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JACK BLANCHARD'S COLUMN at Music Charts Magazine® 

 

RECORDING IN THE 1960’S

In the 60’s we mixed almost everything down to stereo and to mono.
The mono was specifically for 45 radio singles.
We ran two tape recorders at once… one mono and one multi-track.
The mono was for AM radio play,
and was considered the more important mix.

The original master tapes sounded beautiful and rich…hi-fi.
When they were mastered for AM radio, which was mono,
they were much lower quality. Here’s why:
First the singles were reduced to midrange,
where the human hearing is most efficient… like the CB radio frequencies.
This gave them what we called “apparent loudness”.

Then they were run through compressors and limiters,
clipping off a lot of the sound,
in order to make your record sound louder on the air.
This became a rat race, because everybody was doing it,
so the integrity of the original music was lost…
flattened and pounded and cookie-cut into lo-fi commercial radio singles.
The LP albums were usually stereo and much better in sound quality.

Recording back then, when we started, was not so primitive.
We sang into Telefunken condenser mikes,
we had 3 or 4 track wide tape running then at 15 inches per second.
We had several kinds of reverb…including elaborate echo chambers.
These were highly engineered, shellacked rooms,
with a speaker at one end, and a movable condenser mike on a track.
No two flat surfaces were parallel to each other.
This was to prevent standing waves, and let the echo keep repeating.
They sounded as good or better than today’s digital echo/verbs,
but a lot of conservative producers were afraid of them.

So…
people made fine masters, released crappy singles,
and the public accepted the system because they were trained to.
Now people think that was the way music sounded back then.
It was better than that.

Jack Blanchard

© 10/27/2014

 
Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan… Grammy & CMA Award Finalists. Billboard Duet of the Year. Home Page: www.jackandmisty.net Mastering & restoration studio: 407 330 1611

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan…
Grammy & CMA Award Finalists.
Billboard Duet of the Year.
Home Page: www.jackandmisty.net
Mastering & restoration studio: 407 330 1611


JACK BLANCHARD'S COLUMN at Music Charts Magazine®
 

ABOUT TODAY’S COUNTRY MUSIC AND AWARDS.

Misty and I are “Lifetime” CMA members,
so artists who are up for awards send us free CD’s to get our votes.

We just listened to two stars, a male and a female.
Her music is “bubble gum”, directed at 12 year old girls.

He is a good singer, but his recordings are produced to death.
No feeling of real humans in a studio.
His arrangements are tricky and full of hooks,
but the lyrics have no depth.
They are today’s “Sh-boom Sh-boom”.

These are super stars. not beginners.
If their heart and dreams were in there you could hear it.
They are making junk for a demographic that likes junk.

If I’m ever a 12 year old girl I might vote,
but I doubt it.

Jack Blanchard.

© 10/18/2014.

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan… Grammy & CMA Award Finalists. Billboard Duet of the Year. Home Page: www.jackandmisty.net Mastering & restoration studio: 407 330 1611

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan... 
Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net
Awards: Grammy, Billboard, CMA, BMI, ASCAP.

Mastering & restoration studio: 352-530-2068.
Email: jackandmisty@gmail.com.

 

 

 
JACK BLANCHARD'S COLUMN at Music Charts Magazine®
 

IN THE HOSPITAL THIS WEEK

 
Well, I’m home from the hospital today today.
My problem was internal bleeding. I lost several pints of blood.
Anyway, they fixed it, at least for now.
Everybody that worked at the hospital was just like family,
without the arguments. 

They took me in an ambulance Monday night and threw me out today.
During all that time I ate practically nothing
and slept about an hour and a half each day.
Misty took great care of me, as always.

The food was great but I had no appetite and couldn’t eat it.
They checked me from head to toe with a colonoscopy
and many other tests.
They found and fixed a couple of things.
No cancer or anything deadly.

Seriously, I was worried about cancer.
It was a very rough four days,
hooked up to wires, tubes, and a five pound heart monitor.

The best part was being under general anesthetic for an hour.
Endless tests and treatments in all hours of the day and night.
And I’ve hated wearing gowns ever since the prom.

They say that every once in a while my heart does a little dance step
for about five seconds.
I think it’s just going from the chorus to the bridge.

Three cardiologists told me that my occasional irregular heartbeat
was nothing to worry about… that almost everybody has it.
So why did they give me a prescription for it?

