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Blues For Modern Times (formerly Blues For Modern Man) (Series)

Produced by Jerry L. Davis

Most recent piece in this series:

Blues For Modern Times #176

From Jerry L. Davis | Part of the Blues For Modern Times (formerly Blues For Modern Man) series | 59:00


This is show #176 of the Series "Blues For Modern Times", (formerly called Blues For Modern Man). This show is produced to be broadcast as either a weekly Series, or it can be easily be used as a stand-alone episode. The focus of this Series is to support today's Modern Blues music and working Blues Artists, and it highlights the great variety of music that they record. My shows use mainly just received new, and artists latest Blues releases in each show, though I occasionally blend in other modern Blues music. Today’s Blues are a diverse and exciting genre, as todays Blues Artists play in various styles of Blues. This allows me to create a true Blues variety show that should appeal to most any curious music lover. These programs DO NOT have to be ran in order-however-the higher the show number, the newer the music in the program. These shows ARE NOT dated at all, so that this Series can begin to be run at any point or show number, at your Stations discretion.
  This show is designed for the music lover, with a great variety of music. It's also for the Blues lover, to check out the latest from some of their favorite artists, and to discover new Blues artists and their recordings. And this show is a good intro to the Blues for new Blues listeners, to help them discover the diversity in today’s modern Blues music. I produce this show solely to be a part of a NPR/Community Station's regular weekly 1 hour show lineup. This show focus is on the music, and I inform listeners of the songs I've played, what album it's from, and an occasional tidbit or two on the Artist or the tune.  I post my playlists and more on my Facebook Page for the Show, Blues For Modern Times.
Since the show is aired regularly on several stations, I produce and upload NEW SHOWS EVERY WEEK. My hope is to grow both the number of stations and listeners of this program, thereby fulfilling my mission to support working Artists, and share today’s Blues music with as many listeners as possible...Upon request, I also can produce 25 second spots for each show if desired by your station, leaving :05 to announce show day and time.

Reveal Weekly (Series)

Produced by Reveal

Most recent piece in this series:

640: Whose Vote Will Count?, 10/3/2020

From Reveal | Part of the Reveal Weekly series | :00

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Classical Guitar Alive! (Series)

Produced by Tony Morris

Most recent piece in this series:

20-43 Music for Halloween: Bach, Falla, Koshkin, and more

From Tony Morris | Part of the Classical Guitar Alive! series | 58:57


TO: All Stations

FR: Tony Morris

DT: October 20, 2020

RE: ***** CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE!  20-43 Music for Halloween


 In Cue: MUSIC IN "Hello and welcome to…"

Out Cue: "…another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!"

Program Length:58:57



 Bizet: Carmen Suite: Prelude          Los Romeros, guitar quartet

                                             (Philips 412-609)


     Bach:   Toccata & Fugue in d                  Philip Hii, guitar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                 “Bach Transcriptions”                (GSP 2000) (7:41)


     Schafer:  The Cry of Merlin                    Norbert Kraft, guitar

               “Michael Tippett: The Blue Guitar” (Chandos 8784)  (12:55)                                      


     Searle: 2 Practical Cats                         Patrick Mason, narrator

                                                                    David Starobin, guitar

                                                                    Susan Palma, flute/picc

                                                                    Timothy Eddy, cello

                  “New Music with Guitar, vol 4”  (Bridge 2011)  (10:23)


     Koshkin: Usher Waltz                            Ricardo Cobo, guitar

                     “Tales for Guitar”                   (Essay 1993)  (6:19)


     Kleynjans: At Dawn of the Last Day       Roberto Aussel, guitar

           “Roberto Aussel Plays 20th Century Music   (GHA 2006) (9:`2)


     Falla: El Amor Brujo: Ritual Fire Dance    LA Guitar Quartet

                     “Evening in Granada”            (Delos 1994)   (3:36)






This week’s edition of CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! features a wide variety of music for Halloween, ranging from the comically spooky to the disturbingly eerie, with music by Bach, Falla, Nikita Koshkin, R Murray Schafer, Humphrey Searle, and Francis Kleynjans.


The program begins with music often identified with gothic horror films, most notably The Phantom of the Opera: Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in d minor, BWV 565. Philip Hii performs his solo guitar transcription.


One of most chilling works of the guitar repertory is Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer’s The Cry of Merlin. This programmatic work tells of the Wizard Merlin of Arthurian legend who feels his magical powers waning as civilization advances. He retreats deeper into the forest in a futile attempt to regain them, where his cries are heard. This piece contains a surprise toward the ending: taped animal sounds which, combined with the music, is profoundly eerie. Also, be warned that if you have any house pets within earshot of these animal sounds- they may behave strangely!  I personally witnessed a tame lap dog turn vicious and threatening while this piece played!


Humphrey Searle used 2 poems of T.S. Eliot as the text for his darkly humorous Two Practical Cats. The first is Macavity the Mystery Cat, followed by Growltiger’s Last Stand. The piece is scored for narrator and chamber ensemble with guitar.


