Tag Archives: Queen Latifah


17 Jan

“What we got here is failure to communicate,” said one of the most reprehensible yet prescient movie villains of all time. That line of dialogue has been playing frequently in my head these days. How can we communicate better? Of course, my answer to this and so many other questions is simple: better grammar. So in my continuing effort to leave no listener behind, I made a case for the vocative case, another term for the function of grammar known as direct address. All of the songs served as examples, using a name, a term of endearment, or a feeling to grab the attention of the intended object of communication. If only the rest of the world would function according to the orderly, predictable precepts in my dog-eared high school grammar book.


SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD or Album Title 

  • HEY YOU WITH THE CRAZY EYES  /  Loston Harris  /  “Swingfully Yours”
  • MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER  /  Carmen Lundy  /  “Girl Talk”
  • MAM’SELLE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Nice ‘N Easy”
  • HONEY PIE  /  Tuck & Patti  /  “Love Warriors”
  • HELLO MA BABY  /  Julian Yeo  /  “1923”
  • HELLO BABE  /  Madeleine Peyroux  /  Secular Hymns”
  • MY CHERI AMOUR  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Joe Pesci & Adam Levine  /  “Pesci….Still Singing”
  • WAITER MAKE MINE BLUES  /  Anita O’Day  /  “Waiter Make Mine Blues”
  • WAITER ASK THE MAN TO PLAY THE BLUES  /  Freddy Cole  /  “Waiter Ask The Man To Play The Blues”
  • WAITER, OH WAITER  /  Stacey Kent  /  “The Changing Lights”
  • DINNER FOR ONE, PLEASE, JAMES  /  Joe Williams  /  “Ballad & Blues Master”
  • FEET DO YOUR STUFF  /  Sarah Moule  /  “It’s A Nice Thought”
  • RUBY, MY DEAR  /  Thelonious Monk  /  “At Palo Alto”
  • BALLERINA  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Nat King Cole And Me”
  • GEORGIA ROSE  /  Queen Latifah  /  “Trav’lin’ Light”
  • HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • BEAUTIFUL LOVE  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “Eeg/Fonnesbaek”
  • YOU, YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY  /  Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “You’re Driving me Crazy”
  • LOVER MAN  /  Nicole Herzog  /  “I Loves You Billie”
  • BLUES, YOU’RE THE MOTHER OF SIN  /  Tom Rust  /  “Lucky To Be Me”
  • GOOD MORNING HEARTACHE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Returns To Berlin”
  • MY FOOLISH HEART  /  Bill Evans Trio /  “Waltz For Debby”
  • CRY BUTTERCUP CRY  /  Cecile McLorin Salvant & Artemis  /  “Artemis”
  • LITTLE MAN YOU’VE HAD A BUSY DAY  /  Jeff Goldblum & Mildred Snitzer Orch.  /  “The Capitol Sessions”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine


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11 Oct

Saturday was World Mental Health Day. So, of course, I wanted to play two hours of positive, motivating, and encouraging songs. JUST KIDDING!! Doing that would have made me part of the solution, not part of the problem. That’s not the way I roll. In addition to some favorite songs about the questionable mental state of the world, I also played songs about several of the stressors indicating less than optimum mental health. Okay, yes, it was just another show about me.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY  /  Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “You’re Driving me Crazy”
  • YOU COULD DRIVE A PERSON CRAZY  /  Cleo Laine  /  “Cleo Laine Sings Sondheim”
  • STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS  /  Jeff Hall  /  “Life Collected”
  • CRAZY  /  Tierney Sutton  /  “Something Cool”
  • EVER SINCE THE WORLD ENDED  /  Mose Allison  /  “American Legend – Live In California”
  • I JUST WANT TO BE HORIZONTAL  /  The Jim Kweskin Band & Samoa Wilson  /  “I Just Want To Be Horizontal”
  • DIG YOU LIKE CRAZY  /  Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band  /  “Message From Groove & GW”
  • CRAZY HE CALLS ME  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Audra McDonald  /  “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill”
  • I’M GONNA LIVE TILL I DIE  /  Queen Latifah  /  “Trav’lin’ Light”
  • I’M THROUGH WITH LOVE  /  Kurt Elling  /  “Flirting With Twilight”
  • INSOMNIA  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “Insomnia”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN  /  John Doakes  /  “Forever Reasons”
  • KEEP IT TO YOURSELF  /  Amy Rigby  /  “18 Again”
  • MUSIC THERAPY FOR ANXIOUS CATS  /  Pet Care Club  /  “Cat Music”
  • IT’S ALWAYS 4:00 A.M.  /  Kellye Gray /  “Pink & Blue: The Blue Songs”
  • OH YOU CRAZY MOON  /  Wes Montgomery  /  “Willow Weep For Me”
  • DANCING ON THE CEILING  /  Frank D’Rone  /  “Double Exposure”
  • LOSING MY MIND  /  Donna Murphy  /  “Wall To Wall Sondheim”
  • THIS FUNNY WORLD  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Life Is Beautiful”
  • THIS BITTER EARTH  /  Gladys Knight  /  “Before Me”
  • SACK FULL OF DREAMS  /  Mark Murphy  /  “September Ballads”
  • WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW  /  Stacey Kent  /  “The Boy Next Door”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine


