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Catamount Community Radio - January 3, 2010

Nappy You Hair, I mean Hippy New Hair, I mean... you know what I mean. We start the decade off not with with a whimper, but with a bang (a gong).

I'm just back from a whirlwind visit to Michigan, where we spent some time with my moms and my brother, who always hips me to some groovy platters. This year, I'd have to say that the highlight is Ethiopian great Mulatu Astake, who has a wary interestink album out, Inspiration Information.

What else? A New Orleans set, with Lester Young's Way Down Yonder in ..., Dr. John's "Marie Laveau,"

and Allen Toussaint. Eddie Bo also got into the mix later on.

We also paid tribute to John Hartford, the slightly goofy bluegrass genius who penned "Gentle on my Mind."

It's knowin' that your door is always open
And your path is free to walk
That makes me tend to leave my sleepin' bag
Rolled up and stashed behind your couch
And it's knowin' I'm not shackled
By forgotten words and bonds
And the ink stains that have dried upon some line
That keeps you in the back roads
By the rivers of my memory
That keeps you ever gentle on my mind

It's not clingin' to the rocks and ivy
Planted on their columns now that bind me
Or something that somebody said because
They thought we fit together walkin'
It's just knowing that the world
Will not be cursing or forgiving
When I walk along some railroad track and find
That you're movin' on the back roads
By the rivers of my memory
And for hours you're just gentle on my mind

Though the wheat fields and the clothes lines
And the junkyards and the highways come between us
And some other woman's cryin' to her mother
'cause she turned and I was gone
I still might run in silence
Tears of joy might stain my face
And the summer sun might burn me till I'm blind
But not to where I cannot see
You walkin' on the back roads
By the rivers flowin' gentle on my mind

I dip my cup of soup back from a gurglin' cracklin' cauldron
In some train yard
My beard a rustlin' coal pile
And a dirty hat pulled low across my face
Through cupped hands 'round a tin can
I pretend to hold you to my breast and find
That you're waitin' from the back roads
By the rivers of my memory
Ever smilin', ever gentle on my mind.

While we're quoting lyrics, I played the late great Blossom Dearie singing Tea for Two. I've heard this tune played countless times by jazz cats, but I'd never heard the lyrics until now. I'll just quote the start:

I'm discontented with homes that I've rented
So I have invented my own.
Darling, this place is lovely oasis
Where life's weary taste is unknown.

Far from the crowded city
Where flowers pretty caress the stream
Cozy to hide in, to live side by side in,
Don't let it apart in my dream ...

and so on.

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

1. Stanley Turrentine - Since I Fell for You
2. Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics – Masenqo
3. Ernst Reijseger & Franco d'Andrea – Amore baciami
4. Hot Lips Page & Pearl Bailey – Baby, It's Cold Outside
5. Allen Toussaint – Tipitina and Me
6. Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics – Cha Cha
7. Johnny Cash – Gentle on my Mind
8. John Hartford – Flea Market Breakdown
9. Béla Fleck, Jamie Hartfrod & Sam Bush – Gentle on my Mind
10. Elvis Presley – Rubberneckin'
11. John Hartman – Your Tax Dollars at Work
12. Blossom Dearie – Tea for Two
13. Alison Krauss – Steel Rails
14. Sam Cooke – Out in the Cold Again
15. Ted Nash – Gritty Ditty
16. Unknown Hinson – Closer to the Light
17. Lester Young – Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
18. Dr. John – Marie Laveau
19. Allen Toussaint – Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky
20. Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics – Addis Black Widow
21. Hilton Ruíz – Home Cookin'
22. Robert Fripp – Yamanashi Blues
23. Blind Willie McTell – Cold Winter Day
24. Wilco – When You Wake Up Feeling Old
25. Sonny Rollins – How Are Things in Glocca Morra
26. Unknown Hinson – I Cleaned Out a Room (In my Trailer for You)
27. Eddie Bo – Check Your Bucket
28. T. Rex – Thundering
29. Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics – Mulatu
30. Tony Allen – Gbedu (fragment)

Unknown Hinson



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