Three nurses were actually arguing
about which one would give me the suppository.
To keep the peace, I did it myself.

Today I got home and found over a thousand emails on my mail page,
and hundreds of comments and “likes” on Facebook.
I can’t thank each of you individually, but I’m saying this now to all of you:
Thank you so much for caring!
You’ve brightened a dark week.

Jack Blanchard

© 10/10/2014.

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan… Grammy & CMA Award Finalists. Billboard Duet of the Year. Home Page: www.jackandmisty.net Mastering & restoration studio: 407 330 1611

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan... 
Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net
Awards: Grammy, Billboard, CMA, BMI, ASCAP.

Mastering & restoration studio: 352-530-2068.
Email: jackandmisty@gmail.com.

 

 

 
JACK BLANCHARD'S COLUMN at Music Charts Magazine®
 

A LITTLE MIRACLE IN ASHFORD, ALABAMA

 
When you’re hitch-hiking cross country
you usually wind up taking circuitous routes,
and getting stranded in places you never knew existed,
and meeting people who are surprised that you exist.
We were once detained as suspected chain gang escapees,
which is where this story will eventually arrive.

You may be trying to go north,
but find yourself heading east or west,
and happy to get a ride,
to get off the side of a long and often creepy road.

When hitching you see the roads differently.
You notice the gum wrappers, cracks, puddles,
weeds and insects on the shoulders.
You get to know them well, sometimes being there for many hours.

A bend in the highway that cars disappear around in seconds,
is a mystery to you.
Maybe there’s a town up there,
or an old gas station where you might get water, or a lucky ride,
or more endless miles of nothing,

Hitch-hiking to a place a thousand miles from where you start
can easily cover almost double the AAA route,
moving laterally as often as forward.
And you can plan on a number of extra days
in the burning sun or cold rain.

This isn’t all bad.
Looking back on it It’s an adventure.
At the time it seemed like punishment.

Bob Egan and I were trying to get back to Buffalo from Florida,
and got dropped off at nightfall in a tiny southern town,
by a bakery truck driver going in for the night.
The two-lane county road traffic amounted to a vehicle an hour,
it was dark and getting chilly,
we hadn’t eaten, and were practically broke.

We were in Ashford, Alabama,
at the intersection of US84 (now called “Old US 84”),
and the road going northward was the narrow County Road 55.
There was a streetlight on the corner, so we stood under it,
trying to look wholesome and non-threatening.

Kids from the village came around to watch us stand there.
We were the biggest thing going on in town.
They were just a few feet from us,
but we couldn’t understand a single word they said.
We were from another planet.

After an hour or maybe three,
a dump truck rumbled toward us from the wrong direction.
Shovels were hanging on its sides and clanging.
It stopped and large elderly man in a plaid shirt got out.
He was the sheriff or maybe the chief constable.

The big man was friendly, but said he had to take us in
because we fitted the description of two chain gang escapees…
two young Yankee fellas, one dark-haired and one blond.
We tried to tell him how innocent and nice we were,
but the report said that they were smooth talkers,
and not to believe anything they said.

We climbed up into the truck cab
and he drove us about two blocks to the police station,
where we sat and were given coffee and a sandwich,
while the sheriff made some phone calls.
The police station was on Main,
which in my memory was an unpaved dirt street.

After a while he said “We don’t have a regular jail here,
but we’ve got a place for you to stay until court in the morning.”
Then he drove us to a big wooden house of indeterminate color,
and introduced us to a matronly lady
who was the proprietor of this rooming house.
She was as friendly as he was,
but we were surely headed for life on the chain gang,
and that took a little edge off the fun.

We did get some needed sleep and some breakfast in the morning.
The rugged old cop picked us up
and said we had been cleared of all suspicions.
He drove us to the county line.
Like an idiot I said “Good luck catching those guys.”
He waved out the truck window and headed back to town.

It only took a few decades for me to figure out what really happened.
He knew we would be stuck all night on that corner.
He could see that we were tired and probably hungry,
and he made the phone call to the boarding house lady
to put us up for the night.

There were no escaped convicts.
Just two youthful strangers who needed some help.
I have a warm spot in my heart for Ashford, Alabama,
and those good people.

© 2014.

