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Catamount Community Radio - January 24, 2016

Jonas rolled through ... You know a storm is big when it has a name. I only had to work one day last week (Wed.), but I worked every day, at least a tad. Heavy, wet snow is what we get down south. Then it gets cold and crusty, then it melts, then there is black ice ("black ahhs") on the road. What I forget/ forgot is that when there is plenty moonlight, the whiteness reflects it, creating a magic ambience.

I mentioned that only the "cognoscenti" know Herbie Nichols. It is correctly pronouncedˌ"känyəˈSHentē, ˌkäɡnəˈSHentē," but I pronounced it all wrong. Don't give a shit. I'm sure the Englishmen who were responsible for the fossilization of the pronunciation were ignorant of how the Romans would have pronounced the word, so I poop in their milk. I said "kōgna-sentī." But check out Herbie Nichols.

Like Nick Lowe, I read a lot... and not just magazines, but other more serious things. Not really, but if it's Christmas vacation I do. I am reading now though, Woody Guthrie's Bound for Glory. Most excellent.

One of Benny Goodman's most famous tunes is "King Porter Stomp." Goodman's band played the Fletcher Henderson arrangement of the tune. We listened to the Henderson band's recording, and then to the tune's composer, Jelly Roll Morton, play it, complete with commentary. Library of Congress recording, 1938, with Alan Lomax.

We listened to a couple golden oldies from Bowie, "Golden Years," and "Young Americans." We also listened to "Lazarus," from Bowie's new album.

Look up here, I'm in heaven
I've got scars that can't be seen
I've got drama, can't be stolen
Everybody knows me now

[...]

Oh, I'll be free
Just like that bluebird
Oh, I'll be free
Ain't that just like me?

Makes me think of that Charles Bukowski poem:

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
you.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he’s
in there.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?

there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he’s singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do
you?

All this and more. Catamount Community Radio on WWCU</a>, Sunday mornings, 10-12.

1. Duke Ellington – Lament for a Lost Love
2. James P. Johnson – Birmingham Blues
3. Wendow Kolosky – Soki Oyoki Victoria
4. Jimmie Rodgers – Peach Pickin’ Time in Georgia
5. 3 Choens w/ Christian McBride – Just Squeeze Me
6. The Cactus Blossoms – Traveler’s Paradise
7. Herbie Nichols – The Spinning Song
8. Tipsy – Tuatara (fragment)
9. Nick Lowe – I Read a Lot
10. David Bowie – Golden Years
11. Ben Webster – Chelsea Bridge
12. Fletcher Henderson – King Porter Stomp
13. Jelly Roll Morton – King Porter Stomp
14. Horace Andy – Skylarking
15. Moondog – Why Spend the Dark Night with You?
16. Kahil El Zabar – All Blues
17. James Brown – Out of Sight
18. Wynton Marsalis – Big Butter and Egg Man
19. Sketch Show – Turn Down Day
20. Nappy Brown – Skidy Woe
21. Joni Mitchell & Herbie Hancock – Tea Leaf Prophecy
22. Charlie Parker – Confirmation
23. David Bowie – Young Americans
24. David Bowie – Lazarus
25. Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information
26. Roy Hargrove – I’m Not so Sure
27. Tony Schwartz – I Got Contagious
28. The Mighty Sons – Stand by Me

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