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Catamount Community Radio - August 31, 2014

Most Sundays as I walk out of the station just after noon, I feel a sense of accomplishment, even though it may be short-lived. Some Sundays I think, "Well, that was just an average show," but usually the sentiment is that the show was above average. It can't be true, can it. The average can't be above average. I remember once in the department we were talking about categories for the evaluation of teaching. Somebody suggested that we use "superior, good, average, and poor." I mentioned that if everyone ranked superior and good, then average would no longer be average. Like my radio show, average would be above average. Today's show, in my not-so-humble opinion, was above above-average.

I was leisurely having my coffee this morning and solving an 8x8 Kenken, when I looked at the clock and saw that it was 9:29 (a numerical palindrome). I had to get my quick on, and I did. I resisted the temptation to drive. I showered and dressed in nine minutes flat and was off on my bicycle by 9:38. So the screeching tires were a propos today. They had been broadcasting the football game last night via remote, and the person who did it left certain buttons on the board pushed that shouldn't have been pushed. It resulted in a little dead air at the beginning of the show. But soon enough all was under control.

The featured song today was "Let's Get Lost," from 1943 with music by Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Frank Loesser. We heard two versions, the first by Frank Sinatra, and a more modern take on the tune by Diana Krall and Terence Blanchard.

Let's get lost, lost in each other's arms
Let's get lost, let them send out alarms
And though they'll think us rather rude
Let's tell the world we're in that crazy mood.
Let's defrost in a romantic mist
Let's get crossed off everybody's list
To celebrate this night we found each other, let's get lost

I shared Sinatra's hamburger recipe:

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("1. Call for Deano. 2. Tell him to make you a fuckin' burger. 3. Drink his bourbon.")

Other highlights? How about Vincent Price reciting Shelly's "Music, When Soft Voices Die"?

Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory;
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.

Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,
Are heap'd for the belovèd's bed;
And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.

Mary Ellen wins the cover contest this week. My sister answered one question, but I don't think she's quite ready to join Jim Dandy and Mary Ellen in the smarty-pants category.

1. What tune is Larry Goldings playing on the piano? - "Everything Happens to Me"

2. Who's tune is Ollie Hite and the BPA covering? - Nick Lowe's. In his entry Jim Dandy guessed somebody else and then added something like, "If it's Nick Lowe I'm gonna have to mangle something." I wrote back, "You better look for something to mangle."

3. What tune is Cyrus Chestnut covering on the piano? - "Lean on Me." Yesterday I read on the internet every top 100 list for 1972 to 1977. That's where I got the idea for this question.

4. We listened to Johnny Hartman sing "It Was Almost Like a Song," whose lyric is by Hal David. The question was, which blind country singer had a hit with it in 1977? - Ronnie Milsap. BTW, my friend Kenny Thompson sings this beautifully. I had never heard the tune before I heard Ken sing it.

Catamount Community Radio airs Sunday mornings 10-12 (East Coast) on WWCU. Join the fun.

1. Dave Douglas & Uri Crane – Zero Hour
2. Teddy Wilson – Fine and Dandy
3. Madeleine Peyroux – No More
4. Toumani Diabati’s Symmetric Orchestra – Single
5. Michael Lowenstern – No. 1
6. Ry Cooder – He’ll Have to Go
7. Clark Terry – Boomerang
8. Larry Goldings – Everything Happens to Me
9. Frank Sinatra – Let’s Get Lost
10. Kenny Burrell – Lost in the Stars
11. Matt Wilson – You Bet
12. The BPA (featuring Olie Hite) – So It Goes
13. Marc Ribot – It Could have been Very, Very Beautiful
14. Vincent Price – Music, When Soft Voices Die
15. Kaki King – Night After Sidewalk
16. Fred Hersch – In Walked Bud
17. Elvis Presley – Don’t
18. Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton, Mark Whitfield – Driftin’
19. Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra – Dalí
20. Cyrus Chestnut – Lean on Me
21. (funky drummer interlude)
22. Sevigny – When the Stars go Blue
23. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Serenade to Cuckoo
24. Diana Krall & Terence Blanchard – Let’s Get Lost
25. Johnny Hartman – It Was Almost Like a Song
26. Sabu Martínez – Libido Blues
27. Marc Ribot – Choserito plena
28. (Tito Puente interlude)
29. Kaki King – Night After Sidewalk

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Marc Ribot

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