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March 2011 Archives

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Marching out

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Ah the month comes to a close, and the weather is bringing a particular piece of music to mind by Vladimir Cosma.

Robbie Robertson is being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on Saturday, and he's also released a new album - and happy birthday to Mr. Tijuana Brass...Herb Alpert!

And this weather is not agreeing with Sandy in the Not-So-Sunshine Coast who wants to hear Roy Orbison to warm up.

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Ray & Rolf

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Music from guitarist Ray Montford this morning who has put his entire backcatalog on bandcamp for your listening pleasure.

And happy birthday to honourary Vancouverite Rolf Harris, and in a roundabout sort-of-way Big Daddy pay "tribute" to Celine Dion.

And a cat request from Poppy Waters on Salt Spring Island, and Simon in North Van sends the same song by the Stray Cats out to some real stray cats.

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Crazy hip

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A little musical leftover from the previous Juno week by way of Neil Young, who is the Artist of the Year for 2011 and Daniel Lanois snagged Producer of the Year for Le Noise.

And March is Poetry Month, and I haven't played any!  So let's fix that with Shorty Petterstein and the great Ken Nordine.

And ex-That Dog member Anna Waronker has released her long-awaited second solo album called California Fade.

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Farced

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Music from ukulele virtuoso James Hill, Dorothy in Duncan requested Serena Ryder covering Leonard Cohen, an acoustic version of a hit by Level 42, and RIP Roger Abbott from the Royal Canadian Air Farce.

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Wrapping up the week...

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...with our last look back at Juno winners and nominees with Joni Mitchell (only won three!), Gordon Lightfoot (who only has a few less than Anne Murray), and two Vancouver-based artists who never won at all...Doug and the Slugs and Jane Siberry.

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Junoing right along

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David Suzuki turns 75 today - and I've got a birthday tribute requested by his once-neighbour Norman in Prince George.

Then it's an international look at the Junos with the first winner of the International Album of the Year for 1975, and Ian Thomas has only won a Juno for..you guessed it, Most Promising Male Vocalist.  He's also re-released Glider on CD for the first time... details here.

And Eddie Schwartz is a name you might not know, but you probably heard his tune "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", recorded by Pat Benatar, for which he earned a Composer of the Year award, and one for... Most Promising Male Vocalist.

And a little Manteca before the news.

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Mostly promising

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Our travel back through past Juno winners and nominees continues with three artists who were all nominated (or won) the Most Promising who are all still in the biz: The Hometown Band featuring Shari Ulrich (they won right after they broke up), Graham Shaw (he beat Bryan Adams) and Stephen Fearing (he lost to Keven Jordan!)

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I had a Grace Under Pressure sweatshirt...

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Rush!  I managed to get Rush on the show...I won't tell you which one.  But it also features Hugh Syme, who is also a musician but best known as a graphic designer who's made every Rush album cover since 1975 and done hundreds of others.

David Bradstreet released three albums in the late 70s, had a hand in bringing Jane Siberry to the world, and wrote "Renaissance", a big hit for Valdy.  He's also got a new album out!

Luba didn't win the most promising vocalist award in 1983, but then won best female vocalist for 3 years straight after that.

And Meryn Cadell wraps up the show, he lost the most promising vocalist award but "The Sweater" was a surprise hit in the first place, and it was listed on Spin Magazine's Best Songs of All Time.  Angel Food For Thought has been reissued with bonus tracks and is highly recommended.

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Juno I was gonna do this...

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We start our week-long salute to past Juno winner and nominees as it's the 40th anniversary of the Junos this coming Sunday.

Expect to hear things you haven't heard in a long time, or at all perhaps!

Started with one you might have... 1994 was a very big year for the Rankin Family, cleaning up thanks to a song written by Jimmy Rankin that I'm sure will one day turn into a standard.

Then we head to Salt Spring Island, where Valdy resides (just finished hearing him on NXNW this past Saturday) and Sheree Jeacocke, who was nominated as most promising female vocalist in 1986... who after two albums became a realtor in Toronto.

And the Stampeders did very well at the Junos in 1972 thanks to "Sweet City Woman", but before that another one of their tunes reached #2 on the charts...

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The day before Poultry Day

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I'm happy to report that Canadian group Hark The Herons have received enough support from their fans to put out a physical copy of their album Under Skies that came out last year.

Also this morning, new music from Irelands Eleanor McEvoy, and another new track from the forthcoming Acid House Kings.

And Norm in Vernon called in to request a special tune for poulty day (which is actually Saturday).

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Happy St. Patricks Day

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Skiddlelideedledum.. Happy St. Patty's Day!

The whole show is headed to Ireland (musically speaking) with tunes from Ennis (formerly the Ennis Sisters), Bing Crosby and requests!

Norman in Prince George asked for a tune by Ryan's Fancy and Fred in the central coast made sure the day is complete by requesting The Pogues with the Dubliners.

This one's for you Steve.

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Cats, Little Red Riding Hood and gum

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A little bit of everything in the show... we start with cats, and Alan requested a selection from Garrison Keillor's album Songs of the Cat.

