(aired 3/19/10)

What’s the commonality of leaves, the heart chakra, Incredible Hulk, asparagus, military uniforms, a 4-leaf clover, the light that lets you put your pedal to the metal, fried tomatoes and a jealous person? You guessed it! Green.

Inspired by the holiday of St. Patrick’s Day two days ago, this week’s show features green. The word itself might seem like a very simple concept, but it’s actually related to a full range of ideas and issues throughout history — in biology, finances, sayings,  politics, folklore, cultural beliefs and much more. It can represent such things as money, growth, envy, fertility, seasickness, greed and environmentalism.

Today I played many of the songs that were suggested back in December, when I asked my listeners for favorite songs with the colors red and/or green. I ended up focusing solely on red for that show (played December 11, 2009). Now I get to tap into the rest of them! Thank you for all the ideas. Let’s go green…

  1. Green Onions – Booker T. & The Mg’s [suggested by Mark Mezadourian]
  2. Greenville – Lucinda Williams [suggested by Carrie Bader]
  3. Crystalline Green – Goldfrapp
  4. Bein’ Green – Kermit [suggested by Derek Keevil, Rachel Davis, Lynn Gates, Joshua Geesaman]
  5. Bein Green – Ray Charles
  6. Green Groves of Erin/Flowers of Red Hill – Edgar Meyer, Mark O’Connor & Yo-Yo Ma [suggested by Derek Keevil]
  7. Green Eyes – Coldplay
  8. The Little Green Valley – Burl Ives [suggested by Stephan Krueger]
  9. Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine – Simon & Garfunkel [suggested by Mark Mezadourian, Stuart Finkel]
  10. Pretty Green (featuring Santo Gold) – Mark Ronson
  11. Greensleeves medley – The Scorpions, John Coltrane, Michael Lancaster, Sarah McLachlan, The Trashmen, Jeff Beck [general song suggested by Ed Keller, Rachel Davis, Joshua Geesaman]
  12. Little Green – Joni Mitchell [suggested by Toni Dileo, Stuart Finkel]
  13. Grey Cell Green – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin [suggested by Michaela Desoucey]
  14. Green Grass Of Tunnel – Mum
  15. Green River – Creedence Clearwater Revival [suggested by Stuart Finkel, Derek Keevil]
  16. Green Eggs & Ham (Blues for Suess) – Big Royal & The Revue [suggested by Ed Keller, for Weird Al version]

Originally aired on KSKQ on March 18, 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.)

6 Responses to “Green”

  • Stephan Krueger Says:

    Hiya Maya!
    You’ve got to listen to this little gem of a song, even if you don’t include it in your playlist for tomorrow. It is sung by Burl Ives, and is called The Little Green Valley. It was Track 2 on his LP “The Wild Side of Life”, recorded in 1956.

    One advantage is that this song is only 2 min 35 sec long, which would accommodate your average time per track on Maya’s Mix. 🙂

  • Stephan Krueger Says:

    Never trust just one source! I stand corrected :-x:
    The Wild Side of Life (1955, Decca DL 8107, 12 inch, 33 1/3 rpm) –from the Discography of Burl Ives, at “Burl Ives: Discographie”.
    Maybe it was reissued under a different label in 1956, but that is just I looking for a lame-duck excuse to cover up sloppy research. 🙂

  • Stephan Krueger Says:

    Here I go again! Lame would have sufficed. Lame-duck means something else, like “one that is weak or that falls behind in ability or achievement; especially chiefly British : an ailing company.” Therefore, I was incorrectly conferring human attributes onto the word “excuse”, when in fact, it is inanimate. The one who makes the excuse could be the lame duck!

  • Stephan Krueger Says:

    Got your first one, “Blue in Green,” from the Miles Davis renowned album, Kind Of Blue (50th Anniversary Collectors Edition)(2008)
    What a nice gentle intro, so smooth, and from Blue to Green in a few short moments!

  • admin Says:

    Stephan, do you have a blog? You should share your wittiness with the public!