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PLAYLIST FOR “STRESS RELIEVERS” – AN ARCHIVE RE-BROADCAST (10.20.18)

21 Oct

Stress – you can’t live with it and you can’t live without it. But you can minimize it and since I always try to minimize everything, I’m the perfect person to turn to for suggestions. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • SLAP THAT BASS  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Geo. & Ira Gershwin Songbook”
  • RELAX  /  Cormac Kenevey  /  “The Art Of Dreaming”
  • HAPPY FEET  /  Roberta Donnay  /  “Bathtub Gin”
  • WITHOUT A SONG  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Vegas”
  • A DOODLIN’ SONG  /  Duchess  /  “Duchess”
  • GROOVIN’  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “The Kenny Rankin Album”
  • LAZY AFTERNOON  /  Shirley Horn  /  “A Lazy Afternoon”
  • TAKE A LITTLE TIME TO SMILE  /  Freddy Cole  /  “Merry Go Round”
  • LET’S GET LOADED  /  Carey West  /  “Made Of Clay”
  • SMILE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Steven Tyler  /  “To Love Again”
  • DO IT AGAIN  /  Delicatessen  /  “Jazz + Bossa”
  • DANCING CHEEK TO CHEEK  /  Annie Sellick & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “No Greater Thrill”
  • ALL OF ME  /  Dick Hyman & Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra  /  “Handful Of Keys”
  • THE DOG SONG  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Get Away From Me”
  • NEW YORK ON SUNDAY  /  Bobby Darin  /  “Hello Dolly To Goodbye Charlie”
  • SUNDAY AFTERNOON  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Winchester In Apple Blossom Time”
  • HUNGRY MAN  /  Mark Winkler  /  “West Coast Cool”
  • CALL ME  /  Astrud Gilberto  /  “A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness”
  • TIME TO SMILE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • BEFORE YOU KNOW IT  /  Mary Stallings  /  “Dream”
  • NEVER NEVER LAND  /  Jeff Hall  /  “Life, collected”
  • DREAM  /  Joanie Sommers  /  “Dream”
  • YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING  /  Allan Harris & Takana Myamoto  /  “Convergence”
  • I SEE BEAUTY  /  Johanna Silanpaa  /  “From This Side”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “THE TRUTH ABOUT MEN” (10.6.18)

7 Oct

Since we learned this week – much to my surprise – that it’s a scary time for men and that men are the true victims here, I had to do something to support all these poor unfortunate men, victims of an unfair society that never gives them any power nor respect. But what could I do being just a simple and largely ignored radio host? How about a testosterone-filled evening of man-splaining, man-rationalizing, and man-boasting songs, plus beer, of course, with an occasional view from a woman’s perspective? Here’s hoping for a better world…what are the chances?

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • I LIKE TO LEAD WHEN I DANCE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra ‘65”
  • HERE’S TO THE LOSERS  /  Laura Dickinson  /  “One For My Baby”
  • DO NOTHIN’ TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME  /  Mark Murphy  /  “Once To Every Heart”
  • A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND  /  Amy Cervini  /  “No One Ever Tells You”
  • THE LADY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Tony Makes It Happen”
  • I’M ALWAYS WAITING ON YOU  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “DotDotDot”
  • WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Wolfman Jack  /  “In The Midnight Hour”
  • WHEN A WOMAN LOVES A MAN  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook”
  • BLUES IN THE NIGHT  /  Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson  /  “Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson”
  • GIMME A PIG FOOT AND A BOTTLE OF BEER  /  Cleo Laine  /  “Quintessential Cleo”
  • I LIKE BEER  /  Tom T. Hall  /  “Greatest Hits Vol. 2”
  • COME BLOW YOUR HORN  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Softly As I Leave You”
  • IF I RULED THE WORLD  /  Dionne Warwick  /  “Very Dionne”
  • I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER  /  Marc Pompe  /  “Monk’s Dream”
  • I DON’T MIND A BIT  /  Heather Bambrick  /  “You’ll Never Know”
  • I DON’T WANT MUCH  /  Mose Allison  /  “American Legend: Live In California”
  • IT’S A MAN  /  Duchess  /  “Duchess”
  • WHEN I’M NOT NEAR THE GIRL I LOVE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Liberace  /  “I Play Piano & Sing”
  • IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S WORLD  /  Morgan James  /  “Learn To Floss In 3 Easy Steps”
  • A WOMAN IS A SOMETIME THING  /  Sammy Davis Jr.  /  “Porgy & Bess”
  • BIG DISCOUNT  /  Karrin Allyson  /  “Some Of That Sunshine”
  • I WANT A LITTLE GIRL  /  Nat Cole  /  “Big Band Cole”
  • A MAN AIN’T SUPPOSED TO CRY  /  John Doakes  /  “Forever Reasons”
  • PEOPLE TIME  /  Stan Getz  /  “Yours And Mine”
  • FRAGILE  /  Sting  /  “…Nothing Like The Sun”
  • WE’RE ALL IN THE DANCE  /  Rachel Caswell  /  “We’re All In The Dance”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “LADIES NIGHT AT TURNTABLE FOR ONE” (9.15.18)

