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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 “NEVER SAY NEVER” – AN ARCHIVE RE-BROADCAST (RERUN) (3.31.18)

2 Apr

If there’s a rule about an exception to every rule, doesn’t that mean there must be a rule with no exception? Think about that as you look down the list of singers and songs helping me to break one of the tiresome rules I’ve heard my whole life – Never Say Never! Really? You try singing these songs without singing that word.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • I NEVER LOVED ANYONE  /  Carol Sloane  /  “We’ll Meet Again”
  • I’LL NEVER BE THE SAME  /  Anna Sise  /  “But Beautiful”
  • NEVERTHELESS  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Nice ‘N’ Easy”
  • NOW OR NEVER  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “The Best Of Love Songs”
  • IF WE NEVER MEET AGAIN  /  Tony Bennett & k.d. Lang  /  “A Wonderful World”
  • THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU  /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockholm”
  • THE MIDNIGHT SUN WILL NEVER SET  /  Quincy Jones  /  “I Dig Dancers”
  • NEVER LET ME GO  /  Jackie Allen  /  “Never Let Me Go”
  • I’VE NEVER BEEN I LOVE BEFORE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Ethan Hawke  /  “Born To Be Blue Soundtrack”
  • I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN  /  Rigmor Gustafsson & Jacky Terrasson Trio  /  “Close To You”
  • IF I NEVER GET TO PARIS  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “Gin Fizz Fandango”
  • NEVER MAKE YOU MOVE TOO SOON  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Bill Henderson Live At The Vic”
  • IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Live At Nalen”
  • I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT  /  Al Jarreau  /  “Accentuate The Positive”
  • ONE NEVER KNOWS, DOES ONE?  /  Lily Frost  /  “Too Hot For Words”
  • NEVER WILL I MARRY  /  Cecile McLorin Salvant  /  “Dreams & Daggers”
  • I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN  /  Laila Biali  /  “Live In Concert”
  • YOU’LL NEVER KNOW  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Nat King Cole: The Ultimate Edition”
  • THE TWELFTH OF NEVER  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At Carnegie Hall”
  • NEVER NEVER LAND  /  Art Blakey  /  “Kyoto”
  • I NEVER MEANT TO HURT YOU  /  Audrey Martin  /  “Living Room”
  • THE PEOPLE THAT YOU NEVER GET TO LOVE  /  Susannah McCorkle  /  “The People That You Never Get To Love”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “YOU BE THE JUDGE” (12.2.17)

5 Dec

Well, I’m finally back from being under the weather…I guess that means that now I’m over the weather. Last Saturday night, I let the audience play producer in the privacy of their own homes. I played two versions of the same song and listeners could decide for themselves which was the better singer, or interpretation, or arrangement. Luckily for me, no one got so good at the process that they asked to take over my time slot. Phew. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • THAT FACE  /  Seth MacFarlane  /  “In Full Swing”
  • THAT FACE  /  Frank Sinatra Jr.  /  “That Face”
  • PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE  /  Ray Charles & Betty Carter  /  “Ray Charles & Betty Carter”
  • PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE  /  The Hot Sardines  /  “French Fries + Champagne”
  • MISTY  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “By Popular Demand: Ella Fitzgerald”
  • MISTY  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella With The London Symphony Orchestra”
  • MONA LISA  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Nat “King” Cole And Me”
  • MONA LISA  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  George Benson  /  “Inspiration”
  • LEOPARD-SKIN PILL-BOX HAT  /  Bob Dylan  /  “Blonde On Blonde”
  • LEOPARD-SKIN PILL-BOX HAT  /  Janet Planet  /  “Just Like A Woman: The Music of Bob Dylan”
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Best Of Tony Bennett”
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Tony Makes It Happen”
  • RAINBOW CONNECTION  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Slowly”
  • LOOK TO THE RAINBOW  /  Luciana Souza  /  “Centennial: Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans”
  • AT LONG LAST LOVE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “A Swingin’ Affair”
  • AT LONG LAST LOVE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra & Swinging Brass”
  • FINGERS  /  Dave Bennett  /  “Blood Moon”
  • CLOUDBURST/GETTING MARRIED TODAY  /  Jessica Molasky & John Pizzarelli  /  “Make Believe”
  • I REMEMBER YOU  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “Live In Japan Vol. 2”
  •  I REMEMBER YOU  /  Jazzmeia Horn  /  “Social Call”
  • BILLY’S BLUES  /  Laura Nyro  /  “First Song”
  • BILLY’S BLUES  /  Mark Winkler  /  “The Laura Nyro Project”
  • THAT’S ALL  /  Stacey Kent  /  “I Know I Dream”
  • THAT’S ALL  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “This One’s For Tedi”
  • I REMEMBER CLIFFORD  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Love In Song”
  • I REMEMBER CLIFFORD  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Still Live”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN” (9.23.17)

