That's how I usually start off my
radio show, as I slowly fade down our theme music--Paul Winter Consort's
If you'd like to get
an idea of the eclectic mix of music I play, check out a couple of playlists
below that include my rough transcription of the shows.
To catch Nonesuch
live via the internet (you'll need Real Audio),
You may hear host Kenn
Marash, Susan Weitz, Beth Wolf--or me, depending on which Sunday you
in a Strange Land
Like a sample of what my shows are
You can hear a recent half-hour
"Folk Focus" segment on Tom Waits (who won the Grammy in the
contemporary folk category for Mule Variations, on Anti Epitaph Records.
(The version for 56k modems is here; the others will be here soon!)
Or you hear the one I did on singer-songwriter Bill Morrissey.
to the clips:
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[Transcripts to come]
in a Strange Land (3/28/99)
Well good morning! And welcome
to Nonesuch, where every Sunday from 10:00 to 2:30 we play folk
music and music in the folk tradition here at WVBR--93.5 FM--Ithaca.
is Tracey Craig and I'll be your host for the next couple of hours.
We've got lots of good music to listen to today--including some
great new CDs that have just come in from Beausoleil, Artie Traum,
Lucy Kaplansky, Dave Olney, and the pick of the bunch--Cliff Eberhardt's
latest, called Borders.
Folk Focus, in fact, we'll be listening to the songs of Cliff Eberhardt--the
guy Christie Lavin called "the bad boy of folk music." He's known
as a songwriter's songwriter who delivers his lyrics in a warm, edgy
voice that takes you right to the core of what he's writing about.
I think you'll like it--that's Cliff Eberhardt, the subject of today's
Folk Focus, which starts at about 11.30.
be playing some music appropriate for the season--it's spring and
both Easter and Passover are right around the corner. I went in search
of songs that related to Passover, in one way or another, and got
sidetracked on a tangent I hope you'll enjoy following with me--since
Passover is the story of Exodus, a leavetaking, wrenching from one's
homeland into new, unknown lands, I'll be playing a lot of songs about
emigration and immigrants.
me there's an increasing emphasis on these kinds of tunes--just as
an example, when I talked with Tim O'Brien this fall, he said he's
spent some time recently exploring his own roots in Ireland and the
next CD he puts out will focus on understanding roots, ancestors,
where you came from. And Tom Russell has just come out with an extraordinary
CD called The Man From God Knows Where--subtitled, An Immigrant Song
Cycle. We'll listen to several different pieces from that in the one-o'clock
hour, and throughout the show today, there'll be lots of other songs
that address the immigrant experience, whether that's Irish, Mexican,
German, Lithuanian, Norwegian, or songs of the Jewish Diaspora.
start off with something to celebrate the end of winter!
Welch/Winter's Come and Gone/Hell Among the Yearlings/ALMO
Hanzlik/Spring in the Old Country/Spring in the Old Country/Flying
Here's what Greg Brown thinks about in spring..
Greg Brown/Spring Wind/Dream Cafe.Red House
Michael Franks/18 Aprils/Abandoned Garden/Warner Brothers
April Fool's Waltz/April Fools Waltz/Passages/AmaLlama
Just a reminder: this hour of Nonesuch is brought to you by the ABC
Cafe--for the best variety in vegetarian dining and live music six nights
a week. That's the ABC Cafe, 308 Stewart Avenue. Open from lunch to
Well, I promised
you some new music, and new music you shall have! Let's start off with
Julian Dawson's latest, Spark, on Gadfly, in which he sings a duet with
Lucinda Williams and follow that up with something from Artie Traum's
- Julian Dawson with
Lucinda Williams/How Can I Sleep Without You??Spark/Gadfly
- Artie Traum/Swing
Shift/Meetings with Remarkable Friends/Narada [other remarkable
friends include The Band, Sam Bush and Bela Fleck, David Grisman,
John Sebastian, and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason]
- Lucy Kaplansky/10-Year
Night/10-Year Night/Red House
- Tish Hinajosa/God's
Own Open Road/Dreaming From the Labyrinth
- Dave Olney/Little
Bit of Poison/Through a Glass Darkly/Philo
- Chuck Weiss/Just Don't
Care/Extremely Cool/produced by Tom Waits/ Rykodisc
Just a reminder--this portion of Nonesuch has been brought to you
by ABC CAFE...for the best variety in vegetarian dining and live
music six nights a week. That's the ABC Cafe--the place to be--just
- Glykeria Pare Me Apopse
Pare Me/Putumayo/Mediterranean Odyssey/Take Me Tonight (an old fashioned
...And I'm Tracey Craig. You're listening to Nonesuch on WVBR--93.5
This hour of Nonesuch is brought to you by the Greenstar Cooperative
Market, Ithaca's community-owned natural foods grocery......
