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3 Chords & the Truth
The revolution will not be televised. It's on the Internet.
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Location: Omaha, NE
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I'M THE MIGHTY FAVOG, and welcome to Revolution 21 . . . and its freeform show, 3 CHORDS & THE TRUTH. 3 Chords & the Truth is g...


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January 25, 2020 12:48 AM PST
Hi there! Remember me? We're back with this little thing called 3 Chords & the Truth after a month off . . . about three weeks of that due to the viral crud that's been going around these parts and your Mighty Favog's not having enough voice to do the show. At least not enough until right now, and that's a generous assessment of the state of my vocal cords. Winter stinks. But not as badly as the last three years, which have been rather like attending the world's longest, saddest funeral. For your country. AND NOW, as the president is on trial in the Senate, and the outcome is just as foreordained as the trials of white supremacists who killed black folk in 1963 Mississippi. . . . Yeah, it kind of puts the viral crud in perspective as we head to the graveyard to shovel dirt onto the casket of the United States of America. I'm guessing right now that you kind of wish I still had the crud. On the other hand . . . it is what it is, and we're well past the point of being measured or polite. Down here in the 3C&T apocalypse bunker, bluntness is standard operating procedure. The music is pretty sweet, though. In dark times, we need all the cold comfort we can muster. Subversion is just about all that we have left in our political and cultural arsenal, and good music, smartly presented is the Big Show's way of subverting the bad hand -- the dysfunctional culture, politics and government -- we've been dealt. Turn the music up . . . loud . . . as you find your way to throw a spanner into the gears of fascist Amerika. It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
December 21, 2019 05:07 AM PST
The bigger the show, the less I'll write about it. And the Christmas edition of the Big Show is a big, big show, indeed. In fact, it's the biggest Big Show we've done in more than 11 years of doing the program. There isn't a little Christmas in this week's 3 Chords & the Truth; there's a lot of Christmas. There's a simple reason for that, pally. These days, we need a lot of Christmas. Every single minute. We need a lot of Christmastime. In this case, 3 hours and 13 minutes of Christmastime. You're welcome. Actually, thank our sponsor, What? Do a Shot . . . the drink America drinks when it needs to black out. So there you have it, big Big Show, small post about the holiday music marathon. It's A 3 Chords & the Truth Christmas, y'all. Be there. Alo-ho-ho-ho-ha.
December 14, 2019 12:40 AM PST
There are a lot of entities and ideologies, nay, powers and principalities, out there waiting to assimilate your ass. The vast majority represent bad, nay, weird ass stuff. Feel free to substitute a more colorful noun than "stuff." If you wonder what I speak of, you haven't been paying attention to our sorry and strife-filled times. But this isn't about that. This is about being assimilated by something good and interesting and, nay, something good for your brain and your soul. THIS . . . is about 3 Chords & the Truth. We're like the good Borg, and we only require to assimilate a modest and reasonable portion of your mind to the hive. And maybe your feet, with which we will guide you to use for dancing and tapping. Apart from that, there's just another exceptional edition of the Big Show to alert you to this week. Good music and a few great Christmas songs as we lead up to the giant Ho Ho Ho Extravaganza next week. That . . . is all. It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
December 07, 2019 12:34 AM PST
The power of tunes is . . . Three minutes of Christmas joy that makes you forget about a world of hurt for just a bit. Songs that make you think, reminding you of the important things in life. Music that lets you scream and rage at the insanity of this present darkness . . . without actually screaming and raging and getting carted off to the nearest psych ward. THAT SOMETHING beyond words that touches you inside in a way beyond description. The force multiplier of twist and shout. Not caring whether "the force multiplier of twist and shout" actually makes any sense. You know what you mean. "She loves you, yeah yeah yeah!" Now, komm gib mir deine Hand, and I'll lead you to a magical place. We call it the Big Show. We call it 3 Chords & the Truth. Be there. Aloha.
November 22, 2019 10:44 PM PST
There's a hole in Donald's head where all the crazy goes.
And America died for nothing, I suppose, Little minds have big mouths. Don't stop to count the cost, Sweet songs never last too long on broken radios.
