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Catamount Community Radio - February 17, 2013

I always tape 3/4 of my show on cassette and then listen back to it, in part to critique it and in part out of mere vanity. Well, today when I got to the station I realized that I had forgotten the boom box. It was 9:52, so I headed back to the office and got it. Still, I was able to hit the airwaves at 10:00 sharp. I had a good show, smooth board op, no CD skips, no awkward pauses (maybe some awkward poses, but you can't see them on the radio), no announcing one song and then playing another.

Yesterday I was the first one up, and I woke up early enough to see to possums scavenging around in the back yard:

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I wonder what a cat thinks when it sees a possum.

It snowed yesterday, hardly any accumulation, but enough to inspire a poem:

Nieva en Cullowhee

Nieva en Cullowhee
y Adán y Eva bailan desnuditos
en el aparcamiento,
muertos de frío
y de risa.

(It's snowing in Cullowhee
and Adam and Eve are dancing naked
in the parking lot,
dying of cold
and of laughter)


Well, a pair of possums calls for a couple of geese, which I saw later on in the day during my bike ride:

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I had a dream that I was hanging out with Sonny Rollins, so naturally I played a couple of his tunes: "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" (I never fail to quip, "Are the willows still weeping?") and "Rock-a-bye Baby with a Dixie Melody." I love his version of that song and it has the added advantage of no bass or drum solo and no trading fours.

Is it fair to say that one city is a trumpet-player town and another is a piano-player town? If so, New Orleans might be considered the quintessential trumpet man city: Buddy Bolden, Joe Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Freddie Keppard, Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton. Well then, Detroit is a piano town: we heard a set of Detroit pianists: Tommy Flanagan, Sir Roland Hannah and Hank Jones.

I did a little exposition on free-form radio. As X.Ray says, "the freer it is, the less form it has." In the early seventies it was free form DJs who made possible the popularity of what we now call "classic rock." These guys started getting interested in albums rather than simply three-minute singles, and as such are in great measure responsible for the popularity of such bands as Led Zeppelin. All this by way of introduction to a classical tune that I played: Vladimir Horowitz doing an Alexander Scriabin thing. Scriabin was a curious dude.

Alex Ross: "In Russia, the composer-pianist Alexander Scriabin, who was under the influence of Theosophist spiritualism, devised a harmonic language that vibrated around a 'mystic chord' of six notes; his unfinished magnum opus Mysterium, slated for premier at the foot of the Himalayas, was to have brought about nothing less than the annihilation of the universe, whence men and women would reemerge as astral souls, relieved of sexual difference and other bodily limitations."



Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 on WWCU-FM.


1. Sonny Rollins – How Are Things in Glocca Morra
2. Ben Allison – Peace Pipe
3. Piero Umiliani – My Man Duke
4. Tommy Flanagan – Jes’ Fine
5. Sir Roland Hannah – Single Petal of a Rose
6. Hank Jones – SKJ
7. Ella Fitzgerald – Wait Till You See Her
8. Bruce Springsteen – You’re Missing
9. Sonny Rollins – Rock-a-Bye Baby with a Dixie Melody
10. Nick Lowe – Different Kind of Blue
11. Blossom Dearie – Chez moi
12. Count Basie – Goin’ to Chicago
13. Louis Armstrong – You Rascal You
14. Cassandra Wilson – Time After Time
15. Nick Lowe – Different Kind of Blue
16. Cannonball Adderly & John Coltrane – Wabash
17. Camille – Quand je marche
18. Thelonious Monk – Blue Monk
19. Lowell Fulson – Low Society Blues
20. Elvis Presley – All Shook Up
21. George Kuo – Waikiki Hula Medley
22. The BPA (featuring Ollie Hite) – So It Goes
23. Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins – Wanderlust
24. Vladimir Horowitz – Scrianin’s Op. 11 No.9 in E
25. Martirio – Volver
26. Hank Jones & Joe Lovano – Chelsea Bridge
27. Frank Zappa – Apostrophe

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Frank Zappa - I'm a big fan

Comments

And to think that things could have been different for Adam and Eve had they only remembered their fig leaves. At least they were happy.

Great show, doc! I caught it a couple a weeks ago for the first time. Call me a fan.

When listening to the Ben Allison tune, I couldn't help but think of Penguin Cafe Orchestra gone jazz.

Thanks, Zach!

for listening.

Edited at 2013-02-23 08:34 pm (UTC)
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