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Our favorite solar-powered pop music

Painful Solar Flares
Painful Solar Flares

At this time of year, most of us in the northern hemisphere are pretty darn glad to be seeing more sunshine. But our old Sun has been having some flare-ups lately, sending massive bursts of energy towards Earth, threatening communications and electrical grids. So before the power goes out, here are some of our favorite solar songs.

Besides their musical achievements, The Beatles were also film and video pioneers, having made A Hard Day’s Night in 1964 and Help! in 1965. Their 1966 single “Rain” had an accompanying music film that some say was the precursor to MTV:

The first song about the Sun that usually comes to mind is another Beatles tune, “Here Comes The Sun”. That’s why we put it second.  Here’s a great live clip of George Harrison performing the song with Ringo Starr and Jeff Lynne:

This is the Sun song that we just can’t get out of our heads…and if you have the cure please let us know. This 1967 medley from The 5th Dimension is truly cosmic… “Age of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”.


John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KNKX since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KNKX “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.
John Maynard started working in radio in the seventies as a DJ at Seattle’s KJR AM which at the time was the dominant AM station in the Seattle market. After a brief stint as a restaurateur and night club owner, Maynard returned to radio with Robin Erickson, creating the hugely popular “Robin and Maynard Show.” In the more than 20 years under that marquee, Maynard flew with the Blue Angels, piloted the Goodyear Blimp, sang with Donny Osmond and hung out in a Universal Studios bar with Kojak (Telly Savalas).