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5 Jul

This was my first Fourth Of July show ever (I’m usually off during July and August). So should the show be patriotic? Ironic? Serious? Cynical? Yes, yes, yes, and yes! I celebrated with some traditional songs, plus the Buddy Rich Big Band for fireworks, Laverne Butler with a declaration of independence, tributes to Freddy Cole, Johnny Mandel, and Jim Pepper, and  songs by Dave Frishberg, Randy Newman in celebration of the First Amendment. Looks like I’ll be around all summer this year. Check back frequently. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE  /  Rene Marie  /  “Voice Of My Beautiful Country”
  • GRAND OLD FLAG  /  Sweet Sue Terry  /  “Live At The Deer Head Inn”
  • BROTHER WHERE ARE YOU?  /  Freddy Cole  /  “Love Makes The Changes”
  • MY COUNTRY USED TO BE  /  Dave Frishberg  /  “Do You Miss New York?”
  • A SONG AFTER SUNDOWN  /  Stan Getz & Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops  /  “The Essential Stan Getz”
  • AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL  /  Ray Charles  /  “Ray Charles Forever”
  • MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE  /  Halloween Americans  /  “Halloween 101-USA Horror Music”
  • READY MIX  /  Buddy Rich  /  “Just In Time: The Final Recording”
  • CLOSE ENOUGH FOR LOVE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME/GOD BLESS America  /  Mandy Patinkin  /  “Mamaloshen”
  • THERE USED TO BE A BALLPARK  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Tim McCarver  /  “Tim McCarver Sings Selections From The Great American Songbook”
  • AMERICA  /  Simon & Garfunkle  /  “Old Friends”
  • THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER  /  Duke Ellington Orchestra  /  “Love You Madly”
  • DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING  /  Laverne Butler  /  “Blues In The City”
  • TAKE ME TO THE ALLEY  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Take Me to the Alley”
  • AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL  /  John Daversa Big Band  /  “American Dreamers”
  • A FEW WORDS IN DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY  /  Randy Newman  /  “The Randy Newman Songbook”
  • WITCHI TAI TO  /  Chris Hills  /  “Everything Is Everything”
  • POLKA DOTS AND MOONBEAMS  /  Jim Pepper  /  “Dakota Song”
  • LIFE’S A LESSON  /  Ben Sidran & Giorgia  /  “Ben There, Done That”
  • AMERICAN TUNE  /  Kurt Elling  /  “Questions”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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5 Apr

Schadenfreude taking pleasure in the failures of someone else. In other words, listeners’ usual response to my show. Well, this week, right back at you with about a dozen songs that drip of one of our most secret and guilty pleasures. The singers this week aren’t bad, either. Take a look.


SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD or Album Title  


  • GOODY GOODY  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra And Swingin’ Brass”
  • WHO’S SORRY NOW  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “The Intimate Ella”
  • I CRIED FOR YOU  /  Kalil Wilson  /  “Easy To Love”
  • DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING  /  Laverne Butler  / “Blues In The City”
  • I WAS A LITTLE TOO LONELY  /  Nat Cole  /  “After Midnight”
  • RED WAGON  /  Kristin Korb  /  “What’s Your Story?”
  • I WANNA BE AROUND  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Tony Bennett & Bono  /  “Duets: An American Classic”
  • AFTER YOU’VE GONE/TOO GONE TOO LONG  /  Christine Ebersol  /  “Strings Attached”
  • SOMEDAY YOU’LL BE SORRY  /  Louis Armstrong and the Commanders  /  “The Ultimate Collection”
  • SOMEDAY YOU’LL WANT ME TO WANT YOU  /  Ray Charles  / “A Clearer View”
  • SCRABBLE  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Ages”
  • AIN’T NO USE  /  Joe Williams  / “Ballad And Blues Master”
  • CRY ME A RIVER  /  Nancy Harms  /  “In The Indigo”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)