Mersey
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Delerium – A Poem For Byzantium
Doors – The Crystal Ship
Era – Infinity Ocean
Garfield – Private Affair
Garfield French – Moments
Hidden Cameras – Afterparty
Howlin’ Wolf – I Ain’t Superstitious
Imagination Machine – Still In The Silence
Janis Joplin – Me and Bobby McGee
Jefferson Airplane – Miracles
Ladysmith Black Mambazo feat. Des’ree – Ain’t No Sunshine
Leon Russell – Stranger In A Strange Land
Lewis Furey – The Sky Is Falling
Little Feat – Spanish Moon (live)
Long John Baldry – Let’s Burn Down The Cornfield
Luciano Pavarotti/U2/Passengers – Miss Sarajevo (live)
Lyle Lovett – I’ve Been To Memphis
Mark Knopfler – In The Sky
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds
Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush – Don’t Give Up
Peter Murphy – Indigo Eyes
Phil Manzanera – Rosemullion Head
Pink Floyd – Arnold Layne
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Robbie Robertson feat. Van Morrison – I Hear You Paint Houses
Rupert Hine – I Hang On To My Vertigo
Screaming Blue Messiahs – Wild Blue Yonder
Simply Red – The Air That I Breathe
SLAVE To The SQUAREwave – Headphones (x2)
Tanita Tikaram – Twist In My Sobriety
Tears For Fears – Change
10cc – I’m Not In Love
Terry Callier – Blues For Billie Holiday
This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren
Tom Waits – Tom Traubert’s Blues (Four Sheets To The Wind In Copenhagen)
Van Morrison – Madame George
Wild Nothing – Paradise
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Marsbar Playlist ~ 10-3-2020

October 3, 2020

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list thanks to much appreciated late night assistance from TheBarron:
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Alphaville – Forever Young
Beautiful South – Dream A Little Dream
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy (12″ version)
Church Of Trees – Let Me Out (Rob Preuss Night Mix)
Cocteau Twins – Pandora (For Cindy)
David Gilmour – Faces Of Stone
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Delirium & Jael – Lost And Found (Blank & Jones Late Night remix)
Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough (Schizo mix)
Donovan – Sunshine Superman
Elton John/Bonnie Raitt – Love Letters
Enigma – Principles Of Lust
Front 242 – Welcome To Paradise
Godley & Crème – An Englishman In New York
Little Nell & Patricia Quinn & Richard O’Brien – Time Warp
Lloyd Cole – Like Lovers Do
New Order – The Perfect Kiss
Orange Juice – Rip It Up
Pet Shop Boys – Go West
Pink Floyd – Dogs
Porcupine Tree – Lazarus
Propellerheads feat. Shirley Bassey – History Repeating
Rammstein – Deutschland
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Robbie Robertson/Peter Gabriel – Fallen Angel
Roger Waters – Get Back To Radio
Romeo Void – Never Say Never
Sisters Of Mercy – Temple Of Love
SLAVE To The SQUAREwave – Model Citizen
SLAVE To The SQUAREwave – Tongue Tied
Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
Spacehog – The Horror
Split Enz – I Got You
Sylvester – Do Ya Wanna Funk
Thermodynamics – Sputnik In Space (Tronix Fly Cut)
Transvision Vamp – Velveteen
Vladymir Rogov – Mistakes Are Beautiful
Wallflowers – One Headlight
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Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-27-2020

September 27, 2020

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to the Energizer Bunny-like late night feats of JerusalemSlim:
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Alan Parsons Project – A Dream Within A Dream (1987 remix)
Alan Parsons Project – The Raven (1987 remix)
Badfinger – Carry On Till Tomorrow
Beth Hart – Baddest Blues
Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2
Brook Benton – Rainy Night In Georgia
Colin James – Hearts On Fire
Concrete Blonde – Crystal Blue Persuasion
Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring Jimmy Rushing – Blues In The Dark
David Marsden – The Delacroix Computer System
David Vaters – Brothers Of Mine
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Electronic Dream Factory – So, What Of Tomorrow (Original version)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky Man
Farm – Very Emotional
Genesis – I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
Harlem Gospel Singers – Walking In Memphis
Jason Collett – Vanderpool Vanderpool
Jimmy Durante – As Time Goes By
John Stewart – Daydream Believer
Leon Russell, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson – A Song For You (live)
Level 42 – Lessons In Love (Shep Pettibone remix)
Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
Molly Johnson – Lady Sings The Blues
Moody Blues – Instrumental Medley (Intro)
Moody Blues – I Know You’re Out There Somewhere (remix)
Oscar Peterson – Blues For Roy
Otis Redding – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
Patsy Cline – Crazy
Peter Murphy – Strange Kind Of Love
Phil Lynott – Solo In Soho
Phil Manzanera – Rosemullion Head
Pink Floyd – Louder Than Words
Pink Floyd – Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
Randy Newman & Lyle Lovett – You’ve Got A Friend In Me
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Roxy Music – The Bogus Man
Shirley Bassey – Yesterday When I Was Young
Slim Whitman – I Wish I Was Eighteen Again
Steven Wilson – Deform To Form A Star
Supertramp – Brother Where You Bound
Tai Phong – Sister Jane
Tommy James & The Shondells – Crystal Blue Persuasion
Tom Waits – A Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue Gun
Traffic – The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys
Vladymir Rogov – Mistakes Are Beautiful
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Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-26-2020

