Songs about fools, jokes and laughter--from 1923's "Okeh Laughing Record" through Frank Zappa's "Dancin' Fool" and beyond--
The Intercranial Whizbang Hour.
10PM-Midnight Monday March 30
[Rebroadcast 12am Saturdays]
You were the last in my twenty-fourth year
To make a demand of my voice
I tickled your ear and I laughed in your face
I gave you my choice
We were born to hum
We were born to hum
Voices On The Verge was the name of a tour with Rose Polenzani, Erin McKeown, Jess Klein, and Beth Amsel back in 2002. I was living in Boulder at the time and my roommate brought back a CD from their concert which was put into heavy rotation for the rest of my time there. Years later I was happy to re-discover this album, that I still loved the songs on it, and that all four ladies have gone on to release their own solo albums in the years since the tour. Tune in Tuesday at 9am to hear the full concert, plus a few of their newer songs!
Iowa City Mission Freak Festival!
James speaks with festival co-founder Andre Perry, who is finishing up his MFA in non-fiction writing at the U of I. The Mission Creek Festival returns to Iowa City for its third year. The dates are: April 2nd-5th. This four-day annual celebration takes over the venues and art spaces in downtown Iowa City, providing an easy-to-navigate nexus of music, literature, and visual art. The best part is: you can’t see bands like these in more intimate, down-home venues anywhere else around! Iowa City, the “writers’ town”, is just about as cozy as it gets. This year’s highlights include CURSIVE, BON IVER, DAN DEACON, THE HOOD INTERNET, NEVA DINOVA, BEN MARCUS, IOWA CITY DOC. FILM FEST, and more! This year we are also working with Daytrotter to expand the parameters of the festival. A series of Mission Creek Satellite Shows will be held in various parts of the nearby Quad Cities in conjunction with the Iowa City festival.
This Monday, Just Plain Jazz tackles the serious subject of Humor in jazz. I'll be wearing my jester's cap -a modified fez- for two straight (?) hours as we investigate the lighter side. Funny sounds, amusing lyrics, wry juxtapositions - if not laugh-out-loud, it'll at least coax a smile or two out of you. Good humor can be contagious and yet it's also claimed that it makes you healthier! Go figure...
Q: Why is jazz like comic books?
A: Well, they're both totally American art forms (with roots and antecedents in other cultures, of course) that have been embraced/expanded/modified globally, but I was thinking along different lines. I think it was Harvey Pekar who pointed out that comic books are words and pictures; you can tell any story with words and pictures! Jazz, at root, is about improvisation; you can express any human feeling through improvisation!
Q: I don't like comic books and I don't like jazz.
The psychic Edgar Cayce predicted that the future medicine would be sound. I have been studying the science of sound through listening and learning from others in the musiomedical field such as Stephen Halpern and Don Campbell and I have also been working with my own sonic creations for about 14 years now. Learning and practicing the craft of creating music as medicine has taken on many forms and expressions and has been the best medicine for me. Creating a "sonic sculpture" is another way of saying that a musical composition takes on a semi-physical space which is enhanced by listening and allowing consciousness to move in new directions to create fresh options for the body-mind reality.
Sent to me by my friend Ankah:
Dear Friends~ this is a letter written by a Swiss born Nun Ani Rita who sent this to Israeli Dharma friends. Please read it and send it to whomever you think might be touched in the hearts and minds, thank you G*....
This Sunday the bulk of the show will feature music from Istvan Pal (Szalonna - means Bacon) and his band bringing you some of the most beautiful folk melodies of the Carpathian Basin.
The members of the band are currently musicians for the dancers of Hungarian State Folk Ensemble - the very same group that visited Iowa just a short year ago ..
We hope you will like them ...and don't forget to tune in on Sunday at 1 pm CST [Rebroadcast Sundays at 3am]
To pre-listen to some of the songs we are going to play, their website is:
We live in the new world, here in America, it is not the old world of european history. This is the place where the enslaved Hebrew and Gentile black people from Africa where brought and sold to supply the kings and queens of the world with massive profits. Where do you think then that the prophets should rise up? Back in the old world or here in the new?
Listen to Gasaro TIme
from 6pm-7pm CST
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Tune in Saturday evening for an in-Studio performance and interview with singer-songwriter Dennis Driscoll, K Records alumni and founder of Egg Recordings. Dennis is a quirky and lovable storyteller and artist and will share some poems and a few spanking new songs.