Fascinatin' Rhythm Listings - 2009

January 2009

Program 0901
Release Dates 1/01/09 - 1/08/09
Writing for Crosby – The 1930s: Crosby was a big enough star to choose his own songwriters. Most of his movie songs came from a small selected group.

Program 0902
Release Dates 1/8/09 - 1/15/09
Broadway Musicals of 1927: The arrival of talkies in 1927 coincided with the greatest year yet in the history of the Broadway musical.

Program 0903
Release Dates 1/15/09 - 1/22/09
Tan Manhattan: A song title by Eubie Blake and Andy Razaf commemorates Black History Month with songs about life, romance, and hot times in Harlem.

Program 0904 (Rpt 0602)
Release Dates 1/22/09 - 1/29/09
Beginning with Bland: Even in the years right after Emancipation, there were important black songwriters eager to be heard.  The first, but not the only, was James A. Bland.

Program 0905
Release Dates  1/29/09 - 2/5/09

When I Leave the World Behind: Death and dying are strange subjects for a song. Feeling as if you could die is a useful hyperbole, but there are the real thing.

 

February 2009

Program 0906 (Rpt 0747)
Release Dates  2/5/09 - 2/12/09
Details That Matter: The ways songwriters shape the quick, familiar references that define and distinguish attitude and point of view in a popular songs.

Program  0907
Release Dates  2/12/09 - 2/19/09
Love Songs about Love Songs: Popular songs have always had a habit of referring to themselves. What better time of year for love songs to sing about…love songs.

Program 0908
Release Dates  2/19/09 - 2/26/09
Days Gone By: Songs are supposed to be about the present and the future so it’s surprising to find so many of them looking fondly back to other days.

Program 0909
Release Dates 2/26/09 - 3/5/09
Fashion Show: The show Roberta actually had a fashion show, and songs, too, have always had an interest in how people dress and what their clothing tells us about them.

 

March 2009

Program 0910
Release Dates 3/5/09 - 3/12/09
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.

Program 0911 (Rpt 0710)
Release Dates 3/12/09 - 3/19/09
Ned Harrigan: This is the Harrigan that George M. Cohan wrote about.  He and his songwriting partner helped to define the American musical in the 1880s, and lift the Irish beyond stereotype.

Program 0912
Release Dates 03/19/09 - 03/26/09
Five Kinds of Songs: Making something out of something else: sentimental ballads, artistic songs, march songs, waltz songs, and ragtime songs.

Program 0913
Release Dates 03/26/09 - 04/02/09
Fred Fisher: You probably never heard of Fred Fisher, but you probably know “Chicago,” “Oh, You Beautiful Doll,” “For Me and My Gal,” and dozens more.

April 2009

PROGRAM 0914
UPLINK Apr 2, 2009
RELEASE DATES  Apr 2-8, 2009

HELLO TO A FLOWER – Fooling around with a familiar image to make a song distinctive.

PROGRAM 0915
UPLINK  Apr 9, 2009
RELEASE DATES  Apr 9-15, 2009

CRANKING OUT THE SONGS – That’s what songwriters used to do, in this case Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson, collaborating on songs for the movies.

PROGRAM 0916
UPLINK  Apr 16, 2009
RELEASE DATES  Apr 16-22, 2009

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.

PROGRAM 0917
UPLINK Apr 23, 2009
RELEASE DATES Apr 23-29, 2009

ON THE HOME FRONT – Not the familiar love ballads, but the songs that spoke directly to women’s daily lives for the Duration, the years of World War II.

May 2009

PROGRAM 0918
UPLINK  Apr 30, 2009
RELEASE DATES  Apr 30-May 6, 2009

IN GERSHWIN’S SHADOW – During his life and even after his shadow, George Gershwin influenced such important composers as Burton Lane, Harold Arlen, Arthur Schwartz, and Vernon Duke.

PROGRAM 0919
UPLINK May 7, 2009
RELEASE DATES  May 7-13, 2009

A DIFFERENT VIEW OF MOM – A little less sugary than usual, this Mother’s Day show is affectionate but irreverent.

PROGRAM 0920
UPLINK  May 14, 2009
RELEASE DATES May 14-20, 2009

LOOKING FOR A BLUEBIRD – In love songs and Pollyanna songs alike, and with a bluebird as their central image, everyone is always looking for true love and perfect happiness.

PROGRAM 0921
UPLINK  May 21, 2009
RELEASE DATES  May 21-27, 2009

ANOTHER LOOK AT CROONING – The crooners dominate American singing for a quarter of a century, yet there may still be something new to say about them.

June 2009

PROGRAM 0922
UPLINK May 28, 2009
RELEASE DATES May 28-June 3, 2009

MILITARY LIFE – Remembering the way in which young Americans went off to war to serve their countries, with a combination of patriotism and irreverence.

PROGRAM 0923
UPLINK   June 4, 2009
RELEASE DATES June 4-10

TIN PAN ALLEY – Music publishing and song writing became important and profitable as the 20th century arrived.  How did it turn out hits and spread them across the country before television and even before radio and movies.

PROGRAM 0924
UPLINK  June 11, 2009
RELEASE DATES June 11-17, 2009

TAKE A LITTLE TIP FROM FATHER – For Father’s Day, songs about Dad, but with a sense of humor.

PROGRAM 0925
UPLINK June 18, 2009
RELEASE DATES June 18-24

OPERETTA – Before musical comedy took over Broadway, no kind of musical was more popular than operetta, but operetta made American, complete with soaring melodies and comic nonsense.

