Apr 29 2011


(aired 4/29/11)


Not only was today’s theme suggested by Steve Weyer, but he also supplied an extensive list specific song suggestions. Recently teaching a class at OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) focused specifically on crosswords, Steve has had the opportunity to explore the history of this subject in the musical arena. You can learn more about the songs on his website on the history, milestones and music page.

Steve and I had a chance to sit down and discuss the range of interesting issues related to this subject. I recorded the talk and used a good number of the clips for this Maya’s Mix show. After hearing today’s show, I bet you’ll feel inspired to sit down and have some fun with a puzzle!

“As human beings, we have a natural compulsion to fill empty spaces,” according to Will Shortz. Now you can fill your space with the sound of these great tunes…

  1. Clip: Crossword – Jethro Tull
    Steve: Initial inspiration for collection
    (background music: Crossword by Crossover Jazz Trio & Tino Tracanna)
  2. Crossword – Helen Slater
  3. Puzzled by People – Streets
    Steve: Significance of crossword puzzle lyrics
    (background music: Mozartian Crossword by Jiří Teml)
  4. Recited lyrics of Crossword Mama, You Puzzle Me – Will Shortz on WNYC, New York Public Radio
  5. Crossword Mama, You Puzzle Me (But Papa’s Gonna Figure You Out) – Unknown, original 1924 recording
    Steve: Other songs in history
  6. Crossword Puzzle – Dana
  7. Crossword – Deckchair Orange
    Steve: Quotes about crosswords
    (background: Crossword by Noro)
  8. Train Of Thought – A-Ha
    Steve: Intro to Mandrell and Strait songs
  9. Crossword Puzzle – Barbara Mandrell
  10. Four Down And Twelve Across – George Strait
  11. Crosswords – Split Enz
    Steve: “Starting Here, Starting Now” musical introduction
  12. Crossword Puzzle – Claire Karpen
  13. Happy at Last – Josh Joplin Group
  14. Little Bird – Imogen Heap
    Steve: Intro to film clip
  15. Interview with Indigo Girls from Wordplay
  16. (Can I) Find The Right Words To Say – Blondie
    Steve: Intro to Sia song
  17. Academia – Sia
    Steve: Connection between music and crosswords
  18. Monday’s Crossword – Drew Citron
  19. Crossword Puzzle – Sly & the Family Stone
    Steve: Intro to Mon-Sun clips
  20. Monday-Sunday Crosswords – John Schnall
  21. Mariella – Kate Nash
  22. Clip: Crossword Blues – Rob Tognoni
    Steve: Final reflections
  23. Every Word – Gary Louris

Originally aired on KSKQ on April 29, 2011. 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 15 2011


(aired 4/15/11)


Today is April 15th. What does this date normally conjure up for you? You got it — taxes! I had no idea until this week that there are actually a bunch of awesome songs that reference this topic (and related issues). This year, 2011, there is an extension, which means that taxes are not actually due until Monday. So if you happen to be a procrastinator like me, you’ll now have a perfect audio backdrop to hear while you go through the delightful experience of filing your taxes.

