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Catamount Community Radio - August 21, 2011

Tomorrow is the first day of classes, so a new year begins. I always approach new semesters with cautious optimism, and always tell myself "this time I'm not going to procrastinate and I'm going to stay organized." Inevitably I procrastinate and my office, while neat and tidy in outward appearance, hides a secret chaos. This semester will be different.

With that in mind, I played some tunes with a school theme: Schoolhouse Rock ...

Conjunction Junction, what's your function?
Hooking up words and phrases and clauses
In complex sentences like: In the mornings, when I'm usually wide awake, I love to take a walk through the gardens and down by the lake, where I often see a duck and a drake, and I wonder, as I walk by, just what they'd say if they could speak, although I know that's an absurd thought.

Chuck Berry's "School Day":

Soon as three o'clock rolls around
You finally lay your burden down
Close up your books, get out of your seat
Down the halls and into the street
Up to the corner and 'round the bend
Right to the juke joint you go in.

Louis Armstrong doing "You Don't Learn that at School":

Robin Hood was famous
But one thing you should know
He only robbed the rich folks
'cause the poor folks had no dough.
But you don't learn that at school.

We heard a couple numbers with an "end of summer" theme: Michael Jackson's "Farewell my Summer Love," and Alec Wilder's "Footnotes to a Summer Love."

We listened to Toumani Diabate play his kora, first with Songhai and later with his Symmetric Orchestra.

Some classic country: Willie, Ray Price, Johnny Paycheck, Hank Williams (in the guise of "Luke the Drifter"). Apparently for his spoken-word material he used that moniker. According to the experts at Wikipedia, "Fearful that disc jockeys and jukebox operators would hesitate to accept these nontraditional Williams recordings, thereby hurting the marketability of his name, the alias was employed."

On the novelty front, Katie Lee doing "It Must be Something Psychological"

I know you're not my ego ideal
You aren't like my father or brother
But the way I feel does not become
A sister, a pal or a mother
My yearning's really quite explainable
I want you 'cause you're unattainable
Just let me get my hands on you
And then I want somebody new
With me it's psychological.



I enjoyed myself this morning. Catamount Community Radio on Power 90.5 Sunday mornings 10-12 (Eastern Time).


1. Gene Ammons – Up Tight
2. Blossom Dearie – Thou Swell
3. Willie Nelson – Crazy
4. Schoolhouse Rock - I Unpacked my Adjectives
5. Jerry Reed – Sassy
6. Lester Young – Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
7. Johnny Paycheck – A-ll
8. Alec Wilder – Footnotes on a Summer Love
9. The Montgomery Brothers & George Shearing – Darn that Dream
10. Harry Connick, Jr. – If I Only Had a Brain
11. The Counting Crows & Vanessa Carlson – Big Yellow Taxi
12. Chuck Berry – School Day (Ring, Ring Ring Goes the Bell)
13. Frank Sinatra – Everything Happens to Me
14. Louis Armstrong – You Don’t Learn That at School
15. Sonhai – Sute Monebo
16. Don Gibson – Sea of Heartbreak
17. Serge Gainsbourg – Ford Mustang
18. Dionne Warwick – Do You Know the Way to San José?
19. Brian Buchanan – Pettiford Bridge
20. Johnny Cash – Orange Blossom Special
21. Chet Baker – Happy Little Sunbeam
22. Ben Allison – Realization
23. T.J. Kirk – Soul Power
24. Betty Carter – There’s No You
25. Toumani Diabate’s Symmetry Orchestra
26. Schoolhouse Rock – Conjunction Junction
27. Michael Jackson – Farwell My Summer Love
28. Mary Lou Williams – The Credo
29. Katie Lee – It Must Be Something Psychological
30. Ray Price – Heartaches by the Number
31. Hank Williams – Just Waitin’
32. Prince Lasha – Green and Gold
33. Gerry Mulligan – Splendor in the Grass


Toumani Diabate


Willie Nelson

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