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PLAYLIST FOR “SEASON FINALE 2017 – SUMMER LISTENING ASSIGNMENTS” (7.1.17)

3 Jul

I’ll be gone for the next 8 weeks while WMNR broadcasts live concerts from Tanglewood by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. So on the season finale, I assigned music and singers who should be on everyone’s summer listening list. I also threw in a few requests and some music I’ve been wanting to play this season but couldn’t find the right theme.

Although I won’t be doing live shows for a while, I’ll be uploading new podcasts on PRX, the Public Radio Exchange, all summer, here: 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  Mark Winkler  /  “The Company I Keep”
  • HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON  /  Kellye Gray  /  Rendering”
  • LIVING IN A GREAT BIG WAY  /  Lucy Dixon  /  “Lulu’s Back in Town”
  • LET’S GET LOADED  /  Carey West  /  “Made Of Clay”
  • LOVEWISE  /  Bobby Scott  /  “For Sentimental Reasons”
  • WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES  /  Irene Kral  /  “Where Is Love?”
  • COCKTAILS FOR TWO  /  Spike Jones  /  “Spike Jones Goes Crazy”
  • DANCING ON THE CEILING  /  Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm  /  “Begin to Dance”
  • I WON’T SCAT  /  Ron Boustead  /  “Unlikely Valentine”
  • TROUBLED WATERS  /  Nancy Harms  /  “Ellington At Night”
  • LITTLE GIRL BLUE  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Tribute”
  • I’VE GOT A RIGHT TO CRY  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Days Like This”
  • WHEN I FALL IN LOVE  /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockholm”
  • I WANNA TURN OUT MY LIGHT  /  April Barrows  /  “My Dream Is You”
  • TIME TO SMILE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • AIN’T NO REST FOR THE WICKED  /  Postmodern Jukebox w/ Joey Cook  /  “33 Resolutions Per Minutes”
  • I WANNA GO PLACES AND DO THINGS  /  Wendy Moten  /  “Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting”
  • TIME TO GO  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “Don’t Be So Blue”
  • FOR ALL WE KNOW  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • WAITER, THE CHECK  /  Cousin Alice  /  “Pour Me”
  • GOODBYE FOR NOW  /  Rigmor Gustafsson  /  “Rigmor Gustafsson With Radio String Quartet Vienna”
  • EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE  /  Ray Charles & Betty Carter  /  “Ray Charles & Betty Carter”
  • SOME OTHER TIME  /  Monica Zetterlund & Bill Evans  /  “The Complete Bill Evans On Verve”
  • SIGNING OFF  /  Helen Merrill  /  “You’ve Got A Date With The Blues
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

PLAYLISTS FOR “SPEED DATING” AND “NIGHT OF THE LIVING INSOMNIACS” (ARCHIVE SHOWS) (12.3.16)

5 Dec

Didn’t do a live show this week, but found a couple of gems hidden in the archives.

First – Musical Speed Dating,  or as I think of it: Match.com meets Musical Chairs! 30 singers in 60 minutes – you do the math.  No other radio program would attempt to do this,  probably for good reasons.  

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • A FOGGY DAY  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “Live In Japan”
  • I MARRIED AN ANGEL  /  Sammy Davis Jr.  /  “The Shelter Of Your Arms”
  • JUST YOU JUST ME  /  Ray Charles/Betty Carter  /  “Ray Charles & Betty Carter”
  • YOU’RE GOOD FOR ME  /  Doris Day/Andre Previn  /  “Duet”
  • JUST FRIENDS  /  Tony Bennett  /  ˆ”Tony Sings For Two”
  • MY KIND OF LOVE  /  Patti Page  /  “In The Land Of Hi-Fi”
  • SHOULD I  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session”
  • FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION  /  Frank Sinatra Jr.  /   I”As I Remember It”
  • MOONLIGHT SAVINGS TIME  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Once Upon A Summertime”
  • SCARS  /  Ian Shaw  /  “A Ghost In Every Bar”
  • YOU’RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME  /  Delicatessen  /  “Jazz+Bossa”
  • I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU  /  Nat Cole  /  “Tell Me All About Yourself”
  • AVALON  /  Natalie Cole  /  “Unforgettable”
  •  FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Bobby McFerrin  /  “Hush”
  • FOUR BROTHERS  /  The King Sisters  /  “Imagination”
  • THE UNCERTAINTY OF A POET  /  Kurt Elling  /  “Man In The Air”
  • SMILE  /  Rickie Lee Jones  /  “It’s Like This”
  • YOU’RE EVERYTHING BUT MINE  /  Joe Williams  /  “Illuminated”
  • LOOK OUT!  /  Joanie Sommers  /  “Look Out It’s Joanie Sommers”
  •  NOBODY’S HEART BELONGS TO ME  /  Lillie Kae  /  “I’m Glad There Is You”
  • I WANT A LITTLE GIRL  /  Billy Eckstine  /  “No Cover No Minimum”
  • KEEP YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL  /  Emmy Rossum  /  “Sentimental Journey”
  • THE GREAT CITY  /  Shirley Horn  /  “But Beautiful”
  • SIGNING OFF  /  Helen Merrill  /  A Date With The Blues”

