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January 30 – Favorites of 2012 (705)

 

sunrise
[audio http://personal.stthomas.edu/drgjelten/shows/GRR705.mp3]

Every morning is a fresh beginning,
Listen my soul to the glad refrain.
And, spite of old sorrows
And older sinning,
Troubles forecasted
And possible pain,
Take heart with the day and begin again.

                        Susan Coolidge

 Happy New Year from Great River Radio!  We are coming back to you this afternoon with our favorites (we aren’t going to use the word ‘best’ for this list) from 2012.  It was a very good year for music, in our opinion.  From a long list of great songs, we’ve come up with a playlist that you’re going to love.

If you’ve been listening and paying attention to GRR in the last year, you’ll know many of these songs, but I guarantee that you’ll hear some things that will be new to you, as well.  Nick Waterhouse and Australia’s Tame Impala will kick the show off with energy and their neo sounds of R&B and psychedelia.  Trampled By Turtles, The Pines and Chastity Brown will represent the many local artists who had a good year in 2012.  The old masters will be represented by Leonard Cohen, Greg Brown, Dr. John and Mr. Bruce Springsteen.  Young artists we saw and loved last year are on this list, too, including Patrick Watson, John Fullbright and Field Report. And if you are expecting Dylan, here is what I’ll do for you:  two of the best Dylan covers I’ve ever heard.

I think you’ll like this show – and let me know what you loved in 2012 that I missed.

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

Tune in live, or listen later on the blog.

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Playlist
Nick Waterhouse-Is That Clear
Tame Impala-Elephant
Trampled By Turtles-Midnight on the Interstate
The Pines-Cry, Cry, Crow
Chastity Brown-After You
Rosanne Cash-Biloxi
Patrick Watson-Into Giants
Black Prairie-How Do You Ruin Me?
Field Report-I Am Not Waiting Anymore
Mumford & Sons-Will Wait
Matthew E. White-Will You Love Me
Lucia Micarelli & Steve Earle-One More Cup of Coffee
Leonard Cohen-Darkness
John Fullbright-Nowhere To Be Found
Greg Brown-All of Those Things
Dr. John-Big Shot
Diana Krall-Simple Twist of Fate
Bruce Springsteen-Wrecking Ball
The Tallest Man On Earth-There’s No Leaving Now
Anais Mitchell-Young Man In America
Bonnie Raitt-God Only Knows

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December 5 – Lighthouse in the Woods (703)

light in the woods

[audio http://personal.stthomas.edu/drgjelten/shows/GRR703.mp3]

Leave a light on in the wild
Cause I’m coming in a little blind
Dreamer of a lighthouse in the woods
Shining a little light to bring us back home
Went to find you in the backyard
Hiding behind our busy lives
Dreamer of a lighthouse in the woods
To help us get back into the world
Cause I know I’ve seen you before
Won’t you shine a little light on us now?
Won’t you shine a little light in your own backyard?
Won’t you shine a little light in your own backyard?
Dreamer of a lighthouse in the woods

            Patrick Watson “Lighthouse”

 

It is getting dark and colder as we approach the end of the year and the end of the school term.  At the same time, we approach the holidays, which offer many a kind of lighthouse at this time of year.  It is certain to get busier over the coming days and weeks and this afternoon Great River Radio hopes to offer you a little calm before the chaos, a little light and warmth this chilly afternoon.

We saw Patrick Watson open his show last weekend with “Lighthouse” and it was unforgettable, he at the piano with little lights on his fingers but otherwise playing in darkness.  It was beautiful and impressionistic and the rest of the show continued to be riveting.  We’ll hear that track this afternoon, along with new music from Cat Power, Tame Impala, and Iris DeMent and husband Greg Brown from their new and well regarded records.  We’ll also go back to a few favorites from the year, as we anticipate those year-end best of lists and our own 2012 faves show which we hope to do in January.  Candidates for my list will include Leonard Cohen, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Pines and Michael Kiwanuka.

I’m also enjoying a couple newer discoveries, North Carolina’s Delta Rae (with a wonderful song “Forgive the Children We Once Were”) and LA’s Lavender Diamond.

Yesterday, The New Standards released their latest collection and we’ll listen to their lovely version of Arcade Fire’s “No Cars Go.”

That and more this afternoon on Great River Radio, coming to you from the University of St. Thomas’ KUST Radio.

Tune in this afternoon, or later on the blog.

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.

