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Catamount Community Radio - July 7, 2013

In general, I enjoy myself when I do the radio show, although there are Sundays when the alarm rings at 8:05 and I think to myself, "Why do I do this every Sunday." Today was not one of those days. I had a ball today; I had the monitor speakers turned way up, and everything went according to plan.

What's the news on the home front? A new dog, that's what. An Australian sheep dog that I succeeded in naming "Roscoe." I say that because the spousal unit had other names in mind. I like Roscoe. It sounds like the name of a jazz musician, although Roscoe Mitchell of the Art Ensemble of Chicago is the only musician I can think of. Roscoe is only seven weeks old, but I have high hopes for him. My main hope, that he turns out to be a good dog, loyal and loving. I imagine him, when he gets older, running with the Issue, and protecting her. We needed another male in the house. It was me, the Spousal Unit, the Issue, the Mother-in-Law, and two female cats, Mishu and Waysha. That's a ratio of 4:1. Now, with Roscoe, the ratio is 4:2.

Apparently, it ain't raining much in Maine and Michigan, but down here we've had four days of rain with more on the way. It doesn't rain all day, but not more than a few hours go by without water falling from the sky. With that in mind, I had a rain theme going on today, as the playlist will attest.

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Today the cover contest was scored on a sliding scale. Each question was scored between one and three. There were four questions for twelve possible points. Mary Ellen wins with seven points. Dandy in second, with six. I'll have prizes in the mail for both of them soon, since Mary Ellen won today and Jim won the last two weeks.

1. Larry Goldings - Too Many Rivers to Cross

Contestants were asked to name the song, the song's author and the name of the cat who was playing it on the piano. The song was written by Jimmy Cliff, and is included in the The Harder They Come soundtrack. Cliff also starred in the movie. Two points apiece for Jim and Mary Ellen. Both identified the song and its author, although neither recognized the piano stylings of Larry Goldings, who usually plays organ.

2. Kenny Garret - Killing Me Softly

The song was a hit for Roberta Flack back in the day (1972) and was written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel. One point for Jim and two for Mary Ellen. Both got the title, but MER also got the original artist. The most famous cover is that of the Fugees, with Lauryn Hill singing the lyric. Helen Reddy was sent a demo, but never played it because she didn't like the title.

3. Bobby Parker - Watch Your Step

This was an open-ended question. Whom do you imagine was influenced by this tune. Here's what I had in mind: Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. As for the latter, compare the guitar riffs on "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper." As for the former, the opening riff of "Moby Dick." Mary Ellen picked up on the Beatles connection, and went into some detail in her answer about the vocals, which I hadn't even thought about. I gave Jim a point and Mary Ellen three.

4. Pat Metheny - Rainy Days and Mondays

A hit for The Carpenters in 1971. It actually hit number two on the charts. Two points for Jim; nil for MER. I remember reading somewhere that Karen and Richard had matching rings, which said "LOVE" on the outside, and "FUCK" on the inside.

I will suspend the cover contest for at least a week, since Jim will be on the road next week, but sooner or later it will be back. Jim, your prize will be waiting for you at the post office when you're back from the Motor City and Mancy. I'm jealous. Check out the Detroit Institute of Art if you have time. Tell 'em Mark sent you.

Catamount Community Radio, freeform radio for Cullowhee and the world. Sunday mornings 10-12 (ET) on WWCU-FM.


1. Charlie Daniels Band – Star Spangled Banner
2. John Coltrane – After the Rain
3. Nick Lowe – Shame on the Rain
4. Brad Mehldau – When it Rains
5. Kid Rock – When It Rains
6. Jimi Hendrix – Still Raining, Still Dreaming
7. The Beatles – Rain
8. Lary Goldings – Many Rivers to Cross
9. Arthur Prysock – Teardrops in the Rain
10. The Jackson Five – I Want You Back (just the guitar part)
11. Randy Newman – Every Time It Rains
12. Kenny Garrett – Killing Me Softly
13. Led Zeppelin – The Rain Song
14. Bruce Springsteen – 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
15. Don Cherry & Multikulti – Until the Rain Comes
16. Nick Lowe – Raining, Raining
17. Bobby Parker – Watch Your Step
18. Elvis Costello – Watch Your Step
19. Kool Keith w/ DJ Drexler – Ants
20. Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
21. Pat Metheny – Rainy Days and Mondays
22. Kaki King – Night After Sidewalk
23. Aki Takase - The Mooche
24. John Scofield - Camelus

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