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PLAYLIST FOR “THE ‘I’ WORD” (6.22.19)

23 Jun

The “I” Word – it’s one hot topic these days, although there are a lot of people in D.C. so nervous about it they can’t can’t bring themselves to say the entire word. Hence: The “I” Word. Well, I can think of a bunch of “I” Word songs that directly apply to or illustrate what’s happening in our world today. I did save some personal favorites for the last half hour of the show. 

(“I”-Word)  /  SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • (Irresponsible)  /  CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE  /  Bobby Darin  /  “Hello Dolly To Goodbye Charlie”
  • (Invite)  /  IF I HAD YOU  /  Nnenna Freelon  /  “Live”
  • (Intransigence)  /  I WON’T DANCE  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “Sinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings”
  • (Irritating)  /  YOU IRRITATE ME SO  /  Audrey Morris  /  “The Voice Of Audrey Morris”
  • (Irrational)  /  I DON’T KNOW WHY  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Tony Makes It Happen”
  • (Idiocy)  /  YOU’RE A CAD  /  Hilary Gardner & Charles Ruggiero  /  “The Bird & The Bee”
  • (Absolute Immunity)  /  I WISH I DIDN’T LOVE YOU SO  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • (Impossible)  /  THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  The Singing Nuns  /  “Sounds Of Joyous Music”
  • (Instructive)  /  IN A MELLOW TONE  /  Brianna Thomas & Eyal Vilner Big Band  /  “Swing Out”
  • (Irony)  /  I’M NOT TALKING  /  Mose Allison  /  “The Mose Chronicles”
  • (Imbroglio)  /  WAITER, OH WAITER  /  Stacey Kent  /  “The Changing Lights”
  • (Immature)  /  I DON’T WANT TO  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “Second Hand Smoke”
  • (Imagination)  /  IMAGINATION  /  Jesse Belvin  /  “Mr. Easy”
  • (Intermission)  /  INTERMISSION RIFF  /  Stan Kenton Orchestra  /  “Stompin’ At Newport”
  • (Indefatigable)  /  WHILE WE’RE YOUNG  /  Mary Stallings  /  “Songs Were Made To Sing”
  • (Innocence)  /  BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Haven’t We Met?”
  • (Indulgent)  /  GEE, BABY, AIN’T I GOOD TO YOU  /  Haley Reinhart/Jeff Goldblum & Mildred Snitzer Orch.  /“The Capitol Sessions”
  • (Infinite)  /  LOST IN THE STARS  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  William Shatner w/ Ernie Watts  /  “Seeking Major Tom”
  • (Immoral)  /  I WANT TO BE EVIL  /  Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings  /  “Groovin”
  • (Idealistic)  /  THE RAINBOW CONNECTION  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Slowly”
  • (Immutable)  /  WHY TRY TO CHANGE ME NOW  /  Marlene VerPlanck  /  “Ballads…Mostly”
  • (Irreplaceable)  /  LATE LAMENT  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “After The Fall”
  • (Incomparable)  /  I LIKE THE SUNRISE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella At Dukes’ Place”
  • (Insightful)  /  FRAGILE  /  Sting  /  “Live In Berlin”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “SOMETHING GOOD MIGHT HAPPEN” (6.8.19)

9 Jun

I’m have always been a “the-glass-is-half-empty” kind of guy. (I also worry who’s been drinking from that glass.) Why? Growing up, my family had a clear and distinct world view: “Something bad might happen.” So this week I challenged – no, I dared myself to look through the eyes of people who actually (and inexplicably) see the world positively. I played song after song about things possibly going right and how to make that happen. Happily I got through it but only by repeating my daily, personal affirmation: “What on earth were you thinking?” 