Russian composer Nikita Koshkin was also inspired by classic literature. His Usher Waltz is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s story, The Fall of the House of Usher. The piece reflects the story, which tells of a guitarist who is gradually driven insane as his house crumbles around him.


French composer Francis Kleynjans piece titled At Dawn of the Last Day is another programmatic work  which depicts the final moments of a condemned prisoner. The first movement, Waiting, describes the tense agony of the prisoner waiting in his cell as the clock ticks away his final hours. The second movement, Dawn, uses a 4-note repeated pattern to describe the man pacing in his cell and finally marching to his fate. The piece uses many unusual playing techniques for dramatic effect to simulate bells tolling the hours, footsteps, and creaking doors, and, finally, a falling guillotine blade!


The ballet El Amor Brujo, by Manuel De Falla, is a gypsy ghost story of a young woman under the spell of the ghost of her former lover. The program ends with the Hill-Wiltchinsky Duo from England performing Ritual Fire Dance.


Classical Guitar Alive! celebrates 22 years of national distribution, airing each week on over 200 stations. FUNDRAISER EDITION of Classical Guitar Alive! is available here to all stations: http://www.prx.org/pieces/187790-fundraiser-editio


CGA! is a winner at PRX's 13th Annual Zeitfunk Awards: #1 Most Licensed Producer, and #2 Most Licensed Series.

Blue Dimensions (Series)

Produced by Bluesnet Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Blue Dimensions I40: Artemis, Six Jazz Goddesses With A Seventh As a Guest

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Artemis_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, named after the goddess Artemis, a super six-woman band offers a strong self-titled album. Artemis consists of Reenee Rosnes on piano, Anat Cohen on clarinet and bass clarinet, Melissa Aldana on tenor saxophone, Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Noriko Ueda on bass, and Allison Miler on drums, We'll hear several pieces from it, including a song with guest vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. We'll also play a couple of tunes from the album "Emergency Exit" from Throttle Elevator Music, the band from which saxophonist Kamasi Washington became well-known, with Erik Jekabson on trumpet as well. Cindy Blackman Santana's new release is called "Give The Drummer Some," and we'll do just that. Plus: music from trombonist Conrad Herwig's album "The Latin Side Of Horace Silver," and the album "Palo Alto," a previously unreleased concert recording of Thelonious Monk and band from a show at a high school in 1968.

promo included: promo-I40

You Bet Your Garden (Series)

Produced by You Bet Your Garden

Most recent piece in this series:

YBYG1105: You Bet Your Garden # 105 How to Perennialize your Peppers, 9/30/2020

From You Bet Your Garden | Part of the You Bet Your Garden series | 54:58

Ybyg-sp-p_small On this episode of YBYG Mike McGrath teaches you how to keep your Pepper plants inside for the winter! Plus your fabulous phone calls!!

A Way with Words (Series)

Produced by A Way with Words

Most recent piece in this series:

Dirty Laundry (#1520)

From A Way with Words | Part of the A Way with Words series | 54:00

Laudromat_small In response to our earlier conversation about the phrase to lick the cat over, meaning to repeat a laborious process, many listeners say they use the phrase lick the calf over to mean the same thing. Among the writers who have used it this way: Zora Neale Hurston.

Melanie in San Antonio, Texas, wonders about the use of the word pallet to mean improvised bedding on the floor. It goes back to a French term for it, paillet, which comes from a word meaning straw. The word also appears in some translations of the Biblical book of John, in which a newly healed man is told to pick up his pallet and walk.

Kevin in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, disagrees with his wife over the question: At what point do dirty clothes become laundry?

Quiz Guy John Chaneski is puzzling over words containing hidden proper names. For example, John just ordered a piece of jewelry for his wife to wear around her neck. What three-letter dude is hiding inside that word?

Someone who's towheaded has very light blond hair. Tow is an old word for flax, and flaxen-haired is a synonym for towheaded. Towheaded can also describe someone with tousled hair.

Jejune, meaning insipid or superficial, comes from Latin jejunus, meaning empty. The same root gives us jejunum, the part of the small intestine that is usually empty when autopsied. The same idea of emptiness is reflected in the related French and Spanish words for the first meal of the day, dejeuner and desayuno -- in other words, breakfast, or that which breaks the fast and ends the emptiness.

Dave in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has fond memories of Hough Bakeries in Cleveland, Ohio, which made a treat called lady locks. Sometimes called cream horns, foam rollers, and clothespin cookies, they featured puff pastry rolled around a small cylinder, much like women used to roll their hair on hot curlers, then baked and filled with a tasty cream. In Austria, a similar version goes by the name Schaumrollen, which translates as foam rolls, and Schillerlocken, a reference to the impressive locks of the German poet Friedrich Schiller.

If you're in a peek and plum town, it's a small one. You'll have time for just a peek at it before you've already passed it by.