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan… Grammy & CMA Award Finalists. Billboard Duet of the Year. Home Page: www.jackandmisty.net Mastering & restoration studio: 407 330 1611

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan... 
Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net
Awards: Grammy, Billboard, CMA, BMI, ASCAP.

Mastering & restoration studio: 352-530-2068.
Email: jackandmisty@gmail.com.

 

 

 
JACK BLANCHARD'S COLUMN at Music Charts Magazine®
 

FRAMES

 
A famous photographer was set up on a scenic overlook
to shoot the beautiful sunset.
A stranger walked up beside him
and gazed silently at the gorgeous sky.
After a couple of minutes the stranger said this:
“It’s almost like a painting.”
The photographer said: “Yes. Nature’s catching up.”

Life is a picture without a frame.
There’s too much to see to really appreciate it.
We see life best when it comes in little sections
cleverly framed so we know what to focus on.
It’s easier for us to see the tree than the forest.

In olden days it was the fashion
for hikers on  nature walks to carry wooden picture frames.
When they came upon a beautiful vista,
they would look at it through the frames,
blocking out the not so pretty things,
and adjusting the frame to see only the best parts,
in artistic balance…like a painting.

Frames are interesting.
On television they make a picture shorter from top to bottom
and we think we’re seeing a panorama.
Hair styles are designed to frame the face.
When we “frame” somebody for a crime,
we focus suspicion upon them.

Stories and songs frame parts of life for us to understand…
showing us life with order and meaning,
and not showing us the ugly or boring parts.
People in story and song seldom sleep or go to the bathroom,
because they are not important to the plot.
Every line is written to add to the continuity,
and take the action to a satisfying ending.

Real life doesn’t have many good endings.
It usually peaks somewhere around the middle,
and then just wanders off,
but the authors are smart enough to stop at a high point.
Stories give us life we can understand…in a frame.
Bite size.

I don’t mean to say life can’t be fun, inspiring, tragic, hilarious,
noble, evil, and interesting in every way.
It is, and I love it.
But it’s often more interesting when we look back on it.
Our memory is selective.
It forgets the boring parts.

Artists, composers, and writers help us to find meaning,
or the illusion of meaning,
in a world that appears pretty random to the naked eye.
I do this kind of thing for a living. It’s my life’s work,
and I’m glad I didn’t listen to the well-meaning people
who advised me to give up this nonsense,
and get a real job.

Music, literature, poetry, and art help us to to get a frame
around this life we find ourselves in.

Jack Blanchard

© 2012, 2014.

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan… Grammy & CMA Award Finalists. Billboard Duet of the Year. Home Page: www.jackandmisty.net Mastering & restoration studio: 407 330 1611

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan... 
Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net
Awards: Grammy, Billboard, CMA, BMI, ASCAP.

Mastering & restoration studio: 352-530-2068.
Email: jackandmisty@gmail.com.

 

 

 
 

Jpop Oricon Charts – W34

  • 1.
     
     
    first week
    Another Future - Kis-My-Ft2
    Another Future
    Kis-My-Ft2
     
  • 2.
     
     
    Everlasting
    L’Arc~en~Ciel
     
  • 3.
    (3)
     
    3 weeks
    Bukiyou Taiyou (不器用太陽) - SKE48
    Bukiyou Taiyou (不器用太陽)
    SKE48
     
  • 4.
     
     
    first week
    Ahhahha! ~Chouzetsu Bakushou Ondo~ (アッハッハ! ~超絶爆笑音頭~) - SUPER GiRLS
    Ahhahha! ~Chouzetsu Bakushou Ondo~ (ア …
    SUPER GiRLS
     
  • 5.
     
     
    first week
    Odoru Ponpokorin (おどるポンポコリン) - E-Girls
    Odoru Ponpokorin (おどるポンポコ …
    E-Girls
     
  • 6.
     
     
    first week
    Darling - Kana Nishino
    Darling
    Kana Nishino
     
  • 7.
     
     
    Nijiiro Miracle
    765PRO ALLSTARS
     
  • 8.
     
     
    first week
    Koganemushi - HIP♥ATTACK from IDOLING!!!
    Koganemushi
    HIP♥ATTACK from ID…
     
  • 9.
     
