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Catamount Community Radio - October 28, 2012

It's raining, not raining men, but raindrops were falling on my head. Love a rainy day.

I wasn't late this morning; got to the station in plenty of time, because I went to bed early last night. I was exhausted: Friday night it was off to Asheville to eat German food and see Unknown Hinson (more later, plus photos ... suffice to say right now that I saw him sign a woman's breast after the gig). Then yesterday it was up early to drive to Morganton to see the issue run in the regional cross country meet. So last night I had a couple of swigs of whiskey, right from the bottle, then slept like a baby for eight hours. Was up this morning even before the alarm rang.

I had a little gospel theme going on. The Lee boys with their electric guitars, Detroit's own Sir Roland Hanna doing Ellington's spiritual "Come Sunday," Al Green, Nina Simone with "Take My Hand, Precious Lord."

Two versions of "Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer." This was a WWII song. We heard first a doo woo version, probably from the fifties, then Joseph Spence, the idiosyncratic Bahaman guitar genius, do the same tune.

What a show, what a fight
Boys, we really hit our target for tonight
How we sing as we limp through the air
Look below, there's our field over there
With one motor gone
We can still carry on
Comin' in on a wing and a prayer

Nowadays, making a mix tape is a breeze, if a mix tape can still be said to exist. First of all, it's not a tape, but more likely a playlist on your iPod. But back in the day, it took a while; you recorded the songs in real time. I think the time you put into it made each one a little more special. You might even make one for a girl you were trying to woo. It was like a love letter "a clé." Anyway, I used to have this series, "jazz / country" where I would put one country song, one jazz tune, another country song, another jazz number, etc. The genres mixed together surprisingly well. Today I put in a little country interlude; I wonder how it fit into the flow of the show.

A little jazz and country all rolled into one:

Speaking of cassettes, while cooking the other evening, I was listening to a cassette that my brother made me once. It was Captain Beefheart, Fred Frith ... but the first tune on the tape was me on guitar and him on drums doing "Little Wing." Wow. The Fred Frith music, from 1980, was great, so I played some of it today. You know, we music junkies have an insatiable need for new stuff, but if you have been accumulating music, in one format or another, for 30 years, you can find tunes in your archives that once upon a time you listened to, but haven't heard for fifteen years, and suddenly it's new again. Maybe that's one of the few graces of getting older, that and slowly acquiring the ability to disentangle the mysteries of the heart.

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

1. Sir Roland Hanna – Come Sunday
2. The Lee Boys – Joyful Sounds
3. Cobb’s Mob – I Miss You, My Love
4. Tom Waits – Just a Sucker on the Vine
5. The Impressions – People Get Ready
6. Miles Davis – In Your Own Sweet Way
7. Nina Simone – Take my Hand, Precious Lord
8. Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabate – Iga Bani
9. Louis Armstrong – I’ll Get Mine Bye and Bye
10. The Four Vagabonds – Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer
11. Joseph Spence – Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer
12. Nick Lowe – What Lack of Love has Done
13. Don Byron – Frasquita Serenade
14. Fred Frith – Norrgarden
15. Lord Creator – Such is Life
16. The Wailers – Duppy Conqueror
17. Coleman Hawkins – One O’Clock Jump
18. Matt Wilson – Feel the Sway
19. The Voodoo Trombones – Do It Your own Way
20. Pavel Wlosok, Mike McGuirk, John Riley – Via Positiva
21. George Benson – Benson’s Rider
22. Faron Young – Hello Walls
23. Buck Owens – Under the Influence of Love
24. Dave Dudley – Six Days on the Road
25. Teddy Wilson – Flying Home
26. The Mexicali Brass – Habanera
27. Unknown Hinson – Closer to the Light
28. Unknown Hinson – Fish Camp Woman
29. Fred Frith – Spring Day
30. Dave Douglas – Just Another Murder
31. Miharu Koshi – L’absinthe
32. Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Point
33. Al Green – Be With Me Jesus

Sir Roland Hanna

Fred Frith



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