Apr 30 2010


(aired 4/30/10)

After last week’s unplanned “pregnancy,” I finally had the chance to give birth to my intended baby playlist today. The songs show that “baby” isn’t just another word for infant but also a key term of endearment in our culture. The theme was inspired by the many new babies in my life, since there is suddenly an unusually high surge of pregnancies and births.

This show is especially dedicated to Kavi Jacob Dewan, who was born two days ago to Laurie and Anil. Congratulations! I also want to offer blessings to the following new parents: Barb & Miles, Nicole & Joseph, Leah & Drew, Chelsea, Crystal & Chris, Elisa & Matt, Debra & Rob, Noli & Issac, and Whitney. Blessings to all your new and expected babies.

Now let’s listen to these lullabies…

  1. Baby, Let’s Play House – Elvis Presley [suggested by Mark Mezadourian] (played in background)
  2. Baby Got Going – Liz Phair [suggested by Joshua Geesaman]
  3. Baby Baby – Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers [suggested by Ray Morley]
  4. The Baby Tree – Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship [suggested by Gary Bearman]
  5. Stick With Me Baby – Robert Plant/Alison Krauss
  6. Baby in the Pie Crust — Michael Leyden (clip)
  7. Steppin’ Out With My Baby – Fred Astaire [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  8. Baby (Baby, Baby, Baby) – Buddy Guy (clip)
  9. Ice Ice Baby – Richard Cheese [suggested by Crystal Hannan, for Sir-Mix-A-Lot version]
  10. Combat Baby – Metric [suggested by Jessica Mongolo]
  11. Baby – Dave Matthews
  12. Baby Please Don’t Go – Muddy Waters [suggested by Stephan Krueger]
  13. Bye-Hi-My-Die-Fly-Cry-Try-Dry-Why Baby medley – various artists
  14. Cry Baby Cry – The Beatles [other songs by artist suggested by Ray Morley and Mark Mezadourian]
  15. Why Baby Why – George Jones [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  16. My Baby – Rosey (clip)
  17. I’ve Found a New Baby – Sidney Bechet [suggested by Mark Mezadourian] (played in background)
  18. Bang Bang My Baby Shot Me Down – Nancy Sinatra
  19. Here Comes My Baby – Cat Stevens [suggested by Carrie Bader]
  20. Beach Baby – Bon Iver
  21. Step Into My Office, Baby – Belle & Sebastian
  22. Be My Baby medley – various artists: Matt Collins, Linda Ronstadt, Glitzzi Girlz, Steve Carlson, The Dollyrots, Jocelyn Scofield, Dino, Irving, Ultima Thul

Originally aired on KSKQ on April 30, 2010. Select the 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.)

Apr 27 2010

Brainstorm: your all-time fave song and your most recent top pick

I have an idea for a theme that could potentially span a handful of shows. It is based on the following questions:

  • #1 fave: What is your all-time favorite song (or one of them), and why does it have significance for you? How does it make you feel when you hear it?
  • Your latest pick: What is a song that you’ve recently found (or perhaps rediscovered) that you’ve been liking a lot lately? Why do you think it hooked you?

I’ll play the two songs you pick, as well as reading your answers to these questions. It would be ideal to have a recording of your own voice, so perhaps I can interview locals with a recorder. Anyone is welcome to send me written answers that I’ll read on the air — or send me an audio recording of your answers (email the mp3 to maya@kskq.org).

I realize it might be hard to narrow it down to your top picks! But please give it a shot. I want to hear your answers. I’d like to feature 5-8 people per week.

Apr 23 2010

Unplanned Pregnancy

Pregnant BarbieToday I was intending to feature a playlist that I’ve been compiling over the last couple weeks. All the songs featured “baby” in the titles and lyrics. Yet I unexpectedly encountered some technical difficulties in the studio and was unable to access the songs I’d brought. I ended up spontaneously finding relevant music at KSKQ, pulling tunes out of the studio’s database. You can listen to the recording below to bop with the babies. (Excuse several long moments of silence. Don’t worry, your system hasn’t frozen up; I just had a couple accidental pauses.)

I still want to play my original list of songs, since it’s such a great mix. So next week I’ll be able to have a planned pregnancy, with all the intended songs. Meanwhile I’ll just leave you drooling…

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Originally aired on KSKQ on April 23, 2010. Select the 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.)

Apr 16 2010


(aired 4/16/10)

Today I had the exciting opportunity to stretch my comfort boundaries. For each show in the past, I’ve normally invested a considerable amount of time and energy listening to suggestions and setting up the playlists, carefully choosing the specific songs and sequences. It’s all a total pleasure, but it has revealed that I’m a bit of a control freak. So I put myself to the test for this week’s show.

It took some emotional preparation to let myself be fully unprepared! As soon as the show started, I put my iPod on shuffle and took a deep breath. You know what happened? Out of the 4,474 available songs, a great playlist of 17 unique songs unfolded before our very ears. I didn’t even hit skip! It helped me learn to just go with the flow…

  1. Sweet Pea – Amos Lee
  2. Om Namo Bhagvate – Deva Premal
  3. Flowers in the Window – Travis
  4. Herbs, Good Hygiene & Socks – Lovage
  5. Nugget – Cake (short clip)
  6. Free – Alana Davis
  7. Loose Ends – Imogen Heap
  8. Cracked Rear View – Hootie & the Blowfish
  9. Come Rain or Come Shine – Don Henley
  10. Alcohol – Barenaked Ladies
  11. Violet (featuring Thao) – Portland Cello Project
  12. All Dressed Up – Damien Rice
  13. Perfect – Smashing Pumpkins
  14. Chickamauga – Uncle Tupelo
  15. My Heart, My Life – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
  16. Life During Wartime – Talking Heads
  17. Handle with Care – Jenny Lewis

Originally aired on KSKQ on April 16, 2010. Select the 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.)

