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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Goodnight everyone, and have a red yellow honey, sassafras and moonshine weekend!

Goodnight everyone!


“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.”

Regina Brett


It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun is setting.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday. We do this EVERY Friday to show that despite what’s being passed off as art today that there’s still all kinds of great music at your disposal.

Tonight, nice summer stuff.

Ah, summer! My favorite season of the year. Warm days and nights. Hawaiian shirts, shorts, and flip-flops. Oh that it would last and last.

My father used to say that once the 4th of July came and went that summer was just about done. What he meant was that it passes much too quickly. That’s why summer must be enjoyed to the fullest. It’s not here very long.

Before you know it the leaves will be falling and the snow will be flying and the agonizing yearning for summer will be here. And we’ll be waiting such a long time. Waiting such a long time.

That reminds me of a song.



 

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Goodnight everyone, and have a truly American weekend!

Goodnight everyone!


“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”

Abraham Lincoln



Because of the Independence Day holiday, our weekly Friday night music feature moves up one day as we celebrate our nation’s birthday. And this week, naturally ,great American music.

A child of Jewish immigrants, Aaron Copland was born in 1900. He would become one of the most respected American classical composers of the twentieth century.  Copland creatively fused jazz and folk into his compositions. His vision was to produce a musical style considered to be “American.”  The resulting scores he crafted spread his fame all around the globe.

Copland's desired distinctive “American” sound is quite evident in our first selection. He wrote it
after Eugene Goosens asked him to come up with a musical tribute honoring those engaged in World War II. Goosens, conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, originally had in mind a fanfare "... for Soldiers, or for Airmen or Sailors" and wanted to open his 1942 concert season with it.

"The challenge was to compose a traditional fanfare, direct and powerful, yet with a contemporary sound,” said Copland.

The piece wasn’t delivered in time for that season opener. Instead, it premiered on March 12, 1943, three days before income taxes were due that particular year. Goosens and Copland concurred that it was the perfect time to pay homage to…the common man.










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We stay with the trailblazing Copland and a composition dancer Agnes de Mille called “Taming of the Shrew with cowboys.” De Mille would choreograph the work, one that she had to convince Copland to write the music for.

Copland’s cowboy ballet “Rodeo” tells the story of a cowgirl raised at Burnt Ranch. She can’t seem to get the attention of the Head Wrangler, who is, like the rest of the cowboys, crazy about the Rancher’s Daughter. The cowgirl eventually catches the eye of the Champion Roper who has just lost the Rancher’s Daughter to the Head Wrangler. The cowgirl puts on a beautiful dress for the Hoe-Down and now gets noticed by the Head Wrangler. The ballet culminates with the two locked in a Hollywood kiss in the middle of the dance.

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Goodnight everyone, and have a someone to cling to you, sing to you weekend!

Goodnight everyone!


"Aaah, summer - that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It's a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends."

Darell Hammond, founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, an innovative nonprofit based in Washington, D.C, that brings volunteers and community members together to build playgrounds for children across the country



It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday. We do this EVERY Friday to show that despite what’s being passed off as art today that there’s still all kinds of great music at your disposal.

Summer, glorious summer is here, although it certainly hasn’t felt like it all that much. Bright, warm times are ahead. Tonight, after a long dreary dreadful winter and spring, we celebrate those lazy, hazy, crazy days.

One of the biggest popular recordings of all-time was about summer. A beautiful instrumental, it surged to # 1 in early 1960 and stayed there for nine straight weeks.  The record sold more than any other in 1960 and won a Grammy Award. The bandleader released another version in 1969 featuring a female chorus. And still another rendition was released in the mid 70’s.

You know what was happening in pop music at that time. Like it or not, disco was hot, and everybody, everybody was getting involved, even Percy Faith. So what happens when you take a lush, lovely movie theme, one of the most well-known melodies ever and give it a disco theme?


 

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Goodnight everyone, and have an incredible summer weekend!

Goodnight everyone!



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The first day of summer doesn’t officially start until 5:51 Saturday morning, Milwaukee time. But you get the point. Summer goes so doggone fast. And then it’s 14 months of winter. Enjoy while the summer lasts.

It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight, we celebrate the first week of summer with a Friday night music feature that I believe we’ve only done once before…a full concert.

Last year Dave Koz and fellow saxophone friends Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair recorded an album of new arrangements of classic songs from legendary horn bands.



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The album turned into a tour and a Grammy nomination and another tour this year. We’ve featured the band in previous Goodnight blogs, but now you get to see them in a full concert, recorded live at the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 1, 2014.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Enjoy this extended Friday night music feature and some super old music performed in precision-like fashion by terrific musicians.

Have a great weekend, and an even greater SUMMER!!!












 

UPDATE: Goodnight everyone, and have a falsetto weekend!

Goodnight everyone!

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Goodnight everyone, and have a body odor-free weekend!

Goodnight everyone!

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Goodnight everyone, and have a mouseriffic weekend!

Goodnight everyone!


“Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil, and that is what our pictures attempt to do.”

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Goodnight everyone, and have an everything is alright weekend!

Goodnight everyone!


“Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.”

Stevie Wonder
 

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