fire On Monday morning of this week I noticed large billows of smoke in the sky. The weather here in Ashland, Oregon was very dry, hot and windy that day. Unfortunately a fire had erupted on the south side of town, growing into a challenging blaze that has taken all week to fully contain. Here’s an article about the fire. You can also see a video of the fire online. The same day another intense fire broke out in our neighboring town of Medford, causing temporary evacuation of more than 100 homes.

Inspired by these local events, Ashland-native Derek Keevil gave me a list of songs on the subject, suggesting I use fire as the theme for a show. Since there is a wide range of relevant music, I followed the spontaneous idea, getting more song suggestions from other people. I had the chance to feature a long playlist, going for more than an hour and a half.

Today’s show is dedicated to the local firefighters and the people who’ve been affected by Ashland and Medford’s fires. Despite these unfortunate events, we can now still honor the hot delights of these blazin’ songs!

  1. Light My Fire – Pearl Jam [suggested by Mark Mezadourian – for The Doors version]
  2. It’s a Fire – Portishead [suggested by Ross Bowling]
  3. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – Thelonious Monk [suggested by Laurie Olsen and Derek Keevil]
  4. Roof Is On Fire – Beat-Boy [general song suggested by Rachel Davis]
  5. Beat (Health, Life And Fire) – Portland Cello Project [suggested by Papa Juan]
  6. Yell Fire! – Michael Franti and Spearhead [suggested by Rob Brooks]
  7. Night Of The Dancing Flame – Roisin Murphy
  8. Burning Down The House – Talking Heads [suggested by Ariel Hayes]
  9. I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen [suggested by Carrie Bader and Derek]
  10. Smoke Detector – Rilo Kiley [suggested by Derek]
  11. Cinder and Smoke – Iron & Wine [suggested by Derek]
  12. Fire – Jimi Hendrix [suggested by Mark Mezadourian, Anjali Altman and Derek]
  13. Fire and Rain – Dido [suggested by Casey Cohn Mack – for the James Taylor version]
  14. Non-Fiction Burning – PM Dawn With Flora Purim & Airto (from the Red Hot & Rio album)
  15. Fire – Arthur Brown [suggested by Joshua Geesaman]
  16. This House Is On Fire – Natalie Merchant [suggested by Stuart Finkel]
  17. Smoke & Mirrors – RJD2
  18. We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel
  19. On Fire – Sebadoh [suggested by Ross Bowling]
  20. Dig For Fire – The Pixies [suggested by Ross Bowling]
  21. Fire Door – Ani DiFranco
  22. Rattle And Burn – Jesse Cook
  23. Dreams On Fire – A.R. Rahman
  24. Eternal Flame – Bangles
  25. Your Fire Your Soul – Dar Williams
  26. Hell, Fire And Damnation – Jocelyn Pook
  27. Kiss of Fire – Louis Armstrong
  28. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash [song suggested by Mark Mezadourian and Ed Keller]

Originally aired on KSKQ on September 25, 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.)

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