Pie / π

(aired 3/15/13)
Pi Pie

Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant Ï€ (pi), which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi Day is officially observed on March 14 (or 3/14 in the American month/day date format), since 3, 1 and 4 are the three most significant digits of Ï€ in the decimal form. (Its first set of digits is 3.141592653, and as an irrational number it goes on forever.)

To observe Pi Day, a number of the songs are about this special number, while the majority of the tunes are about the edible dessert – pie – a word with identical pronunciation. There are a few other creative twists of this word as well.

I learned about his unique holiday from Steve Weyer, in all his savvy creativity. He thought of this theme for Maya’s Mix, offering me a fun list of eligible songs. Even though his name isn’t accredited to specific songs in the list below, trust that the majority are his suggestions. Thank you, Steve! Check out my past shows of Crosswords and Streets to see/hear Steve’s other fun theme ideas.

  1. clip: I Can’t Help Myself (Four Tops cover) – Axe
  2. I Can’t Help Myself – Four Tops [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  3. clip: Pi – Mal Webb
  4. Country Pie – Bob Dylan
  5. Petootie Pie – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
  6. clip: Pi – Hard N Phirm
  7. clip: 3.14159 (Pi) – Joel Tetrealt and Dan Vitek
  8. Alligator Pie (Cockadile) – Dave Matthews Band
  9. clip: Pi’s Lullaby – Mychael Danna, featuring Bombay Jayashri
  10. Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie – Jay & The Techniques [suggested by Bob Canape]
  11. What Do I Think of the Pie? – The Simpsons
  12. Honey Pie – The Beatles
  13. Baby Don’t You Cry (The Pie Song) – Quincy Coleman
  14. Lose Yourself (In The Digits) – Pi Diddy
  15. Magnum PI theme song
  16. Wild Honey Pie – The Beatles
  17. clip: Baby in the Pie Crust – Michael Leyden
  18. Shoo Fly Pie – Dinah Shore [suggested by John Seligman]
  19. Sweet Potato Pie – Ray Charles and James Taylor
  20. Pie in the Sky – Johnny Cash
  21. Blackbird Pie – Amelia
  22. clip: Cherry Pie – Warrant
  23. Cherry Pie – Sade
  24. Porcupine Pie – Neil Diamond
  25. Calico Pie – Natalie Merchant
  26. Jiggable Pie – AMG
  27. clip: Cutie Pie – One Way
  28. Blueberry Pie – Bette Midler
  29. Pecan Pie – Golden Smog
  30. Honeypie –  The Pasadena Roof Orchestra
  31. Song of the South – Alabama [suggested by Crystal Hannan]
  32. Pi – Kate Bush
  33. Flaming Pie – Paul McCartney
  34. Pumpkin Pie – The California Honeydrops
  35. Pieholden Suite – Wilco
  36. Making Pies – Patty Griffin [suggested by John Seligman]
  37. clip: Apple Pie A La Mode – Destiny’s Child
  38. clip: Pi – Hard N Phirm
  39. clip: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – Charles Mingues
  40. clip: American Pi – Ken Ferrier and Antoni Chan
  41. American Pie – Don McLean

This show originally aired on KSKQ on March 15, 2013. This blog entry was posted March 23, 2013. 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.)

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