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February 1, 2005

It's a bunch of new releases and an interview with some local actors, along with a minimalist celebration of Philip Glass' birthday (January 31, 1937).

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Honey, I Slept with the Kids It Must Have Been Something I Said Harry Shearer Is NPR this banal? Is Disney this crass? Need you ask?
Lightning Songs from Liquid Days Janice Pendarvis (vocals), Jack Kripl (flute), Jon Gibson (soprano saxophone), Richard Peck (alto saxophone), Philip Glass Ensemble The lyrics are by Suzanne Vega and the music by Philip Glass, who was born on January 31st 1937.
Pruit (sic) Igoe Koyaanisqatsi (OS 1983) Orchestra and The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble conducted by Michael Riesman This ground breaking film combines images of the contemporary world with music by Philip Glass. The title, from the Hopi language, translates as "crazy life" or "life out of balance". Designed in 1951, completed in 1956 and demolished - after years of crime and vandalism - in 1972, the Pruitt Igoe housing project was probably the classic example of life out of balance.
Roman Studies 25 Ten Minute University John Moschitta Now you, too, can lean to party in a dead language. To-GA!
Les Choristes (The Chorus) Les Choristes (The Chorus) (OS 2005) Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc Choir, Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Deyan Pavlov Here's the official description of the movie, currently at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema: 1949, post-War France - In a dark, doom-filled school for troubled boys where hope itself is in short supply, a mild-mannered new teacher has just arrived, only to find himself surrounded by prepubescent thieves, inveterate liars, unapologetic rebels and lost souls beyond reach. Or are they? When Clement Mathieu (Gerard Jugnot) introduces these supposedly hard-core delinquents to something they've never experienced before - the freedom and joy of music - he discovers there is far more to these children than anyone dared to believe.
In Memoriam Les Choristes (The Chorus) (OS 2005) Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc Choir, Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Deyan Pavlov Most of the score is by Bruno Coulais
Lueur D'été (Glimmer of Summer) Les Choristes (The Chorus) (OS 2005) Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc Choir, Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Deyan Pavlov
Cerf-Volant (The Kite) Les Choristes (The Chorus) (OS 2005) Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc Choir, Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Deyan Pavlov Except for this one, which is by Christophe Barratier.
The U.N. in Session Give Us a Break Proctor and Bergman The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. as stand-up comic; once again comedy finds it hard to keep up with reality.
Main Title - The Lion in Winter The Lion in Winter (OS 1968) Voices of the Accademia Monteverdiana, studio orchestra conducted by John Barry James Goldman did the adaptation of his own play for this first (and best) film version. The score is by British composer John Barry, whose numerous credits include most of the James Bond films.
Interview NA Donna Weinsting, Bill Stine, Chuck Lavazzi Donna and Bill are appearing as Eleanor and Henry in the Off Center Theatre Company production of The Lion in Winter through February 6th. They stopped by to chat about the show and their roles.
Lion in Winter Trafalgar The Bee Gees This appears to have nothing to do with the play, but as a segue it was irresistible. The voices of the Gibb brothers are noticeably more ragged in this 1997 recording than they were back in the Days of Disco.
Freezing Songs from Liquid Days Linda Ronstadt (vocals), The Kronos String Quartet and Philip Glass Ensemble This is another Suzanne Vega lyric.
Onion Radio News 13 The Onion's Finest News Reporting Doyle Redland Whale Market Targeted with New Plankton-Flavored Peanut Butter
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Chapter 8 ("The Queen's Croquet") Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Cyril Ritchard, New York Woodwind Quintet The Queen of Hearts goes postal and Alice tries to play croquet with flamingos and hedgehogs. This 1957 recording features one of the great British actors of the previous century. Although best known in the USA for his role as Captain Hook in the musical version of Peter Pan (1954), Ritchard had a long and distinguished stage and screen career.
Mr. Whipple Commercial Goes Wrong The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour Michael O'Donoghue and Gary Goodrow Whipple bugs the wrong guy about squeezing the Charmin
Vulcanized Sneakers Commercial Intro The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour Bob Perry Will Jesus be able to feed all those people with the loaf of Wonder Bread and can of tuna fish? Stay tuned...
Boom Dot Bust Boom Dot Bust The Firesign Theatre Sure, they SOUND convincing. But would you buy a used PHP-based CRM B2B POS system from these guys?
Million Voices Hotel Rwanda (OS 2005) Wyclef Jean Hotel Rwanda is based on true story of Paul Rusesabagina, the manager of a four-star Belgian-owned hotel in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. An ethnic Hutu, he saved over 1200 Tutsis (including many children) from extermination during the infamous 1994 genocide, by a combination of bribery, deception and raw courage.
Umqombothi (African Beer) Hotel Rwanda (OS 2005) Yvonne Chaka Chaka The score is a mix of original music by Rupert Gregson-Williams and songs by African singer/songwriters.
Getting to the Fair Johnny Carson's Introduction to New York and the World's Fair Johnny Carson, Rosemary Rice, JoAnn Pflug, Bob Dryden, Bob McFadden Former Tonight Show host and comic Johnny Carson died this past week at the age of 75. By time he took over The Tonight Show in 1962 Carson already had two network shows to his credit (the comedy quiz shows Earn Your Vacation and Who Do You Trust?). Over the next three decades he became virtually identified with the show. This track is from a long out of print promotional LP he did for the 1964 World's Fair in New York.
Here's Johnny Polka Party "Weird Al" Yankovic From 1986, here's Weird Al's tribute to Carson's long time second banana, Ed McMahon
Corcovado (Quiet Nights) Taste Karen Lane UK cabaret/jazz singer Lane funded, arranged and produced this disc herself, although Japan-based label 33 is distributing it. There's a certain sameness to the material on it, probably due to the fact that Lane appears to be an SRO (studio recording only) singer with a breathy delivery that relies heavily on the presence of a microphone. Still, it works fairly well for this 1960 Antonio Carlos Jobim number, which started out life as a solo guitar piece; the English lyrics were added later to turn "Corcovado" into "Quiet Nights".
Come Rain Or Come Shine Arlen Plays Arlen Sam Arlen (tenor sax), combo conducted by Richie Iacona Sam is the son of songwriter Harold Arlen, who was born February 15th, 1905. This song is from the 1946 musical St. Louis Woman, which starred Pearl Bailey and ran for 113 performances on Broadway.
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead! / If I Only Had A Brain Arlen Plays Arlen Sam Arlen (tenor sax), combo conducted by Richie Iacona This pair of tunes, of course, is from Arlen's best-known work: the score for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.
Confidence in the System Dear Friends: a Firesign Chat Dave Ossman We pause for an ad from the makers of fine Mind Control for over 200 years.
Let's Fall in Love Arlen Plays Arlen Sam Arlen (tenor sax), combo conducted by Richie Iacona This is from the 1934 film of the same name and was the first song Arlen wrote for movies.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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