tales of the road warriors

Ben Vaughn Part 1

A Love Letter to the Delaware Valley

Ben VaughnToday you’re in for quite a treat. I’m talking to Ben Vaughn. If you’re from the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware Tri-state area, you’re probably familiar with him. He’s been a fixture around these parts for a very long time. As a rock and roll star and as a DJ. Even outside of this area, listeners of NPR radio stations across the country can hear his remarkable, eclectic music on his show, The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn”.

Ben and I talked about music mostly,  but a large portion of this conversation  touched on his good friends and musical influences, Kenn Kweder and Jerry Blavat aka The Geeter with the Heater, the Big Boss with the Hot Sauce. I’d go so far as to say this episode is a love letter – from Ben Vaughn to the Delaware Valley.

We talked for well over an hour, so  after much debate with myself, I have decided, for the sake of our short attention spans, to make this a two-parter. I intentionally ended this show with a slight cliff hanger, like all good serials do. I hope you enjoy this very educational and entertaining conversation with Ben as much as I did. So let’s not keep you waiting…  here’s me, Hal in Philly and Ben Vaughn, sharing a few anecdotes and some memorable – Tales of the Road Warriors!

Talking Points

Recording in a 65 Rambler

Multitracking with two cheap Akai reel to reels

Jerry Blavat aka The Geeter with the Heater, The Big Boss with the Hot Sauce

Aaron Lightman, Billy Joel and Sir Benjamin Quintet… record deals gone bad

Sir Douglas Quintet

Augie Meyers

Bob Malone

Philadelphia music scene in the 70s  and 80s

Cream at the Spectrum and Four Tops at Steel Pier in 1968

Terry Reid

Marijuana and other mind altering substances and the teenage brain

Listening to the radio and musical influences growing up

Grand Ole Opry

Porter Wagner, Wheeling West Virginia

Kit Kats

Kenn Kweder

Cinitoli’s Music

Benny Cintioli, Gus Cordovox, Gus Zoppi, Lenny Apple

Facebook friends, My Space and the internet

The Rambler Hubcap

Tex-Mex and Zydeco

French sense of humor

Kim Fowley

Drummers and their parents

No guitar allowed…

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What was your first concert? Did it change you life. Are you a fan of Ben’s Show, “The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn”? Did THAT change you life?


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Ben Vaughn Links and Resources

Ben Vaughn Official  Website

The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn Podcast on Stitcher

The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn On Facebook

Ben Vaughn Videos

Ben Vaughn – Rambler 65 – Full Show

Ben Vaughn – My First Band


You can help support Tales of the Road Warriors – while you’re on the  website, in a couple of ways. You can can click on the PayHal link and donate any amount through PayPal. Or –  you can purchase an official Tales of the Road Warriors Coffee Mug available through Zazzle. You’ll see a photo of it on every page. Just click on the link and get yourself  one. There’s also an I’m Going For A Drive Travel Mug!

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Dave Kanyan

Pragmatism, Truth, Happiness and the Search For It All

 

Dave Kanyan

Hi this is Hal in Philly, host of Tales of the Road Warriors. This is my podcast… I’m glad you’re here.

Today , I have a very special and very different episode, for a few reasons…

For one – I haven’t put out an episode in over a month. I hate to admit it but the COVID 19 pandemic, which has resulted in this whole shelter in place, self-isolation, quarantine, whatever you call – it has left me so unmotivated lately and I know I have to pull myself out of these doldrums, because if I don’t, I can’t be here to help motivate YOU. I know 2020 has been kicking a lot of our asses, but I’m determined to get through this and come out better and stronger after this chapter is over. Even if I could tell you how this book ends, I wouldn’t. I just hate spoilers.

Another thing… this has been recorded on video as well as audio. Which means – for the first time, you have the choice to watch this on Youtube, or, to listen to the audio-only version on your favorite Podcast app including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spreaker, or Spotify – wherever podcasts are available.