 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • SOMETHING’S COMING  /  Lilly Thornton  /  “Something’s Coming”
  • A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Tony Makes it Happen”
  • THIS COULD BE THE START OF SOMETHING BIG  /  Monica Ramey  /  “Monica Ramey & The Beegie Adair Trio”
  • IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “This One’s For Tedi”
  • FROM THIS MOMENT ON  /  The Carpenters  /  “The Essential Collection”
  • WATCH WHAT HAPPENS  /  Joe Williams  /  “Joe Williams Live In Las Vegas”
  • SHALL WE DANCE?  /  Norma Winstone  /  “Manhattan In The Rain”
  • HAVEN’T WE MET?  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Silver Morning”
  • EVERYTHING’S COMIN’ UP ROSES  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Carol Burnett  /  “Let Me Entertain You: Carol Burnett Sings”
  • IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT  /  Ashley Pezzotti  /  “We’ve Only Just Begun”
  • IF I HAD YOU  /  Willie Nelson & Diana Krall  /  “American Classic”
  • THE BEST IS YET TO COME  /  Audrey Bernstein  /  “Audrey Bernstein Loves Blue”
  • IN A MELLOW TONE  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  “Brunch At The Renaissance”
  • I FEEL A SONG COMING ON  /  Chris Connor & Maynard Ferguson  /  “Two’s Company”
  • BLUE SKIES  /  Dr. John  /  “Afterglow”
  • I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT  /  Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm  /  Spark
  • SHINE ON YOUR SHOES  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Jerry Lewis  /  “Just Sings”
  • TAKE A CHANCE  /  Rebecca Dumaine  /  “Happy Madness”
  • HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES?  /  Tony Lindsay w/ Michael O’Neill Quintet  /  “Pacific Standard Time”
  • THIRD TIME IS A CHARM  /  Mary Stallings  /  “Songs Were Made To Sing”
  • A SLEEPIN’ BEE  /  John Doakes  /  “True Love”
  • THE MAN WITH THE HORN  /  Calabria Foti  /  “Prelude To A Kiss”
  • I LIKE THE SUNRISE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Francis A. & Edward K.”
  • DREAM  /  Joanie Sommers  /  “Dream”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “UNCIVIL DISCOURSE” (5.19.19)

19 May

Angry. Bitter. Vindictive. Sarcastic. Belittling. Bullying – no I’m not trying to come up with my professional wrestler name. Haven’t you noticed? That’s how people talk to each other these days. Whatever happened to listening? Whatever happened to “if you don’t have anything nice to say…” I mean, whatever happened to civil discourse? I know, that’s so old world. Okay, I’ll join the new world – if only for two hours. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • GOODY GOODY  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra & Swingin’ Brass”
  • EVERYTHING I’VE GOT BELONGS TO YOU  /  Johanna Sillanpaa  /  “From This Side”
  • YOUR MIND IS ON VACATION  /  Curtis Stigers  /  “Real Emotional”
  • IN THE NAME OF LOVE  /  Alan & Stacey Schulman  /  “As Is”
  • HOUND DOG  /  Casey Abrams  /  “Jazz”
  • SO LONG YOU FOOL  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Make Someone Happy”
  • KILLED A CAT  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Silver Morning”
  • BABY I DON’T CRY OVER YOU  /  Yamit Lemoine  /  “Ain’t Misbehavin’”
  • DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING  /  Ray Charles  /  “The Genius of Ray Charles”
  • WHY DON’T YOU DO RIGHT  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Amy Irving  /  “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”
  • IT’S TOO LATE /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “The Vienna Affair”
  • DO NOTHING TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Bennett Sing Ellington: Hot & Cool”
  • I’M GONNA LOCK MY HEART  /  Karina Corradini  /  “Bridge To Infinity”
  • LET’S TALK ABOUT ME  /  The Hot Club Sandwich  /  “At The Matrix”
  • MOST GENTLEMEN DON’T LIKE LOVE  /  Betty Carter  /  “The Cole Porter Songbook”
  • GIRL TALK  /  Ernie Andrews  /  “Girl Talk”
  • DANCE ON YOUR OWN  /  Carol Welsman  /  “I Like Men”
  • GET OUT OF TOWN  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Dirk Bogarde  /  “Lyrics For Lovers”
  • YOU’RE A CAD  /  Hilary Gardner & Charles Ruggiero  /  “The Bird & The Bee”
  • CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS?  /  Seth MacFarlane  /  “Once In A While”
  • YOU’RE BLASÉ  /  Stan Getz  /  “Spring Is Here”
  • YOU IRRITATE ME SO  /  Hetty Kate & The Dan McLean Hot Six  /  “The Umbrella Man”
  • TELL ME THE TRUTH  /  Cormac Kenevey  /  “This Is Living”
  • LIVING IN THE WRONG TIME  /  Paul Jost  /  “Simple Life”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “MARIE KONDO WEEK!” (2,23.19)

24 Feb

This week’s show was a tribute to the diva of decluttering, the dean of de-accession, the titan of tidying up – Marie Kondo. I played nothing but music that “sparks joy” for me and tossed in a few joyful requests from the audience. Plus, following Marie Kondo’s advice, I gathered all my musical themes, thanked several of them for their service, and summarily threw them away. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album title

