Nov 27 2009


(aired 11/27/09)

gratitudeThanksgiving was yesterday. When I was brainstorming potential themes appropriate for this radio show, I had to cross some off the list because they’d already been covered in past weeks. For example, you might automatically think of the gobbling turkey on this holiday, yet I already covered the topic of birds for my July 10, 2009 show. And when pumpkin pie popped into my mind, I remembered featuring sweet stuff and desserts in my second broadcast, on May 15, 2009. So what theme would be appropriate? While the focus of this holiday certainly seems to be the meal, it dawned on me that it’s also a celebration of gratitude. Aha! Of course — songs with THANKful titles and lyrics.

I’m certainly in gratitude for a lot in my life. This was a chance to think about all those little satisfactions we normally take for granted. For what are you thankful?… Today I especially feel grateful for all the fabulous ideas I got from other people for this show, leading me to find some perfect songs for the theme. Thank you so much!

  1. I Thank You – ZZ Top [suggested by Ray Morley]
  2. Gratitude – Sweet Honey In The Rock
  3. Thank You Everyday – Deee-Lite [suggested by Amy Pete]
  4. I’ve Got Plenty to Be Thankful For – Bing Crosby
  5. Thank You (acapella) – Dido [suggested by Emily Westerman]
  6. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel – Talking Heads [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  7. So Long & Thanks For All The Fish – Hilary Summers, Kemi Ominiyi & The R’SVP Voices (The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy soundtrack) [suggested by Erin Gilpin]
  8. Thank You For Being A Friend – Cynthia Fee (Golden Girls recording) [suggested by Clay Bustin]
  9. Thank You For Being A Friend – Andrew Gold [suggested by Dee Yoh]
  10. Grateful – Au Revoir Simone
  11. Thanksgiving Song – Adam Sandler
  12. Thank You, Lord, For Sending Me The F Train – Mike Doughty [suggested by Travis Ogden]
  13. A Deus Eu Agradeco (To God I Give Thanks) – Padrinho Alfredo
  14. Thanksgiving Day – Ray Davies
  15. The Thanks I Get – Wilco
  16. Appreciate Me – Devon
  17. Thank You Lord – Rev. Clay Evans & The AARC Mass Choir (African-American Religious Choir

Originally aired on KSKQ on November 27, 2009. Select the triangle play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

Nov 20 2009

Pairs: ___ and ___

(aired 11/20/09)

andAll the songs played on today’s show have titles with two concepts separated by the word “and.” This and that. They’re all duos, pairing interesting combos of words.

Thanks to everyone for the song suggestions. I didn’t have time to play them ALL, but I still appreciated the brainstorm, since it really helped me discover some new artists and songs.

Happy birthday to my biggest fan: Lynn Gates! I created the last medley for her using GarageBand; she’d suggested the song, “Night and Day,” yet I had too many good versions from which to choose. So I added 5 versions together into a combined flow. (And you can definitely disregard the meaning of the song’s lyrics in the context of this dedication, since it’s not quite relevant for a mother/daughter relationship.) It’s fun to compile and edit music.

I’m asking for feedback about my show. Don’t worry about hurting my ego — I wanna know the truth! Email me at Or if you’re my facebook friend, you can submit your feedback anonymously in the “Honesty Box” in the left column of my profile page. Please let me know if you hear things that need improvement or have ideas about details that could change. Or even if you want to point out what you like about Maya’s Mix.

Here’s the list of songs that you AND I might like:

  1. Crosseyed and Painless – Talking Heads [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  2. Fiddle and the Drum – A Perfect Circle
  3. Sticks and Stones – Ray Charles [suggested by Lynn Gates]
  4. Pure and Easy – The Dining Rooms
  5. Hannah & Gabi – The Lemonheads
  6. Sprout and the Bean – Joanna Newsom
  7. Yes and No – Venus Hum
  8. Concrete and Clay – Unit 4+2 [suggested by Carrie Bader]
  9. Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap [suggested by Dana Lemelin & Hollis]
  10. Food & Creative Love – Rusted Root
  11. Caviar and Chitlins – The Atomic Fireballs [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  12. Swords and Falconry – Aden [suggested by Sarah Kowalski]
  13. Kind and Generous – Natalie Merchant
  14. Night and Day medley – Various Artists: Eartha Kitt, Ringo Starr, Lisa Ekdahl & Peter Nordahl, Anita O’Day, Frank Sinatra [general song suggested by Lynn Gates, David Rood]

Originally aired on KSKQ on November 20, 2009. Select the triangle play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)

Nov 13 2009


(aired 11/13/09)

unclassifiableI’ve now had the pleasure of hosting 25 official broadcasts of Maya’s Mix. The categories have been: mothers, sweet songs, the sun, lower body, upper body, foreign languages, fathers, cats & dogs, Michael Jackson songs, birds, trains, numbers, female names, misters, the moon, states, gold & silver, cities, jobs, questions, fire, drinks, flying, Las Vegas and Halloween. What a spectrum! (Note that last week wasn’t a real Maya’s Mix show, since I accommodated to some technical difficulties by playing some songs spontaneously for 45 minutes.)

I recently realized that there are some songs I love and want to play that don’t necessarily have a classifiable topic by their titles or lyrics. So I decided that my theme this week is: no theme. It’s a mix of great music that flows well together by sound, despite having no unifying subject matter. An extra perk is that almost none of the artists have ever been played on this show yet, so we get to hear some new voices and styles. Perhaps you’ll think of your own creative interpretation of a theme to this week’s songlist:

  1. Born That Way – Anja Garbarek
  2. Gnossienne No.1 – Erik Satie
  3. More Than Words – Extreme
  4. Say Hey (I Love You) – Michael Franti & Spearhead, featuring Cherine Anderson [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  5. Nobody’s Fault But Mine – The Blind Boys Of Alabama [album suggested by Fred Perloff]
  6. Come On Petunia – The Blow
  7. In Step – Girl Talk
  8. One Of These Things First – Nick Drake [suggested by Claire Robbins]
  9. Track 04 – Marimba Mike
  10. Rock Me Now – Metric
  11. Sesame Street – Nancie de Ross
  12. Sesame Street – Rugburns
  13. The People In Your Neighborhood – Sesame Street [originally suggested by Derek Keevil for my 9/11/09 “Jobs” show.]
  14. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing – John Legend
  15. Right Now – Mocean Worker
  16. Because – Across the Universe soundtrack (Dana Fuchs, Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Martin Luther Mccoy and T.V. Carpio)
  17. Keeping Up – Arthur Russell
  18. They – Jem
  19. In The Waiting Line – Zero 7
  20. Surround Me – Ben Taylor
  21. Life Within A Life – Jesca Hoop

Originally aired on KSKQ on November 13, 2009. Select the triangle play button below to listen to the recorded show. (If the link isn’t visible, click on the show title at the top to refresh the page.)