Happy Inauguration Day! I find myself filled with hope and optimism, almost despite myself given the past four years. I recognize that there are no magic bullets — politics in our country has a long way to go before I’d call the system ‘healthy,’ but I’m hoping this is a step in the right direction.
In any case, this week’s show highlights things that make me happy.
Things like musicals (Guys & Dolls, My Fair Lady) and Harry Connick Jr. and Emily Cole and YouTube videos for Baby Can Dance and God Moves On The Water and swing music out of France and Israel and Turkey and all the other fabulous places where, as bad as things might get, people remember to swing!
So here are a few things that make me happy, and I hope they make you happy too!
Keeping things closer to home than usual this week with classics from a number of genres that help define the “American songbook.” Mainly we’re digging into older big band and jazz tunes that hit the top pop charts, some great blues tunes and, for a change of pace and because I love it, some great doo wop.