On a side note – I’m still in the middle of two previous shows with – Toby Lightman and Essra Mohawk. My apologies to you both for my dropping the ball. I’ll be in touch soon to finish our conversations. I Promise.

Finally, my guest today is NOT a musician. Nevertheless, I still consider him a road warrior… He’s a truck driver and fellow podcaster. His name is Dave Kanyan and his podcast is called “Dumbing it Down With Dave”. He’s dubbed it the “fastest podcast on Earth because he records his show while driving on the interstate in his 2008 Kia Rio or his Dodge Caravan at speeds up to 85 mph.

Dave Kanyan and Hal AaronI met Dave at Podcast Movement 2019 or PM19 as it’s referred to, in Orlando Florida. For more on that, there’s a link in the show notes to a previous episode where I tell the whole story about how I met Dave.

One last thing before we get started – I have some swag, available from Zazzle. There is a link on the Tales of the Road Warriors home page.

The first is this Tales of the Road Warriors Coffee Mug. It  keeps your coffee hot and tasting delicious. Even if you make bad coffee, it will taste much better if you drink to out of this handsome mug, It’s got the  Tales of the Road Warriors logo on one side and on the other, the iconic van with the TotRW license plate. Very nice.

For those of you who do a lot of driving, like Dave Kanyan, you might want to order the I’M GOING FOR A DRIVE Travel Mug, instead It keeps your hot beverages hot or cold beverages cold. All Day Long! On the other side is the Tales of the Road Warriors logo. So state your intention! Get yourself the official I’M GOING FOR A DRIVE travel mug and tell the world, I’M GOING FOR A DRIVE!!

which is also the name of the theme song for Tales of the Road Warriors as well as the Dumbing it Down With Dave podcast.

All right! Let’s get into it. Let’s get Dave on the line and… have some fun!


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Talking Points

Who’s the host and and who’s the dumb-dumb?

Meeting Dave Kanyan at Podcast Movement 19

Adjusting the background to hide dirty clothes

Naming of the Rosen Shingle Hotel in Orlando Florida

I’m Going For A Drive theme song

Standup comedy.

Being a soccer dad Dave

Mustangs

Truck drivers – angels of the highways?

Has milk been replaced by energy drinks, fake milk, Red Bull and Monster?

Egg Cream: Why do they call it that?

Hal creates a new segment:  Nothing is Dumber

Dave’s tales from the road

Celebrities

Peter Graves, Dick Caveat, Gregory Hines

Driving couple to the airport as they “bade each other goodbye”

Getting hijacked

Discussing roadkill and rutting

Talking about the pandemic and quarantine due to COVID 19

Trying to get Pandemic Unempoyment Aid

Tipping through PayPal and Venmo

Busking vs. Gigging

Charlie Barnett

Sarah Lightman at Universal City Walk

Musta Hadda Great Time

Harmonica, Xylophone and recorder flute

Dumbing It Down With Dave – the fastest podcast on Earth

Pragmatism, truth, happiness and the search for it all


Episode Links and Resources

See this episode on Youtube

hal aaron and dave kanyan on youtube

Dave’s Podcast
Dumbing it Down With Dave

Stream or Download – I’m Going For A Drive

ToTRW SWAG

Tales of the Road Warriors Coffee Mug

I’m Goin’ For A Drive Travel Mug

I'm Goin' For A Drive Travel Mug

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Toby Lightman Part 1

First of 3 as TOTRW Celebrates International Women’s Month

Toby Lightman in COncertToday is the first of three episodes in a row featuring Women Road Warriors in honor of International Women’s Month on Tales of the Road Warriors. My guest is Toby Lightman. In our brief talk we touched on another problem men never experience, the struggle to have a child. Though a man can share some of the emotional weight of this struggle, we can never know the physical and internal anguish that a woman experiences. Toby recently captured this in her song ‘Begin Again”. I had no idea what the song was about going into this conversation, so you’ll hear me getting woke in real time.

And – this is a direct quote from the International Women’s Development Website

“We celebrate all women, in all their diversities. We embrace their facets and intersections of faith, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual identity… or disability. We celebrate those who came before us, those who stand beside us now, and those who will come after.”

