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PLAYLIST FOR “YOU BE THE JUDGE” (12.2.17)

5 Dec

Well, I’m finally back from being under the weather…I guess that means that now I’m over the weather. Last Saturday night, I let the audience play producer in the privacy of their own homes. I played two versions of the same song and listeners could decide for themselves which was the better singer, or interpretation, or arrangement. Luckily for me, no one got so good at the process that they asked to take over my time slot. Phew. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • THAT FACE  /  Seth MacFarlane  /  “In Full Swing”
  • THAT FACE  /  Frank Sinatra Jr.  /  “That Face”
  • PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE  /  Ray Charles & Betty Carter  /  “Ray Charles & Betty Carter”
  • PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE  /  The Hot Sardines  /  “French Fries + Champagne”
  • MISTY  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “By Popular Demand: Ella Fitzgerald”
  • MISTY  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella With The London Symphony Orchestra”
  • MONA LISA  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Nat “King” Cole And Me”
  • MONA LISA  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  George Benson  /  “Inspiration”
  • LEOPARD-SKIN PILL-BOX HAT  /  Bob Dylan  /  “Blonde On Blonde”
  • LEOPARD-SKIN PILL-BOX HAT  /  Janet Planet  /  “Just Like A Woman: The Music of Bob Dylan”
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Best Of Tony Bennett”
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Tony Makes It Happen”
  • RAINBOW CONNECTION  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Slowly”
  • LOOK TO THE RAINBOW  /  Luciana Souza  /  “Centennial: Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans”
  • AT LONG LAST LOVE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “A Swingin’ Affair”
  • AT LONG LAST LOVE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra & Swinging Brass”
  • FINGERS  /  Dave Bennett  /  “Blood Moon”
  • CLOUDBURST/GETTING MARRIED TODAY  /  Jessica Molasky & John Pizzarelli  /  “Make Believe”
  • I REMEMBER YOU  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “Live In Japan Vol. 2”
  •  I REMEMBER YOU  /  Jazzmeia Horn  /  “Social Call”
  • BILLY’S BLUES  /  Laura Nyro  /  “First Song”
  • BILLY’S BLUES  /  Mark Winkler  /  “The Laura Nyro Project”
  • THAT’S ALL  /  Stacey Kent  /  “I Know I Dream”
  • THAT’S ALL  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “This One’s For Tedi”
  • I REMEMBER CLIFFORD  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Love In Song”
  • I REMEMBER CLIFFORD  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Still Live”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “NOSTALGIA NIGHT” (11.18.17)

18 Nov

I thought about the good old days this week, when I was smart and my phone was dumb, when a blue state was me having a bad day, and when Harvey was a six-foot invisible rabbit you really wanted to see and not a creep you never want to see again. We can’t live in the past, but I don’t mind an occasional visit. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • YESTERDAYS  /  Joanie Sommers  /  “A Fine Romance”
  • I’VE HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Come Swing With Me”
  • SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY  /  Jaimee Paul  /  “At Last”
  • THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  Ray Charles  /  “Ray Charles Forever”
  • TRY TO REMEMBER  /  Morgana King  /  “A Taste Of Honey”
  • EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN  /  Michael Holmes  /  “Let Yourself Go”
  • IF YOU WANT THE RAINBOW  /  Roberta Donnay & Prohibition Mob Band  /  “Bathtub Gin”
  • SWING BROTHER SWING  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Harlem On My Mind”
  • BUT BEAUTIFUL  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Tony Perkins  /  “On A Rainy Afternoon”
  • I’D GIVE A DOLLAR FOR A DIME  /  Champian Fulton  /  “Champian Sings & Swings”
  • WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG  /  Bob Dylan  /  “Triplicate”
  • INTERMISSION RIFF  /  Stan Kenton  /  “Kenton In Hifi”
  • YOU COULDN’T BE CUTER  /  Seth MacFarlane  /  “In Full Swing”
  • EVERYBODY LOVES MY BABY  /  Duchess  /  “Laughing At Life”
  • MY HOME TOWN  /  Tom Leher  /  “The Old Dope Peddler”
  • WHERE DID THE MAGIC GO  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Astoria: Portrait Of The Artist”
  • THANKS FOR THE MEMORY  /  Bob Hope & Shirley Ross  /  “Thanks For The Memory”
  • YOUNG AND FOOLISH  /  Anita Wardell  /  “Women With Standards”
  • GOOD OLD BAD OLD DAYS  /  (Mystery Vocalist)   /  George Burns  /  “As Time Goes By”
  • LAST NIGHT WHEN WE WERE YOUNG  /  Kenny Burrell  /  “Guitar Forms”
  • I REMEMBER YOU  /  Allan Harris  /  “Nobody’s Gonna Love You Better”
  • I’M OLD FASHIONED  /  Paula Cole  /  “Ballads”
  • LET’S TAKE AN OLD FASHIONED WALK  /  Melissa Walker  /  I Saw The Sky”
  • THE WAY WE WERE  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Boston Concert 1976”
  • THESE FOOLISH THINGS  /  Billie Holiday  /  “The Complete Verve Master Takes”
  • IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “September Of My Years”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  / (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “LAUGHING AT LIFE” (AN ARCHIVE SHOW) (11.11.17)

