Fascinatin' Rhythm Listings - 2007
UPLINK: January 4, 2007
ALL ALONE: These songs are less about the intimacy you find than the stolen moments you seek and find - some of the time.
UPLINK: January 11, 2007
BLACK RAGTIME: Scott Joplin didn't invent ragtime and he certainly wasn't its only important composer. Here are some of the others, from Luckey Roberts to Eubie Blake.
UPLINK: January 18, 2007
THE ABA-DABA HONEYMOON: Early in the 20th century, there was a craze for jungle songs. They were all the rage in 1913 and thereabouts.
UPLINK: January 25, 2007
AND SO TO BED: From the first time to the last, from passion to comfort, from ardor to the blues to comedy, songs for under the blanket.
UPLINK: February 1, 2007
CLARENCE & SPENCER WILLIAMS: Clarence and Spencer Williams were not related, but they were contemporaries, they were southerners, and they were both important songwriters who never worked together.
UPLINK: February 8, 2007
LOVE PLUS: For Valentine's Day, love songs with more than one emotion, with an unusual point of view. That something extra is what they have in common.
UPLINK: February 15, 2007
I CONCENTRATE ON YOU: Still in Valentine Day's glow, here are love songs of particular ardor about the one who's unforgettable.
UPLINK: February 22, 2007
GUS EDWARDS & WILL COBB: When he was entertaining soldiers during the Spanish-American War, composer-vaudevillian Gus Edwards met lyricist Will Cobb. They collaborated for the next 20 years.
UPLINK: March 1, 2007
SOME FORGOTTEN FEMALES: Tin Pan Alley had women songwriters from its earliest days. For Women's History Month, here's a chance to rediscover forgotten writers of remembered songs.
UPLINK: March 8, 2007
NED HARRIGAN & DAVID BRAHAM: This is the Harrigan that George M. Cohan wrote about. He and his partner helped to define the American musical in the 1880s, and lift the Irish beyond stereotype.
UPLINK: March 15, 2007
SHAKING THE MARACAS: What happens when Latin music comes north to collide with Swing, sex, and stereotypes.
UPLINK: March 22, 2007
HOW WE WRITE SONGS: What's the trick? How do they do it? When somebody asked Sammy Cahn which came first, the words or the music, he said, "The phone call."
UPLINK: March 29, 2007
THE COLORS OF MY LIFE: Songs for when you're feeling blue on a red letter day.
UPLINK: April 5
DAVE FRISHBERG IS HIP: Dave Frishberg is a jazz musician who also sings and plays jazz piano, the only truly hip songwriter.
UPLINK: April 12
BEFORE BROADWAY: STYNE & LOESSER: Before they went their separate ways and ended up on Broadway, Jule Styne and Frank Loesser wrote big ballads for the movies.
UPLINK: April 19
MR. MOON AND EVENING STAR: We’ve got thousands of songs about the moon and the stars, but these have a wrinkle that makes them distinctive.
UPLINK: April 26
LULU’S BACK IN TOWN: Songs about the county have people leaving the city, but songs about the city have people returning. Nobody seems able to stay away too long.
UPLINK: May 3
MAKING HISTORY: Songs with a defining interest in the past – of you and of your hometown and of the whole blessed country.
UPLINK: May 10
A DIFFERENT VIEW OF MOM: These songs still love Mom but they’re a little less worshipful, a little more ironic, a lot more fun.
UPLINK: MAY 17
NEWLYWEDS: It’s not the wedding or the honeymoon, but rather songs about settling down to married life and learning how to do it.
UPLINK: May 24
GRAND OLD FLAG: For Memorial Day, a show that takes its lead from one of George M. Cohan’s last songs from 1942, “For the Flag, for the Home, for the Family.”
UPLINK: Jun 7
TAKE A LITTLE TIP FROM FATHER: For Father’s Day, songs about Dad, but with a sense of humor.
UPLINK: Jun 14
STORMY WEATHER: BALLADS OF THE 30S: Coming after the airy ebullience of the 1920s, the ballads of the Great Depression feel especially dark, smoky, and brooding. They fit their time.
UPLINK: Jun 21
IRVING BERLIN’S FIRST SONGS: Irving Berlin wrote his first song a hundred years ago. It wasn’t very good, but a year later he wrote his first hit, and it 1911 he had a million copy seller when that still meant something. He was on his way.
UPLINK: Jun 28
LIFE, LIBERTY & THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: It may not have anything to do with politics, but all three themes are everywhere in our popular song.
UPLINK: July 5
RELEASE DATES July 5-12
COMING OF AGE: As long as songs are interested in young love (and that may be forever), they'll also use love to trace each generation's coming of age.
UPLINK July 12
RELEASE DATES July 12-19
WHEN I LOST YOU: Songwriters before the mid-fifties rarely wrote about themselves. It took over a year to find enough examples of personal songs to make a single program.
