Some guys they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up
And go racin’ in the street
Yesterday there were two news items from twentieth century musical giants. In something that was more of a business development than artistic, perhaps, The Beatles allowed their entire catalog to be sold on iTunes, the biggest of the iTunes holdouts. Steve Jobs has been waiting for this day for many years and in a burst of a fan’s hyperbole, told the press that this would be “a day you’ll never forget.” While many of us already had our Beatles cd’s loaded into iTunes libraries, there is a whole generation which never bought music on cd which now has access to those treasured songs.
And in another development, Bruce Springsteen released “The Promise,” a CD package containing 21 songs written between “Born to Run” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town” – two classic albums that charted Springsteen’s maturing from rebellious kid to a young adult struggling with the concerns of adulthood. For Springsteen fans, hearing these songs, both the ones which made it on the final album and those that didn’t, can be a revelation. I spent a fair amount of time last night listening to various versions of one of my favorite of Springsteen’s songs “Racing in the Street” – something that some might consider a little geeky. (“Hey, he changed the car from a ’32 Ford to a ’69 Chevy!”) But for a fan, it was a wonderful experience.
We’ll be hearing one song that was purchased from the Beatles catalog yesterday, something from Springsteen and a whole lot more this afternoon. No real theme today, just a pile of great music, new and old. You’ll hear from Scandinavian favorites Lykke Li, jj, and great new music from The Tallest Man on Earth. We have something from Pittsburgh’s Girl Talk, Matt and Kim, blueswoman Susan Tedeschi, and the Ting Tings. Steve Earle and Alison Moorer do a song from the new Loretta Lynn tribute and we’ll have an early song from Over the Rhine’s next record, due to drop in January.
Join us this afternoon for some great music and friendly conversation.
Peace, Dan & Brian
Back To The River-Susan Tedeschi
Have Mercy-Loretta Lynn
After The Fire Is Gone-Steve Earle
Get Some-Lykke Li
Triple Double-Girl Talk
Jimmie Standing In The Rain-Elvis Costello
And Your Bird Can Sing-The Beatles
Like The Wheel-The Tallest Man On Earth
The Only Sound That Matters-Band of Joy
Speed of The Sound of Loneliness-John Prine
Take Me Somewhere-Tennis
Hands-The Ting Tings
Silver Tiles-Matt and Kim
Infamous Love Song-Over The Rhine
City of Night-Bruce Springsteen