Archive | September, 2014


28 Sep

I know that you depend on Turntable For One to come up with easy answers to hard questions, the questions no one is asking (probably for lack of interest). And I don’t think the show has ever failed you, at least, not on that score. So last night, I challenged the old saw, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Of course, the easy way to prove or disprove this would have been to bring an old dog into the studio and spend my hour of air time trying to teach it a new trick. However I scoff at the easy way, I eschew the conventional, and, so, instead, I played an hour of songs or singers related to the topic. The results may not have been conclusive, but they sure were swinging. 


Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title


  • THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “That San Francisco Sun”
  • WHY TRY TO CHANGE ME NOW  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Welcome To My Love”
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie  /  “Ella & Basie!”
  • 7 DAYS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE  /  Jamie Cullum   /  “Catching Tales”
  • MY FUNNY VALENTINE  /  Michelle Pfeiffer & Dave Grusin  /  “The Fabulous Baker Boys Soundtrack”
  • WHEN I TAKE MY SUGAR TO TEA  /  Wilford Brimley  /  Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio”
  • THE DOG SONG  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Get Away From Me”
  • BAD INFLUENCE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Paul Shaffer  /  “Just Passing Through”
  • MARRY THE MAN TODAY  /  Rebecca Kilgore  /  “I Like Men”      
  • ANYONE CAN WHISTLE  /  Tania Grubbs  /  “Lost In The Stars”
  • EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE  /  Lady Gaga  /  “Cheek To Cheek”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)

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24 Sep


How do you deal with change? Cope or cop out? Go with the flow or bury your head? Embrace it or put it on a bus to Dayton? Once again you can depend on Turntable For One to answer the hard questions with easy answers…and to play about a dozen great jazz vocals in the process. 


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22 Sep

It’s that time of year when millions of people have to confront their S.A.D., their Seasonal Affect Disorder. Mine is usually triggered by the realization that a new season of “Dancing With The Stars” is right around the corner. That’s one of so many things that can make me so, so sad. In honor of my unearned self-pity, this week I presented an hour of wonderful and wonderfully sad songs. Missed it? Boo-hoo for you.


SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Take Love Easy”
  • I WISH I DIDN’T LOVE YOU SO  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • MOOD INDIGO  /  Nancy Harms  /  “Dreams In Apartments”
  • I WAS A FOOL TO LET YOU GO  /  Frank Sinatra Jr.  /  “That Face”
  • BALLAD OF THE SAD YOUNG MEN  / Ryan Keberle  /  “Into The Zone”
  • SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD  /  Bill Henderson  /  “At The Vic”
  • SEND IN THE CLOWNS  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Judi Densch  /  “Hey Mr. Producer”
  • ALMOST LIKE A SONG /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • BILLY’S BLUES  /  Laura Nyro  /  “First Songs”
  • THE END OF A LOVE AFFAIR  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Lady In Satin”
  • ANGEL EYES  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Only The Lonely”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)


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17 Sep


There is so much sadness in the world today. It seems anywhere you look, everywhere you turn there’s one sad story after another. Well, you know what they say: you’re either part of the problem or part of the solution. Guess which one I’m going to be this Saturday night!


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14 Sep

Life is long and more than enough of it is filled with embarrassing situations. It seems to me the least I can do is recognize those situations and totally exploit them by creating an hour of songs about embarrassing moments. Cheating and getting caught? A double embarrassment. Forgetting your keys? That cuts a little too close to home. But worse: forgetting your lyrics. I left that embarrassment for Sinatra and Judy. What? You were expecting empathy? Do I look like Dr. Oz?

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title


  • I CANT TAKE YOU NOWHERE  /  Connie Evingson  /  “Little Did I Dream”
  • DON’T’CHA GO ‘WAY MAD  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Live At The Opera House”
  • DINNER FOR ONE PLEASE, JAMES  /  Joe Williams  /  “Ballad And Blues Master”
  • WHERE ARE MY KEYS  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Language”
  • YOUNG AT HEART  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Live At The Sands, November, 1961
  • YOU GO TO MY HEAD  /  Judy Garland  /  “Judy At Carnegie”
  • FEET DO YOUR STUFF  /  Ian Shaw  /  “A Ghost In Every Bar”
  • GUESS WHO I SAW TODAY  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Phyllis Diller  /  “Wet Toe In A Hot Socket”
  • WAITER, OH WAITER  /  Stacey Kent  /  “The Changing Lights”
  • YOU’RE TALKING TOO LOUD  /  Dave Tull  /  “I Just Want To Get Paid”
  • CHAMPAGNE  /  Kat Edmonson  /  “Way Down Low”
  • DID WE HAVE ANY FUN  /  Shepley Metcalf  /  “Something Irresistible”
  • LOOKS LIKE DECEMBER  /  Antonio Carlos Jobim  /  “Christmas For Lovers”
  • SOMETHING COOL  /  Cheryl Bentyne  /  “West Coast Cool”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  “Unreleased Master”


11 Sep


Yikes! This is embarrassing. I forgot to put up a hint for this week’s show on Wednesday. I wonder if I can think of anything else that might be embarrassing…


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7 Sep

It was “Oldies But Goodies Week” on the show this week, but I didn’t mean the songs. I meant the singers! To sing on this week’s show you needed to be 70-years-old at least; or if you weren’t 70, you had to be accompanied by (at least) a septuagenarian. By the time I’m in my 70s, I hope still to be cutting my own meat. But look what these singers produced even in the late stages of their careers.  

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title


  • ANYTHING GOES  /  Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga  /  “Cheek To Cheek”
  • WONDER WHY  /  Carmen McRae & Shirley Horn Trio  /  “Sarah – Dedicated To You”
  • LIVING WITHOUT YOU  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Live At The Vic”
  • BABY DREAM YOUR DREAM  /  Marlene VerPlank  /  “Ballads mostly…”
  • THE JUG AND I  /  Ernie Andrews  /  “The L.A. Treasures Project”  
  • ILL WIND  /  Charlie Haden With Nora Jones  /  “Sophisticated ladies”
  • YOUNG AT HEART  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  George Burns & Bobby Vinton  /  “As Time Goes By”
  • YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO  /  Freda Payne  /  “Come Back To me Love”
  • RICH INTERIOR LIFE  /  Ben Sidran  /  “Don’t Cry For No Hipster”
  • MAYBE  /  Lena Horne  /  “An Evening With Lena Horne”
  • OH YOU CRAZY MOON  /  Frank D’Rone  /  “Double Exposure”
  • ALICE IN WONDERLAND  /  Dave Brubeck & Roberta Gambarini  /  “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)


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3 Sep


What’s an “Oldie But Goodie?” To some it’s a classic song by Chuck Berry or  something by Benny or Bartok or Brahms or Beethoven or Bach. But I have a totally different answer. Tune in this Saturday night to hear what it is, along with an hour of great jazz vocals!”

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