September 26, 2020

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to greatly appreciated late night assistance from TheBarron:
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AC/DC – Big Balls
Al Stewart – Roads To Moscow (live)
Church Of Trees – Let Me Out (Rob Preuss Night Mix)
Concrete Blonde – Someday?
David Bowie – Modern Love (extended mix)
Dear Rouge – Black To Gold
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Deep Purple – Help
Doors – Summer’s Almost Gone
Drifters – Under the boardwalk
Fine Young Cannibals – Suspicious Minds (Suspicious mix)
Flash And The Pan – Walking In The Rain
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Rage Hard (Broad)
Front 242 – Masterhit (Parts I & II)
Funkadelic & Soul Clap feat. Sly Stone – In Da Kar (Efunk mix)
Imagination Machine – Muskoka Trees
Joe Cocker – Bye Bye Blackbird
Jordan John – Funky, Funky, Funky
Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
Martha & The Muffins – Black Stations / White Stations
Mick Karn & Midge Ure – After A Fashion
Monkees – Last Train To Clarksville
Motors – Airport
New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (extended dance mix)
Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (From Delicate Sound Of Thunder)
Planet Funk – Inside All The People (Harvey’s Ibiza Sleepy mix)
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Roger Waters – Watching T.V.
Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light
Silversun Pickups – Toy Soldier
SLAVE To The SQUAREWave – Debauchery
SLAVE To The SQUAREwave – Tongue Tied
Specials – Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys
Spoons – Nova Heart (Dark Before Dawn Mix)
Terry Draper – Once Upon A Memory
Tommy James & The Shondells – Crystal Blue Persuasion
Ultravox- Hiroshima Mon Amour
Underworld – Nylon String
Velvet Underground – Who Loves The Sun
Yello – I Love You (remix)
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Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-20-2020

September 20, 2020

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to late night assistance from our own “Johnny-on-the-spot,” JerusalemSlim:
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Acker Bilk – Stranger On The Shore
Albert King – I’ll Play The Blues For You
Arkitex feat. Vladymir Rogov – Where is The Love
B.B. King – Lucille
B.B. King & Diane Schuur – I Can’t Stop Loving You
Be Bop Deluxe – Sister Seagull
Be Bop Deluxe – Modern Music
Be Bop Deluxe – Dancing in the Moonlight (All Alone)
Be Bop Deluxe – Honeymoon on Mars
Be Bop Deluxe – Lost in the Neon World
Beautiful South – Dream A Little Dream
Billie Holiday – Stormy Blues
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
Bill Withers – Lean On Me
Billy Bragg & Wilco – Ingrid Bergman
Blackmore’s Night – Castles And Dreams
Bobby Bazini – Summer Is Gone
Bruce Springsteen – Streets Of Philadelphia (live)
Buddy Miles – Down By The River
Church Of Trees – End Of Days (Rob Pruess Mix)
City Boy – The Violin
David Bowie – Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide
David Marsden – Reading of “The Great Realisation” by Tom “tomfoolery” Roberts
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Dr. John – Perdido
Electronic Dream Factory feat. Kim Stuart – (Feels Like) Heaven
Elton John – Your Song/Can You Feel The Love Tonight/Candle In The Wind/Daniel/Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me
Hooters – All You Zombies
Jerry Falwell – Excerpt from 2008 sermon on “morality”
John Lee Hooker & Carlos Santana – Chill Out (Things Gonna Change)
King Crimson – The Court Of The Crimson King
Lemon Jelly – In The Bath
Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love (live)
Long John Baldry – Mr. Rubin
Martha & The Muffins – Echo Beach (30th Anniversary Version)
Moody Blues – The Voice (Full Version)
Molly Johnson – Miss Celie’s Blues
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt. I
Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly With His Song
Roger Waters – THe Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)
Sisters Of Mercy – This Corrosion (extended mix)
Steely Dan – Aja
Tanita Takaram – Twist In My Sobriety
Terry Draper – Sunset On Mars
Vera Lynn – Until It’s Time For You To Go
Waterboys – The Whole Of The Moon
Willie Nelson – It Gets Easier
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Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-19-2020

