Episodes #1 – #10 Episodes #11 – #20 Episodes #20 – #30
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 2020. 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). Other information regarding the project (either the book, or the radio show) can be found at 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 to the 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 juctaposed the music for the shows, then there 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 occurences 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 juctaposed the music for the shows, then there 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 occurences 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 s how.
Finally, although the radio show is conducted in 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 linger more then 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 wander 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 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)!
Here are the MixCloud links to the previous episodes #1 – #10 of the show:
Episode 15 The End of the World (Kraj Svijeta) is an episode in which we observe the implosion and explosion of subcultures, in this case, one of the biggest shifts in rock history. As a long-haired kid, I thought that the beauty of the groovy culture of love and peace would never cease, and I had little doubt that I would grow old with it. Life soon showed me that expectations were not good support for the journey through life, and the influence of the blues was almost overnight replaced by the influence of another African-American idiom, Jamaican reggae music. It was just a preparation for another shift in rock and roll that would follow soon, and which would teach us that only change can allow for continuation and growth. The renunciation of the sweetest, first youth is replaced by a new youth, thus prolonging the age of excitement, discovery, and contentment. What first seemed intimidating soon became close and endearing. The episode begins with a couple of tracks illustrating traditional rock, and then explores hints within rock music where hints of changes we didn’t yet know awaited us, such as art and glam rock subcultures, were hinted at. Our playlist then enters the waters of reggae music, and we listen to some of the subtypes of reggae and dub music as well as several tracks that show the influences of reggae music on other rock genres, as well as a few that preceded and whose influence is heard in reggae.
Episode 14 On the Road explores the cool and mystic sides of the country, country rock, country folk, and meta-country music of our times. On the Road is digging into the less expected and less obvious connections between country and jazz music and finds a fertile field in which this crossover thrives. This episode takes us, bottle in hand, on a trip from the US urban hives into the prairies, across the misty ridges, and through small towns. Musicians such as singers, songwriters, buskers and bands, gents and ladies, growing up as sad kids, yearning after their drifting fathers who left homes early, lots of unhappiness soaked in booze, dope, desperation, and more abandonment, tell us their stories. Yet bright new dawns are always rising again and again, as the dew covers the prairies, winds combing the tall grasses towards the noon. When we reach the age of meta-country, music shapes into the mystical crystals of powerful beauty and we fly on it. The winding roads below us, a lone car speeding through the curve in the dark woods, the trains crawling through the tight bends of faraway valleys and rivers… The musicians who are singing the songs of joy out of desperation and quietly recounting the sad tales in order to teach us what happiness is composed of beautiful tunes that ring for decades. This is, my friends, a story about the roots of all of us living today, about friendship, about sisterhood, about aimless drifting, about traveling, hopping on a freight train and going far away, searching for the place to settle and to be happy.
Episode 13 Patchouli: Duga Nota is back! The show is back on the radio waves to recreate the feeling that hit you the first time you were ever touched by rock music! Even better, who hasn’t listened to rock when it was the main thing on the planet, listening to the Duga Nota show nowadays can help to figure out what it was all about.
In the episode #13, dedicated to a chapter of the book called Patchouli, we look at how young people who grew up under the shadow of an atomic explosion mushroom turned their fears and anxieties into hope and sensitivity.
The most numerous generation of kids in history, by exploring consciousness and social relationships, sought to build new relationships in which fun and deep meaning, self-immersion and dance, as in a kaleidoscope, evoked new, colorful rearrangements of existing reality.Can the fear of nuclear war and the fear of a pandemic be compared? Listen in this episode how have music they made and changing consciousness offered kids new relationships to societies that they have outgrown.
The music we play in the Patchouli episode originated mostly in the second half of the sixties and the first years of the seventies, it is full of feelings, in incessant search for beauty and striving to build hope. Enjoy, it’s the strongest dose of the 2020 vaccine you’ll find.
Episode 12 Alone, Jimi and I (Sam, Jimi i ja): A night at the disco. Full of desire and trepidation kids gather to meet each other in a cavernous basement, seeking a kindred soul, hot lips and a wet mouth to kiss. Staying late, all dripping sweat from dancing, as there was always more of those who did not find a boyfriend or a girlfriend on any given night, then those who did, they soaked their desire in beer and music. Smoking pot in the corner and dancing freely, expressing their desire and their will to change the world. Such was a disco club in the heart of town, in Zagreb back in 1975 and 1976 where my teenage self used to hang out night after night making new friends, meeting old and looking for girlfriends. On the lower floor of the Big Ben discotheque we were dancing, in the corridor and on the stairs connecting it to the upper floor we were kissing each other. On the upper floor, at a second stage music was played to be listened to carefully. In the listening rooom we were getting acquainted with the music from the bands we were less familiar with or whose records were not available locally. After soaking in the music we would return into the boiling grotto to dance the night away. DJ Milan Mlakar knew how to whip up the scene, night after night at the age when rock and roll was still growing up. Same Old Story by Taste would allow last spastic dance before we would join the line to pick up our coats and call it a night only to return the next evening.
Episode 11 220: The electricity powered baby boomers wish to change the world. Grupa 220 was a first Yugoslav rock group that recorded an LP of their own songs. They took their name from the voltage they were pluging their amps and instruments in. In this episode I wish to thank all those glorious kids who composed songs that bellied belief that it is at all possible to compose songs of eternal youth. Yet, it did happen and most of these songs will live long after their composers will not be around anymore. Electrical instruments were kind of novelty at the time I got to this world and were dominating the world by the time I became teenager. First, I tell a story of when I tried playing in a band. Now, that was an experience of unbelivable beauty, possibly decisive in turning me into a life long music fan. The feeling of floating together brought me, together with my friends, somewhere else – there where the life was at its purest. I glimpsed into that beauty by listening my friends rehearse well before that, and was able to emotionally follow their flow as they played. Playing together with them, that was really special. Once I told my listeners that story, I played rock hits that stayed out of time; the most beautiful melodies I could recall to have hear while growing up. My DJing was a sheer gesture of thankfulnes to all those kids floating on the magic carpet of their joint emotions. Long live rock and roll and god save its it’s electric soul!
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:
Here are the MixCloud links to the previous episodes #1 – #10 of the show.