     
    ER2
    Eight Ranger
     
  • 10.
     
     
    first week
    BANG!BANG!BANG! - Silent Siren
    BANG!BANG!BANG!
    Silent Siren
     
  • 11.
     
     
    first week
    Do my best!! - Rev. from DVL
    Do my best!!
    Rev. from DVL
     
  • 12.
     
     
    Tinkling Smile
    Yui Ogura
     
  • 13.
     
     
    first week
    Skyreach  - Sora Amamiya
    Skyreach
    Sora Amamiya
     
  • 14.
     
     
    FUTURE FISH
    STYLE FIVE
     
  • 15.
    +3(18)
     
    6 weeks
    Natsu no Free&Easy (夏のFree&Easy) - Nogizaka46
    Natsu no Free&Easy (夏のFree&Easy)
    Nogizaka46
     
  • 16.
    -4(12)
     
    3 weeks
    Mighty Long Fall - ONE OK ROCK
    Mighty Long Fall
    ONE OK ROCK
     
  • 17.
    -7(10)
     
    2 weeks
    Himawari no Yakusoku - Motohiro Hata
    Himawari no Yakusoku
    Motohiro Hata
     
  • 18.
     
     
    first week
    FLOWER BLOOM - Hilcrhyme
    FLOWER BLOOM
    Hilcrhyme
     
  • 19.
     
     
    Paradise Dream
    Break Through
     
  • 20.
    +2(22)
     
    3 weeks
    Tii Tii Tii Terette Tereti Ti Ti~Dare no Ketsu~ - Busaiku
    Tii Tii Tii Terette Tereti Ti Ti~Dare …
    Busaiku
     
  • 21.
     
     
    first week
    Koi wa Milk Tea (恋はみるくてぃ) - Petit Milady
    Koi wa Milk Tea (恋はみるくてぃ)
    Petit Milady
     
  • 22.
     
     
    Cloud Nine
    Aisaka Ryota, Shimaz…
     
  • 23.
     
     
    first week
    Garden - Blu-BiLLioN
    Garden
    Blu-BiLLioN
     
  • 24.
     
     
    first week
    Shout - androp
    Shout
    androp
     
  • 25.
     
     
    Wakamono Tachi
    Naotaro Moriyama
     
  • 26.
     
     
    Geragerapo No Uta
    King Cream Soda
     
  • 27.
     
     
    M. P. N (Mercoco Party Night)
    Merci Coco
     
  • 28.
    -2(26)
     
    4 weeks
    New Horizon - EXILE
    New Horizon
    EXILE
     
  • 29.
     
     
    Ryokiteki Na Kiss Wo Watashi Ni Shite
    Gesu No Kiwami Otome.
     
  • 30.
    -13(17)
     
    3 weeks
    MOON PRIDE - Momoiro Clover Z
    MOON PRIDE
    Momoiro Clover Z

 

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 July 21, 2014 

Album

LW

TW

Artist

Title

(Label)

TW SPINS

LW SPINS

Weeks on Chart

Spin +/-

Stations

1

1

William Clark Green

Hanging Around

(Bill Grease Records)

1,375

1,312

15

+63

76

Whiskey Myers

3

2

Whiskey Myers

Dogwood

(Wiggy Thump)

1,269

1,087

15

+182

74

6

3

Roger Creager

River Song

(Roger Creager Music)

1,220

983

8

+237

76

2

4

TJ Broscoff

Falling Down

(BGM Records)

1,187

1,113

16

+74

63

4

5

Adam Hood

Trying To Write A Love Song

(Adam Hood Music)

1,095

1,087

18

+8

67

8

6

Casey Donahew Band

Lovin’ Out of Control

(Almost Country)

1,038

954

9

+84

71

7

7

Jason Boland & the Stragglers

Lucky I Guess

(Proud Souls Ent.)

1,008

974

18

+34

62

9

8

Kyle Park

Long Distance Relationship

(Indie/Thirty Tigers)

1,000

922

12

+78

71

A Different Day

14

9

Cody Johnson

Me & My Kind

(CJB)

972

695

4

+277

68

Dirt Road Driveway - Digital Album

10

10

Granger Smith

If Money Didn’t Matter

(GS)

953

874

10

+79

72

13

11

Bart Crow

If I Go, I’m Goin’

(Smith Ent.)

