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 Morning Soup 
 eclectic music show
 Weekly Program
 Doug Ashford
 Doug Ashford  
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Morning Soup is an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, and other music from all over. You can hear it LIVE on Saturdays from 10am to noon Eastern, with a re-air Tuesdays at 10am. The archives are at, where you can listen to the current week's show as well as previous shows, view playlists, and read program notes for each show.
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I'm sorry. I lied. Last week I said this week's show would sound better than last week's debut. Didn't happen. If anything this show sounds worse. No idea what's going on with the right channel cutting in and out, but the problem starts 45 seconds into the show and persists through much of the program. Also, the starts of some of the songs are getting clipped off. Don't blame the DJ, blame the software (it's all run off of a PC). These things will be fixed for the next show.

It's a pity, because I think the music here is quite good. The Egberto Gismonti piece that starts the show (Lôro) was the music theme I often used to introduce jazz programs. I had never come across anything like this when I first heard it, and I've still never found a piece of music that "winds down" as gracefully (and slowly) as this one does.

I really want to highlight the Chris Wood performance of Lord Bateman -- I think it's something pretty extraordinary. The melody he's written for it is so unusual. I have enough memory of my music theory class to be dangerous, but I don't know what mode this melody uses: lydian, phrygian, pentatonic, doric, mixolydian, ionic, corinthian -- wait, some of those are types of classical architectural columns. Anyway, it's one of my favorites pieces of music from the past five years or so.

I threw a couple of very obscure songs into the show because a) I like them and wanted you to hear them, and b) I wanted to see how the Live365 web site database would handle a musician for whom it had no information (the web site displays the appropriate album cover based on the song being played). Live365, of course, failed completely: 1970s California songwriter Randy Brook was misidentified as 1940s trumpeter and band leader Randy Brooks, and 1980s Vermont songwriter Steve Mullaney came out as Steve Nelson or something. Incidentally, the songs for these two singers were ripped from their LPs -- sorry the volume is so low (I'll have to boost the gain on those MP3s).

Someday I'll write about my 25-year quest to locate Randy Brook (ultimately successful) -- I still haven't found out whatever became of Steve Mullaney.

Last week I played two songs from the Transatlantic Sessions soundtrack CDs, and this week's show has another cut from them: Kathy Mattea singing Dougie MacLean's Ready for the Storm and making it her own (Dougie sings harmony here). As you've probably inferred, these soundtrack CDs are going to be a weekly sample on my show while we build up the radio station's music library.

About halfway into this week's show, the station's Internet server went down and this show went off-the-air for about half an hour (replaced on the Internet by an automated playlist). So part of what you hear here didn't go out on the Internet originally. I added the 25-minute Gil Evans piece to the broadcast playlist so we could go deal with the server problem (which is old-fashioned LP-CD radio thinking -- since the music plays in sequence automatically, five 5-minute MP3s would have accomplished the same thing). At any rate, that's what I am talking about on-mike after the Gil Evans.

Lastly, we close the show with a piece of music from NFL Films on this Super Bowl weekend. If you're of a certain age, the orchestral compositions that NFL Films started using in the 1960s and 70s (to accompany its signature super-slow motion camera work) are some of the touchstones of youth. (Credit goes to Sam Spence for composing most of the NFL music from that era.) It's truly manly music, all brass and tympani. Happily, much of the music has been released on CD -- if you really want to go to town, there's a 10CD (!) box set available.

Next week: no more testing -- the show is on!

0:00:00 Egberto Gismonti – Lôro

0:06:14 John Martyn – Solid Air
0:11:56 Nick Drake – At the Chime of a City Clock
0:17:08 Chris Wood – Lord Bateman

0:25:46 Alison Krauss & James Taylor – How's the World Treating You
0:29:02 Rodrigo y Gabriela – Stairway to Heaven
0:33:43 Richard & Linda Thompson – Don't Renege on Our Love
0:37:56 Mindy Smith – Come to Jesus

0:43:25 David Francey – Paper Boy
0:45:41 Randy Brook – Make Believe Light
0:50:14 Steve Mullaney – Songbird
0:53:36 Kathy Mattea – Ready For The Storm

0:58:08 Warren Zanes – Hey Girl
1:01:28 James Hunter – No Smoke Without Fire
1:04:29 Al Green – Let's Stay Together

1:08:33 Gil Evans & The Monday Night Orchestra – Blues in "C"

1:34:21 Bruce Cockburn – Grim Travellers
1:39:06 Clive Gregson & Christine Collister – Wash Me Away
1:44:31 Olabelle - Soul of a Man
1:48:28 Warren Zevon – Keep Me in Your Heart

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01:54:46 English 2011-02-05
 Somerville, Massachusetts
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