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Thanksgiving Community Radio Radio - November 27, 2011

I went running (half of the time walking) with my daughter, and today I'm sore. And my back aches. It worked hard, carrying my stomach. Let's see if I can keep this up.

So, today was my Thanksgiving show. I said something over the airwaves like this: "No need to plunge headlong into the consumerist frenzy of Christmas just yet. Let's linger in the afterglow of Thanksgibing; let's stay thankful, especially if we're healthy and somebody loves us."

I can tell you one thing I'm thankful for: for having been able to do this radio show for all these years. There are a lot of things I enjoy in life, but radio has to be near the top of the list. Sly and the Stone did "Thankful and Thoughtful," We heard Bing Crosby do "I've got Plenty to be Thankful For"

I've got plenty to be thankful for.
I haven't got a great big yacht
to sail from shore to shore.
No carpet on my floor.
Still, I've got plenty to be thankful for.

I've got eyes to see with,
ears to hear with,
arms to hug with, lips to kiss with,
Someone to adore.

For the third year in a row, I played Howard Nemerov reading his poem, "Thanksgrieving"

"Infant mortality didn't, as they say, claim me, though it damn near did. So I grew what they call 'up.' To the childhood illnesses routine for those times I added only paratyphoid on my own. I was never starved nor did my parents whip me or leave me chained to the bed. Nor did I get born a Jew in Germany. Plus, I went to their war and didn't die of it. Leaving aside my adventures among the dentists (your teeth are fine but those gums have got to go), my skirmishes with medicine include but a couple of major operations and a few discomfortable bothers with skeleton and strings. I have so far stayed out of asylums and jails and given the smawth and fewth of my abilities, have been lucky in being steadily employed. I'm still with the same dame, have three sons; have lost to death up to this day only a few family and five good friends. So help me, life, I may still make it to the end."

I transcribed it last year, so I didn't have to do it again this year. I don't know where the line breaks are, so I post it as prose.

I played Bob Marley, doing "Give Thanks and Praise" and Southside Johnny, with "Thank You."

It wasn't all thanks giving. I played Loudon Wainwright III's "Daughter." If I'm not mistaken, he's Rufus's dad. Who would name their kid "Rufus"? Only somebody named Loudon ... or a Canadian.



I would have dedicated it my daughter, with whom I've been hanging out a lot these last few days, but I really doubt that she was listening.

We heard Nat Cole do "Cachito," from back in the fifties. His Spanish language records were hugely popular in Latin America. I don't think he knew Spanish; I think he learned the lyrics phonetically. He enchanted Latin American listeners, in spite of, or perhaps in part because of, his horrible pronunciation.

One of saxophonist David Murray's latest projects is to cover the Nat Cole en español tunes. We listened to his version of "Cachito."

Back in the seventies when I was a kid, on warm summer nights we would sometimes sleep outside on our neighbors' trampoline. We would listen to a transistor radio. One of the tunes I recall fondly from those years is Queen's "You're my Best Friend." Who these days, besides Glen Jones, listens to a transistor radio?

I played Marvin Pontiac (John Lurie) doing "Now I'm Happy." He has pretty much disappeared from the face of the earth. There was an article about that some time back in the New Yorker. He was quite the Renaissance man: music, acting, painting, TV.



Catamount Community Radio, more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Sunday mornings 10-12 (eastern coastal) on WWCU.


1. Harry Nilsson – Turnon Your Radio
2. Erroll Garner – The Coffee Song
3. Roy Hargrove – Strasbourg / St. Denis
4. Marvin Pontiac – Now I’m Happy
5. Bob Marley – Give Thanks and Praise
6. Nick Lowe – Shame on the Rain
7. Loudon Wainwright III – Daughter
8. Queen – You’re my Best Friend
9. Sahib Shihab – Peter’s Waltz
10. Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes – Thank You
11. Bing Crosby – I’ve Got Plenty to be Thankful For
12. Fats Waller – I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
13. Howard Nemerov – Thanksgrieving
14. Arthur Blythe – Spirits in the Field
15. Sly & the Family Stone – Thankful and Thoughtful
16. Jason Moran – Arizona Landscape
17. Radiohead – Don’t Leave Me
18. Lester Young – Texas Shuffle
19. Ballin’ the Jack – Daydream
20. Nat Cole – Cachito
21. David Murray Cuban Ensemble – Cachito
22. Juan Carmona – Soleariyas
23. Trilambs – This is the Beatles
24. Beatles vs. Michael Jackson – Daytrip to Never Neverland
25. Common Market – Re-Fresh
26. John Coltrane – Satellite
27. 菅野よう子– Radio Free Mars Talk 4
28. Nick Lowe – Till the Real Thing Comes Along
29. Johnny Cash – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
30. Billie Holiday – I Only Have Eyes for You
31. Eva Ayllón – Azúcar de caña
32. The Impressions – This is my Country
33. Piero Umiliani – Dreaming of Duke


Howard Nemerov


Erroll Garner

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