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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 “NAME-DROPPING” (11.4.17)

5 Nov

I spent the evening naming names – not in a Robert Mueller way, but by playing songs that have at least one reference to a real person.  Some name-drop many more than one person and others have spontaneous ad-lib shout-outs. The final song doesn’t really name-drop any person, but it was my way to say we’re thinking about you, NYC after the events of last week.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or album Title

  • MY NEW CELEBRITY IS YOU  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “My New Celebrity Is You” 
  • MISS YOU MR. MERCER  /  Mark Murphy  /  “Songbook”
  • I LOVE BEING HERE WITH YOU  /  Peggy Lee  /  “Peggy Lee At Basin Street East”
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Tony Makes It Happen”
  • BLUES FOR WES  /  Lucky Peterson  /  “Tribute To Jimmy Smith”
  • GOTTA BE THIS OR THAT  /  Kim Nazarian & John Pizzarelli  /  “Some Morning”
  • I LOVE TO LOVE  /  Nina Simone  /  “Forbidden Fruit”
  • HOW ABOUT YOU?  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Concepts”
  • ONE NIGHT WITH FRANK  /  Erin Boheme  /  “What Love Is”
  • MICHAEL BUBLE  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “The Vienna Affair”
  • SOMETHING STUPID  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Michael Buble & Reese Witherspoon  /  “To Be Loved”
  • MUSIC IS FOREVER  /  Jackie & Roy  /  “Jackie & Roy: Forever”
  • DANCING ON THE CEILING  /  Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm  /  “Begin To Dance”
  • PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ  /  Fred Astaire  /  “The Irving Berlin Songbook”
  • YOU COULD BE FRED  /  Jackie Allen  /  “The Men In My Life”
  • YOU’RE THE TOP  /  Stacey Kent  /  “The Boy Next Door”
  • HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Nancy Sinatra  /  “California Girl”
  • JAZZ BAND IN HEAVEN  /  Daphna Levy  /  “Late Night Journey”
  • HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON  /  Lillie Huddleston  /  “How Long Has This Been Going On”
  • CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS  /  Dinah Washington  /  “The Fats Waller Songbook” (Emarcy)
  • MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME  /  Delicatessen  /  “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
  • VAN LINGLE MUNGO  /  Dave Frishberg  /  “Dave Frishberg Classics”
  • BEYOND COMPARE  /  Courtenay Day  /  “State Of Bliss”
  • NANCY WITH THE LAUGHING FACE  /  John Coltrane Quartet  /  “Ballads”
  • PRELUDE TO A KISS  /  Morgana King  /  “A Taste Of Honey”
  • NEW YORK STATE OF MIND  /  Tony Bennett & Billy Joel  /  “Playin’ With My Friends”
  • 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 “NEVER SAY NEVER” (9.16.17)

