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"Old Folks"

“Old Folks” is a popular song from 1938 composed by Willard Robison with lyrics by Dedette Lee Hill. It is about an old man nicknamed “Old Folks” who was a Civil War vet (perhaps). It was a hit for several people in 1938, among them Bing Crosby. Benny Goodman perfomed it on the radio around that time, as did Fats Waller. Tenor saxophonist Don Byas recorded it in 1946 and big, bad Ben Webster also recorded it, in 1951. According to the geniuses at Wikipedia, the most famous recording of the tune is by Miles Davis, from 1961.

The recording I am most familiar with is that of the Claude Thornhill orchestra, from 1953, with Charlie Parker as guest soloist, Charles Mingus on bass and Max Roach on drums … It’s quite the ensemble piece, with six vocalists and all kinds of instruments, like oboe, a bassoon, french horn, etc. Gil Evans conducted. Even as the singers sing, Parker is riffing, and it’s a beautiful thing. They did several takes of the tune, but the master take was the one at the slowest tempo.

Apparently, Parker loved this tune, and his fondness for it is part of the reason that it has become a standard that jazz cats play to this day.

Phil Schaap said that the past has two stages: the first, when there are still people around who can remember it; the second, when nobody is any longer alive who has experienced it. In 1938 there was a Gettysburg reunion attended by surviving Civil War vets, who would have been in their nineties then. Soon there would be no more Civil War vets still alive, I think that’s what gives the lyrics to the tune their poignancy,


Everyone knows him as old folks
Like the seasons he comes and he'll go
Just as free as a bird and as good as his word
That's why everybody loves him so

Always leaving his spoon in his coffee
Tucks his napkin up under his chin
And his own corn cob pipe is so mellow, it's right
But you needn't be ashamed of him

In the evenings after supper
What stories he tells
How he held his speech at Gettysburg for Lincoln that day
You know I know that one so well

One thing we don't know about old folks
Did he fight for the blue or the gray?
But he's so democratic and so diplomatic
We always let him have his way

In the evenings after supper
What stories he tells
How he held his speech at Gettysburg for Lincoln that day
Yes, I know that one so well

Some day there will be no more old folks
What a lonely old world this will be
Children's voices at play will be still fonding
The day they take old folks away

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8fR-cl-c_w
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Dizzy Gillespie, "On the Sunny Side of the Street"

Thanks to my pal Tyler, I've long been familiar with Dizzy Gillespie's version of "On the Sunny Side of the Street" that he did with the two Sonnys: Rollins and Stitt. What I didn't realize is that the tune had been in his book for awhile and that there are other recordings of him doing it. Today on Bird Flight I heard (more or less) the same arrangement of the tune, with (more or less) the same altered lyrics ... But with Charlie Parker and bari player Sahib Shihab. Parker's solo is brilliant, possibly on one of those plastic altos that he owned, but only a half chorus long. Miles Davis was also at the gig that night but seems to have sat out on this tune, although he does play a nice solo on "The Bluest Blues" the other tune on that recording. The recording was made May 24, 1953 at Birdland, probably at like 3:00 a.m., which is how they rolled in those days. The gig was Gillespie's band, but Parker and Davis were there to sit in.

Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie … It was the last time they played together.

Dizzy altered lyrics when he did the tune with the two Sonnys:

Grabbin' up your hats, coats, boots and everything
Leave your worries on the doorstep cuz we're going' by and by
Just direct your feet, you'll look neat
on the sunny side of the street
Can't you hear the pitter and the patter
of the rain drops tricklin' down your fire-escape ladder
Life can be so fine
Fine as mmmmm wine
I used to walk in the shade
With my blues on parade
But I'm not afraid
It's over, Casanova
If I never have one cent
I'd be rich as Rockefeller
Gold dust at my feet
On the sunny … on the shady,
On the sunny side of the street

I think the album with Dizzy and the two Sonnys was first released in 1957. I remember reading, or hearing, somewhere, that Dizzy had purposefully used the competitiveness of these two sax players to get them to play at the highest level … And it should be noted that Dizzy's solo also sparkles. Stitt solos first, followed by Diz, and then Rollins.