September 19, 2020

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to some old-school post-10PM assistance from TheBarron:
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54-40 – How’s Your Day Going
Autograph – Turn Up The Radio
Barry McGuire – Eve Of Destruction
Beat Farmers – Happy Boy (segment)
Beatles – Ain’t She Sweet
Billy Porter feat. Steven Stills – For What It’s Worth
Boo Radleys – Lazarus
Boz Scaggs – Lowdown
Church Of Trees – End Of Days (rObPreuSS Version)
Clash – Magnificent Seven
Comsat Angels – The Cutting Edge
Concrete Blonde – Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)
Damned – Eloise
David Bowie – Starman
David Clayton Thomas – Burwash
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Demics – New York City
Depeche Mode – Route 66 (Beatmasters mix)
Elliott Murphy feat. Bruce Springsteen – Everything I Do (Leads Me Back To You)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax (Bonus; Again)
Housemartins – Caravan Of Love
Imagination Machine – Dancing On A Highwire
Inspiral Carpets – This Is How It Feels
Jah Wobble feat. Sinead O’Connor – Visions Of You
Janis Joplin – Me And Bobby McGee
Killers – Land Of The Free
Lightning Seeds – The Life Of Riley
Lou Reed & Suzanne Vega – Walk On The Wild Side & Tom’s Diner (Ben Liebrand Remix)
Magazine – Back To Nature
Midge Ure – The Man Who Sold The World
Midge Ure – The Man Who Sold The World
Mission – Wasteland
Moral Support – Living With Passion
Mort Garson – Leave The Driving To Us
Paul Young – Come Back And Stay
Peter Gabriel & The Soweto Gospel Choir – Down To Earth
Pink Floyd – High Hopes
Project Pitchfork – Orange Moon
Propaganda – Dr. Mabuse (Extended Version)
Pukka Orchestra – Your Secret Is Safe With Me
Rheostatics – Vancouver
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Shawn Phillips – Bright White
Undertones – Mars Bars
Van Morrison – Someone Like You
Vladimir Rogov – Mistakes Are Beautiful
Youngbloods – Get Together
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80s (and sometimes 10s) Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/Bands ~ George Rondina/Imagination Machine

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: One of the best things (and there are so many) about being introduced to David Marsden’s live radio show 14 years ago, and then more recently (2014) to his free-form stream NYTheSpirit.com, is getting to know some incredible music acts and artists that I never would have been exposed to otherwise.

George Rondina is part of this treasure trove of talent. Three of his songs recorded under the moniker Imagination Machine that David has played on his live weekend show have absolutely torn me up: A Northern Evening, Dancing on a Highwire, and True (May the Road Rise).  These hauntingly lovely songs are the perfect blend of an internal, aural, emotional journey highlighted by Rondina’s expressive and unique voice. Personally, music is an escape that makes the real world tolerable by pushing it aside and providing a safe haven in which to curl up and fantasize about what life should be. George Rondina’s music is that and so much more—it envelopes the listener within a protective bubble that promises salvation rather than mere isolation.

It’s my pleasure to share this interview with you and to hopefully pull more listeners into the ethereal world of Imagination Machine. Given the reality that we are forced to deal with every day, I believe this is an alternative that many will willingly embrace once its magic has touched the soul.

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MissParker: I’ve done some research about you online and am amazed at your accomplishments, most notably the Toronto recording studio known as Number 9 Audio Group.  Before I ask you to expand on that a bit, I also read that you were part of several bands back in the late 70s. What can you share about that experience?

George Rondina: I’d like to say, thank you for having me and for the very kind and generous introduction. I started out as a musician and was in a couple of different bands in high school. Once graduated, the musical journey really kicked in and the 3 bands I was in toured Ontario and Quebec.

It was fun for the first few years, but living out of a suitcase in some not-so-swank hotels took its toll after about 5 years and I started to think of something I could do that would garner a bit more of a normal life. After much thought, Number 9 Sound Studios ( Number 9 Audio Group ) was born.

