Nov 26 2010

Thanksgiving Feast

(aired 11/26/10)

Yesterday was a celebration of family and feast. Last year my show during Thanksgiving week was Gratitude, with a range of songs to honor being thankful. What would be a fitting topic this year?

Lately the “Black Friday” message has been flashed at us from many commercials, making me remember I’d covered the color Black two weeks ago, while Friday was a focus in my Weekend show last April. This holiday is also known as a time to unite families, but you can already hear past shows about Moms, Dads, Sisters and Brothers.

This year I decided to go for the key element of how Thanksgiving is celebrated: the meal. I was inspired by a show featured recently on National Public Radio called Songs for Stuffing: A Thanksgiving Mix. Looking at their playlist and hearing the music, I picked out a number of yummy goodies to share on Maya’s Mix today. As they point on on their page, “Whether you’re having turkey, turducken, tofurkey or fish tacos, the family is together, and that’s what important. So here’s a mix designed to help you keep your mind on the bonding-fueled feast that justifies it all.”

Happy Thanksgiving to all! May you fix yourself some leftovers to eat while you listen to this tasty show…

  1. All That Meat and No Potatoes – Louis Armstrong & Velma Middleton
  2. Cornbread and Butterbeans – The Wiyos
  3. Making Pies – Patty Griffin [suggested by John Seligman]
  4. Baby in the Pie Crust – Michael Leyden
  5. Red Beans & Rice – Spearhead
  6. clip: Thanksgiving Song – Adam Sandler
  7. Church – Lyle Lovett
  8. Fried Neck Bones and Some Homefries – Willie Bobo
  9. Shortnin’ Bread – Laurie Berkner
  10. Sweet Sweet – Smashing Pumpkins
  11. clip: Eat It – Weird Al Yankovic
  12. Canned Goods – Greg Brown
  13. Gobble You Up (The Thanksgiving Rap)
  14. Frim Fram Sauce – Diana Krall
  15. Pecan Pie – Golden Smog
  16. Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie – Jay & The Technniques
  17. clip: Sweet Potato – Sia
  18. She Don’t Use Jelly – The Flaming Lips
  19. Bread and Gravy – Ethel Waters
  20. Cornbread Nation – Tim O’Brien
  21. Roast Fish & Cornbread – Lee “Scratch” Perry
  22. Everybody Eats When They Come to My House – Cab Calloway

Originally aired on KSKQ on November 26, 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.)

Nov 12 2010

Listener Favorites,
Part IV

(aired 11/12/10)

What is your latest favorite song? Earlier this year I started a new series, dedicating several shows specifically to listeners’ fave songs. There were three shows: Listener Favorites I on May 7th, Listener Faves II on May 21st, and Listener Faves III on July 9th. Each one highlighted 5 particular people with 2 songs each – with their all-time favorite songs and their latest picks. Those shows also had the perk of audio recordings of the listeners explaining why they liked those songs.

This week I continued the tradition with a fourth show, but with some different twists. I focused specifically on latest faves, asking for only one song that you’ve been appreciating recently. Sixteen folks gave their song choices that I got to play, and many also wrote to me with really interesting explanations about why they chose them – which I shared on the air.

Trevor Thomas was a special guest for this show, co-hosting the last 90 minutes with me. He is a fellow producer at KSKQ, hosting The Alternative Show every Tuesday. (See pic above: he and I happened to both choose royal costumes for a past Halloween – the “King” and a queen!) Today we ended up having a lot of fun together, focusing on our own song selections during the last segment of the show.

What’s your latest favorite song and why do you like it? Let me know, and I might do another installment sometime in the future. Here’s the lineup of what we heard for today’s 2-hour show:

