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PLAYLIST FOR “SUMMER LISTENING ASSIGNMENTS” THE SEASON FINALE (6.30.18

30 Jun

I’ll be off the air for July and August, pre-empted by live concerts from Tanglewood. So, once again, as a goodbye treat, I offered listeners music to listen to during the summer which we can discuss when I return in September (I expect complete essays with full bibliographies). I’m sure America will be great again by the time I get back. In truth I just hope we survive to see the Fall.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • INTO EACH LIFE  /  Andrew Distel  /  “It Only Takes Time”
  • IT’S A GOOD DAY  /  Cyrille Aimee  /  “Live”
  • YOU LEAVE ME BREATHLESS  /  John Doakes  /  “Forever Reasons”
  • BLUE MOON  /  Allegra Levy  /  “Looking At The Moon”
  • TRAVELING LIGHT  /  Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “You’re Driving Me Crazy”
  • SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT  /  Diane Marino  /  “Soul Serenade”
  • THE TEXTING SONG  /  Dave Tull  /  “Texting & Driving”
  • LET ME LOVE YOU  /  Lauren Henderson  /  “Armame”
  • CAN’T KEEP IT INSIDE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Benedict Cumberbatch  /  “August Osage County” Soundtrack
  • I WANT YOUR LOVE  /  Sarah Lancman & Toku  /  “A Contretemps”
  • NATURE BOY / John Coltrane / “The Lost Album”
  • IN A MELLOW TONE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella At Zardi’s”
  • IN A MELLOW TONE  /  Delicatessen  /  “Jazz + Bossa”
  • IN A MELLOW TONE  /  Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross  /  “The Hottest New Group In Jazz”
  • NIGHT IN TUNISIA  /  Stacey & Alan Schulman  /  “As Is”
  • YOU GO TO MY HEAD  /  Tony DeSare & Ed Decker  /  “One For My Baby”
  • NOT MY TIME  /  Kat Edmonson  /  “Old Fashioned Gal”
  • WHERE OR WHEN  /  Erroll Garner  /  “Night Concert”
  • BLUE DRAG  /  Linda Carone  /  “Black Moonlight”
  • CHICKADEE ‘N COCKADOODLEDOO  /  Annie Sellick  /  “Annie & The Hot Club
  • ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT  /  Paul Buchanan & Chris Botti  /  “To Love Again”
  • I CAN’T SEE FOR LOOKIN’  /  Heather Bambrick  /  “You’ll Never Know”
  • THAT AFTERNOON IN HARLEM  /  Mark Winkler  /  “The Company I Keep”
  • MICKEY MOUSE MARCH  /  Julie London  /  Nice Girls Don’t Stay For Breakfast”
  • SIGNING OFF  /  Helen Merrill  /  “You’ve Got A Date With The Blues”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine


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PLAYLIST FOR “SUMMER DESTINATIONS” (6.23.18)

23 Jun

I couldn’t find any songs about where I’ll be heading this summer – a sensory deprivation tank – but I did find some excellent songs about other places to go on a summer vacation.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • ROUTE 66  /  Nat King Cole  /  “After Midnight”
  • DREAMSVILLE  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “Summertime”
  • STOCKHOLM SWEETNIN’  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “You Got What It Takes”
  • THAT’S NO JOKE  /  Diane Marino  /  “Soul Serenade”
  • CITY OF THE ANGELS  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Excellence”
  • GOING TO CHICAGO  /  Barbara Morrison  /  “Live At The 9:20 Special”
  • MY BUICK, MY LOVE, AND I  /  Seth MacFarlane & Elizabeth Gillies  /  “In Full Swing”
  • TWO FOR THE ROAD  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Linda Lavin  /  “Possibilities”
  • SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Come Swing With Me”
  • THROUGH THE WINDOWS OF CARS  /  Jackie & Roy  /  “Jackie & Roy Forever”
  • SPRINGSVILLE  /  Miles Davis  /  “Miles Ahead”
  • MENILMONTANT  /  Avalon Jazz Band  /  “I Wish You Love”
  • PLEASE CONSIDER ME  /  Kat Edmonson  /  “Old Fashioned Gal”
  • HUNGRY MAN  /  Mark Winkler  /  “West Coast Cool”
  • THE ICE HOTEL  /  Stacey Kent  /  Breakfast On The Morning Tram”
  • A FOGGY DAY  /  Van Morrison  /  “Versatile”
  • I KNOW THE WAY TO BROOKLYN  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Dooji Wooji”
  • I’M ALWAYS DRUNK IN SAN FRANCISCO  /  Ernie Andrews  /  “Live Session”
  • ALL THROUGH SPRING AND SUMMER  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Tuesday Weld
  • SCATSVILLE  /  John Proulx  /  “Say It”
  • I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Bye Bye Blackbird”    
  • LOVE ON A GREYHOUND BUS  /  Janet Planet  /  “Of Thee I Sing”
  • AMERICA  /  Simon & Garfunkel  /  “Bookends”
  • NEVER NEVER LAND  /  Greta Matassa  /  “Favorites From A Long Walk”
  • 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 “LOVE & MARRIAGE ROYAL WEDDING STYLE” (5.19.18)

