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2 Apr

I’m tired of cabin fever and Covid fever and hay fever. Time to focus on what’s really bugging me these days: Spring Fever. Lots of songs about Spring plus a report from Spring Break from The Hot Sardines, a song to put a little Spring in your step from Lucy Dixon, and a demonstration of Spring cleaning from Kevin Mahogany, and presented the Turntable For One Spring Chickens Award to Freda Payne & Johnny Mathis. A highly contagious couple of hours.

SONG TITLE / Artist / CD Or Album Title

  • THEY SAY IT’S SPRING / Veronica Mortensen / “Presents Passed”
  • IT’S ANYBODY’S SPRING  Seth MacFarlane / “Music Is Better Than Words”
  • C’EST LE PRINTEMPS  / Stacy Kent / “Reconte Moi
  • I’M PUTTING ALL MY EGGS IN ONE BASKET  Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong / “Ella & Louis Again”
  • SPRING IN MANHATTAN / Blossom Dearie / “My New Celebrity Is You”
  • APRIL SHOWERS / Julian Yeo / “1923”
  • ALL THROUGH SPRING AND SUMMER / (Mystery Vocalist) / Tuesday Weld
  • UP JUMPED SPRING / Dr. Lonnie Smith / “All In My Mind”
  • RUNNING WILD / The Hot Sardines / “Champagne & French Fries”
  • TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME / Mandy Patinkin / “Mamaloshen”
  • YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING / Josie Falbo / “You Must Believe In Spring”
  • IT’S TOO LATE / Kevin Mahogany / “The Vienna Affair”
  • I’M LIVING IN A GREAT BIG WAY / Lucy Dixon / “Lulu’s Back in Town”
  • WATERS OF MARCH  / Mark Murphy / “Wild & Free”
  • THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME / Freda Payne & Johnny Mathis / (Single)
  • SPRING IS HERE / Carol Sloane / “Live At 30th Street”
  • SPRING IS WHERE YOU ARE / Mark Winkler / Till I Get It Right”
  • SRINGSVILLE / Miles Davis / “Miles Ahead”
  • I GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU VERY WELL / Ellen Andersson / “You Should Have Told Me”
  • THERE’LL BE ANOTHER SPRING / Greta Matassa / “Favorites From A Long Walk”
  • ANOTHER SPRING / Nina Simone / “Nina Simone & Piano”
  • I’LL REMEMBER APRIL / Sinne Eeg / “Dreams”
  • SOME OTHER SPRING / Tony Bennett / “Tony Bennett On Holiday”
  • SPRING CAN REALLY HANG YOU UP THE MOST / Niki Haris / “I’m Glad There Is You”
  • PARIS MISMATCH / (Theme Music) / Cody Owen Stine

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3 Jan

Looking back at the god-awful events of 2020 was entirely too upsetting, although looking back at how I reacted to those events with my musical themes may be almost as upsetting. I think we can do better in 2021. We have to.

(BTW: I played the Michel Legrand as an anniversary shout-out to my wife. That cut was her processional at our wedding 51 years ago.) 

(Musical Theme)  /  SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • (Social Distancing)  /  ALL BY MYSELF  /  Bobby Darin  /  “Oh Look At Me Now”
  • (Social Distancing)  /  ALONE TOGETHER  /  Alyssa Allgood  /  “Exactly Like You”
  • (Just Joe)  /  HAPPINESS IS JUST A THING CALLED JOE  /  Rosemary Clooney  /  “The Songbook Collection”
  • (The Blues)  /  I AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES  /  Kenny Washington  /  “What’s The Hurry”
  • (Countries Who Don’t Want Us To Visit)  /   THIS CAN’T BE LOVE  /  John Alcorn & Molly Johnson  /  Quiet Night”
  • (Countries Who Don’t Want Us To Visit)  /   LONDON BY NIGHT  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra Sings Great Songs From Great Britain”
  • (Suckers & Losers)  /  I LOVE BEING HERE WITH YOU  /  The Airmen Of Note w/ TSgt. Paige Martin  /  “Airmen Of Note – Live”
  • (Suckers & Losers)  /  I’M IN A DANCING MOOD  / Dave Brubeck Quartet  /  “Time Outtakes”
  • (Positive Vibes)  /  IN A MELLOW TONE  /  Brianna Thomas & Eyal Vilner Big Band  /  “Swing Out”
  • MY FUNNY VALENTINE  /  Michel LeGrand  /  ”Michel LeGrand At Shelly’s Manhole”
  • (World Mental Health Day)  /  SOMEONE’S BEEN SENDING ME FLOWERS  /  Blossom Dearie & Phil Scorgie  /  “Phil & Me”
  • (Let’s Go Clubbing/  /  THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU  /  Rachael Price & Jon Batiste  /  “Anatomy of Angels”
  • (Positive Vibes)  /  THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  Freda Payne & Johnny Mathis  /  (Single)
  • (The Blues)  /  I JUST WANT TO BE HORIZONTAL  /  Samoa Wilson & Jim Kweskin band  /  “I Just Want to Be Horizontal”
  • (July 4th)  /  WE THE PEOPLE  /  Ben Sidran  /  “Who’s The Old Guy Now”
  • (Food & Drink)  /  TEA FOR TWO  /  Gretje Angel  /  “…In Any Key”
  • (I Couldn’t Let The Year Go Without Playing This)  /  THE THRILL IS GONE  /  Ellen Andersson  /  “You Should Have Told Me”
  • (In Memoriam – You Fill In The Names)  /  PEOPLE TIME  /  Stan Getz  /  “Yours & Mine”
  • (I See You; I Hear You)  /  THIS IS NOT A PROTEST SONG  /  Rene Marie  /  “Sound Of Red”
  • (I See You; I Hear You)  /  FRAGILE  /  Sting  /  “…Nothing Like The Sun”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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13 Dec