  1. clip: TurboTax: The Rap – Remy Munasifi
  2. 1040 Blues – Robert Cray
  3. Politic Amagni – Amadou & Miriam [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  4. Goin’ to the CPA – R. Hopman [suggested by Vanessa Houk]
  5. clip: I’m Paying Taxes, What Am I Buying? – Fred Wesley & The JB’s [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  6. Nothin’ on You – B.o.B.
  7. Money I$ King – Lee Fields [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  8. Taxes – Emily Hurd
  9. Tax Free – Jimi Hendrix [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  10. clip: CNN broadcast of 2008 Presidential election democratic debate
  11. Taxman – The Beatles [suggested by Ray Morley, Vanessa Martynse Houk, Derek Keevil]
  12. clip: Willie Nelson IRS song – Buck Butane aka Jim Giovani [related: Willie Nelson’s album, “Who’ll Buy My Memories: The I.R.S. Tapes,” suggested by Thomas Milsom]
  13. Don’t Worry about the Government – Talking Heads
  14. Busted – Ray Charles and Johnny Cash
  15. Accountancy Shanty – Monty Python [suggested by Ko Kuwabara]
  16. Dear Mr. President – Fitz & The Tantrums [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  17. Dear Mr. President – Pink w/Indigo Girls
  18. Funky President (People It’s Bad) – James Brown [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  19. clip: Tax Man Shoes – Zac Brown Band
  20. Money for Taxes (parody on Money for Nothing by Dire Straits)
  21. Me and the IRS – Johnny Paycheck [suggested by Ray Morley, Thomas Milsom]
  22. Money For Floods – Richard Shindell [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  23. Free Money – Patti Smith [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  24. Sales Tax – Mississippi Sheiks
  25. clip: Rally Song for Fair Taxes – Concrete Cowboy
  26. IRS Theme Song – Ted Paulson
  27. clip: Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
  28. Taxman – Junior Parker

Originally aired on KSKQ on April 15, 2011. 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 1 2011


(aired 4/1/11)

games, twister

What games do you like to play? Today’s show features songs that mention the following games: poker, Life, Monopoly, twenty one, chess, Twister, Risk, simon says, pretend, hide and seek, ballgame, croquet, Russian roulette, crosswords, Parcheesi, charades, scavenger hunt, Queen of the Nile, gambling, crap shoot and dice. We also get to hear about the crying game, mind games, computer games, wicked games, parlor games, and the circle game.

After hearing such an exciting lineup, I want to now go play some kid games again! Next time you throw a party, pull out the board games and listen to this mix of music…

  1. Poker Face – The Backbeats [suggested by Elizabeth Hamer, for Lady Gaga version]
  2. Man on the Moon – R.E.M. [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  3. Love Is A Losing Game – Amy Winehouse
  4. Games Without Frontiers – Peter Gabriel [suggested by Austin Murphy, Wayne Zinkand]
  5. Simon Says – 1910 Fruit Company [suggested by Howie Morningstar]
  6. clip: The Crying Game – Boy George & Culture Club [general song suggested by Anjali Altman]
  7. Hide and Seek (Imogen Heap Cover) – UCLA’s Awaken Acapella [suggested by Elizabeth Hamer, for Imogen Heap version]
  8. Mind Games – John Lennon [suggested by Ray Morley]
  9. Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games – Of Montreal
  10. Take Me Out to the Ballgame [general song suggested by Susan Saladoff]
  11. Computer Games – Mi-Sex [suggested by Greg Ingber]
  12. Wicked Games – Chris Isaak [suggested by Laura Philips-Mao]
  13. Games People Play – Bettye Lavette [suggested by David Rood]
  14. Play Croquet – Green Street Station [suggested by Stephan Krueger]
  15. clip: Russian Roulette – Rihanna [suggested by Elizabeth Hamer]
  16. Crossword Puzzle – Jennie McGuinness [suggested by Jim Giancarlo, Steve Weyer]
  17. Indoor Fireworks – Elvis Costello [suggested by Nicole Strafaci]
  18. Party Out of Bounds – The B-52’s [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  19. The Game of Love (Ft. Nas & Salaam Remi) – Nat King Cole
  20. Linger – Cranberries [suggested by David Rood]
  21. clip: Games & Dames – Network Reps ft. Punchline & W [suggested by Greg Ingber]
  22. Tumbling Dice – Rolling Stones [suggested by Julaine Morley]
  23. Dear Prudence – Siouxsie And The Banshees [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  24. Broke Down Engine Blues –  Blind Willie McTell [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  25. Crazy Game of Poker – Oar
  26. clip: It’s All In The Game – Tommy Edwards [suggested by David Rood]
  27. The Circle Game – Joni Mitchell [suggested by David Rood, Susan Saladoff, John Seligman]

Originally aired on KSKQ on April 1, 2011. 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.)