15 Sep

All kinds of songs featuring lady in the title or lyrics and wonderful ladies singing them – although, since this is America, women sang only 77% of the songs. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • OH, LADY BE GOOD  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella At The Opera House”
  • THE LADY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Tony Makes It Happen”
  • THE LADY WANTS TO KNOW  /  Laura Fygi  /  “The Lady Wants To Know”
  • WILD WOMEN DON’T HAVE THE BLUES  /  Cecile McLoren Salvant  /  “Dreams And Daggers”
  • FOR MY LADY  /  The Real Group w/ Toots Thielemans  /  “One For All”
  • THE GAL FROM JOE’S  /  Simone  /  “Simone On Simone”
  • LITTLE GIRL BLUE  /  Nina Simone  /  “Mood Indigo”
  • LADY IN RED  /  The Hi-Lo’s  /  “And All That Jazz”
  • FOOLIN’ MYSELF  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Audra McDonald  /  “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill”
  • LADY SINGS THE BLUES  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Lady Sings The Blues”
  • GIRLS WERE MADE TO TAKE CARE OF BOYS  /  Billie Holiday  /  “The Complete Commodore/Decca Masters”
  • SHOW ME  /  Wesla Whitfield  /  “Beautiful Love”
  • I HOLD YOUR HAND IN MINE  /  Tom Lehrer  /  “The Old Dope Peddler”
  • THE LADY IS A TRAMP  /  Patti Page  /  “In The Land Of HiFi”
  • HE’S A TRAMP  /  Dianne Reeves  /  “Everybody Wants To Ba A Cat”
  • BIG DISCOUNT  /  Karrin Allyson  /  “Some Of That Sunshine”
  • LUCK BE A LADY  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Standing Room Only”
  • LAY LADY LAY  /  The Brothers And Sisters  /  “Dylan’s Gospel”
  • LADY CHATTERLEY’S MOTHER  /  Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Orchestra  /  “At The Village Vanguard”
  • LADY BIRD  /  Cassia DeMayo  /  “Heart, We Will Forget Him”
  • SOPHISTICATED LADY  /  Alison Fraser  /  “Tennessee Williams” Words & Music”
  • LADIES WHO LUNCH  /  Elaine Stritch  /  “Company – Original Broadway Cast”
  • MAIDS OF CADIZ  /  Miles Davis  /  Miles Ahead
  • LOSING MY MIND  /  Marin Mazzie  /  “Sondheim! The Birthday Celebration”
  • EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOOD BYE  /  Lady Gaga  /  “Cheek to Cheek”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  

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PLAYLIST FOR “SUMMER LISTENING ASSIGNMENTS” THE SEASON FINALE (6.30.18

