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November 5th, 2017 - Guy Fawkes Day

Sunday, November 5th, is Guy Fawkes Day (otherwise known as Gunpowder Day) in the UK, and that's the focus of today's service! We'll look at the history of Guy Fawkes Day, why it's celebrated, how it's celebrated, learn a little about gunpowder, and the Rev has a few things to say about the day, and his favorite movie that was inspired by the day, to pass along at the end!

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October 29th, 2017 - The Halloween Service

Tuesday, October 31st is, of course, Halloween in the United States! Join the Reverend, Jeff Smith, for his unique way of honoring Halloween - By exploring the nature of fear: What it is, why some of us are attracted to it, how to cope with it if you're not, and the Rev's personal reflection on it!

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October 22nd, 2017 - International Artists Day

Wednesday, October 25th, is International Artists Day, where we take a moment to truly appreciate art in every form (including classic rock)! In this episode, the Reverend Jeff Smith will tell you all about International Artists Day (coming up on Wednesday the 25th), offer a possible definition of "art," examine some of the many cases where art has directly influenced music, explain what the "art rock" genre is all about, and reveal what type of art speaks to him!

Episode Playlist: Ocrober 22nd, 2017

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October 15th, 2017 - National Mulligan Day

Tuesday, October 17th, is National Mulligan Day, a day to celebrate the idea of second chances! Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for an exploration of the history of the term itself (I mean, really, where *does* "Mulligan" come from?), why we seek, and give, second chances, a few reasons to consider offering someone a second chance, and some personal ruminations on the subject.

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October 8th, 2017 - National Hug-A-Drummer Day

Tuesday, October 8th, is National Hug-A-Drummer Day, and the Reverend Jeff Smith is sending out the virtual hugs to drummers everywhere! He'll tell you all about why we should be hugging those seemingly-deranged (sometimes) men and women who beat skins with sticks, exactly how drums and other percussion instruments work, a brief history of the drum, some good advice for drummers everywhere, and offer his own take on why the beat and rhythm of the drums in classic rock speaks to him!

Episode Playlist: October 8th, 2017

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October 1st, 2017 - World Smile Day

Friday, October 6th, is World Smile Day, and in this episode of the Church of Classic Rock, the Reverend Jeff Smith will tell you all about how the day came to be, courtesy of the inventor of the smiley, as well as the psychology of smiling, different types of smiles, some very good reasons to smile (and often), and his personal philosophy about smiling, and why he thinks World Smile Day is a good day to observe!

Episode Playlist: October 1st, 2017

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September 24th, 2017 - One-Hit Wonders Day

Sunday, September 24th, is One-Hit Wonders Day, dedicated to remembering all of the great artists and groups whose flame burned only briefly on the Billboard Top-40 charts, but oh-so-brightly! The Reverend Jeff Smith tells you about just a few of these notable singularities in classic rock, and talks about what these songs, by these artists and groups, have meant to him over the years.

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September 17th, 2017 - Supernatural Day

Saturday, September 23rd, is Supernatural Day here in the United States, a day not to explore all things weird and other-worldly, but a day to pay tribute to the longest-running live-action fantasy television series in history: Supernatural! The brainchild of writer Eric Kripke, the program stars Jared Padelecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester, brothers who hunt down supernatural threats and protect those who need protecting. Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for a look at the celebratory day, the show itself, Padelecki and Ackles' Comic-Con appearance this year, and what's coming in Season 13, starting in October of 2017!

Episode Playlist: September 17th, 2017

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September 10th, 2017 - The Art of Storytelling

We learn best through stories, as it turns out. In today's episode, the Reverend Jeff Smith tells you about why we tell stories a certain way, and with events in a certain order, the power of the shadow (i.e. the villain) in any story, how Star Wars changed storytelling from a technical perspective, and why we change the world, for better or worse, with every story we tell!

Episode Playlist: September 10th, 2017

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