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Catamount Community Radio - November 1, 2009

Today, Walking, Trucking, and Blue Skies. Plus, I snuck in a Scriaban prelude played by Horowitz. As for walking, I put on an instrumental version of "Walk This Way," by way of background music, and read the following quotation from Soren Kierkkegaard:

"Above all, do not lose your desire to walk: every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it ... but by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one feels to feeling ill ... Thus if one just keeps walking, everything will be all right."

As for the trucking, Junior Brown and Dave Dudley; the two of them together doing "Semi-Crazy," and then the quintessential truck-driving song, Dudley's "Six Days on the Road."

Blue Skies? Well, we had to start with this gem that I found over at Chris O'Leary's site, Locust St., "It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'":

"Wendell Hall's two-million-seller of 1923, is arguably a rock & roll record, at least in spirit. It's got the whole bag: yodels, howls, whines and sneers, riffs, death, puns, general nonsense, bad attitudes, jokes about animals, jokes about sewers, barefoot girls. Everybody from Bob Dylan on down has stolen from it:

Saw a sign in a hardware store:
"Boy wanted, 16 years,"
Now that's too long to wait for a boy,
It brings eyes to my tears

Hall was a red-headed ukulele player from Kansas. He was a song plugger, a vaudeville rambler, a radio man (even got married on the air). "It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'" was the first national radio hit, mainly because Hall traveled cross-country in the summer of 1923, playing at over 35 radio stations, touting his record and his sheet music. To plug the latter, Hall, brilliantly and shamelessly, would keep adding verses to the song (reaching 100 at one point) and then reprint the sheet music with his new lines--in this way, he sold over 10 million copies (& many of the verses were wholly plundered from "traditional" folk songs, often by black musicians). He died in 1969, having never come close to that success again. Then again, few could have."

I also played Tom Wait's "Blue Skies," and Harry Connick, Jr.'s version of the old Irving Berlin song.

BTW, Chris has a David Bowie blog that will be worth your while, if you like Bowie.

Catamount Community Radio airs on La poderosa 90.5 Sunday mornings from 10-12 (Carolina time).

1. Tom Waits – Anywhere I Lay my Head
2. Esbjörn Svensson Trio – I Mean You
3. Roscoe Snowden – Misery Blues
4. Sly & the Family Stone – Poet
5.Tin Hat Trio – Helium
6. Ahmad Jamal – Autumn Leaves
7. Randy Newman – The Girls in my Life
8. Benjamin Verdery – Kiss
9. Ernest Tubb – Walkin' the Floor Over You
10. Junior Brown – Semi-Crazy
11. Tom Waits – Blue Skies
12. Armen Stepanyan – Es Kisher, Lusnyag Kisher ...
13. Wendell Hall – It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'
14. Harry Connick, Jr. – Blue Skies
15. Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines – Tight Like That
16. Merle Haggard – Misery and Gin
17. Duke Ellington – The Star-Crossed Lovers
18. Candi Staton – Freedom is Just Beyond the Door
19. Old Radio Ad – "Serves You Right in the Car"
20. Dave Dudley – Six Days on the Road
21. Bobby Rock – Walk this Way
(background for the Kierkegaard quote)
22. Tom Waits – Walking Spanish
23. Kitty White – I'm Gonna Be a Fool Next Monday
24. Johnny Cash – My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You
25. Kaki King – Carmine Street
26. Vladimir Horowitz – Scriaban's Op. 16, No. 4 in Eb minor
27. Prince – 1+1+1=3
28. Meade "Lux" Lewis – Bear Cat Crawl
29. Willie Bobo – Spanish Grease
30. Coleman Hawkins – When Lights are Low
31. Lightnin' Hopkins – Another Fool in Town
32. Henry Mancini – Peter Gunn
33. David Widelock – Aung San Suu Kyi
34. Big Maceo – Detroit Jump
35. 菅野よう子 – Wo qui non coin
36. The Gospel Harmonizers – God Will Take Care of You


huh huh, huh huh

You said, Tom Waits Anywhere I Lay my Head.

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