We've been listening to some brand-new music--I've found if I don't
play it right off the bat, sometimes I forget about it because I get
so caught up in wanting to play things for you that fit into a particular
musical theme. But there's a new one just out on Rhino records
from Beausoleil--the album is called Cajunization, and we're going to
hear something that fits right into today's emphasis on immigrants and
ancestors...La Terre de Ma Grandpere--the Land of My Grandfathers
- Beausoleil/In My Grandfather's
- Chassidic Medley:Adir
Hu/Moshe Emes /Andy Statman and David Grisman/Songs of Our Fathers/Acoustic
this week--and that's a tune usually sung at the conclusion of the Passover
Seder meal-- it comes from a really wonderful CD Andy Statman and David
Grisman put out a couple of years ago called Songs of Our Fathers. We
heard Chassidic Medley, with Adir Hu and Moshe Emes. Before that, My
Grandfather's Lands, from Beausoleil's latest, Cajunization, on Rhino.
If you celebrate Passover, you know that the Sedar plate has several
special items on it, including horseradish--so here's a little Serba
with Horseradish from the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra.
- Serba with Horseradish/Shirim
Klezmer Orchestra/...of angels and horseradish/Northeastern Records
- The Well/title cut/Klezmatics
with Chava Alberstein on Xenophile
- Next Year, Jerusalem/Simple
Gifts/Other Places, Other Times/Purple Finch
How about a preview of our Folk Focus, coming up at 11:30? We'll
be listening to Cliff Eberhardt's music-- Cliff has a brand new
album out on the Red House label. Let's listen to a little something
- Everybody Knows How
Well I was playing all that Passover music earlier--a listener called
in and said I should play something for Easter, which is also coming
up this week. So here it is--Steve Goodman
- Steve Goodman/Easter
Tapes/Easter Parade/Red Pajamas
FOLK FOCUS: Cliff Eberhardt
It's just about 11:30 and that means it's time for our Folk Focus
today on Cliff Eberhardt. Christie Lavin once called him the bad
boy of folk music. But Cliff Eberhardt says that doesn't make
much sense--it's kind of like being "the Genghis Khan of knitting."
Eberhardt, who lives by himself in Northhampton, Massachusetts--an
area that's become sort of a haven for folk musicians these days--says,
quote, " I don't crash my car... I haven't broken anybody's
heart in a long time...How much of a bad boy can I be?"
But he HAS
just put out his fifth album--two in the past 12 months--and each
one seems stronger than the last. You may remember his last release--12
songs of Good and Evil--it's got a really great song called The Devil
in Me, which gets a fair amount of play here on Nonesuch. The new CD
is Eberhardt's second release for Red House, it's called Borders, and
the songs on it are about borders, frontiers, and the lines that demarcate
the spaces--physical and personal--that divide us all.
off with the first cut:
- Why is the Road So
- Fix Your Blues
That's Fix Your Blues and Why is the Road so Long, the frst couple
of cuts on Cliff Eberhardt's latest CD, Borders, on Red House. Lucy
Kaplansky joined in on the harmonies on the last one; Liz Queler
sat in on the one before that, with Carol Sharer, violin, Ray Mason,
bass; Seth Farber, piano, and Doug Plavin, drums. Cliff recorded
the CD partly in the studio and partly in friend's homes--Seth Farber
and Liz Queler's bedroom in New York City, Carol Sharer's living
room in New Jersey..."There's nothing like hanging out with
your friends, eating their food and making a CD at the same time,"
Cliff says, in his thank-yous on the liner notes.