MissParker: So, getting back to Number 9 Audio Group—the name is intriguing, by the way—where did the name come from (I have a guess) and what prompted you to switch from performing to producing?

George Rondina: Ah, so the name Number 9 of course was a culmination of things—John Lennon’s infatuation with the number 9 and numerology, as he was born on the 9th day of the month, and so was I. In 1981, for lack of a better name, Number 9 it was.

We ran the studio in tandem, with playing live on weekends, at first. When my first born came along, the rest of the band approached me about touring full time. I was happy playing weekends and running the studio through the week. It was a very hard decision, but I chose to keep the studio going, as I had no interest in going back on the road at the time and I knew it would have been very hard on my family. So that’s when the switch happened.

MissParker:  The “who’s who” list of artists you’ve worked with at the studio is impressive, to say the least. Of the people you’ve worked with, who left the biggest impression and why? 

George Rondina: Wow, that’s a tough one, as many of the bands like “The Barenaked Ladies” weren’t famous when we first recorded them. There are a few that I enjoyed meeting a lot, like David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat and Tears. David recorded 4 albums at Number 9 and we became quite good friends. Jim McCarty from the Yardbirds and Renaissance would be another. A real gentleman. The work we did with the Stones, Van Morrison, and Will Smith was either rental work or location recording—mostly arm’s length—never got to meet them directly. After almost 40 years there’ve been a lot of great experiences, that’s for sure.

MissParker: Who haven’t you worked with that would be high up on your wish list?

George Rondina: We could be here all night (laugh) . Of the living: Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Pete Townshend and The Who (whom I have met but haven’t worked with), Pink Floyd, particularly David Gilmour, Genesis…The list is endless.  

MissParker: I’m curious about your connection with David Marsden. How did you first meet up with him and how long have you known him?

George Rondina: I’ve known David from his radio shows since the 70s, but he’s only known me since about 2017-18, when I released A Northern Evening and he was kind enough to add it to his playlist.

MissParker: I fantasize about having been a part of the music world, but life seems to have had other plans for me. So I’m always curious—what got you interested in music and which instruments were the first you learned to play? 

George Rondina: Feb. 9th 1964 The Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show. That night, I decided that music is what I wanted to do. I was just a young kid. I tried guitar but just couldn’t get the hang of it, where piano came much more naturally for me. Then came the other keyboards and synthesizers, which I have a nice little collection of my favourites now. The only other thing for me was singing. I started in choirs at an early age.

MissParker: Who were your early musical influences?

George Rondina: Well of course, The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, and the whole late 60s-70s scene. Later: Genesis, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, ELP, David Bowie, Tom Petty—the list could go on almost forever.

MissParker: Even though you’re a musician first and foremost, what planted the Imagination Machine seed?

George Rondina: I’d been writing songs all my life but pushed aside recording them to focus on the studio, raising my kids, and making ends meet. Later in life, which started around 2016, I recorded a Christmas song for a charity to help kids with depression issues. The song was called Shine On. After I finished recording that song, I decided that it was time to start on an album.

MissParker: To me, you have the perfect blend of synths and instrumentation to enhance your vocals on the gorgeous  track “A Northern Evening.” The first time I heard David play it, I about fell out of my chair while grabbing my phone to Shazam this amazing song I was listening to. What inspired you to write that song?

George Rondina: It was a long time ago. I wrote the majority of A Northern Evening when I was in my 20s, and adding parts and lyrics in 2016-17 when I recorded it. By the way, I’m very encouraged and grateful by your kind words.

It was an experience I had while in Northern Ontario on a crisp, clear winter’s night while snowmobiling. We reached a peak and gazed into a sky full of stars with northern lights and shooting stars. It was an epiphany for me. I guess the belief that there is something more was confirmed that night and soon after came the lyrics and the song.

MissParker:  I absolutely adore “Dancing on a Highwire.” What’s the back story to that song?

George Rondina: That’s a little sad I guess. My father suddenly passed away at 56 when I was 21. Literally died in my arms. The only death I’d experienced before that of someone  that was close was my grandmother ( my Dad’s mother) the year before. I went into a bit of a dark place and was searching for something. Not to get too deep into the experience, Highwire is really just about the fragility of life and how we all have the courage to carry on even through the darkest of times.

MissParker:  Rooting around YouTube I’ve come across some other Imagination Machine gems that are both playful and lovely. Do you have any other songs in the works?

