Archive | February, 2014


25 Feb


What do Drew Barrymore, Dexter Gordon, Dakota Fanning, George Frederic Handel, Steve Jobs, Joe Lieberman, George Harrison, Bernadette Peters, and Tommy Tune all have in common – besides the fact that none of them will be listening to my show this Saturday along with practically everyone else. 

Come on…Aren’t you even a little bit curious?

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22 Feb

Which swimsuits to take to a desert island, which books, which movies, which antiseptics — all that’s easy. But which music? Tonight was another attempt at my coming to grips with the question that tantalizes and tortures people, usually when they’ve run out of important things to think about. Some of this music I can’t do without, and some it…well, choosing is just too hard. Don’t forget: You can play this game at home, but knowing you, you’ll somehow turn it into another drinking game. I’m so proud.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD or Album Title   


  • PASS ME THE JAZZ  /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Japan”
  • HERE’S THAT RAINY DAY  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “The Kenny Rankin Album”
  • ISN’T THIS A LOVELY DAY  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Music For Torching”
  • THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River and Other Academy Award Winners”
  • THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Fifty Years – The Artistry of Tony Bennett”
  • I CAN COOK TOO  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Gypsy Rose Lee  /  “Gypsy Meets Gypsy”
  • I REMEMBER CLIFFORD  /  Keith Jarrett and The Standards Trio  /  “Still Live
  • EMBRACEABLE YOU  /  Lillie Huddleston  /  “How Long Has This Been Going On”
  • YOU’RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME  /  Delicatessen  /  “Jazz + Bossa
  • LIVING WITHOUT YOU  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Live At The Vic”
  • LIVING WITHOUT YOU  /  Luciana Souza  /  “The New Bossa Nova”
  • ON A CLEAR DAY  /  Nancy Harms  /  “In The Indigo”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /(Unreleased Master)


19 Feb


It’s been a rough winter to deal with, so let’s try a Mindfulness exercise. Imagine you’re someplace warm, someplace cozy, even small. No one but you is in this warm, cozy, even small room and you seldom leave. There are people nearby, but they don’t talk to you, don’t acknowledge your presence, even though many of them are just like you — oh wait! That’s Bernie Madoff. Crap! There’s got to be a better fantasy escape. What do you bet I come up with one by Saturday night? 

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Saturday Night   10:00 PM  

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15 Feb

For all of you who spent Valentine’s Day holding a snow shovel or a snowblower instead of the softer, warmer body of your choice, I played an hour of “Hearts And Flowers” songs, hoping to salvage that loving feeling, or at least hoping that any kind of feeling has returned to your fingers and toes by now. What a winter!

SONG TITLE  /  Artist’s Name  /  CD Or Album Title

  • AMERICAN BEAUTY ROSE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Come Swing With Me”
  • VIOLETS FOR MY FURS  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Lady In Satin”
  • SLEEP MY HEART  /  Joe Williams/George Shearing  /  “The Heart & Soul Of Joe Williams & George Shearing”
  • I LET A SONG GO OUT OF MY HEART  /  Lena Horne  /  “Give The Love Around”
  • TULIP OR TURNIP  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Live At The Vic”
  • A FLOWER IS A LOVESOME THING  /  Ella Fitzgerald/Duke Ellington  /  “Ella’s Finest Hour”
  • I LOVE THE WAY YOU’RE BREAKING MY HEART  /  Nicki Parrott  /  “The Best Of Venus Volume 1”
  • MY FOOLISH HEART  /  The Swingle Singers  /  “Mood Swings”
  • MISTY ROSES  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Sonny Bono  /  “Inner Views”
  • MISTY ROSES  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Haven’t We Met?”
  • BE CAREFUL IT’S MY HEART  /  Delicatessen  /  “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
  • 24 HOURS A DAY  /  Diana Panton  /  “Red”
  • LOLLIPOPS AND ROSES  /  Jack Jones  /  “Love Ballad”
  • A WISH  /  Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone  /  “Songs And Lullabies”
  • PARS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master) 



12 Feb


Okay I know that Saturday is the day AFTER Valentine’s Day, but surely you wouldn’t mind some songs about the myriad marvelous, memorable (and sometimes misguided) machinations of maintaining a meaningful relationship, right? What? You would? And stop calling you Shirley? Uh-oh…

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8 Feb

A musical tribute to the Winter games and, most especially, to the Olympic athletes. I watch them and I can’t believe how they do what they do. Of course, I feel the same way about our tax accountants. 