24 Sep

I’ve been watching with horror the images of the millions of people whose only fault was being in the path of Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria. Will we ever be able to think about rain benignly again the way so many popular song writers have? To distract myself (the largest circle on my personal Venn diagram with a very small intersection with Reality), I spent a couple of hours living in the past.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow  /  “Live In Tokyo”
  • WHEN THE SUN COMES OUT  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “A Song For You”
  • DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Fitzgerald: The Voice Of Jazz”
  • I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY  /  Randy Newman  /  “Randy Newman (Live)”
  • SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN  /  Lena Horne  /  “Capitol Sings Hollywood: Singin’ In The Rain”
  • A RAINY DAY  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Excellence”
  • ISN’T IT A LOVELY DAY  /  Lissy Walker  /  “Life Is Sweet”
  • OVER THE RAINBOW  /  Mandy Patinkin  /  “Mandy Patinkin”
  • I’M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS  /  Karrin Allyson  /  ”Round Midnight”
  •  IF YOU WANT THE RAINBOW  /  Roberta Donnay  /  “Bathtub Gin”
  • YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Jerry Lewis
  • I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW  /  Holly Cole  /  “Don’t Smoke In Bed”
  • AFTER THE RAIN  /  Rigmor Gustafsson  /  “On My Way To You”
  • AFTER THE RAIN  /  John Coltrane  /  “Coltrane For Lovers”
  • RIVER, STAY AWAY FROM MY DOOR  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Come Swing With Me”
  • GARDEN IN THE RAIN  /  Diana Krall  /  “Love Scenes”
  • WEATHER FORECAST  /  The Master Singers  /  “The Highway Code”
  • SOON IT’S GONNA RAIN  /  Amy McConnell & William Sperendei  /  “Stealing Genius”
  • RIGHT AS THE RAIN  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Leontyne Price  /  “Right As The Rain”
  • SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN  /  Jacqui Dankworth  /  “As The Sun Shines Down On Me”
  • POLKA DOTS & MOONBEAMS  /  Julian Yeo  /  “Another Seasonˆ
  • HERE’S THAT RAINY DAY  /  Helen Merrill & Dick Katz  /  “When Love Goes Wrong”
  • COME RAIN OR COME SHINE  /  Ray Charles  /  “The Genius Of Ray Charles”
  • STORMY WEATHER  /  Joni Mitchell  /  “Both Sides Now”
  • RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY  /  Gerry Mulligan  /  “Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “NEVER SAY NEVER” (9.16.17)

