Archive | November, 2011


30 Nov


It can happen to chords, to horizons, to a generation, even to Paradise. But that’s only half the story. The rest will be found by listening Saturday night at 10:00 PM.

In other news, I will be sitting in for Will Duchon at The Night Cafe, Friday night at 10:00 on WMNR with an hour of jazz vocals. And this time I promise: no out-of-control Silly String and no police. Check out the show’s Facebook page for more details.


27 Nov

My thanks to the listeners who called or emailed their musical selections (and birthday greetings), plus a special shout-out to my colleagues at WMNR, Fred Velardi, Will Duchon, and Dan Lenore for their contributions to the music and the fun of this week’s show. And to my other colleagues at the station: yes, I know what a restraining order is, ok?

SONG TITLE / Artist / album or CD title

  • I SHOULD CARE / Diahann Carroll/Andre Previn / “The Magic of Diahann Carroll”
  • LIFE IS JUST A BOWL OF CHERRIES / The Hi-Los / “Back Again”
  • COPLAND CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA / Aaron Copland/Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic / “Music For The Theater”
  • MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME / Delicatessen / “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
  • THE SUSSEX MUMMERS CHRISTMAS CAROL / Martin Jones / “The Sussex Mummers Christmas Carol”
  • LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE / Lillie Huddleston / “How Long Has This Been Going On?”
  • THEY SAY IT’S SPRING / Blossom Dearie / “Blossom Dearie”
  • WHEN DO THE BELLS RINGS FOR ME / Tony Bennett/Mariah Carey / “Duets II”
  • HALLELUJAH / k. d. lang / “Hymns of the 49th Parallel”
  • THE SONG IS YOU / Bill Henderson / “Live At The Vic”
  • MY ONE AND ONLY LOVE / Kristin Berardi / “Kristin Berardi Meets The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra”
  • PARIS MISMATCH / (theme) / Cody Owen Stine / (Unreleased Recording)


23 Nov

How’s this for a hint?  The theme is “Music We’re Thankful For.” I announced that weeks ago, so you don’t have to guess this week. Aren’t you thankful for that already?  

Tune in to hear my choices, plus music other broadcasters at the station and listeners are thankful for, too.

Turntable For One.  Saturday night at 10:00.  Live radio on WMNR and


20 Nov

As a public service, this week’s show focussed a penetrating light on a serious, while completely fabricated problem: the number of songs about the Distracted, the Deluded, or the Distraught. And I categorically deny those rumors that the program was funded by an underwriting grant from the manufacturer of Ritalin.  

Next Saturday, the annual Thanksgiving show. Talk to you next week. 

SONG TITLE  /  Aritist  /  CD or Album Title

  • IT’S ALWAYS YOU  /  Janis Mann  /  “Blow Away”
  • THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU  /  Sachal Vasandani  /  “Hi-Fly”
  • DAY DREAMIN  /  Doris Day/Andre Previn  /  “Duet”
  • WHERE OR WHEN  /  Frank Sinatra/Count Basie  /  “Sinatra At The Sands”
  • ALL I DO IS DREAM OF YOU  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow  /  “Haven’t We Met?”
  • FORGET THE WOMAN  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Excellence”
  • DEEP PURPLE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Twelve Nights In Hollywood”
  • GLOOMY SUNDAY  /  [mystery vocalist]  /  Rick Nelson  /  “Greatest Love Songs”
  • I’LL BE SEEING YOU  /  Freddie Cole  /  “To The Ends of the Earth”
  • I DREAM TOO MUCH  /  Norma Winstone  /  “Well Kept Secret”
  • I SEE YOUR FACE BEFORE ME  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • YOU ARE THERE  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “Best of Love Songs”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  [theme music]  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)


16 Nov

We all know the three B’s — Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered. Well, this week I’m playing songs of the three D’s.

To make it easier, the following are all incorrect guesses: Diastolic, Distemper, Diaspora, Diminutive, Dissolute, Decadent, Diaphanous, Dips.

Hope that helps. Keep at it. You’ve got till Saturday night at 10:00 to figure it out.