become an important figure in the folk scene since he first debuted
in 1990 on Shanachie with a CD called The Long Road. He's paid his dues,
though, starting out playing with his brother Geoff back when he was
15, playing the eastern club circuit. Cliff cut his teeth listening
to James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin Wolf, Muddy
Waters, Bonnie Raitt and Mississippi John Hurt but he admits he was
also influenced by the lyrics of the great songwriters like Cole Porter,
The Gershwins and Rodgers and Hart.
the New York City Club Scene in the late 1970s, working with other singer-songwriters
like John Gorka, Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky, Christine Lavin,
and Shawn Colvin...he got his first big break after doing an advertising
jingle for Chevrolet--if you remember, the Heartbeat of America--well,
that was Cliff Eberhardt. Right after that, in 1990, he got a chance
to record his first album on Windham Hill--here's my favorite cut from
that first CD
- Father's Shoes
- Voodoo Morning
That was Voodoo
Morning, from Cliff Eberhardt's third CD titled Mona Lisa Cafe, for
Shanachie. Before that, we heard My Father's Shoes--which Richie Havens
has also recorded--and that's from Cliff's first album The Long Road.
Cliff Eberhardt has had his songs recorded by a lot of other contemporary
singers, too, including Shawn Colvin and Buffie St. Marie, Dar Williams
and others.He's played the Winter's Night Tour with Patty Larkin and
Cheryl Wheeler--and he's back on the road now in support of his new
Couple of messages
for you, then we'll listen to a little more from Cliff....
to Cliff Eberhardt on today's edition of Folk Focus, and up next is
something from his new CD, which is called Borders. All of the songs
talk about the lines that divide us, one way or another---let's hear
some more from it. Cliff Eberhardt...
Goodbye and Lines, both from Borders, Cliff Eberhardt's latest CD. Just
a reminder--this hour of Nonesuch has been brought to you by Greenstar...
No matter how
much of this guy I listen to, it seems, I always want a little more--we've
got time for just one more from the new CD--Borders, on Red House. Here's
Cliff Eberhardt and "Anna Lee," taking us up to newstime...
- Anna Lee
...And this is Tracey Craig for Nonesuch on 93.5 WVBR-FM--Ithaca.
[weather update] Hmm--is that seasonal or unseasonal? I hardly know
anymore. I do know it's just about Passover...and here's something
from Martin Simpson that seems appropriate for the season.
- Go Down Moses/Martin
Simpson/A Closer Walk with Thee/Gourd Music
Franke/Heart of the Flower/Daring Records
- June Tabor/ Di Nakht
nor aleyn iz mit mir (the night alone is with me), a song that expresses
the isolation and despair of European Jews--written by two immigrants
from Eastern Europe/title cut/Green Linnet
- Oi Day/Oi Day/Vartinna/Green
Linnet (Finnish --a song about being a stranger in a strange
land and longing to go back home)
Si Kahn/Lady of the Harbor/In
My Heart/Philo, written for his grandfather, Simon Hersh Aaronson
(the chorus, of course is taken from the words at the base of status,
written by Jewish poet Emma Lazarus
Sexton/America the Beautiful/Black Sheep/Eastern Front
Newcomer/Love Like an Immigrant/An Angel at my Shoulder/Philo (She
introduces by saying, "It's important to live with a passion"
Eyes/Amy Gallatin/written by Guy Clark/The Long Way Home/Happy Appy
But the American
Dream isn't always what it was supposed to be. David Massengill...
