WTM #1048: Winter & Paloma & Nina’s Birthday


wReck thiS meSS

Radio Patapoe 88.3 

Amsterdam ~ Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies

16 February 2009 // 17.00-19.00

When I left Havana nobody saw me go
But my little gaucho maid who loves me so
She came down the pathway following after me
That same little gaucho maid that I longed to see
If at your window you see a gentle dove
Treat it with care and welcome it there with love
It may be so I do not deny its glee
Crown it with flowers grant love its hours for me
• Sebastian Yradier
Et Pluie souffle > Myriam Hamer-Lavoie [Cache 2006 / CEC]
Drift > Natural Language [Natural Language /Em:t]
New Year Storm > Clark [Turning Dragons / Warp 2008 ]
Ice Flower > Hector Zazou [Corps Electronique / Sony]
Whistling Palomino > Carla Bley [La Paloma: One Song One World / Trikont ]
Winter Kills > Yazoo [Upstairs at Eric’s / Mute vinyl]
La Paloma > Charlie Parker [La Paloma: One Song One World / Trikont ]
Winter in America > Gil Scott Heron
Winterlud2 > Greetje Bijma & Klaas Hoek [Wintlud / BVHaast ]
Chime Again > Philip Jeck [Sand / Touch]
While The Cold Winter Waiting > Trentemøller
La Paloma > Claude Thornhill [La Paloma: One Song One World / Trikont]
Nine > Kode9 & The Spaceape
Fanfares > Philip Jeck [Sand / Touch]
Late Snow > Gary Snyder
The Prairies > Michel F. Coté [Flat Fourgonnette (Mescal Free Style) / DAME
Vienna > Ultravox [Vienna / Chrysalis vinyl]
Winterworld Of Love > Engelbert Humperdinck
Caribou > Lena [Lost-Wax / Plush]
Veel Sneeuw > De Kift [Krankenhuis / Studio Toon]
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed > Allman Brothers [Idlewild South / Atco vinyl]
La Paloma > Pacifique Tango Orkestret [La Paloma: One Song One World / Trikont ]
La Paloma > Flaco Jiminez & the Rockin Tex Mex Band [La Paloma: One Song One World / Trikont ]
Sometimes In Winter > Blood, Sweat & Tears
Hot Winter’s Day > Prefuse73 [Vocal Studies & Uprock Narratives / Warp]
La Paloma > Coco Schumann Combo [La Paloma: One Song One World / Trikont ]
Nina > AA Kismet [What’s the use of crying when the wolves have arrived / ZZZZ]
La Paloma > Freddy Quinn [La Paloma: One Song One World / Trikont]
Mooie Vera (1958) [La Paloma] > Toby Rix
Fala Nina, Fala Nina > Maria Muldaur
Cold Hard Times > Lee Hazlewood
La Paloma Guarumera > Alfredo Gutierrez
De Tijd (la Paloma) > de Trekvogels
This was a radio show dedicated to the 2 women in my daily life: Paloma and Nina, both born on 15 February. It was also time to make one more effort to try to capture winter in song [an annual ritual that has no noticeable effect on reality]. It seems particularly weird writing this now, on the day before spring officially begins and the weather has a decidedly springy feel to it…
LA PALOMA: On the venerable Trikont label, a German label of conscientious content that does better presenting forgotten sides of American music than most American labels. It is one of the most recorded/covered songs – there are purportedly 2000+ versions, beating out “Yesterday” by the Beatles by about 400 versions – and Trikont has put together some 80+ on a 3-CD set. I have since found a number of versions they do not have. Part of the attraction is the name of the song, of course, which evokes images of my daughter, but also the song itself is an interesting song both lyrically and musically. It remains interesting even if you listen to all 80 versions in one sitting. Although my tolerance is much higher in this regard than most, both Paloma and Nina can only take about 25 versions.
What I have noticed is that circumstances, chance, opportunity, weather, work pressure, Paloma relation with her friends, a friendly greeting in a local shop all have an effect on how a radio show progresses. This winter feeling is two-sided. It has a kind of cozy-stay-at-home feeling and when you are on the streets, they are relatively and gloriously empty of people on bikes etc.
When Nina lived in Prague I would often dedicate radio shows to her and play songs with Nina in the title or lyrics because the magic of naming the object made the object feel that much closer. The same goes for La Paloma although less for the song “Paloma Blanca.”
My strategy continues unabated: to continue to flagrantly cross all style, genre, taste and elite lines to unite  what is common in all song [this does not mean I LIKE most music – I don’t, in fact, 90% of everything is crap including music. That is just the nature of our world and of culture in general. Most movies, music, TV, radio, magazines, books are crap but that 10% of everything is enough to keep me or you busy for 10 lifetimes. And sometimes it is just plain fun to investigate the abject and abhorrent because sometimes what you always believed to be abominable is actually [suddenly now?] quite listenable. This has much to do with changing hormone levels, the changing function of music in one’s life, the heat of the moment when you were part of some whatever style faction and thus did not give rejected genres of music a chance. There is also the intense factor of nostalgia or even stronger, the way that certain songs serve as road markers of intense emotional states in one’s life. You see how important early listening is in the creation of one’s taste palette – what we tolerate now has a lot to do with the pleasant memories associated with the songs of your youth… In fact, you can probably make a timeline of songs that mark each period of your life – until, for many people, they turn about 40 is, give or take a few years either way, when a lot of people seem to stop listening to music on almost any level except as necessary backwash fill…
Whenever Nina goes away overseas to save the workers of the world from the schemers who until ‘yesterday’ were considered the heroes and captains of industry and the authors of million sellers on how to become a millionaire she always leaves behind a detailed suggestion list on meal choices for me and Paloma. This is incredibly helpful, its like those walls they put up in bowling alleys for kids so they can’t throw gutter balls. Anyway, this time N. Even left little piles of coordinated outfits for Paloma for each day – starting with Tuesday on the left through Friday.
A recent article clipped from the New Yorker by ever-thoughtful Nina, by staff music writer Sasha Frere-Jones [I don’t always agree with her and I wonder how much that old socialist adage of beware of those with hyphenated names matters in this instance]. “Sales Force” details how “Balkanized” the Top 10s are in different media. Of the top 10 acts played on the radio, 7 are country acts, two hardrock and one pop star. The top 10 streamed videos “were largely songs by young women who sing R&B. 8 of the top 10 ringtones were hiphop. Two of the year’s best-selling record offer vivd illustration of how the market has fragmented … The Eagles’ “Long Road Out Of Eden,” released on their own independent label and available only at Wal-Mart, sold 2.6 million copies.” [The numerous facts contained in this small factoid alone explains why contempt for the Eagles is totally justified and a certain distrust of mass audiences (especially crusty consumer ex-hippies!) is also not so unjustified] “The biggest selling album of the year was Josh Grosbau’s ‘Noël,’ which sold 3.7 million copies despite being released in October.” Yikes!

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