Fascinatin' Rhythm Listings - 2004
AGES AND AGES – From your callow to the doddering, here’s musical testimony from whippersnappers to codgers.
LAND OF BEGINNING AGAIN – Songs about places we know, remember and dream about… some of them real.
APPLE, CHERRY AND PEACH – Eventually spring reaches just about everywhere, and it isn’t long until the orchards fill with color. It’s a sweet setting for a popular song.
A LITTLE GOSSIP – Characters in songs gather to whisper the news we can't do without.
TURNING POINTS – It makes sense that songs seek out climactic moments, when things start to get better or much, much worse.
EMBRACEABLE YOU – Songs of touching, embracing, clutching and squeezing, some tender and others boisterous.
BACK ON THE TOWN – The witty, sophisticated, sometimes tender, but always oh-so-New-York songs of John Wallowitch.
HAPPY SADSONGS – There was a time, early in the 20th century, when songs didn’t suffer very much. You could even make a song about misery into something perky. The message? Don’t worry, you’ll survive.
HALLELUJAH, I’M A BUM – There were no homeless in the 1930s, only bums and hoboes, and we viewed them with a kind of romanticized bonhomie.
LOVE AND THE WEATHER – Whether you’re letting it snow, walking in the rain, or watching the harvest moon, in a popular song you can’t separate love from the weather.
IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN – Kermit’s not the only one with a color fixation. Find out all about it from Carmen MacRae, Harry Belafonte, and Sylvia Syms.
TILL WE MEET AGAIN – The sad songs of longing and loneliness that help define the feel of wartime. Except this time it’s World War I.
RAGTIME SONGS BY THE KING OF RAGTIME – That’s what they called Irving Berlin in the early years.
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TAKE A LITTLE ONE-STEP – From the shag to the shim-sham-shimmy, popular songs sing out our passion for dancing.
UPLINK: April 8
YOU DON’T NEED THE WINE – When Prohibition arrived in 1919, our songs ready to welcome it and mock it.
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I DON’T MIND BEING LONELY – Loneliness is what gives the pang to being apart.
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I JUST WANT TO BE FRIENDS – Songs about the things you count on in a friendship, and not a single word about love.
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IMAGINATION - Because songs are so often about something better, they create a world we enter only through the imagination.
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COMING OF AGE – Most songs are about young love. When you truly fall and even think about getting married, you’ve come of age.
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WIBBLY-WOBBLY – There was never a time when they weren’t popular. An hour of nonsense songs.
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WORLD WAR I – A HISTORY IN SONGS – Beginning in 1914, listen to how America’s attitudes change as time passes.
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EXPLAINING THE BLUES - The blues often sing about the blues to let you know what they’re all about.
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THE FATHER OF TIN PAN ALLEY – In the earliest years of the 20th century, nobody wrote more songs or more hits than Harry Von Tilzer.
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LIVING EASY – Everything gets lazy, slow, and easy for the long, languorous days of summer.
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I CAN’T BELIEVE – Songs are full of impossibilities. That’s what gives them their sentiment and their wit
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AMERICAN IMAGES – Everything from automobiles to yodeling, popular songs give us a portrait of American life.
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REMEMBERING JOHNSON & COSLOW – You can hum "Pennies from Heaven" and "Just One More Chance," but you don’t know who wrote them. Here’s the answer.
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WE WERE DANCING – Seduction, romance, and falling in love to the rhythms of a dance band.
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A DEPRESSION SENSIBILITY – How the songs of the Great Depression create the feel and outlook of the time.
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LOVE LETTERS – Songs about a way to be together when you have to be apart
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LOVE LETTERS – Songs about a way to be together when you have to be apart.
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WHO EVER HEARD OF VICTOR SCHERTZINGER – Very few of us, but he was prolific and successful, mainly in Hollywood.
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WHO WROTE WHAT? EVANS & LIVINGSTON – They both wrote the music and they both wrote the words.
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LET THE REST OF THE WORLD GO BY – Popular music discovers the American West.
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LITTLE THINGS - In a love story, the little things come to mean a lot.
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TALES OF USED TO BE – Love songs are about being young, even when you aren’t anymore.
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LOOKING OVER A FOUR-LEAF CLOVER – Popular songs about luck, mostly good.
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NEW YORK ATTITUDES – What you learn about New York by listening to its songs.
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JUST A LITTLE WHITE HOUSE – An idyllic cottage or a bungalow, in a small town, somewhere near a creek.
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EUBIE – Eubie Blake, composer, vaudevillian, and - believe it or not - revolutionary.
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EUBIE: Eubie Blake, composer, vaudevillian, and – believe it or not – revolutionary.
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MR. JAZZ HIMSELF: When jazz became a national music in the 1920s, popular songwriters let us know how it felt when America first discovered it.
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BEFORE I MET YOU: Songs that look back to a time we can hardly remember, before we ever met. And then everything changed.
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THE ALLEYMEN: From Nat Ayer to Pete Wendling, a baker’s dozen and more of forgotten songwriters and their remembered songs.
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I WANT TO BE A POPULAR MILLIONAIRE: In a country that used to believe everybody was middle class, how did our songs (and thus how did we) look at millionaires.
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EUBIE: The songs of Eubie Blake, master musician and splendid songwriter.
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RETURNING, SOUTH AND WEST: Millions of us moved to the City from the South and West, and then we began to dream about returning home.
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COUNTRY: In a nation that became urban and then suburban, the small town somehow remained the mythic symbol of American virtues and values.
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COME TAKE A TRIP IN MY AIRSHIP: It seems we started writing songs about flying about 15 minutes after Orville and Wilbur landed.
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EDGAR DELANGE: You never heard of him but he wrote “Moon Glow,” “String of Pearls” and “Darn That Dream.”
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HOLLYWOOD FIRSTS: The songwriters went West from New York, and here’s how they started writing for the movies.
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RICHARD RODGERS’ GRAND MELODIES: When Richard Rodgers was composing, it was always a grand night for singing.
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CHRISTMAS LINKS: Not following a web site but conjuring up a set of familiar associations.
UPLINK: December 30, 2004
LIFE IS: One song says it's "what you do while you're learning to die." Songs give us innumerable answers, spectulations, outlooks, and musings.