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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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March 2 – Movie Music


“I don’t think people are ready for the message I’m delivering.”
– Charlie Sheen

Great River Radio is back on the air after taking a sick day last week. We were all prepared for our fifth annual Movie Music show, but the winter crud caught up with the Great River Radio staff. What did we miss? Well, let’s just say that Oscar boredom (not to be confused with Javier Bardem) robbed us of four hours we’ll never get back. It was, without a doubt, one of the most uneventful evenings in self-congratulatory movie awards history. We were begging for Ricky Gervais to suddenly appear and hijack the show from James Franco. Or at least to let Billy Crystal filibuster the rest of the night after he made his appearance. But alas, we suffered through the evening along with millions of others … waiting … pondering … asking … “I wonder what Charlie Sheen is doing right now?”

We live in crazy times, no? Network news gives a ranting, disheveled Charlie Sheen an hour of primetime to “enlighten” the viewers on epic parties, gnarly-ism, tiger blood, trolls and magic, while Yemen, Libya, Bahrain and other Middle Eastern countries teeter on collapse. But we are hopelessly addicted to the unpredictable. We stare intently as we pass the celebrity car wreck on the side of the road.

Great River Radio is ready to put the Hollywood focus back on what really matters … the music. The one highlight of the Oscars was Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross winning Best Original Score for The Social Network. Reznor’s band, Nine Inch Nails, may not be your cup o’ tea, but his work with collaborator Ross is inspiring. The score if filled with dark, moody atmospheric undercurrents. We will play “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” and you will not be disappointed. We will also highlight a trio of songs from what might be the best Indie soundtrack in a decade: Scott Pilgrim vs The World. We’ll have a full slate of music from 2010, including tracks from The Kids Are Alright (Quadron), 127 Hours (Dido), True Grit (Carter Burwell), Biutiful (Gustavo Santaolalla), Eclipse (Florence & The Machine), TRON (Daft Punk) and Rabbit Hole (Anton Sanko). We’ll also take a long look at two of the most prolific movie music contributors in our time – composer John Williams and this year’s Original Song winner, Randy Newman.

The annual Movie Music show is one of our favorite shows of the year, and judging by the feedback we receive from all of you – it ranks up there on your list as well. So, we hope you can join Great River Radio this afternoon as we try to restore some sanity – no matter how brief – to this crazy, mixed-up world.

Peace.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Time (We Plants  Are Happy Plants Remix) – Hans Zimmer (Inception)
The Wicked Flee – Carter Burwell (True Grit)
Leaning On The Everlasting Arms-Iris Dement (True Grit)
High On A Mountain-Marideth Sisco and Blackberry Winter (Winter’s Bone)
Lait-Gustavo Santaolalla (Biutiful)
Cleaning-Anton Sanko (Rabbit Hole)
Ragtime-Randy Newman (Ragtime)
Teenagers-Hayley Williams (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
Scott Pilgrim-Plumtree (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
Borrowed Time-Neil Young  (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
By Your Side-Beachwood Sparks (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
In The Hall of the Mountain King-Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network)
Derezzed-Daft Punk (TRON)
Red House-Jimi Hendrix (City of Angels)
Slippin’-Quadron (The Kids Are Alright)
Heavy in Your Arms-Florence and the Machine (Twilight: Eclipse)
If I Rise-Dido (127 Hours)
Something-Jim Sturgess (Across The Universe)
You and Me-Penny and the Quarters (Blue Valentine)
Twenty Flight Rock-Eddie Codhran (Nowhere Boy)
In Spite of All the Danger-The Nowhere Boys (Nowhere Boy)
Purple Rain-Prince (Purple Rain)

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