On My Way to 2020: The penultimate day playlist of music.

(Wyatt and Gavin take one final look at 2019)

End of the Year Playlist

The computer software gathered a list of my “top songs” for the year. The significance was drawn from the number of time that I played the song on my computer. The radio show is only two hours in length. I needed to edit the song list in order that it would fit with the time allotted for the show. Believe it or not, I got all these songs into the show, plus time for NPR news, weather, public service announcements, and of course…my own brand of craziness. It was an eclectic list of recent and old tunes from a number of music genres and artists. I had a fun time with the show, Here is the playlists drawn from the weekly shows of 2019:

The Last Ride ( I’ll keep it simple, you keep it true, I owe …to you.)

ARTIST: Pretenders ( We take shelter in each other.)

One Fine Day ( …you’re gonna want me for your girl.)

ARTIST: The Chiffons

Be My Baby

ARTIST the Ronettes

 (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave

ARTIST: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Then He Kissed Me ( All those stars were shinning bright, and…)

ARTIST: The Crystals

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)

ARTIST: Four Tops ( I love you and nobody else.)

Little Darlin’

ARTIST: The Diamonds

Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (…please don’t leave me, girl.)

ARTIST: The Temptations

Rocket 88

ARTIST: Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats

Boozophilia ( We’re getting down with the people, down in…

ARTIST: Low Cut Connie

All Is Not Lost

ARTIST: OK Go

I’m Goin’ Down

ARTIST: Bruce Springsteen

Handsome ( Lord, thank god, I’m…thank god I’m so pretty.)

ARTIST: The Vaccines ( What a stroke of luck that I’m charming.)

I Don’t Know ( I’m get up in the morning, and…

ARTIST: The Sheepdogs ( Somebody, please help me.)

N17 ( I wish that I was on that…stonewalls and the grass is green.

ARTIST: The Saw Doctors ( Traveling with just my thoughts and dreams.)

Amnesia ( Don’t know who I am. Forgot my name.

ARTIST: Keith Richards

Cradle to the Grave (…no I won;t be a slave, to the mistakes I made.)

ARTIST: Squeeze ( and I wont go until I’m ready.)

Adiós Mexico ( …how I get along without you, I’ll never know.)

ARTIST: Texas Tornados

La Bamba

ARTIST: Ritchie Valens

México Americano (Mexican American)

ARTIST: Los Texmaniacs

Combine Harvester ( :Who loves you, baby. Come on let’s get together in perfect harmany)

ARTIST: The Wurzels ( I got a brand new…and I’ll give you the key.)

Silk Pyjamas ( When you think I’m with a mama, I’m home sitting in my…)

ARTIST: The Humblebums

It‘s Tight Like That

ARTIST: Bob Wallis’ Washboard Beaters

Don’t Let Me Rock You Daddy-O

ARTIST: Cranes Skiffle Group

One Thing ( There is only…and that thing is you.)

ARTIST: Tami Neilson ( It is ok, it’s alright, don’t you worry about a thing tonight.)

Blue Heeler ( He stood proud while folks just come and go.)

ARTIST: James Blundell ( If he could talk, he’d recall how they loved and died.)

The Way It Goes

ARTIST: Dave Mooney

The Road Goes On and On ( :I don’t care what you say, wouldn’t give you the time of day.)

ARTIST: Robert Earl Keen ( There is still time to win back some of your old friends.)

Baby Me Baby

ARTIST: Roger Miler

I Can’t Turn You Loose (…if I do I’m gonna loose my mind.

ARTIST: Otis Redding ( …I’m in love with you pretty thing.)

Hold On I’m Coming

ARTIST: Sam & Dave

In the Midnight Hour

ARTIST: Wilson Pickett

Maybellene ( You done started back doing the things you used to do.)

ARTIST: Chuck Berry

Soul Finger

ARTIST: The Bar-Kays

I’m On My Way ( …from misery to happiness, today.

ARTIST: The Proclaimers ( I’ll do my best to do the best I can.

Festivus, For The Rest Of Us, December 23rd

The holiday drew national consideration thanks to Seinfeld. In a 1997 episode titled “The Strike”, which aired during the ninth season, George Costanza’s father, Frank (Jerry Stiller), decided he was performing a solitary war on Christmas. Instead of celebrating a tacky commercialized holiday, Frank was going to start his own occasion—Festivus. “Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son,” explained Frank in the show. “I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.” With that, Festivus was born.

The holiday is celebrated on December 23rd, because Frank wanted “to get a leg up on Christmas.” To mark the occasion, an aluminum pole is set up in the living room or backyard—the Festivus pole, which “requires no decoration,” according to Frank. After a Festivus meal, celebrants must air their grievances with each other and engage in feats of strength, like wrestling.

Reflective Wit and Social Insight, Jane Austen born 1775 December 16th

Jane Austen was an English writer whose books, set among the English middle and upper classes, are distinguished for their wit, social observation and insights into the lives of early 19th century women. Rich in comedy, romance, wit and satire, Jane Austen’s six novels are also pin-sharp reflections of her social and geographical milieu in and around Hampshire, Bath and Dorset. 

Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 in the village of Steventon in Hampshire. She was one of eight children of a minister and grew up in a close-knit family. She began to write as a teenager. In 1801 the family moved to Bath. After the death of Jane’s father in 1805 Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother moved several times eventually residinig in Chawton, near Steventon.

Steventon Rectory was Jane Austen’s home for the first 25 years of her life. From here she travelled to Kent to stay with her brother Edward in his mansion at Godmersham Park near Canterbury, and she also had some shorter holidays in Bath, where her aunt and uncle lived. During the 1790s she wrote the first drafts of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey; her trips to Kent and Bath gave her the local colour for the settings of these last two books.

Jane’s brother Henry aided her deal with a publisher and her first novel, ‘Sense and Sensibility’, appeared in 1811. Her next novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’, which she designated as her “own darling child” received highly favourable reviews. ‘Mansfield Park’ was published in 1814, then ‘Emma’ in 1816. ‘Emma’ was dedicated to the prince regent, an fan of her work. All of Jane Austen’s novels were published incognito.

Sense and Sensibility[1]  and Pride and Prejudice both revolve around sisters, and Austen’s loving alliance with her only sister Cassandra lasted all her life. Both Jane and Cassandra had romances, but, like Austen’s heroines, refused to marry for the sake of marriage. They remained single, supporting their mother after the death of their father in 1805.

In 1809, Austen moved with her mother and her sister to Chawton, a tranquil Hampshire village. There, in a house given to them by her wealthy brother Edward, Austen spent her happiest years. All six of her novels date in their finished form from this period. Mansfield Park was published in 1814 and Emma, with its heroine whom Austen foretold ‘no one but myself will much like’, in 1815. 

In 1816, Jane began to suffer from poor health, probably due to Addison’s disease. She voyaged to Winchester to receive treatment, and died there on 18 July 1817. Two more novels, ‘Persuasion’ and ‘Northanger Abbey’ were published after her death and a last novel was left unfinished.

WIT AND WISDOM OF JANE AUSTEN:

There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.” — Personal correspondence

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.” —Pride and Prejudice (1813)

One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.” —Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Know your own happiness. Want for nothing but patience – or give it a more fascinating name: Call it hope.” —Sense and Sensibility (1811)

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” —Northanger Abbey (1817)

Without music, life would be a blank to me.” —Emma (1815)

To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” —Pride and Prejudice (1813)

It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.” —Emma (1815)

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.” — Personal correspondence

Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.” —Emma (1815)

The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.” —Pride and Prejudice (1813)


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