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Playlist
Big River-The Secret Sisters
Manhattan-Cat Power
Elephant-Tame Impala
Forgive the Children We Once Were-Delta Rae
Lighthouse-Patrick Watson
Unfortunately, Anna-Justin Townes Earle
I Don’t Recall-Lavender Diamond
I’m Getting Ready-Michael Kiwanuka
Bright Whites-Kishi Bashi
Going Home-Leonard Cohen
Go On Ahead and Go Home-Iris DeMent
All of Those Things-Greg Brown
No Cars Go-The New Standards
1904-The Tallest Man On Earth
Cry, Cry, Crow-The Pines
Blue Rondo a la Turk-Dave Brubeck

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Nov. 9 – Walking (606)

 

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

                        J R R Tolkien 

Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind.  Walking is the exact balance of spirit and humility.

                      Gary Snyder “The Etiquette of Freedom”

Today on Great River Radio we’ll be doing an entire show on the theme of walking.  Dan has been walking more than running lately, due to a (hopefully minor) knee problem.  Walking in St. Paul and Minneapolis, along the Mississippi River and seeing the river flowing, the trees losing their leaves, the barges moving slowly upstream, and catching the eyes of fellow walkers, some solitary and quiet, others side by side and animated, one begins to experience a different kind of world, the outside world, the world of trees, grass, crows, dogs, rivers and sky.  There is a different awareness of the body in nature.  You see the world up close.  The legs are moving, the heart is pumping and the blood is flowing.  It is life.  It is humility and solitude and a sweet kind of meditation.

Many songs have been written about walking and we’re sure that many titles are springing to your mind right now.  Today, we’ll play some of them, and introduce you to a few new ones.  People walk away, they walk when they are blue, they walk when they are happy, they walk home.  And, sometimes, people run.

We’ll hear classics from Patsy Cline (the first song you thought of?), Dionne Warwick (the second?), as well as bluesmen Paul Butterfield and Robert Lockwood – walking has been the subject of some great blues tunes.  God walks, too, and we’ll hear from Iris Dement and The Blind Boys of Alabama on that topic.  Tune in this afternoon for these and more from Greg Brown, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Stacey Earle, Yo La Tengo, Vampire Weekend and Cloud Cult.  You may even want to download this show for later walks with your iPod.

Playlist
The Blues Walk-Clifford Brown and Max Roach
Cakewalk Into Town-Taj Mahal
Two Little Feet-Greg Brown
Walkin’ After Midnight-Patsy Cline
Walk On By-Dionne Warwick
Ramble On-Led Zeppelin
Blue Sky-Allman Brothers
New Walkin’ Blues-Paul Butterfield’s Better Days
Take a Little Walk With Me-Robert Lockwood Jr.
God Walks the Dark Hills-Iris Dement
Just A Closer Walk With Thee-The Blind Boys of Alabama
Walk With Me-Neil Young
I Walk Alone-Los Lobos
Long Walk Home-Bruce Springsteen
I Feel Like Going Home-Yo La Tengo
Runaway-Bonnie Raitt
How I Ran-Stacey Earle
Run-Vampire Weekend
Running With The Wolves-Cloud Cult

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March 16 – Gimme Some Guitar



(There is a brief pause at the beginning of the recording – give it about 20 seconds)

This old guitar ain’t mine to keep
Just taking care of it now
It’s been around for years and years
Just waiting in its old case
It’s been up and down the country roads
It’s brought a tear and a smile
It’s seen its share of dreams and hopes
And never went out of style
The more I play it, the better it sounds
It cries when I leave it alone
Silently it waits for me
Or someone else I suppose
“This Old Guitar” Neil Young

Woody Guthrie’s Gibson J-45 carried a sticker that said “This machine kills Fascists” – a suggestion of his own belief in the power of his guitar and his songs.  That particular guitar, one of the classic workhorses of folk and country music, has become an icon of popular music in America and worldwide.

Today on Great River Radio, we’re going to explore songs about the guitar – one of the key elements of much of popular music from the last century.  The feelings that people, both players and listeners, have about the guitar can be profound – musicians tend to love their instruments – not theoretically, but actually, forming a connection with the thing itself.  And it is understandable –  the instrument looks beautiful, can age gracefully, and provides a way for the player to express his or her deepest feelings.  It is probably also true that the guitar can be a source of frustration – why doesn’t it say what I want it to say?  There are certain things that are devilishly hard to do on this instrument.

We’ve gathered an entire show of songs, not with your favorite guitar solos, but about the guitar itself.  We’ve got songs about guitars with names (you know B.B. King’s Lucille).  And we’ve got songs about the long relationship that players have with their guitars and an acknowledgement that the instrument outlives the player, as Neil Young points out in “This Old Guitar” – making us stewards of something that can be a treasure of the material world.  We’ll have a special documentary segment concerning one old guitar in particular, owned by one of your hosts.