By the way…I’ll be sitting in for Will Duchon this Friday night at 10:00 on Will’s show, “The Night Cafe.” Same great music, new questionable guest host.  Check out the show’s Facebook page:

Live radio on WMNR-FM and


13 Nov

This week’s show was designed to help you hone your skills should you ever be asked to serve in the court of public opinion.

BTW: Have you ever seen embedded video ads in my blog posts? Totally the blog host’s fault, but I’ve taken care of it. Have you ever seen shimmering images of Francis the Talking Mule in my blog posts? Totally not my fault. You need to adjust your dosage. Talk to you next week.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD or album title

  • MEAN TO ME  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan”
  • KISS AND RUN  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “I Just Dropped By To Say Hello”
  • CAN’T TAKE YOU NOWHERE  /  Connie Evingson  /  “Little Did I Know”
  • BODY AND SOUL  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • BABY WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME  /  Nat Cole  /  “Big Band Cole”
  • DON’T THINK TWICE  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow  /  “The Beat Goes On”
  • YOU’VE CHANGED  /  [mystery vocalist]  /  George Michaels  /  “Songs From The Last Century”
  • MELANCHOLY BABY  /  Delicatessen  /  “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
  • PICKIN’ UP AFTER YOU  /  Tom Waits/Crystal Gayle  /  “One From The Heart (Soundtrack)”
  • I GO FOR THAT  /  Irwell Street String Band  /  “11:60 PM”   
  • MAKING WHOOPEE  /  Dr. John/Rickie Lee Jones  /  “In A Sentimental Mood”
  • I GOT IT BAD AND THAT AIN’T GOOD  /  Lisa Hearns  /  “I Got It Bad & That Ain’t Good”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (theme)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)


9 Nov


What do these couples have in common? Othello and Desdemona, Hedda and Jergen, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Liz Taylor and Eddie Fisher, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Brown, J-Lo and Marc? And is it really possible to come up with a new and exciting musical game about this stuff that you can play at home? Tune in Saturday night at 10:00 to find out.


6 Nov

It’s been a rough week, and even I thought an hour of optimism was in order.  Maybe that was the hour we gained with “Fall Behind.” And so, does that mean now it’s back to business as usual?  Tune in next week to find out.

Here’s last night’s music list.

(SONG  / Artist  /  album or CD title)

  • I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW  /  Holly Cole Trio  /  “Don’t Smoke In Bed” 
  • ON A CLEAR DAY  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Live In Concert” 
  • ON A WONDERFUL DAY LIKE TODAY  /  Veronica Nunn  /  “American Lullaby” 
  • PENNIES FROM HEAVEN  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra – Vegas” 
  • MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Make Someone Happy” 
  • IT’S DELOVELY  /  Julian Yeo  /  “You and the Night” 
  • TEA FOR TWO  /  [mystery vocalist]  /  Drew Barrymore  /  “Grey Gardens Soundtrack”
  • TEA FOR TWO  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Once Upon A Summertime”
  • I’M FLYING  /  Connie Evingson  /  “I Have Dreamed”
  • NEVER NEVER LAND  /  Carol Sloane  /  “Live at 30th Street” 
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Best of Tony Bennett”
  • WHO WILL BUY?  /  Andrea Wolper  /  “Parallel Lives” 
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  [theme music]  /  (Unreleased Master)


1 Nov


Saturday’s live show will take a lesson and its theme from a boy who is more often than not a girl.

But before you assume the obvious, just how many transgender songs can you think of to fill an hour? Me, too. So that’s clearly not the answer.

More important, perhaps, is the fact that the above hint will only apply to this Saturday’s live show IF there is a live show. Last week’s snow storm knocked out most of WMNR’s Eastern Shore transmitters and its internet streaming. Oh, and more than half of the state of Connecticut, too. So it’s possible the station won’t be all the way back by Saturday; possible, too, that nearly no one will be listening.

How is that different from every other week?

Hope I beat you to that joke…

As long as you’re here, why not click on “Thanksgiving Show” (in the upper right-hand corner) and help me put together the November 26th, “Music To Be Thankful” show?

Talk to you this Saturday, I hope.