- David Massengill/Great
American Dream/The Return/Plump Records
- Crossing the Border/Anne
Weiss/title cut/Lika Pika Music
- Land of Heroes/Jorma
Kaukonen/title cut/American Heritage Records
- Promised Land/title
...And I'm Tracey Craig for WVBR FM--93.5 on your dial--in Ithaca,
New York. Today we've got a couple of themes threaded through the
show, and one of them is what it's like to be a stranger in a strange
land--an emigrant far from home, trying to make a go of it. There's
a very interesting new CD from Tom Russell--The Man from God Knows
Where--it's a history of the common man, told by the common man
or, as Russell puts, an American Primitive Man/In an American Primitive
it's about the women too, and Russell's gotten wonderful help in telling
the stories from folks like Iris DeMent and Dave Van Ronk. Through the
26 songs, we learn about the experience of Irish, Norwegian, and Scandinavian
immigrants as well as the outcasts from other shores who made their
way to America.
says Russell, "trekked across this wild landscape carrying four potato
spades from Ireland, searching for a place where the crop would not
rot in the ground; the pilgrimage toward a land where love would abide."
The whole piece fits together in such a beautiful way it's almost a
shame to break it up. But it runs over an hour long, so we'll sample
a few cuts from it. Tom Russell... The Man From God Knows Where--An
Immigrant Song Cycle
- Wayfaring Stranger
with Iris DeMent
- Patrick Russell Tom
Russell with DeMent
- Mary Clare Malloy/Dolores
- Anna Olsen/ Kari Bremmes
- Acres of Corn/Iris
- [All from Tom Russell/Immigrant
Song Cycle/Man From God Knows Where/Hightone Records]
There are easily a dozen or so different Farewells to different
cities in Ireland I could play you, but let's hear a rather different
Celtic tune in which an immigrant bids Farewell to Coigach--it was
written by a cowboy out in Montana, one Murdo MacLean, a man from
the Coigach area in the western Highlands of Scotland. Maclean was
one of many Gaelic speaking Highlanders to came to the American
West to work as Cattlemen, shepherds and cowboys.
- Farewell to Coigach/David
Wilkie/Cowboy Ceilidh/Red House
- From Ireland/Courage,
Love, and Grace/Pete Morton/Flying Fish
- Come Back for Me/Hart
Rouge/Nouvelle France/Red House
The songs of many different immigrants there, in that last set--from
France to Canada, that was Come Back for Me, from Hart Rouge; the
CD's called Nouvelle France and it's on Red House....the Oysterband's
Rambling Irishman..... etc.
But we haven't
talked much about those coming from over the border from the south in
search of a better life. Let's start off with Woody Guthrie's classic,
Deportee, as done here by Peter Paul and Mary together with Tom Paxton:
Lines LIVE/PPM with Tom Paxton/Warner Bros
Hymn/Larry Long (joined by Claudia Schmidt on vocals)/Run for Freedom,
Sweet Thunder/Flying Fish (he's been called the heir to Woody Guthrie--he's
a musician, community organizer and educator..Studs Terkel has called
him a true American troubadour
We've been talking about people trying to make a home in a new land,
people who've met with the realization that the Great American Dream
may not be as great as they once thought. But what if No Place Feels
Like Home? Here's a new one from a new group out of New York City
that calls itself Smithline-Manion
- No Place Feels Like
Home/Smithline and Manion
...And you're listening to Nonesuch with Tracey Craig on 93.5, WVBR-FM
Let's take a look at the weather forecast...
Yup, it's spring all right--or are we just pushing spring?
And with that we're back
to another of the show's themes today--Arlo Guthrie, together with a
Southern Baptist church choir, doing Let My People Go. Before that,
Basho's Bounce, a melody written in the style of a Sephardic dance melody
by Andy Statman for his wife. That's on a wonderful CD called Songs
of Our Fathers, which Andy made a couple of years back with David Grisman.
That's on Acoustic Disc...Before that some springtime tunes, including
Mummer's Dance, from Loreena McKennitt, The Book of Secrets, on Warner
Brothers, and April Wood, from the Woods Tea Company. The CD's called
Side by Each and it's on Wizmak.
