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PLAYLIST FOR “I’M IN THE MOOD FOR THE SUBJUNCTIVE” (3.30.19)

30 Mar

In an effort to save an endangered and near extinct treasure – good grammar, I renewed my effort to MGGA – Make Grammar Great Again – and offered a remedial lesson in the subjunctive, that form of grammar that expresses wishes and desires for things we don’t have. Of course, I had a lot of help from some wonderful adjunct songwriters and singers. Wish you’d never heard of the subjunctive mood? Hey, maybe you understand this stuff better than you think.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • I WISH I WERE IN LOVE AGAIN  /  Gillian Margot  /  “Black Butterfly”
  • IF DREAMS COME TRUE  /  Joe Williams  /  “Prez & Joe”
  • IF I WERE A BELL  /  Stacey Kent  /  “Dreamer In Concert”
  • IF YOU WERE A SONG  /  Billy Brandt  /  “The Ballad Of Larry’s Neighbor”
  • IF THE STARS WERE MINE  /  Melody Gardot  /  “My One And Only Thrill”
  • I WISH I KNEW  /  Jimmy Scott  /  “The Source”
  • IF JAMES TAYLOR WERE ON FIRE  /  Paul And Storm  /  “Gumbo Pants”
  • IF I WERE A BOY  /  Reba McEntire  /  “All The Woman I Am”
  • IF I WERE A CARPENTER  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Leonard Nimoy  /  “Spaced Out – The Best Of Leonard Nimoy”
  • I WISH I KNEW (HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE)  /  Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orch.  /  “The Capitol Studio Sessions”
  • IF I LOVED YOU  /  Nancy LaMott  /  “What’s Good About Goodbye”
  • IF YOU WERE MINE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “I Wanna Be Around”
  • IF I HAD YOU  /  Nnenna Freelon  /  Nnenna Freelon Live”
  • IS YOU IS OR IS YOU AIN’T  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Alone Together”
  • IF JAMES TAYLOR WERE ON FIRE AT THE BOTTOM OF A WELL  /  Paul & Storm  /  “Gumbo Pants”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN  /  John Doakes  /  “Forever Reasons”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A HEART  /  Michelle Lordi  /  “Drive”
  • IF LOVE WERE ALL  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Alan Cumming  /  “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs”
  • IF I WERE YOU  /  Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson  /  “The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia”
  • I WISH I DIDN’T LOVE YOU SO  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • IF YOU LOVE ME  /  Shirley Horn  /  “Here’s To Life”
  • THAT’S MY DESIRE  /  Ray Stevens  /  “Grover’s Hat Project”
  • IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW  /  Chet Baker, Philip Catherine  /  “Late Night Jazz”
  • IF YOU WERE THE ONLY BOY  /  Bernadette Peters  /  “Sondheim, Etc., Etc.”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

Did you miss this week’s show? If you were paying more attention, that wouldn’t happen. (Example of Subjunctive Mood) Click here and click on my name in the drop-down menu to listen to an archived version.

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PLAYLIST FOR “HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF MISERABLE” (10.22.16) AN ARCHIVE SHOW (A FANCY WAY OF SAYING A REPEAT)

25 Oct

You can’t watch TV or read a magazine without one or a gaggle of experts giving you advice about how to be your best self, or how to be happy. Has it worked for you? No, because you haven’t set the bar low enough. I’ve got some expert advice you can use!

