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December 11 (805) – Winter Winds

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The Missouri is my right arm, the Ohio is my left
But I’m livin’ on the Mississippi River where I like life the best
I don’t mind the west coast, and I don’t mind the east coast
Oh, baby but I ain’t gonna live on no coast
Some people say that the Mississippi River is the backbone of the nation
They can say whatever they want, I won’t disagree with that statement
I see people workin’ hard as ever, just wondering what I can do to make their lives better
I’m just a plain ole Midwestern boy
Gettin’ by on Central time
Pokey LaFarge “Central Time”

At the moment in this northern region of the Central Time Zone, it is frigid. Add to the brutal weather we’ve been having the stresses of finals and semester end projects for both students and faculty, and the preparations for the holidays, and you have a pretty stressful period of the year. At minimum, we hope you can stay warm, though we know that some are cold, someone’s furnace is misbehaving, someone’s home isn’t very well insulated, and for far too many, there is no home at all.

It might be time to take a breath and listen to some music. On Great River Radio this afternoon, we’ve got a couple things going. Having been present at an intimate show by Joe Henry last week, I’ve been listening to his music on repeat for several days. So I’m going to insert him into the playlist several times this afternoon. I do think he is one of the best songwriters in the business now, and these songs are good examples. I’ll also recognize the season, not with holiday music, but with some songs about winter and the cold. Of course, there is lots of new music, as well, including just released songs from Shelby Lynne, who released an EP of original gospel tunes yesterday. We’ll also hear from Joshua James, Jake Bugg, British folk rocker Passenger, and Norwegian songster Ane Brun. I’ll have a tune from Alex Ebert, the leader of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, except solo this time.

Pokey LaFarge will kick things off with the river song referenced above and I think you’ll love it.

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

Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html
Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio

Playlist
Central Time-Pokey LaFarge
Dixie-Karen Elson & The Secret Sisters
Let Her Go-Passenger
Our Song-Joe Henry
Pennies in the Fountain-Glen Hansard
Broke-Joshua James
Me and You-Jake Bugg
Walkin’-Shelby Lynne
Run-Delta Rae
High Hopes-Bruce Springsteen
Monkey-Joe Henry
Amen-Alexander Ebert
On A Cold Winter’s Day-Quadriga Consort
Winter Winds-Mumford & Sons
There’s Frost On The Moon-Artie Shaw
Walking In The Air-The New Standards
Words-Ane Brun
God Only Knows-Joe Henry

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December 19 – Heartbreak and Holidays (704)

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[audio http://personal.stthomas.edu/drgjelten/shows/GRR704.mp3]

Where is the dwelling place of light? And where is the house of darkness?  Go about; walk the limits of the land.  Do you know a path between them?  — Job 38:19-20

Lines Written In The Days Of Growing Darkness
(Mary Oliver)

Every year we have been
witness to it: how the
world descends

into a rich mash, in order that
it may resume.
And therefore
who would cry out

to the petals on the ground
to stay,
knowing as we must,
how the vivacity of what was is married

to the vitality of what will be?
I don’t say
it’s easy, but
what else will do

if the love one claims to have for the world
be true?
So let us go on, cheerfully enough,
this and every crisping day,

though the sun be swinging east,
and the ponds be cold and black,
and the sweets of the year be doomed.

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
(Henry W. Longfellow)

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

I’m going to do something different today.  For the last six years, Great River Radio has done a holiday music show in December, and this year will be no exception.  But today’s music will be special in light of the tragedies that we are experiencing.  There is sadness in the world, public sadness and private sadness, and I know that for many this time of year isn’t the “most wonderful” but a time of deep loneliness.

At the same time, I am daily reminded of the beauty around me, in the faces of people, in the sparkling lights on trees, and the stars in the sky.  This afternoon’s music will reflect the sadness and the beauty of the holidays this year.  There will be more sacred music than typical for GRR, and music that is thoughtful and perhaps a bit moody.  We’ve got songs from Sufjan Stevens (of course), the Twin Cities men’s vocal group Cantus, Over The Rhine, Priscilla Ahn with the most beautiful version of “Silent Night” and Joshua James reinventing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”

There is more, but tune in to hear it.  Another departure for GRR today:  I’m going to start the music and then say nothing for the entire show – there will be only music today.

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.

