I grew up Western-Central Pennsylvania from 1968-89. Moved and got sucked back in. Now I have escaped to Northern Virginia and couldn't be happier! The point of my Western PA roots being mentioned is the music I should've grown up listening to as opposed to the music I HAD to listen to.My parents and brother were straightlaced C&W., my sister was more a free spirit. I, on the other hand, would listen to albums at my beloved aunt & uncles everytime there was a visit. At 7, I became obsessed over record players and their operations! Alas, most albums listened to were Jim Nabors, Lawernce Welk, Pete Fountain, Andy Williams, etc. On New Years Eve, we got Guy Lombardo's band on the dual speaker 8-Track! As I got older, I was able to get the knots loosened and got to hear music that I should've been exposed to much earlier. I still have quite a few albums from my aunt & uncle's collection (May they rest comfortably in peace. It has been 24 & 22 years since their passings and they are still wholeheartedly loved and missed) Went to college in Williamsport PA in the late 80s to study Broadcasting. Got a few part time gigs, until master control work in television took hold in 1991 and still has me today. Any DJ will tell you the work is fun, but the pay sucks. That is true! So, what I want to do with REGLAF II, is to just have fun playing incredibly eclectic combonations. Not to seek attention, or be deemed the freak. The music played is part of my past and conjurs up some memories of every emotion. I think some of you may have had the same songs tossed into your memory banks back in the day, too! Add to it all my father played in a 4 piece polka band back (The Vi-Counts) in the coal mining regions of Central PA from his college days in the 50's until they disbanded in the mid-late 80's. I was 14 or 15 when I had to go to one of the Vi-Counts New Years gigs at a fire hall in a town named Clymer, PA You can imagine the blue smoke-filled hall with slight hints of lunch meat and pickles and sauerkraut. To kill time, I brought along my boom box, which held 8 D cell batteries. I recorded their songs and paused between. In 2000, I worked for a video/audio duplication company. Stumbled across the tape of the New Years show and a good friend Alex, who worked the cd's dubbed the cassette onto a stack of cd's. Even eleimated some noise! I gave copies to my dad to distribute to the other members. They were genuinely happy and shocked that they were ever recorded! I put a section of The Vi-Counts show on here from time to time, since the tracks are long & I have no clue whatsongs are what. Maybe you Polkaholics can help me out sometime!
So, even 30+ years later, the songs remain in my memory with a little scenario for each one. Thought I'd regret it, but don't. There are some modern artists in the rotation, so don't be too alarmed. Tossed in some comedy skits and voice messages left on my phone from a disgruntled Washington Capitals fan to a wrong number involving carpet cleaning and everything inbetween!
So, that's my story. If you'd like to tune in and hear the songs that many children from Central PA were subjected to ad survived through, you are more than welcome! LET THE ECLECTICITY STRIKE!!! Thank You.