  • BLEE BLOP BLUES  /  Count Basie  /  “Count Basie At Newport”
  • I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN  /  Frank Sinatra  /  Standing Room Only”
  • I LOVE THE WAY YOU’RE BREAKING MY HEART  /  Delicatessen  /  “Jazz + Bossa”
  • STEPPING OUT WITH MY BABY  /  Fred Astaire  /  “The Irving Berlin Songbook”
  • WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE  /  Anita O’Day  /  “The Big Band Sessions”
  • IL POETA  /  Sarah Lancman  /  “Intermezzo”
  • HOUSE OF GOLD  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “The Kenny Rankin Album”
  • I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU  /  Monica Ramey  /  Monica Ramey & The Beegie Adair Trio”
  • WELL, YOU NEEDN’T  /  Cody Owen Stine Trio
  • POSTCARD LOVERS  /  Stacey Kent  /  “Dreamer In Concert”
  • CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Allen Ludden  /  “Sings His Favorite Songs”
  • AGUAS DE MARCO  /  Paula Morelenbaum  /  Live In Italia”
  • ALL SAINT’S DAY  /  Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “You’re Driving Me Crazy”
  • EXACTLY LIKE YOU  /  Nina Simone  /  “The Colpix Years”
  • FORGET THE WOMAN  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art of Excellence”
  • PRACTICAL ARRANGEMENT  /  Sting  /  “The Last Ship”
  • MANHATTAN  /  Sara Bareilles  /  “Brave Enough”
  • CARAVAN  /  Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra  /  “The Capitol Sessions”
  • THE NEARNESS OF YOU  /  Al Jarreau  /  Accentuate The Positive”
  • ISN’T IT ROMANTIC  /  Betty Carter & Carmen McRae  /  “Duets”
  • ISN’T IT ROMANTIC  /  Mel Torme  /  “Live At Marty’s”
  • GONE FOR THE DAY  /  Veronica Swift  /  “Lonely Woman”
  • WHEN I FALL IN LOVE  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note
  • TU LO SAI  /  Joyce DiDonato  /  “Songplay”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “GROUNDHOG DAY!” (2.2.19)

2 Feb

Explain to me again why we created a holiday to honor an ugly, destructive rodent and a misguided superstition while continuing to discredit the value of scientific facts in our lives? I based my Groundhog Day celebration on the classic movie and this rule: If you hear a song once this week, you’re going to hear it at least twice. (Okay, I did start the show with one Groundhog Day song.)

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • ME AND MY SHADOW  /  Marion Montgomery  /  “What’s New”
  • MEMORIES OF YOU  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “The Rare Sinatra”
  • MEMORIES OF YOU  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Point Of No Return”
  • NOBODY’S HEART  /  Diahann Carroll & Andre Previn  /  “Diahann Carroll & Andre Previn Trio”
  • NOBODY’S HEART  /  Doris Day & Andre Previn  /  “Duet”
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Tony Makes It Happen”   
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Best Of Tony Bennett” 
  • I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT  /  Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm  /  “Spark”
  • I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Seal with The Puppini Sisters  /  “Standards”
  • THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  The Ault Sisters  /  “Timeless”
  • THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  Stacey Kent  /  “Dreamer In Concert”
  • BODY AND SOUL  /  Gerry Mulligan  /  “The Concert Jazz Band At The Village Vanguard”
  • BODY AND SOUL  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “Grand Masters Of Jazz”
  • BODY AND SOUL  /  Mark Murphy  /  “Wild & Free: Live At The Keystone Korner”
  • TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT  /  Mel Torme  /  “Mel Torme: Swings Shubert Alley”
  • TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Devil May Care”
  • PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE  /  Ella Fitzgerald w/ Ellis Larkin  /  “Songs In A Mellow Mood”
  • PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Gregory Porter /  “Ella With the London Symphony Orchestra”
  • ONCE UPON A SUMMERTIME   /  Blossom Dearie   / “Once Upon A Summertime”
  • ONCE UPON A SUMMERTIME  /  Michel Legrand  /  “Live At Fat Tuesday’s”
  • SOME OTHER TIME  /  Bill Evans  /  “Bill Evans: The Complete Riverside Recordings”
  • SOME OTHER TIME  /  Hailey Tuck  /  “Junk”
  • BLACKBIRD  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Haven’t We Met?”
  • BLACKBIRD  /  Judith Owen  /  “Rediscovered”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “THE YEAR IN REVIEW 2018” (12.29.18)

30 Dec

I spent a couple of hours reflecting on some of the weekly musical themes from the past year and some of my favorite musical discoveries in an attempt – probably a futile one – to distract the audience from reflecting on all of the things they could have been doing instead of listening to my show every week. Who needs to hear their regrets when I have plenty of my own?