Second: Night Of The Living Insomnaics! Ok, let’s dispense with the jokes about how can I have insomnia when I’m always putting audiences to sleep. That makes me yawn, okay? But not because I’m tired. Still, pretty impressive how many great singers and songs have dealt with the subject. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  Album or CD Title

  • IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Ring-A-Ding-Ding!”
  • IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Live At Mister Kelly’s
  • WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Just One Of Those Things”
  • INSOMNIA  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “Insomnia”
  • SANDMAN  /  The Jive Aces Skiffle Combo  /  “It’s Skiffle Time”
  • ROUND MIDNIGHT  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Live From Studio A”
  • YOUR CHEATING HEART  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Joey Bishop  /  “Joey Bishop Sings Country Western”
  • DANCING ON THE CELING  /  Inge Brandenburg  /  “Don’t Blame Me”
  • COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • BLACK COFFEE  /  Vocapella  /  “Black Coffee”
  • DREAM  /  Michael Bublé  /  “Call Me Irresponsible”
  • ALL NIGHT LONG  /  Randy Crawford  /  “Feeling Good”
  • AND SO TO BED  /  John Pizzarelli  /  “John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “SUMMER LISTENING ASSIGNMENTS – SEASON FINALE” (7.2.16)

9 Jul

I’m posting this a week late. Computer troubles. Saturday (July 2nd) was my final show of the season so, following tradition, I handed out summer listening assignments, music you should be listening to while Turntable For One is on its summer vacation. I’ll be off the air for 8 weeks, but from time to time I’ll let you know some of the music I’m listening to this summer. Leave a comment and let me know what’s keeping your ears busy, besides the general din of iniquity. I’ll be back on the air September 10th.

 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT  /  Nancy Harms  /   “Ellington At Night”
  • MORNIN’  /  Jeff Hall  /  “Life Collected”
  • TALKING TO MYSELF  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “Remembering You”
  • STOP THIS TRAIN  /  Roberta Donnay  /  “What’s Your Story?”
  • PARTY BLUES  /  Joe Williams & Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Joe Williams Finest Hour”
  • CAPTAIN BILL  /  Gene Harris  /  “Tribute To Count Basie”
  • MIMOSA AND ME  /  Jackie & Roy  /  “Lovesick”
  • WAIT AND SEE  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • STAY HIP  /  Mark Winkler  /  “Jazz and Other 4-Letter Words”
  • THREE LITTLE WORDS  /  Cyrille Aimee  /  “Let’s Get Lost”
  • POLKA DOTS AND MOONBEAMS  /  Julian Yeo  /  “Another Season”
  • SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE THE BLUES  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Days Like This”
  • I HAVE DREAMED  /  Norma Winstone  /  “Manhattan In The Rain”
  • BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “The Cure”
  • FRENCH FRIES AND CHAMPAGNE  /  The Hot Sardines  /  “French Fries & Champagne”
  • YOU’RE MINE, YOU  /  Chet Baker  /  Baby Breeze”
  • LET’S EAT HOME  /  Rosemary Clooney  /  “Still On The Road”
  • PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE  / Les McCann  /  “Les McCann Sings”
  • THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  Morgana King  /  This Is Always”
  • SEALED WITH A KISS  /  Anne Farnsworth  /  “Sealed With A Kiss”
  • SOME OTHER TIME  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Sings Comden & Green
  • DON’T LIKE GOODBYES  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art of Romance”
  • 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 “THE (LOST) ART OF WRITING LETTERS” (5.14.16)

