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7 May

Something historic happened today; something that hasn’t happened in 70 years.  No, I’m not talking about me getting  back on the uneven parallel bars. I’m talking about the coronation of a new king and queen in the United Kingdom.  Whatever you think of the royal family, I thought it was a relief to focus on pomp and circumstance for a few hours instead of pomposity and circumstantial evidence. To continue my good feelings, I brought a bowl of Royal butterscotch pudding and a bun with Royal icing for snacks. I wrote my opening on my trusty Royal 10 typewriter, and I hummed the Royal Garden Blues on my drive to the radio station. Clearly I was feeling a royal flush, so I celebrated Monarchy Mania his week with lots of songs about royalty and songs by British and American music royalty. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • GOD SAVE THE QUEEN  /  Queen  /  “A Night At The Opera”
  • SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME  /  Alexis Cole  /  “Someday My Prince Will Come”
  • IF I RULED THE WORLD  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Get Happy”
  • EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD  /  Kari Kirkland  /  “Wild Is The Wind”
  • I WONDER WHAT THE KING IS DOING  /  Richard Burton  /  “Camelot”
  • SHALL WE DANCE?  /  Kelli O’Hara & Ken Wantanabe  /  “The King & I”
  • WOULDN’T IT BE LOVERLY  /  Nat King Cole  /  “My Fair Lady”
  • TOO LATE NOW  /  Shirley Horn  /  “You Won’t Forget Me”
  • LADY IS A TRAMP  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “London”
  • MAKING WHOOPEE  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Rod Stewart & Elton John  /  “The Complete American Songbook”
  • BATTLE ROYAL  /  Duke Ellington & Count Basie  /  “First Time!
  • YOU’LL BE BACK  /  Jonathan Groff    /  “Hamilton”
  • LOVE IS HERE TO STAY  /  The King’s Singers  /  “Gold”
  • FOUR BROTHERS  /  The King Sisters  /  “Imagination”
  • AGONY  /  Robert Westenberg, Chuck Wagner  /  “Into The Woods”
  • GOODY GOODBYE  /  Hetty Kate  /  “Valentines”
  • THE THRILL IS GONE  /  B. B. King  /  “The Best of B. B. King”
  • SEND IN THE CLOWNS  /  Cleo Laine  /  “Cleo Laine Sings Sondheim”
  • A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQ.  /  Jacqui Dankworth  /  “It Happens Quietly”
  • TEA FOR TWO  /  Sarah King  /  “Smoke rings”
  • FOGGY DAY  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong  /  “The Complete Ella & Louis”
  • GEORGIA ROSE  /  Queen Latifah  /  “Trav’lin’ Light”
  • WHAT’S NEW  /  Charlie Watts Tentet  /  “Watt’s At Scott’s”
  • A FLOWER IS A LOVESOME THING  ./  Lena Horne  /  “Lena: A New Album’
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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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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27 Jan

I know it wasn’t really a fair competition, not when jazz (-inflected) singers can change characters with every song they sing, and look for  colors of melody and nuance of lyric to emphasize or embellish; while Broadway singers have to stay in character, become a part of a story, and yet still button an emotional moment. But this was a great excuse to listen to some of my favorite singers push the boundaries of their comfort zones. 

 SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title


  • SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE  /  Victoria Clark  /  “15 Seconds of Grace”
  • BABY DREAM YOUR DREAM  /  Tony Bennett  /  “For Once In My Life”
  • LET YOURSELF GO  /  Kristin Chenoweth  /  “Let Yourself Go”
  • MAYBE  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • ALL THE WAY  /  Kelli O’Hara  /  “Wonder In The World”
  • THIS NEARLY WAS MINE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “The Concert Sinatra”
  • IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS  /  Barbra Streisand  /  “Love Is The Answer”
  • AIN’T WE GOT FUN  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Dick Van Dyke  /  “Jazz Blues Vol. 1
  • STICK AROUND  /  Sammy Davis  /  “Golden Boy – Original Cast Recording”
  • ANYONE CAN WHISTLE  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Color And Light”
  • DID I EVER REALLY LIVE?  /  Joe Williams  /  “One More For My Baby”
  • BUT NOT FOR ME  /  Tom Wopat  /  “Consider It Swung”
  • LOST IN THE STARS  /  Nnenna Freelon  /  “Listen”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)