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Catamount Community Radio Radio - March 13, 2011

Yesterday, it was tee-shirt and shorts weather, so I wore a pair of shorts and a tee-shirt. Today, we are back to long pants and a sweater weather, so I wore ... you get the picture.

I remember when I was a college student at Michigan State, one evening Luis, some other friends, and I drove down to the Detroit Institute of the Arts to see the "Detroit Saxophone Orchestra." There was a teen in the band who was obviously a prodigy. Well, he's become a famous jazz musician (inasmuch as a jazz musician besides Wynton can be famous there days). James Carter. We heard him do a number on bari.

We heard Taylor Swift do "Never Grow Up," a song that will have a tear rolling down the cheek of any sensitive soul who has a kid.

You're in the car on the way to the movies
And you're mortified your mom's dropping you off
At 14 there's just so much you can't do
And you can't wait to move out someday and call your own shots
But don't make her drop you off around the block
Remember that she's getting older too
And don't lose the way that you dance around in your pj's getting ready for school

Oh darling, don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up, just stay this little
Oh darling, don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up, it could stay this simple
No one's ever burned you, nothing's ever left you scarred
And even though you want to, just try to never grow up.

Hats off to Taylor Swift if she really wrote these lyrics and the tune. The lyrics appeal more to the sensibility of a 45 year old than to a youngster like Taylor Swift. You know how I am: I can't resist silliness or provocative juxtapositions. So I followed this tune up with Kanye West doing "Heard 'em Say."

They say people in your life for seasons
And anything that happen is for a reason
And niggas gun-clappin' and keep to squeezin'
And gran' keep prayin' and keep believin'
In Jesus, and one day that she'll see him
Till then in walk his footsteps and try to be him,
The devil is alive, I feel him breathin'
Claimin' money is the key, so keep on dreamin'
And put them lottery tickets just to tease us
My Aunt Pam can't put them cigarettes down,
So now my lil' cousin smokin' them cigarettes now
His job try to claim that he too niggaish now
Is it cuz his skin blacker than licorice now?
I can't figure it out, sick of it now

We heard Stevie Wonder do "I Wish," and also two covers of Mr. Wonder: Joshua Redman doing "Visions" and Larry Goldings doing "Big Brother." Speaking of covers, two of Joni Mitchell, Aquila Rose with "Big Yellow Taxi" and the wonderful Tina Turner doing "Edith and the Kingpin."

Beyond that, I drew on the "Worlds" CD series (thanks Tyler) for a big handful of tunes.

Professor Longhair with the ingenious "Big Chief." How on earth did he come up that riff? Freakin' genius.


These kids are amazing. But try to listen to the piano riff.

Catamount Radio, which sometimes goes by other names, airs 10-12 (Eastern time) Sunday mornings on WWCU-FM.

1. Terrence Blanchard – Morning After Celebration
2. Nat Cole – Just You, Just Me
3. Brad Mehldau – After the Rain
4. Johnny Smith – The Boy Next Door
5. James Carter – Eventide
6. Stevie Wonder – I Wish
7. Joshua Redman – Visions
8. Suzanne Vega & DNA – Tom’s Diner
9. Professor Longhair – Big Chief
10. Benny Green – The Sheik of Araby
11. Lou Reed – Teach the Gifted Children
12. John Surman – Chelsea Bridge
13. Ferlin Husky – Phantom 309
14. Taylor Swift – Never Grow Up
15. Kanye West & Adam Levine – Heard ‘em Say
16. Larry Goldings – Big Brother
17. 菅野よう子 – Memory
18. Bebo Valdés – La comparsa
19. Aquila Rose & RDM – Big Yellow Taxi
20. Larry Goldings – Many Rivers to Cross
21. Sonny Rollins – Toot Toot Tootsie, Goodbye
22. Prince – The Word
23. Tina Turner & Herbie Hancock – Edith and the Kingpin
24. Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts – Tenderly
25. Camille – Ta douleur
26. John Coltrane – The Night has a Thousand Eyes
27. HAT – Organic Mambo


Professor Longhair


Tina Turner

Comments

Waddaya mean cooties? no cooties on me!

Did you know Tina Turner is on of the sexy female vocalists on Frank Zappa's Overnight Sensation?

Re: Waddaya mean cooties? no cooties on me!

NO! I didn't know that! (but I got that album, so it's time for a re-listen!)
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