13 Nov

Last Saturday, a trip down memory lane with an archive show from last February. I’ll be back in this studio this week!

 

It’s true that smiling requires more muscles than frowning, which must be why smiling always tires me so quickly. Still, considering all that we know and fear about the world today, I thought it was worth spending a couple hours focusing on laughing and smiling. Okay, I didn’t feel any better at the end of the program, but at least I got to share some great songs and singers and some of my favorite laughs.

 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • LAUGHING AT LIFE  /  Duchess  /  “Laughing At Life”
  • THEY ALL LAUGHED  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • YOU’RE LAUGHING AT ME  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook”
  • KEEP SMILING AT TROUBLE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “60 Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett”
  • ARE YOU HAVING ANY FUN  /  Cali Rose  /  “Are You having Any Fun”
  • MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Interlude”
  • I’M GONNA LAUGH YOU RIGHT OUT OF MY LIFE  /  Claire Hogan  /  “Boozers & Losers”
  • THE JONES LAUGHING RECORD  /  Spike Jones  /  “The Jones Laughing Record”
  • I’M ALL SMILES  /  Marlene Ver Planck  /  “A Breath Of Fresh Air”
  • THE BRIGHTEST SMILE IN TOWN  /  Ray Charles  /  “Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul”
  • BE A CLOWN  /  Chris Connor  /  “Blue Moon”
  • PUT ON A HAPPY FACE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Stevie Wonder  /  “The Complete Stevie Wonder”
  • IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY  /  Janet Planet  /  “Janet Planet Sings The Bob Dylan Songbook”
  • TAKE A LITTLE TIME TO SMILE  /  Freddy Cole  /  “Merry Go Round”
  • THIS WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH  /  Natalie Cole  /  “Take A Look”
  • THE KITTEN SONG  /  Steven Wright  /  “I Still Have A Pony”
  • SMILING FEET  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “My New Celebrity Is You”
  • TWO FACES WEST  /  Bob And Ray  /  “Bob & Ray On A Platter”
  • HAPPY TALK  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley”
  • NANCY WITH THE LAUGHING FACE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra’s Sinatra”
  • THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  John Lithgow  /  “Sunny Side Of The Street”
  • A LAUGH FOR RORY  /  Rahsann Roland Kirk  /  “The Inflated tear”
  • I LOVE TO SEE YOU SMILE  /  Randy Newman  /  “The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 3”
  • WHEN YOU’RE SMILING  /  Carol Welsman  /  “I Like Men”
  • TIME TO SMILE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • WHEN YOU MAKE ME SMILE  /  Rigmor Gustafsson  /  “When You Make Me Smile”
  • SMILE  /  Nat Cole  /  “The Nat King Cole Story”
  • LAUGHING MATTERS  /  Bette Midler  /  “Bathhouse Betty”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN” (9.23.17)

