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PLAYLIST FOR “HERE’S TO THE (GRACIOUS!) LOSERS (10.1.22)

3 Oct

A couple of weeks ago I was watching a college football game.  The final score was pretty humiliating – 77 to 21.  And after the game, do you know what the losing coach said?  “We lost.”   He didn’t say, the game was rigged or it was stolen.  He didn’t say someone in Venezuela or somewhere tampered with the scoreboard.  He just said, “We lost.  And it reminded me of a time long long ago when people actually admitted defeat, honestly and graciously. So I wanted to give them a little love and give a musical salute to all the gracious losers. Of course I tossed in a few sore losers just for comparison sake. 

 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • HERE’S TO THE LOSERS  /  Mathilde Santing  /  “Luck Be A Lady”
  • YOU CAN DEPEND ON ME  /  Joe Williams  /   “Ballad & Blues Master”
  • JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS  /  Calabria Foti  /  “Just One Of Those Things”
  • FORGET THE WOMAN  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Excellence”
  • GOODY GOODY  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella At The Opera House”
  • I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CHANGE MY PLANS  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “A Swingin’ Affair”
  • THE SUMMER WIND  /  Madeleine Peyroux  /  “Half The Perfect World”
  • GONE WITH THE WIND  /  Ahmad Jamal Trio  /  “Live At The Pershing Vol. 2”
  • THE SHOW MUST GO ON  /  Dinah Washington  /   “Ballads”
  • SOMEDAY  /  (Mystery Sore Loser)  /  Jose Feliciano  /  “Fantastic Feliciano”
  • NO REGRETS  /  Phoebe Snow  /  Second Childhood”
  • I WISH YOU LOVE  /  Natalie Cole  /  “Take A Look”
  • BUT NOT FOR ME   /  Joe Pesci & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “Falling In Love With Love”
  • YOU CAN HAVE HIM  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At Town Hall”
  • IT’S TOO LATE  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “The Vienna Affair”
  • I UNDERSTAND  /  Kelly Green Trio  /  “Volume One”
  • SOMETIME WHEN YOU’RE LONELY  /  Mark Murphy  /  “The Dream”
  • MANHATTAN  /  Sara Bareilles  /  “Brave Enough”
  • WHAT’S NEW?  /  Bill Evans Trio & Jeremy Steig  /  “What’s New?”
  • I’LL BE AROUND  /  Willie Nelson  /  “My Way”
  • I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME  /  Candace Springs  /  “The Women Who Raised Me”
  • HEY, THAT’S NO WAY TO SAY GOODBYE  /  Leonard Cohen  /  “Live In London”
  • TRAV’LIN’ LIGHT  /  Queen Latifah  /  “Trav’lin’ Light”
  • BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Professional Dreamer”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “I HEAR DEAD PEOPLE” (1/21/17)

23 Jan

I paid tribute to some of the singers, musicians, arrangers, composers (and even a music producer) who died in 2016.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD or Album Title

  • YOUR MIND IS ON VACATION  /  Mose Allison  /  “The Best of Mose Allison”
  • SOOTHE ME  /  Toots Thielemans w/ Shirley Horn  /  “You Won’t Forget Me”
  • SEULE CE SOIR  /  Leo Marjane  /  “Essentiel”
  • LIVING WITHOUT YOU  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Live At The Vic”
  • LOVE THEME FROM SPARTACUS  /  Bill Evan w/ Jeremy Steig  /  “What’s New”
  • TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY  /  Bobby Vee  /  “The Legendary Masters”        
  • OH, WHAT A NIGHT  /  Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons  /  “The Very Best Of Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons”
  • CHAPEL OF LOVE  /  Dixie Cups  /   Chapel Of Love”
  • YOU’VE CHANGED  /  George Michael  /  “Songs From The Last Century”
  • MY FUNNY VALENTINE  /  Johnny Mathis  /   The Essential Johnny Mathis”
  • VEM KAN SEGLA FORUTAN VIND  /  The Real Group w/ Toots Thielemans  /  “One For All”
  • MATZOH BALLS  /  Slim Gaillard  /  “Slim Gaillard Remastered”
  • DELICATESSEN  /  Delicatessen  /  “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
  • OSCAR BRAND INTERVIEWS DYLAN 
  • YOU GOTTA BELIEVE  /  Dan Hicks  /  “Strike It Rich”
  • WHEN YOU ARE NEAR  /  Bobby Hutcherson  /  “Happenings”
  • THEME FROM THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS  /  (Mystery Dead Vocalist)  /  Patty Duke  /  “Patty Duke Sings Songs From Valley Of The Dolls”
  • OSCAR MAYER WEINER SONG  / 
  • HOW INSENSITIVE  /  Frank Sinatra/Tom Jobim  /  “Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings”
  • I WAS A FOOL TO LET YOU GO  /  Frank Sinatra Jr.  /  “That Face”
  • STORMY WEATHER  /  Kay Starr  /  “Kay Starr”
  • I’M OLD FASHIONED  /  Julius LaRosa  /  “Julius LaRosa”
  • THE PREACHER  /  Horace Silver  /  “The Best Of Horace Silver”
  • BIRD ON A WIRE  /  Leonard Cohen  /  “Live Songs”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “STATES I’VE BEEN IN” (11.19.16)

22 Nov

No, this wasn’t a geography lesson. I’m talking about states of mind, some I visit regularly, some I try to avoid, some I’ve been stranded in ever since the election.

