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Catamount Community Radio - March 29, 2015

Talk about over-prepared. I had 270 minutes of music ready for today's two-hour show. I think we are somehow tricked into thinking that we need to achieve, achieve, achieve. We never feel satisfied with what we've done. Yesterday I prepared my playlist, did maintenance on my and my daughter's bicycles, rode nine miles, graded a stack of compositions, practiced piano for an hour, and still, somehow went to bed feeling that I didn't accomplish all that I needed to. I need to get off the guilt wagon.

Today I featured tunes with lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg. The name may not ring a bell for you, but you know his tunes: "Over the Rainbow," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," "If I Only Had a Brain," etc. He was friends with Ira Gershwin, who convinced him to start writing lyrics. He wrote all the lyrics to the tunes in The Wizard of Oz (along with some dialogue and intros that he never got credit for. He was a progressive, who suffered twelve years of blacklisting between 1950 and 1962 for having ties to radical groups and for refusing to rat on other lefties.

A sample of lyrics:

How are things in Glocca Morra?
Is that willow tree still weeping there?

[...]

"Lasst night when we were young
Love was a star, a song unsung
Life was so new, so real, so bright
Ages ago, last night.

[...]

Down with eyes romantic and stupid
Down with sighs and down with Cupid
Brother, let's stuff that dove
Down with love

[...]

I would while away the hours
Conferrin' with the flowers
Consulting with the rain.
And my head, I'd be scratchin'
While my thoughts were busy hatchin'
If I only had a brain.

Spring really hung us up, we did some spring cleaning, but Jim Dandy still has snow so deep that it's up to the Grand Wazoo. I don't know exactly it is that Spring arrives in Maine. June maybe.

Nick and Gaby excelled on the cover contest. Dandy did a good job, Chris took third, and I even had an entry from a student. Four entries! but Nick/Gaby were not to be beaten this morning.

1. Herbie Hancock played a tune, which one and whose? "Thieves in the Temple" by Prince. This is from the soundtrack of Graffiti Bridge.

2. James Moody played a tune on the flute, which one and by whom? - "The Pink Panther Theme," by Henry Mancini.

3. What tune is this guitarist playing? - "Mr. Sandman." (The guitarist is Jim Campilongo)

4. Whose tune is this "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, it Takes a Train to Cry" and who is doing it? Bob Dylan's and Taj Mahal. The first part of this question is the only part that Nick and Gaby missed.

Catamount Community Radio, Sunday mornings 10-12 (right coast) on WWCU-FM.


1. Carmen McRae – Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
2. Don Byas – Over the Rainbow
3. Oscar Peterson – Younger than Springtime
4. Tony Bennett – Last Night When We Were Young
5. Unknown – Jazz Battle
6. Yusef Lateef – Get Over, Get Off, and Get On
7. Abbey Lincoln – Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
8. Herbie Hancock – Theives in the Temple
9. Harry Connick, Jr. – If I Only had a Brain
10. Ella Fitzgerald – April in Paris
11. Charlie Parker – April in Paris
12. Aaron Goldberg – Perhaps
13. James Moody – Pink Panther Theme
14. Jane Monheit – Over the Rainbow
15. Fats Waller – Spring Cleaning
16. Funkadelic – Radio Friendly
17. Jim Campilongo – Mr. Sandman
18. Tommy Dorsey Band – How are Things in Glocca Morra?
19. Sonny Rollins – How are Things in Glocca Morra?
20. David Allyn – Down with Love
21. Ella Fitzgerald – It’s Only a Paper Moon
22. Ray Bryant – Old Devil Moon
23. Mel Tormé – Old Devil Moon
24. Taj Mahal – It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
25. Tom Waits – You Can Never Hold Back Spring


Yip Harburg

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