Before YouTube, MTV, hell before almost everything for a great many people, many of us late night folk would wait until the airways cleared from the powerful AM stations and tuned into the new, fledgling, local FM radio stations, CHOM in Montreal and I think something sounding similar in Vancouver and Dave Pritchard on Chum FM in Toronto. It was the only time and the only place that we could hear our music. The audio was limited to small stereo receivers and the visuals were self prescribed.
But then for a brief moment in time, Reiner Schwarz talked a TV station into giving him a half hour devoted to night music and Reiner mixed it up good. Classical, jazz and our music played while the camera zoomed in and panned out on sections of amazing paintings and cool photographs, with Reiner rambling on, between sets. The show didn't last long and maybe it was just experiment, but it had a lasting effect on me. Of course back in those days most things did.
Anyway, this is my tribute to Reiner Schwarz, night music and my first political movie. Play it late at night.
Updated editing, April 10, 2011.