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Catamount Community Radio - February 24, 2013

The station was a veritable hive of activity this morning, as people prepared their shows. I confess that I like it best when I have the whole damn thing to myself. Admittedly, I have learned to keep my composure as the people buzz about me. The show right after mine, "Go or Go Home," is a NASCAR thing and I guess it's a pretty big day today, what with the Daytona 500 and all. That's the only race I remember from my childhood. The driver I remember is Richard Petty in the light blue Plymouth, no. 43.

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My brother and I thought the STP decals were cool, and occasionally we'd head over to the gas station (the very place where we would go to put a quarter in the pop machine to get a NuGrape or an Orange Crush) and ask for stickers. The problem though, is where to put the sticker once you have it. If my memory serves me, and it often does, there is still a chair in the basement of my mom's house with an STP sticker on it.

Spring is threatening; you can almost feel the daffodils getting ready to bloom. I wish I too liked Spring. I wish I too looked forward to frolicking in the great outdoors but, alas, that is not the case. I find winter to be comforting: the cold, the gray, the great indoors. I look at pictures from Jim Dandy up in Maine, or from my people up in Michigan and I see all the snow, and I can't help but feel a certain jealousy.

The germ of today's show was the seemingly random memory of one of my records, an Okeh jazz compilation. I remembered the song "Big Butter and Egg Man" and started singing it to myself in my head.

I want a butter and egg man
from way out in the west.
I get so tired of working all the time.
I want somebody who wants to play.
Pretty clothes have never been mine,
but if my dreams come true
the sun's gonna shine.
I want a butter and egg man.
Don't some butter and egg man want me?

Then I found the album on Amazon and made note of the tunes that I remembered liking, then went over to the iTunes store and bought 'em.

On the album, "Big Butter and Egg Man" is done by Mary Ann McCall. If you type that song title into the Google box, it's Louis Armstrong's version that comes, but I like Mary Ann McCall's version. We also heard her do "Money is Honey."

Also on the album is Red Rodney's "Dig This Menu Please."

Black cats' ankles,
heels of horse flies
bed bug gizzards
and spiders' eyes,
alligator hips,
monkey knees
possums' foot
and the toes of fleas
They go real great
with rice
and black-eyed peas.

We also listened to Ground Hog, whoever the hell he is, with "Take it All Off":

Take it off,
Take it all off.
Take off that wig
and let me feel your afro.
Take it off.
Take off your eyelashes,
I know you bought them on sale.
Don't stroke my back with no false fingernails.
Don't roll your bloodshot eyes at me.
Just take it all off.


Billie Holiday, with "He Ain't got Rhythm":

With a daring aviator
He circles the Equator
But he ain't got rhythm
so no one's with him.


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

1. Miles Davis Quintet – Ahmad’s Blues
2. Arnet Cobb – Smooth Sailing
3. Thelonious Monk – Just a Gigolo
4. Billie Holiday – He Ain’t Got Rhythm
5. Fats Waller and Al Casey – Buck Jumpin’
6. Nick Lowe – Hope for Us All
7. Mary Ann McCall – Big Butter and Egg Man
8. Janis Ian – At Seventeen
9. Coleman Hawkins – Spotlite
10. Kris Kristofferson – Me and NBobbie McGee
11. Red Garland – Billy Boy
12. Johnny Cash – Without Love
13. George Briath – Collage
14. Jimmy Smith – Stay Loose
15. Jimi Hendrix – Slow Blues
16. Ogvatanaa Show Band – Ageisheka
17. Kenny Burrell – Azure Te
18. Red Rodney Sextet – Dig This Menu Please
19. Groundhog – Take It Off
20. Joshua Redman – The Crunge
21. Chico Hamilton – Big Noise from Winnetka
22. Mary Ann McCall – Money is Honey
23. Re-Vels – False Alarm
24. Mickey & Sylvia – Love is Strange
25. Ella Fitzgerald – Rough Ridin’
26. Sonny Stitt – Where is Love
27. Five Strings – Drinkin’ Wine Spoli-Oli
28. 28. Frank Sinatra – You Lucky People
29. Blind Boys of Alabama – Atom Bomb
30. Celia Cruz & la Sonora Matancera – Mango Mangué
31. James Brown – Mother Popcorn (pt. 2)

ARNETT COBB
Arnet Cobb

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