(Apologies to John Prine)
THAT'S US. We're a broken radio, and the sweet songs -- our democratic heritage -- can't last too long. Not when we're going like this. The Big Show will do what it can. We will play our sweet songs as long as we can. But if our national -- our cultural -- hatred of the truth, of the rule of law . . . of one another . . . doesn't end, the sweet songs will fade into static. What cannot go on, won't. That is the message of this week's episode of 3 Chords & the Truth. We're here in the 3C&T apocalypse bunker beneath Omaha, by God, Nebraska, and we're doing what we can. Mainly, that's to play the best music we can, to remind you -- briefly -- of some basic, important things, and to keep alive the better angels of our cultural nature for as long as we can. That's what the Big Show can do. You have to do the rest. Now to the music. It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
November 16, 2019 12:22 AM PST
Some years back, when LSU football was going through a meh stretch, and the Tigers had lost in agonizing fashion to one hated rival or another, a fellow native Louisianian was in despair. My wife, trying to be encouraging, said something platitudinous on social media . . . you know, like "The sun will come up in the morning, and this, too, shall pass. So count your blessings, bucko." Midwesterners. They're so frickin' earnest. My fellow expat friend was having none of that bullshit. "You don't understand," she said. "Football. It's all we got." We Louisianians damn grew up in Trumpworld -- we just didn't know what to call it then. It's not like anyone was going to spend the money or give two shits enough to build a world-class university the Tigers could be proud of. IT'S NOT LIKE, magically, government would generally work and voters would generally care. It's not like the K-12 school system wouldn't always rank somewhere around dead last in the country. It's not like the poor wouldn't always be with us, always be killing one another, always be hopeless and always have Bubba -- who had a union job at the chemical plant and would die of cancer in about 20 years -- blame the poor for their mean estate. But goddammit, the LSU Tigers always had a shot. Except when they didn't. It's all we got. Folks in places like Nebraska don't get that. If the Nebraska Cornhuskers were magically transported to my home state, along with all their fans, in their present losing condition . . . well, "Nebraska" would supplant "Jonestown" in the Grim Reaper's thesaurus. SO, YOU ASK. What's this have to do with the Big Show, with 3 Chords & the Truth? Well, Cap, we all live in Trumpworld now. And we're all learning that, no, it's not darkest just before the dawn. It's darkest just before it gets even darker. It's suckiest just before the president gets all jiggy with his Twitter account and commits witness harassment against one of his own ambassadors who -- at that very moment -- is testifying at his House impeachment hearing. And then things get even worse. And then you learn to hang on to what you got. For as long as you can. In the Gret Stet, that's football. And great food. And a rich culture. And a world-class musical tradition. Being educated, having long lives and a minimally functioning government, with good roads and shit . . . not so much. Louisiana will always have gumbo, Russia will always have great vodka, Catholics will always have the Sistine Chapel (I think), and America will always have what was the most amazing patrimony on earth -- until it all went to shit. ME, I'M CLINGING to 3 Chords & the Truth. I look on the program as a flashlight in the darkness, a nod to musical truth, a tribute to what we had . . . and a hope that this present darkness just might be the precursor to dawn after all. I guess that Pollyanna-ish Midwestern optimistic crap might be starting to rub off on me after 30-something years. It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
November 09, 2019 12:31 AM PST
We live in a world where people like to spoon feed you both kinds of music. You know, country and western. Rap and hip-hop. Classic rock and classic hits. Classical and orchestral. Here at 3 Chords & the Truth, we play one kind of music -- good. The bad, we don't mess with. So, in the course of one show -- like this week's -- you're apt to hear The Young Rascals followed by Leonard Cohen. Mama Cass followed by Sarah Vaughan. Charlie Byrd followed by Squeeze. Andy Williams followed by Nazareth. I'm pretty proud of Andy Williams followed by Nazareth. It all works. It all expands your mind and your horizons. It all makes up the rich musical gumbo you know as the Big Show. Screw radio homogeneity, and screw the programmers and corporate suits who sell you short on an unending basis. We don't roll like that. We're 3 Chords & the Truth, dammit. Be there. Aloha.
November 01, 2019 04:15 AM PDT
Style and substance -- the Big Show has both. Always has. Always will. In radio today, I'm not sure what's the rarer thing, style or substance. Some stations and programs have some degree of style. Others -- not a bunch -- have substance. Few have both. Actually, having both is a good way to not be on the radio. Having both, come to think of it, is a good way to be totally screwed in lots of ways in our culture today. Such are the times in which we live. The blessing and the curse of 3 Chords & the Truth is that it's the program that doesn't give a damn. Bad news: This sort of thing is a horrible way to make any money. Good news: We've no money to lose from not being dumb-ass enough, so you're gonna hear some wild sh . . . stuff on this here little podcast. (Gotta watch the language. "Style," don't you know.) Style and substance. Boy is that happening on the Big Show this week. And, boy, do you need to be listening to the Big Show this week. Really, aren't we all tired of the dumb and the artless? Time for a change. It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
October 25, 2019 11:31 PM PDT
It's late. And I'm afraid we have no idea how late it is . . . says someone who is a member of a group of tens upon tens upon tens upon tens of millions of Americans just deemed "human scum" by the president of the United States of America. Just because we happen to oppose the mean-spirited, disastrous misgovernance of said president and his band of craven partisan enablers. The words "human scum" made it possible to kill 6 million Jews. Made it possible for Hutus to slaughter between half a million and a million Tutsis in Rwanda. Allowed the Turks to butcher about 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I. "HUMAN SCUM" on American lips gave permission for Southerners to enslave millions of blacks and egged them on as they declared war on their northern brethren in defense of the indefensible. Nearly 700,000 Americans were dead by the time the carnage played itself out in 1865. This edition of 3 Chords & the Truth is predicated upon the lateness of the hour in these United States. This edition of the Big Show also harbors a musical prayer that it's not too late. Sorry to get all serious on you but, alas, these are serious times. But at least we work plenty enough fun and tuneful enjoyment around the seriousness . . . in my humble opinion. But don't take my word for it; I'm just "human scum." Why don't you just listen for yourself instead? It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
October 12, 2019 12:34 AM PDT
Fall just fell, the heat is running, the coffee's on . . . a great time for you to pop in and say "Hello in there!" Or maybe the Big Show will just drop by your place to say hello. Either way is fine. Well, while we're saying hello, we just as well have some pumpkin spice stuff -- coffee, treats, booze, air freshener, whatever. Apparently it's required. And we at 3 Chords & the Truth do what's expected of us. Uh . . . once we did. I think. Anyway, say howdy, grab some kind of pumpkin stuff and settle in for a bunch of really good music. As is our custom. It's 3 Chords & the Truth, y'all. Be there. Aloha.
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