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • WALKING HAPPY  /  Frank Sinatra Jr.  /  “That Face”
  • SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN  /  Veronica Swift  /  “Lonely Woman”
  • YOU ARE THERE  /  Andrew Distel  /  “It Only Takes Time”
  • CONJUGAISON AMOUREUSE  /  Sarah Lancman  /  “A Contretemps”
  • A MAN AIN’T SUPPOSED TO CRY  /  John Doakes  /  “Forever Reasons”
  • I WANT TO BE EVIL  /  Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings  /  “Groovin”
  • COFFEE TIME  /  Natalie Cole  /  “Still Unforgettable”
  • THE COFFEE SONG  /  Hot Club Sandwich  /  “Café Matrix”
  • THE PEOPLE YOU NEVER GET TO LOVE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Rupert Holmes  /  “Have Yourself A Jazz Christmas”
  • TAKE A BITE  /  Margaret Whiting  /  “The Lady’s In Love With You”
  • ROUND MIDNIGHT  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Because of You”
  • MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME  /  Hailey Reinhardt, Jeff Goldblum, Mildred Snitzer Orch.  /  “The Capitol Sessions”
  • MY CHERIE AMOUR  /  Stevie Wonder & Count Basie Orchestra  /  “All About that Basie”
  • NOT MY TIME  /  Kat Edmonson  /  “Old Fashioned Gal”
  • I’LL BE SEEING YOU  /  Ellen Andersson Quartet  /  “I’ll Be Seeing You”
  • YOU CAN’T ALWAYS SING A HAPPY SONG  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Burt Reynolds  /  “Ask Me What I Am”
  • WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR’S EVE?  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “A Capitol Christmas”
  • IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Another Time Another Place”
  • SNOW WHITE  /  Marina & The Kats  /  “Small”
  • SOMETIME WHEN YOU’RE LONELY  /  Mark Murphy & The Metropole Orch.  /  “The Dream”
  • PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Gregory Porter  /  “Ella with The London Symphony Orchestra”
  • ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?  /  Paul Buchanan, Chris Botti  /  “To Love Again”
  • WHILE WE’RE YOUNG  /  Kitty Margolis & Michael Bluestein  /  “Heart & Soul: Live In San Francisco”
  • SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD  /  Jimmy Scott  /  “The Source”
  • TIME IS A FUNNY THING  /  Karrin Allyson  /  “Some Of That Sunshine”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

 

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PLAYLIST FOR “CHRISTMAS PARTY 2018” (12.22.18)

27 Dec

Ho, Ho Ho – I wasn’t quoting from a misogynistic rap song. I was just getting into the Christmas spirit and ready to play some old and new holiday favorites. 

SONG TITLE  / Artist  /  CD or Album Title

  • MY FAVORITE THINGS  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Snowfall: The Christmas album”
  • CHRISTMAS IS STARTING NOW  /  Laura Dickinson  /  “Auld Lang Syne”
  • I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “A Christmas album”
  • SNOW DAY  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas”
  • MEDLEY  /  Maureen McGovern  /  “Christmas With Maureen McGovern”
  • BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE  /  Lydia Lyza & Josiah Lemanski  
  • JINGLE BELLS  /  Accent
  • JINGLE BELLS  /  Duke Ellington  /  “Jingle Bell Jam”
  • THE WORLD FOR CHRISTMAS  /  The Real Group  /  “The World For Christmas”
  • SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Frank Sinatra & Cyndi Lauper  /  “A Very Special Christmas 2”
  • WHITE CHRISTMAS  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas”
  • CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE  /  Vince Guaraldi  /  “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
  • SLEIGH RIDE  /  Cyrille Aimee & The Lost Fingers  /  “Coconut Christmas”
  • HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS  /  Leslie Odom Jr.  /  “Simply Christmas”
  • MEDLEY  /  The Swingle Singers  /  “Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas”
  • HE’S GONNA TAKE AWAY OUR CHRISTMAS  /  Robert Goulet  /  “Wonderful World Of Christmas”
  • THE SECRET OF CHRISTMAS  /  Connie Evingson  /  “The Secret of Christmas”
  • THE THEORY SONG  /  David Swenson  /  
  • THE CHRISTMAS SONG  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Nat ‘King’ Cole & Me”
  • A CHRISTMAS COMPROMISE  /  Duchess  /  “Harmony For the Holidays”
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY  /  Ramsey Lewis Trio  /  “Sound Of Christmas”
  • WOULDN’T YOU LIKE AN OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS?  /  Monica Ramey & Beegie Adair  /  “Some Enchanted Christmas”
  • CHRISTMAS WILL REALLY BE CHRISTMAS  /  Kristin Korb  /  “That Time Of Year”
  • A CHILD IS BORN  /  Oscar Peterson  /  “Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas”
  • STAR OF WONDER  /  Kurt Elling  /  “The Beautiful Day”
  • ANGEL’S LULLABY  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow  /  “Winter Wonderland”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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