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Catamount Community Radio Radio - February 20, 2011

In spite of the whiskey and going to bed late, I woke up before the alarm rang this morning, feeling spry. I thought today's show was going to be below average, but I was quite pleased with the result. Looking at the clock last night, I thought to myself, "eeh gads! I need to hit the sack, for tomorrow I have a radio show." Before crashing, I see the lights on downstairs. My daughter down there, on the Facebook, I tell her to go to bed, she shushes me. Can you believe that? She shushes me. Insolent kids.

I remember my grandmother saying that children should listen to the Lawrence Welk show so as to get some culture; although when I share that memory with my mom, she says she remembers no such thing. Do we really invent our memories? Other people may, but not I. My memories are genuine. I remember thinking that a cool job would be to sit behind the bandstand and blow bubbles. Only one of my dream jobs when I was a kid. Another was riding shotgun on the garbage truck. So, anyway, listening to some accordion music today I couldn't help but think of Lawrence Welk. We listened to a cover of the Flintstones theme, played be-bop style by two accordions. That is some hip shit, I'm tellin' ya'.

We heard a tune I like to play every once in awhile, Sonny Rollins doing "Rock-a-Bye Baby with a Dixie Melody." I get a kick out the way he digs deep into the songbook to find tunes like this one, or "Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Good-bye." That's part of his genius.

We heard Jimmie Rodgers and Louis Armstrong do "Blue Yodel #9". This was recorded in 1930. I almost have a hard time wrapping my mind around this one. The greatest jazz musician of the time playing with the greatest country musician of the day. And, at that time, wouldn't an interracial recording session be odd? It was years before Benny Goodman starting playing with Charlie Christian, Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton. The results are great. Even though it almost seems like Armstrong holds back so as not to upstage the singer.

We heard Anita O'Day. What a great singer. FYI, she has an autobiography where she talks about the jazz scene, heroin, and all kinds of stuff that the curious might be curious about.

The Beastie Boys, with Sly & the Family Stone samples:

Got more stories than JD's got Salinger ...

I'm madder than Mad's Alfred E. Newman ....

If I had a penny for my thoughts
I'd be a millionaire ...

All this, plus Chico Hamilton, Eric Dolphy, string quartets, country music. Life is good if you want it to be.

Next week: Joni Mitchell's "You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio" and much more. Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (Carolina time), on WWCU-FM.



1. Larry Goldings & Harry Allen – Morning Has Broken
2. Esbjörn Svensson Trio – The Message
3. Charlie Parker – Romance without Finance
4. Anita O’Day – I’ve Got the World on a String
5. Looking Glass – Brady (You’re a Fine Girl)
6. Sonny Rollins – Rock-a-Bye Baby with a Dixie Melody
7. Jimmie Rodgers & Louis Armstrong – Blue Yodel #9
8. Faron Young – Apartment #9
9. Frank Marocco & Simone Zanchini - The Flintstone Theme
10. Frank Sinatra & Count Basie – The Best Is Yet to Come
11. Hank Snow – Spanish Fireball
12. Ian Dury & the Blockheads – You’ll See Glimpses
13. The Coasters – Zing! Went the Strings of my Heart
14. Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley – Never Will I Marry
15. Les McCann – North Carolina
16. Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics – Cha Cha
17. Dave Holland – Billows of Rhythm
18. Conway Twitty – Pop a Top
19. Radio Tarifa – Rumba argelina
20. Duke Ellington – The Feeling of Jazz
21. Piero Milesi – Minute Quartet
22. Beastie Boys – Shadrach
23. Andre Popp & His Orchestra – La cumparsita
24. Charlie Rich – I Take it on Home
25. The Stylistics – People Make the World Go Round
26. Kronos Quartet – Miniskirt (1968)
27. Chico Hamilton – Pottsville, USA
28. Dave Douglas – Poses
29. Israel “Cachao” López – Bailande entre espumas
30. The Lovin’ Spoonfuls – Nashville Cats
31. Johnny Griffin – The Londonderry Air


Frank Marocco


Nancy Wilson

Comments

It is said

There are three sides to every story: Your side, my side, and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each differently.

Re: It is said

I don't think it's so much that what we remember is wrong, as much as it is that sometimes we just don't remember.

Edited at 2011-02-23 03:21 am (UTC)

Re: It is said

Yeah, like, remember that time we were jamming in your basement with your brother banging on the empty cherry cans and you were blowing on your sax and I was mangling my guitar and then Toots and the Maytals dropped by, and Toots said, "When Toots sings, you no sing, and when Toots no sings, you sing!"

Re: It is said

Yeah, I remember that clearly! Those were the days! Back before the invention of the "amplifier."
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