  • WELCOME TO THE CLUB  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Big Band Cole”
  • FOOLIN’ MYSELF  /  Shirley Horn  /  “You Won’t Forget Me”
  • I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Professional Dreamer”
  • I’M THE CARING KIND  /  Susie Arioli  /  “Spring”
  • THE ONE I LOVE BELONGS TO SOMEBODY ELSE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “I Remember Tommy”
  • NOBODY KNOWS THAT  /  Kat Edmondson  /  “Way Down Low”
  • ARE YOU THERE WITH ANOTHER BOY?  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • RUNNIN’ WILD  /  Avalon Jazz Band
  • RULES OF THE ROAD  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  George Maharis  /  “New Route: George Maharis”
  • DETOUR AHEAD  /  Sophie Milman  /  “In the Moonlight”
  • DOWN  /  Ian Shaw  /  “A Ghost In Every Bar”
  • A LOT TO REMEMBER  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Ages”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN  /  Harry Connick Jr.  /  “20”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A HEART  /  Susannah McCorkle  /  “Most requested Songs”
  • DAYS LIKE THIS  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Days Like This”
  • EVERYBODY HAS THE BLUES  /  Tony Bennett & Ray Charles  /  “The Art Of Excellence”
  • YOU ARE THERE  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Winchester In Apple Blossom Time”
  • BUT NOT FOR ME  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Natalie Merchant  /  “Retrospective”
  • I KEEP GOING BACK TO JOE’S  /  Curtis Stigers  /  “Baby Plays Around”
  • DRINKING AGAIN  /  Dinah Washington  /  “Dinah ‘62”
  • WHEN I GET LOW I GET HIGH  /  The Hot Sardines & Alan Cumming  /  “French Fries + Champagne”
  • I’M A FOOL TO WANT YOU  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Lady In Satin”
  • I’M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS  /  Sammy Davis  /  “Here’s Sammy Davis”
  • HAUNTED HEART  /  Jane Monheit  /  “Live At The Rainbow Room”
  • ORDINARY FOOL  /  Paul Williams  /  “Ordinary Fool”
  • I LIKE THE SUNRISE  /  Sutton Foster  /  “An Evening With Sutton Foster”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF MISERABLE” (6.11.16)

11 Jun

You can’t watch TV or read a magazine without one or a gaggle of experts giving you advice about how to be your best self, or how to be happy. Has it worked for you? No, because you haven’t set the bar low enough. I’ve got some expert advice you can use!

 

  • WELCOME TO THE CLUB  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Big Band Cole”
  • FOOLIN’ MYSELF  /  Shirley Horn  /  “You Won’t Forget Me”
  • I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Professional Dreamer”
  • I’M THE CARING KIND  /  Susie Arioli  /  “Spring”
  • THE ONE I LOVE BELONGS TO SOMEBODY ELSE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “I Remember Tommy”
  • NOBODY KNOWS THAT  /  Kat Edmondson  /  “Way Down Low”
  • ARE YOU THERE WITH ANOTHER BOY?  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • RUNNIN’ WILD  /  Avalon Jazz Band
  • RULES OF THE ROAD  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  George Maharis  /  “New Route: George Maharis”
  • DETOUR AHEAD  /  Sophie Milman  /  “In the Moonlight”
  • DOWN  /  Ian Shaw  /  “A Ghost In Every Bar”
  • A LOT TO REMEMBER  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Ages”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN  /  Harry Connick Jr.  /  “20”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A HEART  /  Susannah McCorkle  /  “Most requested Songs”
  • DAYS LIKE THIS  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Days Like This”
  • EVERYBODY HAS THE BLUES  /  Tony Bennett & Ray Charles  /  “The Art Of Excellence”
  • YOU ARE THERE  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Winchester In Apple Blossom Time”
  • BUT NOT FOR ME  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Natalie Merchant  /  “Retrospective”
  • I KEEP GOING BACK TO JOE’S  /  Curtis Stigers  /  “Baby Plays Around”
  • DRINKING AGAIN  /  Dinah Washington  /  “Dinah ‘62”
  • WHEN I GET LOW I GET HIGH  /  The Hot Sardines & Alan Cumming  /  “French Fries + Champagne”
  • I’M A FOOL TO WANT YOU  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Lady In Satin”
  • I’M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS  /  Sammy Davis  /  “Here’s Sammy Davis”
  • HAUNTED HEART  /  Jane Monheit  /  “Live At The Rainbow Room”
  • ORDINARY FOOL  /  Paul Williams  /  “Ordinary Fool”
  • I LIKE THE SUNRISE  /  Sutton Foster  /  “An Evening With Sutton Foster”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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