The version of this tune with Parker was not, to my knowledge, ever released on wax. I heard it today on a re-airing of Phil Schaap's Bird Flight, a show from 2015. Phil was playing the tune from a tape that Dan Morgenstern had made for him.

The arrangement is basically the same, as I said before, but his lyrics are a little different. Instead of singing "fine as mmmm wine" he sings "fine as Manischewitz wine." Instead of "as rich as Rockefeller" (which, by the way, is the original lyric) he sings "as rich as Eisenhower" (Eisenhower had just recently been elected). Also on the earlier, live version, Dizzy's vocal seems to purposefully drag behind the beat. Dizzy's band of that time, besides having Sahib Shihab on baritone sax, had a vocalist, Joe "Bebop" Caroll. They sing the lyric in unison up to "Manischewitz wine," after which Diz does it by himself.

I was surprised that Phil, in his long examination of the tune, never mentioned Dizzy's version with the two Sonnys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4H9k-d9fBk
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Catamount Community Radio - March 15, 2020

All I think about is the Corona virus (and the llorona virus, which causes unontrolable weeping). I wake up in the morning and start thinking of the Corona virus. I think about it all day, and eventually go to bed, but somehow I manage to avoid dreaming about it. So, I’m gonna take a break and not think about it so much. We’ll see how that works out. I think it is pretty much scientifically established that you cannot catch it from the radio, unless some infected person has been groping, or breathing heavily on, your radio. So, don’t go out; stay home and listen to Catamount Community Radio. You’ll be glad you did. Pour yourself a coffee mug full of muscatel, find yourself a piece of recliner, sit back and dig the shellac. Sunday morning 10-12 at 90.5 and 95.3 FM, and streaming at wwcufm.com.
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Mary Ellen and Tania tag team to beat up Jim Dandy in this week's edition of Big Time Cover Contest Wrestling. Steve took to the hills to avoid the carnage. All questions are a) original artist, b) interpreter.

1. a) Joni Mitchell
b) Cassandra Wilson

2. a) Serge Gainsbourg
b) Madeleine Peyroux

3. a) Hank Williams
b) Norah Jones

4. a) Beatles
b) Fats Domino
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1. Clifford Brown – Yesterdays
2. Ray Charles – Cryin’ Time
3. Don Byron – Leopold, Leopold!
4. Etta James – I’d Rather go Blind
5. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – So What?
6. Cassandra Wilson -For the Roses
7. Nancy Wilson – Fat Daddy
8. 3 Cohens – Blueport
9. Nappy Brown – Don’t Be Angry
10. Mongo Santamaría – Fever
11. Jhené Aiko & John Legend – Lightning & Thunder
12. Madeleine Peyroux – La Javanaise
13. Nick Lowe – Lately I’ve Let Things Slide
14. Ben Webster – King’s Riff
15. Ketama & Jorge Drexler – Vente pa’ Madrid
16. Lester Yound – Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
17. Charles Mingus – Goodbye, Porkpie Hat
18. Mose Allison – Your Mind is on Vacation
19. John Coltrane – The Night has a Thousand Eyes
20. Norah Jones – Cold Cold Heart
21. Marcus Printup – Weather Bird
22. Sheila Jordan – Better Than Anything
23. Bud Powell – Marmalade
24. Ted Nash Plastic Sax Rumble
25. Fats Domino – Everybody’s Got Something to Hide …
26. Colin Hay – Beautiful World
27. Duo Gadjo – La foule
28. Charlie Parker – Dance of the Infidels
29. Marcus Roberts – Hidden Hues
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Catamount Community Radio - March 8, 2020

I was in Florida for a conference and had no time to prepare the radio show like I usually do. So I just grabbed a huge stack of CDs and winged it, the irregular past tense of that verb I assume is wung. I wung it. I think it turned out alright. Unless I am quarantined for Corona virus or dead already,I'll be back on the air this Sunday, with my cover contest ready, and I'll share some annoyingly clever blurb here and there.

