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December 18 (806) Christmas Moon

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And that old Christmas moon
Shining softly on snow so white
As he brightens a special night
That old Christmas moon

Soft snow is silvery white
With moon glow shining so bright
It lights up this glorious night
It’s that old Christmas moon

            Leon Redbone

Just a quick reminder that GRR will be back this afternoon with a set of holiday tunes that ranges from contemplative to raucous, joyful to moody, sacred to secular, nice to naughty and some that are harder to classify.  Check us out to hear Leon Redbone, Nick Lowe, Mindy Smith, The Be Good Tanyas, The Punch Brothers, Dawes, Cantus, the Roches, Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Paul Simon and others.

I hope you can listen this afternoon as you take care of business, or check it out later on the blog.

And I wish you the best for the coming days and in the new year – Happy Holidays from Great River Radio!

Details:

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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Playlist
Another Silent Night-Douglas Spotted Eagle
The Winter Solstice-Sufjan Stevens
17th Century Canon-Paul McCandless
Getting Ready For Christmas Day-Paul Simon
That Old Christmas Moon-Leon Redbone
Jingle All The Way-Lena Horne
Children Go Where I Send Thee-Nick Lowe
Maybe Next Year-Meiko
All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue-Over The Rhine
Snowed In-Mindy Smith
Silent Night-Priscilla Ahn
O Magnum Mysterium-Cantus
Rudy-The Be Good Tanyas
Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing-Sufjan Stevens
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day-The Civil Wars
What Do Bad Girls Get?-Joan Osborne
Christmas-Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
Christmas in L A-The Killers with Dawes
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel-The Punch Brothers
Gaudette-Medieval Babes
Saviour of the Nations Come-Cantus
For Unto Us A Child Is Born-Roches
The Christmas Song-Aimee Mann
I’ll Be Seeing You-Billie Holiday
New Year’s Eve-Tom Waits

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March 6 – From Bessie to Badu (707)

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[audio http://personal.stthomas.edu/drgjelten/shows/GRR707.mp3]

Bessie Smith sang

I’ve got what it takes
But it breaks my heart to give it away
She said I’ve got what it takes
But it breaks my heart to give it away
It’s in demand
Folks cryin’ for it every day
I’ve been saving it up for a long long time
To give it away would be more than a crime


and Robert Johnson wrote

When a woman gets in trouble, everybody throws her down
Lookin’ for her good friend, none can’t be found
You better come on in my kitchen, baby, it’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors

and Maya Angelou wrote

I say,
It’s the fire in  my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally,
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I’ll be honest, when I started thinking of this week’s show, I’d forgotten that March is Women’s History Month.  I was actually inspired by a connection from our last show, in which I realized that there was a strong line of influence between some of the artists I played.  Laura Nyro was inspired by Nina Simone and Nyro, in turn, inspired many musicians.  And Simone was influenced by the huge artists that came before her: Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and others.  So I started thinking “Can we draw a line from Bessie Smith to the contemporary singers of today?”  And I decided that we could.

Now, I could have spent weeks preparing a scholarly musical lesson on women in popular music of the twentieth century.  I’m sorry, but I have neither the time nor the expertise.  So, here’s what we’re going to do.  I’ve picked songs from women artists starting with Bessie Smith and moving chronologically through the century to Erykah Badu, and I think that you can argue that each successive artist was influenced by the previous one(s).  We’ll hear from Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, Ruth Brown, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, and move into Nyro, Mitchell, Joplin, Raitt, and eventually Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill and wind up with Mary J Blige and we’ll close with Erykah Badu.

I’d be starting arguments if I said I was including the most important women singers/songwriters of the twentieth century here.  Don’t want to do that. This is subjective.  But there is something for everyone on this show, and I do think this is at least a good faith effort to connect the dots between Bessie and Badu.

I hope you like it.  Let me know what you think, as always.

Today on Great River Radio, coming to you from the University of St. Thomas’ KUST.

