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PLAYLIST FOR “HEADLINE NEWS” (9.14.19)

14 Sep

Have you checked out the headlines these days? Accusations. Recriminations. Distortions. And that’s just about the weather! To give everyone a break, I’ve come up with some “headlines” of my own, sung by some of my favorite headliners.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • EVERYTHING’S MOVIN’ TOO FAST  /  Hetty Kate  /  “The Dan McLean Hot Six Meet Hetty Kate”
  • NO MOON AT ALL  /  Carolyn Lee Jones  /  “Close Your Eyes”
  • TAKE A LITTLE TIME TO SMILE  /  Freddy Cole  /  “Merry Go Round”
  • WITHOUT A SONG  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “I Remember Tommy”
  • LOVE IS SWEEPING THE COUNTRY  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook”
  • (John Bolton)  / I’VE ONLY MYSELF TO BLAME  /  Joe Williams  /  “Ballad And Blues Master”
  • THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE  /  Sue Raney  /  “Happiness Is A Warm Sue Raney”
  • ADDICTED TO LOVE  /  The Hot Sardines  /  “French Fries & Champagne”
  • (The Bahamas)  /  INTO EACH LIFE  /  Andrew Distel  /  “It Only Takes Time”
  • WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Patty Duke  /  “Don’t Just Stand There”
  • SOME DAYS EVERYTHING GOES WRONG  /  Sammy Davis Jr.  /  “The Shelter of Your Arms”
  • (Emergency Headline From The White House)  /  STARS FELL ON ALABAMA  /  Carol Sloane  /  “Live At 30th Street”
  • TIS AUTUMN  /  Nnenna Freelon  /  “Heritage”
  • SUNDAY IN NEW YORK  /  Bobby Darin  /  “Ultra Lounge: Wild, Cool, & Swinging”
  • AUTUMN IN NEW YORK  /  Mary Stallings  /  “But Beautiful”
  • EVER SINCE THE WORLD ENDED  /  Mose Allison  /  “American Legend – Live In concert”
  • RULES OF THE ROAD  /  Syndee Winters  /  “Lessons From A Lady”
  • YOU CAN’T LOVE ‘EM ALL  /  Loston Harris  /  “Swingfully Yours”
  • DOWNHILL  /  Eyal Vilner Big Band  /  “Swing Out”
  • IT ISN’T SO GOOD IT COULDN’T GET BETTER  /  Ronny White  /  “Whyte Wolf”
  • (R.B. G.)  /  I’M STILL HERE  /  Elaine Stritch  /  “Show Stoppers Vol. 2”
  • PEOPLE TIME  /  Stan Getz Quartet  /  “Yours & Mine”
  • THIS BITTER EARTH  /  Imelda May & Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orch.  /  “The Capitol Sessions”ˆ
  • WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Jazz Loves Disney”
  • THE PARTY’S OVER  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Blossom Dearie Sing Comden & Green”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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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 “I’M IN THE MOOD FOR THE SUBJUNCTIVE” (3.30.19)

