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Life in Marvelous Times Radio - March 13, 2011

You know how it is when you need to get up early for something? You toss and turn, worrying about oversleeping. Well, that was me last night, thanks to this Daylight Savings Time business. Anyway, I made it. I was awake before the alarm rang, needless to say.

Friday I'm walking down the hall and I see a penny on the floor. I bend over, pick it up, and put it in my left pocket. When I get to my office, I pull my keys out of my right pocket, and out with them comes a penny, which rolls away to a place unknown. So, today I played a couple of versions of "Pennies from Heaven." One, a hard swinger by Oscar Peterson and Stan Getz and the other by Frank Sinatra with the Basie band. I figured that it was written during the Great Depression and said as much over the air. I just looked it up and, sure enough: 1936. Introduced by Bing Crosby in a film of the same name.

Every time it rains it rains
Pennies from heaven.
Don't you know each cloud contains
Pennies from heaven.
You'll find your fortune falling
All over town.
Be sure that your umbrella is upside down.

I started the show with a tune by Erik Friedlander called "After Hours." Then later on I played an entirely different song with the same title by the Velvet Underground, sung by what's-her-name, Nico? I'm thinking the tune was written by Lou Reed.

Dark party bars, shiny Cadillac cars
and the people on subways and trains
Looking gray in the rain, as they stand disarrayed
oh, but people look well in the dark

And if you close the door
the night could last forever
Leave the sunshine out
and say hello to never.

We heard a couple by the Stones: "Waiting on a Friend," with its sax solo by Sonny Rollins, "Beast of Burden," with the nice interplay of the guitars of Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards, and finally Merry Clayton's version of "Gimme Shelter" (she sang back-up on the original recording).

I drew pretty heavily on the "Radio Fodder Figure" series, Tyler knows what I'm talking about. Saxamaphone tooting by Jerry Bergonzi, Jimmy Greene, John Coltrane and others. Hippity Hop, not by Poopy Snoopy Dog or Enema M, but rather by Mos Def, Nas & Damian Marley, and Tumi & the Volume.

Here's some free advice: if you're making a hip hop record, sample Mor Thiam's "Ayo Ayo Ne Ne." It will work.

Catamount Community Radio as it's sometimes called, airs 10-12 on Sunday mornings (Carolina time), Daylight Savings Time or not, on WWCU.


1. Erik Friedlander – After Hours
2. Randy Newman – Every Time It Rains
3. Roy Hargrove Quintet – Strasbourg/St. Denis
4. Oscar Peterson & Stan Getz – Pennies from Heaven
5. Kenny Dorham – If Ever I Would Leave You
6. Tom Waits – Blue Skies
7. Jimmy Green – I’ll Keep Loving You
8. The Rolling Stones – Waiting on a Friend
9. Céu – Malemlência
10. João Bosco – A nível de …
11. Frank Sinatra & the Basie Band – Pennies from Heaven
12. Mark Whitfield – Berkshire Blues
13. Merry Clayton – Gimme Shelter
14. The Rolling Stones – Beast of Burden
15. Esbjörn Svensson – Damned Back Blues
16. Aaron Neville – Tell It Like It Is
17. Tumi & the Volume – Afrique
18. Kalle & Rochereau – Afrika Mokili Mobimbi
19. Los Soneros del Barrio – Canuto
20. The Velvet Underground – After Hours
21. Charlie Hunter – Ain’t We Got Fun
22. Punjabi MC – Jogi
23. Jerry Bergonzi – Who Cares?
24. Ben Allison – Goin’ Back
25. Mos Def – Life in Marvelous Times
26. Mor Thiam – Ayo Ayo Ne Ne
27. Keith Jarrett – Blackbird, Bye Bye
28. Nas & Damian Marley – As We Enter
29. John Coltrane – Feelin’ Good


Damian Marley & Nas in the studio. I wonder what would happen if I pushed this lever all the way up there and this one down, and this one in the middle?

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