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Catamount Community Radio - September 26, 2010

Happy 46th, Stevo!

It's raining. As Jim Dandy might say, rainy days and Sundays don't get ME down. In fact, is there anything better than a rainy Sunday? They are perfect for playing records. You don't have to feel any guilt about staying inside.

I thought today would be an average show, but it turned out to be above average. All my shows are above average, even though that's impossible. I once tried in vain to explain to a colleague that if the average is "above average," then it's not above average, it's average.

I played Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night," and then a cover by Jamaican Joyce Bond.

Take the ribbon from your hair, Shake it loose and let it fall,
Lay it soft upon my skin. Like the shadows on the wall. (etc.)

I played two songs that share the same conceit: Olivia Newton John's "Please, Mr. Please" and Johnny Paycheck's "A-11." In each, the singer says please don't play a certain song on the jukebox, but because that song reminds me of lost love, and the memory is painful.

And in those days, you could play five songs for a quarter, apparently.

I announced yesterday on my Facebook page that I might play Olivia Newton John today, causing a colleague to comment: "Olivia Newton John is a must, but it has to be something from the 'Xanadu' soundtrack. And you have to wear sequins and roller skates with pompoms on them while you play it. And spin around in circles like Lynda Carter did when transforming into Wonder Woman...just for effect..." Whatever, Jamie.

I also played a "word jazz" thing from Ken Nordine. Tom Waits on Ken Nordine:

"Yea, I know that guy, I heard his voice 1,000 times, he's the guy in the bus station that says 'go ahead I'll keep an eye on your stuff for you,' and you see him the next day walking around town wearing your clothes. He broadcasts from the boiler room of the Wilmont Hotel with 50,000 watts of power. I know that voice, he's the guy with the pitchfork in your head saying go ahead and jump, and he's the ambulance driver who tells you you're going to pull through. He's the guy in the control tower who talked you down in a storm with a hole in your fuselage and both engines on fire. I heard him barking through the Rose Alley Carnival strobe as samuri fireman were pulling hose. Yea he's the dispatcher with a heart of gold, the only guy up this late on the suicide hotline. Ken Nordine is the anngel sitting on the wire in the tangled matrix of cobwebs that holds the whole attic together. Yea, Ken Nordine, he's the switchboard operator at the Taft Hotel, the only place in town you can get a drink at this hour. You know Ken Nordine, he's the light in the icebox, he's the blacksmith on the anvil in your ear."

Ken Nordine describing word jazz to Studs Terkel:

"Suppose I wanted to write a book, an extraordinary book. I'd call it Crumple. Each page would be complete in and of itself, and be crumpled and placed in a large cylinder. To read the book, you'd reach in, take out a page, uncrumple and read it, crumple it up, put it back, and take out another. Pages could be read in random order. There could even be suicide notes on it."

So to this, imagine a little flute, some swinging bass and drums, and you have word jazz.

(from the liner notes to his "Best of Word Jazz vol. 1")

Annie Lennox, covering Cole Porter with her rich voice:

There's no love song finer
But how strange the change
from major to minor
Every time we say goodbye.

And beyond that, etc. por un tubo.

Catamount Community Radio, on Power 90.5, Sunday mornings 10-12, Eastern Coastal time.

1. Wynton Marsalis Septet – Representative Offerings
2. Johnny Hodges – Autumn in New York
3. Annie Lennox – Every Time We Say Goodbye
4. John Pizzarelli – Sweet Georgia Brown
5. Count Basie – Jumpin at the Woodside
6. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass – Popcorn
7. Piero Umiliani – My Man Duke
8. Al Green – You Ought to Be with Me
9. Juana Molina – Rudo y Cursi
10. Kris Kristofferson – Help Me Make it through the Night
11. Joyce Bond – Help Me Make It through the Night
12. Sly & the Family Stone – If You Want Me to Stay
13. Deli Sosimi – Gbedu 1
14. Jimmy Smith – Stay Loose
15. Adam Rafferty – I Wish
16. Kronos Quartet – Mini-Skirt
17. The Vestibules – Bulbous Bouffant
18. Olivia Newton John – Please, Mr. Please
19. Johnny Paycheck – A-11
20. The Wailers – Duppy Conquerer
21. Cliff Nobles & Co. – The Horse
22. Terence Blanchard – Flow, Pt. 1
23. Letta Mbulu – Kube
24. Ken Nordine – Down the Drain
25. Albert Collins – Frosty
26. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Snowden’s Jig
27. Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Don’t Drive Drunk
28. Pata Negra – Yo me quedo en Sevilla
29. Dave Douglas – Hot Club of 13th Street
30. Duke Ellington – Passion Flower

Letta Mbulu

Raimundo Amador


Crumple. haha. I like it!

I once invented a cookie called Crumble. You just reach in the bag and grab the amount you want.
Thanks for the shout out. You took the words right out of my mouth (leaving plenty of room for more Crumble) as it was a beautiful rainy day in Maine, too.
Annie Lennox turns me on. Diva Las Huevos! (I'm not really sure what I meant there but I like the way it sounds)


Re: Crumple. haha. I like it!

Literally, "Diva, the eggs." (although some refer to testicles as "huevos").

One thing I've never been able to grasp: how, after like 17 days of sun, people can complain about the rain after just one day. I mean, if it rained for like 40 days and 40 nights, and you saw an old man building a boat in his front yard and herding animals into it, then OK, complain about the rain.

Thanks, Jim Dandy!


Re: Crumple. haha. I like it!

How's that rain working out for ya now? Boat building increased?

Re: Crumple. haha. I like it!

Nah, rain came, rain went. Sun shines. People happy.

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