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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 “JAZZ JUKEBOX” (11.17.18)

19 Nov

Saturday afternoon, I sat in for Garrett Stack on his program American Jukebox, rock and pop hits of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.  So I thought I’d spend Saturday evening on my show playing jazz versions of pop tunes. I gave the Gershwins, Rogers and Hart, Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields, etc. the night off.  They didn’t complain, probably for reasons of death. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • I’M WALKING  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Old New, Borrowed, & Blue”
  • EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD  /  Sue Ellen  /  “Sunday Hangover”
  • LOVE POTION #9  /  Ron Boustead  /  “Unlikely Valentine”
  • I NEVER MEANT TO HURT YOU  /  Audrey Martin  /  “Living Room”
  • COME ON-A MY HOUSE  /  Jeff Goldblum & Imeda May  /  “The Capitol Studio Sessions”
  • WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “The Kenny Rankin Album”
  • I WILL  /  Connie Evingson  /  “Let It Be Jazz”
  • ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Ben E. King  /  “Soulful Jazz”
  • CALL ME  /  Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery  /  “Further Adventures of Jimmy & Wes”
  • LEOPARD SKIN PILLBOX HAT  /  Janet Planet  /  “Just Like A Woman”
  • ORDINARY FOOL  /  Mel Torme  /  “A New Album”
  • ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART  /  Diane Marino  /  “Just Groovin”
  • YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “The Kenny Rankin Album”
  • THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow  /  “The Beat Goes On”
  • LOVE IS A LOSING GAME  /  Sachal Vasandani  /  “Hi-Fly”
  • ADDICTED TO LOVE  /  The Hot Sardines  /  “French Fries & Champagne”
  • ALL IN THE GAME  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “The Out-of-Towners”
  • GOD ONLY KNOWS  /  Madeline Eastman  /  “It’s A Quiet Thing”
  • BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Cycles”
  • CALIFORNIA DREAMING  /  Emy Tseng  /  “Sonho”
  • BOTH SIDES NOW  /  John Proulx  /  “Say It”
  • I HOPE YOU DANCE  /  Deborah Lippman  /  “Nightingale”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “DUETS WEEK” (4.21.18)

22 Apr

There’s strength in numbers, right? So this must have been one of my strongest shows ever because every song sung was sung by two singers. Plus the instrumentals were duets, too. I even invited a co-host to join me behind the mic – Alexa, the artificial intelligence assistant. That didn’t go exactly as I thought it would. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or album Title

  • TAKES TWO TO TANGO  /  Ray Charles & Betty Carter  /  “Ray Charles & Betty Carter”
  • I’M CONFESSIN’  /  Tony Bennett & k.d. lang  /  “A Wonderful World”
  • MOUNTAIN GREENERY  /  Jackie & Roy  /  “Echoes”
  • ALL ROUTE 66 DAY TRIPPER BLUES  /  Billy Brandt & Carrie Wick /  “The Ballad Of Larry’s Neighbor”
  • GOOD MORNING HEARTACHE  /  Jamie Cullum & Laura Mvula  /  “Interlude”
  • LITTLE LULU  /  Bill Evans  /  “Further Conversations With Myself”
  • IF I HAD A TALKING PICTURE OF YOU  /  Seth MacFarlane & Norah Jones  /  “In Full Swing”
  • THE BEST THING FOR YOU  /  Mark Murphy & Sheila Jordan  /  “Songbook”
  • GOOD TIME CHARLIE’S GOT THE BLUES  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Anna Wilson & Keith Urban  /  “Countrypolitan Duets”
  • THANKS FOR THE MEMORY  /  Bob Hope & Shirley Ross  /  “Thanks For The Memory”
  • PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Gregory Porter  /  “Ella With The London Symphony Orchestra”
  • I BELIEVE SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT ME  /  Kevin Mahogany & Randy Travis  /  “Another Time Another Place”
  • FANCY MEETING YOU HERE  /  Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney  /  “Fancy Meeting You here”
  • ALICE IN WONDERLAND  /  Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond  /  “1975: The Duets”
  • WHAT’S NEW  /  Betty Carter & Carmen McRae   /  “Duets”
  • MY CUTIE’S DUE ON THE TWO-TO-TWO TODAY  /  Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer  /  “Two Of A Kind”
  • SLOW TALKER  /  Bob & Ray  /  “Bob & Ray: The Two And Only”
  • SAM’S SONG  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Bing Crosby & Gary Crosby  /  “Bing’s Golden Records”
  • PEEL ME A GRAPE  /  Blossom Dearie & Lyle Lovett  /  (Unreleased Single)
  • YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG  /  Curtis Stigers & Cyrille Aimee  /  “Hooray For Love”
  • SILLY HABITS  /  Mel Tormé & Janis Ian  /  “Live At Marty’s”
  • EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE  /  Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden  /  “Last Dance”
  • AMERICAN TUNE  /  Simon & Garfunkel  /  “The Concert In Central Park”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “AND THE OSCAR DOESN’T GO TO…” (3.3.18)