16 May

Remember when 140 characters meant a Tolstoy novel, not our major means of communicating with each other? Remember when Snail Mail referred to the gender of a specie, not to the U.S. Postal Service? Remember when a sound bite was an accident with the neighbor’s dog, not a statement by a politician? (Although you’d probably be wise to get a rabies shot after both of those events.) We seem to have lost a number of things these days – skills such as logic, empathy, listening. This week I thought I’d tackle the lost art of letter writing with a couple dozen wonderful songs and singers on the topic. 

 

  • TAKE A LETTER, MISS JONES  /  Mel Torme  /  “Live At Marty’s”
  • LOVE LETTERS  /  Natalie Cole  /  “Stardust”
  • I’M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings”
  • SEALED WITH A KISS  /  Anne Farnsworth  /  “Sealed With A Kiss”
  • MR. SANDMAN  /  Anita O’Day & Cal Tjader  /  “Time For Two”
  • POSTCARD LOVERS  /  Stacey Kent  /  “Dreamer In Concert”
  • P.S. I LOVE YOU  /  Jimmy Scott  /  “Over The Rainbow”
  • FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT  /  Leonard Cohen  /  “The Essential Leonard Cohen”
  • DEAR BIX  / Renee Yoxon & Chad Linsley  /  “Impossible: Live At Musideum”
  • TONY BENNETT  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Old, New, Borrowed, And The Blues”
  • TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Casa Forte”
  • YOU’RE THE TOP  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Cary Grant & Ginny Sims  /  “Music of Cole Porter”   
  • MONA LISA  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Tokyo 96”
  • SMITTEN WITH YOU  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Attachments”
  • HONEY PIE  /  Tuck & Patty  /  “Love Warriors”
  • HEY JOHN  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Blossom Dearie Sings”
  • HEY YOU WITH THE CRAZY EYES  /  Loston Harris  /  “Swingfully Yours”
  • BABY, WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME  /  Champian Fulton  /  “After Dark”
  • MEET ME AT NO SPECIAL PLACE  /  Maud Hixson  /  “Love’s Refrain”
  • LONELY TIME  /  Maynard Ferguson  /  “Message From Birdland”
  • YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY  /  Curtis Stigers  /  “Secret Heart”
  • DEARLY BELOVED  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Hollywood My Way”
  • THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Rarities, Outtakes, & Other Delights, Vol. 2””
  • HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • DON’T SMOKE IN BED  /  Nina Simone  /  “Little Girl Blue”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  

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PLAYLIST FOR “CELEBRATING MOTHERS” (5.7.16)

9 May

A program for all the mothers in the audience, and for a change I meant it in a literal sense, not as a nasty pejorative. So it was two-hours of music about being a mother, caring for their kids, worrying about their kids, and advising their kids – any of which can be taken to an uncomfortable extreme…but maybe that’s just my story.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

 

