Duga Nota (The Long Note) is a radio show aired every fourth Saturday from 10 to 12 PM at the Yammat.fm radio station in Zagreb, Croatia. The show is actually a musical rendition of the manuscript for the book Duga Nota (The Long Note) I’ve written during 2018 and 2019, to be published in 2021. Every episode is a loose interpretation of the content of a single chapter in the book.
Below are the links to all of the Duga nota episodes aired at the Yammat.fm radio thus far. Yammat.fm uploads the shows to their channel at the MixCloud platform where they are directly searchable under its name (Duga Nota) or by my own name (Mladen Vukmir DUGA NOTA). Duga Nota project is easiest to reach via its dedicated web page where all relevant links can be found. Other information regarding the project (either the book or the radio show) can be found on the FB page Duga Nota. I also post the playlists for each of the episodes as text in the comments to its MixCloud uploads.
I will be adding the links here below as the shows are made available by the radio station. I will be accompanying each link below with a link to the Apple music playlist I create in the preparations for each episode. For some of the shows, there will be significantly more tracks in the playlist than aired so you can explore and enjoy more music. Those bonus tracks are the songs I have considered in preparing the shows, but could not be squeezed into the two-hour format.
I will be also posting the summaries that I prepare for each episode as it is posted on the Stražarni lopov blog. The summaries are also partially available in the MixCloud descriptions posted by the radio station. This blog post is intended to reach English-speaking listeners, so all the summaries are translated into English. If your intuition tells you that there might be second meanings and hidden clues in the way I have selected and juxtaposed the music for the shows, then they probably are! Indeed, I do play not only with my own memories and toss the associations between the musicians, songs, and the times in which they were created, I actually do! However, not all of those combinations are mentioned explicitly, nor do I lay out the clues for you in all of the instances. Indeed, I actively seek links and coincidences, overlapping influences, and other mysterious, almost holographic occurrences between the songs we listen to in the show. Therefore, please go and seek the hidden flows which might even further enhance your enjoying all of the music in the show.
If your intuition tells you that there might be second meanings and hidden clues in the way I have selected and juxtaposed the music for the shows, then they probably are! Indeed, I do play not only with my own memories and toss the associations between the musicians, songs, and the times in which they were created, I actually do! However, not all of those combinations are mentioned explicitly, nor do I lay out the clues for you in all of the instances. Indeed, I actively seek links and coincidences, overlapping influences, and other mysterious, almost holographic occurrences between the songs we listen to in the show. Therefore, please go and seek the hidden flows which might even further enhance your enjoying all of the music in the show.
Finally, although the radio show is conducted in the Croatian language, Duga Nota is first and foremost a music program, and music dominates spoken segments by far. Only segments from the book read by Robert Šantek, Dubravk Bratoljić, and Antonija Vrčić can be longer more than a couple of minutes. I, therefore, trust that all of you can enjoy it as it is played, regardless of the language. An American friend, keen on music, said after listening to the show: Mladen – Speaking honestly, that’s one of the best rock and roll radio programs I’ve ever heard – truly great selection of tunes – really wide range of stuff. Now if I only could understand Croatian.
You have heard the opening jingle of the show: Duga nota! Glazba kojom smo mijenjali sebe i pokrenuli promjenu koja traje. Kako smo postali duga, ostali mladi i druge priče. Duga nota; autor i voditelj Mladen Vukmir. Samo na 102 sve 5! and might wonder what it all means? It is a poetic abbreviation of the book’s concept and it roughly translates as: Long note! Music by which we have transformed ourselves and have started a lasting change. How did we become a rainbow (in the Croatian language the word for long and for rainbow are written the same, allowing for this wordplay), remained young, and other stories. Long note: author and host Mladen Vukmir. Exclusively at one-o-two all five (instead of point five, as all five is a Croatian slang for OK)!
Episode 21 Yesterday, Nirvanas, tomorrow (Jučer, Nirvanas, sutra). I have started to work and after only a few months on the job, it became clear to me that I could not continue to live the rock and roll lifestyle I had led until my twenty-sixth year. At the same time, I stopped looking forward to going out late at night, and getting up, even after short outings, made it impossible for me to function effectively the next day at work. Not only did I no longer enjoy going out and partying, but I felt I could no longer laugh for no reason with friends standing all evening on the corner. It was this feeling, that the carefree and unreasonable laughter had dried up, that was a sign to me that youth had ceased. I had less time to listen to new records, and after I went to postgraduate studies in the US, I suddenly didn’t even have a turntable anymore. LPs stopped selling and CDs with tiny covers in awkward, fragile plastic boxes became the basic medium of music that seemed more and more distant to me. I couldn’t help but get the impression that CDs had contributed to the fall of rock music and rock culture. Listening to the music for this episode, I discovered how much music I listened to superficially or skipped completely, from the Manchester scene of the second half of the 1980s to the Seattle proto-grunge music of the very late 1980s. I have to admit that during the preparation of this episode I was therefore pleasantly surprised with the quality of a lot of the music from that period and the number of authentic rock elements that I thought at the time were disappearing. So enjoy tonight, because rock and roll are still alive.
Episode 22 SFSP (Smrt fašizmu, sloboda pojedincu). The faith in oneself v. the faith in God? Helpless, helpless, the story of humanity, a tender, confused fable of going steady against ourselves. Many of us who stem from the counterculture don’t fully appreciate that the history of rock music is contingent on faith. Rock music would literally not be the one we love if it wasn’t boosted by religious beliefs of the musicians who made it. Indeed, the pentecostal Holy Rollers included the families of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, B. B. King, James Brown, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone, Al Green, Little Richard, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and many others. Their faith brought them to dance in trance, but their rock wasn’t shaking because of their passionate belief. How is it then that some of the kids were feeling gulty because of their music? It is because their music went far beyond their faith, because they had courage to share the truth of their feelings. Truth will always trump the faith. Or will it? It is a thin line between the faith and truth. In effect, when religious artist don’t shy away from truth, their music sings with the same force as any other artists’ music does. Christian, Buddhist or Moslem artists thankfully did not remain mute because they were religious. Many musicians whe were not religous chose to sing their superficial muzak choosing not to reach for the artistic expression. When we listen the music dedicated to the matters of faith from across the aisle it is often beautiful and it makes us believe that the people capable of truth, either religious or those of us who are not, must work together for this World to become a better place. Actually, for those of us who believe that it is possible to change our societies for the better, it becomes clear that only working together with the people who believe can bring about the results, hoping they will also choose the path of change.
I hope this picture of myself and Bota (to my left, i.e. to your right) at Džamija approx. 1976, close to our high school, shows how much we were part of the rock culture. Not only it is visible here, it is almost palpable. I sewed the round yellow Woodstock patch onto my jeans jacket myself. The photo was taken by Leo Knežić and we are apparently watching someone playing guitar.
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Finally, I have been invited as a guest DJ to a 20:02 program at the Yammat.fm radio some six months before I have started the Duga nota show. I did, however, already hold a similar approach and have selected some deep cuts from the contemporary rhythm and blues scene. I hope you will enjoy that too as it is one of my favorite playlists: