Rap­pa­han­nock at the Beach

Rappahannock News - - Comment - By Rick Kohler Rick Kohler is a re­al­tor in Rap­pa­han­nock County and serves on the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion

Kaye and I know the ed­i­tor of the lo­cal Ocra­coke, NC pa­per, Peter Vanke­vich, and ran into him Mon­day morn­ing at the cof­fee shop af­ter a sun­rise beach walk.

He also hap­pens to be a part time DJ at the is­land’s non­profit ra­dio sta­tion. The founders (along with 15,000 oth­ers) ap­plied for a grant and got one — per­haps they were less com­pet­i­tive for air­waves space, be­ing an is­land. WOVV. rocks, if in­ter­ested.

Peter gra­ciously of­fered a guest spot on the sta­tion for a lit­tle talk and asked me to bring a short playlist, sug­gest­ing I think about the flow of songs. No prob­lem with flow. He did the in­tro­duc­tions and we talked about Rap­pa­han­nock County and 30 years of com­ing to Ocra­coke. My wife Kaye and I call it Rap­pa­han­nock at the Beach. It’s a fa­vorite place for us and we at­tend the Ocra folk Fes­ti­val at this time each year.

The first song was ded­i­cated to Kaye. Not­ing the won­der­ful and lov­ing a per­son she is, I can only hope this song rep­re­sents how she feels about me . . . Bil­lie Hol­i­day: “The Man I Love.”

As Diana Ross played Bil­lie Hol­i­day in the pow­er­ful movie Lady Sings The Blues, we moved into the Supremes, “Love is Like An Aching in my Heart.” I saw the Supremes when with my dad at Saratoga Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. I loved the Supremes. As for the open­ing act that night? Ste­vie Won­der, wouldn’t you know, with a big or­ches­tra be­hind him. He would bounce and move as he sang — and the con­duc­tor would run over if he got too close to the edge of the stage and bring him cen­ter.

We moved on to the legendary No­bel Prize-win­ning (too busy to ac­cept the award) Bob Dy­lan, an

in­ter­est­ing man. “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight.” Start­ing to get the theme here?

It was time to step it up a bit, so I spun the first song I ever re­quested on the ra­dio, about age 16 when trapped in board­ing school. “Gimme Some Lovin” writ­ten by Steve Win­wood and per­formed by The Spencer Davis Group.

Well, my tem­per­a­ture's rising and my feet hit the floor

Twenty peo­ple knock­ing 'cos they’re want­ing some more

Let me in baby, I don't know what you’ve got But you’d bet­ter take it easy, this place is hot

And I'm so glad we made it . . .

Eas­ing the pedal back, segue into one of Kaye’s new­est fa­vorite artists, Brandy Clark, “Hold My Hand.” A great love song. A beau­ti­ful woman, raven hair, bluest eyes and a red dress she knows how to wear, walks up. “She said hello, it’s been a while. Don’t think I didn’t no­tice the ner­vous in your smile . . . This would be a real good time to hold my hand.”

We had un­for­tu­nate tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties play­ing sev­eral songs of Ocra­coke mu­si­cians Kaye and I en­joy, so had to skip. A shout out to April True­blood, who among other love songs per­forms “I Heard That You’re Leav­ing,” with lyrics: “I’d rather rip out all my mo­lars with a fork and I’d rather clean all the bath­rooms down at the ferry docks with my face, than to spend one more minute with you.” Such is un­re­quited love. April now has an 80’s band called Ray­gun Ruby, with a fabulous lo­cal guitarist Lou Cas­tro, also a friend. They en­ter­tained us greatly Thurs­day night.

Kaye and I re­cently brought the artist Lip­bone Red­ding to Quiévre­mont Win­ery. Such an en­ter­tainer. He writes, sings, plays gui­tar and does throat calling, a tech­nique of mak­ing trum­pet and trom­bone sounds with­out mov­ing his lips. Be­tween verses he ac­com­pa­nies him­self! Kaye loves his song “Repo Girl,” so it made the list. A man falls in love with a woman he sees through his win­dow. Un­for­tu­nately, she is re­pos­sess­ing his truck.

Im­pro­vis­ing on the fly for the loss of ear­lier songs, another Lip­bone num­ber “Es­merelda and fin­ish­ing with Brandy Clark’s “Stripes,” a clever song about a woman ready to shoot her cheat­ing hus­band but “there’s no crime of pas­sion worth a crime of fashion, the only thing saving your life is I hate stripes, and or­ange ain’t my color.” From the great al­bum “12 Sto­ries.”

Well, I’d like to say that was it, but I did throw in one to­tally off-theme song for fun and public ed­i­fi­ca­tion. Andy M. Ste­wart per­form­ing “Dinny The Piper.” A Scot­tish tale. Check it out.

It was a great hour of fun. Peter said I made Rock Jock. But I pre­fer to think of my­self as a Soul Man.

It was a great hour of fun. Peter said I made Rock Jock. But I pre­fer to think of my­self as a Soul Man.

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