JIMMY WEBB on Radio8Ball: February 02, 2015 with Lisa Jenio, Chris “Sandman” Sand & Julie Christensen

We have a brand new Radio8Ball broadcast featuring songwriting great Jimmy Webb.



Jimmy was on his way to Seattle to perform at Jazz Alley and agreed to join us for an hour of musical divination. Our first new radio show in over a year. At first Jimmy was skeptical of the format but he quickly warmed to it and the stories began to flow. Harry Nilsson, Carole Kaye, Johnny Cash, Richard Harris, Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, Linda Rondstadt. Jimmy’s worked and played with all of ’em.

Listening back to this episode just a couple of days after recording it, there are so many wonderful syncs that never get mentioned on the show.

I am tempted to share them here. Instead I’ll just give you some information that will help you contextualize it so you might catch my syncs, as well as your own.

Jimmy Webb’s birthday is August 15th.

In his book “Tunesmith”, Jimmy compares the writing of a song to the building of a house.

My mother’s name is Susan and my father’s name is Richard.

Julie Christensen’s first singing gig in LA was with Fred Tackett.

And here are the 8 songs in our Jimmy Webb Pop Oracle deck:

1. Sleepin’ In The Daytime (from “Words & Music” – 1970)
2. Paper Cup (by The 5th Dimension – 1967)
3. PF Sloan (from “Words & Music” – 1970)
4. Wichita Lineman (from “Ten Easy Pieces” – 1996)
5. Galveston (from “Letters” – 1971)
6. Just Like Marilyn (by Julie Christensen – 2004)
7. Highwayman (by Sandman w/Calvin Johnson, Giles O’Dell & Andras Jones – 2008)
8. Once Before I Die (from “Words & Music – 1970)

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Mr. Jones & The Previous
“Who’s Gonna Make It Rain?”
Prince of Cups

28-Prince of Cups


Mr. Jones & The Previous embody the airy aspect of water;
The Prince of Cups,
on this song from their 1993 release
Mr. Jones & The Fascists: In Search of The Hundredth Monkey.

Recorded live in downtown Los Angeles in April of 1992 during the LA riots/uprisings,
this album was conceived as a ritual of peace,
inspired by the Hundredth Monkey protests at The Nevada Nuclear test site
earlier that spring.

When the Rodney King verdict came down and the tape kept rolling,
this is one of the things that transpired.

The Previous at their best, live, in love, and in the studio.

Andras Jones – Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Julie Christensen – Vocals
Marshall Thompson – Keyboards
John Nason – Lead Guitar
Clay Goldstein – Harmonic & Vocals
Brian Mastalski – Bass Guitar
Colin Mahoney – Drums

Engineered by Colin Mahoney & John Nason


This song was featured in Little Witches, a low budget rip off of The Craft, in which a witchy Catholic schoolgirl (Sheeri Rappaport) performs an outdoor striptease to this song for the benefit of some construction workers

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Julie Christensen
“Traveling Companion”
Queen of Cups

27-Queen of Cups

27-Traveling Companion - Julie
The great Julie Christensen,
embodies the wisdom of water
on this song recorded on KCRW in Los Angeles
sometime in the late 1980’s.

Julie is best known as one of Leonard Cohen’s favorite back-up singers,
less well-known as one of The Divine Horsemen
and considerably more unknown for her contributions to
Mr. Jones & The Fascists: In Search Of The Hundredth Monkey
(“Who’s Gonna Make It Rain?” & “Ain’t I A Woman?”).

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