PROGRAM 0926
UPLINK  June 25, 2009
RELEASE DATES  June 25-July 2

MELODIES OF RICHARD RODGERS – Richard Rodgers wrote grand melodies with Oscar Hammerstein, but he also wrote some with the irreverent Lorenz Hart.

July 2009

PROGRAM  926
RELEASE DATES  June 25-July 1, 2009
THE MELODIES OF RICHARD RODGERS – Whether he wrote for Lorenz Hart or Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers provided the perfect setting for their strikingly different lyrics.

PROGRAM 927
RELEASE DATES July 2-8, 2009
CELEBRATING THE FOURTH – Parades, picnics, ballgames, and more.  all the things we do to celebrate the Fourth

PROGRAM 928
RELEASE DATES July 9-15, 2009
CHEERFUL LITTLE EARFUL: THE EARLY SONGS OF HARRY WARREN – Before he defined the 30s with Al Dubin and the 40s with Mack Gordon, Harry Warren was already writing memorable songs.

PROGRAM 929
RELEASE DATES July 16-22, 2009
THE BREAKTHROUGH YEAR OF 1925 – By the middle of the decade, America was ready to change. New ways of thinking and behaving soon turned up in our songs.

PROGRAM 930
RELEASE DATES  July 23-29, 2009
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.

August 2009

PROGRAM  931
RELEASE DATES  July 30-August 5, 2009
A COTTAGE BY THE SEA – For dwellers in cities, and for city dwellers songs, nothing appeals like a vacation, in the mountains or near the sea, or just by sleeping late and doing nothing.

PROGRAM  932
RELEASE DATES August 6-13, 2009
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.

PROGRAM  933
RELEASE DATES  August 13-19, 2009
YEARS FROM NOW – Songs are supposed to be about the moment – this moment – but sometimes that moment is far from now, and somebody’s looking back grateful or regretfully.

PROGRAM 934
RELEASE DATES August 20-26, 2009
APPLES AND PEACHES – There aren’t many songs about vegetables but there are plenty about fruits, sweet and juicy – just like love!

PROGRAM 935
RELEASE DATES August 27-Sept 2, 2009
COMPOSERS ADAPT – The new 20th century came with new attitudes, new goals, and new dreams, so there had to be new kinds of songs. Songwriters are nothing if not adaptable.

September 2009

PROGRAM 936
RELEASE DATES Sept 3-9, 2009
WORKING STIFFS – Labor Day songs for the people the holiday is supposed to be about, and also the work they do.          

PROGRAM 937
RELEASE DATES Sept 10-16, 2009
SONGS FOR THE WORLD’S FAIR – There used to be lots of world’s fairs, and the usually had songs, but we start out with the song for the 1939 Fair, and then go on from there to celebrate.        

PROGRAM 938
RELEASE DATES  Sept 17-23, 2009
THAT ECCENTRIC RAG – There were early rags and then the classic rags of Scott Joplin, and then there were the later Eccentric Rags – intricate and ornate – by Zez Confrey and his contemporaries.

PROGRAM  939
RELEASE DATES  Sept 23-29, 2009
WHY WE SING – Because we like to, because we have to.  All somebody has to do is sit down at a piano and invite us to join in.

October 2009

PROGRAM 940
RELEASE DATES October 2-8
THE INEVITABLE BERLIN—Irving Berlin’s best songs feel as if they had to be written just that way. They are both timeless and inevitable.

PROGRAM 941
RELEASE DATES  October 9-15
THE MILLS BROTHERS & THE INK SPOTS—Jazzy and smooth, mellow and stylish, the two major male vocal groups of the 1930s and 1940s.

PROGRAM 942
RELEASE DATES  October 16-22
DINAH SHORE—From jazz-influenced crooner to Eddie Cantor’s girl singer to TV star in her own right, Dinah Shore was one of our favorite singers for decades.

PROGRAM 943
RELEASE DATES October 23-29
MR. JAZZ HIMSELF—First ragtime songs were about ragtime.  Then Jazz Age songs got it into their heads to sing about jazz.

November 2009

PROGRAM 944
RELEASE DATES October 30-November 5
THE 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.

PROGRAM 945
RELEASE DATES November 6-12
COMING HOME, 1944-1946—The men sailed away to music and they sailed home to music, but they were songs about a changed America.

PROGRAM 946
RELEASE DATES November 13-19
A DIFFERENT AMERICA—As the 20th century replaced the 19th, we sang about love differently because we also had changed.

PROGRAM 947
RELEASE DATES November 20-26
SIMPLE PLEASURES—A blaze in the fireplace, a blooming garden, a simple melody, the simple pleasures that are supposed to be the most pleasing.

 

December 2009

PROGRAM 948
RELEASE DATES November 27-December 3
INDEPENDENT WOMEN—They marched in review, drove cabs, and welded aircraft carriers.  They were the independent women of World War II, and we told their stories in songs.

PROGRAM 949
RELEASE DATES December 4-10
HAROLD ARLEN AND THE WEATHER—More than any songwriter, Arlen was influenced by the blues.  Imagery about the weather seemed a logical place for his lyricists to do.

 

PROGRAM  950
RELEASE DATES December 11-17
HERMAN HUPFELD AND THE COMPETITION—Herman Hupfeld wrote one great song, “As Time Goes By,” but he was working all the time, trying for another hit.

PROGRAM 951
RELEASE DATES December 18-25
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS—The songs are as much about home as they are about the season.  The linkage is –essential, of the essence.

PROGRAM 952
RELEASE DATES December 25-31

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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