WTM #1013: Yodel as Smiling Subversion


Wreck This Mess / Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies

Radio Patapoe 88.3 ~ Amsterdam ~ 7 April 2008 // 17.00-19.00

Do you want to know the cause of war? It is capitalism, greed, the dirty hunger for dollars.
Take away the capitalist and you will sweep war from the earth.”
 * Henry Ford

“Yodeling is maligned or skipped because people tend to fear, thus ridicule, the extreme, and also tend to find the extreme lacking in nuance. Often, yodelers have abetted this neglect by obsessing on the mere trick of thhe yodel, have become virtuosos of the mechanical. Yodeling can be redolent with em,otional subtlety, but it’s abstract, lacks the comfort of semantics, so many folks are more at ease lounging in pop cliché, deriving their subtlety from particular analogous memories.”
o Jack Collom, poet and yodeler and pedagogue

Air Raid Kabul > James Whitehead [1]
Till the Roses Bloom Again > Delmore Brothers [2]
The Fugitive’s Lament > Delmore Brothers [2]
Goodbye Booze > Delmore Brothers [2]
The Girls Don’t Worry My Mind > Delmore Brothers [2]
They Say It Is sinful to Flirt > Delmore Brothers [2]
Lorena, the Slave > Delmore Brothers [2]
That Yodelin’ gal – Miss Julie > Delmore Brothers [2]
Brown’s Ferry Blues > Delmore Brothers [2]
Happy Hickey – The Hobo > Delmore Brothers [2]
Lonesome Yodel Blues No. 2 > Delmore Brothers [2]
Lonesome Yodel Blues > Delmore Brothers [2]
Indian Love Call > Margo Smith [3]
Happy on the Mississippi Shore > Delmore Brothers [2]
My Little Lady Who > Margo Smith [3]
Old Mountain Dew > Delmore Brothers [2]
What’s The Matter With You > Carolina Cotton [4]
There’s Trouble on My Mind Today > Delmore Brothers [2]
You Always Keep Me in Hott Water > Carolina Cotton [4]
When It’s time for the Whippoorwill to Sing > Delmore Brothers [2]
Mama Yo Quiero > Carolina Cotton [4]
Lonesome Whistle > Hank Williams [5]
Baby We’re Really in Love > Hank Williams [5]
Mockingbird Yodel> Carolina Cotton [4]
The Little Dogwood Tree > Al Shade & Jean Romaine [6]
Weary Blues From Waitin’ > Hank Williams [5]
I’m Gonna Round Up My Blues > Carolina Cotton [4]
Tater Pie > Carolina Cotton [4]
Pictures From The Other Side of Life > Hank Williams [5]
Carolina Cotton Calls 
> Carolina Cotton [4]
When the Bloom is on the Sage > Carolina Cotton [7]
Please Throw Away the Glass > Betty Cody [8]
Crime Will Never Pay > Carolina Cotton [7]
Tom-Tom Yodel > Betty Cody [8]
You Got Me Wrapped Around Your Finger > Carolina Cotton [7]
Phonograph Record > Betty Cody [8]
Yodeling Ghost > Patsy Montana [9]
I’m Talkin’ Start Walkin’ 
> Betty Cody [8]
Water Witch Waltz > Patsy Montana [9]
When a Cowgirl is Happy > Rosalie Allen [10]
Fat Man Blues > Zeke Manners & his Gang [11]
Hitler Lives > Rosalie Allen [10]
Inflation > Zeke Manners & his Gang [11]
When Hank Williams met Jimmie Rodgers > Riley Crabtree [12]
Carolina Cotton Calls 
> Carolina Cotton [4]       
 [1] Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music on Quatermass.
[2] The Delmore Brothers: Classic Cuts 1933-41, 4-CD box on JSP.
[3] Swiss Cowboy & Country on Cammeron.
[4] Yodeling Blonde Bombshell on Kit Fox.
[5] 25 Original Recordings on Rolled Gold.
[6] The Little Dogwood Tree on AlJean Records.
[7] Yodel, Yodel, Yodel on Cattle.
[8] The Successful Hillbilly Era of Betty Cody on Cattle.
[9] Blazin’ The Trail on Cattle.
[10] The Hillbilly Yodel Star of the 1940s on Cattle.
[11] The Golden Age of Zeke Manners & his Gang on Cattle.
[12] When Hank Williams met Jimmie Rodgers on Cattle.

    

o Another gad dern yodel program! I can see the emails already! Well, there is some explaining. I am a big fan of Carolina Cotton and see HER as the true Queen of cowboy/gal yodeling. She had an amazing vocal gift, her yodel was robust and full of enthusiasm, depth and her songs were funny, full of double entendre, playful and insightful. The others played here are somehow [time period] related and also very interesting. Yodeling usually cleanses the soul but it also offers an opportunity to drop a few projects coming down the pipeline into your lap. The yodel agenda appears unabated by publication of YODEL-AY-EE-OOOO: THE SECRET HISTORY OF YODELING AROUND THE WORLD and the release of ROUGH GUIDE TO YODEL. We are set to blow open this secret society  wide open. There is so much that needs to be told that hasn’t already been told. Korean and Japanese and Taiwanese yodelers and William Randolph Hearst and Werner Heisenberg, JFk torpedoing the Democratic political career of hillbilly yodeler Elton Britt, a tribe that worshipped Jimmie Rodgers as a demi-god, strange yodeling in France, incredibly enchanting yodeling in Tuscany, black yodelers around the world, yodeling and Betty Boop, Krazy Kat, the Mysterious Asthmatic Avenger, Andy Kaufman, softcore B-movie porn in Germany, yodeling and Disney, yodeling and the Dadaists, John Lennon, his father, Edith Sitwell, yodeling accordionists in Columbia, Swedish jazz singer Alice BabsŠ but you get the message. That is why I am writing book 2 called YODEL IN HIFI. But am also embarking on a second attempt to make a documentary called DRIVE-BY YODELING, as well as 3 compilations: AVANT LE VOIX: HUMAN EXPERIMENTS WITH THE YODEL [avant garde vocalists], BLACK & BLUE YODELIN’ [black yodelers worldwide], OLGA REWOUND [modern remixes of Olga Lowina’s yodels], plus I am gearing up to do a 6-part special for London’s Resonance FM on the ‘history’ of yodeling, which will also hopefully be [re]broadcast on Radio Patapoe, Radio Libertaire, and WFMUŠ