It’s a time to celebrate the achievements of women, whether social, political, economic or cultural.

Are men welcome too?

Of course! International Women’s Day is a time for everyone, regardless of gender or gender identity, to celebrate the progress that women have made towards equality and remember how much further there is to go. Male allyship, especially when men are prepared to use their privilege to support gender equality, is a welcome amplification of women’s voices. And remember, feminism isn’t just about improving the lives of women, it’s about dismantling ALL damaging gender stereotypes and roles. Achieving gender equality should be as important for men as it is for women.

Recently, I was thinking back to when I was a kid, and another boy asked me jokingly, “Are you a girl?” I said No. He replied “Doesn’t that take a load off your chest?” I was thinking that  – Truth be told, it takes a load of my mind and shoulders.  I was talking to a female friend of mine recently about how men are completely in the dark about the vast difference in perspectives and problems that we have.

First of all, as a man, when I leave work, or the store, or walking back to my car after leaving a restaurant or bar, I rarely if ever look over my shoulder to see if if someone is following me.  I don’t have to worry that I’m wearing something that sends a message that I want you to put your hands on me. And in fact, most men would probably welcome it if an attractive female at work gave you  back rub without asking. But, never stop to think if unwelcome touching is appropriate where women are concerned.

I was just talking to a female friend of mine who pointed out another  thing that’s common with women in the work place… attribution. 

In the workplace, it  plays out like this… There’s a room full of men and one or two women in a meeting. Everyone throwing out ideas for new products or policies and one of the gals will come up with a brilliant suggestion. Maybe multiple times for weeks.  Or months.

Then one day, one of the boss, or maybe even one of the guys competing with her for a promotion, will make that same suggestion, And all the other guys will nod there heads and agree that it’s pure genius. And the  female employee will be like, “I’ve been saying that for months!”

Yes, it happens to men, too. But more often than not, it’s a man’s world. So, men, just be cognizant of your privilege and don’t abuse.

Unfortunately, this is a very brief interview because of operator error. Yeah… I screwed up. I’ll go into more detail later. Let’s just jump into it with Toby, shall we?

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And here’s where I have to say… “To be continued…”

There was enormous cloud cover and precipitation from my studio in Pennsylvania and Toby’s home in New York. The connection was poor that day, but I didn’t want to postpone. Maybe I should have. Anyway, we got disconnected three times and each time I had to hit the record again after we reconnected. I tried calling her, She tried calling me. And in the confusion I forgot to hit the record button the third time.

Which was the longest part of the conversation. Toby went into great detail about the night she opened for Prince. I didn’t get three quarters of it. The good news is, there will be a Part 2.

Unfortunately, due to the Corona Virus, many of her dates have been cancelled. I was planning to see her show in New Hope, which as I speak is tomorrow night. The upside is, maybe I’ll get to talk to her sooner. We’ll see. The important thing is we all do what we have to do to stay healthy, which includes  distancing ourselves from each other  physically.  Expect to see an upswing  in virtual online concerts. Including Toby Lightman. She’s doing a free Facebook live concert tonight at 8:30 EST. This is Friday, March 13, 2020, so if your hearing this afterward – you missed it.  But you can get updates on the official Toby Lightman Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/tobylightman/

Please like, share and leave comments on the show notes page at tales of the road warriors.com/toby-lightman

Okay, I think that covers it. Car’s warmed up… Yeah – I’m going for a drive!

Toby Lightman Links and Resources

Toby Lightman Official Website

Toby Lightman Facebook Page

 


More from the International Women’s Development Website, here are some eye-opening statistics…

87,000 women are killed every year just because they are women. Of those, 50,000 are killed by their male partners or family members – and those are only the deaths we know about

111 countries have no repercussions for husbands who rape their wife

2.7 billion women are legally restricted from having the same choice of jobs as men

45 countries do not have specific laws against domestic violence

35% of women globally have experienced sexual or physical violence.

 

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