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Catamount Community Radio - October 23, 2011

The big tree outside has turned reddish orange ... Say gullible slowly enough and it rhymes with orange.

What a surprise today. I was finishing up my show, packing my things, when the phone rings. It was my friend José Luis, calling from Granada, Spain. When I visited last summer, I gave José Luis and Kati the URL for the radio show. And today they tuned in. They won't be listening next week; they'll be picking chestnuts in the Alpujarras from trees a thousand years old, but the following week, as they prepare for their South American adventure, they'll tune in and I'll play something for them.


José Luis and Kati in Granada

I have to confess that I'm not a big sports fan. I like sports and follow them superficially. But I don't often sit down and watch a whole game. I was really happy that the Tigers knocked out the Yankees this year, but upon their elimination at the hands of the Texas Rangers my interest waned. Plus the Cardinals beat the Brewers. Anyway yesterday I decided to watch a football game between the Michigan State Spartans the Wisconsin Badgers. What a game! I watched almost the whole thing: the Badgers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. The Spartans came roaring back. Wisconsin responded. And then, the Spartans won on a hail mary as the clock ran out. Amazing. I had to get on Facebook immediately and trash talk friend and Wisconsin freshman Karan.

SInce when was it kosher to talk about sports on a CCR blog entry?


Listen to these Norwegians play music.

Today I played a couple by Nick Lowe. I just love the new album of his, The Old Magic. The songs wallow in self-pity, but in a wonderful, poetic way. Luxurious melancholy.

The stairs are alarmingly shaky
And the carpet threadbare and worn
Fence needs mending
Garden needs tending
How soon it's become overgrown

Oh house for sale
I've had enough
I'll send a van to pick up my stuff
House for sale
I'm leaving like I'm getting out of jail.

Old schtick from Jimmy Durante and W.C. Fields.

Sonny Rollins, playing "I've Grown Accustomed to her Face" ... divinely

Picking up on one of last week's theme, a couple more Hoagy Carmichael tunes, "Rockin' Chair" and "Baltimore Oriole."

Baltimore Oriole
Took one look at that mercury, forty below
No life for a lady
To be draggin' her feathers around in the snow
Leaving me blue, off she flew
To the Tangipaho-down Louisiana
Where a two-tiin' Jaybird
Met the divine Miss O.

Average White Band and "Where Have All the Average People Gone" by Roger Miller.

Kool Keith: "Kenworth with Wings."

The mission station from the elevator
Explain pipes through the ceiling
Lime green metallic faces and spaceships
With carburetors, carburetors

Highway abduction
Red lights at the intersection
Aliens trading machines for diesel engines
Kenworths with wings.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (EST). In Cullowhee and Sylva at 90.5 on your FM Dial. All over the world via the internet.

1. Lee Konitz – Indian Summer
2. Luiz Bonfá – Manha de carnaval
3. Trygve Seim – Himmerland I, Part IV
4. John Scofield – Georgia on my Mind
5. Unknown – Flintstone Dots
6. Randy Newman – Easy Street
7. Joni Mitchell – All I Want
8. Art Tatum – Wrap Your Trouble in Dreams
9. Nick Lowe – House for Sale
10. Nick Lowe – Shame on the Rain
11. World Standard – Cowboys Don’t Cry
12. George Jones – Here in the Real World
13. Teddy Wilson – Avalon
14. Brian Eno – Another Green World
15. Jimmy Durante – Chidabee, Chidabee
16. Sketch Show – Chronograph
17. Average White Band – Cut the Cake
18. Roger Miller – Where Have All the Average People Gone?
19. Kool Keith – Kenworth with Wings
20. Sonny Rollins – I’ve Grown Accustomed to her Face
21. Nancy Wilson – You’ve Got Your Troubles
22. Benny Greene – The Sheik of Araby
23. W.C. Fields – Lies, Lies and More Lies
24. Manu Dibango – Fleur de marigot
25. Bruce Springsteen – The E Street Shuffle
26. Ted Nash – Baby Elephant Walk
27. CQMD – Horses
28. Ike and Tina Turner – You Got What You Wanted
29. Kenny Burrell – Moten Swing
30. Walter Smith III – Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love


Sonny Rollins

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