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PLAYLIST FOR “THE TRUTH ABOUT MEN” (10.6.18)

7 Oct

Since we learned this week – much to my surprise – that it’s a scary time for men and that men are the true victims here, I had to do something to support all these poor unfortunate men, victims of an unfair society that never gives them any power nor respect. But what could I do being just a simple and largely ignored radio host? How about a testosterone-filled evening of man-splaining, man-rationalizing, and man-boasting songs, plus beer, of course, with an occasional view from a woman’s perspective? Here’s hoping for a better world…what are the chances?

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • I LIKE TO LEAD WHEN I DANCE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra ‘65”
  • HERE’S TO THE LOSERS  /  Laura Dickinson  /  “One For My Baby”
  • DO NOTHIN’ TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME  /  Mark Murphy  /  “Once To Every Heart”
  • A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND  /  Amy Cervini  /  “No One Ever Tells You”
  • THE LADY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Tony Makes It Happen”
  • I’M ALWAYS WAITING ON YOU  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “DotDotDot”
  • WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Wolfman Jack  /  “In The Midnight Hour”
  • WHEN A WOMAN LOVES A MAN  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook”
  • BLUES IN THE NIGHT  /  Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson  /  “Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson”
  • GIMME A PIG FOOT AND A BOTTLE OF BEER  /  Cleo Laine  /  “Quintessential Cleo”
  • I LIKE BEER  /  Tom T. Hall  /  “Greatest Hits Vol. 2”
  • COME BLOW YOUR HORN  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Softly As I Leave You”
  • IF I RULED THE WORLD  /  Dionne Warwick  /  “Very Dionne”
  • I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER  /  Marc Pompe  /  “Monk’s Dream”
  • I DON’T MIND A BIT  /  Heather Bambrick  /  “You’ll Never Know”
  • I DON’T WANT MUCH  /  Mose Allison  /  “American Legend: Live In California”
  • IT’S A MAN  /  Duchess  /  “Duchess”
  • WHEN I’M NOT NEAR THE GIRL I LOVE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Liberace  /  “I Play Piano & Sing”
  • IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S WORLD  /  Morgan James  /  “Learn To Floss In 3 Easy Steps”
  • A WOMAN IS A SOMETIME THING  /  Sammy Davis Jr.  /  “Porgy & Bess”
  • BIG DISCOUNT  /  Karrin Allyson  /  “Some Of That Sunshine”
  • I WANT A LITTLE GIRL  /  Nat Cole  /  “Big Band Cole”
  • A MAN AIN’T SUPPOSED TO CRY  /  John Doakes  /  “Forever Reasons”
  • PEOPLE TIME  /  Stan Getz  /  “Yours And Mine”
  • FRAGILE  /  Sting  /  “…Nothing Like The Sun”
  • WE’RE ALL IN THE DANCE  /  Rachel Caswell  /  “We’re All In The Dance”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “MISS YOU, MR. MERCER” (5.26.18)

28 May

This week, almost on the anniversary of his death, I barely scratched the surface of Johnny Mercer’s 1400 songs.  A valiant effort, a daunting task, but a couple hours of great music.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • MISS YOU MR. MERCER  /  Mark Murphy  /  “Songbook”
  • DAY IN DAY OUT  /  Nat King Cole  /  “The Billy May Sessions”
  • SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook”
  • THE DAYS OF WINE & ROSES  /  Kellye Gray  /  “Live At The Bugle Boy”
  • JEEPERS CREEPERS  /  Julius LaRosa  /  “Julius LaRosa”
  • COME RAIN OR COME SHINE/  Nancy LaMott  /  “Come Rain Or Come Shine”
  • MY SHINING HOUR  /  Sammy Davis & Count Basie  /  “Our Shining Hour”
  • TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Casa Forte”
  • WHATCHA MA CALL IT  /  Johnny Mercer  /  “Moon River”
  • EMILY  /  Bill Evans Trio  /  “Turn Out The Stars”
  • SATIN DOLL  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  The Coasters  /  “Johnny Mercer Covers”
  • MY NEW CELEBRITY IS YOU  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “My New Celebrity Is You”
  • TRAV’LIN’ LIGHT  /  Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “You’re Driving me Crazy”
  • LAURA  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Portrait of Kevin Mahogany”
  • LAZYBONES  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Sister Orchid”
  • I REMEMBER YOU  /  Jazzmeia Horn  /  “A Social Call”
  • DREAM  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Ringo Starr  /  “Sentimental Journey”
  • WHEN OCTOBER GOES  /  Barry Manilow  /  “2:00 AM Paradise Café”
  • I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Bye Bye Blackbird”
  • DRINKING AGAIN  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “The World We Knew”
  • ONE FOR MY BABY  /  Tony DeSare  /  “One For My Baby”
  • SKYLARK  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • AND SO TO BED  /  John Pizzarelli  /  “John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer”
  •  PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “HE SAID-SHE SAID” (1.20.18)