The details:

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html
Web/listen later:
https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com
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Playlist
Skating on a River-Lily Frost
The Heartache Can Wait-Brandi Carlile
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen-Joshua James
I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day-The Civil Wars
All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue-Over The Rhine
Winter Moon-Stan Getz
Ah Holy Jesus (With Reed Organ)-Sufjan Stevens
O Magnum Mysterium-Cantus
E’en So, Lord/Dadme Albricias-Modern Mandolin Quartet
Requiem-Eliza Gilkyson
Prelude to Cello Suite #1-Michael Hedtes
Saviour of the Nations, Come-Cantus
Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing-Sufjan Stevens
Silent Night-Priscilla Ahn
What Child Is This?-Sarah McLachlan
Now The Day Is Over-Shawn Colvin
The Day After Christmas-Kate Miller-Heidke
Auld Lang Syne-James Taylor

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November 21 – Thanks (702)

[audio http://personal.stthomas.edu/drgjelten/shows/GRR702.mp3]

Within the circles of our lives
we dance the circles of the years,
the circles of the seasons
within the circles of the years,
the cycles of the moon
within the circles of the seasons,
the circles of our reasons
within the cycles of the moon.  

Again, again we come and go,
changed, changing. Hands
join, unjoin in love and fear,
grief and joy.  The circles turn,
each giving into each, into all.
Only music keeps us here,

 each by all the others held.
In the hold of hands and eyes
we turn in pairs, that joining
joining each to all again.  

And then we turn aside, alone,
out of the sunlight gone

into the darker circles of return.
Wendell Berry
      

Today, Great River Radio will offer a pre-Thanksgiving cornucopia of music, songs that will “keep us here, each by all the others held.”  I know this is a busy day for many, as we prepare for family get-togethers tomorrow, family reunions, repeating traditions that have gone on for years, all the cycles of our lives playing out again. Bobby Womack will kick off the show with today’s river song and then we’ll hear from Bat For Lashes, The Civil Wars, Sweden’s El Perro Del Mar and The Raveonettes.  We’ve got new local music from Haley Bonar and Ben Kyle, as well as from Joshua James and Los Angeles band Lavender Diamond.  We’ll wind up GRR with some music about giving thanks.

Tune in this afternoon, or later on the blog. Maybe as you are doing your cyber shopping this weekend – that might be a good time to listen!

Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Stream it live: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio
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Playlist
Deep River-Bobby Womack
Tracks in the Snow-The Civil Wars
Walk On By-El Perro Del Mar
All Your Gold-Bat For Lashes
A Perfect Place-The Raveonettes
Bad Reputation-Haley Bonar
The Turf-Ben Kyle
I’m Not Waiting Anymore-Field Report
Everybody’s Heart’s Breaking Now-Lavender Diamond
Ghost in the Town-Joshua James
Ghost (Live from Laurel Canyon)-Ingrid Michaelson
Help-Cloud Cult
We’re Alright Now-John Hiatt
Turn Me On-Meshell Ndegeocello
Long Way Home-Tom Waits
Thanks for the Joy-Ruthie Foster
Thankful N’ Thoughtful-Bettye LaVette
Thanksgiving-Mary Gauthier
What a Wonderful World-Stacey Kent
Amazing Grace-Shelby Lynne

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Dec. 1 – Short Days and Endings

“Grapefruit moon, one star shining, shining down on me.
Heard that tune, and now I’m pining, honey, can’t you see?

‘Cause every time I hear that melody, well, something breaks inside,
And the grapefruit moon, one star shining, can’t turn back the tide.”

– Tom Waits

As we are moving into a bundle of “seasons” – transitions – the holidays, winter, semester finals, year-end, we look into the sky and see a bright and beautiful full moon.  This is the first of two full moons in December of 2009 making the second a “blue moon,”  and making this a special month which marks the beginning of the end of the first decade of the twenty first century. The days in Minnesota are short and the nights are long and perfect for listening to music.

Back from our Thanksgiving break, we will be in the studio this afternoon with Great River Radio spinning this week’s mix of songs including something from the debut album by Mumford and Sons, who can do British Americana like no one else – as well as music from Atlanta’s Deerhunter, and Minneapolis’ Halloween, Alaska.  We’ll have new music from Norah Jones, Diane Birch and Laura Veirs and favorites from GRR friends Steve Earle, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Cloud Cult and something from the Pixie’s classic album “Doolittle” this year celebrating its twentieth anniversary.