Is the love of guitars a guy thing?  You might think so if you listen to the many songs that claim that guys love their guitars more than they love their girls.  Then to balance things out, we’ll have the “Girls with guitars” segment.

And, unfortunately, sometimes guitars get smashed … or drowned … or burned … and we’ll have some sad stories in that department, as well.

If you play guitar, or like hearing a guitar played well, or have ever heard a band with a guitar in it, you’ll love this collection of songs about our favorite instrument!

Join us at 4:15 p.m. (CST) today for Great River Radio.

Peace,

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Requiem-Eliza Gilkyson
My Lucille-B.B.King
Red Dog Speaks-Elvin Bishop
Red Guitar-Loudon Wainwright III
The Hummingbird-Darrell Scott
Perfectly Good Guitar-John Hiatt
The Guitar Song-Jamey Johnson
Two Men and a Guitar-Dan Gjelten and John Ydstie
This Old Guitar-Neil Young
This Guitar Is for Sale-John Prine
You and My Old Guitar-Jimmie Rodgers
Me and My Guitar-Freddie King
Guitar-Prince
Girls With Guitars-Wynonna Judd
Rhythm Guitar-Emmylou Harris
Miss Williams’ Guitar-The Jayhawks
Kate’s Guitar (Live 1997)-Greg Brown
Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar-Doc & Merle Watson
While My Guitar Gently Weeps-The Beatles

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Oct. 13 – BeatlesObscure

Good morning (“I’ve got nothing to say but it’s O.K./Good morning, good morning”)

We’ve got Beatles lyrics running through our heads, from the lovely (“Blackbird singing in the dead of night/Take these broken wings and learn to fly”) to the secretive (“Everybody’s got something to hide except for me and my monkey”) and the zen (“I am he/As you are he/As you are me/ And we are all together”) and the nihilistic (“He’s a real Nowhere Man/sitting in his Nowhere Land/Making all his Nowhere plans for nobody…”) and the environmental (“Born a poor young country boy/Mother Nature’s son/All day long I’m sitting singing songs for everyone…”) and we could go on all day.

Last week we asked for your favorite obscure Beatles music and we got several requests.  We’ll get to as many of those as possible and we guarantee you will hear some things you’ve never heard before.  We’ve noticed that the Great River Radio Confluence segment is starting to converge from week to week – like a river of musical ideas with lots of little streams of creativity flowing into it – as we move from birds to Beatles, things are really starting to get connected. And one other hint of things to anticipate: Mae West.

Besides the Beatles, we’ll have a set of songs from Iowa, new music from Molina and Johnson, Vampire Weekend, Air, and Tegan and Sara. We’ve got something you haven’t heard from Bat For Lashes and remixes from Phoenix and Au Revoir Simone. We’ve got a request going out to Brooklyn listeners and a nod to one of the greatest records of all time, released 50 years ago last August.

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Next week’s “Confluence” assignment: teachers.  We’ve been around them all our lives, formally and informally. We love them, and sometimes we don’t love them. They change our lives, they form us.  But how have they inspired songs? Think, now.  And send us your ideas – songs you associate with the teachers in your life and experience.  We’ll take your requests via email or at the website.

For now, please join us this afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 or later this week online for another installment of Great River Radio, now in its fourth season.

Brian/Dan

Playlist
You Fell in the River-Ben Connelly
Year of the Ox-Sufjan Stevens
Hell-Tegan and Sara
Horchata-Vampire Weekend
Twenty Cycles to the Ground-Molina and Johnson
Sing Sang Sung-Air
I Want You Back-Discovery
This Is My Favorite Cage-Joe Henry
And Your Bird Can Sing-Guadalcanal Diary
Blackbird-The Beatles
Mockingbirds-Grant Lee Buffalo
Something-Jim Sturgess
Thank You World-World Party
Grow Old With Me-Postal Service
Here There and Everywhere-Jake Shimabukuro
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band-Jimi Hendrix
Daytripper-Mae West
Maybe-Ingrid Michaelson
Things That Scare Me-Neko Case
Shadows (Tanline remix) – Au Revoire Simone
Rome (Devendra Banhart remix)-Phoenix
Fever-Over The Rhine
Crash This Train-Joshua James
Dreams-Brandi Carlile
The Road Theme-Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
In My Mind I Was Talkin’ To Loretta-Pieta Brown
#80-Dave Olson
Freddie Freeloader-Miles Davis

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