1. Alec Wilder – Footnots to a Summer Love
2. Bill Coleman – Afromotive in Blue
3. Grant Green – My Babe
4. Ballin’the Jack – Mood Indigo
5. Peggy Lee – It Ain’t Necesarily So
6. Lee Konitz – Indian Summer
7. The Drifters – On the Street Where You Live
8. Caetano Veloso – Get Out of Town
9. Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines – Weatherbird
10. Roy Eldridge – Goliath Bounce
11. David Allyn – Down with Love
12. Sonny Rollins – My Little Brown Book
13. Nat Cole – Sweet Lorraine
14. The Gordons with Hank Jones – Beboppers
15. Wayne Shorter – Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum
16. Das Effx / Futuristic Ensemble “mashup”
17. Fontella Bass & the World Saxophone Quartet – You Don’t Know Me
18. Lord Invader – You Don’t Need Glasses to See
19. Lee Dorsey – Games People Play
20. Tony Schwartz – Nuyoricans
21. Moondog – Be a Hobo
22. Art Tatum – I’ve Got the World on a String
23. Mounir Mourad – The Factory Theme
24. Duke Ellington – Demi-tasse
25. Ikwunga (Dele Sosimi cut) – Di Bombs (instrumental)
26. Nick Lowe – I Trained Her to Love Me
27. Nick Lowe – Hope for Us All
28. Ozzie …. – Ku’u Kika Kahiku
29. Dave Holland – Conference of the Birds
30. Art Pepper – Mambo de la Pinto
31. Sketch Show - Microtalk
32. Marcus Roberts – Single Petal of a Rose

I visited the Dali Museum in St. Pete.


and Norman Rockwell painted this one of Jim Dandy and me drinking coffee.
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Catamount Community Radio - March 1, 2020

By my calculations, today is the 61st day of the year, and it’s the 61st day that I have worn blue jeans. I don’t even think about it, I just put them on in the morning. But, actually I do think about it, because if I didn’t think about it, how could I be writing this right now? I also have two jean jackets, which are both a little tattered, maybe time for a new one. So, sometimes I’m “Denim Dan,” dressed head to toe in denim. The etymology of the word is “sergé de Nîmes,” Nîmes being the French city where it was first produced.

Denim was traditionally dyed blue with indigo to produce “blue jeans.” The word “jeans” comes from the French word for Genoa, Italy: “Gênes.” A precursor to denim is known as “dungaree,” and has been produced in India for hundreds of years. During the Second World War, Navy mechanics wore “dungarees” down in the bowels of the ships because they didn’t show the grease stains as much … But they were not allowed to wear their dungarees ashore.

Catamount Community Radio doesn’t have a dress code (that wouldn’t be very free-form) but unofficially, it’s boogie shoes, thinking cap (which can even be one of those beanies with a propeller on top) and dungarees. Sunday morning, 10-12 at 90.5 (or 95.3) FM and streaming de Nîmes to (blue) Gênes at wwcufm.com.

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It looks like Steve cruises to victory in today's cover contest.

1. What is this iconic jazz tune that is being covered, first by Marcus Printup and later by Nicholas Payton?
a) "Weather Bird"
b) by Louis Armstrong (with Earl Hines)

