Aired: Dec. 3, 2016
Guest: Dana Jay Bein
Dana Jay Bein is a comedian who has performed throughout New England, where he has also taught classes and performed with improv groups. He has been a staple in helping Improv Boston building a community of talented comedians. He recorded “Western Masochist” in his hometown of Springfield, Mass.
When I approached Dana about appearing on the radio show to discuss cover songs, we initially thought we’d discuss Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence.” As we talked more, though, Dana decided he wanted to share his personal story about Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man,” a song that is now forever connected to his late Uncle Joe the way “Take Me To The River” is connected to my Uncle Barny.
We talked about “Simple Man,” Dana’s Uncle Joe, Deftones, Chino’s voice, Fred Durst, Fred Durst’s mom, Jacksonville bands, and wanting to get off elevators.
What we played
Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Simple Man”
Deftones, “Simple Man”
Hank Williams, Jr., “Simple Man”
Shinedown, “Simple Man”
Jason Manns, “Simple Man”
Midnite String Quartet, “Simple Man”