ray charles

  • Thu
    Dec 19
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 22
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

have yourself a satisfying secular season

i love the season. and i can't help but love the music of the season.

sara bareillesa lot of great composers have written great songs about this time of the year. songs that have nothing to do with the religious underpinnings of the season. songs like, "winter wonderland," "let it snow," and sara bareilles [left] sparklingly lonely love song "winter song."

then there were the brilliant songs that already existed in the musical world, which were appropriated for the season, like "carol of the bells," "greensleves," and "the holly and the ivy."

for fun i'll play the cocteau twins' "frosty the snoman," the used's "alone this holiday," and "baby it's cold outside" by ray charles and ella fitzgerald, and lady antebellum.

the songs...

  • Thu
    Jul 19
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jul 22
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

1962 songs that don't suck

yes, there was some good music in 1962, even though that was a year in the musical dead zone: after the rock and roll/r & b explosion of the 50s but before the beatles/rock revolution of the 60s.

los indios tabajarasthis week i'll play ray charles' "one mint julep" and his unfortunately schmaltzy arrangement of "i can't stop loving you," a fascinating mexican melody by brazilian classically trained guitarists los indios tabajaras (pictured, who were encouraged to dress up in native amazonian costumes), a slow blues by howlin' wolf, and songs from the debut albums of bob dylan and the beach boys. and some goofy songs as well.

in retrospect, i'd say that 1962's dearth of lasting music was compensated for by its uneven variety.

check out all the tunes here.