30 Jun

I’ll be off the air for July and August, pre-empted by live concerts from Tanglewood. So, once again, as a goodbye treat, I offered listeners music to listen to during the summer which we can discuss when I return in September (I expect complete essays with full bibliographies). I’m sure America will be great again by the time I get back. In truth I just hope we survive to see the Fall.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • INTO EACH LIFE  /  Andrew Distel  /  “It Only Takes Time”
  • IT’S A GOOD DAY  /  Cyrille Aimee  /  “Live”
  • YOU LEAVE ME BREATHLESS  /  John Doakes  /  “Forever Reasons”
  • BLUE MOON  /  Allegra Levy  /  “Looking At The Moon”
  • TRAVELING LIGHT  /  Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “You’re Driving Me Crazy”
  • SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT  /  Diane Marino  /  “Soul Serenade”
  • THE TEXTING SONG  /  Dave Tull  /  “Texting & Driving”
  • LET ME LOVE YOU  /  Lauren Henderson  /  “Armame”
  • CAN’T KEEP IT INSIDE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Benedict Cumberbatch  /  “August Osage County” Soundtrack
  • I WANT YOUR LOVE  /  Sarah Lancman & Toku  /  “A Contretemps”
  • NATURE BOY / John Coltrane / “The Lost Album”
  • IN A MELLOW TONE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella At Zardi’s”
  • IN A MELLOW TONE  /  Delicatessen  /  “Jazz + Bossa”
  • IN A MELLOW TONE  /  Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross  /  “The Hottest New Group In Jazz”
  • NIGHT IN TUNISIA  /  Stacey & Alan Schulman  /  “As Is”
  • YOU GO TO MY HEAD  /  Tony DeSare & Ed Decker  /  “One For My Baby”
  • NOT MY TIME  /  Kat Edmonson  /  “Old Fashioned Gal”
  • WHERE OR WHEN  /  Erroll Garner  /  “Night Concert”
  • BLUE DRAG  /  Linda Carone  /  “Black Moonlight”
  • CHICKADEE ‘N COCKADOODLEDOO  /  Annie Sellick  /  “Annie & The Hot Club
  • ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT  /  Paul Buchanan & Chris Botti  /  “To Love Again”
  • I CAN’T SEE FOR LOOKIN’  /  Heather Bambrick  /  “You’ll Never Know”
  • THAT AFTERNOON IN HARLEM  /  Mark Winkler  /  “The Company I Keep”
  • MICKEY MOUSE MARCH  /  Julie London  /  Nice Girls Don’t Stay For Breakfast”
  • SIGNING OFF  /  Helen Merrill  /  “You’ve Got A Date With The Blues”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine


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PLAYLIST FOR “MISS YOU, MR. MERCER” (5.26.18)

28 May

This week, almost on the anniversary of his death, I barely scratched the surface of Johnny Mercer’s 1400 songs.  A valiant effort, a daunting task, but a couple hours of great music.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • MISS YOU MR. MERCER  /  Mark Murphy  /  “Songbook”
  • DAY IN DAY OUT  /  Nat King Cole  /  “The Billy May Sessions”
  • SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook”
  • THE DAYS OF WINE & ROSES  /  Kellye Gray  /  “Live At The Bugle Boy”
  • JEEPERS CREEPERS  /  Julius LaRosa  /  “Julius LaRosa”
  • COME RAIN OR COME SHINE/  Nancy LaMott  /  “Come Rain Or Come Shine”
  • MY SHINING HOUR  /  Sammy Davis & Count Basie  /  “Our Shining Hour”
  • TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Casa Forte”
  • WHATCHA MA CALL IT  /  Johnny Mercer  /  “Moon River”
  • EMILY  /  Bill Evans Trio  /  “Turn Out The Stars”
  • SATIN DOLL  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  The Coasters  /  “Johnny Mercer Covers”
  • MY NEW CELEBRITY IS YOU  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “My New Celebrity Is You”
  • TRAV’LIN’ LIGHT  /  Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “You’re Driving me Crazy”
  • LAURA  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Portrait of Kevin Mahogany”
  • LAZYBONES  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Sister Orchid”
  • I REMEMBER YOU  /  Jazzmeia Horn  /  “A Social Call”
  • DREAM  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Ringo Starr  /  “Sentimental Journey”
  • WHEN OCTOBER GOES  /  Barry Manilow  /  “2:00 AM Paradise Café”
  • I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Bye Bye Blackbird”
  • DRINKING AGAIN  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “The World We Knew”
  • ONE FOR MY BABY  /  Tony DeSare  /  “One For My Baby”
  • SKYLARK  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • AND SO TO BED  /  John Pizzarelli  /  “John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer”
  •  PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “LOVE & MARRIAGE ROYAL WEDDING STYLE” (5.19.18)