o Gadgets learned: It isn’t enough to just be able to write using a pen and paper any more. Hasn’t been for a long time. Back in high school I took typing lessons was able to take over my father’s blue portable that he only used to painfully type out his resume forefinger style. In Paris I bought a nifty memory typewriter that could keep 3 typed pages in its memory. This was 1990 and it was a much coveted thing. Actually helpful for a while but like the 8-track and the syquest drive, almost as you bought it you somehow sensed it was already antiquated. I worked on a Mac starting in 1992 in exchange for work rendered for a NY artist [whom I will not name for fear that he will gain some single iota of recognition from the mention of his name – more pathetic than evil is how much I have softened] anyway, that led to learning Word Perfect, MSWord, Quark, Photoshop on my own. Bought my first Mac in 1995. Donated that when we moved to Amsterdam in 1996 and started using Nina’s Powerbook. Got a G-3, figured out how to hook up a ‘skuzzy’ drive, add a scanner, a printer. Things still moved relatively slow, not as slow as the 1960s-8os, where we had to master basically a TV remote, video, cassette decks, turntables and CD players. But now, just in the past few years there seems to be a ‘necessary’ step up to yet another new paradigm-shifting and time-eating piece of software, hardware or underwear.

Gadgets Mastered over the past 2 or 3 years: I have learned html, mostly built up a shell of pre-created website, learned Quick time movie editing [simplistic], hooked up my cassette deck to the computer to be able to record old tapes digitally, hooked up a turntable to record old LPs digitally, figured out most of the features on a digital camera and how to transfer them to my Mac, use i-tunes effectively, figure out my new imac, myspace [sucks], youtube [useful musicologically – more on this later], wordpress [interesting], sound source, audio hijack, audacity, radioshift, I-cal, skype, photobooth, set up firefox, set up my own i-google page, use google scholar, actually purchased some records online, set up my banking online, VoiceOver, am able to transfer Flip films into Quicktime… And I am currently struggling to set up Audio Hijack to work with Skype so I can do some yodel interviews.

 

o Gadgets learned: It isn’t enough to just be able to write using a pen and paper any more. Hasn’t been for a long time. Back in high school I took typing lessons was able to take over my father’s blue portable that he only used to painfully type out his resume forefinger style. In Paris I bought a nifty memory typewriter that could keep 3 typed pages in its memory. This was 1990 and it was a much coveted thing. Actually helpful for a while but like the 8-track and the syquest drive, almost as you bought it you somehow sensed it was already antiquated. I worked on a Mac starting in 1992 in exchange for work rendered for a NY artist [whom I will not name for fear that he will gain some single iota of recognition from the mention of his name – more pathetic than evil is how much I have softened] anyway, that led to learning Word Perfect, MSWord, Quark, Photoshop on my own. Bought my first Mac in 1995. Donated that when we moved to Amsterdam in 1996 and started using Nina’s Powerbook. Got a G-3, figured out how to hook up a ‘skuzzy’ drive, add a scanner, a printer. Things still moved relatively slow, not as slow as the 1960s-8os, where we had to master basically a TV remote, video, cassette decks, turntables and CD players. But now, just in the past few years there seems to be a ‘necessary’ step up to yet another new paradigm-shifting and time-eating piece of software, hardware or underwear.        Just in the past 2 or 3 years: I have learned html, mostly built up a shell of pre-created website, learned Quick time movie editing [simplistic], hooked up my cassette deck to the computer to be able to record old tapes digitally, hooked up a turntable to record old LPs digitally, figured out most of the features on a digital camera and how to transfer them to my Mac, use i-tunes effectively, figure out my new imac, myspace [sucks], youtube [useful musicologically – more on this later], wordpress [interesting], sound source, audio hijack, audacity, radioshift, I-cal, skype, photobooth, set up firefox, set up my own i-google page, use google scholar, actually purchased some records online, set up my banking online, VoiceOverŠ And I am currently struggling to set up Audio Hijack to work with Skype so I can do some yodel interviews.    

This is not to brag but it is interesting to see all of these things / developments  in a row. What it means for me as a writer [and others] is that in conversation we rarely talk about what we’ve read, what we are writing, what we’re working on or researching but we DO talk about gadgets, software and strategies on how to best use them. I am not entirely convinced this is good but this is the reality we are faced with.

It is our reaction to making sure that what we pull from inside ourselves sees the light of some day. I say some day because necessity has meant taking things into our own hands. As publishing becomes an increasingly small and closed door reserved for the cognoscenti who know the secret knock, people/writers and other book people have taken to new methods of self-publishing on blogs, POD or other strategies [for better or worse].

 

Also check out Daisy Montana’s blog < http://wordpress.com/tag/yodel/ >
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One thought on “WTM #1013: Yodel as Smiling Subversion

  1. Another great playlist with yodels ! with some songs I’ve never heard before.
    Thanks for the publicity !

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