ASPENBEAT RADIO: Interview with Moses Avalon and Songs About Moms

Broadcast on Aspen Public Radio
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Host: Andrea Young

Music Theme: Songs About Moms
Interview:  Moses Avalon

Q: What would be your advice for an emerging artist in this day, whether they should pursue major label signing, do it themselves, what would you say?

Moses Avalon:  “If you plan on using music to pay for a decent quality of life — and by that i mean you own a home, you might have kids in a decent school, planning for retirement — if that’s your plan, if you want to pay for all of that with music, then at some point you’re going to have to get in bed with some type of corporation, sponsor, patron, something or other, whether it be a major label or a soda company, it doesn’t really matter, the contract is going to read more or less the same. They’re going to give you a chunk of money and in exchange you’re going to have to deliver a quantity of work.   There’s no getting around that for the artist, not if you want to live a decent quality of life….”

The show features an interview for the first ten minutes with Moses Avalon.  He’s one of the top music business experts in the country. Having spent over 30 years in the business, he has seen the ups and downs and has focused his efforts on helping artists protect their rights. His artist rights advocacy endeavors have helped thousands of artists directly.  Moses riffs on whether music streaming will kill the music business for good.  What can we do as consumers?  And what path should artists take?  Listen in to hear his thoughts.
The show’s music is a salute to moms, mamas and mothers.  Now you may think this is a day late and a dollar short — and maybe you’re right, since Mother’s Day was last Sunday, May 11.  But there were technical difficulties at Aspen Public Radio during last week’s show, which indeed was a timely salute to moms.  These songs are just too good to pass by.  All of them have some variation of mom or mother or mama in their title or in the name of the artist. 

It turns out many, many artists have written songs about their mom, or dedicated to their mom, or have ‘mama’ in their name — from Big Mama Thornton to Good Charlotte.  Aspenbeat found about 50 great songs about moms, mothers, mommys, mamas, mammys and ma’s–  these made the broadcast:

Big Mama Thornton – Hound Dog
Etta James – Tell Mama
Elvis Presley – That’s All Right Mama

The Miracles – Shop Around
Ernie K-Doe – Mother In Law
Randy Newman – Mama Told Me Not To Come (made popular by Three Dog Night)
Mamas and the Papas – Words of Love
Loggins and Messina – Your Mama Don’t Dance
The Beatles – Your Mother Should Know
Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion
Rolling Stones – Mother’s Little Helper
Pink Floyd – Mother
Pat Cooper – Mama (comedy)
Willie & Waylon – Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
Marty Cooper – Mama Was A  Cowgirl
Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris – This Is To Mother You
John Denver – Mother Nature’s Son
Sailcat – Motorcycle Mama
Basia – Perfect Mother

Those that didn’t make the broadcast list (but are still worthy of your attention):
Abba – Does Your Mother Know
Alison Krauss & Union Station – Momma Cried
Austin Lounge Lizards – Momma Don’t Allow
Backstreet Boys – The Perfect Fan
The Beatles – Let It Be (about Paul McCartney’s mother!)
Bonnie Raitt – Super Mama

Boyz II Men – A Song For Mama
Chicago – Mama Take
Christina Aguilera – Mother
Elvis Presley – Mama

Eric Clapton – Motherless Children
Eric Clapton – Lawdy MamaGood Charlotte – Thank You Mom
Huey Lewis & The News – Mother In Law (cover)
Joe Walsh – Mother Says
John Lennon – Mother
The Judds – Mama He’s Crazy
Kanye West – Hey Mama
Little Richard – True Fine Mama
Louis Armstrong – Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
Nas – Dance
Natalie MacMaster – Mom’s Jig
Natalie Merchant – Motherland
Neil Young – Motorcycle Mama
Snoop Dogg – I Love My Momma
Taylor Swift – The Best Day
Ten Years After – Choo Choo Mama
10,000 Maniacs – My  Mother The War

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SPOTIFY PLAYLIST FOR THIS SHOW:  Songs About Moms  (not all songs available on Spotify, and sometimes only alternate versions available)