20 May

I celebrated love and marriage, London and the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this week. When your desperate for good news, you’ll take any scrap you can find. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • GET ME TO THE CHURCH ON TIME  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra At The Sands”
  • I’M JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “It’s A Man’s World”
  • FROM THIS MOMENT ON  /  Loston Harris  /  “Why Try To Change me Now”
  • I FEEL PRETTY  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Sophie Milman”
  • I WANNA GET MARRIED  /  Nellie McKay  / “Get Away From Me”
  • CLOUDBURST/NOT GETTING MARRIED TODAY  /  John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey  /  “Make Believe”
  • A FOGGY DAY  /  Van Morrison  /  “Versatile”
  • BOY WANTED  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook”
  • THE TENDER TRAP  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Robert Palmer  /  “Ridin’ High”
  • WEDDING BELL BLUES  /  Laura Nyro  /  “Live! The Loom’s Desire”
  • I LOVE MY WIFE  /  Ron Boustead  /  “Unlikely Valentine”
  • THE FOLKS WHO LIVE ON THE HILL  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Today”
  • PICKING UP AFTER YOU  /  Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle  /  “One From The Heart Soundtrack”
  • MARRY ME A LITTLE  /  Gregg Edleman  /  “Wall To Wall Sondheim”
  • BURNING THE TOAST  /  Suzy Bogguss  /  “A Twist Of Jazz”
  • A WEDDING IN CHEROKEE COUNTY  /  Randy Newman  /  “The Randy Newman Songbook”
  • CHAPEL OF LOVE  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Laverne & Shirley  /  “Laverne & Shirley Sing”
  • ON MY WAY TO YOU  /  Freddy Cole  /  “Love Makes The Changes”
  • WHEN I’M 64  /  Connie Evingson  /  “Let It Be Jazz”
  • MY LOVE WENT TO LONDON  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Here’s To The Ladies”
  • EXACTLY LIKE YOU  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At Town Hall”
  • A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE  /  Rahsaan Roland Kirk  /  “Rahsaan: The Complete Mercury Recordings”
  • TOO LATE NOW  /  Roberta Gambarini  /  “Easy To Love”
  • TAKE ME TO THE ALLEY  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Take Me To The Alley”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “SALUTE TO MOTHER’S DAY” (AN ARCHIVE RE-BROADCAST) 5.12.18

14 May

How can you improve on perfection? Don’t ask me, but while I was pondering this irrelevant question last Saturday night, I played a show from May of 2017.  Most of the singers were mothers (in the best sense), I tossed in a hefty helping of motherly advice, plus a couple of momma’s boys to help me wish all mothers a happy Mother’s Day.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  “CD Or Album Title

  • CALL ME  /  Astrud Gilberto  /  “A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness”
  • ALWAYS  /  Sandy Stewart & Bill Charlap  /  “Love Is Here To Stay”
  • DAT DERE  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “Doozy”
  • WHEN I GROW TOO OLD TO DREAM  /  Carline Ray  /  “Vocal Sides”
  • BLUE TURNING GRAY  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Harlem On My Mind”
  • MOTHER’S LOVE  /  Allan Harris  /  “Nobody’s Gonna Love You Better”
  •  HAPPINESS IS JUST A THING CALLED JOE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  12 Nights In Hollywood”
  • I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT  /  Ray Brown Jr.  /  “The Best of Ray Brown Jr.”
  • NEW WORDS  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Laura Osnes  /  “If I Tell You”
  • MEDLEY FOR JORDAN/ NOT WHILE I’M AROUND  /  Veronica Nunne  /  “American Lullaby”
  • BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)
  • WHERE ARE YOU GOING?  /  Shirley Horn  /  “Songs Of Lost Love”
  • BEFORE YOU KNOW IT  /  Mary Stallings  /  “Dream”
  • I’M CONFESSIN’  /  Diana Krall  /  “Turn Up The Quiet”
  • LOOK AT THAT FACE  /  Greta Matassa  /  “Favorites From A Long Walk”
  • THAT FACE  /  Barbra Streisand  /  “What Matters Most Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of  Alan & Marilyn Bergman”
  • ME, MYSELF, AND I  /  Randy Crawford  /  “Live”
  • BE A CHILD  /  Cleo Laine & Dudley Moore  /  “Smilin’ Through”
  • I’M GLAD THERE IS YOU  /  Jacqui Dankworth  /  “It Happens Quietly”
  • BLUE SKIES  /  Diana Krall  /  “Turn Up The Quiet”
  • A CHILD IS BORN  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • I AM YOUR CHILD  /  Barry Manilow  /  “Barry Manilow”
  •  CHILDREN WILL LISTEN  /  Bernadette Peters  /  “Sondheim, Etc.: Live At Carnegie Hall”
  • SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “La Scala”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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