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21 Sep

An hour of people who make records — and have records, police records, that is.  I could have gone on for another hour, but, lucky you, you got time off for good behavior.  

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title


  • WHAT A LITTLE MOONLIGHT CAN DO  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Billie’s Best”
  • WE THREE (MY ECHO, MY SHADOW, AND ME)  /  Paul McCartney  /  “Kisses On The Bottom”
  • KEEPIN’ OUT OF MISCHIEF NOW  /  Dinah Washington  /  Dinah Sings Fats Waller”
  • THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU  /  Harry Connick Jr.  /  “Only You”
  • FEVER  /  Ray Charles/Natalie Cole  /  “Genius Loves Company”
  • PLEASE BE KIND  /  Frank Sinatra/Count Basie  /  “Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First”
  • NIGHTS AT THE TURNTABLE  /  Gerry Mulligan/ Chet Baker  /  “The Best Of The Gerry Mulligan Quartet
  • SECRET LOVE  /  George Michael  /  “Songs From The Last Century”
  • GIRL FROM IPANEMA  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Amy Winehouse  /  “Lioness: Hidden Treasures”
  • JUST IN TIME  /  Anita O’Day & Cal Tjader  /  “Time For Two”
  • IT’S MAGIC  /  James Brown  /  “Soul On Top”
  • THERE’S A LULL IN MY LIFE  /  Ella Fitzgerald w/ Stan Getz  /  “Like Someone In Love”
  • AIN’T MISBEHAVIN ’  /  Willie Nelson  /  “American Classic”
  • TRAV’LIN’ LIGHT  /  Queen Latifah  /  “Trav’lin’ Light”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)


17 Nov

If the Dalai Lama, Satchel Paige, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and David Petraeus can write their lists of Rules To Live By (and they have), why can’t I?

SONG TITLE / Artist / CD Or Album Title

  • EXPERIMENT / Tony Bennett / “Stage & Screen Hits”
  • LAUGHING AT LIFE / Etta Jones / “Doin’ What She Does Best”
  • SWINGING ON A STAR / Mark Murphy / “Ultra Lounge: Nursery Rhymes”
  • IN A MELLOW TONE / Delicatessen / “Jazz + Bossa”
  • IF I RULED THE WORLD / James Brown / “It’s A New Day – So Let A Man Come In”
  • SHALL WE DANCE / Stacey Kent / “Let Yourself Go”
  • I DON’T WORRY ABOUT A THING / Mose Allison / “Mose In Your Ear”
  • I’M GONNA LIVE TILL I DIE / Queen Latifah / “Trav’lin’ Light”
  • MAKE SOMONE HAPPY / (Mystery Vocalist) / Bill Nighy / “Arthur Christmas Movie Soundtrack”
  • GIVE ME THE SIMPLE LIFE / Lorez Alexandria / “Alexandria The Great”
  • LISTEN HERE / Dave Frishberg / “Classics”
  • DON’T BE BLUE / Veronica Nunn / “American Lullaby”
  • BEFORE YOU KNOW IT / Mary Stallings / “Dream”
  • YOU MIGHT AS WELL LIVE / Mark Winkler / “Till I Get It Right”
  • PARIS MISMATCH / (Theme Music) / Cody Owen Stine / (Unreleased Master)