20 May

I celebrated love and marriage, London and the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this week. When your desperate for good news, you’ll take any scrap you can find. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • GET ME TO THE CHURCH ON TIME  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra At The Sands”
  • I’M JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “It’s A Man’s World”
  • FROM THIS MOMENT ON  /  Loston Harris  /  “Why Try To Change me Now”
  • I FEEL PRETTY  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Sophie Milman”
  • I WANNA GET MARRIED  /  Nellie McKay  / “Get Away From Me”
  • CLOUDBURST/NOT GETTING MARRIED TODAY  /  John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey  /  “Make Believe”
  • A FOGGY DAY  /  Van Morrison  /  “Versatile”
  • BOY WANTED  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook”
  • THE TENDER TRAP  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Robert Palmer  /  “Ridin’ High”
  • WEDDING BELL BLUES  /  Laura Nyro  /  “Live! The Loom’s Desire”
  • I LOVE MY WIFE  /  Ron Boustead  /  “Unlikely Valentine”
  • THE FOLKS WHO LIVE ON THE HILL  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Today”
  • PICKING UP AFTER YOU  /  Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle  /  “One From The Heart Soundtrack”
  • MARRY ME A LITTLE  /  Gregg Edleman  /  “Wall To Wall Sondheim”
  • BURNING THE TOAST  /  Suzy Bogguss  /  “A Twist Of Jazz”
  • A WEDDING IN CHEROKEE COUNTY  /  Randy Newman  /  “The Randy Newman Songbook”
  • CHAPEL OF LOVE  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Laverne & Shirley  /  “Laverne & Shirley Sing”
  • ON MY WAY TO YOU  /  Freddy Cole  /  “Love Makes The Changes”
  • WHEN I’M 64  /  Connie Evingson  /  “Let It Be Jazz”
  • MY LOVE WENT TO LONDON  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Here’s To The Ladies”
  • EXACTLY LIKE YOU  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At Town Hall”
  • A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE  /  Rahsaan Roland Kirk  /  “Rahsaan: The Complete Mercury Recordings”
  • TOO LATE NOW  /  Roberta Gambarini  /  “Easy To Love”
  • TAKE ME TO THE ALLEY  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Take Me To The Alley”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “HITTING BOTTOM” (5.5.18)

6 May

I know it was wishful thinking on my part, but on Saturday’s show I celebrated finally hitting bottom. No, this wasn’t a tribute to Stormy Daniels, it was a realization that the way things are going, I may not live long enough to see us hit the actual bottom. All the songs and some of the singers know exactly what I meant.  So now, after this show, I can tell myself (or pretend) that things will start to get better. (I’m not holding my breath, because I know I really won’t live long enough that way.) 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND OUT  / Alexis Cole  /  “A Kiss In The Dark”   
  • INTO EACH LIFE  /  Andrew Distel  /  “It Only Takes Time”
  • STOP THIS TRAIN  /  Roberta Donnay  /  “What’s Your Story?” 
  • WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE  /  Ray Charles  /  “The Genius Of Ray Charles”
  • ROCKS IN MY BED  /  Nancy Harms  /  “Ellington At Night” 
  • IT’S ALWAYS 4 AM  /  Jeff Hall  /  “Life, Collected”  
  • OLD FASHIONED GAL  /  Kat Edmonson  /  “Old Fashioned Gal”   
  • THE BALLAD OF THE SAD YOUNG MEN  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Boz Scaggs  /  “Speak Low”   (Decca Records)
  • MEET ME AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE  /  The Hot Sardines  /  “Live At Joe’s Pub”  
  • THE LIFE THAT I LEAD  /  Lou Rawls  /  “Carryin’ On”
  • YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Lady In Satin” 
  • ROUND MIDNIGHT  /  Miles Davis Quintet  /  “Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Final Tour” 
  • EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO ME  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Sister Orchid” 
  • DID I EVER REALLY LIVE?  /  Joe Williams  /  “One For My Baby”   
  • BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS  /  Diana Krall  /  “All For You” 
  • EVERYBODY’S CRYIN’ MERCY  /  Mose Allison  /  “American Legend: Live In California”
  • DAYS LIKE THIS  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Days Like This”
  • THE END OF THE WORLD  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Patty Duke  /  “Don’t Just Stand There”
  • THE PARTY’S OVER  /  Van Morrison  /  “Versatile”
  • I’M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS  /  Karrin Allyson  /  Round Midnight” 
  • LUSH LIFE  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Boston Concert 1976”
  • SOPHISTICATED LADY  /  Linda Ronstadt  /  “Lush Life”
  •  NOTHING LASTS FOREVER  /  Ian Shaw  /  “A Ghost In every Bar”   
  • THE HUMAN TOUCH  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone & Piano”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  

