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Catamount Community Radio - June 1, 2014

I tried to drag May out for as long as possible, but ultimately I failed, as you can see. Despite my best efforts, June arrived. Alright, I'm starting over. I will try to make June last for at least three months.

I took a little bike ride after the show. I swear, some drivers are idiots. I suppose some of us bicyclists can be assholes too, but I'm not one of them. You're going down a narrow road with no shoulder in a car. There's a bike in front of you and a car coming in the opposite direction. What do you do? Slow down and let the car pass, then go around the biker, giving him a little space? No, you just keep going at your normal speed and make everybody else adapt.

No special theme today, just free-form radio for Cullowhee and the world.

I've been studying Charlie Parker lately, so I played a few of his tunes. Philip Larkin (he who wrote the following poem)

None of the books have time
To say how being selfless feels,
They make it sound a superior way
Of getting what you want. It isn't at all.

Selflessness is like waiting in a hospital
In a badly-fitting suit on a cold, wet morning.
Selfishness is like listening to good jazz
With drinks for further orders and a huge fire

says that Parker's thin and somewhat squeaky tone improved after having met Sidney Bechet. There may be some truth to that. His tone does seem to improve in his later years.

Speaking of Bechet, we listened to his "Petite fleur," a nice version by Harry Connick, Jr.'s band. I announced it as "Siboney," by mistake. Later I played "Siboney" and admitted my mistakes. I've made a few but have yet to have sand kicked in my face.

Mary Ellen and Jim Dandy tie for the second week in a row on the cover contest.

1. What tune is Sly Dunbar doing and who had a hit with it? "Slipping into Darkness," War. Both MER and Dandy guessed "Get Up, Stand Up."

2. What's the tune that Neil Young is covering, and who had a hit with it. "Reason to Believe." I was thinking Rod Stewart, but I would accept The Carpenters or Tim Hardin (the author).

3. Who is covering "Hey Jude"? And who does the guitar solo? - Wilson Pickett / Duane Allman.

4. Whose tune is "Early Morning Rain" - Gordon Lightfoot.

You can't jump a jet plane like you can a freight train
So, I'd best be on my way in the early morning rain

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (East Coast) on Power 90.5.

1. Clifford Brown – Delilah
2. Charlie Parker – Stupendous
3. Illinois Jacquet – Stardust
4. Dave Brubeck – Stardust
5. Ella and Louis – The Nearness of You
6. Harry Connick, Jr. – Petite fleur
7. Sly Dunbar – Slipping into Darkness
8. Burning Spear – John Burns Skank
9. Neil Young – Reason to Believe
10. Chano Scotty – Siboney
11. Craig Handy – Slippin’ & Slidin’
12. Louis Armstrong – Knee Drops
13. Christian McBride & Russell Malone – Sister Rosa
14. The Coasters – Zing! Went the Strings of my Heart
15. Charlie Parker – Kim
16. Dave Dudley – Six Days on the Road
17. Charlie Rouse – Merci Bon Dieu
18. Wilson Pickett – Hey Jude
19. Buddy DeFranco – 12-Tone Blues
20. Dianne Reeves – Too Close for Comfort
21. Coleman Hawkins – Under Paris Skies
22. Neil Young – Early Morning Rain
23. Prince – 1+1+1=3
24. Cannonball Adderley – Dancing in the Dark
25. Fats Waller – Buck Waller
26. Charlie Parker - Segment


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Coleman Hawkins and Charlie Parker

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