Fascinatin' Rhythm Listings - 2008

January 2008

PROGRAM 0801
UPLINK January 3
RELEASE DATES January 3-10
TWO MORE ALLEYMAN: Great songs by the used-to-be-famous songwriters, Percy Wenrich and Pete Wendling.

PROGRAM 0802
UPLINK January 10
RELEASE DATES January 10-17
BEGINNING WITH BODY AND SOUL: A great song by an unknown songwriter leads to other songs it influenced and other songs he wrote.

PROGRAM 0803
UPLINK January 17
RELEASE DATES January 17-24
BACK TO THE CAROLINA YOU LOVE: A major songwriter in his own day, largely forgotten now, Jean Schwartz is worth remembering for "Chinatown," "Rock a Bye Your Baby," and many more.

PROGRAM 0804
UPLINK January 24
RELEASE DATES January 24-31

UNUSUAL STORIES: A bushel of ballads set to popular melodies that tell the stories of everybody from Thelonius Monk to a teenage queen, from the Police Gazette and a Boy Named Sue. And all the while, the world goes 'round.

 

February 2008

PROGRAM 0805
UPLINK January 31
RELEASE DATES January 31-February 7
JUBILEE: In the years after Emancipation, as spirituals became a recognized part of American song, a new kind of singing brought them to a broad public.

PROGRAM 0806
UPLINK February 7
RELEASE DATES February 7-14
OFF-BEAT LOVE: There's always been an element of something wacky just beneath the surface of perfect love, and sometimes it pops through. What happens when romance undergoes a compound fracture?

PROGRAM 0807
UPLINK February 14
RELEASE DATES February 145-21
BEFORE I MET YOU: Now that we've met, things couldn't be better, but that entitles us to wonder what it would have been like if we'd only met before.

PROGRAM 0808
UPLINK February 21
RELEASE DATES February 21-28
HOMETOWN: It's a place you leave and return to if you can, and songs accompany you on both legs of the journey.

 

March 2008

PROGRAM 0809
UPLINK February 28
RELEASE DATES February 28-March 6
SWING GOES, I GO TOO: There can't be popular music without whatever it is that jazz gives it. Part of the answer is swing, so it soon became something we sang about.

PROGRAM 0810
UPLINK March 6
RELEASE DATES March 6-13
THE NEW WOMAN: Even before World War I, things were starting to change, especially for "the new woman" who insisted on making her own place in the world.

PROGRAM 0811
UPLINK March 13
RELEASE DATES March 13-20
THE IRISH WORKING CLASS: To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, here are songs for the Irish-Americans who helped to build the country when the work was hard and the rewards small.

PROGRAM 0812
UPLINK March 20
RELEASE DATES March 20-27
I'VE GOT A RAINBOW WORKING: Nobody was more distrusting of clichés than lyricist Yip Harburg, or more susceptible to wonder. No wonder he wrote "Over the Rainbow."

PROGRAM 0813
UPLINK March 27
RELEASE DATES March 27-April 3

DEPRESSION DEPRESSION: Losing a job can get you down, and these songs follow the mood where it takes you.

April 2008

PROGRAM 0814
UPLINK April 3, 2008
RELEASE DATES April 3-10, 2008
TILL IT'S OVER THERE – On the 90th anniversary of our entry into World War I, here are the songs that took us up and through April 1917.

PROGRAM 0815
UPLINK April 10, 2008
RELEASE DATES April 10-17, 2008
I WENT TO A MARVELOUS PARTY – Popular songs are generally upbeat and optimistic. They revel in good times. So parties are a suitable setting for the celebration.

PROGRAM 0816
UPLINK April 17, 2008
RELEASE DATES April 17-24, 2008
A LAND OF FANCY – Not fairy tale kingdoms, exactly, but improbable, unlikely, exotic, and downright made up places

PROGRAM 0817
UPLINK April 24, 2008
RELEASE DATES April 24-May 1, 2008
RODGERS & HART IN NYC – New York City born and bred, Rodgers and Hart loved New York but also looked at it clear-eyed in songs that combined the wiseguy wit and blunt emotionalism you expect from New Yorkers.

May 2008

PROGRAM 0818
UPLINK May 1, 2008
RELEASE DATES May 1-8, 2008
GET OUT THOSE OLD RECORDS – You can't separate popular music from electronics, from phonographs to the radio to piped-in elevator music.

