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Catamount Community Radio - November 10, 2013

I could hear the dog rummaging around downstairs this morning around 7:00 a.m. So I got up, took him out, gave him water and food... and then what? Am I going to go back to bed for 45 minutes? No. I'd already had enough weird dreams for one night, including one in which I knew I was dreaming.

So many beautiful days in a row. Jim tells me it's a beautiful, drizzly day in Maine, but here ... well, yesterday we had a little gray in the afternoon, but today it's back to blue skies I can see for miles and miles and miles davis. Today is the 38th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald ... which I just learned; had I known yesterday I would have played Gordon Lightfoot's tune this morning. The lyrics of that song compare that storm to a hurricane ... and speaking of hurricanes, the one that just passed over the Philippines was a doozy. Tens of thousands of people killed. I've heard it said that with climate change, there will be fewer and fewer hurricanes, but that those that do occur will be ever bigger, like the one we just saw. I was disappointed that on the network news, when reporting on the storm (from at least what I could tell), nobody tied it to global warming. Anyway, today I had the fanciful thought that maybe all of the water in the atmosphere was in that hurricane (the size of a continent) so everybody else, like me, had blue skies.

Today's theme was Thomas "Fats" Waller's 1941 tune "Jitterbug Waltz," and by extension, tunes that reference "jitterbug," like Cab Calloway's "Jitter Bug" and Tom Waits' "Jitterbug Boy." Waller was a character, a master of stride piano, and a good organ player .. In fact, sometimes he would pass the night playing spirituals on the radio on the organ, never identifying himself as Fats Waller. But he worked hard and lived hard, a man who would knock down a bottle of scotch in a sitting. He liked to clown around, it was his schtick, but there is no denying his musical genius. We listened to the original recording, plus covers by Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, Dizzy Gillespie and Anat Cohen. Interesting how different musicians interpret the tune differently.

What is a jitterbug exactly? The internet would have you believe that it is a dance from the forties, requiring athleticism that eventually morphing into rock 'n' roll dancing. It's also a word to refer to someone who is young or immature for his age. But judging by Cab Calloway's and Waits' lyrics it seems like a description of somebody who is fond of the giggle juice:

Jitterbug Cab Calloway 1935 by boberwig

Mary Ellen wins the cover contest this week; Jim Dandy, second; and Susan, third.

1. Who is covering the Velvet Underground's "Pale Blue Eyes"? - R.E.M.

2. Who is the composer and what are the names of the tunes? - Burt Bacharach

a) "Do You Know the Way to San José?" (done by Martin, Medeski, and Wood)
b) "What the World Needs Now is Love" (done by Bill Frisell)

3. Whence this beat, the most sampled beat in all of hip hop? - James Brown, "The Funky Drummer"

4. "Trampled Rose." Who wrote the tune and who is covering it? - Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan / Alison Krauss.

Congrats, Mary Ellen!

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (Right Coast) on WWCU.

1. Sir Roland Hannah – Single Petal of a Rose
2. Wynton Marsalis – Root Groove
3. Benny Green – Blue Minor
4. Fats Waller – Jitterbug Waltz
5. Miiles Davis –Jitterbug Waltz
6. Cab Calloway – Jitter Bug
7. Eric Dolphy – Jitterbug Waltz
8. R.E.M. – Pale Blue Eyes
9. Frank Zappa – Little Umbrellas
10. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Stick with Me, Baby
11. Faron Young – Apartment #9
12. Martin, Medeski & Wood – Do You Know the Way to San José
13. Bill Frisell – What the World Needs Now is Love
14. Kiran Ahluwalia – Vo Kuch
15. Frank Sinatra – Young at Heart
16. Bill Charlap – It’s Love
17. Nick Lowe – Stoplight Roses
18. Dizzy Gillespie – Jitterbug Waltz
19. Tom Waits – Jitterbug Boy
20. Ella Fitzgerald - Solitude
21. James Brown – Funky Drummer
22. Ballin’ the Jack – Limehouse Blues
23. Allison Krauss – Trmpled Rose
24. Ronnie Barker – Pismonunciation
25. Jill Sobule – League of Failures
26. Anat Cohen – Jitterbug Waltz




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