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Catamount Community Radio - October 5, 2014

Fall may have been here officially for a week or so, but it really arrived late on Friday night. Friday was a warm, rainy day. It cleared up in the evening, but remained relatively warm. The skies were beautiful. But I woke up in the middle of the night feeling pretty cold. Had to throw another blanket on the futon and another book on the fire. And sure enough, Saturday morning, there they were: dead leaves littering the lawn. I even wore a sweater today. From now on, my students will see a lot of sweaters. Fall is my favorite season and more than just for the usual reasons: the apple cider and the changing colors. In the fall you're in synch with the season; everything is slowly dying, just as you are. It's a little morbid, but it's true. Spring, on the other hand, as TS Elliot would say, is the cruelest part of the year. That's because you continue your slow fade into oblivion just as everything else is being reborn. All those daffodils and all that green. Give me the melancholy autumn.

Cayo passed away last week, leaving Jim Dandy devastated. She was his family for the last 19 years. So I had to pay a little tribute to her. I played Henry Mancini's "Something for Cat" and Roy Hargrove's "Ev'rybody wants to be a Cat." Jorge Luis Borges remarks somewhere that, while humans are condemned to live in the past and the future, cats live in an eternal present. This is part of their allure. They are masters of comfort. They don't seem to give a damn about what you think about them. We wish we could, like them, find that patch of sunshine and stretch out in it, and forget all about our worries, our anxieties, our remorse and our regrets. We manage it at intervals, but soon enough are back to our worldly preoccupations.

Dandy wins this week's cover contest.

1. Who wrote "People Get Ready," and who is doing the covering? - Curtis Mayfield wrote it, and it is being covered first by Maceo Parker, and then by Al Green. (Al had help but I'm not sure who she was.) Later on in show we heard a fragment of Jeff Beck's version of the tune.

2. The Lovin' Spoonful did "Nashville Cats." I believe I mistakenly called this a cover version, because the other version I had in my head, that of Flatt and Scruggs, sounds older. But I think the fact is that Flatt and Scruggs were covering the tune, which was written by John Sebastian, rather than the other way around. Oh well, radio by the seat of your pants, the best kind.

3. "This Land is Your Land." Who wrote the tune and who is covering it? Woody Guthrie wrote it, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are covering it.

4. We heard Bob Marley and the Wailers cover "What's New, Pussycat?" Which songwriting duo wrote it? - Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

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


1. Andrew Hill – Malachi
2. Jimmie Lunceford – I’m Nuts about Screwy Music
3. Joe Sample – Jitterbug Waltz
4. The Titans – So Hard to Laugh
5. Jimmie Lunceford – Organ Grinder’s Swing
6. Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Damned Back Blues
7. Kenny Burrell – Lost in the Stars
8. Maceo Parker – People Get Ready
9. Al Green – People Get Ready
10. Henry Mancini – Something for Cat
11. Roy Hargrove – Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat
12. The Lovin’ Spoonful – Nashville Cats
13. Orin Evans – Rockin’ Chair
14. Jeff Beck – People Get Ready (fragment)
15. 3 Cohens – Tiger Rag
16. Kronos Quartet – Tabú
17. Kronos Quartet – Mini Skirt
18. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – This Land is Your Land
19. Dave Douglas – Summit Music
20. Bill Charlap – It’s Love
21. Bob Marley & the Wailers – What’s New, Pussycat?
22. Pavel Wlosok & Joel Frahm – Sister Julie
23. The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry, Baby
24. Louis COrchia – La roulette
25. Sam Mangwana – Gato negro
26. Vern Gosdin & Emmylou Harris – Yesterday’s Gone (fragment)

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