Archive | October, 2012


29 Oct

Don’t you love Halloween traditions? Like songs about ghosts and witches and spells; and hurricanes that change the geography of the East Coast and turn off the electricity for at least a week. I prefer the tradition of killing people with a tossed handful of flour rather than with hurricanes. Let’s cancel this modern-day tradition for next year, okay?

Don’t know for certain if there will be a live show this coming Saturday. Watch this space for updates.

And while you’re here, click on Thanksgiving Show to see if you’d like to make a musical contribution to the show. 

TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD or Album Title  

  • HALLOWEEN SPOOKS  /  Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross  /  “The Hottest New Group In Jazz”
  • I DON’T STAND A GHOST OF A CHANCE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Fine And Mellow”
  • WITCHCRAFT  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • I PUT A SPELL ON YOU  /  Nina Simone  /  I Put A Spell On You”
  • DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD  /  Lillie Kae  /  “I’m Glad There Is You”
  • NOT WHILE I’M AROUND  /  Kurt Elling  /  “Flirting With Twilight”
  • GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Peggy Lee  /  “The Early Years”
  • HAUNTED HEART  /  Susannah McCorkle  /  “Hearts and Minds”
  • BEWITCHED, BOTHERED, AND BEWILDERED  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “The Concert Sinatra”
  • BEWITCHED  /  Pamela Luss  /  “Live At The Jazz Standard”
  • THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Clint Eastwood Presents: Johnny Mercer”
  • WHISTLING AWAY THE DARK   /Henry Mancini/Monica Mancini  /  “Ultimate Mancini”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)


24 Oct


Round about the caldron go;
In the poison’d entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

Is that a description of me in the kitchen whipping up my oft-disparaged béchamel sauce? Yes, but it has an entirely different meaning when it comes to the musical theme for this week’s Turntable For One.

Hey – while you’re here, click on the Thanksgiving  Show link in the right-hand corner and check out how you can be a part of this year’s special music  show. 


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21 Oct

I ain’t got nothing but the blues this week.

Check out the blog on Wednesday for a hint about next Saturday’s show.

Talk to you next week.

SONG TITLE / Artist / CD or Album Title

  • ALL BLUES / Chet Baker/Rachel Gould / ‘Round Midnight”
  • MOOD INDIGO / Frank Sinatra / “In The Wee Small Hours”
  • ST. LOUIS BLUES / Peggy Lee / “Blues Cross Country”
  • EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES / Joe Williams/Count Basie / “At The Americana Hotel”
  • EVERY OTHER DAY I HAVE THE BLUES / Dave Tull / “I Just Want To Get Paid”
  • ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT / Real Group / “Live In Stockholm”
  • BASIN STREET BLUES / (Mystery Vocalist0 / Anthony Newley / “Tony”
  • BILLIE’S BLUES / Billie Holiday / “The Essential Billie Holiday Carnegie Hall Concert”
  • BILLY’S BLUES / Laura Nyro / “The First Songs”
  • TIMES ARE GETTING TOUGHER THAN TOUGH / Jimmy Witherspoon / “Live At The Renaissance”
  • TODAY I SING THE BLUES / Melissa Stylianou / “Silent Movie”
  • THE MEANING OF THE BLUES / Carmen McRae / “Bittersweet”
  • NO MORE BLUES / Roberta Gambarini / “Easy To Love”
  • PARIS MISMATCH / (Theme Music) / Cody Owen Stine / (Unreleased Master)


16 Oct


We’re goin’ back to basics, this week on Turntable For One,

I said we’re going back to basics, this week on Turntable For One.

We’ll be crying and moaning and wailing,

’cause that’s my idea of fun!


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13 Oct

This week, as another in a series of uncalled for public services, I tried to warn you about a musical danger which is as rampant as it is clever – Anthropomorphism in the Great American Songbook. Don’t try to thank me — just doing my job. Okay, I changed my mind. Go ahead, try to thank me.

Here’s the playlist of the examples I chose.

Talk to you next week.


SONG TITLE / Artist / CD Or Album Title

  • TALK TO THE ANIMALS / Bobby Darin / “If I Were A Carpenter”
  • STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT / Carmen McRae / “Velvet Soul”
  • THREE BEARS / Mark Winkler / “Mark Winkler Sings Bobby Troup”
  • WITH A SONG IN MY HEART / Fay Claasson / “With A Song In My Heart”
  • I LET A SONG GO OUT OF MY HEART / Tony Bennett / “Jazz”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN / Judy Wexler / “Dreams And Shadows”
  • SKYLARK / (Mystery Vocalist) / The Nutty Squirrels / “Bird Watching”
  • SKYLARK / Real Group / “Unreal”
  • OLD DEVIL MOON / Frank Sinatra Jr. / “As I Remember It”
  • THEN I’LL BE TIRED OF YOU / Peggy Lee / “Riding High”
  • COTTON TAIL / Maude Hixson / (Promo CD)
  • THE DUCK / Emilie-Claire Barlow / “The Very Thought Of You”
  • BLACKBIRD / Kenny Rankin / “Silver Morning”
  • OLD MAN RIVER / Bela Karoli / “Furnished Rooms”
  • TIME YOU OLD GYPSY MAN / Julius LaRosa / “It’s A Wrap”
  • PARIS MISMATCH / Cody Owen Stine / (Unreleased Master)




11 Oct


Think your world will be safe as long as pigs can’t fly? Prepare yourself. They can do a lot more than that – this Saturday night on Turntable For One!


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6 Oct

 The only complaint I want to hear after tonight is from your neighbors because you were playing the music too loud.  

Didn’t hear the show?  Below is what you missed. 

Talk to you next week.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD or Album Title


  • BUT NOT FOR ME  /  Gladys Knight  /  “Before Me”
  • HOW COULD YOU DO A THING LIKE THAT  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Come Swing With Me”
  • RAIN JUST RAIN  /  Rigmor Gustafsson Quintet  /  “In The Light Of Day”
  • I WISH I DIDN’T LOVE YOU SO  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • KISSING BUG  /  Hetty Kate  /  “Kissing Bug”
  • YOU’RE TALKING TOO LOUD  /  Dave Tull  /  “I Just Want To Get Paid”
  • TELEPHONE SONG  /  Stan Getz & Astrud  Gilberto  /  “The Girl From Ipanema”
  • WHININ’ BOY BLUES  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Hugh Laurie  /  “Let Them Talk”
  • WHY DON’T YOU DO RIGHT  /  Delicatessen  /  “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
  • CAUGHT YOU SPREADING YOUR LOVE AROUND  /  Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet  /  “Hustlin’ For A Gig”
  • EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO ME  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Hello Love”
  • SINCE I FELL FOR YOU  /  Mark Murphy & The Metropole Orch.  /  “The Dream”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)