Spring Sprung {Whirled Peas Café Radio}

Mondays 7a-9a

WPC Radio: Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

Spring Break is over for most of Southernmost Illinois. And what a note to end on! Saturday gave us a supermoon that comes even less frequently than a blue moon. The perigee and the full moon coincided less than 24 hours from the vernal equinox and the official start of Springtime. By the time Spring was officially with us, our thermometers were reading as high as 80°F. If this is an early spring day, I’m not sure I’m looking forward to the Dog Days of August this year. But for now, I’m rejoicing in the barefoot surveying of my garden. Bulbs are blooming, the hydrangea is budding, my herbs are still putting out. (My parsley, marjoram, & thyme never stopped growing this winter even with some snow fall) Garden cress, carrots, peas, and onions are coming along volunteer-style. Other herbs like catnip, bee balm and hyssop are starting to recover from hibernation.

Last week was SXSW. This annual event makes Austin, TX the music capital of the world. For those of you like me who couldn’t make it down Texas-way, both NPR and KEXP have done some wonderful recording of concerts. I sampled an upload from KEXP on today’s show. Check out the video below of Grouplove in a bike shop no less!

Local News: Tonight & Wednesday night are the last of the candidates’ forums. City Hall at 7p is the place to be to catch the candidates in the first half of the alphabet; Wednesday has the other end of the alphabet. Of the 12 remaining candidates on the ballot, only three will go on to take the prize as our public servants after the vote on April 5th. Be informed.

Update: This weekend at Cape, our local Toastmasters will compete at District level. Charlie Howe is tentatively scheduled for next Monday’s show to fill us in on the competition and tell us how Toastmasters has helped a seasoned speaker like himself.

Enjoy the season!

Peas! ~Lori

Spring: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Itzhak Perlman w/the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Joy Spring Raya Yarbrough
Spring RMB


Equinox John Coltrane
The Winding Spring & Nine Pound Hammer Frank Fairfield
Low Rising The Swell Season

Makin’ Plans Miranda Lambert
Gravity Alison Krauss & Union Station
Wandering Eye One Fell Swoop
New Beginning Tracy Chapman
Anywhere You Go Shawn Colvin
Earl’s Chair/Temperance Reel/Swinging On A Gate Mithril
No Corras Tanto El Combolinga
Pastures New Nickel Creek
Whole New You Shawn Colvin
Colours Grouplove at SXSW 2011

Love Is a Rose Neil Young
Feed the Light Lizz Wright
You Make Me Nick Lowe
Hummingbird Leon Russell
Ferris Wheel Charlie Barnet
Sittin’ On Top of the World Bob Wills & His Playboys
Tighten Up The Black Keys

Rain Check {Whirled Peas Café Radio}

Mondays 7a-9a

WPC Radio: Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

To quote James who came into replace me this morning, “This rain is Biblical.” I was definitely feeling it this morning. It was nothing that a little blues couldn’t cure.

I hold a mental picture of what you are up to each and every Monday morning. Someone out there surely has a retro cherry tablecloth like one I owned a few years back. Coffee is brewing so strong I can smell it in the studio. This morning my mind’s eye saw you wake up out of habit and tune into WDBX. The rain had an aura of luck about it without need of a rainbow. Today wasn’t a school day.  No need to get up extra early to pack up the kids. No bus to catch. An extra snuggly Sunday on a calendar Monday and  a terrific excuse to over stay your time in your jammies. Happy Spring Break!

I couldn’t help punching the blues up with a bit of green. St Patty’s Day is Thursday, and in honor of the Emerald Isle I played something old and something new…and something blue: Irish hip-hop and hammered dulcimer…and a local St Patty’s blues tradition. See the videos below if you need more clues to the references.

