The weather, as my mom would say, has been gorgeous. But besides walking Roscoe, I haven't really spent a lot of time out in it. Roscoe has been getting good at catching the frisbee, even though he occasionally misses an easy one.
As I get older I don't read like I once did. I attribute this in part to normal aging. I think Samuel Johnson said as much. He told Boswell something to that effect: read now, while you're young, because when you're older you simply won't feel like it any more. Apparently Johnson read the whole day long when he was a young man. Other reasons include that I'm practicing the piano, and that I'm solving puzzles. Lord knows how I got so addicted to puzzles. The 8 x 8 Kenken seems to be my favorite. I do read things on the internet, but hardly ever anything over three paragraphs in length. I have magazines piling up, which I'm hesitant to toss, because I don't want to recycle perfectly brilliant articles. I did read a nice article about Billy Joel the other day. He helicopters in to Madison Square Garden from his home in Long Island once a month and pulls in a couple million dollars. He hasn't released an album in years, but still has 33 top hits to his name. I never liked Billy Joel much back in the day, but now I like him, maybe the man more than the music. I'm also planning on reading George Clinton's new biography one of these days.
Speaking of Dr. Funkenstein, I played "Atomic Dog" this morning, just to get the second hour going.
Halloween is coming up. I don't know if I have an opportunity (an excuse) to dress up. Back in the day I would get dressed up as Groucho, and spout such Grouchoisms as, "I could dance with you until the cows come home ... or I could dance with the cows until you come home." I do have an Amy Winehouse wig. So I could always do that. I might be able to get that eye make-up down. Or the issue could help me with it. In the Halloween spirit, I played "Monster Mash," "Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives," Alfred Hitchcock narrating "Music to be Murdered by," Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," and the Kronos Quartet with a part of the film score for "Dracula."
Had a record four entries, including my sister. Mary Ellen wins with a perfect score. Everybody else (Dandy, Patrick, Marie) got three out of four. All the tunes were done by Cassandra Wilson.
1. "Last Train to Clarksville" - the Monkees
2. "Time After Time" - Cyndi Lauper
3. "Wichita Lineman" - Glen Campbell (or Jimmy Webb)
4. "Run the Voodoo Down" - Miles Davis
I closed the show with Wilson singing Stevie Wonder's "If It's Magic," but nobody mentioned it. Dandy may have included some cryptic remark (like last week) for question 4, but if he did I missed it.
Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (Carolina time) on WWCU.
1. Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins – Wanderlust
2. Ella Fitzgerald – I’ll See You in my Dreams
3. Bebo Valdés – La comparsa
4. Everly Brothers – All I Have to is Dream
5. Dave Douglas – Beware of the Doug
6. Bobby Hutcherson – Una muy bonita
7. Cassandra Wilson – Last Train to Clarksville
8. Jeff “Tain” Watts – Katrina James
9. Bobby “Boris” Pickett – Monster Mash
10. Mel Tormé – Monsters Lead such Interesting Lives
11. Cassandra Wilson – Time After Time
12. Heinz von Hermann Trio – Ugly Beauty
13. George Clinton – Atomic Dog
14. Marvin Pontiac (John Lurie) – I’m a Doggy
15. Cassandra Wilson – Wichita Lineman
16. Slim & Slam – Dark Eyes
17. Alfred Hitchcock – Music to be Murdered By
18. Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London
19. Kronos – Dracula, film score for string quartet 2
20. Ben Webster – Under a Blanket of Blue
21. Cassandra Wilson – Run the Voodoo Down
22. Duke Ellington – Take the A Train
23. Ray Charles – Undecided
24. Little Willie John – Talk to Me, Talk to Me
25. Major Lance – Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um
26. Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran – Pretty Girl
27. Cassandra – If it’s Magic