Water Music for Earth Day

In this episode of American Highways, we hear the Wind in the Willows, Seaweed’s Dance, Rialto Ripples, the Housatonic at Stockbridge, and more watery music from the American landscape.

Earth Day is an international festival to promote understanding of nature, and a less wasteful lifestyle. In honor of the occasion, pianist Guy Livingston presents water music by composers from Edward MacDowell to Thelonius Monk.



Playlist for American Highways #14:

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

vintage radio

Nonesuch Records 79101.

Edward MacDowell
1. By the Meadow Brook
Roger Sheilds, pianist.
VoxBox CD3X 3027

Louis Armstrong
2. Lazy River

Al Green
3. Take Me to the River
Talking Heads
Rhino Records 8122 76488-2

John Adams
4. China Gates
Guy Livingston, piano.

Charles Griffes
5. The Fountain of the Acqua Paola
Roger Sheilds, pianist.
VoxBox CD3X 3027

Charles Ives
6. Housatonic at Stockbridge
Antoine Palloc, piano & Rayanne Dupuis, soprano.
Soupir S 221

Masabumi Kikuchi
7. Drizzling Rain
Gil Evans & Masabumi Kikuchi
VERVE 314-513-462-2

Laurent Coq
8. Seaweed’s Dance (4:44)
Laurent Coq Blowing Trio
CD Universal 819827

William Bolcom
The Wind In The Willows – Three Songs
9.River Song
10. Messing About In Boats
11. Rat’s Song
William Bolcom, piano; Carole Farley, voice.
Naxos 8.559249

Phil Moore
12. It’s A Rainy Day
Lena Horne
CMC 20057-2

Thelonious Monk
13. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Thelonious Monk, pianist.
Columbia C2K 65495

George Gershwin
14. Rialto Ripples
George Gershwin
Nonesuch 79370-2

John Coltrane
15. After The Rain
John Coltrane
MCCD 170

and a mystery piece…the first person to identify the closing music for the show wins a prize!


Special thanks this week to Kristin Anderson, for inspiring this show, and to Aletta Becker for her valuable radio advice.




Some vintage pages from the Whole Earth Catalog:

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