PROGRAM 0819
UPLINK May 8, 2008
RELEASE DATES May 9-15, 2008
A DIFFERENT VIEW OF MOM – Songs with a little schmalz, a little more reality, even on Mother's Day.

PROGRAM 0820
UPLINK May 15, 2008
RELEASE DATES May 15-22, 2008
WALTZING IN TIN PAN ALLEY – From the time Tin Pan Alley opened for business through the heyday of the Broadway musical, no song form was more ubiquitous than the waltz.

PROGRAM 0821
UPLINK May 22, 2008
RELEASE DATES May 22-29, 2008
SOLDIERS AND SAILORS – Using our songs to commemorate Memorial Day by celebrating the men and women in the service.

PROGRAM 0822
UPLINK May 29, 2008
RELEASE DATES May 29-June 5, 2008
I WANT TO BE A POPULAR MILLIONAIRE – It's okay to be a ritzy in a popular song as long as you don't put on airs. Think Fred Astaire.

June 2008

PROGRAM 0823
UPLINK June 5, 2008
RELEASE DATES June 5-12, 2008
TAKE A LITTLE TIP FROM FATHER – For Father's Day, songs about Dad, but with a sense of humor.

PROGRAM 0824
UPLINK June 12, 2008
RELEASE DATES June 12-19, 2008
FOLLOW THE FLAG – There was a time when people celebrated Flag Day by showing the flag and going to a parade. No more, but we've still got the songs.

PROGRAM 0825
UPLINK June 19, 2008
RELEASE DATES June 29-26, 2008
CALL OF THE SOUTH – It calls us back home, back home to what we know and miss, anywhere beyond the Mason-Dixon line.

PROGRAM 0826
UPLINK June 26, 2008
RELEASE DATES June 26-July 3, 2008
UNCLE SAM – Saying "uncle" isn't surrender when the uncle's name is Sam, and we've got the songs to prove it.

July 2008

PROGRAM: 0827
UPLINK: July 3, 2008
RELEASE DATES: July 3-10, 2008
GOING WEST – Songs for going and returning West, for the lure and loss of the West, because nothing stays the same, not even myths.

PROGRAM: 0828 (Repeat 0537)
UPLINK: July 10, 2008
RELEASE DATES: July 10-17, 2008
REMEMBERING HARRY WOODS – Maybe you never heard of him, but you can’t fit all his important songs in a single hour – starting with his first, “When the Red-Red-Robin Comes Bob-Bob Bobbin’ Along.”

PROGRAM: 0829
UPLINK: July 17, 2008
RELEASE DATES: July 17-24, 2008
DANCE AS PART OF THE STORY – A dance floor isolates the dancers and lets them be intimate while the music covers what they say. The songs listen in.

PROGRAM: 0830
UPLINK: July 24, 2008
RELEASE DATES: July 24-31, 2008
I LIKE OPERA, I LIKE SWING – Longhair always had a place on Broadway and in the movies. Swing was the thing, but there was always room for symphonies and Carnegie Hall.

August 2008

PROGRAM: 0831 (Repeat 0507)
UPLINK: July 31, 2008
RELEASE DATES: July 31-August 7, 2008
STORY OF A MARRIAGE – Because each song is so brief, each makes only one small point along love’s long line, you can tell a story by linking songs together. For where Valentine’s Day might lead.

PROGRAM: 0832
UPLINK: August 7, 2008
RELEASE DATES: August 7-14, 2008
THE BIG BAND SOUND – When Swing swung, the big bands that did the swinging. For jitterbugging and dancing close, Miller and Goodman were the names we wanted.

PROGRAM: 0833
UPLINK: August 14, 2008
RELEASE DATES: August 14-21, 2008
WAITING FOR THE WORDS – Usually the music comes first, but sometimes you have to wait years for the words, and then the song becomes distinctive.

PROGRAM: 0834
UPLINK: August 21, 2008
RELEASE DATES: August 21-28, 2008
DOWN YONDER SOMETHING’S GROWING – Someplace else, a place associated with memories, and the memories are often of flowers.

September 2008

PROGRAM: 0835
UPLINK: August 28, 2008
RELEASE DATES: August 28-September 4, 2008
MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS – Songs about memories are especially sad when they aren’t especially happy, of childhood or first love, but always of something precious.