I’ve gotten a ton of new Christmas music and since we all can use anything to raise our spirits these days, I decided to focus this week on this new music – plus an extra-early Christmas present, a single from Freda Payne’s upcoming CD. She’s 78, Johnny Mathis is 85 and they’re both still singing like this. I get out breath pouring my bowl of cereal. This coming week will be the Annual Turntable For One Christmas Party. Everyone’s invited.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or album Title

  • CHRISTMAS IS STARTING NOW  /  Laura Dickinson  /  “Auld Lang Syne”
  • IT’S CHRISTMAS  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “The Pianoman At Christmas”
  • IT’S CHRISTMAS  /  Greta Matassa  /  “And to All A Good Night”
  • IT’S SO GOOD TO BE BAD  /  Adrian Cunningham & La Lucha  /  “New Holiday Classics”
  • WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS  /  Sue Raney  /  “Christmas Lady”
  • LITTLE JACK FROST  /  Seth MacFarlance & Norah Jones  /  “Holiday For Swing”
  • OH, CHRISTMAS TREE  /  Warren Wolf  /  “Christmas Vibes”
  • SLEIGH RIDE  /  Jewelle Blackman,Yvette Gonzales-Nacer, Kay Trinidad  /  “If The Fates Allow”
  • SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS  /  The Cast Of HADESTOWN  /  “If The Fates Allow”
  • GREENSLEEVES  /  Buddy Rich Big Band  /  “The Best Of Buddy Rich”
  • YOU, ME, AND THE CHRISTMAS TREE  /  Sarah McKenzie  /  “You, Me, & The Christmas Tree”
  • I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Barbra Streisand, Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta  /  “This Christmas”
  • THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  Freda Payne & Johnny Mathis  /  (Single)
  • SO MANY SANTAS  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “The Pianoman At Christmas”
  • HEY SANTA  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow & Ingrid St. Pierre  /  “Lumieres d’iver”
  • SANTA BABY  /  The Real Group  /  “The World For Christmas”
  • YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO (MERRY CHRISTMAS MY DEAR)  /  Noel & Maria  /  “Merry Christmas My Dear”
  • A CHRISTMAS COMPROMISE  /  Duchess  /  “Harmony For the Holdays”
  • WHITE CHRISTMAS  /  Champian Fulton  /  “Christmas With Champian”
  • SEND ME YOUR LOVE FOR CHRISTMAS  /  Avalon Jazz Band  /  Winter Dreams”
  • A NOT SO SILENT NIGHT  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “Out Under The Sky”
  • CHRISTMAS AT 3 A.M.  /  Joey DeFrancesco  /  “Home for The Holidays”
  • COME SPEND CHRISTMAS WITH ME  /  Sara Gazarek & Jane Monheit  /  (SIngle)
  • THE CHRISTMAS SONG  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Nat King Cole & Me”
  • HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS  /  Simone Kopmajer  /  “Christmas”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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19 Dec

Time for the annual Turntable For One Christmas Party. So, Merry Christmas to all, and to all – can’t we all do a lot better next year for crying out loud? 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • MY FAVORITE THINGS  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Snowfall”
  • JOY TO THE WORLD  /  Joey DeFrancesco  /  “Home For The Holidays”
  • THE CHRISTMAS SONG  /  Carmen McCrae w/ Shirley Horn Trio  /  “Jingle Bell Jam”
  • THE THEORY SONG  /  David Swenson
  • LET IT SNOW  /  New York Voices  /  “Let It Snow”
  • MR. SANTA  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas”
  • SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN  /  Erroll Garner  /  (Previously Unreleased Live Performance)
  • WINTER WONDERLAND  /  Kenny Rankin  /  A Christmas Album”
  • LITTLE JACK FROST GET LOST  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Seth MacFarlane & Norah Jones  /  “Holiday For Swing”
  • IT’S THE HOLIDAY SEASON  /  Count Basie w/ Johnny Mathis  /  “A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas”
  • THE SECRET OF CHRISTMAS  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas”
  • HE’S GONNA TAKE AWAY OUR CHRISTMAS  /  Robert Goulet  /  “Wonderful World Of Christmas”
  • STILLA NATT  /  The Real Group  /  “Julen Er Her”
  • ANGEL’S LULLABY  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow  /  “Winter Wonderland”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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