I'm up at 8:30, making my coffee, printing my puzzle, doing my ablutions. Still, it was not easy to be on the air at 10:00. I'm a little worried about the school year, being in the class room at 10:10. I'm going to have to get up at 7:30, and thus, since I'm quite a sleeper, be in bed by 11:00 p.m. or so.
Played a lot of Ellington today, for no other reason than that I'm hip like that.
Played a tune called "Helium," by the Tin Hat Trio. I was trying to come up with some joke using "shelium," but I couldn't come up with one.
I said something like, "Thank goodness ... Thank goodness for the internet ... and not just for the endless entertainment that is Face Page, but also for being able to look up things like 'Hully Gully.' Back in the day you would have to go to the library and check a dictionary of American slang, and chances are it wouldn't be in there. Or ask some old dude, who would tell any old thing from the top of his head." So, "a type of unstructured line dance often considered to have originated in the sixties, but is also mentioned some forty years earlier as a dance common in the black juke joints in the first part of the twentieth century."
All this as an introduction to B.B. King, playing "Hully Gully Twist." By the way, B.B. King started out as a DJ in Memphis, before becoming the iconic blues performer that we all know. When radio started it was based in places like New York and retransmitted to local markets. Then, maybe late forties or early fifties, local radio took off, and B.B. King was part of that. That was the golden age of radio, when what you heard in Chicago what not was you heard in New Orleans, and what you heard in Memphis was not what you heard in Detroit. It seems to have come full circle, as now it all sounds the same, with the exception of some stuff you hear on the far left end of the dial.
I played Roger Miller doing Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee" (I'm not fond of Janis Joplin's version, or her music in general). And I didn't say it, but I was thinking, "Kris Kristopherson, who has the relatively rare initials K.K., which he shares with Ken Kesey, the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
, and a certain Klu Klux."
I have a new theory as to why we can't stream over the internet. Stations that stream have to pay a per-song royalty under the terms some Digital act or something. If you don't stream you are exempt from that fee. Probably not the reason, but maybe. May 2015 we quit streaming.
Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10 -12 at 90.5, if you're in Cullowhee or its environs.
1. Bill Charlap – Glitter and be Gay
2. Duke Ellington – Take the “A” Train
3. Nick Lowe – Love’s Got a Lot to Answer For
4. Tin Hat Trio – Helium
5. Duke Ellington - Azure
6. Willie Nelson – Recollection Phoenix
7. B.B. King – Hully Gully Twist
8. Hank Williams – Lost Highway
9. John Zorn – Haiti
10. Duke Ellington - Caravan
11. Lee Dorsey – Games People Play
12. Jason Moran – Lulu’s Back in Town
13. Cuba L.A. – Bruca maniguá
14. Larry Goldings & Harry Allen – Lucky Am I
15. Duke Ellington – Drop me off in Harlem
16. Danny O’Keefe – Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues
17. Sonora Ponceña – Night in Tunisia
18. Duke Ellington – Mood Indigo
19. Chris Biesterfeldt – Freedom Jazz Dance
20. Dave Douglas – Just Another Murder
21. The Cadets – Love Bandit
22. Duke Ellington – Main Stem
23. Roger Miller – Me and Bobbie McGee
24. Albert Collins – Frosty
25. Alison Krauss & James Taylor – How’s the World Treating You?
26. The Meters – Liver Splash
27. Duke Ellington – Echoes of Harlem
28. Johnny Cash – Hidden Shame
29. Amadou & Mariam – M’bife (bafalon)
30. Tony Allen – Gbedu
31. The Impressions – People Get Ready