2. "Easy"
a) by the Commodores
b) covered by Zapp & Roger

3.Larry Goldings plays
a) "Get Out of Town"
b) written by Cole Porter

4. "Stardust." Performer and composer
a) Louis Armstrong
b) Hoagy Carmichael

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1. David “Fathead” Newman – Fathead
2. Jim Croce – Operator
3. Charlie Parker – Old Folks
4. Mose Allison – Everything I Have is Yours
5. Marcus Printup – Weather Bird
6. Nicholas Payton – Weather Bird
7. Japanese nonsense
8. Seatbelts – Black Coffee
9. Parliament – Mothership Connection (Star Child)
10. Zapp & Roger – Easy
11. Tad nash – Plastic Sax Rumble
12. Pearl Bailey – Ballin’ the Jack
13. Fred Frith – Spring Any Day Now
14. The Meters – Live Wire
15. Matt Wilson – Tenderly
16. Julia Lee – Lotus Blossom
17. Aaron Parks – Riddle Me This
18. Jelly Roll Morton – The Pearls
19. Anita O’Day – My Heart Belongs to Daddy
20. Larry Goldings – Get Out of Town
21. Charlie Parker – Thrivin’ on a Riff
22. Madeleine Peyroux – I’m All Right
23. Christian McBride & Roy Hargrove
24. Louis Armstrong – Stardust
25. The Neville Brothers – Voo Doo
26. Machito (w/Bird) – Mambo
27. Merle Travis – I’ll See You in my Dreams
28. Brandford Marsalis – Mo’ Better Blues

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Catamount Community Radio - February 16, 2020

When we were kids in the seventies there was a radio station, if my memory serves me, coming out of Gaylord (MI). The format was easy listening, but their slogan was “warm and friendly.” As we drove in the big old station station wagon, my dad would put on the “warm and friendly.” “No dad! Not the warm and friendly!!!" He just wanted to get our goat, or simply didn’t care what my brother and I wanted to listen to. (I would have preferred the Doobie Brothers or even Kiss, heaven forbid.) We did have two eight-track tapes in the car: Jim Croce’s greatest hits and big band favorites. But how many times can you listen to “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” or “In the Mood” before they start getting old?

Time is probably more circular than linear and the wheel comes around. Now, 45 years later, Catamount Community Radio is your source for warm and friendly sounds … although at times I do like to mix it up with something charged with a little more adrenaline.

Anyway, settle in Sunday morning, 10-12 at 90.5 (and also 95.3) on the FM dial for some easy listening … and perhaps also some sounds that are not quite so easy, but still rewarding. Streamlining at wwcufm.com.
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This is a first: a three-way tie for first on the cover contest. Marie Ellen, Steve and Jim Dandy.

1. M. Ward (whoever he is) covers "Let's Dance"
a) by David Bowie
b) released in the 80's

2. "White Lines"
a) originally by Grandmaster Flash and Furious Five
b) covered by Duran Duran

3. Ted Nash plays
a) "Jet Song"
b) from "West Side Story"

4. Three parts
a) title - "Don't Go Breaking my Heart"
b) by Burt Bacharach
c) interpreted by Marc Ribot

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1. Chet Baker – I Talk to the Trees
2. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Baked Fish and Cornbread
3. Jimmie Lunceford – For Dancers Only
4. Wyntnon Marsalis – Monk’s Mood
5. M.Ward – Let’s Dance
6. Freddie Hubbard – Gittin’ Down
7. Tonny Bennett – Last Night When We Were Young
8. Dave Douglas – Poses
9. Duran Duran – White Lines
10. James Clarke – Horn Soliloquy
11. Eartha Kitt – I Want to Be Evil
12. Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams – Libeccio
13. Lauri Anderson – Excellent Birds
14. Charlie Parker – Confirmation
15. Teddy Wilson – Avalon
16. Ted Nash – Jet Song
17. Nick Lowe – Between Dark and Dawn
18. Mark Whitfield – Some Other Spring
19. Lee Morgan – Minor Strain
20. Ella Fitzgerald – Too Marvelous for Words
21. Marc Ribot – Do Go Breaking my Heart
22. Dinah Washington / Max Richter – This Bitter Earth / On the Nature of Daylight
23. Spike Jones – St, St, Stella
24. Fats Waller – Winter Weather
25. Oscar Petersn – I Loves You, Porgy
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Catamount Community Radio - February 9, 2020

In case of fire, do not use elevators, use stairs, unless otherwise instructed. No smoking or littering. No radio playing, unless otherwise instructed. Please flush toilet after each use, except when the train is in the station. Onward Christian Soldiers, Workers of the World unite. We have nothing to lose but our lives. Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, unless otherwise instructed. By the way, we hold these truths to be self-evident: that we are all created equal, that we have been endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, unless otherwise instructed.