Andrea in San Diego, California, noticed a new restaurant with a name spelled in a curious way. Is there a term for this kind of intentional misspelling used in advertising? Onomastics is the study of naming, and a good source for information about the product-naming business is Nancy Friedman's blog Fritinancy.

Our conversation about losing a day to the International Date Line prompted Jaquelyn from Ishpeming, Michigan, to share that she and her friends refer to a seemingly interminable stretch of days as a Beatles week, as in the Fab Four's song Eight Days a Week.

The tiny guppy, also called the millionfish or the rainbow fish, is named for amateur naturalist and Trinidad school superintendent Robert John Letchmere Guppy.

Pat in Aubrey, Texas, wonders why adults discussing a certain topic may warn each other that children are within earshot with the expression Little pitchers have big ears.

In parts of the United States, the verb to build is used to mean prepare a food or beverage, so you might build a coffee or build a lemon pie. This use of to build appears in a lot of literature of the Old West.

John in Seguin, Texas, says his mother used to use a phrase that sounded like colder than a well-digger's clavicle. Why would she use that term, if that's what it was? Clavicle comes from a Latin word that means little key.

The Spanish word for straw is paja. In Italian, it's paglia, which also gives us the name of the opera Il Pagliacci, the Italian word for clowns. In the past, clown costumes were made of the same fabric used to cover straw mattresses.

Claire from Wilmington, North Carolina, wants to know the origin of the phrase Sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite? She's unsure about a story she heard about the saying having to tightening ropes that support mattresses, and her skepticism is well placed. Sometimes this phrase involves insects other than bedbugs, such as mosquitos or fleas It's a sweet bedtime saying that's especially appealing because of its rhyme. A longer version that dates back at least to the late 1800s goes: Good night, sleep tight, wake up in the morning bright, do what's right with all your might, and don't let the bedbugs bite.

A listener leaves us a voicemail about a sign his high school science teacher posted in the classroom to encourage students to keep the noise down. It read Laboratory -- more of the first 5, less of the last 7. As in more of the first five letters in the word, labor, and less of the last seven letters, oratory.

This episode is hosted by Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette.


Produced by Catalina Maria Johnson

Most recent piece in this series:

BEAT LATINO: Nuevecito Brand New for October 2020!

From Catalina Maria Johnson | Part of the BEAT LATINO series | 58:00

Beatlatino-new-october-20-maria-y-jose_small Wow, what a selection of new music! Every month I'm awed by the richness of nuestro heritage that combines traditional roots with electronica, a musical legacy that spans borders and centuries and genres! We have Cuban jazz piano (Harold Lopez-Nussa), French-Colombian R&B experimental neo-soul (Gabriel Garzón-Montano), dreamy tropical pop ballads from Panama (Cienfué) experimental electronica from Tijuana and Mexico City (María y José) - need we say more?! Enjoy the fruits of nuestra creatividad musical. It is a never-ending source of inspiration!

Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat (Series)

Produced by Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri

Most recent piece in this series:

Episode #543 - Early Etta James

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:00


Etta JamesEarly Etta James

Producer Jerry Wexler called Etta James, "The greatest of all modern blues singers."  That's great praise coming from a guy who worked with the greatest of the greats for 50 years.  Etta had an amazing talent for mixing a bit of tenderness and heartbreak into her gritty, tough and soulful voice.  She had a style all her own and she played by her own rules.  Her success on record was equally matched by her personal failures off-mic, dealing with drug addiction, bad relationships and financial problems.  On this week's "Juke In The Back," Matt The Cat looks at how this incredible legend got started, focusing on Etta's first recordings from 1954 to her great rise in 1960.  Through these records, you'll hear that even in her early days, Etta's music had great depth and variety.  We honor the late, great Etta James, this week on the "Juke In The Back."

Sound Ideas (Jazz & Blues) (Series)

Produced by Clay Ryder

Most recent piece in this series:

Sound Ideas #255 - Triumphant Trio

From Clay Ryder | Part of the Sound Ideas (Jazz & Blues) series | 57:51

Sound_ideas_small This is the two hundred and fifty-fifth episode in a thematic series focused on jazz, blues, and spoken word.

The trio is a common, if not economical jazz grouping that delivers the creative interaction and excitement evidenced when improvisation is at play. While the piano-led trio is perhaps most well known, there are other combinations of three that can yield a noteworthy musical experience. In this hour, we will dig the sounds of three creative souls plying their trade for our edification and enjoyment.

The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree (Series)

Produced by Candice Agree

Most recent piece in this series:

The Spanish Hour 2040: The "Spanish" Julian Bream

From Candice Agree | Part of the The Spanish Hour with Candice Agree series | 58:30

Julian_bream_1964_public-domain-web_small English guitarist and lutenist Julian Bream devoted much of his creative energy to the Spanish repertory. This week, we'll hear works by Albéniz, Turina, Granados, Rodrigo, and more.