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Catamount Community Radio - October 17, 2010

I enjoyed doing the Lennon special so much last week, that I decided to go back for a second helping. The older I get - and I ain't getting any younger - the more I like to play stuff that is timely. So at Christmas, I play Christmas music, next week I'll do some Halloween tinged stuff, and so on. But why not play more Lennon this week, if I feel like it, even though his birthday is a week past? This morning, in addition to a handful of Beatles songs, we listened to a few covers of Lennon songs: Corinne Bailey Rae doing "I'm Losing You," Shelby Lynne with "Mother," and Nathanial Mayer's "I Found Out." I almost played Neil Young's version of "Imagine." The only reason I didn't is that the arrangement is almost identical to the original, the only difference is that it's Neil Young's voice instead of Lennon's. Maybe another day.

Mavis Staples has a new record out, recorded with Jeff Tweedy, whom she calls "Mr. Tweedy." It's pretty good. I scored a free download from the itunes store, "You Are Not Alone." After playing it, I quipped, "I'm not alone; I've got my little lady right by my side. She's a real humdinger, a folk singer." I wonder if anybody knew I just copped it from Dylan.

For my daughter, who certainly wasn't listening, because the show conflicts with her beauty sleep, I played Anita O'Day's excellent version of Cole Porter's "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," with its droll lyrics:

While tearing off a game of golf
I may make a play for the caddie,
but when I do, I don't follow through
because my heart belongs to daddy.

If I invite a boy some night
to cook up some hot enchilada
Though Spanish rice is all very nice,
my heart belongs to daddy.

How about the internal rhyme? I followed that with what I consider a great song, Janis Ian's "At Seventeen." To me it's amazing that a song about the troubles faced by a teen-age girl ever became a hit on the radio. This certainly doesn't seem to be part of any pop music trope.

And those of us with ravaged faces,
Lacking in the social graces,
Desperately remained at home,
Inventing lovers on the phone.
Who called to say come dance with me.
And murmured vague obscenities.
It isn't all it seems,
At seventeen.


We heard Mel & Tim do "Backfield in Motion," appropriate, I suppose, this being football season. I rambled a bit about the genius of the scoring system of American football. Think about it: a touchdown? six points; kick the extra point, and that's one more. But take it in from the three yard line? that's two points! A field goal? Three. Safety? Two. This means that scores can vary from 51-48 to 3-0. Compare this to soccer scores: 1-0, 0-0, 1-1, 2-1. The only problem is all the concussions when these guys ram into each other with a full head of steam. And then the fact that they have meetings between one play and another.

Garfunkel & Simon did "America," a song with cool lyrics:

"Kathy," I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh
"Michigan seems like a dream to me now."
It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw.
I've gone to look for America.

Laughing on the bus
Playing games with the faces
She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy
I said, "Be careful his bowtie is really a camera."

A little Burt Bacharach set: Dionne Warwick singing "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (not the Elton John / Kee Kee Dees song) and Jim O'Rouke doing "Something Big."

Jazz? You think a show could go by without jazz? Clifford Brown. Michael's Jazz Quartet. Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Shirley Scott doing "Tangerine." I love "Lockjaw" Davis's soulful tenor style.

Given the rescue of the miners in Chile I should have played something like "Big Bad John," but it didn't occur to me. I guess I'll just to have to drink a bottle of Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon instead to celebrate their escape from the mine.

The show airs on Power 90.5 Sunday mornings 10-12 (Eastern time).

1. Al Green & Corinne Bailey Rae – Take Your Time
2. Clifford Brown – Jordu
3. Andrew Hill – Black Sabbath
4. Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone
5. The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows
6. Stevie Wonder – He’s Missta Knowitall
7. Alice Cooper – I’m the Coolest
8. Dionne Warwick – Don’t Go Breaking my Heart
9. Jim O’Rourke – Something Big
10. Trilambs – This is the Beatles
11. The Beatles – Here, There and Everywhere
12. Miles Davis – Black Satin
13. Anita O’Day – My Heart Belongs to Daddy
14. Janis Ian – At Seventeen
15. Corinne Bailey Rae – I’m Losing You
16. Mel and Tim – Backfield in Motion
17. Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis & Shirley Scott – Tangerine
18. The Beatles – If I Needed Someone
19. Shelby Lynne – Mother
20. The Beatles – Cry Baby Cry
21. Michael’s Jazz Quartet – Before You Walk Away
22. Simon and Garfunkel – America
23. Bunny Berrigan – Black Bottom
24. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Drinkin’ Wine Spo-dee-o-dee
25. Sam Dees – Train to Tampa
26. Tom Waits – Alice
27. Sarah Vaughan – Whatever Lola Wants
28. The Beatles – Wait
29. Nathanial Mayer – I Found Out
30. Jimi Hendrix – Remember
31. The Staple Singers – Go Tell it on the Mountain




Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy

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