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Catamount Community Radio - March 10, 2013

In spite of the fact that the daffodils got their asses kicked by the cold weather, spring seems to be rearing its ugly head. I peer through the front door and realize that the grass is no longer dormant, that soon the air will be filled with the sound of lawnmowers, and what is worse, I'll be contributing to the cacophony. Fred Frith: "Spring Any Day Now." Tom Waits: "You Can Never Hold Back Spring."

You can never hold back spring
You can be sure that I will never
Stop believing
The blushing rose will climb
Spring ahead or fall behind
Winter dreams the same dream
Every time


Spring ahead is exactly what we did last night. I hit the snooze three times this morning, but made it to the station on time, despite the fact that 168 hours earlier it was only 9:00 a.m.

I had a little Cole Porter theme going today. Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan Stew played "Anything Goes," and later we heard Tony Bennet sing the tune.

In olden days, a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking.
But now, God knows,
Anything goes.
Good authors too who once knew better words
Now only use four-letter words
Writing prose.
Anything goes.

Blossom Dearie sang "Always True to You in my Fashion":

Mister Harris, plutocrat,
Wants to give my cheek a pat,
If the Harris pat
Means a Paris hat,
OK

We heard a couple from drummer and bandleader Matt Wilson, "Feel the Sway" and "No Outerwear." Good stuff. Of the jazz cats out there playing today, he's got to be one of my favorites.



I did a little schtick: played Joan Sebastian norteña gem "Mayra" followed by Unknown Hinson doing "Talk American."



Jim Jackson comes out with "I Heard the Voice of a Pork Chop" in 1928. How about this: one of the dividing lines between childhood and adulthood is the moment when we stop pretending that inanimate things are talking to us. But Jim Jackson "heard the voice of a pork chop say, "Come unto me and rest":

Well you talk about your stewing meats:
I ain't know what the best
You talk about your chicken, ham, and eggs
and turkey stuffed in dress
But I heard the voice of a pork chop say,
"Come unto me and rest"

Jackson is riffing on Matthew 11:28 (and the hymn based on it). In my Gideons: "Come unto me, all ye that labourt and are heavy laden, and I will give your rest."

Eric Reed played a piece called "Monk Dancing."


Monk dancing (and learning that he's famous).

Catamount Community Radio. More fun than a barrel of monkeys. Sunday mornings, 10-12 (ET), on Power 90.5.


1. Brad Mehldau – Dreamsville
2. Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond – Stardust
3. Stan Getz & Gerry Mulligan – Anything Goes
4. Herbie Nichols – The Third World
5. Mary Ann McCall – Big Butter and Egg Man
6. Earl Hines & Johnny Hodges – Fantastic, That’s You
7. Matt Wilson – Feel the Sway
8. Betty Carter – Most Gentlemen Don’t Like Love
9. Allen Toussaint – Blue Drag
10. Blossom Dearie – Always True to You in my Fashion
11. Django Reihardt –Naguine
12. Nick Lowe – Lately I’ve Let Things Slide
13. Benny Green – Blue Minor
14. Jimi Hendrix – Slow Blues
15. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Fallout
16. Ray Charles – How Do You Feel
17. Shorty Rogers – De-Lovely
18. Lord Invador – You Don’t Need Glasses to See
19. Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa
20. Dizzy Gillespie – Star Dust
21. Teddy Wilson – Savoy
22. Tony Bennett – Anything Goes
23. Joan Sebastian – Mayra
24. Unknown Hinson – Talk American
25. Jim Jackson – I Heard the Voice of a Pork Chop
26. Eric Reed – The Dancing Monk
27. Fred Frith – Spring Any Day Now
28. Alarm Will Sound – Jynweythek Ylow
29. Tom Waits – You Can Never Hold Back Spring
30. Matt Wilson – No Outerwear
31. A Tribe Called Quest – Excursions
32. Charles Mingus – Moanin’

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