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Playlist
Bessie Smith-Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)
Billie Holiday-Lover Come Back To Me
Mahalia Jackson-Didn’t It Rain
Ruth Brown-Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean
Etta James-Lover Man
Aretha Franklin-A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel…)
Nina Simone-I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
Laura Nyro-Stoney End
Janis Joplin-Try (Just A Little Harder)
Bonnie Raitt-Women Be Wise
Karen Dalton-God Bless The Child
Joni Mitchell-Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody
Rickie Lee Jones-Last Chance Texaco
Lauryn Hill-Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
Amy Winehouse-You Know I’m No Good
Cassandra Wilson-Come on In My Kitchen
Black Dub (Trixie Whitley)-I Believe In You
Mary J. Blige-Real Love
Erykah Badu-On and On

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March 23 – Back in Blues


Well, I got up this mornin
woh-all I had was gone
Well-ah leave this mornin if I have to
woh ride the blind ah
I’ve feel mistreated and I
don’t mind dyin
Well, some people tell em that the worried
blues ain’t bad
Worst old feelin I most
ever had.
Robert Johnson – “Walking Blues”

Way back in December 2007, the Great River Radio staff pulled together a “History of the Blues” show. We took a trip from the far south, starting our journey at the home of the blues in the Mississippi Delta. From there we travelled up the mighty Mississippi River, taking time to track the deep influence of the blues. We examined different forms of the blues – Delta, Jump, Chicago and electric, as well as some of the music genres that were borne of out this truly American music – some strains of country and jazz, bluegrass and rock and roll. It was a show that was as fun to produce as it was to listen to.

Four years later, not much has changed. The blues are still with us, and its influence is more evident than ever. So, why don’t the blues get any respect? We’ll explore that question today. The 2007 show served as a deep history lesson (from south to north), whereas today’s show, “Back in Blues,” will take more of a latitudinal approach. We’ll look across the vast spectrum of music and discuss how the blues serves as a foundation for much of the music we listen to and often play on Great River Radio.

We’ll have a special set of music that draws a straight line from Robert Johnson in the 1930s to The Black Keys performing today (with listening stops at Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and the Rolling Stones). There are a surprising number of current artists who recognize and incorporate the power of the blues into their songwriting and performances. We’ll have a set of young blues from The Tallest Man on Earth (Sweden?!), Justin Townes Earle and Mark Growden, as well as a track from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ beautiful Raising Sand LP from 2007. Speaking of Ms. Krauss, have you ever noticed that the blues is often thought of as a man’s world? We’ll hear a set from our better halves – including Billie Holiday, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Lucinda Williams. We’ll also take a stroll on the eclectic side – finding the pulse of the blues beating strong in icons as such as Tom Waits and R.L. Burnside.  And finally, we’ll look locally, and unearth some bluesy selections from the Minnesota music scene.

You are not going to want to miss today’s “Back in Blues” show on Great River Radio. So, set your Outlook calendars and tune in at 4:15 p.m. central. And catch us again at your convenience via the Great River Radio website (details below).

Peace.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Death Don’t Have No Mercy-Reverend Gary Davis
Stones In My Passway-Robert Johnson
Red Rooster-Howlin’ Wolf
Rollin’ Stone-Muddy Waters
You Shook Me-Willie Dixon
Gimme Shelter-Rolling Stones
Howlin’ For You-The Black Keys
Take A Little Walk With Me-Robert Lockwood Jr.
Come On In This House-Junior Wells
With The Quickness-James Cotton
Like The Wheel-The Tallest Man On Earth
Harlem River Blues-Justin Townes Earle
You Ain’t Never Been Loved-Mark Growden
Killing The Blues-Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again-North Mississippi Allstars
Milk Cow Calf Blues-John Hammond
I’d Rather Go Blind-Etta James
I Never Loved A Man-Aretha Franklin
Drunken Angel-Lucinda Williams
Way Down In The Hole-Tom Waits
It’s Bad You Know-R.L. Burnside
Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie-Pinetop Perkins

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April 20 – Women (SJAW Week)

The Eternal Feminine
draws us upwards and on
Faust: Part 2 – Goethe

It’s Social Justice Awareness week here at KUST. Once a semester, we devote a week of programming to address social justice issues. In return, the station continues to receive funding. In past semesters Great River Radio has taken an in-depth look at clean water, workers’ rights and health care. Today, we will be addressing a topic that is long overdue – women’s rights.

Perhaps the biggest misnomer is that helping women move forward in our world comes at the expense of helping men. This is a false assumption. Helping women help themselves benefits all of society. Not convinced? Consider some of these statistics (from girleffect.org):

1)      70 percent of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth are girls
2)      One girl in seven in developing countries marries before age 15; 38 percent marry before age 18
3)      One-quarter to one-half of girls in developing countries become mothers before age 18
4)      Pregnancy is the leading cause of death among girls ages 15 to 19 worldwide
5)      Seventy-five percent of HIV-infected youth in Africa are girls

So what can happen when we focus on giving girls an opportunity to become educated?

