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Catamount Community Radio - December 22, 2013

It's raining incessantly. I got to say this on the air, "The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the following counties: Graham, Jackson, Mason, Swain. The warning is in effect until 5:00 p.m."

I framed the show with Paul Simon's "Question for the Angels"

Downtown Brooklyn
The pilgrim is passing a billboard
That catches his eye
It’s Jay-Z
He’s got a kid on each knee
He’s wearing clothes that he wants us to try

If every human on the planet and all the buildings on it
Should disappear
Would a zebra grazing in the African Savannah
Care enough to shed one zebra tear?
Questions for the angels

Still raining, still dreaming, lost in meditation.... Oh, where were we? I played Ella and Joe Pass do a nice, slow version of "A Foggy Day." I vaguely remember seeing the two of them perform together in Detroit, outdoors, on the riverfront, a thousand years ago. Pass died in '94 and Fitzgerald in '96, but it was probably '82 or '83 when I saw them.

We had the swinging Tchaikovsky going. Two by Ellington, "Toot, Toot, Tootie, Toot" and "Sugar Rum Cherry", while Don Byron bounced through the Sugar Plum Fairies. I'm wondering if Beethoven should roll over and tell Tchaikovsky the news that he's been jazzed up.

A couple by the late Ray Price. Country music greats in those days have a sartorial advantage over the country singers of today, those suits that Ray Price, Porter Wagoner, Buck Owens and all would wear. I still like country and there is still some good stuff coming out, clever lyrics. But also there starting to abuse the small town nostalgia: the pick-up trucks, the gravel roads, the Friday night football.

A couple mash-ups, including Phil RetroSpector's "Bluebird Blackout," which uses the recording of somebody reciting Bukowski's "Bluebird."

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see
you.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he's
in there.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he's singing a little
in there, I haven't quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it's nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don't
weep, do
you?

I'm still waiting to see if anybody else besides the guy with the heart of a child will enter this week's cover contest.

1. The tune is "What's so Funny about Peace, Love, and Understanding?" - The question is who wrote it, and whose voices can be heard singing. Nick Lowe penned it, even though it was a hit for Elvis Costello. On this version can be heard Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello, Feist, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, and John Legend.

2. Many have covered this tune (Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Willie Nelson, Harry Connick Jr., Bon Jovi, Ernest Tubb, the Partridge Family, etc.). The question is, who is covering it this time? - Loretta Lynn

3. Who is covering "Winter Weather"? - Thomas "Fats" Waller

4. Who is turning "We Three Kings" into "We Free Kings"? - Rahsaan Roland Kirk


Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (right coast) on WWCU.


1. Paul Simon – Question for the Angels
2. Chet Baker – Winter Wonderland
3. Duke Ellington – Sugar Rum Cherry
4. Nick Lowe – Old Toy Trains
5. Ray Price – The Same Old Me
6. Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass – A Foggy Day
7. Coleman Hawkins – The Bean Stalks Again
8. Chuck Berry – Run, Rudolph, Run
9. World Saxophone Quartet – Baba 2
10. Stephen Colbert et al. – What’s So Funny about Peace, Love, and Understanding
11. Steven Bernstein – Diaspora Hollywood
12. Bob Dylan – Long and Wasted Years
13. Loretta Lynn – Blue Christmas
14. Don Byron – Bounce of the Sugar Plum Fairies
15. Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane – Monk’s Mood
16. Dr. Octagon – Gorilla Driving a Pick-up Truck
17. Lloyd Glenn – Sleigh Ride
18. Millenial Territory Orchestra (feat. Antony Hegarty) – Family Affair
19. Duke Ellington – Lost in Meditation
20. Thomas “Fats” Waller – Winter Weather
21. Chico Hamilton – Azure
22. Ringo Starr – Come On, Christmas, Christmas Come On
23. Ray Price – Heartaches by the Number
24. Max Richter & Dinah Washington – This Bitter Earth / On the Nature of Daylight
25. Phil RetroSpector – Bluebird Blackout
26. Duke Ellington – Toot, Toot, Tootie, Toot
27. John Lee Hooker – Fire Down Below
28. Don Byron – Siberian Sleighride
29. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – We Free Kings
30. Paul Simon – Question for the Angels

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