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Each episode is between 45 min - hour. Aaron Gobler interviews you via zoom (with the camera OFF -- yes, you don't even have to comb your hair!) Old school radio. I just did it. I think you might make a great guest!

Each episode is between 45 min - hour. Aaron Gobler interviews you via zoom with the camera OFF -- yes, you dont even have to comb your hair Old school radio. I just did it. I think you might make a great guest

This is what happened: two weeks ago I got an email from a stranger who said he chose a song of mine for a radio show called, "My Three Songs." The host is in Berkeley, CA, Aaron Gobler, and he asks each guest to choose their 3 most memorable, meaningful songs and then talk about why you love them so much. This man chose my song, "The Kind Of Love You Never Recover From" and included a link to the show (the other two songs were by Buddy Holly and Harry Chapin - and I'm a big fan of both). So I listened to the show, and loved hearing these two guys talk about how much they loved music and what it's meant in their lives. So I wrote to Aaron and asked if I could be a guest.

Turns out I'm the first musician who's asked and my interview has just been posted.

Here's a road map:

Aaron’s Radio Show - Episode #54

Aaron Gobler interviews Christine Lavin who chooses her three most memorable, meaningful songs:

“Secret Gardens” by Judy Collins

“It Was A Very Good Year” by Frank Sinatra

“Breakfast” by Jane Godfrey


(Also below are four links to videos Christine mentions during the broadcast)

1:43 Christine will MC at the Philly Folk Festival August 19, 20, 21

Aaron and Christine chat

6:30 The Drowsy Chaperone shout-out

7:22 Lisa Lambert, co-author of “Drowsy” shout-out

Aaron and Christine chat

9:05 “Secret Gardens” by Judy Collins

14:28 chat about “Secret Gardens” use of orchestra

(Video Christine mentions)

16:28 Declan O’Rourke shout-out

“We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea” Declan O’Rourke

17:22 Bob Sherman shout-out

18:55 Abba Bogin shout-out

Bob Sherman mentioned again near the end, around 20:48

21:36 Paul Dooley story

22:02 Barbara Barrie shout-out

23:43 “It Was A Very Good Year” Frank Sinatra song ends 28:15

Aaron & Christine chat about this song

29:20 How I met Ervin Drake, the songwriter

32:00 Another (but anonymous) radio host plays an important part in connecting Frank Sinatra with this iconic song

32:25 Kingston Trio shout-out

36:00 shoeshine story about Frank Sinatra

38:58 “Not on my watch,” said Frank

40:00 Tierney Sutton story — Ervin writes two more verses for his iconic song “52” and “89”

(Video Christine mentions)

“It Was A Very Good Year” (with new verses) Ervin Drake

43:53 Songwriting advice from Johnny Mercer to Ervin Drake to Christine Lavin to Aaron Gobler to you

45:08 “Breakfast” by Jane Godfrey 51:13 song ends

Aaron & Christine chat about the song

51:45 John Weingart shout-out

Jane’s husband’s experience - tag ending makes all the difference - leaves you off in a whole different place - Aaron talks about Dads - instrumentation — mandolin/clarinet — tempo changes — Jane lives is Missouri - — her video for this song has a cover of an old-fashioned TV

(Here’s the video Christine and Aaron talk about)

“Breakfast” by Jane Godfrey

Bonus video (made by Christine)

“Secret Gardens” by Judy Collins

Thanks for listening!

1:00:49 end of broadcast

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If YOU would like to be a guest on Aaron's show, go to his website,, and click on "My Three Songs," and on that page click on "Be My Guest On 'My Three Songs'" -- you'll be asked to list 6 or more of your most memorable, meaningful songs, in case there's copyright issues, or length issues (each song has got to be shorter than 7 minutes). I listed six songs, but all six cleared the jumps, so I went with my top three -- they were always the ones I wanted.

So even though his show is on your computer screen, you don't have to look at it -- just listen. Old school! And start making YOUR list.



p.s. Have you had "do a radio show" on your bucket list? Here's your chance!