Archive | May, 2015

PLAYLIST FOR “REQUESTS & DEDICATION WEEK” (5.30.15) #jazz #jazzradio #jazzvocalists

31 May

I opened up the phone lines, got dozens of calls and requests, and was able to play 15 in the hour. My thanks to everyone who called; my apologies to those who couldn’t get through and to those who got through but I ran out of time to play their requested song. We’ll have to try this again sometime. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • YOU’RE A SWEETHEART  /  Lee Wiley  /  “West Of The Moon”
  • SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT  /  Terri Thornton  /  “Terri Thornton Sings Somewhere In The Night”
  • I’LL BE SEEING YOU  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Point Of No Return”
  • MEMORY  /  Betty Buckley  /  Cats Original Cast Production
  • LONG ABOUT NOW  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Softly”
  • SATIN DOLL  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Yesterday’s Love Songs, Today’s Blues”
  • ROCKIN’ CHAIR  /  Hoagy Carmichael  /  “Hoagy Sings Carmichael”
  • THEY SAY IT’S SPRING  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Verve Masters #51”
  • MRS. BROWN YOU’VE GOT A LOVELY DAUGHTER  /  Nellie McKay  /  “My Weekly Reader”
  • COCKTAILS FOR TWO  /  Spike Jones  /  “Laughing Out Loud”
  • I LOVE TO LOVE  /  Nina Simone  /  “Forbidden Fruit”
  • WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW  /  June Christy  /  “June’s Got Rhythm”
  • BABY WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME  /  Ricky Nelson  /  “You Can’t Please Everybody”
  • SMILE  /  Madeleine Peyroux  /  “Half The Perfect World” 
  • MOVIN’ OUT  /  Billy Joel  /  “The Essential Billy Joel”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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A FEW WORDS ABOUT THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL SHOW (5.30.15) #jazz #jazzradio #jazzvocalists #requestradio

27 May

You know how I struggle every week to come up with an interesting theme and then painstakingly pick perfect songs to fit that theme? Stop laughing! It could happen – but not this week. This week I’m opening up the phone lines and taking requests live on the air. Got a song or a performer you want to hear? Call me Saturday night and if I can find it and if I have time, I’ll play it right then and there. Or email your requests and dedications to me at I hope you’ll be listening Saturday night – because why should the NSA be the only ones listening to me?

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PLAYLIST FOR “MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE SUBJUNCTIVE MOOD” (5.23.15) #jazz #jazzradio #jazzsingers

24 May

In my obsessive effort to defend correct grammar, I focussed this week on my favorite verb mood, the subjunctive mood; my favorite because it often expresses wishes – even though they’re wishes which haven’t or can’t come true. It’s all a part of my “No listener left behind” effort. Don’t try to thank me. Just doing my job. (Ok, you can try to thank me.)

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • IF THE STARS WERE MINE  /  Melody Gardot  /  “My One & Only Thrill”
  • I WISH I WERE IN LOVE AGAIN  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “A Swingin’ Affair”
  • IF I HAD YOU  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “The Complete Roulette Sarah Vaughan Studio Sessions”
  • IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW  /  Chet Baker  /  “You Can’t Go Home Again”
  • IF I NEEDED YOU  /  Kellye Gray  /  “And They Call Us Cowboys”
  • IF YOU WERE A SONG  /  Billy Brandt  /  “The Ballad Of Larry’s Neighbor”
  • IF LOVE WERE ALL  /  Judy Garland  /  “Judy At Carnegie”
  • AND THE MOON GREW BRIGHTER & BRIGHTER  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Kirk Douglas  /  “Hollywood Actors Sing”
  • I WISH I KNEW  /  Marlene VerPlanck  /  “Ballads…Mostly”
  • IF YOU WERE THE ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD)  /  Dean Martin  /  “Dream With Dean”
  • IF YOU NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH ME  /  Kate Davis  /  “Live At Jimmy Mak’s”
  • I WISH I DIDN’T LOVE YOU SO  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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20 May


During past seasons I’ve presented musical tributes to the Prepositional Phrase, the Conditional Tense, and the Subordinate Clause, all in my effort to leave no audience behind. You might ask, Did these programs raise the literacy bar or did they just send more people to The Literacy Bar, which is probably a bar somewhere in San Diego? You might also ask, Isn’t it, in fact, impossible to have a “race to the top” when you’re trying to “level the playing field?” (B.T.W., if you’re so full of questions and queries, maybe you should think about getting your own blog and stop interrupting mine.) Am I ready to give up, to admit final defeat to all the forces dealing daily death blows to correct grammar? Uh, maybe not!