Apr 9 2010

Movie Soundtracks

(aired 4/9/10)

Songs and sound effects are essential elements to films, setting the tone for scenes and characters. I asked you listeners for your favorite movie soundtracks, and you gave me a rich list of ideas. Today is the second day of the Ashland Independent Film Festival, which is perfect timing to celebrate this theme. The playlist is full of adventure, romance, drama, thriller, comedy and classics of all sorts.

Grab a box of popcorn and dim the lights. The speakers are alive with the sound of music!

  1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare – John Williams
  2. Star Wars Main Title – John Williams
  3. Si Tu N’etais Pas La – Fréhel (Amelie soundtrack) [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  4. Quick Dialoguing Excerpt from Moviefilm – Borat
  5. Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (Once soundtrack) [suggested by Lynn Gates]
  6. James Bond Theme – Eric Winstone Band
  7. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins soundtrack)
  8. Forrest Gump Suite – Alan Silvestri
  9. Superman Main Theme – John Williams
  10. Miss Celies Blues (sister) – Quincy Jones/Tata Vega (The Color Purple soundtrack) [suggested by Anjali Altman]
  11. Theme From Jaws – John Williams [suggested by Lynn Gates]
  12. Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel (The Graduate soundtrack) [suggested by Mark Mezadourian, Lynn Gates]
  13. Main Title/Muted Fanfare – Moscow Symphony Orchestra & William Stromberg (The Adventures of Robin Hood soundtrack) [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  14. Gonna Fly Now – Bill Conti (Rocky III soundtrack)
  15. Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio (Dangerous Minds soundtrack) [suggested by Lynn Gates]
  16. The Destruction of Hometree – James Horner (Avatar soundtrack)
  17. I’ve Just Seen A Face – Jim Sturgess (Across The Universe soundtrack) [general Beatles songs suggested by David Rood]
  18. Ringa Ringa – A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack) [suggested by Laurie Hultquist]
  19. Love Theme from the Godfather – Nino Rota
  20. As Time Goes By – Dooley Wilson and trio with the voice of Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca soundtrack) [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  21. In The Midnight Hour – The Commitments (The Commitments soundtrack) [suggested by Laurie Hultquist]
  22. Little April Shower – Bambi
  23. Main Titles – Vangelis (Blade Runner soundtrack) [suggested by Will Bagley]
  24. Main Title – Max Steiner (Gone with the Wind soundtrack)
  25. Don’t Be Shy – Cat Stevens (Harold & Maude soundtrack) [suggested by Jessica Vineyard]
  26. The Knife – Bernard Herrmann and Joel McNeely (Pyscho soundtrack)
  27. Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me – Susan Sarandon (The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack)
  28. Whistle While You Work – Adriana Caselotti (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs soundtrack)
  29. Angel Fragments – Various Artists (Wings of Desire soundtrack) [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  30. Ooh La La – The Faces (Rushmore soundtrack)
  31. Main Title Theme – Danny Elfman (Mission Impossible soundtrack)
  32. Hombre Secreto (Secret Agent Man) – Plugz (Repo Man soundtrack) [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  33. Climb Ev’ry Mountain – Chorus and Orchestra (The Sound of Music soundtrack) [suggested by Lynn Gates, Will Bagley]
  34. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees (Saturday Night Fever soundtrack) [suggested by Anjali Altman, Lynn Gates]

Originally aired on KSKQ on April 9, 2010. Select the 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.)

Apr 2 2010


(aired 4/2/10)

Days of the Week, Part 2: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Time to celebrate the weekend! After listening to a mix of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday songs last week, we now get to have a second episode to honor Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

If you like today’s cover of “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by Rx, you can check out his website at www.thepartyparty.com to see the accompanying video (with clips of George W. Bush singing his heart out). There are other intriguing videos there as well.

Thanks once again to all you listeners for the song ideas. Have a great weekend!

  1. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure [suggested by Michaela DeSoucey, Jessica Mongolo, Krista Kuhlman]
  2. Finch On Saturday – Horse Feathers [suggested by Carrie Bader]
  3. Sunny Sunday – Joni Mitchell [suggested by Jessica Mongolo, Nick Viani]
  4. Everyday Is Like Sunday – The String Quartet [Pretenders’ version suggested by Stuart Finkel, Morrisey version suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  5. Another Saturday Night – Cat Stevens [general song suggested by Laurie Hultquist, Crystal Hannan, Stuart Finkel, David Rood]
  6. Friday Night – Lily Allen
  7. Short clip: Todo Es Igual Siempre (Everyday Is Like Sunday) – Mikel Erentxun
  8. Short clip: Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2
  9. Sunday Bloody Sunday (George W.Bush) – Rx
  10. Saturdays – Holly Brook [suggested by Jessica Mongolo]
  11. Friday On My Mind – The Easybeats [suggested by Joshua Geesaman]
  12. Happy Days – Less Than Jake [general song suggested by Rachel Murray, Brandon Ducharme]
  13. Short clip: Sabbath Day’s Quite Alright for Nice Things – ApologetiX
  14. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Elton John [suggested by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Stuart Finkel]
  15. Friday Night Saturday Morning – Nouvelle Vague
  16. Sunday Morning – The Velvet Underground & Nico [suggested by Joshua Geesaman, Nick Viani]
  17. Saturday Night Fish Fry – Louie Jordan [suggested Scott Rogers]

Originally aired on KSKQ on April 2, 2010. Select the 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.)