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PLAYLIST FOR “THE BLUES” (4.14.18)

15 Apr

If you were a color, what color would you be? (You can think about that after you read the rest of this.) Last night, I was blue, all shades, all hues, all blues – and all swinging. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • ALL BLUES  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Double Rainbow”
  • LADY SINGS THE BLUES  /  Billie Holiday  /  “The Carnegie Hall Concert”
  • MOOD INDIGO  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “In The Wee Small Hours”
  • BLUE TURNING GREY OVER YOU  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Harlem On My Mind”
  • THE BLUES DON’T CARE  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Big Band Cole”
  • STRAIGHT AHEAD  /  Jimmy Smith  /  “Bluesmith”
  • LEARNIN’ THE BLUES  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • JOE WILLIAMS BLUES  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella At Zardi’s”
  • ME AND THE BLUES  /  Joe Williams  /  “Me & The Blues”
  • BLUE DRAG  /  Linda Carone  /  “Black Moonlight”
  • WHEN SUNNY GETS BLUE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Jack Webb  /  “Just The Tracks, Ma’am”
  • TODAY I SING THE BLUES  /  Randy Crawford  /  “No Regrets”
  • EVERYDAY I HAVE THE BLUES  /  Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “You’re Driving Me Crazy”
  • NO MORE BLUES  /  Roberta Gambarini  /  “Easy To Love”
  • BLEE BLOP BLUES  /  Count Basie  /  “Count Basie At Newport 1957”
  • BLUES ARE BREWIN  /  Weslia Whitfield  /  “Beautiful Love”
  • MISTY  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Tom Selleck  /  “Magnum P.I.”
  • WILD WOMEN DON’T GET THE BLUES  /  Cecile McLorin Salvant  /  “Dreams & Daggers
  • UNDECIDED BLUES  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Playin’ With My Friends”
  • FINE AND MELLOW  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At Town Hall”
  • GOOD MORNING HEARTACHE  /  Sarah Lancman & Michel Perez  /  “Dark”
  • ONE FOR MY BABY  /  Tony DeSare & Edward Derrick  /  “One for My Baby”
  • I GOT IT BAD  /  Nancy Harms  /  “Ellington At Night”
  • MEANING OF THE BLUES  /  Carmen McRae  /  “Bittersweet”
  • GEORGIA ROSE  /  Gavin Hope  /  “For All We Know”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY” (3.17.17)

20 Mar

Just about every performer and even some of the composers this week were either Irish or Irish-American, including one of the Mystery Vocalists which was an Irish Setter. But my favorite part of the show was eating some authentic Irish food – I gobbled down a bowl of Lucky Charms.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • DETOUR AHEAD  /  Mary Coughlan  /  “Long Honeymoon”
  • THE PARTY’S OVER  /  Van Morrison  /  “Versatile”
  • UNDECIDED/DOWN WITH LOVE  /  Emilie Conway  /  The Secret Of A Rose”
  • THE HEATHER ON THE HILL  /  Kate McGarry  /  “The Target”
  • MOLLY MALONE  /  The Hi-Lo’s  /  “The Hi-Lo’s Happen To Folk Music”
  • MEET YOU AT THE MOON   /  Imelda May  /  “Love Tattoo”
  • THE MOON’S A HARSH MISTRESS  /  Judy Collins & Jimmy Webb  /  “Live At The Metropolitan Museum”
  • YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “The Best Of Love Songs”
  • THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Ed McMahon  /  “And Me, I’m Ed McMahon”
  • I WISH I COULD SAY THAT I’M FINE  /  Katharine Timoney  /  “Man Of Mine”
  • I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE  /  Cormac Kenevey  /  “The Art Of Dreaming”
  • I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO HIS FACE  /  Katherine McPhee  /  “I Fall In Love Too Easily”
  • HELLO DOLLY  /  Harry Connick Jr.  /  “Oh My NOLA”
  • ANGEL EYES  /  Louis Stewart  /  “Angel Eyes”
  • SECRET LOVE  /  Sinead O’Connor  /  “Am I Not Your Girl?”
  • GONE GONE GONE  / (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Colin Farrell  /  “Crazy Heart” The Soundtrack”
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie  /  “Ella & Basie”
  • THE IRISH BALLAD  /  Tom Lehrer  /  “Revisited”
  • GO DOWN EASY  /  Christine Tobin  /  “Romance & Revolution”
  • I WANT TO BE AROUND  /  Tony Bennett & Bono  /  “Duets: An American Classic”
  • HOW ARE THINGS IN GLOCCA MORRA  /  Chris McNulty  /  “The Song That Sings You Here”
  • DANNY BOY  /  Bill Evans  /  “Bill Evans For Lovers”
  • LOOK TO THE RAINBOW  /  Al Jarreau  /  “Look To The Rainbow”
  • SOME OTHER TIME  /  Honor Heffernan  /  “Fire And Ice”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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