24 Sep

I’ve been watching with horror the images of the millions of people whose only fault was being in the path of Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria. Will we ever be able to think about rain benignly again the way so many popular song writers have? To distract myself (the largest circle on my personal Venn diagram with a very small intersection with Reality), I spent a couple of hours living in the past.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow  /  “Live In Tokyo”
  • WHEN THE SUN COMES OUT  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “A Song For You”
  • DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Fitzgerald: The Voice Of Jazz”
  • I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY  /  Randy Newman  /  “Randy Newman (Live)”
  • SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN  /  Lena Horne  /  “Capitol Sings Hollywood: Singin’ In The Rain”
  • A RAINY DAY  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Excellence”
  • ISN’T IT A LOVELY DAY  /  Lissy Walker  /  “Life Is Sweet”
  • OVER THE RAINBOW  /  Mandy Patinkin  /  “Mandy Patinkin”
  • I’M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS  /  Karrin Allyson  /  ”Round Midnight”
  •  IF YOU WANT THE RAINBOW  /  Roberta Donnay  /  “Bathtub Gin”
  • YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Jerry Lewis
  • I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW  /  Holly Cole  /  “Don’t Smoke In Bed”
  • AFTER THE RAIN  /  Rigmor Gustafsson  /  “On My Way To You”
  • AFTER THE RAIN  /  John Coltrane  /  “Coltrane For Lovers”
  • RIVER, STAY AWAY FROM MY DOOR  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Come Swing With Me”
  • GARDEN IN THE RAIN  /  Diana Krall  /  “Love Scenes”
  • WEATHER FORECAST  /  The Master Singers  /  “The Highway Code”
  • SOON IT’S GONNA RAIN  /  Amy McConnell & William Sperendei  /  “Stealing Genius”
  • RIGHT AS THE RAIN  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Leontyne Price  /  “Right As The Rain”
  • SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN  /  Jacqui Dankworth  /  “As The Sun Shines Down On Me”
  • POLKA DOTS & MOONBEAMS  /  Julian Yeo  /  “Another Seasonˆ
  • HERE’S THAT RAINY DAY  /  Helen Merrill & Dick Katz  /  “When Love Goes Wrong”
  • COME RAIN OR COME SHINE  /  Ray Charles  /  “The Genius Of Ray Charles”
  • STORMY WEATHER  /  Joni Mitchell  /  “Both Sides Now”
  • RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY  /  Gerry Mulligan  /  “Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “SEASON FINALE 2017 – SUMMER LISTENING ASSIGNMENTS” (7.1.17)

3 Jul

I’ll be gone for the next 8 weeks while WMNR broadcasts live concerts from Tanglewood by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. So on the season finale, I assigned music and singers who should be on everyone’s summer listening list. I also threw in a few requests and some music I’ve been wanting to play this season but couldn’t find the right theme.

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SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  Mark Winkler  /  “The Company I Keep”
  • HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON  /  Kellye Gray  /  Rendering”
  • LIVING IN A GREAT BIG WAY  /  Lucy Dixon  /  “Lulu’s Back in Town”
  • LET’S GET LOADED  /  Carey West  /  “Made Of Clay”
  • LOVEWISE  /  Bobby Scott  /  “For Sentimental Reasons”
  • WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES  /  Irene Kral  /  “Where Is Love?”
  • COCKTAILS FOR TWO  /  Spike Jones  /  “Spike Jones Goes Crazy”
  • DANCING ON THE CEILING  /  Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm  /  “Begin to Dance”
  • I WON’T SCAT  /  Ron Boustead  /  “Unlikely Valentine”
  • TROUBLED WATERS  /  Nancy Harms  /  “Ellington At Night”
  • LITTLE GIRL BLUE  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Tribute”
  • I’VE GOT A RIGHT TO CRY  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Days Like This”
  • WHEN I FALL IN LOVE  /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockholm”
  • I WANNA TURN OUT MY LIGHT  /  April Barrows  /  “My Dream Is You”
  • TIME TO SMILE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • AIN’T NO REST FOR THE WICKED  /  Postmodern Jukebox w/ Joey Cook  /  “33 Resolutions Per Minutes”
  • I WANNA GO PLACES AND DO THINGS  /  Wendy Moten  /  “Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting”
  • TIME TO GO  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “Don’t Be So Blue”
  • FOR ALL WE KNOW  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • WAITER, THE CHECK  /  Cousin Alice  /  “Pour Me”
  • GOODBYE FOR NOW  /  Rigmor Gustafsson  /  “Rigmor Gustafsson With Radio String Quartet Vienna”
  • EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE  /  Ray Charles & Betty Carter  /  “Ray Charles & Betty Carter”
  • SOME OTHER TIME  /  Monica Zetterlund & Bill Evans  /  “The Complete Bill Evans On Verve”
  • SIGNING OFF  /  Helen Merrill  /  “You’ve Got A Date With The Blues
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

PLAYLIST FOR “THROW THE BUM OUT” (6.3.17)

5 Jun

You supply the bum and I’ll supply the method and the means for throwing the bum out. Got someone in mind?

