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Catamount Community Radio - November 20, 2011

I felt good today, and ran the board almost flawlessly.

I started the show with an "autumn" theme: Autumn in New York, played languidly by Johnny Hodges, Chester Atkins with an almost easy listening version of "Red Leaves of Autumn," and then Ahmad Jamal, with "Autumn Leaves." It suddenly occurs to me that that title could have a double valence, depending on whether "leaves" is a noun or a verb. Autumn leaves are falling vs. autumn leaves and winter arrives.

I returned to Nick Lowe's new album with a couple of cuts. I just haven't managed to get tired of that disc. Nick Lowe and I have something in common. No, not song-writing genius, although it has been said that my tunes are hip. What we have in common is our big, plastic framed glasses.

Al Wilson sang the "La La Peace Song."

Steel birds falling to the ground
Not knowing what's below
When the end comes, tell me now
Where we gonna go

Oh, people, that's my
La la la la peace song
La la la la, tell me
Why can't we get along.

Basketball season is getting started. Up until recently, I would play basketball 100 times a year. For some reason, I've retired. I'm getting fat and slow, and I think it's frustrating not to be half the player I once was. That's probably crap. I'm rationalizing. I should get back out there. So I played the Cheech and Chong novelty tune.

I even put that basketball underneath my pillow
Maybe that's why I can't sleep at night
I need help, ladies and gentlemens
I need someone to stand beside me
I need, I need someone to set a pick for me at the free-throw line of life
Someone I can pass to
Someone to hit the open man on the give-and-go
And not end up in the popcorn machine
So cheerleaders, help me out.



You know, it didn't strike me until last night, when I had already completed my playlist for this morning's show, that it would be my last show before Thanksgiving. Had I realized it, I would have played some thankful songs. All of which got me thinking: we tend to anticipate our holidays ... but once they're over, they're over. Forget about it. I still remember seeing Christmas trees on the snowbanks December 26 in my northern-Michigan home town. Why we don't bask in the afteglow of the holidays escapes me. I suppose we're simply sick of them by the time they get here. The Christmas music starts now, and ends December 25. So even though next Sunday is temporally closer to Thanksgiving than this Sunday, you have to play the thoughtful and thankful songs now, before, or it doesn't resonate properly. So, I jumped on the bandwagon today, and played Marcus Roberts, doing "I'll be Home for Christmas." I'm going to play the tune at my piano recital next month, and have been working on my own arrangement of it.

The spousal unit called, and was listening, via the internet magic, from India, which, if you think about it, is amazing. I played the wild Tchoupitoulas, "Indians Comin'," renaming the group the Wild Chapkhanawallas, riffin' on a name.

I played Dámaso Pérez Prado doing "Mambo no. 5". I went through the whole spiel.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (Eastern Time) on WWCU-FM.


1. Johnny Hodges – Autumn in New York
2. Chet Atkins – The Red Leaves of Autumn
3. Ahmad Jamal – Autumn Leaves
4. Merle Travis – I’ll See You in my Dreams
5. Mississippi John Hurt – John Henry
6. Nick Lowe – Stoplight Roses
7. Charlie Parker – Just Friends
8. Caetano Veloso & Gal Costa – Coração vagabundo
9. Al Wilson – La La Peace Song
10. Larry Goldings – Sticky Mack
11. Coralie Clément – Salle des pas perdus
12. Cheech and Chong – Basketball Jones
13. John Coltrane – What’s New
14. Nick Lowe – Somebody Cares for Me
15. Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
16. Marcus Roberts – I’ll be Home for Christmas
17. Zoot Sims & Bucky Pizzarrelli – Watch What Happens
18. The Deltones – I’ll Take You There
19. Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderly – Save Your Love for Me
20. Bebo Valdés – Danza lucumí
21. Duke Ellington – Main Stem
22. The Seatbelts – Autumn in Ganymede
23. Tommy McCook – Raggae Merengue
24. Hi-Posi – Dear My Friend
25. Tom Waits – Big in Japan
26. The Re-vels – False Alarm
27. Dámaso Pérez Prado – Mambo No. 5
28. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Sugar, Sugar
29. James P. Johnson – The Dream
30. Coleman Hawkins – While We’re Young
31. Loretta Lynn – These Boots Were Made for Walking
32. Anita O’Day – Them There Eyes


Hi-Posi


James P. Johnson

Comments

I'm Gonna Kick Booty!

I hope you credited George Harrison for his awesome guitar on Basketball Jones. (and if you didn't know that, go back and give another listen, son!)

Re: I'm Gonna Kick Booty!

No, I didn't know that. I'll re-listen. I will have you know, however, re the booty whuppin', that I can run fast.
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