There is a theater in McFarland that stopped showing movies more than sixty years ago; but if you know who to ask, you’ll discover that art is alive and well on the inside. But it isn’t through moving pictures, as they used to call movies—it’s through still images and a man who created them during one of the most important eras of American popular music.
Man and land in Kern County have taken turns beating on each other for vast sums of money and glory over the last one hundred and fifty years.
Danny Spanks is sitting in his office at 1100 Mohawk Avenue, and he’s picking songs that will end up on the playlists at 106.1 KRAB Radio.
He isn’t using the latest charts out of Los Angeles, he’s using an old tool that many in the radio business have abandoned. He’s using his ears.
“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul,” Bob Marley sang in 1980’s “Zion Train”; “Wisdom is better than silver and gold.” It’s an old theme, and Bob wasn’t the first person to bring it up by a long shot.