3 Mar

It’s that time again, time when a few people are smiling with happiness and others are forcing smiles on their faces when there is disappointment in their hearts. That means it’s time for the 8th Annual Turntable For One salute to the Oscar LOSERS! Every one of these songs (except the last) was nominated and lost. (Although it’s hard to imagine any song losing to “It’s Hard Out There For A Pimp.”)

  (Year)  /  SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • (1934)   /  THE CARIOCA  /  Mel Torme  /  “Mel Torme With The Marty Paitch Deck-Tette”
  • (1943)  /  YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO  /  Freda Payne  /  “Come Back To Me Love”
  • (1943)  /  HAPPINESS IS JUST A THING CALLED JOE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Twelve Nights In Hollywood”
  • (1937)  /  THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  Van Morrison  /  “Versatile”
  • (1965)  /  I WILL WAIT FOR YOU  /  Alexis Cole  /  “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To”
  • (1951)  /  WONDER WHY  /   Freddy Cole  /  “Love Makes The Changes”
  • (1951)  /  TOO LATE NOW  /  Roberta Gambarini  /  “Easy To Love”
  • (1942)  /  HOW ABOUT YOU?  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Derek Jacobi & Ann Reid  /  “You Are The Best Thing…”
  • (1942)  /  DEARLY BELOVED  /  Vivian Buczek  /  “Live At The Palladium”                
  • (1936)  /  I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Ultimate Sinatra”
  • (1936)  /  PENNIES FROM HEAVEN  /  Stephane Grappelli  /  “The Great American Songbook”
  • (1967)  /  THE LOOK OF LOVE  /  Shirley Horn  /  “The Main Ingredient”
  • (1982)  /  HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Tony Bennett & George Michael  /  “Duets: An American Classic”
  • (1970)  /  WHISTLING AWAY THE DARK  /  Janet Seidel  /  “Charade: Henry Mancini Songbook”
  • (1963)  /  CHARADE  /  Harry Connick Jr.  /  “Come By Me”
  • (1969)  /  WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • (1947)  /  I WISH I DIDN’T LOVE YOU SO  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • (1949)  /  MY FOOLISH HEART  /  Bill Evans  /  “The Last Waltz Disc 6”
  • (1945)  /  AREN’T YOU GLAD YOU’RE YOU  /  Cali Rose  /  “Are You Having Any Fun “
  • (1966)  ALFIE  /  Madeline Eastman  /  “A Quiet Thing”
  •  MAYBE THIS TIME  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Here’s To The Ladies”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “WE DIG DADS” (6.17.17)