- Lou and Peter Berryman/Pushing
- April May/Lou and
Peter Berryman/What, Again?
- April Wood/Woods Tea
Company/Side By Each/Wizmak Records
- Mummer's Dance/Loreena
McKennitt/The Book of Secrets
- Bashie's Bounce/Songs
of Our Fathers/Andy Statman/David Grisman Acoustic Disc
- Arlo Guthrie--Let
My People Go
My name is
Tracey Craig and I want to thank you for tuning in. I enjoyed playing
the music for you today--hope you enjoyed listening! If you're getting
together with friends and family to celebrate Easter or Passover this
week, maybe all these stories and songs about immigrants and their sons
and daughters will inspire you to ask a few questions at the table...give
you some insight into what it might have been like to be in your grandmother's
or grandfather's shoes...maybe you can find out more about where you
enjoy the food, whether it's an Easter ham or carrot tzimmes...
take pleasure in the company, if you have it...and consider, if you
will, this warning from the House Band, about just how appropriate that
old story about the Pharoah might be.
Have a good
theme up and out]
...I guess you might call today The Birthday Show, because I'll be playing
a bunch of tunes that address the topic--February seems to be THE birthday
month. You've got George and Abe, of course, those presidents born in
the in the month of February...and a whole host of rebels, writers,
and visionaries. James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Charles Lindberg, Jules
Verne, Carole King, Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, Susan B. Anthony,
Copernicus, Stan Kenton, Ansel Adams, George Frederick Handel, Ralph
Nader, W.E.B. DuBois, Sinclair Lewis, Buffalo Bill Cody...and me! Yeah,
tomorrow's MY birthday--maybe I'll tell you which one a little later
in the show!
And as you
might expect with a birthday show, there's lots of presents--except
these gifts are for you!! I've got a pair of tickets to the Kitchen
Theatre to give away, and CDs--as well as tickets--for the upcoming
Bela Fleck concert in Geneva on February 12. So keep listening! We'll
spotlight some other artists--local and national--playing in Ithaca
or nearby in the very near future, too, including Susan McKeown, Lucy
Kaplansky, and Lui Collins.
And then, for
our Folk Focus today, we'll be listening to a brand-new-CD from Brooks
Williams--a phenomenal guitarist who's probably one of the most important
singer-songwriters of today. His voice might remind you of James Taylor,
but his guitar is more like Leo Kottke and Bruce Cockburn, mixed together
with a bunch of Delta blues artists. That's Brooks Williams, the subject
of our Folk Focus from 11:30-12 on today's show.
start off this birthday special with some tunes in honor of the presidents
born this month: Here's Norman Blake doing Lincoln's Funeral Train
Cordelia's Dad: Booth Shot Lincoln
Steve Goodman: It's a sin
Austin Lounge Lizards: Ballad of Ronald Reagan
Couldn't find one for the fourth president born this month--Grover
Cleveland, on the 26--Know who else was born this month? An amazing
variety of musicians, frm Mendelsohn and Handel and Chopin to Stan
Kenton, Eubie Blake and Jimmy Dorsey...Fats Domino...Smokey Robinson,
Kurt Cobain, Johnny Winter, Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb, Ralph Stanley,
Don Everly...Melissa Manchester, Nancy Wilson, Leontyne Price and
Roberta Flack...and everyone you'll hear in this next set, too. See
how many artists whose birthday falls in February you can identify.
- George Harrison: Give
- Mary Chapin Carpenter:
Shut Up and Kiss Me
- Buffy St. Marie: Soulful
Shade of Blue
- Carol King: Never
(Carole King--9th/Buffy St. Marie 20th/Carpenter 21st/G. Harrison 25th)
Just want to remind you this next portion of Nonesuch is brought to
you by the ABC CAFE--for the best variety in vegetarian dining, and
music six nights a week...the ABC, the place to be!)