22 Jan

I played musical He Said-She Said this week, and unlike real life, nobody got fired and nobody went to court. Lots of opposing viewpoints and men and women not seeing eye-to-eye, but I also included some classic He Said-She Said duets

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • NICE AND EASY  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Nice & Easy”
  • DO SOMETHING  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “Doozy”
  • LIVE ALONE AND LIKE IT  /  Cyrille Aimee  /  “Let’s Get Lost”
  • LIVING WITHOUT YOU  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Live At The Vic”
  • WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE  /  Patricia Barber  /  The Cole Porter Mix”
  • LOVE IS A NECESSARY EVIL  /  Jeff Hall  /  “Life, Collected”
  • LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong  /  “Ella With The London Symphony Orchestra”
  • THE LADY IS A TRAMP  /  Buddy Greco  /  “The Lady Is A Tramp”
  • HE’S A TRAMP  /  Melody Gardot  /  “Jazz Loves Disney”
  • BANGERS & MASH  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren  /  “Goodness Gracious Me Vol. 1”
  • MAKE ME RAINBOWS  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Easy”
  • WHERE’S THAT RAINBOW  /  Sammy Davis Jr.  /  “It’s All Over But The Swingin’”
  • GET HAPPY  /  Lucy Dixon  /  “Lulu’s Back In Town”
  • EVER SINCE THE WORLD ENDED  /  Mose Allison  /  “American Legend”
  • LOVE WON’T LET YOU GET AWAY  /  Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney  /  “Fancy Meeting You Here”
  • BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO  /  Frank D’Rone  /  “Falling In Love With Love”
  • 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Take Love Easy’”
  • PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE  /  Ray Charles & Betty Carter  /  “Ray Charles & Betty Carter”
  • BOY WANTED  /  Sandra King  /  “Making Beautiful Music Together”
  • I WANT A LITTLE GIRL  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Big Band Cole”
  • YOU WON’T FORGET ME  /  Shirley Horn  /  “You Won’t Forget Me”
  • IT’S EASY TO REMEMBER  /  John Coltrane Quartet  /  “Ballads”
  • BUT BEAUTIFUL  /  Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga  /  “Cheek To Cheek”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “POSITIVELY POSITIVE” (1.6.18)

8 Jan

It’s the beginning of a brand new year, a time to be hopeful, optimistic, and positive. Sure, I can do that even to the point of playing a couple songs I’d never play in a million years (*). How’s that for positive? But only for one week! Next week it’s back to business as usual for me. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album title

  • ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE  /Al Jarreau  /  “Accentuate The Positive”
  • MY SHINING HOUR  /  Sara Gazarek  /  “Yours”
  • THIS IS THE LIFE  /  Freddy Cole  /  “This Is The Life”
  • IT’S A GOOD DAY  /  Cyrille Aimee  /  “It’s A Good Day”
  • I’VE GOT RHYTHM  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Here’s To The Ladies”
  • YOUNG AND FOOLISH  /  Sophie Berkal-Sarbit  /  “Young & Foolish”
  • ALL THE WAY  /  Katherine McPhee  /  “I Fall In Love Too Easily”
  • OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Haven’t We Met”
  • WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR  /  Holly Yarbrough  /  “Mister Rogers Swings”
  • HALLELUJAH I LOVE HER SO  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Alan Arkin & Ann-Margaret  /  “Going In Style”
  • * L.O.V.E.  /  Diana Krall  /  “Turn Up The Quiet”
  • * STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Strangers In The Night”
  • I’M FLYING  /  Connie Evingson  /  “I Have Dreamed”
  • YES I CAN  /  Sammy Davis Jr.  /  “If I Ruled The World”
  • BODY AND SOUL  /  Jackie Ryan & Terry Gibbs  /  “Grand Masters Of Jazz”
  • SOME DAY MY PRINCE WILL COME  /  Dave Brubeck  /  “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat”
  • WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Jazz Loves Disney”
  • HAPPY STREET  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Bill Murray  /  “Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band”
  • I’VE GOT JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING  /  Tuck & Patti  /  “Tears Of Joy”
  • I LIKE MYSELF  /  Seth MacFarlane  /  “In Full Swing”
  • NOBODY ELSE BUT ME  /  Laura Karst  /  “Little Did I Dream”
  • SWEET SLUMBER  /  Jimmy Witherspoon  /  “The Blues is Now”
  • EASY LIVIN’  /  Bobby Darin  /  “Winners”
  • ALWAYS  /  The Swingle Singers  /  “A Celebration Of The Voice”
  • WHEN I FALL IN LOVE  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Old, New, Borrowed, And The Blues”
  • HERE’S TO LIFE  /  Shirley Horn  /  “Here’s To Life”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2018” (12.30.17)