(State Of Mind)  /  SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • (Mourning)  /  BIRD ON A WIRE  /  Leonard Cohen  /  “Songs Live”
  • I DON’T WANT MUCH  /  Mose Allison  /  “American Legend: Live In California”
  • (Bliss)  /  CHEEK TO CHEEK  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong  /  “Ella & Louis”
  • (Indecision)  /  UNDECIDED  /  Amy Farris  /  “Anyway”
  • UNDECIDED BLUES  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Playing With My Friends”
  • (Amazement)  /  IT AMAZES ME  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Once Upon A Summertime”
  • (Disbelief)  /  I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH ME  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session”
  • (Resignation)  /  COMES LOVE  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Billie’s Best”
  • FAILURE FACE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Rod McKuen  /  “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”
  • (Spirituality)  /  NAIMA  /  Charles Lloyd  /  “Autumn In New York”
  • (Grace)  /  HOUSE OF GRACE  /  Billy Brandt  /  “The Ballad Of Larry’s Neighbor”
  • (Self-Deception)  /  I HAVEN’T GOT ANY BETTER TO DO  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “Doozy”
  • (Optimism)  /  BLUESETTE  /  Mel Torme & Buddy Rich Orchestra  /  “When I Found You”
  • (Not Optimism)  /  LITTLE GIRL BLUE  /  Nina Simone  /  “After Hours”
  • (Horny Dog)  /  WHATCHA GONNA DO ON MONDAY  /  Andy Scott  /  “Angels”
  • (Horny Dog Response)  /  DOWN BOY  /  Rebecca Kilgore  /  “I Like Men”
  • (Neediness)  /  DON’T LET ME BE LONELY TONIGHT  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “My Romance”
  • (Unrequited Love)  /  SWEETHEART  /  Hilary Gardner  /  “The Great City”
  • (Euphoria)  /  ON A CLEAR DAY  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Boston Concert”
  • (Shock)  /  GUESS WHO I SAW TODAY  /  Chris Connor & Maynard Ferguson  /  “Two’s Company”
  • (Innocence Or Ignorance?  /  SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • (Higher Consciousness)  /  THE WATERS OF MARCH  /  Stacey Kent  /  “Dreamer In Concert”
  • (Glass Half-Full)  /  THE RAINBOW CONNECTION  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Slowly”
  • (Glass Half-Empty)  /  I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY  /  Norah Jones  /  “Higher Ground”
  • (Prayer)  /  COME SUNDAY  /  Carol Sloane  /  “Sophisticated Lady”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “THE (LOST) ART OF WRITING LETTERS” (5.14.16)

16 May

Remember when 140 characters meant a Tolstoy novel, not our major means of communicating with each other? Remember when Snail Mail referred to the gender of a specie, not to the U.S. Postal Service? Remember when a sound bite was an accident with the neighbor’s dog, not a statement by a politician? (Although you’d probably be wise to get a rabies shot after both of those events.) We seem to have lost a number of things these days – skills such as logic, empathy, listening. This week I thought I’d tackle the lost art of letter writing with a couple dozen wonderful songs and singers on the topic. 

 

  • TAKE A LETTER, MISS JONES  /  Mel Torme  /  “Live At Marty’s”
  • LOVE LETTERS  /  Natalie Cole  /  “Stardust”
  • I’M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings”
  • SEALED WITH A KISS  /  Anne Farnsworth  /  “Sealed With A Kiss”
  • MR. SANDMAN  /  Anita O’Day & Cal Tjader  /  “Time For Two”
  • POSTCARD LOVERS  /  Stacey Kent  /  “Dreamer In Concert”
  • P.S. I LOVE YOU  /  Jimmy Scott  /  “Over The Rainbow”
  • FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT  /  Leonard Cohen  /  “The Essential Leonard Cohen”
  • DEAR BIX  / Renee Yoxon & Chad Linsley  /  “Impossible: Live At Musideum”
  • TONY BENNETT  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Old, New, Borrowed, And The Blues”
  • TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Casa Forte”
  • YOU’RE THE TOP  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Cary Grant & Ginny Sims  /  “Music of Cole Porter”   
  • MONA LISA  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Tokyo 96”
  • SMITTEN WITH YOU  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Attachments”
  • HONEY PIE  /  Tuck & Patty  /  “Love Warriors”
  • HEY JOHN  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Blossom Dearie Sings”
  • HEY YOU WITH THE CRAZY EYES  /  Loston Harris  /  “Swingfully Yours”
  • BABY, WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME  /  Champian Fulton  /  “After Dark”
  • MEET ME AT NO SPECIAL PLACE  /  Maud Hixson  /  “Love’s Refrain”
  • LONELY TIME  /  Maynard Ferguson  /  “Message From Birdland”
  • YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY  /  Curtis Stigers  /  “Secret Heart”
  • DEARLY BELOVED  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Hollywood My Way”
  • THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Rarities, Outtakes, & Other Delights, Vol. 2””
  • HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • DON’T SMOKE IN BED  /  Nina Simone  /  “Little Girl Blue”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  

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