George Rondina: The other Imagination Machine Songs are Muskoka Trees, Blue Room, and I just recently finished a song called Still In The Silence. Going in the studio this week to start another new song.

MissParker:  Please share how we can purchase your music and also be informed of any future releases.

 George Rondina: It’s pretty well a one-man show right now. I don’t have a website or FaceBook page just yet for Imagination Machine. The other thing is since I started Imagination Machine there is a children’s group using the same name, so it may evolve into George Rondina and The Imagination Machine .

I think tuning into Dave Marsden’s NYtheSpirit.com is a good way to hear what is going on with Imagination Machine or my personal Facebook page. The songs are all available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube, and more. You can download from iTunes and Bandcamp, which is always preferred by the artist.

Here are a few links:

Muskoka Trees ~ Single ~ available on Apple Music

True (May the Road Rise) ~ Single ~ available on Apple Music

Blue Room ~ Single ~ available on Apple Music

Dancing on a Highwire ~ Single ~ available on Apple Music

Still in the Silence ~ Single ~ available on Apple Music

A Northern Evening ~ Single ~ available on Apple Music

And, before we end, I think it’s very important I acknowledge the musicians, engineers and studios that played a huge part in making our songs presentable 🙂. They are: George Koller, Vito Rezza, Graham Walker, Larry Bodner, Chase Sanborn, Reg Schwager, Ciceal Levy and Amoy Levy, Caroline Akwe, John Madill, Aaron Fund Salem, Arron Davis, Bridget Hunt, Carolyn Blackwell, Winona Zelenka, John Switzer, Samuel Bisson, Alex Toskov and Veronica Lee, Loretto Reid, Eric St-Laurent, Anne Lindsay, Bernie Cisternas, Brian Mcloughlin, Alex Lang, Number 9 Audio Group, Alex Gordon, Abbey Road Studios Mastering, Lacquer Channel Mastering, and Noah Mintz.

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview. It’s been a pleasure.

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It was truly a pleasure to learn more about this inspiring music maker and producer. Follow the links below to sample some of his incredible work. And, if you like what you hear, be sure to support George Rondina and Imagination Machine using the links he gave us above.

True (May the Road Rise)


A Northern Evening


Dancing on a Highwire


Blue Room

Marsbar Playlist ~ 9-13-2020

September 13, 2020

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to JerusalemSlim who did double late night duty this weekend with impeccable list-keeping both nights.
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Aaron Neville – Morning Has Broken
Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood/Stormy Monday Blues (live)
Arkitex feat. Vladymir Rogov – Where is The Love
Art Of Noise feat. Duane Eddy – Peter Gunn
Badfinger – Carry On Till Tomorrow
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – I’d Rather Go Blind (live)
B-52s – Planet Claire
Blackmore’s Night – Castles And Dreams
Blackmore’s Night – I Still Remember
Blodwyn Pig – Dear Jill
Bruce Springsteen – Secret Garden
Carmen Twillie – Circle Of Life
Chicago – Beginnings
Christians/Holly Johnson/Paul McCartney/Gerry Marsden/Stock Aitken Waterman – Ferry Cross The Mersey
Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane
David Allan Coe – The Ride
David Vaters – Brothers Of Mine
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Derek & The Dominoes – Bell Bottom Blues
Disturbed – The Sound Of Silence
Dr. John – Perdido
Elton John – Circle Of Life
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight (live)
Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain Again
Gianluca Luisi/David Marsden – French Suite No. 5 In G Major/Spoken Word
Hunter Valentine – She Only Loves Me When She’s Wasted
Jack Johnson – Times Like These
Johnnie Ray – Cry
Krueger Band – Krueger Motel
Moody Blues – Melancholy Man
Otis Redding – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
Phil Manzanera/801 – Listen Now
Procol Harum – Grand hotel
Ray Charles & Willie Nelson – Seven Spanish Angels
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down The Crazy River
Roderick Falconer – Radio
Shuggie Otis – I’m The Midnight Creeper
Spoons – New Day New World
Steppenwolf feat. John Kay – Snowblind Friend
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Little WIng
Sufjan Stevens – Mystery Of Love
Tony Joe White – Polk Salad Annie
Toots And The Maytals feat. Ben Harper – Pressure Drop
Van Morrison – I’ll Be Your Lover, Too
Vladymir Rogov – Mistakes Are Beautiful
Wild Nothing – Paradise
Within Temptation – Our Farewell (live)
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