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Labor Day Community Radio - September 4, 2011

Hallelujah! It's raining!

The first Friday of every month, my friend Tyler convokes a quartet and jazz happens at JJ's up in Glenville. I went up with my tenor saxomaphone and listened and even sat in. They humored me by playing my latest composition, "Summer's Over, George." The title comes from the fact that summer is over, and because I took my inspiration from the chords of George Harrison's "Something." I must say, though, that if you were to listen to my tune you would never think of GH's song.

Tyler covered Aaron Parks' "Roadside Distraction," so I decided to spin the original this morning. It makes me think of Pedro and South of the Border, on I-95, right as you enter South Carolina. That's a roadside distraction if I've ever seen one.

At the roadhouse (I think I'll call JJ's a roadhouse) I drank a couple of Gaelic Ales, and ate a sloppy dog (a huge dog with chili, cole slaw, and cheese that you eat with a fork and knife) and a side of fried green beans. Fried green beans, what a concept! were delicious! But it was too much food, so I took the left-over beans home. The issue discovered and devoured them before I had the chance to eat even one more bean.

Speaking of the issue, she punked me this morning ... calling the station requesting a Sinatra tune in a funny voice. I didn't realize it was her. Go ahead, young lady, have your fun at my expense. That's what I'm here for.

Her friend is at the house for a sleepover ("you can have a sleepover when you're married"). I offered to make them some fried eggs with sausage patties yesterday. No, the friend doesn't eat eggs. Last night I cooked a killer paella (not an orthodox paella by any means ... long grained rice and okra along with the shrimp and chicken) but ... "I don't eat seafood." Kids, they're exasperating.

Oh, the rain, it's beautiful. It's about enough to make me want to run around naked in it. But don't worry ....

Last week, Jim Dandy, on the Facebook, gave me an oblique tip, mentioning "Goodnight Irene." Thickly, I didn't pick up on it, so I didn't play the tune last week. I tried to make amends by playing Ry Cooder's version of the song this morning.

Being Labor Day weekend, I decided to play some work-related tunes. The CCR faithful heard Frank Sinatra sing "Nice Work if You can Get It," Allen Toussaint's "Workin' in the Coal Mine," and Prince, with "The Work, pt. 1." Lou Reed sang "Work" and Bob Marley did his song of the same name. John Hartford picked "Your Tax Dollars at Work" and Fred Hersch played "Work," possibly a Monk cover.

I read recently in Rolling Stone an article on Glen Campbell, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He's gonna do one more album and one more tour and that's it. I never realized that he was a much sought-after session guitarist in the sixties. Anyway, I always liked his version of "Gentle on my Mind," especially the line about the sleeping bag rolled up behind your couch. After playing that, I put on the Meters doing "Wichita Lineman," with Aaron Neville singing. I came up with a joke on the spot: A Jewish guy falls for a Christian lady and writes her a tune: "Gentile on my Mind." I wonder if anybody else has ever thought of that joke or if I'm the first. Google tells me I'm not the first.

I played Anita O'Day doing a tune I really like: "I've Got the World on a String." There's something about Anita O'Day that makes me adore her. I'm not sure what. It's part her singing and part the way she carries herself. I want to imitate Roy Eldridge and sing "A-ni-ta, oh A-ni-ta!"





We heard some guitar picking: some Hawaiian slack key "Ku'u Kika Kahiko" (that's fun to say), Diego Barber, with "190 East" and Merle Travis, doing another old tune that pushes my pleasure buttons: "I'll See You in my Dreams."



So much more, but I've been typing for awhile now. Catamount Community Radio, on WWCU, Sunday mornings 10-12 (Carolina Time). Tune in! Let's be friends.


1. Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Serenity
2. Fred Hersch – Work
3. Allen Toussaint – Workin’ in the Coal Mine
4. Snooks Eaglin – Careless Love
5. Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers – Uptight
6. Tito Puente – El Cayuco
7. Steely Dan – Dirty Work
8. Paul Motian – Be Careful, It’s my Heart
9. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
10. Frank Sinatra – Nice Work if You Can Get It
11. Porter Wagoner – Be a Little Quieter
12. Bob Marley – Work
13. Anita O’Day – I’ve Got the World on a String
14. Ozzie Kotani – Ku’u Kika Kahiko
15. Merle Travis – I’ll See You in my Dreams
16. Ry Cooder – Goodnight Irene
17. Ska Cubano – Babalú
18. Afrolicious – Thursday Night Kinda Swing
19. Diego Barber – 190 East
20. Aaron Parks – Roadside Distraction
21. Peter Gabriel – Don’t Give Up
22. Pete “Mad Daddy” Myers – What is a Fisterris?
23. The Meters – Wichita Lineman
24. Glen Campbell – Gentle on my Mind
25. John Hartford – Your Tax Dollars at Work
26. Ian Dury – Clever Trevor
27. Prince – The Work, pt. 1
28. Walter Smith III – Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love
29. Los Super 7 – I Heard it on the X
30. Lou Reed & John Cale - Work


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