I hereby instruct you to tune your radio to 90.5, or 95.3, for Radio Free Cullowhee, a.k.a. Catamount Community Radio. 10-12 Sunday mornings, and hurtling down the intestate at about a hundred miles an hour at wwcufm.com.

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Steve "Radio Free Cullowhee" wins the cover contest this week. Dandy nipping at his heels. Mary Ellen and Jeff get honorable mention.

1. Chad Johnson plays one.
a) J5
b) "I Want You Back"

2. "Parchman Farm" versions by
a) Mose Allison
b) Johnny Winter

3. King Curtis plays one
a) "I Was Made to Love Her"
b) Stevie Wonder

4. "Watching the Detectives"
a) by Elvis Costello
b) covered by Duran Duran

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1. Trygve Seim – Himmelrand I Tidevand – Pt. IV
2. Louis Jordan – Early in the Morning
3. Fats Waller – Jitterbig Waltz
4. Nick Lowe – Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
5. Chad Johnson – I Want You Back
6. Hank Mobley – Fin de l’affaire
7. Julia Lee – Mama don’t Allow It
8. Mose Allison – Parchman Farm
9. Johnny Winter – Parchman Farm
10. Sonny Rollins – Bluesongo
11. Moondog – Moondog’s Theme
12. Bud Powell – I Can’t Believe You’re Still in Love with Me
13. Colin Hay – Waiting for my Real Life to Begin
14. Chu Berry – I’d Rather Listen to Your Eyes
15. Prefuse 73 – Desks, Pencils, Bottles
16. The Ventures – Slaughter on 10th Avenue
17. Duke Ellington – Caravan
18. Colin Hay – Are You Lookin’ at Me?
19. Roy Eldridge – Noppin’ John
20. Frank Zappa – Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow
21. Charlie Parker – Tico, Tico
22. King Curtis – I Was Made to Love You
23. Roitelet – Anduku Lutuhuma
24. Ted Nash & Ben Allison – Cool
25. Nick Lowe – Mama Said
26. Duran Duran – Watching the Detectives
27. Duke Ellington – Short Street Clusters
28. Caetano Veloso & Gal Costa – Coração vagabundo
29. Benny Goodman – I’ve Found a New Baby
30. Cecil Grant – I Wonder
31. Vijay Ayer – Black and Tan Fantasy
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Catamount Community Radio - February 2, 2020

GURU: Butterfly, I will speak to you today in riddles, sort of.

BUTTERFLY: Riddle me, Master.

GURU: I am speaking of dogs that don’t leave the porch, because they are afraid of the fat dog that barks a lot.

BUTTERFLY: You are speaking of Republican senators.

GURU: That is correct, Butterfly. I now pose this: Between the one they called Satchmo and the one they called Dizzy, there was Little Jazz.

BUTTERFLY: Master, you speak of the tradition of the jazz trumpet and that is Roy Eldridge. I can tell you about him.

GURU: What can you tell me?

BUTTERFLY: Well, besides his trumpet playing, which probably owes more to saxophone players like Coleman Hawkins than it does to Louis Armstrong, he could sing, and he enjoyed bantering with Anita O’Day. His voice was thin, but his phrasing was right on. And he could play the piano, more or less in the style of Earl Hines.

GURU: Butterfly, you are wise beyond your years. I recommend a career in radio. Do you like radio?

BUTTERFLY: While I do not like commercial radio much, Sunday mornings I tune my device to 90.5 or 95.3 FM and listen to Catamount Community Radio, or as Steve calls it, “Radio Free Cullowhee.” It can also be heard on the internet at wwcufm.com.