PROGRAM: 0836 (Repeat 0533)
UPLINK: September 4, 2008
RELEASE DATES: September 4-11, 2008
SCHOOL OPENS – And everybody’s back, singing their way to something that resembles an education, in love, as well as in books.

PROGRAM: 0837
UPLINK: September 11, 2008
RELEASE DATES: September 11-18, 2008
STORYBOOK ROMANCE – Songs that tell stories, and stories that tell of romance, happy and otherwise.

PROGRAM: 0838
UPLINK: September 18, 2008
RELEASE DATES: September 18-25, 2008
WORDS BY OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN – Oscar Hammerstein made his name in operetta, and never departed very far from it, even with Richard Rodgers.

PROGRAM: 0839
UPLINK: September 25, 2008
RELEASE DATES: September 25-October 2
BAD JOKES – Actually, they’re terrible jokes. But they’re funny. Songs as jokes, as vaudeville routines, and as unmitigated nonsense. I defy you not to laugh out loud at least once.

October 2008

PROGRAM 0840
UPLINK October 2, 2008
RELEASE DATES October 2-9, 2008
FIRST MOVIE SONGS: The songwriters went West from New York, and here’s how they started writing for the brand new Talkies.

PROGRAM 0841
UPLINK October 9, 2008
RELEASE DATES October 9-16, 2008
RAINY DAY STORIES: From drizzles to downpours, rainy day songs take on an inviting intimacy and tenderness. Apparently, we like to kiss under a cloud.

PROGRAM 0842
UPLINK October 16, 2008
RELEASE DATES October 16-23, 2008
CRAZY WORDS, CRAZY TUNE: In the 20s, there was something wacky and slap-happy about tossing away restraint and joining the party. It was the time for “Vo-do-de-oh, vo-do-do-de-oh-do!”

PROGRAM 0843
UPLINK October 23, 2008
RELEASE DATES October 23-30, 2008
CASTING A VOTE: All those elections, all those presidents, many of them with a song worth remembering. Even if not, we’ve had a slew of musicals that take particular delight in making fun of our politics.

PROGRAM 0844
UPLINK October 30, 2008
RELEASE DATES October 30-November 6, 2008
THEODORE AND THEODORA MORSE: Long dead songwriters with long forgotten names, yet we’re still singing their songs.

November 2008

PROGRAM 0845
UPLINK November 6, 2008
RELEASE DATES November 6-13, 2008
THEY WERE ALL OUT OF STEP BUT JIM: November 11, 2008 commemorates the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I. Here’s an hour of songs that do much the same thing and then bring the boys back home.

PROGRAM 0846
UPLINK November 13, 2008
RELEASE DATES November 13-20, 2008
SIMPLE PLEASURES: A blaze in the fireplace, a blooming garden, a simple melody, the simple pleasures that are supposed to be the most pleasing.

PROGRAM 0847
UPLINK November 20, 2008
RELEASE DATES November 20-27, 2008
SILENT MOVIES & SONGS: In a way, movies were never silent; there was always a piano to accompany the action onscreen, and outside the streets were filled with the syncopated thump of ragtime.

PROGRAM 0848
UPLINK November 27, 2008
RELEASE DATES November 27-December 4, 2008
YOU’RE BLASÉ: As popular songs move past the 20s, even into the gritty days of the Great Depression, they take on a new sophistication, not only in the writing, but in the way they think and sing about love.

December 2008

PROGRAM 0849
UPLINK December 4, 2008
RELEASE DATES December 4-11, 2008
WARREN & GORDON: Harry Warren left Warners, Mack Gordon left Paramount, and then they teamed up at 20th Century Fox to write some of the great ballads of the 40s.

PROGRAM 0850
UPLINK December 11, 2008
RELEASE DATES December 11-18, 2008
REMEMBERING BOBBY SHORT: A celebration of cabaret singer Bobby Short, who mastered a unique blend of swing and elegance in the most intimate of spaces.

PROGRAM 0851
UPLINK December 18, 2008
RELEASE DATES December 18-25, 2008
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: The songs are as much about home as they are about the season. The linkage is essential, of the essence.

PROGRAM 0852
UPLINK December 25, 2008
RELEASE DATES December 25, 2008-January 1, 2009
LET’S BEGIN: Songs for starting over or starting again or starting new. They’re about the singer and about the place where the beginning starts.

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