Speaking of anniversaries, Great River Radio will soon be airing its 100th show – as we approach that milestone, we will be planning some special themes.  One idea we’ve had is to review the most important records of the last ten years.  Start to give that some thought – we’ll be interested in your ideas.

For now, please join us this afternoon as we play a mix of music about short days, endings, moons, trains, and, of course, rivers.

Great River Radio will be live today from 4-6 p.m. (CST)

Playlist
Many Rivers To Cross-UB40
99 and 1/2-Mavis Staples
The Cave-Mumford and Sons
So. Central Rain-REM
Walkabout-Atlas Sound
Never Stops-Deerhunter
Nothing But A Miracle-Diane Birch
Back To Manhattan-Norah Jones
Fetal Horses-John Vanderslice
The Ends-Halloween, Alaska
The End Is Near-The Fiery Furnaces
Never Tear Us Apart-INXS
Two Trains Running-James Cotton Band
Crash This Train-Joshua James
Little Lovin’-Lissie
Longest Days-John Mellenkamp
Days Aren’t Long Enough-Steve Earle
July Flame-Laura Viers
Everybody Here Is A Cloud-Cloud Cult
What Would I Want? Sky-Animal Collective
That Moon Song-Gregory Alan Isakov
Grapefruit Moon-Tom Waits
Feels Like Home-Randy Newman
Here Comes Your Man-The Pixies

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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.

Remember, you can listen to the recorded show in its entirety at any time following the live broadcast via this Website – just click on the “Play” button below the title of the post.

Catch the show live here: http://www.kustradio.com
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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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September 15 – Season 4 Begins

Note: we had some audio problems in the first few minutes of the show, so we are missing a channel – stick with the show, it gets fixed.

Squeaky swings and tall grass
The longest shadows ever cast
The water’s warm and children swim
And we frolicked about in our summer skin

I don’t recall a single care
Just greenery and humid air
Then Labor day came and went
And we shed what was left of our summer skin
“Summer Skin” – Death Cab for Cutie

Summer Lovin’. Endless Summer. Summer of ’69. Boys of Summer. Girls in Their Summer Clothes. There are thousands of reasons musicians write about the lure of a carefree summer. Then we begin to resist fall’s steady pull with all the strength we can summon. Yet here we are post-Labor Day, back to school and filled with melancholy. For our first Great River Radio “Confluence” segment, we will try to capture some of the palpable feelings that arrive with the end of summer. The catalogue is rife with good tunes for this theme as you’ll hear from Buffalo Tom, Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Dylan and Nina Simone. What’s your favorite end-of-summer tune? Let us know, and we’ll try to sneak the request in during the show.

We’ll also kick off season four of Great River Radio by catching up with music you may have missed over the summer. With new song and CD releases by Radiohead, Brother Ali, Why?, Joe Henry, the Dirty Projectors, Holly Williams, the Believers, Avett Brothers, Imogen Heap and many others, there will be plenty to choose from.

Join us today for the first live Great River Radio broadcast of the season. As always, we sift through the scrap heaps of music to bring some of the best new and lasting music to your desktop.

Catch the stream live today at 4-6 p.m. CST: http://kustradio.com
Check in during the show via iChat or AIM: kustradio

And just a reminder to send us some topics for upcoming “Confluence” themes. You suggest a mini-theme, and we find the tunes to match the mood. Feel free to challenge us – our brains could use the exercise.

Playlist

Drops in the River-Fleet Foxes
Harry Patch (In Memory Of)-Radiohead
Us-Brother Ali
How High the Moon-Les Paul and Mary Ford
Higher Ground-The Believers
Eden Was a Garden-Roman Candle
Summer Skin-Death Cab For Cutie
Summer-Buffalo Tom
The Last Rose of Summer-Nina Simone
Summer Days-Bob Dylan
Too Much Time-John Vanderslice
Frank, AB-The Rural Alberta Advantage
This Blackest Purse-Why?
Sick Muse-Metric
I and Love and You-The Avett Brothers
Three Days in Bed-Holly Williams
Doomsday-Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Here Comes A Regular-The Replacements (request)
Our Shangri-La-Mark Knopfler (request)
Runaway-Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Man I Keep Hid-Joe Henry
My Maudlin Career-Camera Obscura
Wait It Out-Imogen Heap
Coal War-Joshua James
Highway Song-What Bird
The Field-Mason Jennings

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