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Reeling in the Years with Raphi Salem (E21)


Reeling in the Years with Raphi Salem (E21)

Part 2 of our visit with the musically curious, Raphi Salem. From the funny (Weird Al, Blue Oyster Cult) to the sublime (The Eagles) to the inspirational (Archie Bell and the Drells), Raphi gives us a peak at the music that has accompanied his life so far. No, we’re not going to play any Steely Dan this week. Well, maybe not. But we ARE calling this episode Reeling in the Years with Raphi Salem… go figure.

Our Beloved New York City

We are in trouble for sure. I walked down Rivington St. ten times this past week taking my kids to and from school for the first time in a year. We were so glad to be back to our routine… up early, the J train (yes there is a J train) to Delancey/Essex and then a walk to Columbia and Houston. So… good feelings, back at it and all that.


There are now stretches of Rivington… a normally vibrant street, that are 100% empty. ALL of the storefronts are barren, closed, out of business. I was shocked. Saddened. And fired-up at the same time. No, I cannot predict when NYC will be back to its brash, braggadocious, and occasionally obnoxious self, but I know it will get there. Raphi and I reflect on our beloved city and other matters of the hear in this episode— Reeling in the Years with Raphi Salem (LTNF E21).

Raphi, PJ & Billy LOVE NYC!

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The Playlist

Tracks included in order of appearance.

SongArtist / AlbumYear
White and NerdyWeird Al Yankovic / Straight Outta Lynwood2006
GodzillaBlue Oyster Cult / Spectres1977
Take it to the LimitThe Eagles / One of These Nights1975
Tighten UpArchie Dell and the Drells / Tighten Up1968
Lovely DayBill Withers / Menagerie1977
New York State of MindBilly Joel / Turnstiles1976
Playlist: Raphi Salem


In Part 2 Raphi’s music centers around the year 1975 as you can see from our LEST-OMETER below. Yep – that’s how we roll around here… the very latest in music technology!!

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I want to share my appreciation for you. For listening with an open mind. For comments and thoughts. For advice and suggestions. I am very pleased to go on these musical journeys each week knowing you are there to appreciate stand-out music from inspired musicians.

Reeling in the Years

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DJ and radio personality PJ Ewing is the host of Lester the Nightfly.

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  1. Adelaide Ewing

    Yo I love the pic.

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