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • I’M GONNA WASH THAT MAN RIGHT OUT OF MY HAIR  /  Stacey Kent  /  “In Love Again”
  • GET OUT OF TOWN  /  Jeff Hall  /  “Get Out of Town”
  • SO LONG YOU FOOL  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Make Someone Happy”
  • CHANGE PARTNERS  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings”
  • YOU LET MY LOVE GROW COLD  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Days Like This”
  • HIT THE ROAD, JACK  /  Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis & Nora Jones  /  “Here We Go Again”
  • 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER  /  Katie King  /  “Harry’s Fight”
  • EVERYTHING I’VE GOT BELONGS TO YOU  /  Johanna Silanpaa  /  “From This Side”
  • LIVE ALONE AND LIKE IT  /  Cyrille Aimee  /  “Let’s Get Lost”
  • LIVING WITHOUT YOU  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Live At The Vic”
  • I WISH YOU LOVE  /  Lissy Walker  /  “Life Is Sweet”
  • DO NOTHIN’ TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool”
  • YOU GOT THE RIGHT KEY BUT THE WRONG KEYHOLE  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Harlem On My Mind”
  • I CAN’T WAIT TO MISS YOU  /  Jack Jones  /  “Love Ballad”
  • DON’T WAIT UP FOR ME  /  Kathy Kossins  /  “To The Ladies Of Cool”            
  • MEET ME AT NO SPECIAL PLACE  /  Ed Reed  /  “I’m A Shy Guy”
  • I’M GOING TO RUIN YOUR DAY  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “Insomnia”
  • THREE BEARS  /  Mark Winkler  /  “Sings Bobby Troup”
  • CRY ME A RIVER  /  Linda Ronstadt  /  “Hummin’ To Myself”
  • DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING  /  Ray Charles  /  “The Genius Of Ray Charles”
  • AIN’T NO USE  /  Joe Williams  /  “Ballad & Blues Master”
  • SOFTLY AS I LEAVE YOU  /  Shirley Horn  /  “Softly”
  • LOSING YOU  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Interlude”
  • DON’T SMOKE IN BED  /  Nina Simone  /  “In Concert”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “LAUGHING AT LIFE” (2.18.17)

19 Feb

It’s true that smiling requires more muscles than frowning, which must be why smiling always tires me so quickly. Still, considering all that we know and fear about the world today, I thought it was worth spending a couple hours focusing on laughing and smiling. Okay, I didn’t feel any better at the end of the program, but at least I got to share some great songs and singers and some of my favorite laughs.

 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • LAUGHING AT LIFE  /  Duchess  /  “Laughing At Life”
  • THEY ALL LAUGHED  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • YOU’RE LAUGHING AT ME  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook”
  • KEEP SMILING AT TROUBLE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “60 Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett”
  • ARE YOU HAVING ANY FUN  /  Cali Rose  /  “Are You having Any Fun”
  • MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Interlude”
  • I’M GONNA LAUGH YOU RIGHT OUT OF MY LIFE  /  Claire Hogan  /  “Boozers & Losers”
  • THE JONES LAUGHING RECORD  /  Spike Jones  /  “The Jones Laughing Record”
  • I’M ALL SMILES  /  Marlene Ver Planck  /  “A Breath Of Fresh Air”
  • THE BRIGHTEST SMILE IN TOWN  /  Ray Charles  /  “Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul”
  • BE A CLOWN  /  Chris Connor  /  “Blue Moon”
  • PUT ON A HAPPY FACE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Stevie Wonder  /  “The Complete Stevie Wonder”
  • IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY  /  Janet Planet  /  “Janet Planet Sings The Bob Dylan Songbook”
  • TAKE A LITTLE TIME TO SMILE  /  Freddie Cole  /  “Merry Go Round”
  • THIS WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH  /  Natalie Cole  /  “Take A Look”
  • THE KITTEN SONG  /  Steven Wright  /  “I Still Have A Pony”
  • SMILING FEET  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “My New Celebrity Is You”
  • TWO FACES WEST  /  Bob And Ray  /  “Bob & Ray On A Platter”
  • HAPPY TALK  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley”
  • NANCY WITH THE LAUGHING FACE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra’s Sinatra”
  • THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  John Lithgow  /  “Sunny Side Of The Street”
  • A LAUGH FOR RORY  /  Rahsann Roland Kirk  /  “The Inflated tear”
  • I LOVE TO SEE YOU SMILE  /  Randy Newman  /  “The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 3”
  • WHEN YOU’RE SMILING  /  Carol Welsman  /  “I Like Men”
  • TIME TO SMILE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • WHEN YOU MAKE ME SMILE  /  Rigmor Gustafsson  /  “When You Make Me Smile”
  • SMILE  /  Nat Cole  /  “The Nat King Cole Story”
  • LAUGHING MATTERS  /  Bette Midler  /  “Bathhouse Betty”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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