30 Mar

In an effort to save an endangered and near extinct treasure – good grammar, I renewed my effort to MGGA – Make Grammar Great Again – and offered a remedial lesson in the subjunctive, that form of grammar that expresses wishes and desires for things we don’t have. Of course, I had a lot of help from some wonderful adjunct songwriters and singers. Wish you’d never heard of the subjunctive mood? Hey, maybe you understand this stuff better than you think.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • I WISH I WERE IN LOVE AGAIN  /  Gillian Margot  /  “Black Butterfly”
  • IF DREAMS COME TRUE  /  Joe Williams  /  “Prez & Joe”
  • IF I WERE A BELL  /  Stacey Kent  /  “Dreamer In Concert”
  • IF YOU WERE A SONG  /  Billy Brandt  /  “The Ballad Of Larry’s Neighbor”
  • IF THE STARS WERE MINE  /  Melody Gardot  /  “My One And Only Thrill”
  • I WISH I KNEW  /  Jimmy Scott  /  “The Source”
  • IF JAMES TAYLOR WERE ON FIRE  /  Paul And Storm  /  “Gumbo Pants”
  • IF I WERE A BOY  /  Reba McEntire  /  “All The Woman I Am”
  • IF I WERE A CARPENTER  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Leonard Nimoy  /  “Spaced Out – The Best Of Leonard Nimoy”
  • I WISH I KNEW (HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE)  /  Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orch.  /  “The Capitol Studio Sessions”
  • IF I LOVED YOU  /  Nancy LaMott  /  “What’s Good About Goodbye”
  • IF YOU WERE MINE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “I Wanna Be Around”
  • IF I HAD YOU  /  Nnenna Freelon  /  Nnenna Freelon Live”
  • IS YOU IS OR IS YOU AIN’T  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Alone Together”
  • IF JAMES TAYLOR WERE ON FIRE AT THE BOTTOM OF A WELL  /  Paul & Storm  /  “Gumbo Pants”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN  /  John Doakes  /  “Forever Reasons”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A HEART  /  Michelle Lordi  /  “Drive”
  • IF LOVE WERE ALL  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Alan Cumming  /  “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs”
  • IF I WERE YOU  /  Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson  /  “The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia”
  • I WISH I DIDN’T LOVE YOU SO  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • IF YOU LOVE ME  /  Shirley Horn  /  “Here’s To Life”
  • THAT’S MY DESIRE  /  Ray Stevens  /  “Grover’s Hat Project”
  • IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW  /  Chet Baker, Philip Catherine  /  “Late Night Jazz”
  • IF YOU WERE THE ONLY BOY  /  Bernadette Peters  /  “Sondheim, Etc., Etc.”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “BATTLE OF THE HAVES AND HAVE-NOTS” (3.4.17)

6 Mar

They say that there’s more that unites us than divides us. Well, not on Turntable For One, I’m happy to say. Lots of opposing viewpoints, lots of opposing styles, and lots of songs about “having” and “not having”. And a good time was had by all…okay, maybe only by the host.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • GOD BLESS THE CHILD  /  Tony Bennett & Billie Holiday  /  “Bennett On Holiday”
  • I’VE GOT THE SUN IN THE MORNING  /  Marlene Ver Planck  /  “Meets Saxomania In Paris”
  • I GOT PLENTY O NUTTIN’  /  Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Porgy & Bess”
  • NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND OUT  /  Nina Simone  /  “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”
  • I’VE GOT EVERYTHING I NEED  /  Fleurine  /  “Meant To Be”
  • I HADN’T ANYONE TILL YOU  /  Thelonious Monk  /  “Solo Monk”
  • I HADN’T ANYONE TILL YOU  /  Veronica Nunn  /  “Standard Delivery”
  • EVERYDAY  /  Joe Williams & Count Basie  /  “Breakfast Dance & Barbecue”
  • EVERY OTHER DAY I HAVE THE BLUES  /  Dave Tull  /  “I Just Want To Get Paid”
  • I’VE GOT A RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Judy Holliday  /  “Their Only Recording Together”
  • I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Ultimate Sinatra”
  • I’VE GOT NO STRINGS  /  Roz Corral  /  “Telling Tales”
  • EVERYTHING I HAVE IS YOURS  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “My Romance”
  • EVERYTHING I’VE GOT BELONGS TO YOU  /  Johanna Sillanpaa  /  “From This Side”
  • I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN  /  Curtis Stigers  /  “One More for The Road”
  • I AIN’T GOT NOTHING BUT THE BLUES  /  Silvia Droste  /  “From Dusk To Dawn”
  • BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME  /  Sonny Criss  /  “Out Of Nowhere”
  • I’VE GOT FIVE DOLLARS  /  Anita O’Day  /  “Swings Rogers & Hart”
  • YOU GOT TO PICK A POCKET OR TWO  /  Ian Shaw  /  “The Theory of Joy”
  • I’VE GOT THAT THING  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Sentimental Streak”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A HEART  /  Michael Winkle  /  “The Only Dream”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “Insomnia”
  • I GOT IT BAD  /  Nancy Harms  /  “Ellington At Night”
  • BILLY’S BLUES  /  Mark Winkler  /  “The Laura Nyro Project”
  • IF I HAD YOU  /  Nnena Freelon  /  “Live”
  • GOD BLESS THE CHILD  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Be Good”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “2014: THE YEAR IN REVIEW” (12.27.14)

