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Spring Can Hang You Up Radio - March 27, 2011

I'm sitting here, listening to Glen and X.Ray, and Glen is talking about going to see a band called Holmes in Asbury Park, and who was at the show but Mr. Springsteen. Glen says Bruce (yeah, we're on a first-name basis) stayed for the whole show and talked to every girl in the house. X.Ray said that Glen should have told him something cryptic, like, "the hovercraft is full of eels."

Ah, spring. Hope springs eternal; fall back, spring ahead. You got some spring in your step? Why don't you do your spring cleaning then. Put on some Springsteen as a soundtrack.

Young kids, you know. The weather starts getting warmer and then it's short pants and flip flops. Then it gets colder again, at least in the morning, and still, there they are, walking down the sidewalk, shivering, in their short pants and flip flops. And then when you tell the kids that spring is your least favorite season, they look at you like you're crazy. Well, you are crazy, but that's beside the point. When you get to a certain age, spring depresses you because everything is born again and blooming and young while you continue down the road to complete decreptitude. The Kinks understand:

Where did my teeth go?
Where did my hair go?
Where did my shoulders go?
Where did my chest go?
Where did my hormones go?
Where did my go go?
Where did my energy go?
Where did my skin go?
Where did my muscles go?
Where did my liver go?
Where did my heart go?
Where did my bones go?

What else? Two versions of "Caldonia," the first by the odd couple Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis. Then later the more canonical version by Louis Jordan. Louis Jordan, on the intersection of rock 'n' roll, R&B, and jazz.

Two versions of "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," one by Carmen McRae, one by Stanley Turrentine.

All afternoon the birds twitter-twit.
I know the tune. This is love, this is it.
Heard it before
and don't I know the score.
And I've decided that spring is a bore.

Relatively speaking (since it usually doesn't ring) the phone was ringing off the hook today. There were the good calls (Tim and the woman with a request) and the bad calls (the dude from the Internet company telling me that the internet stream was not running).

I drew on Tyler's "Latest, Greatest" series to fill out the show. Thanks, Mr. T.

Catamount Community Radio, on WWCU, Sunday mornings, 10-12 (Eastern Costal hours).

1. Ike Quebec – If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight)
2. Carmen McRae – Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
3. Earl Hines – Jelly Roll
4. Ray Charles – Come Rain of Come Shine
5. Blossom Dearie – Sweet Georgie Fame
6. Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie – Bloomdido
7. Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis – Caldonia
8. Tom Waits – You Can Never Hold Back Spring’
9. Thomas “Fats” Waller – Spring Cleaning
10. José Feliciano – California Dreaming
11. Billie Holiday – Some Other Spring
12. Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabate – Iga Bani
13. Clifford Brown – Joy Spring
14. Allen Haven – Image
15. Shivaree – Goodnight Moon
16. Ben Webster – King’s Riff
17. Bruce Springsteen – The E Street Shuffle
18. Louis Jordan – Caldonia
19. The Kinks – Where Did my Spring Go
20. John Coltrane – After the Rain
21. Louis Armstrong – Alligator Story
22. Irma Thomas – It’s Raining
23. Tonho de Alagoas – Bicho de cara preta
24. Stanley Turrentine – Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
25. Christian Scott – Dialect
26. Duke Ellington – Jump for Joy
27. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Good Night for Swinging
28. Oscar Peterson – Younger than Springtime
29. John Abercombie & Ralph Towner - Caminata


Christian Scott


Ambrosia Parsley, of Shivaree

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