16 Sep

If there’s a rule about an exception to every rule, doesn’t that mean there must be a rule with no exception? Think about that as you look down the list of singers and songs helping me to break one of the tiresome rules I’ve heard my whole life – Never Say Never! Really? You try singing these songs without singing that word.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • I NEVER LOVED ANYONE  /  Carol Sloane  /  “We’ll Meet Again”
  • I’LL NEVER BE THE SAME  /  Anna Sise  /  “But Beautiful”
  • NEVERTHELESS  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Nice ‘N’ Easy”
  • NOW OR NEVER  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “The Best Of Love Songs”
  • IF WE NEVER MEET AGAIN  /  Tony Bennett & k.d. Lang  /  “A Wonderful World”
  • THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU  /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockholm”
  • THE MIDNIGHT SUN WILL NEVER SET  /  Quincy Jones  /  “I Dig Dancers”
  • NEVER LET ME GO  /  Jackie Allen  /  “Never Let Me Go”
  • I’VE NEVER BEEN I LOVE BEFORE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Ethan Hawke  /  “Born To Be Blue Soundtrack”
  • I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN  /  Rigmor Gustafsson & Jacky Terrasson Trio  /  “Close To You”
  • IF I NEVER GET TO PARIS  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “Gin Fizz Fandango”
  • NEVER MAKE YOU MOVE TOO SOON  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Bill Henderson Live At The Vic”
  • IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Live At Nalen”
  • I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT  /  Al Jarreau  /  “Accentuate The Positive”
  • ONE NEVER KNOWS, DOES ONE?  /  Lily Frost  /  “Too Hot For Words”
  • NEVER WILL I MARRY  /  Cecile McLorin Salvant  /  “Dreams & Daggers”
  • I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN  /  Laila Biali  /  “Live In Concert”
  • YOU’LL NEVER KNOW  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Nat King Cole: The Ultimate Edition”
  • THE TWELFTH OF NEVER  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At Carnegie Hall”
  • NEVER NEVER LAND  /  Art Blakey  /  “Kyoto”
  • I NEVER MEANT TO HURT YOU  /  Audrey Martin  /  “Living Room”
  • THE PEOPLE THAT YOU NEVER GET TO LOVE  /  Susannah McCorkle  /  “The People That You Never Get To Love”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT” (9.9.17)

9 Sep

Songs about teaching, learning, lessons for living this week. Hope you’ve learned your lesson not to miss the show. Attendance is mandatory!

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • TEACH ME TONIGHT  /  Sarah Vaughan & Joe Williams & Count Basie  /  “Count Basie/Sarah Vaughan”
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD  /  Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, & James Taylor  /  “Watermark”
  • TEACHER’S PET  /  Pam Lawson  /  “Doris Day At The Movies”
  • JEAN  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Slowly”
  • THE DAY I LEARNED FRENCH  /  Rebecca Kilgore  /  “Moonshadow Dance”
  • LEARNIN’ THE BLUES  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “Sinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings”
  • GETTING TO KNOW YOU  /  Helen Merrill  /  “American Songbook Series”
  • TELL ME ALL ABOUT YOURSELF  /  Nat Cole  /  “Tell Me All About Yourself”
  • BECAUSE WE’RE KIDS  /  Carole Simpson  /  “All About Carole”
  • THE RAIN IN SPAIN  /  Oscar Peterson Trio  /  “Plays My Fair Lady”
  • PICK YOURSELF UP  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Wilford Brimley  /  “Wilford Brimley & The Jeff Hamilton Trio”
  • YOU’VE GOT TO DO IT  /  Holly Yarbrough  /  “Mister Rogers Swings”
  • IT DIDN’T TURN OUT THAT WAY  /  Mose Allison  /  “Foolkiller”
  • YOU TAUGHT MY HEART TO SING  /  Cheryl Bentyne  /  “Lost Love Songs”
  • DO-RE-MI  /  Harry Connick, Jr.  /  “Songs I Heard”
  • TO SIR WITH LOVE  /  Michelle Nicolle  /  “The Crying Game”
  • GRADUATION DAY  /  The Beach Boys  /  “U.S. Singles Collection”
  • PREACH AND TEACH  /  Buddy Rich  /  “Mercy Mercy Mercy”
  • YOU’VE GOT TO BE CAREFULLY TAUGHT  /  Karrin Allyson  /  “Many A New Day”
  • TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL  /  Sadie Jemmett  /  “Music Is Love”
  • CHILDREN WILL LISTEN  /  Bernadette Peters  /  “Sondheim, Etc., Etc.”
  • THE SECRET O’ LIFE  /  Rita Lim  /  “The Secret Of Life”
  • LAUGHING AT LIFE  /  Etta Jones  /  “Doin’ What She Does Best”
  • REMEMBERING TO BREATHE  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Dooji Wooji”
  • MAKE THE WORLD YOUR OWN  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Playground”
  • HEART’S DESIRE  /  Connie Evingson  /  “Never Did I Dream”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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