Mon, 14 November 2005
Podcast details: MP3, stereo, 128 kbps, 11.6 MB, running time 12:39
This is a very special interview I did with Sam Bierstock, M.D., a health IT consultant with IBM, but perhaps better known as the harmonica-playing leader of Dr. Sam and the Managed Care Blues Band (a.k.a. Dr. Sam and the Frivolous Action Blues Band).
He and keyboard player John Melnick have combined to write and perform "Before You Go," a special musical tribute to the thinning ranks of veterans of World War II.
Dr. Sam discusses the motivation behind the song and the incredible response there has been since he posted it for free access at www.beforeyougo.us a little more than a month ago. As of Friday, the site was being accessed at the astounding rate of 50,000 times a day.
He requests that people pass along the link to any World War II veterans they know. As the grandson of a living WWII vet, I am happy to oblige.
I apologize for the echo when I speak, as I had to convert the original MP3 file to WAV format in order to edit in a clip of the song, then re-convert the finished product to MP3. Sound quality always suffers in the MP3-to-WAV translation.
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.