27 Dec

Hoping to end the year on a high note (pun intended), I played some of my favorite songs from some of the favorite weekly themes from 2014. Let’s hope the new year is a better one. I’ll try to do my part. 

Theme  /  SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • Oldies But Goodies  /  YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO  /  Freda Payne  /“Come Back To Me Love”
  • Country/Jazz Crossovers  /  HOUSE OF GOLD  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “The Kenny Rankin Albums”
  • Christmas  /  GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN  /  Postmodern Jukebox  /  “A Very Postmodern Christmas”
  • Summer Road Trips  /  GARY, INDIANA  /  Janet Planet  /  “Of Thee I Sing”
  • Music To Be Thankful For  /  ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Live Performance)
  • Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda  /  IF I HAD YOU  /  Nnenna Freelon  /  “Live”
  • Losing Propositions  /  RULES OF THE ROAD  /  Nat King Cole  /  “The Billy May Sessions”
  • Winter Olympics-Freestyle Skiing  /  PICK YOURSELF UP  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Molly Ringwald  /  “Except Sometimes”
  • Campaign Night 2014  /  CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Nothing But The Best”
  • Me & My Schadenfreude  /  AFTER YOU’VE GONE/TOO GONE TOO LONG  /  Christine Ebersol  /  “Strings Attached”
  • Phobias – Cherophobia  /  SOMETHING SO RIGHT  /  Paul Simon  /  “Negotiations & Love Songs”
  • Commencement Addresses  /  I HOPE YOU DANCE  /  Deborah Lippmann  /  “Nightingale”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA” (8.30.14)

30 Aug

Summer is over which means time to put away put away your whites, your shorts, your suntan lotion, and reflect on the things we did last summer that we’ll remember all winter long — except I had one of those “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” summers when I didn’t do any of the things I wanted and meant to do. Am I bitter? No more than usual. Am I depressed? (See previous response.) Because I have developed the useful skill of turning my pain in art…well, actually, other people do all the art. So are some of my favorite “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” songs by some of the best new and old jazz singers. Check back on Wednesday for a hint about next Saturday night’s show.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  Album or CD Title

 

  • I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Come Dance With Me”
  • WOULDN’T IT BE LOVERLY?  /  Shirley Horn  /  “I Love You, Paris”
  • I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU  /  Nat Cole  /  “Tell Me All About Yourself”
  • IF I HAD YOU  /  Nnenna Freelon  /  “Jazz Moods: Mood Indigo”
  • I COULD HAVE TOLD YOU  /  Arthur Prysock/Count Basie  /  “Arthur Prysock & Count Basie”
  • IT SHOULDN’T HAPPEN TO A DREAM  /  Diane Marino  /  “Loads Of Love”
  • WHY SHOULDN’T I  / (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Tony Perkins  /  “The Very Best of Tony Perkins”
  • I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN  /  Brianna Thomas  /  “You Must Believe In Love”
  • IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU  /  Frank D’Rone  /  “Falling In Love With Love”
  • IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “Send In The Clowns”
  • WOULD YOU BELIEVE?  /  Carmen McRae  /  “At Ratso’s”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master) 

 

PLAYLIST FOR “BROADWAY VS JAZZ, THE VOCAL SMACK-DOWN” (1.26.13)

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)