UPLINK July 19
RELEASE DATES July 19-26
ARLEN & KOEHLER: Major composer Harold Arlen and underrated lyricist Ted Koehler collaborated at the beginning of Arlen's career. They were two white songwriters who wrote for the Cotton Club during the latter days of the Harlem Renaissance.
UPLINK July 26
RELEASE DATES July 26-August 2
YOU IRRITATE ME SO: Love songs that don't come from Never Never Land. They're more about the way lovers really get along, at least some of the time.
UPLINK August 2
RELEASE DATES August 2-9
SALOON SINGERS: Mostly men, in smoky boites, usually clad in tuxes, a microphone in one hand and maybe a drink in the other, they sang the heartbreak songs for after midnight.
UPLINK August 9
RELEASE DATES August 9-16
CATCH PHRASES: Common expressions that are always on the tip of your tongue, so common they're an immediate invitation into a new song.
UPLINK August 16
RELEASE DATES August 16-23
IRA GERSHWIN: WHEN WIT SERVES ROMANCE: Ira Gershwin hated to fall back on hackneyed expressions. He much preferred to do something harder, like writing about romance with wit.
UPLINK August 23
RELEASE DATES August 23-30
CHEAP DECADENT DRIVEL: With their love of word play, song lyricists rise to new heights (or sink to new depths) in the casting of original insults.
UPLINK August 30
RELEASE DATES August 30-September 6
ONE BIG UNION FOR TWO: Work songs for labor and love by Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and the Almanac Singers.
UPLINK September 6
RELEASE DATES September 6-13
LIVE ALONE AND LIKE IT: After the affair ends, you may be surprised to learn that you don't die of grief. Life goes on, and these songs know something about it.
UPLINK September 13
RELEASE DATES September 13-20
WILD WOMAN DON'T GET THE BLUES: The great singers of the urban blues, beginning with Ma Rainey, have been mainly women.
UPLINK September 20
RELEASE DATES September 20-27
EARLY DANCE BANDS: Big Bands dominated music in the 1930s and 1940s, but they first took form in the 1920s. They didn't all last but they all helped shape the Big Band sound.
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UPLINK September 27
RELEASE DATES September 27-October 4
YOU CAN'T STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU: Loving no matter what, and then the mission becomes persuasion, something songs are supposed to be good at.
UPLINK October 4, 2007
RELEASE DATES October 4-11, 2007
RIVER CITIES AND THE BLUES – As jazz moved upriver from New Orleans, the Blues with it, to Memphis, Kansas City, and Chicago.
UPLINK October 11, 2007
RELEASE DATES October 11-18, 2007
ALL THE CATS JOIN IN – Louis Armstrong taught us what “cat” meant when a jazz musician used it.
UPLINK October 18, 2007
RELEASE DATES October 18-25, 2007
FOOD – Actually, songs care less about food than the boy and girl cooking it, eating it, or staring at one another across the table – even washing the dishes afterwards.
UPLINK October 25, 2007
RELEASE DATES October 25-November 1, 2007
YOU HYPNOTIZE ME SO – Hypnotic songs are passionate, overheated, and erotic. You can probably hear the pounding drums and rising heartbeats.
UPLINK November 1, 2007
RELEASE DATES November 1-8, 2007
GOING THROUGH IT TOGETHER – Times aren’t always good or easy, but you stick together; thick and thin and most things in between.
UPLINK November 8, 2007
RELEASE DATES November 8-15, 2007
I DON’T WANT TO PLAY IN YOUR YARD – We discovered childhood in the 19th century. Children weren’t small versions of adults anymore, so we started to sing about them.
UPLINK November 15, 2007
RELEASE DATES November 15-22, 2007
SIMPLE PLEASURES – A blaze in the fireplace, a blooming garden, a simple melody, the simple pleasures that are supposed to be the most pleasing.
UPLINK November 22, 2007
RELEASE DATES November 22-29, 2007
DETAILS THAT MATTER – The ways songwriters shape the quick, familiar references that define and distinguish attitude and point of view in a popular songs.
UPLINK November 29, 2007
RELEASE DATES November 29-December 6, 2007
NAUGHTY BUT NICE – Cheating and not cheating, but always a good – natured sexiness to keep you off and on the straight and narrow.
UPLINK December 6, 2007
RELEASE DATES December 6-13, 2007
SHOW BIZ ANTHEMS – Entertainers used to love to bloviate about what they call “the business.” Even songwriters got suckered in, but at least they produced some very good songs.
UPLINK December 13, 2007
RELEASE DATES December 13-20, 2007
ITALIAN SONG – A lot of the songwriters were Jewish but an unusually high number of the crooners were Italian.
UPLINK December 20, 2007
RELESE DATES December 20-27, 2007
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – The songs are as much about home as they are about the season. The linkage is essential, of the essence.
UPLINK December 27, 2007
RELEASE DATES December 27-January 3, 2007
WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR’S EVE – Everything ends and begins in a stroke of the clock, and all we want to do is party