30 Dec

Haven’t thought of your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Maybe this will help. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE  / Tony Bennett  /  ”That San Francisco Sun”
  • I’M GONNA WASH THAT MAN RIGHT OUTTA MY HAIR  /  Rebecca Kilgore w/ Harry Allen Quartet  /  “Play Music From South Pacific”
  • I’M GONNA LIVE TILL I DIE  /  Sophie Berkal-Sarbit  /  “Young & Foolish”
  • I’M PUTTING ALL MY EGGS IN ONE BASKET  /  Fred Astaire  /  “The Irving Berlin Songbook”
  • EVERYTHING I DO GONH BE FUNKY  /  Madeline Peyroux  /  “Secular Hymns”
  • LEMON TWIST  /  Mark Winkler  /  “West Coast Cool”
  • FRIM FRAM SAUCE  /  Vocapella  /  “Black Coffee”
  • FAR AWAY PLACES  /  Norma Winstone  /  “Manhattan In The Rain”
  • THE ICE HOTEL  /  Stacey Kent  /  “Breakfast On The Morning Tram”
  • SMOKE, SMOKE SMOKE THAT CIGARETTE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Jimmy Dean  /  “Big Bad John”
  • IF IT’S THE LAST THING I DO  /  Esther Phillips  /  “Burnin”
  • THERE’S GOTTA BE SOMETHING BETTER THAN THIS  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says No”
  • YOU’RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME  /  Delicatessen  /  “Jazz + Bossa”
  • I DON’T WANNA BE KISSED BY ANYONE ELSE BUT YOU  /  Miles Davis  /  “Miles Ahead”
  • TV BLUES  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • I WANNA GET MARRIED  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Audra McDonald  /  “Build A Bridge”
  • NEVER WILL I MARRY  /  Cecile McLorin Salvant  /  “Dreams & Daggers”
  • A LOT OF LIVING TO DO  /  Sammy Davis Jr.  /  “Sammy Davis Jr. Belts The Best Of Broadway”
  • COFFEE TIME  /  Natalie Cole  /  “Still Unforgettable”
  • CHAMPAGNE  /  Kat Edmonson  /  “Way Down Low”
  • I’M THROUGH WITH LOVE  /  Niki Haris  /  “Live In Bern, Switzerland”
  • I WANNA BE LOVED  /  Mary Stallings W/ Gene Harris  /  “Only Trust Your Heart”
  • THE NIGHT THE PUGILIST LEARNED TO DANCE  /  Sting  /  “The Last Ship”
  • MAKING IT UP AS WE GO ALONG  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Language”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “EGO TRIP TRAVEL TIPS” (5.20.17)

22 May

There seems to be no way to avoid them these days, everyone’s doing it, so pack your selfie-stick, your mirror, your pen for signing autographs, and let’s all go on an Ego Trip! Of course, I’ve added a few cautionary tales to the itinerary, and a few of these trips come in for a crash landing.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album title

