Music of Leonard Bernstein, Frank Zappa, Henry Mancini, T.J. Anderson and Taj Mahal. Songs about food, about eating, about being eaten, and of course music to eat by, for, and with. Bring your knife and fork!
In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston brings us a new episode about food, a seemingly inexhaustible subject, saucy and filling. Also a few stories about his grandmother, and her days in radio at Rockefeller Center.
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Playlist for American Highways #20
Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101.
1. Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Conducted by Henry Mancini
Roberta Alexander: A Retrospective
La Bonne Cuisine:
2. Plum Pudding (0:52)
3. Ox-tails (1:04)
4. Tavouk Gueunkis (1:21)
5. Rabbit at Top Speed (1:14)
Roberta Alexander, vocals, Leonard Bernstein, piano.
6. I Can Cook, Too
Adolph Green, Betty Comden, John Reardon, Leonard Bernstein & Nancy Walker
Masterworks Broadway rl45325 (8887500728250)
7. To the Bone
vocalist Tatiana Heinz; guitarist/banjoist Gilbert Trefzger (alias Okou)
CD – Az #5322947
8. Fishin’ Blues
Columbia 491692 2
10. Shoo Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy
Kings of Swing Vol 1, Disc 1.
Chris Minh Doky/Frasier theme-song
11. Tossed Salad & Scrambled Eggs
Chris Minh Doky, piano
Capitol Records emi 5425782
Don’t Panic! 60 Seconds for Piano
12. Watermelon Revisited (0:57) by TJ Anderson
13. Minute Rice (0:53) by Walter Haven
Guy Livingston, pianist
Robert Livingston Aldridge
14. Allness, Togetherness, Hold the Mayo (2:44)
15. for Me There’s No More Love, For You There’s No More Pumpkin Pie (4:43)
16. Wind, Women and Geopolitical Realities (4:21)
Eri Kaishima, Michaela Stapleton & Guillem Calvo.
CD Baby 0700115999779
Aaron Jay Kernis
Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine: Le Quattro Stagioni Della Cucina Futurismo
17. Nocturnal Love Feast
World Class Recordings JDT 142
Howard Shore & Ornette Coleman
18. Naked Lunch
Howe Records HWR-1017
19. Call Any Vegetable
The Mothers of Invention
Zappa Records 0238352 CD
Video: Place Setting DJ
article by Ben Houge about his work, with photos
fashion portrait of John Cage and his recipe ideas – plenty of mushrooms!
RadioGuyLive’s top forty list of music about eating and food! …with special thanks to conductor Bill Eddins and his facebook fan club for all their delicious suggestions.
John Cage Story 1
This summer I’m going to give a class in mushroom
identification at the New School for Social
Research. Actually, it’s five field trips, not
really a class at all. However, when I proposed it
to Dean Clara Mayer, though she was delighted with
the idea, she said, “I’ll have to let you know later
whether or not we’ll give it.” So she spoke to the
president who couldn’t see why there should be a
class in mushrooms at the New School. Next she spoke
to Professor MacIvor who lives in Piermont. She
said, “What do you think about our having a mushroom
class at the New School?” He said, “Fine idea.
Nothing more than mushroom identification develops
the powers of observation.” This remark was relayed
both to the president and to me. It served to get
the class into the catalogue and to verbalize for
me my present attitude towards music: it isn’t
useful, music isn’t, unless it develops our powers
of audition. But most musicians can’t hear a single
sound, they listen only to the relationship between
two or more sounds. Music for them has nothing to
do with their powers of audition, but only to do
with their powers of observing relationships. In
order to do this, they have to ignore all the crying
babies, fire engines, telephone bells, coughs, that
happen to occur during their auditions. Actually,
if you run into people who are really interested in
hearing sounds, you’re apt to find them fascinated
by the quiet ones. “Did you hear that?” they will
John Cage Story 2
One day down at
Black Mountain College,
was eating his lunch.
A student came over to
his table and began asking him questions.
went on eating his
kept on asking questions.
David Tudor looked at him and said,
“If you don’t know,
why do you ask?”
John Cage Story 3
when I wasn’t involved
in the woods
day while I
was gathering some
were growing around
a stump not
far from the
the Ferienkurse für
came by and said,
is better than Art.”