Sound Fusion: Hank Roberts & The Sim Redmond Band

Sound Fusion, we’ve paired together local musicians, each of different genres. Watch and listen as Hank Roberts and The Sim Redmond Band come together to play songs, swap ideas and share their love of music.

Set List for Sim Redmond Band:
Life is Water
Pass Me By

Set List for Hank Roberts:

Set List for Sound Fusion:
All is Not Lost
In an Instant
Here Forever

Host: Michael Kinney

"A Dawn Like Thunder" By Robert Mrazek


Troops involved in a conflict are admonished to pursue the enemy and carry out their mission as if victory in the war depended entirely on them.  That may not always be the case — there’s a lot of hurry-up-&-wait in the armed forces — but sometimes it does turn out that a small number of individuals can have a decisive influence on the outcome of a war. Of course, given the inevitable chaos and pain of battle the reckoning may have to wait for that final arbiter of victory, the judgement of history.

Now a judgement has been rendered about the record of the U.S. Navy’s Torpedo Squadron Eight and a new book, “A Dawn Like Thunder” by Robert J. Mrazek , sets out the crucial role of that one unit during the early days of World War II in the Pacific.  At both the Battle of Midway and Guadalcanal, at a stage in the war when the final outcome was still uncertain, Torpedo 8 faced the Japanese forces and contributed to gaining time and territory and turned the tide of battle. The role of Torpedo 8 was recognized at the time — it was the most highly decorated naval air squadron of WW2 — but at a tragic cost, for the squadron is believed to have suffered the greatest number of combat deaths of any such unit in American history.   “A Dawn Like Thunder” recounts the military maneuvers and details the armaments at the disposal of naval aviation .  “The torpedo planes [skipper John Waldron]’s men flew were terribly outmoded,” writes Mrazek.  “Some of his pilots derisively referred to them as ‘flying coffins,’ and by 1942, they weren’t far wrong.”  But the story of Torpedo 8 is told mostly through the lives of the Navy flyers, proceeding through chapters concentrating on the actions and character of dozens of officers and men. Harold “Swede” Larsen was an Annapolis graduate and a tough taskmaster who commanded Torpedo 8.  One of his men actually tried to shoot him.  Swede led the unit through its bloodiest fights and went on to have a distinguished naval career.

Dirt Farm Band

The Dirt Farm Band members describe their music this way, “where outlaw country meets roadhouse rock.” Band members:
Jeff Stachyra, Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, CB Radio
Rob Stachyra, Vocals, Lead Guitar, Mandolin
Scott Harrington, Upright Bass
Bob Kerber, Banjo, Steel
Larry Ricciardi, Drums and Percussion


Set List:

Feelin’ Fine
Dirty Boy
Black Hills
Dollar Store Town
Broke Down Heart
We’re All Gonna Die

Web Extra: Fore It’s Gone

"My Life at First Try" by Mark Budman

It is still 1979. I am still twenty-nine. While waiting for an exit visa, my family is starving. Even semi-Americans have to eat, and future prosperity won’t feed us now. That’s one of the negative things about socialism: humans are slaves to their stomachs.

Dena, Kathleen Huddle & Transforming Journeys

Elmira painter Kathleen Huddle presents a guided tour of her studio in Elmira, local musicians Pinecone Fletcher and Dena play at the Cyber Café West in Binghamton, NY, and the mask exhibit “Transforming Journeys” appeared at Binghamton’s Roberson Museum.


"Faun" by Martha Horton


I think my whole life has been leading up to this summer – seeing, sensing, assimilating bits of history and translating them into music. I want my music to transport people to times and places and emotions they never knew before. — from the Journal of Dr. Hannah Ingram, in “Faun”

August is time for ferragosto in Italy, when Italians traditionally (ever since the days of the Roman Empire) head for the seashore or the mountains.  In the cities shops, museums and theatres shut down and nearly everyone takes a long vacation.  The exception may be foreigners living in Italy.  It’s been observed (again, for many years) that expatriates in Rome especially enjoy having the Eternal City to themselves for a while.  Italy has a tendency to take possession of the stranieri (Italian for both “foreigner” and “stranger”) and they may remain possessed by the Italian spirit and culture even as they share frustration with some social structures.  That was the case with American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne in the 1850s, and it was true forMartha Horton a century later. In 1860 the author of “The Scarlet Letter” published “The Marble Faun”, a novel about three Americans living in Italy and an Italian nobleman named Donatello, who bears a physical resemblance to the mythological Faun – supposedly including pointed ears – as sculpted by the ancient Greek sculptor Praxiteles.  “Perhaps it is the very lack of moral severity,” wrote Hawthorne, “of any high and heroic ingredient in the character of the Faun, that makes it so delightful an object to the human eye and to the frailty of the human heart.”

The Americans – Miriam, Hilda and Kenyon – all have artistic ambitions that seem not to be achieved in the classical atmosphere of Rome.  Donatello commits a murder and is observed by Miriam, engendering guilt and fear that are never really cleansed.  Many critics have found the Hawthorne book unsatisfying, although when it was published it enjoyed great success for its detailed descriptions, lending it perennial value as an Italian guidebook. Hawthorne even rewrote the ending to clarify “romantic mysteries” but “The Marble Faun” remains a flawed classic.

The Dusters

In 1972, a young Binghamton entrepreneur had an idea – bring professional hockey to New York State’s Southern Tier. Everyone thought he was crazy. At that time few people in the area knew anything about hockey: it wasn’t played in schools, hockey equipment wasn’t sold in sporting goods stores, and professional games from the NHL were rarely, if ever televised. However, Jim Matthews loved hockey and had played it since he was a young boy growing up in Parry Sound, Ontario. He believed that hockey and the blue-collar roots of the “Valley of Opportunity” were a perfect fit, and he set out to prove it. The Dusters, a one-hour documentary from Emmy-winning filmmaker Brian Frey chronicles the birth and rise of the sport of hockey in the Southern Tier, a sport that now 35 years later is played by thousands of area youth and adults alike.