radio show WUSB and, 11:30 am – 5 pm

Bob Longman Sun 11:30-2:30 pm 16 September 2007

Fool Like Me — Porter Waggoner — Wagonmaster N
Georgia Moon — Pierce Pettis — State of Grace
How Can I Meet Her? — Everly Brothers
Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea — Johnny Cash
Confetti — Lori McKenna — Unglamourous N
Thank God — Alpha Band
Cold Cold Heart — Hank Williams
I Want To Be Ready to Meet Him — Chuck Wagon Gang
I Can’t Stand Up Alone — Tom Kimmel — Shallow Water
Ontario — Diana Jones — The One That Got Away
the Razor’s Edge– Carrie Newcomer — My True Name
Patience and Hope — Dan Bonis — Delivering the Cake
Sweet Evalina — Aengus Finnan — Fool’s Gold
Along Came Jones — Ray Stevens


Alone With You — Joan Osborne — Breakfast In Bed N
You — Abra Moore — On the Way N
Somebrightmorninblues — Peter Case — Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John N
Water Works Fine — Eric Bibb — Natural Light
Walk On By — Ian Moore — To Be Loved N
My Own Eyes — Mavis Staples — We’ll Never Turn Back N
When the City Comes — Chuck E. Costa N
Light Years — Caroline Peyton
The Trumpet Child — Over the Rhine — The Trumpet Child N R
Crazy 8s — Mae N
Must Have Done Something Right — Relient K — Five Score N
Nod Your Head — Paul McCartney — Memory Almost Full N
Plena Con Sabor — Spanish Harlem Orchestra — United We Swing N
La Hiedra Venenosa — Los Straightjackets — Rock En Espenol N
Wounded Me Wounded You — Jan Krist — Live at Calvin College N
Shanghai Moon — Cosmos — Aiming For the Stars N
Still Here — Cosmos — Aiming For the Stars N
Silver Bells — Amandine — Solace In Sore Hands N
I Got the Dirt On You — Toby Walker — Just Rolled In N
Walking On the Moon — Eliza Gilkyson — Tom Russell tribute N
Hot and Cold — Flynn — The Answer’s Not Enough N
Made to Love — TobyMac — single
You’ll Want Me Back — Ethel Waters
Tu Scendi dalle Stelle — Luciano Pavarotti — Xmas
Twelve Gates — Marie Knight — Let Us Get Together N

Jazz On the Air

I’d Love It — Benny Carter Orchestra
Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me — Ella Fitzgerald
Wrapped Tight — Coleman Hawkins
Heading Home — Joshua Redman
Coctails For Two — Benny Carter Orchestra
Sweet Lorraine — Nat King Cole
Can’t Teach My Old Heart New Tricks — Benny Goodman
Ooh Pop A Dah — Dirty Dozen Jazz Band
Take the A Train — Just 4 Kicks
Trouble Don’t Last Always — Allen & Allen R
But By the Grace — Harrison & Blanchard
Ain’t That the Truth — Don Byron
Pink Champagne — Lionel Hampton R
Ain’t Nothing To It — Fats Waller
Habanera 3 — Kamikaze Ground Crew — Postcards From the Highwire N
Yes and No — Branford Marsalis — Random Abstract
Gotta Travel On — Ray Bryant
Show ‘Nuff — Red Rodney
Banished — David Murray N
Joie De Vivre — Dewey Redman
Old Music Master — Nat King Cole
When Diana Dances — Charlie Peacock
Happy-Go-Lucky Local — Duke Ellington
Of Kindred Souls — Roy Hargrove
But Not For Me — Sarah Vaughan
All Too Soon — Duke Ellington w. Ben Webster
Don’s Idea — James Carter
Make Sure You’re Sure — Joshua Redman
Tapajack — Ray Anderson — Alligatory Band
My One and Only Love — Ella Fitzgerald
Yes Or No — Jose Rizo N


Still Here.

—— but not on the radio, lately, at least not on my time slot. First, Riverhead’s Polish Town festival, then Fiddle & Folk festival, then Bradstock. All are worthy shows, and I’m glad to step aside for them. I think next up is Valerie Wilcox, with Classical, my usual alternator. So it’s a long time between playlists.

When I get back, there’ll be new old stuff from Coleman Hawkins, Caroline Peyton, and David Brenner, and new new stuff from Hillary Scott, Bill Morrissey, and Mae. Also, acappella fans will get a dose of Cosmos, a superb band from Latvia.

My personal life? Oy vey… They dump me before they pick me up. I once dated Kim Possible, but when we got to commitment-time, she wouldn’t promise anything for sure. For a few weeks I dated Hello Kitty, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get her to smile. And then there’s Wonder Woman — all she wanted from me was to do weird games using her lasso. (…tugging on my virtual necktie…) So I went to a matchmaking service. They made me pay for the phosphorus.

Then I went to another one, Yente To The Cosmos. They’re not kidding — they hooked me up with a six-eyed warted silica crawler from Alpha Centauri. We met on neutral ground, at the Tattooine Cantina. As the band played, she smiled, and said, “let’s dance”. Right… dance with a partner with no feet, lubricated by goo. As we held each other, I was noticing her eyes. I was looking into two of them, but the others were checking out four other guys! She left with one of the clarinet players. Hey, I can’t keep this up — interplanetary dating doesn’t come cheap.

0-for-August. The story of my life (sigh).

A review of an Idea of North show

If you ever (if *I* ever) get a chance to see them, take it!!

By the way, my WUSB listeners have given lots of great feedback on their Unfortunate Tale. The last verse is lost on them (it’s veddy British), but otherwise so fun.

