Jeff Sweatman

Workday Wrap Up 3/11 – Bells & Whistles + Bobby McFerrin & Oz

Inspired by the new Matt Nathanson song title, it was “bells & whistles” on the Workday Wrap Up…played a request for “Don’t Worry Be Happy” and told the caller that Bobby McFerrin was born in my hometown!  Then I googled it & that’s actually not true…he just lived in Springfield, IL briefly while attending college in the 1970s I guess.  Still, I remember it being a pretty big deal around there when he hit it big in the 80s!  Saw him recently on Later with Jools Holland (a GREAT live music program that airs in the U.S. on Palladia), and he still sounds amazing (I know this is a 2010 episode they just recently aired, but you get the idea)…

Also got a request for The 5th Estate covering a Wizard of Oz classic (see playlist below), which happens to coincide with the new Oz movie that debuted in theaters this past weekend (with a fairly impressive $80+ million showing).  I made mention on the air tonight of how I watched the original Wizard of Oz over the weekend, just to refresh my memory before I see the new version (I think I saw the trailer before every movie I’ve seen in theaters the past 3-4 months).  I realized that I don’t think I had ever seen the Wizard of Oz all the way through before!  I remember our 5th grade music teacher making us watch “The Wiz,” so maybe I was disappointed by the lack of FUNK in the original?!  Definitely remember most of the major scenes from childhood, and virtually all of the songs were familiar, but I can’t say that I ever really sat down (even as a kid) and watched the whole darn thing!  Is that weird?  Trying to put my brain back in a pre-teen mindset, I think the hustle & bustle of the beginning (where everyone – esp. Dorothy – is shouting at each other) was off-putting, I never did like the high-pitched voices they were so fond of in the 30s & 40s (whether it was Alvin & the Chipmunks or the Munchkins!) and certainly the Cowardly Lion still grates on my nerves, lol!  But clearly, a classic is a classic, and I look forward to seeing how they play off of that with modern technology for this new version… 

Just so happens Pink Floyd fans are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon this month too…I didn’t synch up my Wizard of Oz viewing this weekend with it, but might just try it before I return the DVD, haha!

Every Weekday at 6pm, we do a request hour with a different theme, started by the New Song of the Day.  Here’s what actually got played among the requests tonight…

 

Workday Wrap Up 3/11/13 (Bells & Whistles theme)

 

Mission Bells – Matt Nathanson

Home – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Me & Julio Down By the Schoolyard – Paul Simon

 

Michelle – Beatles

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

My Doorbell – White Stripes

Ring My Bell – Anita Ward

Answering Bell – Ryan Adams

Whistling in the Dark – They Might Be Giants

 

Hocus Pocus – Focus

Different – Ximena Sarinana

Wedding Bell Blues – The 5th Dimension

Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead! – The 5th Estate

Ocean Size (demo version) – Jane’s Addiction (from Kettle Whistle)

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