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PLAYLIST FOR “BE KIND TO ANIMALS WEEK” (5.16.15) #jazz #jazzvocals #jazzradio

16 May

This week I paid tribute to “Be Kind To Animals Week.” Be assured that no animals were harmed during the broadcast of this show…don’t know if I can make the same claim about audience members. 


SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • SWINGING ON A STAR  /  Mark Murphy  /  “Ultra Lounge: Nursery Rhymes”
  • SKYLARK  /  Linda Ronstadt  /  “Lush Life”
  • TEDDY BEARS PICNIC  /  Bing Crosby  /  “Musical Moments To Remember”
  • THE EAGLE AND ME  /  Shirley Horn  /  “I Thought About You: Live At Vine Street”
  • BOA CONSTRICTOR  /  Shel Silverstein  /  “Essential Folk Masters”
  • STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT  /  Ed Reed  /  “I’m A Shy Guy”
  • THE SPIDER AND THE FLY  /  Maud Hixson  /  “Don’t Let A Good Thing Get Away”                
  • SIMON SMITH AND THE AMAZING DANCING BEAR  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • KILLER JOE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Singing Dogs
  • KILLED A CAT  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Silver Morning”
  • CAT BACK BLUES  /  Kathi Walkup  /  “The Secret of The Song”
  • THE BARE NECESSITIES  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • THE DUCK  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow  /  “The Very Thought Of You”                                
  • BEIN’ GREEN  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra & Company”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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13 May


This week I’ll be playing an hour of songs to celebrate a very special annual event which not only recognizes mankind’s BF, but our FFFs and our FLFs as well. Are you ready for B.K.T.A.W. on Turntable For One?

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11 May

Because Sunday was Mother’s Day, only mothers got to sing this week, though a few brought along their kids. And I couldn’t resist a very personal dedication. 


SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title 

  • OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY  /  Shirley Horn  /  “I Thought About You: Live At Vine Street”  
  • ALWAYS  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  The Irving Berlin Songbook”   
  • HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN  /  Barbra Streisand and Jason Gould  /  “Back To Brooklyn” 
  • I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU  /  Sandy Stewart & Bill Charlap  /  “Something To Remember” 
  • YOU’VE CHANGED  /  Renee Fleming & Fred Hersch  /  “Haunted Heart”
  • ALMOST BLUE  /  Gwen Stefani  /  “Stormy Weather”
  • YOU’RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME  /  Diana Krall  /  “Love Scenes”
  • MY PERSONAL POSSESSION  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Maria Cole  /  “Maria Cole” 
  • THOU SWELL  /  Natalie Cole  /  “Unforgettable”
  • NEVER WILL I MARRY  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Nancy Wilson & The Cannonball Adderley Quintet”
  • BROWN BABY  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At The Village Gate” 
  • BE A CHILD  /  Cleo Laine & Dudley Moore  /  “Smilin’ Through” 
  • I AM YOUR CHILD  /  Barry Manilow  /  “Barry Manilow 1”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  

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8 May


This week’s show is an archive presentation. I might play Nancy Wilson but I won’t play Nancy LaMott.  I might play Ella Fitzgerald, but I won’t play Sarah Vaughan. I might play Nina Simone, but I definitely won’t play Billie Holiday. Find out why this Saturday night!

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PLAYLIST FOR “NEW BEGINNINGS” (5.2.15) #jazz #jazzradio #jazzsingers

2 May

What does New Beginnings mean to you? All this week on WMNR Fine Arts Radio, broadcasters will be answering that question musically. Here are my answers with a lot of help from some wonderful singers. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title


  • THIS COULD BE THE START OF SOMETHING BIG  /  Lilly Thornton  /  “Invitation” 
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Tony Makes It Happen”
  • LET’S BEGIN  /  Jackie & Roy  /  “The Complete Jerome Kern Songbooks”   
  • I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT  /  Al Jarreau  /  “Accentuate The Positive” 
  • BY MYSELF  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “The Great American Songbook”  
  • I JUST WANT ALL OF MY STUFF  /  Chaise Lounge /  “Dot-Dot-Dot”  
  •  HAVEN’T WE MET  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Bottom Line Archive Series”
  • EIGHT, NINE, AND TEN  /  Hetty Kate & Gordon Webster  /  “Gordon Webster Meets Hetty Kate”
  • NEW SUN IN THE SKY  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Jonathan Schwartz  /  “Jonathan Schwartz Sings Arthur Schwartz”
  • HERE I GO AGAIN  /  Marlene Ver Planck  /  “I Like To Sing”  
  • THE BEST IS YET TO COME  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “It Might As Well Be Swing” 
  • DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD  /  Lillie Kae  /  “I’m Glad There Is You”  
  • HURRY, IT’S LOVELY UP HERE  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • I LIKE THE SUNRISE  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington  /  “Ella At Duke’s Place”  
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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