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Catamount Community Radio - December 16, 2012

Yesterday was my piano recital. I played OK, not up to average. I did "The Old Rugged Cross," Scott Joplin and Arthur Marshall's "Swipsey Cakewalk," Burt Bacharach's "This Guy's in Love with You," and my reharmonization of "Jingle Bells." I was nervous and my fingers were cold.

Some problems with skippage today, don't know why that is: the CD players or my CDs?

I had a little "moaning'" theme: the HWs - Hank Williams with "Moanin' the Blues" and Howlin' Wolf's "Moanin' at Midnight. Then later, Charles Mingus, with "Moanin'".

A Christmas theme, 'tis the season, after all.

Kurtis Blow:

[Storyteller]
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house
[Kurtis Blow]
Hold it now! Wait, hold it. That's played out. Hit it!

Don't you give me all that jive about things you wrote before I's alive
Cause this ain't 1823 -- ain't even 1970
Now I'm the guy named Kurtis Blow and Christmas is one thing I know
So every year just about this time, I celebrate it with a rhyme

Gonna shake it, gonna bake it, gonna make it good
Gonna rock shock clock it through your neighbourhood
Gonna read, gonna sing it till it's understood
My rappin' bout to happen like a knee you've been slapping
Or a toe you've been tapping on a hunk of wood

Bout a red-suited dude with a friendly attitude
And a sleigh full of goodies for for the people on the block
Got a long white beard, maybe looks kind a weird
And if you ever see him, he could give you quite a shock

Now people let me tell ya bout last year
When the dude came flying over here
Well, the hog was out, snow's on the ground
Folks stayed in to party down
The beat was thumping on the box, and I was dancing in my socks
And the drummer played at a solid pace
And a taste of the bass was in my face
And the guitar player layed down a heavy layer
Of the funky junky rhythm of the disco beat
And the guy with the 88's started to participate
And I could sure appreciate a sound so sweat

We were all in the mood so we had a little food
And a joke, and a smoke, and a little bit of wine
When I thought I heard a hoof on the top of the roof
Could it be or was it me? I was feeling super fine
So I went to your attic where I thought heard the static
On the chance that the prance was somebody breaking in
But the noise on the top was a reindeer clop
Just a trick St. Nick, and I let the sucker in

He was roly, he was poly, and I said, "Holy moly!
You got a lot of whiskers on your chinny chin chin"
He allowed he was proud of the hairy little crowd
On the point of his jaw where the skin should've been
Gets cool for a fool going out every Yule
For a day on a sleigh when the cold went low
So the beard may be weird but I'll never have it sheared
Cause it's warm in the storm when it's ten below

I said, "You're right, it's cold tonight
But can you stop for a drop before you go?"
He said, "Why not if the music's hot?
And I'll chance a dance beneath the mistletoe"
So he went downstairs and forgot his guests
And he rocked the spot and danced like a pro
And every young girl tried to rock his world
But he boogie oogie oogied til he had to go

And before he went, this fine old gent
Brought a gift with a sift through his big red bags
In the top or the bottom, he reached in and got 'em
Toys for the boys, for the girls glad rags
And the grownups got some presents too
A new TV and a stereo
A new Seville bout as blue as the sky
The best that money couldn't buy
Cause money could never ever buy the feeling
The one that comes from not concealing
The way you you feel about your friends
And this is how the story ends

The dude in red's back at the Pole
Up north where everything is cold
But if he were right here tonight
He'd say, Merry Christmas and to all a good night

I'll be off the air for a few weeks. See 'ya in 2013. Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 on WWCU-FM.

1. Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra – White Christmas
2. Gerry Mulligan – Splendor in the Grass
3. Freddie King – Christmas Tears
4. Grant Green – Lullaby of the Leaves
5. Brad Mehldau – Alfie
6. Chuck Berry – Merry Christmas, Baby
7. Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond – Stardust
8. Slim & Slam – It’s Gettin’ KInda Chilly
9. Duke Ellington – Jump for Joy
10. Bob Dylan – Mistletoe
11. Nick Lowe – The Man I’ve Become
12. Wynton Marsalis Septet – Monk’s Mood
13. Pearl Bailey – Five Pound Box of Money
14. Herbie Hancock & Corinne Bailey Rae – River
15. Joe Venuti & Zoot Sims – I’ll See You in my Dreams
16. Lowell Fulson – Christmas Party Shuffle
17. Hank Williams – Moanin’ the Blues
18. Howlin’ Wolf – Moanin’ at Midnight
19. Randy Weston – African Village (Bedford Stuyvesant)
20. Ray Charles – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
21. Cannonball Adderley – Lover Man
22. Funky Butt Brass Band – Soulful Serenade
23. Bill Frisell – Pretty Stars Were Meant to Shine
24. Sonny Rollins – Wonderful, Wonderful
25. Hortence Ellis – This is my Story
26. Charles Mingus – Moanin’
27. Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’
28. Tomatito – Al tío Juan Habichuela
29. Kenny Durham – Afrodisia
30. Buck Owens – Here Comes Santa Claus Again
31. Hank Thompson – I’d Like to Have an Elephant for Christmas
32. Joni Michell – You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio

Kurtis+Blow
Kurtis Blow

Joni+Mitchell+jonimitchell2
Joni Mitchell

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