Played-List, Singing Groups special

This is what I have in my notes; I fully expect to revise it as I go over it. But this is how it went :

When I Needed Him Most — Blind Boys of Alabama
Heaven’s Joy Awaits — Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
A Voice From On High — Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys
Helplessly Hoping — Crosby Stills Nash
Down to the River to Pray — Alison Krauss (fr. ‘O Brother’)
All Is Well — Ollabelle
An tAiseirl (the Resurrection) — Noirin Ni Riain
Blue Shadows On the Trail — Roy Rogers / Sons of the Pioneers
Oklahoma Wind — Tonic Sol-Fa
Very Last Day — Peter Paul & Mary
Tone-Whole — Just 4 Kicks
Poppity-Pop — Just 4 Kicks
Vinterlude — Take 6
If I Fell — the Essentials
Why I Feel This Way — Take 6 / Stevie Wonder
I Believe — Take 6
++ [start of interview with Alvin Chea, bass singer of Take 6]
Harmony — Take 6 / Queen Latifah
You Can Make It – Go On — Take 6
++ [end of Chea interview]
Gypsy Woman — the Persuasions
Inside Of You — Ray Goodman & Brown
(You Gave Me) Peace Of Mind — Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge
Everything’s Coming Up Roses — Realtime
Pretty Baby — Sean Altman
Zombie Jamboree — Rockapella
++ [ start of interview with Sean Altman, founding member of Rockapella ]
Under the Boardwalk — Rockapella w. True Image (fr. Spike & Co. Do It Acappella)
Secret Santa — the GrooveBarbers
U’vnay Yerusalayim — Kol Zimra
Change In My Life — Rockapella
++ [ end of Altman interview ]
South American Getaway — soundtrack of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
[several other songs)
How Many Psychiatrists — P.D.Q Bach
2 — m-pact
++ [ start of interview with Trist Ethan Curless of m-pact ]
I Thought You Cared For Me — m-pact
My Favorite Things — m-pact
What Are You Doing the Rest Of Your Life — m-pact
++ [ end of Curless interview ]
(something or other)
Tal Vez Seja Voce — Groove Society
Rockin’ Chair — the Mills Brothers
We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me) — the Ink Spots
Uncloudy Day — Staple Singers
Morse Code of Love — the Capris
All Mine (acappella mix) — the Five Satins
In the Still Of the Night — the Five Satins
Vowels of Love — the Poets
Silence Is Golden — the Four Seasons
Whispering Bells — the Dell Vikings
You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me — Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Papa Was A Rolling Stone — the Temptations
Lovers Never Say Goodbye — the Flamingos
Splanky — Toxic Audio
Amazing Grace / Nearer My God — Ladysmith Black Mambazo w. Emmylou Harris


The interviews, esp. Chea, were so good I had to let them run on. I didn’t get to soooo much stuff, including segments on the Mint Juleps, the Ravens, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, as well as songs from the Beach Boys, Prelude, Dixie Hummingbirds, Comedian Harmonists, and some 1990s improv from Extempo. Both time and weather shot down the idea of a jam (maybe during the fall?)

Any questions? Make a comment.

Chea, Altman on singing group radio special

It’s pretty much official now for the April 15 singing groups special on WUSB 90.1FM on Lon Guyland, or on webcast. The following phone interviews are on :
( all times in Eastern Daylight (New York) Time )

Alvin Chea of Take 6, 1:30 pm

Sean Altman, founding member of Rockapella, 2:30 pm

Trist Curless of m-pact, 3:30 pm.

Attempts at setting up live have taken a back seat because of the bad weather forecasted for Long Island.

In any event, there will be no lack of great music. I have my digi copy of “All Mine” (Five Satins), my greatest prize. I will find myself a better copy of “South American Getaway” (Butch Cassidy soundtrack). And the Black Mambazo segment is all set up. Fun, fun, FUN. Be there or be octagonal.

great time at the show

The singing groups special went quite well, thank you. (Even with having to use the guest mic for nearly the whole show.)

I was thinking about how I was tiring of the “contemporary” acappella groups — the ones patterned on Rockapella and then infused with boy-band slickness and a sort-of-jazzish calculated cool. What could they do to make a sound that had inventiveness, soul, guts? My show, oddly enough, held part of an answer; it had all sorts of great sounds in it. The “contemp” groups, well…. they don’t. They haven’t put these sounds to use. Do they know how to do it? I would guess they know how to do some of it. But the point comes in a song where you could really use, say, a sharp Beach Boys or Crosby Stills Nash or Delfonics harmonic, or a lead that really ran with the song’s end like Phillippe Wynne of the Spinners, or a bass who talks it through like Hoppy Jones of the Ink Spots. Or maybe sharing leads with the precision of the Temptations, perhaps, or they could add a touch of Celtic or Dalmatian voicings, maybe even a burst of Bulgarian choir or Black Mambazo if they have enough singers. But when the time comes … it passes….

I’m well aware that no group can do all those sounds well, but any of them can draw on more of them than they use now. The harmonics, leads, lyrics, and feel are different for each, but lessons can be learned from all of it, and having these modes in your arsenal means it’s there when the song or the live moment calls for it.

Their palettes are just too skimpy. (Just one part of the puzzle, but an important one, I think.)

Singing Groups radio special

Tomorrow, Wednesday 25 October 2006, 1 pm – 5 pm (13:00-17:00) Eastern Daylight Time (like in New York).
WUSB 90.1 FM on the radio (Long Island and coastal Connecticut), to the website and the link to the netcast (up by the logo, to the right).

All sorts of singing groups — with instruments and without, US and the world, pop and rock and soul and vocalese and collegiate and old and new and and and ….. It’s in there. There has been no more more consistent presence in music, and never more than now.

Tune in — radio or web! And tell others about it!

(Oh — and it’s a fundraiser for the station, so please give. There’s a link at the website, or call 1-800-394-WUSB or 1-631-632-6901.)