Well, I'm sticking
with the birthday theme here, but let's move along to some of the writers
born in the month of February. In this next set, we'll her some tunes
in honor of Aquarian writers. We've got Charles Dickens on born on today's
date in 1812, Laura Ingalls Wilder, also born today in 1867--John Steinbeck,
James Michener, Tony Morrison, Carson McCullers, Edna St. Vincent Millay,
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow...Anais Nin..Sholom Alechim...Langston Hughes,
Alice Walker...and dozens and dozens of others. Let's start off with
My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors....
- Moxy Fruvous: My baby
- Chapin: Dueling Banjos
- Seeger: Around the
- Dave Mallet: Main
Main Street--that should be easy--that was for Sinclair Lewis, born
today in 1885--Dave Mallett--and if you missed him last night at
Cornell, he'll be back on March 12 at the Night Eagle in Oxford.
Before that Mike Seeger and Around the World--that one was for Jules
Verne, born on my birthday February 8, 1828; Dueling Banjos with
Tom Chapin--that was for James Dickey, who wrote Deliverance,
born on the 2nd, and we started off the Moxy Fruvous...
Got a couple
of messages for you, and then we'll hear about about a February birthday
girl who was pretty famous--but nobody's really quite sure why! First
You're listening to Nonesuch and my name is Tracey Craig. We're doing
a birthday show today, and playing some songs for all those folks who
have birthday's in February. Here's somebody born on February 6...
- Steve Goodman: Zsa
- Mustard's Retreat:
Monkey with Typewriter
For Charles Darwin, born on the 12th, and Zsa Zsa born on the 6th
(her sister Eva Gabor was born on the 11th, though it's not clear
what year!) Let's take us on up to news time with one for Buffalo
Bill Cody--Andrew McKuen, Wild West Theme
....And I'm Tracey Craig. You're listening to Nonesuch on WVBR FM Ithaca--93.5
on your dial. Today's a special birthday show, and we're celebrating
the birthdays of a lot of pretty well known people--and reflecting on
what birthdays mean to us. I'm looking at one, coming up tomorrow--41,
though I find it hard to believe I've come that far. Turning 40 was
kind of a crisis--so maybe this one marks an acceptance of being in
the midst of crisis!!
- Holly Casner: Birthday
- O'Conner:Midlife Crisis
- Saffire: Middle-Aged
Two of the artists in this next band celebrate their birthdays in
February--We'll listen to something from Beausoleil, and Michael
Ducet has his on the 14th--how romantic!--and Al Tharpe on the 8th.
- Beausoleil: Grandfather's
Well, it's no fun celebrating birthdays without some presents--and
it's time I promised you I had a bunch of stuff to give away--tickets
to Bela Fleck, and to the Kitchen Theatre--and right now I've got
Bela Fleck's new CD, Communication, which won him a Grammy award
this year [Contest details]
- Bela Fleck: Communication
It's just about 11:30--and that means it's time for today's Folk Focus.
Our featured artist is Brooks Williams--an extraordinary guitarist who
just happens to write songs and sing, too. He's probaly one of the most
important singer/songwriters out there--but it's his guitar work that
really dazzles me. As I said earlier, his voice might remind you a little
of James Taylor--but his guitar will make you think of Kottke and Delta-style
blues artists. Lets start off today's folk focus with a piece Brooks
wrote about a bar in Albany: Rotterdam Bar, with Brooks Williams.
- Rotterdam Bar/Knife
That was Rotterdam Bar, from Brooks Williams Green Linnet recording
titled Knife Edge, which came out in 1995. There are a lot of good
bluesy cuts on it. Brooks has another six or seven CDs out on Green
Linnet, and then about two years ago he made a recording with Jim
Henry for Signature Sounds, caled Some Changes--and his latest,
which just came out a couple of weeks ago, is on Signature. Before
we put that on, let's listen to another early one from Green Linnett-Here's
- Inland Sailor
We're listening to the music of Brooks Williams today, an artist
who says he taught himself to play listening to rock record--he
had no idea they were overdubbing two or three different guitar
parts--so he tried to play everything on one guitar. He says he
started playing when he was 10--the first two songs he learned were
Blackbird, by the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze--and he
says he "...still hears those sounds as if they're one."
to some more from Hundred Year Shadow--here's a cover of a Ted Hawkins
tune Brooks says is one of his favorites.