16 Sep

If there’s a rule about an exception to every rule, doesn’t that mean there must be a rule with no exception? Think about that as you look down the list of singers and songs helping me to break one of the tiresome rules I’ve heard my whole life – Never Say Never! Really? You try singing these songs without singing that word.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • I NEVER LOVED ANYONE  /  Carol Sloane  /  “We’ll Meet Again”
  • I’LL NEVER BE THE SAME  /  Anna Sise  /  “But Beautiful”
  • NEVERTHELESS  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Nice ‘N’ Easy”
  • NOW OR NEVER  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “The Best Of Love Songs”
  • IF WE NEVER MEET AGAIN  /  Tony Bennett & k.d. Lang  /  “A Wonderful World”
  • THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU  /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockholm”
  • THE MIDNIGHT SUN WILL NEVER SET  /  Quincy Jones  /  “I Dig Dancers”
  • NEVER LET ME GO  /  Jackie Allen  /  “Never Let Me Go”
  • I’VE NEVER BEEN I LOVE BEFORE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Ethan Hawke  /  “Born To Be Blue Soundtrack”
  • I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN  /  Rigmor Gustafsson & Jacky Terrasson Trio  /  “Close To You”
  • IF I NEVER GET TO PARIS  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “Gin Fizz Fandango”
  • NEVER MAKE YOU MOVE TOO SOON  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Bill Henderson Live At The Vic”
  • IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Live At Nalen”
  • I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT  /  Al Jarreau  /  “Accentuate The Positive”
  • ONE NEVER KNOWS, DOES ONE?  /  Lily Frost  /  “Too Hot For Words”
  • NEVER WILL I MARRY  /  Cecile McLorin Salvant  /  “Dreams & Daggers”
  • I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN  /  Laila Biali  /  “Live In Concert”
  • YOU’LL NEVER KNOW  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Nat King Cole: The Ultimate Edition”
  • THE TWELFTH OF NEVER  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At Carnegie Hall”
  • NEVER NEVER LAND  /  Art Blakey  /  “Kyoto”
  • I NEVER MEANT TO HURT YOU  /  Audrey Martin  /  “Living Room”
  • THE PEOPLE THAT YOU NEVER GET TO LOVE  /  Susannah McCorkle  /  “The People That You Never Get To Love”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT” (9.9.17)

9 Sep

Songs about teaching, learning, lessons for living this week. Hope you’ve learned your lesson not to miss the show. Attendance is mandatory!

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • TEACH ME TONIGHT  /  Sarah Vaughan & Joe Williams & Count Basie  /  “Count Basie/Sarah Vaughan”
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD  /  Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, & James Taylor  /  “Watermark”
  • TEACHER’S PET  /  Pam Lawson  /  “Doris Day At The Movies”
  • JEAN  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Slowly”
  • THE DAY I LEARNED FRENCH  /  Rebecca Kilgore  /  “Moonshadow Dance”
  • LEARNIN’ THE BLUES  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “Sinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings”
  • GETTING TO KNOW YOU  /  Helen Merrill  /  “American Songbook Series”
  • TELL ME ALL ABOUT YOURSELF  /  Nat Cole  /  “Tell Me All About Yourself”
  • BECAUSE WE’RE KIDS  /  Carole Simpson  /  “All About Carole”
  • THE RAIN IN SPAIN  /  Oscar Peterson Trio  /  “Plays My Fair Lady”
  • PICK YOURSELF UP  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Wilford Brimley  /  “Wilford Brimley & The Jeff Hamilton Trio”
  • YOU’VE GOT TO DO IT  /  Holly Yarbrough  /  “Mister Rogers Swings”
  • IT DIDN’T TURN OUT THAT WAY  /  Mose Allison  /  “Foolkiller”
  • YOU TAUGHT MY HEART TO SING  /  Cheryl Bentyne  /  “Lost Love Songs”
  • DO-RE-MI  /  Harry Connick, Jr.  /  “Songs I Heard”
  • TO SIR WITH LOVE  /  Michelle Nicolle  /  “The Crying Game”
  • GRADUATION DAY  /  The Beach Boys  /  “U.S. Singles Collection”
  • PREACH AND TEACH  /  Buddy Rich  /  “Mercy Mercy Mercy”
  • YOU’VE GOT TO BE CAREFULLY TAUGHT  /  Karrin Allyson  /  “Many A New Day”
  • TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL  /  Sadie Jemmett  /  “Music Is Love”
  • CHILDREN WILL LISTEN  /  Bernadette Peters  /  “Sondheim, Etc., Etc.”
  • THE SECRET O’ LIFE  /  Rita Lim  /  “The Secret Of Life”
  • LAUGHING AT LIFE  /  Etta Jones  /  “Doin’ What She Does Best”
  • REMEMBERING TO BREATHE  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Dooji Wooji”
  • MAKE THE WORLD YOUR OWN  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Playground”
  • HEART’S DESIRE  /  Connie Evingson  /  “Never Did I Dream”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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