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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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February 20 – Wintery Mix (706)

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[audio http://personal.stthomas.edu/drgjelten/shows/GRR706.mp3]

Just a quick note to alert you to a new GRR this afternoon – we’ve got a wonderful opener today – Tom Waits and Keith Richards singing “Shenandoah” – you’ve got to hear it!  And then, for the next hour or so, you’ll get a mix of new and old songs from Holly Williams (Hank’s granddaughter), Richard Thompson, Yo La Tengo, Trixie Whitley, Laura Nyro, Nina Simone, Jim James, Mary Gauthier, The Lone Bellow and others.

I’m excited about this one, and I think it will perk you up on this chilly February afternoon.

Today 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
Shenandoah-Tom Waits/Keith Richards
The Highway-Holly Williams
Straight and Narrow-Richard Thompson
Feeling Mortal-Kris Kristofferson
You Never Need Nobody-The Lone Bellow
What Would I Do Without You-Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
Oh, The Joy-Trixie Whitley
You Don’t Love Me When I Cry-Laura Nyro
Love Me or Leave Me-Nina Simone
State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.-Jim James
Wheel Inside The Wheel-Mary Gauthier
Sleepy Sea Of Indigo And Blue-Antje Duvekot
Sweeter Than This-Katie Herzig
Who’s Who-The Weight & Hurry
Blue Ice-Shout Out Louds
Before We Run-Yo La Tengo
Los Angeles-Peter Bradley Adams

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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
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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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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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