Fascinatin' Rhythm Listings - 2009
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RELEASE DATES July 2-8, 2009
CELEBRATING THE FOURTH – Parades, picnics, ballgames, and more. all the things we do to celebrate the Fourth
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.