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Jeff and Jim Dandy tie to win the Cover Contest. Steve, Mary Ellen and New York Jim tie for third place. Donna gets honorable mention.

1. Jason Mraz and Chrissie Hynde mash-up Steve Miller's "The Joker" with David Gates and Bread's "Everything I own.

2. Ben Allison covers the Beatles' (Lennon's, I bet) "Across the Universe"

3. Caitlin Rose covers Nick Lowe's "Lately I've Let Things Slide"

4. Cassandra Wilson covers "If Loving You is Wrong," which was a hit for Luther Ingram

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1. Miles Davis – Orbits
2. Tribalistas – Mary Cristo
3. Roy Eldridge – Goliath Bounce
4. Ananda Shankar – Dancing Drums
5. Tom Petty – Alright for Now
6. Jason Mraz & Chrissie Hynde – The Joker / Everything I Own
7. The Chocolate Dandies – I Never Knew
8. Steely Dan – I Got the News
9. Duke Ellington – Jump for Joy
10. Sonny Boy Williamson – Help Me
11. Mos Def – Quiet Dog Bite Hard
12. Ben Allison – Across the Universe
13. Roy Eldridge – Tu disais que tu m’aimais
14. Stevie Wonder – If You Really Love Me
15. Dizzy Gillespie & Roy Eldridge – Sometimes I’m Happy
16. Bria Skonberg – I Want to be Free
17. Asha Bhosley – Dum Maro Dum
18. Maceo Parker – Simply Tooley
19. Caitlin Rose – Lately I’ve Let Things Slide
20. Roy Eldridge – Noppin’ John
21. Tiger Blossom – Baishtir Pani
22. Charlie Parker – Yardbird Suite
23. Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabati – Iga Bani
24. Bob Seger – U.M.C. (Upper Middle Class)
25. Roy Eldridge – Easter Parade
26. Casandra Wilson – If Loving You is Wrong
27. Matt Wilson – Main Stem
28. Tom Petty – Alright for Now
29. Aki Takase – Ad Lib on Nippon

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Catamount Community Radio - January 26, 2020

Dictionary Johnson was of the opinion that everything we do we do merely to pass the time. That would include reading, writing, playing music, knitting, doing crossword puzzles, watching television and browsing the internet. I once imagined a hierarchy of activities to pass the time: reading great books being superior to watching reality TV shows, for example. Now, I’m giving up on that notion. I might prefer reading A Confederacy of Dunces to watching “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” but that doesn’t mean it’s an intrinsically superior way to pass the time. So, if you’re going to be alive this morning between 10 a.m. and noon, you have to spend the time in some kind of way. Why not spend it with me on the radio? Just tune it to 90.5 or 95.3 FM or check it out the streamline at wwcufm.com, then sit back and dig the shellac.

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Mary Ellen is back on top as Cover Contest champion. With Dandy nipping at her heels, just like Roscoe does to me if I decide to run instead of walk. He can't help it. Jeff and Steve earn honorable mentions.