- Good and Bad
- Monkey (which he
wrote after listening to Johnny Cash's Unchained. He got his inspiration
from Hindu iconography--in which a man's mind is shown as a monkey
jumping from tree to tree following whatever catches his attention.)
listening to the music of Brooks Williams today who has a brand new
recording out on the Signature Sounds label--Hundred Year Shadow. We\ve
got Time for just a little more--here's an instrumental he wrote called
Songs My Brother Taught Me. Brooks Williams.
...And I'm Tracey Craig. You'e listening to Nonesuch, on WVBR--93.5
FM. If you're over on south hill, you'll find we comine in better
at 103.5... Let's take a look at the weather...
And let's take
a look at this whole aging thing, on our show today, which is devoted
to the subject of birthdays. Here's a Dar Williams tune, Aging Well--which
she sings with Joan Baez.
- Baez/Williams: Aging
- Kessler: At My Age
- Judy Small: Life Begins
Well, that's what the women say. How about the guys?
- David Wilcox: Top
of the Roller Coaster
- Loudon Wainright:
- Tom Paxton: Modern
- Peter, Paul and Mary:
February is a month that includes the birthdays of a lot of foks
who broke barriers--or were the first to things others thought couldn't--or
shouldn't--be done. I'm talking about folks like Elizabeth Blackwell,
who was the first woman doctor, Charles Lindbergh, who was the first
to fly across the Atlantic solo--his birthday is the 4th; and feminists
like Susan B. Anthony (15) and Betty Friedan (4) who shares
her birthday with Rosa Parks, who made history by sitting down.
Here's a set of tunes for these one-of-a kinds...
- Ball and Sultan: Wing
and a Prayer:
- Si Kahn: Woman to
- Sweet Honey: Freedom
Some of the folks born in February set themselves to the task of
informing others about what's happening in the world--Ralph Nader
(27th) is one, and this next one's for him
- Danze: Big Cars
- Beausoleil: News Reel:
That was Beausoleil, doing News Reel--in honor of the three big
newscasters born in February: Tom Brokaw on the 6th, Ted Koppel
on the 8th, and Roger Mudd on the 9th. by the way, Michael Doucet
and Al Thorpe, both of Beaousoleil, also celebrate February
birthdays. And we started with a tune for Ralph Nader--Big Cars,
by Jake Danze. By the way, did you hear Ralph Nader is lending his
support to the campain against Cornell's plan to use the waters
of Cayuga Lake for cooling.............
might be interested to know that at least a couple of Aquarians
were also very famous astronomers---Copernicus and Galileo. Here's
O'Connell; and time for Astronomer's
Dream, taking us up to news time
[use Lizards station ID for 93.5]
Thought I'd surprise you there--got a chance to meet the Austin Lounge
Lizards recently when I was working on a project out in Seattle, and
got them to tape that ID along with a bunch of other artists you hear
on the show. I just want to remind you how important it is to get out
and support live music--local as well as national acts. I think it's
time for a round-up of what's happening around here in the next few
- 9 Patti Witten/ABC
- 10 Richie Stearns/Rongovian
- 12 Bela Fleck/Smith
- Aztec Two-Step/Night
- Burns Sisters/Clinton/KAC
- 13 Jody Kessler/Big
- 19 Lucy Kaplansky/Night
- 26 Michael Jerling/Night
Eagle (catch if missed BFG)
- Lui Collins/Happy
- 28 Susan McKeown/Happy
- 3/5 Tamarisk/Haunt
- 3/6 Tamarisk/Moosewood
- Ferron 3/5 Common
- Dave Mallet 3/12 Night
Eagle/Oxford (catch if missed last night Cornell)
All four of the artists in this next set are are playing soon in
- Lui Collins: Baptism
- Ferron: Higher Wisdom
- Susan McKeown: Through
the Bitter Frost
- Witten: Men
But wait, there's more...
