I’m listening to the new work from Dar Williams, Eileen Jewell and Melody Gardot. I like all the songs a lot. How’s that for a riveting critique?
I got to thinking this morning (Thursday June 4th) how good radio programming is much like an artist painting a grand landscape. There are many ways to go about it. The painter can be very conservative with color for a “sameness” feel much like the radio programmer who can limit the songs to one or just a few genres. Or an artist can go full-bore abstract and splash the canvass with every color on the palette and the radio programmer can play every genre from Appalachian to Zydeco. No secret where I fall on the spectrum.
This morning (like most) I’m listening to FIP Radio Paris and I heard the following sequence of songs:
Album : EDGE OF THE SUN (2015)
THE BLUES BROTHERS
THEME FROM RAWHIDE
Album : THE BLUES ROTHERS (1980)
Album : KOSHER NOSTRA JEWISH GANGSTERS (1962)
It was the Calexico tune, Coyoacan, that caught my attention while I was trying to read some intermediate French literature. I’ve only heard the song once before maybe b/c I bought the album during the last few weeks before the
blacksound-out. Like a lot of Calexico tunes you hear the southwestern Mariachi influence. It’s a very beautiful song which totally un-prepares you for the Blues Brothers cover of the Rawhide theme. That’s what I’m talking about, it’s like a deep dark blue painted adjacent fire engine red. The transition to the last song of the triad, Misirlou, was a “sonic” vs. a “geographic” segue that bordered on perfection in my mind and led me to wonder how many people hear the song and don’t realize it’s Chubby Checker?
It’s stuff like this that sets-up the course of my day for some smooth sailing.