Thursday, April 23, 2015

Roots Radio 3 - Echoes of April

The podcast for my KPFK-FM show "Echoes of April" is up and running and embedded here for the convenience of those inclined to listen in.The farther I go with this show - and it's been over four years now - the more I find myself inclined to spread out the music selections to include as many aspects as possible of my musical interests, well beyond the pop-folk material that characterized the earliest broadcasts. My abiding love for early British ballads is reflected in three selections early in the show (including the opening tune); for blues-inflected pop with Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday numbers; for authentic blues and gospel with the Titanic songs in the second half; for well-written singer-songwriter tunes in selections throughout; and for Irish music with Liam Clancy closing the program. The KT figures in as always, and John Stewart is represented in two songs as well.
In later podcasts I may well be able to divide the program into song-by-song chapters. For now, some creative work with the cursor and the playlist below can enable skipping around from selection to selection.

I'm proud of the show, but of more import is the fact that I loved putting it together and enjoy listening to it. Can't say how widely that sentiment will be shared, but it's the best lamp I have to guide my feet.

Give it a click if you are so inclined.

Echoes of April

KPFK Roots Music and Beyond April 18, 2015


Opening: On One April Morning - Jon Boden

Love And Roses

April, Come She Will - Simon and Garfunkel
A Rose In April - Kate Rusby
April Is The Cruelest Month - Airborne Toxic Event
In April - Johnny Flynn
Pieces of April - Three Dog Night
A Week Before Easter - Moira Cameron

April in Paris - Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong
 I'll Remember April - Boz Scaggs
April In My Heart - Billie Holiday
Sometimes It Snows In April - Rebecca Cavanaugh

April Showers - Sugarland
Hearts of the Highlands - Jeff McDonald/Autumn Reynolds
6'2 - Marie Miller
April After All - Ron Sexsmith
Green Grasses - The Kingston Trio

April Is The Cruelest Month

God Moves On The Water - Blind Willie Johnson
The Titanic - Leadbelly
When That Great Ship Went Down - The Dixiaries

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere - Razzle Bam Boom (Mark Beckwith / Obediah Thomas)
The Battle of Shiloh's Hill - Magpie
When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloom'd - John Slade
The Foggy Dew - The Wolfe Tones
And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - Liam Clancy


mark said...

Jim: :)

WHAN that Aprille with his shoures soote
The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfe cours y-ronne,
And smale fowles maken melodye,
That slepen al the night with open ye,
(So priketh hem nature in hir corages:
Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,
And palmers for to seken straunge strondes,
To ferne halwes, couthe in sondry londes;
And specially, from every shires ende
Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende,
The holy blisful martir for to seke,
That hem hath holpen, whan that they were seke.

Jim Moran said...

Mark, you cannot believe how close I came to reciting the selfsame passage on the air - had to memorize it with correct pronunciation in grad school. Didn't want to seem to be showing off, so I just used the two lines from Eliot instead.


mark said...

:)) Me too. My favorite line to recite: ". . . and palmers for to seken strange strands . . ."
I did note the Eliot.
Y'know, someday we have to get together for a jam session!