1. Mingo Salvivar - "Rueda de fuego"
a) "Ring of Fire"
b) Johnny Cash

2. Pickin' On - "Mmmbop" - Hanson

3. Bill Frisell plays Hank Williams' "I Can't Help it (If I'm Still in Love with You)"

4. We heard Steel Drum Island
a) title: "Walking on the Sun"
b) by Smashmouth

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1. Yusef Lateef – The Plum Blossom
2. Billie Holliday – It’s Easy to Blame the Weather
3. McBride/Payton/Whitfield – Driftin’
4. Charles Mingus - Slop
5. Mingo Saldivar – Rueda de fuego
6. Java – Au banquet des chasseurs
7. Clifford Brown – Yesterdays
8. The Vestibules – Bulbous Bouffant
9. Julian Lage – Love Hurts
10. Pickin’ On – Mmmbop
11. Andrew Hill – Ball Squeeze
12. King Crimson – Elephant Talk
13. Brad Mehldau – Alfie
14. Johnny Cash – Hit the Road and Go
15. Charlie Parker – My Little Suede Shoes
16. Jon Hendrix – Do You Call that a Buddy?
17. Queen Latifah & Monie Love – Ladies First
18. Ben Webster – Someone to Watch Over Me
19. Bill Frisell – I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You)
20. Moondog – Organ Round
21. Bob Dylan – He was a Friend of Mine
22. Bill Charlap – Big Stuff
23. Bob Dorough – Better than Anything
24. Steel Drum Island – Walking on the Sun
25. John Coltrane – The Night has a Thousand Eyes
26. Unknown Hinson – foggy Windows
27. Yusef Lateen – The Plum Blossom
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Catamount Community Radio - January 19, 2020

Back in the eighties, when I was a student at Michigan State, I used to go on dates with Nilofer Chapkhanawalla to a movie theater called The Odéon, in the Frandor shopping center, right on the line between Lansing and East Lansing. It was the place to go if you wanted to see independent films or foreign flicks rather than the usual Hollywood saccharine schmaltz. It was run by one of the guys who also ran Flat, Black and Circular, a used record store in East Lansing where I spent a helluva lot of time and money. With time I acquired, thanks to that place, a pretty impressive record collection, but one day I decided to trade it to my brother for a hollow-body electric guitar… Anyhow, before the movies started, they would have these slide shows of “artistic” photos: rotting leaves, graffiti, dumpsters, railroad tracks, etc. I mocked them then, but I realize now that … I’m the dude with the gray hair who I takes pictures of sidewalks, telephone poles, and reflections in mud puddles. Catamount Community Radio is like that: if you squint your eyes and use your imagination, it’s artistic, sort of.

You might have a favorite coffee cup. Don’t be ashamed if it’s the one with the smiling teddy bear that says, “Good morning, Sunshine!” Just fill it to the brim with muscatel and settle in for two hours of freeform radio. There was no show last week, because a big storm knocked over a tree, which in turn cut off the wires to the transmitter, but 90.5 (also now at 95.3) is back on the air. 10-12 Sunday morning on the FM radio and streamlining at wwcufm.com.

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Dandy & Jeff tie for the cover contest crown today. There are enough imaginary crowns to go around.

1. Nat Cole covers Cole Porter ("Just One of those things") Nat King Cole Porter

2. Nick Lowe covers "True Love travels on a Gravel Road," a tune popularized by Elvis Presley

3. "The Locomotion" Michigan's own Grand Funk Railroad covering Little Eva

4. Noel Pointer covers Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City"

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1. David Murray – Dedication
2. Bob Marley – Lively Up Yourself
3. Helen Reddy – I am Woman
4. Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove
5. Nat Cole – Just One of those Things
6. Tomatito – Al tío Juan Habichuela
7. The Eurythmics w/ Aretha Fanlkin – Sisters Are Doing it for Themsleves
8. Nick Love – True LoveTravels on a Gravel Road
9. Charlie Parker – Out of Nowhere
10. Raubén Blades – Ligia Elena
11. Omer Avital – Tsafdina
12. Steven Bernstein – Hit the Road
13. Bright Light Quartet – Christian Automobile
14. Serge Gainsbourg – Ford Mustang
15. Loretta Lynn – These Boots are Made for Walkin’
16. Tony Schwartz – Nuyoricans
17. Martina McBride – This One’s for the Girls
18. Nat Cole – L-O-V-E (Japanese version)
19. Neville Marcano – War
20. Grand Funk Railroad – The Locomotion
21. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Daydream
22. Mavis Staples – We Shall Not be Moved
23. Gene Ammons – I Sold my Heart to the Junkman
24. The Prisionaires – Just Walkin’ in the Rain
25. Elvis Costello – Little Triggers
26. Noel Pointer – Livin’ for the City
27. Larry Goldings – The Wedding