19 Jun

For Fathers Day: Songs by Dads, songs about Dads, a couple mystery vocalists, and a few rounds of the always-fun game, “Who’s Your Daddy?” And, no, this isn’t the game where Charlie Sheen takes a paternity test. I played some singers and the audience had to guess who is the singer’s father. A good time was had by all…well, okay, I can be certain of this: a good time was had by me.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • GIVE ME THE SIMPLE LIFE  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Meet the Robinsons”
  • I WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOU  /  Gina Eckstine  /  ”Everything I Have Is Yours”
  • WITHOUT A SONG  /  Billy Eckstine  /  “Without A Song”
  • BEIN’ A DAD  /  Loudon Wainwright III  /  “Little Ship”
  • THE WIFFENPOOF SONG  /  Claire Hogan  /  “Boozers & Losers”
  • I’M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS  /  Mandy Patinkin  /  Dress Casual”
  • SONG FOR MY FATHER  /  Lillie Huddleston  /  “How Long Has This Been Going On?”
  • SONG FOR MY FATHER  /  Gregory Porter  /  Serenade For Horace”
  • FATHER’S DAY  /  Groucho Marx  /  “Master Comedians”
  • UNFORGETTABLE  /  Nat & Natalie Cole  /  “Unforgettable”
  • MY PA  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Darlene Gillespie  /  “Songs From Annette”
  • FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE  /  Nancy Sinatra  /  “Nancy”
  • SOLILOQUY  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “The Concert Sinatra”
  • DEED I DO  /  Jeanie Bryson  /  “Some Cats Know: The Music of Peggy Lee”
  • CON ALMA  /  Dizzy Gillespie & The Double Six Of Paris  /  ”The Verve & Phillips Small Group Recordings”
  • GOT TO GET HOME SO I CAN SEE MY CHILDREN  /  Dave Tull  /  “I Just Want To Get Paid”
  • ANYONE CAN WHISTLE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Roy Kral  /  “A Stephen Sondheim Collection
  • MIMOSA & ME  /  Jackie & Roy  /  “Lovesick”
  • COME BACK TO ME  /  James Tormé  /  “Love For Sale”
  • ISN’T IT ROMANTIC  /  Mel Tormé  /  “Live At Marty’s”
  • ST. JUDY’S COMET  /  Paul Simon  /  “Negotiations & Love Songs”
  • SUBWAY TO THE COUNTRY  /  David Ackles  /  “Subway To The Country”
  • WALTZ FOR DEBBY  /  Bill Evans Trio  /  “The Last Waltz””
  • BROWN BABY  /  Oscar Brown Jr.  /  “Sin & Soul”
  • A CHILD IS BORN  /  Tony Bennett & Bill Evans  /  “Together Again”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “THINGS TO DO WHILE LISTENING” – AN ARCHIVE SHOW (12.31.16

2 Jan

Couldn’t get to the studio on Saturday, so I did the next best thing – I had a fun time listening to an archive broadcast of one of my favorite shows from 2016. Well, it’s 2017 now and who knows what wonderful musical surprises I have up my sleeve for this new year.  Wait a minute! I feel something crawling up my sleeve.  Help!

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • DANCING IN THE DARK  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Come Dance With Me”
  • WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Harlem On My Mind”
  • LET’S MISBEHAVE  /  Janice Hagan  /  “Let’s Misbehave”
  • CLOSE YOUR EYES  /  Loston Harris  /  “Comes Love”
  • LET’S STAY AWAKE  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “Calibration”
  • SATURDAY NIGHT  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • LET’S EAT HOME  /  Rosemary Clooney  /  “Still On The Road”
  • HOW ABOUT YOU  /  Bobby Darin  /  “Love Swings”
  • I’M GONNA WASH THAT MAN RIGHT OUT OF MY HAIR  /  Eyde Gorme  /  “Showstoppers”
  • THE FOLKS WHO LIVE ON THE HILL  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Astoria: Portrait Of An Artist”
  • SCRABBLE  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Ages”
  • ALL ALONE  /  (Mystery vocalist)  /  Tab Hunter  /  “Tab Hunter”
  • SMOKE RINGS  /  Sarah King  /  “Sarah King & The Smoke Rings”
  • DO IT AGAIN  /  Delicatessen  /  “Jazz + Bossa”
  • GOOGEABLE  /  Ori Dagan  /  “Less Than Three”
  • DREAM DANCING  /  Stacey Kent  /  “Close Your Eyes”
  • LET’S TAKE A WALK AROUND THE BLOCK  /  Mel Torme  /  “Live At Marty’s”
  • LET’S TAKE AN OLD FASHIONED WALK  /  Melissa Walker  /  “I Saw The Sky”
  • COME BACK TO ME  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Francis A. & Edward K.”
  • SHOO FLY PIE & APPLE PAN DOWDY  /  Hetty Kate  /  “Gordon Webster Meets Hetty Kate”
  • SCOTCH AND SODA  /  Rose Colella  /  “Cocktail”
  • CHAMPAGNE  /  Kat Edmonson  /  “Way Down Low”
  • I’M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER  /  Nat Cole  /  “Holidays & Hits”
  • MY COLORING BOOK  /  Barbra Streisand  /  “The Second Barbra Streisand Album”
  • THE PARTY’S OVER  /  Leslie Odom Jr.  /  “Leslie Odom Jr.”
  • FRENCH FRIES AND CHAMPAGNE  /  The Hot Sardines  /  “French Fries & Champagne”
  • LISTEN HERE  /  Dave Frishberg  /  “Classics”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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