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Catamount Community Radio - January 22, 2012

Yesterday, as I was preparing my playlist, I couldn't help but think, this is getting tedious. I'm tired and I'd rather be out riding my bike. But the work paid off. Today, I felt pretty happy about the show, and enjoyed doing it. There must be a life lesson in there somewhere, which I'll ignore.

Marna wrote me a cryptic message some days ago. Based on its contents I decided to play some gospel today. We heard Ray Charles do "Heaven Help Us All," Dr. John manipulated the keyboard on "Wade in the Water." Mavis Staples sang "Only the Lord Knows," and I closed the show with The Mighty Sons doing "Stand by Me."

Etta James passed away this past week. I was compelled to do a little tribute: "Sunday Kind of Love," "I'd Rather Go Blind," "A Lover is Forever," and "Seven Day Fool."



I spun a few Cole Porter tunes. Shirley Horn, with "Love for Sale":

Love that's fresh and still unspoiled
Love that's only slightly spoiled
[...]

Old love, new love,
Every love but true love
Love for sale.

Blossom Dearie, with "Always True to You in my Fashion":

From Milwaukee Mister Fritz
Often takes me to the Ritz,
Mister Fritz is full of Schlitz and full of play.

[...]

Mister Harris, plutocrat,
Wants to give my cheek a pat,
If the Harris pat
Means a Paris hat,
Bébé, Oo-la-la!
But I'm always true to you, darlin', in my fashion,
Yes, I'm always true to you, darlin', in my way.
But I'm always true to you, darlin', in my fashion,
Yes, I'm always true to you, darlin', in my way.


And finally, Anita O'Day, with "I Love You." I think somebody dared him to write a tune with that title and he took the dare.

I played a "son huasteco." The region is northeast Mexico: Vera Cruz, the southern part of Tamaulipas, part of San Luis Potosí. Amazing violin!

In Greenville, Bob Seger covered Vince Gill's "Real Mean Bottle." From what Bob says, a tune about Merle Haggard. I played the original.

Eliza told me at a social gathering last night that last week she liked Tom T. Hall's "Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine," but that I played something that was so offensive she almost tuned me out. I take that as a good sign. If I'm not offending your sense of taste and decency every once in awhile then I'm not doing my job.

All this and more; I'm getting tired of typing. Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (EST) on WWCU-FM.


1. Yusef Lateef –Psychicemotus
2. Ray Charles – Heaven Help Us All
3. Etta James – A Sunday Kind of Love
4. Bud Powell – Tempus Fugit
5. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
6. Art Tatum – They’ll Be Some Changes Made
7. Etta James – A Lover is Forever
8. Shirley Horn – Love for Sale
9. Cannonball Adderley – Dancing in the Dark
10. Dr. John – Wade in the Water
11. Johnny Hartman – It Was Almost Like a Song
12. Fontella Bass – Brown Eyed Handsome Man
13. Etta James – Seven Day Fool
14. Los Caporales – El sacamandú
15. Noro Morales – Darktown Strutters Ball
16. Butch Thompson – Fickle Fay
17. Patsy Cline – Have You Ever Been Lonely
18. Blossom Dearie – Always True to You in my Fashion
19. Thelonious Monk – Just a Gigolo
20. Willie West – Fairchild
21. Sarah Vaughan – It’s De-Lovely
22. Vince Gill – Real Mean Bottle
23. Red Sovine – Freightliner Fever
24. Sonny Rollins – Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye
25. Ted Nash – Something for Nash
26. Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind
27. Mavis Staples – Only the Lord Knows
28. Anita O’Day – I Love You
29. Eric Alexander – The Star-Crossed Lovers
30. The Mighty Sons – Stand by Me


Dr. John


Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy

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