3 Feb

I’ve tried for months to do this theme, but something horrible would happen – in a mall, or a night club, or, dear God, another school. So, of course, out of decency I deferred. Besides, after a tragedy, that time is always reserved for politicians to offer their “thoughts and prayers” in lieu of doing anything. I thought I was safe this week, maybe because it was the night before the Super Bowl, or the night before Groundhog Day, or maybe because America really needs a hug this week, I offered some songs about thoughts and prayers. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • SERMONETTE. /. Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross  /  “The Hottest New Group In Jazz”
  • THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU   /. Catherine Russell  /  “Harlem On My Mind”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN   /. Paul Jost  /  “Simple Life”
  • I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU   /. Aretha Franklin & Royal Philharmonic Orch.  /  “A Brand New Me”
  • HOUSE OF GOLD   /. Kenny Rankin  /  “The Kenny Rankin Album”
  • DON’T THINK TWICE   /  Janet Planet  /  “Janet Planet Sings The Bob Dylan Songbook”
  • I’LL ONLY MISS HER WHEN I THINK OF HER   /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Star”
  • RAINBOW CONNECTION   /  Bobby Scott  /  “Slowly”
  • SACK FULL OF DREAMS   /. Virginia Schenk  /  “Battle Cry”
  • PENSATIVA   /  Charles Lloyd  /  “Autumn In New York”
  • IF HE CHANGED MY NAME   /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina At The Village Gate”
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD  /  Tony Bennett & k.d. lang  /  “A Wonderful World”
  • THIS BITTER EARTH   /  Imelda May, Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orch.  /  “The Capitol Sessions”
  • I THOUGHT OF YOU LAST NIGHT   /  Morgana King  /  “Wild Is Love”
  • LOSING MY MIND   /  Donna Murphy  /  “Wall To Wall Sondheim”
  • I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU   /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Joey DeFrancesco  /  “Singin’ & Swingin’”
  • PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE   /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Save Your Love For Me”
  • PRAYER   /  Miles Davis  /  “Porgy & Bess”
  • BROWN BABY   /  Amber Weeks  /  “Pure Imagination”
  • I LIKE THE SUNRISE   /  Frank Sinatra & Duke Ellington  /  “Francis A. & Edward K.”
  • LOST IN THE STARS   /  Nnenna Feelon  /  “Listen”
  • BROTHER WHERE ARE YOU   /  Oscar Brown Jr.  /  “Mr. Oscar Brown Jr. Goes To Washington”
  • PARIS MISMATCH   /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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