  1. Cortez the Killer – Neil Young and Crazy Horse [suggested by Ray Morley]
  2. On the Sunny Side of the Street – Ella Fitzgerald [suggested by Roger Shaw]
  3. Bulletproof – Raheem DeVaugh, featuring Ludicris [suggested by Anjali Altman]
  4. Toes – Zac Brown Band [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  5. Heaven A Mercy – Edith Piaf [suggested by Perry La Mar Hoy]
  6. Heaven Is In Your Mind – Traffic [suggested by Thomas Milsom]
  7. Clip: Nataraja – Jai Uttal [suggested by Gabi Bracchi]
  8. Teenage Dream – Glee cast [suggested by Lynn Gates]
  9. Hayling – FC Kahuna [suggested by Rachel Kalb]
  10. My Sharona – The Knack [suggested by Howie Morningstar]
  11. Ten Out Of Ten – Paolo Nutini [suggested by Wayne Zinkand]
  12. Cosmic Love – Florence And The Machine [suggested by Jess Mongolo]
  13. Namah Shivaya – Krishna Das [suggested by Joshua Geesaman]
  14. Moneygrabber – Fitz and the Tantrums [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  15. Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair – David Lantz [suggested by Stephan Krueger]
  16. Skinny Love – Bon Iver
  17. White Rabbit – Karen Abrahams [suggested by Wayne Zinkand of The El Wayno Loco Show]
  18. Case Of You – Prince
  19. Hey Ya – Matt Weddle [chosen by Trevor]
  20. Sort of Revolution – Fink [chosen by Trevor]
  21. Obsessions – Marina & The Diamonds [chosen by Trevor]

Originally aired on KSKQ on November 12, 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.)

Nov 10 2010

Latest fave song?

musicThis week Maya’s Mix will feature a theme of favorite songs. What is a song that you enjoyed listening to lately? (Narrow it down to ONE!) It’s not necessarily your all-time favorite, but just a song you’ve been especially appreciating lately. What has been stuck in your head this week? Let me know, and I look forward to playing it this Friday.

Leave a message here on this blog, or email me at, or visit Maya’s Mix on Facebook to give your suggestion there.

Trevor Thomas will be a special guest for this show. He is a fellow producer at KSKQ, hosting The Alternative Show every Tuesday. So tune in at 2pm PST this Friday to hear for yourself!

Nov 5 2010


(aired 11/5/10)


The first Maya’s Mix show had the theme of mother (5/8/09). The following month, in celebration of Father’s Day, I featured father songs (6/19/09).  I then replayed the same dad songs (on 3/5/10) for a live show with my sister, Phoebe, as a tribute to our dad, since he’d just had heart surgery. This summer I chose to feature sister as a theme for a show (6/4/10).

So it now seems like a natural choice to complete the circle of immediate family members by focusing on brothers. Trevor Thomas, host of The Alternative Show on KSKQ, was the one who actually suggested it, as he shares a kinship with his own brother.

So even though I don’t have a blood brother myself, today’s show helped me appreciate the significance of this sibling role. Yeah bro, give it a listen!

  1. clip: Brothers & Sisters (Featuring Morgan Heritage) – Les Nubians
  2. Brothers – Hot Chip
  3. Lean On Me – Bill Withers [suggested by Cris-t Riordon, Lynn Gates]
  4. Brother Flower – Townes Van Zandt [suggested by Christi Wruck]
  5. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? – Al Jolson [suggested by Stephan Krueger]
  6. clip: What’s Going On – A Perfect Circle
  7. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye [suggested by Wayne Zinkand]
  8. Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  9. Coragem Irmon (Take Courage, Brother) – Cesaria Evora
  10. Big Brother – Stevie Wonder
  11. clip: Big Brother – Tabla Beat Science
  12. Little Brother – Grizzly Bear
  13. Alfie – Lily Allen [suggested by Cris-t Riordon]
  14. Maggie’s Farm – Bob Dylan [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  15. Soul Brother – Queen [suggested by Wayne Zinkand]
  16. clip: Brother to Brother – Gino Vannelli [suggested by Darcy Danielson]
  17. Brother John – David Lindley [suggested by Marie Katsontones]
  18. Down to the River to Pray – Alison Krauss [soundtrack suggested by Darcy Danielson. “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?”]
  19. Me And Brother Bill – Louis Armstrong
  20. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – Neil Diamond [suggested by SueZ Jaffe, Sue Bouman]
  21. clip: Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show – Neil Diamond [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  22. clips: United We Stand – Steve Perry and chorus; United We Stand – Brotherhood of Man [suggested by Stephan Krueger]
  23. Martha – Rufus Wainwright [suggested by Wayne Zinkand]
  24. New Genious (Brother) – Gorillaz
  25. He Was My Brother – Simon Garfunkel
  26. Please Tell My Brother – Golden Smog
  27. Two Heads Are Better Than One – Power Tool [suggested by Trevor Thomas]

Originally aired on KSKQ on November 5, 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.)