  • YOU’RE SO VAIN  /  Carly Simon  /  “Greatest Hits Vol. 1”
  • I’M HIP  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Blossom Dearie 1975”
  •  THE BEST THING FOR YOU  /  George Evans  /  “Live At The Cellar”
  • PEEL ME A GRAPE  /  Shirley Horn  /  “The Main Ingredient”
  • I BELIEVE IN YOU  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “It Might As Well Be Swing”
  • THE BEST IS YET TO COME  /  Delicatessen  /  “Goodnight Kiss”
  • A LOT OF LIVING TO DO  /  Sammy Davis  /  “Sammy Davis Jr. Belts The Best Of Broadway”
  • OLD WORLD CHARM  /  Maud Hixon  /  “Don’t Let A Good Thing Get Away”
  • IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND  /  Mark Murphy  /  “Once To Every Heart”
  • YOU CAME A LONG WAY FROM ST. LOUIS  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Tammy Grimes  /  “Tammy Grimes”
  • HE’S A TRAMP  /  Melody Gardot  /  “Jazz Loves Disney”
  • LOVE WON’T LET YOU GET AWAY  /  Seth MacFarlane & Sara Bareilles  /  “Music Is Better Than Words”
  • I BELIEVE SHE WAS TALKIN’ ABOUT ME  /  Kevin Mahogany & Randy Travis  /  “Another Time Another Place”
  • PAY SOME ATTENTION TO ME  /  Lena Jansson  /  “That Certain Feeling”
  • I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER  /  Marc Pompe  /  “Monk’s Dream”
  • I FEEL PRETTY  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Sophie Milman”
  • YOU’RE BLASÉ  /  Stan Getz  /  “My Old Flame”
  • COMMON TOUCH  /  Nancy Kelly  /  “B That Way”
  • YOU’RE LOOKING AT ME  /  Nat King Cole  /  “After Midnight”
  • ON A SLOW BOAT TO CHINA  /  Morgana King  /  “This Is Always”
  • I CAN’T GET STARTED  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Sunday Express Vol. 2”
  • YOU’LL SEE  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “Doozy”
  • WHEN IN ROME  /  Tina May  /  “A Wing & A Prayer”
  • BALLAD OF THE SAD YOUNG MEN  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “This One’s For Tedi”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “APRIL FOOL!” (4.1.17)

3 Apr

You can fool some of the people some of the time – and why, for heaven’s sake, isn’t that enough? So much for my philosophy of life.  My philosophy of music is evident in the playlist below. Okay, maybe I played more “fool” songs than April Fools jokes, but why fool around when it comes to great singers and songs?

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

 

  • I WAS A FOOL TO LET YOU GO  /  Frank Sinatra Jr.  /  “That Face”
  • I’M A FOOL TO WANT YOU  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Lady in Satin”
  • THESE FOOLISH THINGS  /  Bob Dylan  /  “Triplicate”
  • FOOLS RUSH IN  /  Harold Mabern w/ Norah Jones  /  “Afro Blue”
  • YOUNG AND FOOLISH (Take #4)  /  Tony Bennett & Bill Evans  /  “The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album”
  • BABY I’M A FOOL  /  Melody Gardot  /  “My One And Only thrill”
  • FOOL THAT I AM  /  Etta James  /  “The Second Time Around”
  • I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “Sinatra/Basie” The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings”
  • YOU TURNED THE TABLES ON ME  /  Delicatessen  /  “Goodnight Kiss”
  • WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  William Shatner  /  “What Kind Of Fool Am I”
  • THE FOOL ON THE HILL  /  Susanne Menzel w/ Bremen Philharmonic Strings  /  “Soulmates”
  • SHORT PEOPLE  /  Thomas Quasthoff  /  “Tell It Like It Is”
  • FOOLIN’ MYSELF  /  Shirley Horn  /  “You Won’t Forget Me”
  • WHAT DO YOU DO AFTER YOU RUIN YOUR LIFE  /  Mose Allison  /  “Your Mind Is On Vacation”
  • THAT OLD DEVIL MOON  /  Carmen McRae  /  “Duets”
  • THE TROLLEY SONG  /  Cecile McLorin Salvant  /  “For One To Love”
  • LAURA  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Sammy Davis Jr.  /  “Capitol Collectors Series?
  • FUN TO BE FOOLED  /  Marlene VerPlanck  /  “My Impetuous Heart”
  • ANYONE CAN WHISTLE  /  Tania Grubbs  /  “Lost In The Stars”
  • DO NOTHIN’ TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME  /  Mark Murphy  /  “Once To Every Heart”
  • BLAH, BLAH, BLAH  /  Nicole Herzog  /  “That’s Life”
  • MY FOOLISH HEART  /  Allan Harris, Takana Myamoto  /  “Convergence”
  • APRIL FOOLED ME  /  Heidi Blikenstaff  /  “The Land Where Good Songs Go”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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