  • CALL ME  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Strangers In The Night”
  • ME, MYSELF, AND I  /  Randy Crawford  /  “Live”
  • AC-CENTU-ATE THE POSITIVE  /  Dr. John  /  “In A Sentimental Mood”
  • IF YOU WANT THE RAINBOW  /  Roberta Donnay  /  “Bathtub Gin”
  • YOU’LL NEVER GET AWAY FROM ME  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Mr. Broadway”
  • LOOK AT THAT FACE  /  Greta Matassa  /  “Favorites From A Long Walk”
  • THAT FACE  /  Joe Williams  /  “Jump For Joy”
  • BITTER WITH THE SWEET  /  Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm  /  “Spark”
  • BUTTON UP YOUR OVERCOAT  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Jack Lemmon  /  “A Twist Of Lemon”
  • LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Mixes”
  • THROW IT AWAY  /  Connie Evingson  /  “Stockholm Sweetnin’”
  • BIG BAD WORLD  /  The Real Group  /  “Commonly Unique”
  • IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU  /  Frank D’Rone  /  “Falling In Love With Love”
  • LIFE IS JUST A BOWL OF CHERRIES  /  Carmen McRae  /  The Ultimate Carmen McRae
  • BE A CHILD  /  Marlene VerPlanck  /  “Marlene VerPlanck Sings Alec Wilder”
  • GUILTY  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Sophie Milman”
  • MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY  /  (Mystery Daughter)  /  Jacqui Dankworth  /  “It Happens Quietly”
  • I’M SHADOWING YOU  /  (Mystery Mother)  Cleo Laine  /  “Quintessential Cleo”
  • ALWAYS  /  Rosemary Clooney  /  “Mothers & Daughters”
  • THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  Diana Krall  /  “Love Scenes”
  • BLUES IN THE NIGHT  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Only The Lonely”
  • DON’T WORRY ‘BOUT A THING  /  Joann Funk  /  “Jazz In the Lobby Bar”
  • WHAT’LL I DO  /  Tierney Sutton  /  “Dancing In The Dark”
  • A CHILD IS BORN  /  Oscar Peterson  /  “Christmas For Lovers”
  • THIS BITTER EARTH  /  Randy Crawford  /  “Live”
  • NEW WORDS  /  Liz Callaway  /  “Unsung Broadway”
  • CHILDREN WILL LISTEN  /  Bernadette Peters  /  “Sondheim Etc., Etc.
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “THE OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY” (12.13.14)

13 Dec

Because I was the absolute only one at this Office Christmas Party, there was no sucking up to the boss, no meaningless chit-chat with people you wouldn’t save if they were drowning, and yet, unexplainably, a fight still broke out.

Be sure to scroll down and cast your vote for the Ugliest Sweater. I’ll reveal (or is that revile?) the winner on next week’s show.  

 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  Album or CD Title

  • MY FAVORITE THINGS  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Snowfall”
  • LET IT SNOW  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Christmas Song Book
  • SNOWFALL/WINTER WEATHER  /  Connie Evingson  /  “The Secret Of Christmas”                      
  • WHITE CHRISTMAS  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “A Christmas Album”
  • HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS  /  Renee Fleming/Gregory Porter  /  “Christmas In New York”      
  • SNOW DAY  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas”
  • CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE  /  Dianne Reeves  /  “Christmas Time Is Here”
  • MELE KALIKIMAKA  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Seth MacFarlane  /  “Holiday For Swing”
  • A CHILD IS BORN  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • JINGLE BELLS  /  Count Basie  /  “A Jazz Christmas”
  • JINGLE BELLS  /  Duke Ellington  /  “Jingle Bell Jam”
  • IT’S LOVE, IT’S CHRISTMAS  /  Karrin Allyson  /  “Yuletide Hideaway”
  • I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS  /  Nancy LaMott  /  “Just In Time For Christmas”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (THEME MUSIC)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “MUSIC TO BE THANKFUL FOR 2014” (11.29.14)

1 Dec

Thanks to all of the listeners and special thanks to all of the WMNR broadcasters who all came up with music they were thankful for this year.  It was an eclectic and very personal show and I was happy just to sit back and play it all. I also hope you caught the show because it featured a live, in-studio version of “‘Round Midnight” by composer/lyricist/pianist Cody Owen Stine.  

 SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD or Album Title

  • WHEN THE SUN COMES OUT  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “A Song For You”
  • YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Helen Merrill
  • COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS   /  Bing Crosby  /  “White Christmas”
  • CARELESS WHISPERS  /  Postmodern Jukebox  /  “Clubbin’ With Grandpa”
  • OVER THE RAINBOW  /  Josh Wright  /  “My Favorite Things”
  • I LOVE TO LOVE  /  Nina Simone  /  “Forbidden Fruit”
  • FALLING INTO YOU  /  Kelli O’Hara & Steven Pasquale  /  “Bridges Of Madison County Cast Album”
  • YOU LOOK GOOD TO ME  /  Oscar Peterson Trio  /  “Days Of Wine And Roses
  • THE GIRL I LOVE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “MTV Unplugged”
  • EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE  /  Lady Gaga  /  “Cheek To Cheek”
  • THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT  /  Stephanie Laliberte  /  “Stephanie Laliberte”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)

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