1)      When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later, and has 2.2 fewer children
2)      Educated girls grow into educated women, who – research shows – have healthier babies and are more likely to educate their children
3)      When girls and women earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man
4)      An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ future wages by 10 to 20 percent
5)      An extra year of secondary school boosts girls’ future wages by 15 to 25 percent

As the Great River Radio staff started digging through their collective music libraries and culling past playlists for music ideas, one thing became glaringly clear … There is a decided lack of Girl Power songs. So with the help of our staff and a few GRR devotees, we have gathered a group of tunes that will help us celebrate the critical role women’s health – physical, mental, financial, political, etc. – plays in all of our lives. Join us today to hear selections from Neko Case, The Wailin’ Jennys, Lesley Gore, Michelle Shocked, Aretha Franklin, Tracy Chapman, Billie Holiday, Sinead O’Connor, Dar Williams, Ani DiFranco, Leela James and many more. Let’s hear it for the girls!

Listen live today from 4-6 p.m. at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
Chat live via AIM or iChat: kustradio

Brian & Dan

Playlist
Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves-Eurythmics/Aretha Franklin
Mother of Pearl-Nellie McKay
Fast Car-Tracy Chapman
Woman Gotta Move-Chastity Brown
Voices Carry-‘Til Tuesday
Peggy’s Kitchen Wall-Bruce Cockburn
You Don’t Own Me-Lesley Gore
It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World-Leela James
She-The Pretenders/Emmy Lou Harris
Pretty Girls-Neko Case
Modern Girl-Sleater-Kinney
I Know A Girl-Pieta Brown
Extraordinary Machine-Fiona Apple
When I Was A Boy-Dar Williams
Talk To Me Now-Ani DiFranco
Become You-Indigo Girls
Respect-Aretha Franklin
Prodigal Daughter-Michelle Shocked
Jump-Madonna
Four Women-Nina Simone
Are My Hands Clean?-Sweet Honey in the Rock
One Voice-The Wailin’ Jennys
No More-Billie Holiday
No Man’s Woman-Sinead O’Conner
We Are Together (Thina Simunye)-The Children of Agape

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March 9 – Please, Please, Please

Good times for a change
See, the luck I’ve had
Can make a good man turn bad

So, please, please, please
Let me, Let me, let me
Let me get what I want this time

– The Smiths

Many argue that civil society is dead. As citizens of the world, we now resort to the all-too-easy shortcuts of name-calling, partisan hyperbole and winner-take-all discourse. We seem to collectively suffer from an acute case of NIMBYism. And our lives are increasingly defined by stark contrasts rather than shared values, burdens and successes.

When life gets complicated – when we can no longer hear above the cacophony – society often benefits from taking a step back and listening to what the artists have to say. So, let’s start with something simple. How about, “Please”?

Did you know the word “Please” is found in more than 550 languages? Why are we reluctant to ask for something in a polite way? Isn’t there a saying about catching bees with honey … not vinegar?

So in the spirit of kindness and humility, Great River Radio will focus on artists who have found the value of civility. Our “Confluence” theme is built around the word “Please,” but as always you can expect a Great River Radio twist or two in the playlist. You’ll hear tracks from The Smiths, Violent Femmes, Muddy Waters, Semisonic, Justin Townes Earle, Ben Harper, Tom Waits, Golden Smog, Mouthful of Bees, Greg Laswell, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more.

Won’t you please join us this afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. (CST)? We would be most grateful for your company.

Listen live at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
Chat live via AIM or iChat: kustradio

Thank you!

Brian & Dan

Playlist
Please-U2
Please Call Me Baby-Tom Waits
Please Tell My Brother-Golden Smog
Please Baby Please-David Bazan
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want-The Smiths
Please Do Not Go-Violent Femmes
Please Don’t -David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone-Sammy Davis Jr.
Please Send Me Someone To Love-Paul Butterfield’s Better Days
Come in Please-Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Baby Please Don’t Go-Billy Lee Riley and the Little Green Men
Baby Please Don’t Go-Muddy Waters
Please Tell Me Now-Billie Holiday
Please Love Me-B.B.King
Pleasure and Pain-Ben Harper
Please and Thank You-Mouthful of Bees
I Will Be Grateful For this Day, I Will Be Grateful for Each Day to Come-Bright Eyes
Please Take Her (She’s Mine)-The Rave Ups
Completely Pleased-Semisonic
Franklin Avenue (Daytrotter Session)- Jeremy Messersmith
Can’t Hardly Wait (Daytrotter Session)-Justin Townes Earle
Say A Little Prayer-Shawn Colvin
Thanks To You-The Deep Vibration
Please Please Me-The Beatles
Comes And Goes In Waves-Greg Laswell
Your Hands Together-The New Pornographers
World Sick-Broken Social Scene

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