WINTER OLYMPIC SPORT  /  SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title 

  • OPENING CEREMONY  /  RUSSIAN LULLABY  /  Tony Bennett/Dizzy Gillespie  /  “Bennett/Berlin”
  • LIGHTING THE TORCH (SONG)  /  GUESS I’LL HANG MY TEARS OUT TO DRY  /  Carmen McRae  /  “Bittersweet”
  • PAIRS SKATING  /  SIDE BY SIDE  /  Ray Charles & Betty Carter  /  “Ray Charles & Betty Carter”
  • DOWNHILL RACING  /  YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Lady In Satin”
  • ICE DANCING  /  DANCING IN THE DARK  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Come Dance With Me”
  • MEDAL CEREMONY  /  YOU’RE THE TOP  /  Patricia Barber  /  “The Cole Porter Mix”
  • FREESTYLE SKIING  /  PICK YOURSELF UP  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Molly Ringwald  /  “Except Sometimes”
  • CURLING  /  I’M LIKE A NEW BROOM   /  Jonathan Schwartz  /  “Alone Together” 
  • PASSING THE TORCH (SONG)  /  CRY ME A RIVER  /  Nancy Harms  /  “In The Indigo”
  • TWO MAN BOBSLED  /  TOGETHER WHEREVER WE GO  /  The Hi-Los  /  “Broadway Playbill”
  • “I CAN SEE RUSSIA”  /  NO ONE AFTER YOU  /  Hilary Gardner (Wasilla Native)  /  “The Big City”
  • “I HAVE SEEN RUSSIA”  /  ORCHI CHORNYE  /  Sophie Milman (Russian Born)  /  “Sophie Milman”
  • SPEED SCATTING  /  S’QUA BADU BOP  /  Ori Dagan/Sophia Perlman  /  “Scat’s Got My Tongue”
  • CLOSING CEREMONY  /  NORDIC POLSKA  /  The Real Group & Rajaton  /  
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)




5 Feb


It happens every four years – and, no, I’m not getting my colonoscopy on the air!


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1 Feb

Every week I try to play some of the best marriages of words and music, singer and arranger, what’s written on the sheet music and what’s created in a singer’s mind. This week I also focussed on singers and musicians who are married in a more literal way. Whether they sing together, sing and play, sing and arrange, just about everyone I played is also husband and wife. And by including Mickey Rooney and his 8th wife, I was also able to reinforce the precept that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title  

  • THIS COULD BE THE START OF SOMETHING BIG  /  Steve Lawrence  and Eydie Gorme  /  “We Got Us”  
  • LOVE WARRIORS  /  Tuck and Patti  /  “Love Warriors”
  • SOMETHING HAPPENS TO ME  /  Stacey Kent and Jim Thomlinson  /  “The Lyric”
  • WHERE DO YOU START   /Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • ON MY WAY TO YOU  /  Tierney Sutton  /  “I’m With The Band” 
  • TALK TO ME BABY  /  Cleo Laine & John Dankworth  /  “Quintessential Cleo Laine” 
  • ROUND MIDNIGHT   /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockholm” 
  • CLOUDBURST/NOT GETTING MARRIED  /  Jessica Molasky & John Pizzarelli  /  “Make Believe” 
  • LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Mickey & Jan Rooney  /  “Let’s Put On A Show”
  • MIMOSA AND ME  /  Jackie and Roy  /  “Lovesick”
  • I HADN’T ANYONE TILL YOU  /  Veronica Nunn & Travis Shook  /  “Standard Delivery” 
  • OUT OF MY CONTINENTAL MIND  /  Lena Horne and Lennie Hayton  /  “Lena At The Sands”
  • THIS BITTER EARTH  /  Randy Crawford & Joe Sample  /  “Live”
  • IT TAKES TWO  /  Joanna Gleason/Chip Zien  /  “In The Woods”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)