- Aztec Two-Step: Dance
- Kaplansky: Border
[ID] Everybody you've heard in the past 20 minutes or so will be
here soon--go out and support life music!
Well, it's back to the birthday theme, I think. Here's John McCutcheon
with The Older I Get
bithdays today of all kinds of famous people born in February. In addition
to the impressive list of writers born in February I mentioned earlier,
February is also the birth month of Erma Bombeck( 21)
- Housewife's Lament:
- Diary: Patty Larkin
- Pierre Ben Susan:
That's Pierre Bensusan, one of four extraordinary guitarists born
Segovia was born the 21st, John Williams the 8th, John Fahey the
28th, and Bensusan, the 23rd.
Before that we heard Patty Larkin, Dear Diary--in honor of Samuel
Pepys, born on February 23, 1633, and for Erma Bombeck, Anne Hills'
This next set
is for an odd pair--Boris Yeltsin, born on the 1st, and Bertold Brecht,
on the 10th
- Kukuruza: Enough
- Van Ronk. Alabama
That was one of my favorite Dave Van Ronk tunes...It's Alabama Song,
and it comes from Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera--which is based
on a play by Betrtold Brecht, whose birthday comes on February 10.
By the way, the Cornell Theatre Arts group is featuring a play about
Brecht which you might want to check out this coming weekend.
Before that we heard something called "Enough" from the Russian
bluegrass group Kukuruza for Boris Yeltsin's birthday--he was born
on the first.
Taking us up
to news time is a tune that should serve to honor two February birthday
James Dean, who shares my birthday on the 8th, and Bob Marley, born
on the 6th. Rebel Music/Marley
[Tim O'Brien ID]
...And you're listening to Tracey Craig--and a show that's celebrating
everyone born in the moth of February. I've played lots of tunes for
musicians and writers, but haven't done much for the movie directors
born in February and there's a lot of them: Robert Altman, Sam Peckinpah,
Luis Bunuel, Franco Zefirelli, Milos Forman...and the actors....my goodness!
Cybil Shephard and Sidney Poitier, Clark Gable and Nick Nolte, Jack
Lemmon and Gypsy Rose Lee, Burt Renolds, Hal Holbrook, Jackie Gleason,
Tony Randall, Elizabeth Taylor, Joanne Woodward, Zero Mostel...and Peter
Fonda. This one's for him...
- Arlo Guthrie: Motorcycle
Plenty of inventors too--Thomas Edison, Johannes Gutenberg, Linus
Pauling and Steven Jobs
- Do you Love an Apple?/Maura
Well that's also known as Irish Blues--Do you love an apple/ by
Maura O'Connell for Steven Jobs' birthday, on the 24th.
So many other
birthdays! And so much music to play for you--never got to playing the
baseball tunes for Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth, borth on the 5th and 6th--other
February sports folks include Michael Jordan, Mark Spitz, Roger Stauback,
Julius Erving, John McEnroe...
or the guys who make their living by being funny: Jack Benny, Jimmy
Durante, Matt Groening, Gahan Wilson, David Brenner, Robert Klein, Tommy
Smothers and Arsenio Hall all admit to February birthdays...
or the artists--Ansel Adams, Winslow Homer, Grant Wood, and Auguste
and then there are the ones like Jimmy Hoffa and Patty Hearst that don't
fit any category except "famous people."
It looks it's time for the last present--I've got a pair of tickets
to the Bela Fleck concert [details of ticket giveaway]
We've got our
winner! I want to thank you for listening to this special edition of
Nonesuch today. My name is Tracey Craig, and I've enjoyed celebrating
a month of birthdays with you. Probably more fun than tomorrow will
be--that's my birthday, and every year, it seems to be harder to get
enthusiastic about adding another candle to the cake--not sure I can
imagine a cake with 41 candles--no 42--you need one to grow on, too,
right?--anyway--best wishes to everybody celebrating birthdays this
month. Here's John McCutcheon, with Cut the Cake.........
Cut the Cake
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