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Catamount Community Radio - June 10, 2012

Yesterday I drove to Atlanta and back. Had to drop the mother-in-law at the airport. She's been with us so long that her absence will be a presence. I ate a vegetarian thali big enough for two, got a haircut at an Indian beauty parlor amid Indian women getting their mustaches threaded off and their uni-brows separated (those women were family members). All this to say that I had to prepare the show a day early.

I had three disparate themes today: the most minor, songs that referenced radio; the big ones, Indiana-born tunesmiths (Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael) and hymns (and gospel and spirituals).

Joni Mitchell:

If you’re driving into town
With a dark cloud above you
Dial in the number
Who’s bound to love you
Oh honey you turn me on
I’m a radio
I’m a country station
I’m a little bit corny
I’m a wildwood flower
Waving for you
Broadcasting tower
Waving for you
And I’m sending you out
This signal here
I hope you can pick it up
Loud and clear

I have all this piano music that I reappropriated (once my grandma's). Amidst it, a book of hymns arranged for intermediate piano. So, I've been developing my versions of "The old Rugged Cross" and "Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me." That led to one theme.

Jesus, Savior, pilot me,
Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treach’rous shoal;
Chart and compass came from Thee:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

The spousal unit will be attending a conference in Indianapolis in August; the issue and I will accompany, so Indiana has been on my mind. That's why I decided to play Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter tunes today, both having been born in Indiana. A difference between the two? Porter wrote both music and lyrics (and some clever lyrics at that), while, after a certain time, Carmichael wrote just music, collaborating with such great lyricists as Johnny Mercer.

Porter's "Anything Goes":

n olden days, a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking.
But now, God knows,
Anything goes.
Good authors too who once knew better words
Now only use four-letter words
Writing prose.
Anything goes.
If driving fast cars you like,
If low bars you like,
If old hymns you like,
If bare limbs you like,
If Mae West you like,
Or me undressed you like,
Why, nobody will oppose.
When ev'ry night the set that's smart is in-
Truding in nudist parties in
Anything goes.

BTW, Ella doesn't sing the complete lyric ... which goes on and on!

Among the Hoagy Carmichael tunes, John (whom we used to call Cougar) Mellencamp, doing "Baltimore Oriole," John Scofield playing "Georgia" on acoustic guitar, Mehldau, with "The Nearness of You," Fats Waller, goofing on "Two Sleepy People."

All this and more.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (ET) on WWCU-FM.

1. Harry Nilsson – Turn on Your Radio
2. Lester Young & Oscar Peterson – Stardust
3. Thelonious Monk – Blessed Assurance
4. Dr. John – Wade in the Water
5. Caetano Veloso – Get out of Town
6. Chico Freeman – You are too Beautiful
7. Dinah Washington – So in Love
8. Brad Mehldau – The Nearness of You
9. Sister Wynona Carr – The Ball Game
10. Spirit of New Orleans – The Old Rugged Cross
11. David Johnson – Jesus Savior, Pilot Me
12. John Scofield – Georgia on my Mind
13. Joni Mitchell – You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio
14. John Mellancamp – Baltimore Oriole
15. Bebo Valdés – Échale salsita
16. Count Basie & Lester Young – Indiana
17. Benny Goodman – Lazy River
18. Ella Fitzgerald – Anything Goes
19. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – The Old Rugged Cross
20. Hank Jones & Charlie Haden – Sweet Hour of Prayer
21. Hank Jones & Charlie Haden – Spiritual
22. The Spiritual Jubilators – Precious Lord (Take my Hand)
23. The Gospel Harmonettes – Jesus is on the Main Line
24. Howlin’ Wolf – Goin’ Back Home
25. Coleman Hawkins – I Only Have Eyes for You
26. Mel Tormé – All of You
27. Fats Waller – Two Sleepy People
28. Caetano Veloso – Menhuma dor
29. Bjorn Svensson Trio – Rhythm-a-ning
30. The Radio Gospel Kings – Glad News
31. Freddie King – Heads Up
32. 3 Cohens – Tfila (prayer)





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