Have you seen the trailer for the new Little Red Riding Hood movie?  I won't link to it because you don't really need to see it.  Instead, two more entertaining takes on the story from the non-french Henry Morgan and the genuine 60s' pop group Gorillas from Quebec.

From cats to bubbles?  Sure why not.  Anthony in Riondel has been looking for a particular tune by Charlie Poole and his North Carolina Ramblers, and the King of Skiffle Lonnie Donegan has a great tune to follow.

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Ides of March

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Joe Morello, the great drummer famous for playing with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, passed away a few days ago at the age of 82.

Then music from a pair of singer/songwriters: Trent Dabbs (click here to get his free EP, email address required) and Carole King, whose Tapestry album turned 40 a little while ago.

And for the Ides of March....the O'Jays!

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A sombre Monday

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Music this morning from Eric Whitacre, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Peter Himmelman.

Also, the two remaining Bruce Cockburn CDs are randomly drawn, and a light-hearted request from Philip for Harry "The Hipster" Gibson.

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No show today...

Due to the massive earthquake in Japan, The Early Edition is going a bit early and so I'm preempted this morning.

We will do the Bruce Cockburn CD giveaway on Monday.

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Not that odd at all, actually

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Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd have colloborated on a new album of ambient music called Bordeaux which begins the shoe...

...and then more new releases via Ron Sexsmith and thanks for all the entries for the Bruce Cockburn CD - the winners will be drawn tomorrow morning.

Also it's not a new recording by Ezio Pinza and the Sons of the Pioneers appear on the new Bear Family compilation Odd Couples - What Were They Thinking?

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Ash Wednesday vs. Bubbles

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Ash Wednesday today, and Rhonda in West Vancouver requested a song by Loreena McKennitt to prepare for Easter.

And Bubble Week continues (yes, women get a day and bubbles get a week) with a tune from The Free Design and Karen in Victoria has a blog where she loves bubbles:



And Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water gets a deluxe 40th anniversary release this week, although it's technically the 41st...

And Noelle in Prince George has a great Aristocat request.

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International Women's Day

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Music from Ralph Towner this morning, as requested by Simon in North Vancouver for his birthday (and anniversary too).

And Happy 100th International Women's Day, and I have some wise musical insights from Dar Williams.

And it's also Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Day, so we flip over to Ernie Kovacs.

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Happy Crown Roast of Pork Day..?

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Yesterday was Frozen Food Day, and so I've pulled out my trusty Music For TV Dinners album, which features the wonderful music of Johnny Pearson.

I found a used CD of Jo Stafford's recently and I thought it would be nice to hear from her again, and something from the latest release by The Wailin' Jennys.

Ken in Hope is going to see the musical version of 9 To 5 in Seattle next month, but asked for an earlier hit for Dolly Parton.

Oh, and we announce who won the Mae Moore book, and happy Bubble week!

And Sharon at the Emerald Pig Theater in Maple Ridge has declared a holiday for all their members in honour of Crown Roast of Pork day, and wanted to share her happiness of the day with this.

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333 Vivaldis

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Vivaldi turns 333 today, so it's good to play the 3rd movement from the Spring section of the Four Seasons...I guess the 3rd movement of the 3rd section would have been more appropriate, but I don't want to upset those who are quite ready to move away from Winter.

...and brand new music from Bruce Cockburn, as he's releasing his latest album on Tuesday.  And a cat tune by CSN for Peggy Gordon, the cat belonging to Carol listening in Port Angeles.

And Mae Moore is playing tonight in Vancouver and tomorrow night on Salt Spring...here's a list of all her upcoming shows, and thanks to all who wrote in for a chance to win Mae Moore's book - the winner will be drawn at random on Monday.

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The cats will play

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Stan Getz's music always seems to be good at 5am, probably because it's also good at 2am.

To celebrate "If Pets Had Thumbs Day", Mischief the cat who belongs to Graham in Victoria wrote us a poem and requested "Tiger Rag", and Bob Dylan's got a cat down his well, going out to Dr. Robert in Kelowna and Don in Nakusp (and yes, you too Bam Bam).

Brand new music from Paul Simon, and Louis Armstrong takes out to the news.  Why Satchmo, you ask?  Well, you'll just have to listen to the show, won't you?

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Booiiiing!

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Something from Andrea Koziol's latest album to begin the day with...

..and then it's storytime as we celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with a reading by The Great Gildersleeve of "Gerald McBoing-Boing".

As I mention in the program... click here to visit the wonderful kiddierecords.com website (where you can download "Gerald McBoing-Boing" for free) and also click here to listen or download over 500 episodes of The Great Gildersleeve.

And Pink Turtle liven things up with an extremely clever arrangement of a tune from 1976 that you may know...

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Shhh...

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We begin very quietly this morning with a piece I've played before on occasion; it's very long but Andre in Terrace has been waiting to hear it again since Christmas... composed by Arvo Part and performed by Angele Dubeau.

Jason in Vancouver mentioned it's Winston Sharples birthday (I don't think he's related to Sharples from Double Exposure), who wrote cues and themes for television:



...and happy birthday to Harry Belafonte, and RIP Jane Russell: