Sunday, January 21, 2007

Free Therapy

Friday, January 19, 2007 8-10am Radio Show

Beach Boys - Don't Worry Baby
Wayne Newton - Strangers in the Night
Bob Dylan - Thunder on the Mountain
Neil Sedaka - Laughter in the Rain
Camera Obscura - Let Me Go Home
Essex Green - Rue De Lis
Elliott Smith - Somebody That I Used to Know
10cc - The Things We Do For Love
Pernice Brothers - Automaton
Fred Astaire - Cheek to Cheek
Johnny Hicks & His Troubadours - Hamburger Hop

Last weekend, WXYC djs signed up for a radio show slot for the semester. I was very nervous that I would not be receive my favorite radio show slot: Friday mornings 8-10am. But the other WXYC kids probably don't like to get up early (I sure as hell didn't rise before noon unless I absolutely had to when I was in school), so I could have been the only one to sign up for this slot. The 8-10am slot is so perfect for me. It forces me to get out of bed early and do something that is not WORK! And it makes Fridays at my job more bearable. After a radio show, I just coast through the rest of the day. It's also early enough in the day that I can find a parking meter close to the station.

Last week was a rough one for me, but I made it through with the help of my radio show. I didn't want to go in and I had to push myself to get through it. But what a difference a radio show makes. I have been djing at WXYC for TEN YEARS now. (I am so freakin' old!) These morning radio shows are so therapeutic. It is such a release. The rush of an absolutely perfect segue is like no other. It is one of the best feelings ever. Unfortunately, I did not have any mind-blowing segues, but the show lifted my spirits.

When I get really stressed out or down, my friend, Bill, tells me "Don't worry, Charlotte, it'll be ok." In honor of Bill's words, I started my show on Friday with the Beach Boys song "Don't Worry Baby." Even though I am a Pet Sounds enthusiast and rarely stray from that album for my Beach Boys fix, I absolutely love "Don't Worry, Baby." The harmonies are just beautiful and make me weak in the knees... that song might become the "Obsession of the Week" soon.

Last Sunday, I played music trivia at Local 506 on a team with some serious music geeks. I was scared that I would have NOTHING to contribute, but I actually knew some answers. No one on my team knew Neil Sedaka's "Laughter in the Rain" which is one of my favorite songs. I had to play that on Friday to honor my trivia team, the Vesuvians.

After Christmas, I had to go the maul and get a new cell phone. While I was there, I went into JCrew and I heard "The Things We Do for Love." I found myself kinda dancin' in the store because I love that song... I finally had to leave because I couldn't contain myself. I had no idea who sang that song... I had only heard it covered by the Wusses. But I found out that it was 10cc and since I had that song rattling around in my head since December, I just had to play it.

Elliott Smith is the perfect thing to play when you are sad. A friend once told me that he played "Say Yes" over and over for months after his wife left him. So, since I was feeling a little sad, I played an Elliott Smith song in honor of my sadness... kind of a symbolic way of releasing it. I like the song I played "Somebody That I Used To Know," but it didn't really do it for me. I used to be such a huge Elliott Smith fan.. I'll never forget the time I saw him perform at the Lizard and Snake opening for the Softies... I had found my new post-college Morrissey. Cuurently, I don't even have any Elliott Smith songs on my Ipod. Probably best that way... too depressing.

"Don't worry, baby. Everything's will turn out alright."


lintqueen said...

Hey Charlotte -

You don't know me, but you know Jerry and I know Jerry, so we're virtually best buds already ;-)

I *love* your mixes (perhaps even enough to tune to a radio station early in the morning).

Here's a recent "mix" I made --

Aja 7:57 Steely Dan
Benefits of Lying (With Your Friend) 3:35 The Apples in Stereo
Minute By Minute 3:29 The Doobie Brothers
Above You, Below Me 2:40 Badly Drawn Boy
Jesus, Etc. 3:51 Wilco
Walk Away Renee 2:19 Billy Bragg
Goodbye, Goodnight 2:53 Jars of Clay
Changeless 5:08 Carbon Leaf
Who Loves You 4:21 Frankie Valle & The Four Seaso
Autumn Tactics 4:55 Chicane
Born at the Right Time 3:47 Paul Simon
Careful 3:42 Guster
Wall of Death 3:50 The Kennedys
Call You Home 3:48 Mark Erelli
Walking the Long Miles Home 4:12 Richard Thompson
From the Morning 2:31 Nick Drake
Next to You 4:17 Tim Easton
Paris 1919 4:05 John Cale
Shasta (Carrie's Song) 3:29 Vienna Teng

I can send it to you if you'd like...


Charlotte said...

Hi Gina,

Your mix sounds great! I would love to hear it, but don't be fooled by the songs at the beginning of my posts... those are just selections from my show and there's alot of other stuff mixed in.

And this summer, my radio show is on Tuesday evenings 6-9pm. I am only on in the early mornings during the school year.

See ya!