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Catamount Community Radio - August 14, 2011

I arrive at the station this morning and the board is askew. The radio is off the air. Apparently, during the storm last night, the power went out, and the reserve power (20 minutes worth) wore out, and the station went off the air. The buttons and the lights are on and lit seemingly randomly, as if somebody had simply scrambled the board, pushing buttons here, there, and anywhere. I got on the phone and called the station manager and the faculty adviser, and with time everything got worked out. But get this, the computer was dead, but I was alive and live, going out over the airwaves.

Yesterday I wiped out on my bike. It wasn't my fault. Well, it was. I was riding up a hill, and decided to "faire la danseuse" (my understanding is that this is the French expression for when you pedal standing up); so anyway, I was doing the danseuse, and my back wheel fell off, and I went over the handlebars, and messed up my elbow. But my pride was hurt worse than my knee or my elbow. I guess I didn't tighten up my back wheel enough when I put my bike together after the trip to Michigan. Either that, or the torque that a 210 lb. beast like me can apply to a back wheel will pull the wheel smooth off, gee.

Later in the afternoon we went for a "jet boat" ride on Fontana Lake. The spousal unit had bought tickets for the issue's birthday, but for some reason we never went birthday time. So we did it yesterday. Basically, it's a hopped up speed boat with a 502 cubic-inch Chevrolet engine. It goes fast and the pilot does spins, which are fun because you get a little spray on you,then bob on the boat's own wake. After that we took a little dip in the lake.

Today we listened to Johnny Hartman do "It Was Almost Like a Song." It was a hit for Ronnie Milsap once upon a time, and I jammed on it with Kenny T, a couple times, in December and July, on my last two trips to Michigan. (He plays and sings and I add guitar flourishes!). One more item of proof of the overlap between jazz and country. The lyrics were written by Hal David (famous for his collaborations with Burt Bacharach atttack). It works as jazz, and it works as country. Kenny sings the shit out of it.

You were in my arms
Right where you belong
And we were so in love
It was almost like a song

January through December
We had such a perfect year
Then the flame became a dying ember
All at once you weren't here

Now my broken heart
Cries for you each night
And It's almost like a song
But it’s much too sad to write.

It's a fun tune to play on the guitar, because of the alternation of the major and minor chords.

Speaking of fun tunes to play on the guitar, I learned the changes to a tribute to Garry Shider on the new Bootsy Collins album (narrated by George Clinton). Shider ("Diaper Man" in the P-Funk) died of cancer recently. Bootsy's album is chock full 'o' guest appearances, including this one. The chord change is addictive:

E E7 Amaj7
F#min7 G#min7 Amaj7 (B)

and for the bridge

C#min7 Amaj7

For the last couple of nights, I've amused myself playing this change, alternating with "It's almost like a song" and Insane Clown Posse jams on the boom box. I do a puzzle. I read a couple of pages of Dickens. My life is so interesting.

How are things in Glocca Morra? Are the willows still weeping?

We listened to Kris Kristofferson sing "Me and Bobbie McGee." I like his version much more than Janis Joplin's, and even more than Roger Miller's (which was the first to be released).

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, headin' for the train,
Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans.
Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just before it rained;
Took us all the way to New Orleans.
I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna,
And was blowing sad while Bobby sang the blues.
With them windshield wipers slappin' time,
And Bobby clappin' hands,
We finally sang up every song that driver knew.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (Carolina time) on WWCU-FM.


1. Miles Davis – Semmertime
2. Sahib Shihab – End of a Love Affair
3. Wille “The Lion” Smith – Harlem Joys
4. Billie Holliday – When You’re Smiling
5. Allen Toussaint – Tipitina and Me
6. Eroll Garner – The Coffee Song
7. Clark Terry – Boomerang
8. Sonny Rollins – How Are Things in Glocca Morra
9. The Isley Brothers – Work to Do
10. Johnny Hartman – It Was Almost Like a Song
11. Kris Kristofferson – Me and Bobbie McGee
12. Roger Miller – Where Have All the Average People Gone
13. Jeff Beck – Seasons
14. Jimi Hendrix – Born Under a Bad Sign
15. Lee Dorsey – Games People Play
16. Roger & the Gypsies – Pass the Hatchet
17. Curtis Mayfield – So in Love
18. Bootsy Collins (feat. George Clinton) – Garry Shider Tribute
19. Nat Cole – Just You, Just Me
20. Ojos de Brujo – Guarachas
21. Josetxo Goia-Aribe – La luna y el toro
22. Amy Winehouse – Valerie
23. The Jacksons – Body Language
24. Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton, Mark Whitefield – Driftin’
25. James Brown – Funky Drummer
26. Andrew Hill – Partitions




Clark Terry

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