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Catamount Thanksgiving Radio - November 22, 2009

Thankful and thoughtful today, at least trying to be. A glance at the playlist would suggest that I played an awful lot of songs (but they're not awful songs, I promise). The truth is that I added a lot of gimmicky stuff like goofy little interludes and old radio ads. While Sly and the Stone were the artists of the day, I also played two by Craig Handy, some rock, some country, and some etc. to go along with the jazz. Catamount Community Radio airs on WWCUFM on Sunday mornings from 10-12 (East Coast time).

Here are some lyrics from Fairground Attraction that I like:

Sky with some diamond stars
Empty streets with just occasional cars
Here we lie in a lullaby of stillness
In our room.

[...]

All of the letters in all of the words
In all of the books all over the world
They're nothing but sounds and vowels and nouns.
For talking to strangers, that's all they were

[...]

Orchestra of tiny hearts
It's like pepper sprinkled on our hearts
We're threading a needle with boxing gloves
When we try and talk about love

I put Cornelius in the background while we listened to Howard Nemerov read his poem, "Thanksgrieving." I transcribed it from a sound file, so I'm not sure where the line breaks are, so I'll render it as prose.

"Infant mortality didn't, as they say, claim me, though it damn near did. So I grew what they call 'up.' To the childhood illnesses routine for those times I added only paratyphoid on my own. I was never starved nor did my parents whip me or leave me chained to the bed. Nor did I get born a Jew in Germany. Plus, I went to their war and didn't die of it. Leaving aside my adventures among the dentists (your teeth are fine but those gums have got to go), my skirmishes with medicine include but a couple of major operations and a few discomfortable bothers with skeleton and strings. I have so far stayed out of asylums and jails and given the smawth and fewth of my abilities, have been lucky in being steadily employed. I'm still with the same dame, have three sons; have lost to death up to this day only a few family and five good friends. So help me, life, I may still make it to the end."


1. Sly & the Family Stone – Thankful & Thoughtful
2. Duke Ellington - Jazz a la carte
3. Craig Handy – In a Sentimental Mood
4. Fairground Attraction – A Smile in a Whisper
5. Hank Williams – (I Heard that) Lonesome Whistle
6. John Lewis – December, Remember
7. Dave Douglas – November
8. Bob Marley – Give Thanks and Praise
9. Lattie Moore – I'm Not Broke, But I'm Badly Bent
10. Howard Nemerov – Thanksgrieving
11. Cornelius – Tone Twilight Zone
12. Dr. John – Mama Roux
13. The Rumble Strips – Cowboy
14. Jimmie Rodgers – Blue Yodel No. 9
15. Teddy Wilson – Sweet Georgia Brown
16. CRC – There's Fun in Your Feet
17. Mose Allison – New Parchman
18. Craig Handy – Sippin' and Sliding
19. RIAA – KKK (Kooky Komedy Kut-Up)
20. Sly and the Family Stone – Thank you (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
21. Ella Fitzgerald – Here in my Arms
22. Coleman Hawkins – Allen's Alley
23. Jill Sobule – League of Failures
24. Trilambs – This is the Beatles
25. The Beatles – Glass Onion
26. T Rex – Hot Love
27. The Dandy Warhols – Colder than the Coldest Winter was Cold
28. Johnny Fortune – Siboney
29. Cachao – Siboney
30. Bebo Valdés – Al fin te vi
31. Pizzicato Five – Readymade FM
32. Cecil Gant – I Wonder
33. George Jones – Relief is Just a Swallow Away
34. Chalie Parker – Melancholy Baby
35. Chris Bell – You and Your Sister
36. Hot Lips Page – St. James Infirmary
37. Johnny Hodges – Passion Flower
38. Sly & the Stone – Thankful & Thoughtful


Craig Handy

Comments

Hot & Cold Running Onions.

A Dandy Trio

25. The Beatles – Glass Onion
26. T Rex – Hot Love
27. The Dandy Warhols – Colder than the Coldest Winter was Cold

That's what I'm talkin' bout!
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