I was in Chicago a couple of weeks ago and I took lots of photos around Daley Plaza, the site of the famed Christkindlmarket. In abut half of the photos, in one corner, I could capture this, or a similar clusterfudge of traffic barriers. There’d just be tons of them, all crammed into one spot. After cropping them out of, or in one case painting over them, several times…I came to like them.

I liked the way they looked, so on Christmas Even I used half a dozen of the raw photos for reference and did a small watercolor, which you see above, that pays tribute to the silent sentinels of trafficdom, huddled together on State Street, just to confound and bedevil innocent drivers.

To see it bigger try clicking HERE.

Meanwhile, Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we bring you a special new episode of Psychedelic Shack, and then at 3 PM a specialp new edition of Herman Linte’s weekly showcase of the Progressive Rock of the past half-century, Prognosis.  You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on the embedded radio player elsewhere on this page.

I didn’t actually get these shows until Christmas Day, and neither of them came with a playlist, but they are certainly both worthy of a Boxing Day premiere.

On Psychedelic Shack, Nigel Pye offers up an hour-long collection of the solo music of one Syd Barrett, a proud, if overwhelmed father of Psychedelic Music.

Psychedelic Shack can be heard every Monday at 2 PM, with replays Tuesday at 9 AM, Wednesday at 10 PM, Friday at 1 PM,  and Saturday at 9 AM.

On a classic Prognosis, Herman Linte presents two hours of highlights from the new boxed set In The Court of the Crimson King–King Crimson at 50.  In addition to  the recent highly-acclaimed documentary, the box set includes an alternate cut of the film, tons of raw footage and four CDs worth of audio, recorded during the band’s 2019 an 2021 tours.

You can hear Prognosis on The AIR Monday at 3 PM, with replays Tuesday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM, Thursday at Noon, and Saturday at 10 AM. You can hear two classic episodes of the show Sunday at 2 PM.

A 9 PM we bring you an overnight marathon of our Christmas decorations, before we take them all off the server and put them in the attic until next year.