852

733

9

+119

65

5

12

Curtis Grimes

Our Side of the Fence

(CG)

781

989

12

-208

56

12

13

Zach Coffey

I Love You Anyway

(ZC)

744

743

17

+1

53

MR_DAAI_CD-Face

17

14

Mike Ryan

Dancing All Around It

(MR)

727

596

7

+131

57

25

15

Zane Williams

Hands of a Workin’ Man

(ZW)

708

501

5

+207

56

19

16

Deryl Dodd

One Night Too Long

(Smith Ent.)

677

580

8

+97

51

16

17

Midnight River Choir

Circles

(Rambling Gypsy)

654

667

16

-13

50

11

18

Randy Rogers Band

Satellite

(MCA Nashville)

628

796

15

-168

49

CD - Blame It On the Music

22

19

Jesse Raub Jr.

Good Man Go Wrong

(JRJ)

611

539

8

+72

48

abiline-single-cover2

23

20

Matt Kimbrow

Abilene

(MK)

604

532

16

+72

47

Image of 30 CD

20

21

Cody Jinks

Alone

(CJ)

602

553

15

+49

50

21

22

Rich O’Toole

Too Good To Call

(PTO Records)

591

546

13

+45

50

29

23

Josh Grider

One Night Taco Stand

(AMP)

560

437

2

+123

52

26

24

Ray Johnston Band

More Crown Than Coke

(RJB)

536

495

10

+41

44

45

25

Kevin Fowler

Panhandle Poorboy

(Kevin Fowler Records)

495

308

2

+187

49

24

26

The Statesboro Revue

Live A Little

(Vision Ent./Shalley Records)

492

507

9

-15

41

18

27

John Slaughter

Ghost Town

(JS)

486

592

22

-106

38

15

28

Mario Flores

Got A Bad Feeling

(MF)

485

677

19

-192

39

32

29

Tori Martin

Done Deal

(Independent/Martin 3)

447

383

9

+64

35

33

30

Uncle Lucius

Everybody Got Soul

(Entertainment One Music)

446

378

3

+68

44

30

31

LiveWire

Drivin’ You Outta My Mind

(Way Out West Records)

422

428

5

-6

34

27

32

Chance Anderson

Windows Down

(CA)

399

470

8

-71

36

Image of Preorder - 2014 Hearts From Above Album

40

33

Micky & the Motorcars

Hearts From Above

(Smith Ent.)

396

345

2

+51

46

36

34

Casey Berry

Fool

(80615 Entertainment)

394

365

4

+29

41

49

35

Cameran Nelson

Shotgun

(CN)

386

272

2

+114

38

38

36

Chris Brazeal Band

Small Town Saturday Night

(CBB)

375

351

6

+24

30

35

37

Aaron Kothmann

As Good As It Gets

(Nicol Rae Records)

369

366

6

+3

32

41

38

Abbi Walker

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

(AW)

368

341

10

+27

35

34

39

Jeremy Steding

Stay

(JS)

365

367

13

-2

32

Kylie Rae Harris

42

40

Kylie Rae Harris

Sticks and Stones

(KRH)

355

330

3

+25

36

39

41

Johnny Cooper

Thank You

(Vision Ent.)

350

349

4

+1

29

44

42

Cody Bryan Band

Wreck Me

(CBB)

348

318

5

+30

42

N

43

Sunny Sweeney

Bad Girl Phase

(Thirty Tigers)

341

142

1

+199

32

Dirty Love - Single, Phil Hamilton

N

44

Phil Hamilton

Dirty Love

(Winding Road)

336

247

1

+89

29

46

45

Scooter Brown Band

Summer Song

(SBB)

321

306

4

+15

35

N

46

Matt Hillyer

A Little Less Whiskey

(MH)

306

250

1

+56

29

43

47

Bri Bagwell

Crazy

(BB)

291

321

3

-30

29

N

48

Charlie Robison

Look Out Cleveland

(Thirty Tigers/Jetwell, Inc.)

284

253

1

+31

32

album cover

N

49

Shane Smith & The Saints

Dance the Night Away

(SSS)

272

257

1

+15

32

50

50

Saints Eleven

I’ll Be Fine

(SE)

269

260

2

+9

30

 

Freezes:

KACQ/KCYL, KECO, KOLI, KOXE, KPUR, KRRG, KRVA, KSEL, KSTV, KTKO, KXAX, KXOX 

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