Erin Go Bragh! ~Lori

{WPC Radio} Playlist 3/14/11

Ball & Chain Janis Joplin
A Hard Rain Is Gonna Fall Leon Russell
Right As Rain Tommy Castro
Love Gotcha Lloyd Jones
Can’t Keep a Good Man Down Tommy Castro
Here Comes the Rain Again Eurythmics
Who’ll Stop the Rain John Fogerty
I Can’t Stand the Rain Lowell George
Cry Holly Cole
Regali Dagli Dei Vince Conaway

When Your Mind’s Made Up The Swell Season
Strong Man Holler Big Bill Morganfield & Taj Mahal
Cry Me a River Diana Krall
Cry Me a River Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass
Cry Me a River Joe Cocker
Jamming with The Ivas John Band

Rain Please Go Away Alison Krauss & Union Station
Rainy Day Women 12 & 35 Bob Dylan
Rain King Counting Crows
Irish Celebration Macklemore & Ryan Lewis *

Don’t Think Twice Susan Tedeschi
I Shall Be Released Bob Dylan
Down In the Flood Bob Dylan
Wild Women Francine Reed

* KEXP live version played on the show. FCC  compliant.

ToastMasters {Whirled Peas Café Radio}

Mondays 7a-9a

WPC Radio: Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

This Monday morning I was joined by three of our local Toastmasters. A very special thank you to Brad Klein of White & Borgognoni, Jenn Rose of John A. Logan, and Jim Wysong, a local author and entrepeneur for sharing that first cup of coffee with us at the Café.  We discussed all things Toastmaster including the benefits of being involved with an international organization here in Southernmost Illinois. Even though the organization has a formal structure, our local chapter is nothing if it isn’t welcoming. Our members come from a broad swath of our population which draws strength from the diversity of folks that make their home south of I-64. Our club includes folks in radio and television as well as international students and scholars, stay-at-home parents, entrepreneurs, public servants, and the list continuously grows.  The open house this Thursday is a perfect time to come check us out, although, truth be told, there rarely is a bad time.

Funny thing is that the only complete press release I found when Googling was in a paper from West Virginia. At least the good folks in Keyser know where to go for a good speech if they find themselves driving through Southernmost Illinois:

The Spring Open House, at John A. Logan College, Room C138, 700 Logan College Road, Carterville, IL 62918 begins at 6:00 p.m. and continues until 9:00 p.m. This special event is an opportunity for guests to experience a complete Toastmasters club event including speeches and other activities prepared by some of our members!

Whether you come to participate or to watch, learn, and enjoy refreshments, you’ll get an insider’s view of how Toastmasters can help you reach your full potential as an effective communicator and develop leadership qualities to benefit your career, your organization and your community.

For more information about the Southern Illinois Toastmasters Club Spring Open House and Speech Contest, or the Southern Illinois Toastmasters Club in general, contact President: Ms. Peggy Willoughby at 618.993.2171 or email at: SITC606012@gmail.com.

This is a different location from their normal weekly meetings. They will not meet during JALs Spring Break. Their next meeting will be March 24th at 6:30 in Room E218, which reflects the normal time/place.

UPDATE: Charlie Howe & Cynthia Mill go on to District in their respective categories. Brad Klein will serve as alternate to them both. Congratulations!

{WPC Radio} Playlist: 3/7/11

Gospel Medley Lizz Wright
Pancho and Lefty Townes Van Zandt (Happy Birthday!)

Pancho and Lefty Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
Seven Spanish Angels Willie Nelson & Ray Charles
Trotto Liz Knowles
Two of Us Aimee Mann
Cigarette State Robbie Fulks
Here I Am Lyle Lovett

Born This Way Lady Gaga
Clockwatching Belleruche
El Azteca Man Man
I and Love and You Avett Brothers
Feelin’ Bomba Estereo
Lovesick Blues Hank Williams

Walk the Way the Wind Blows Kathy Mattea

Potluck Special {Whirled Peas Café Radio}

Mondays 7a-9a

WPC Radio: Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

The Sunday evening before this show we held our 1st Annual DJ/Volunteer Post-Ball Potluck. With over 60 DJs, volunteers, and family members in attendance, the church dining room was full of intense and delightful conversation. I don’t know which was harder for me, choosing what to put on my plate or which table of DJs to join. The buffet tables had everything from venison to vegan dishes, apples to oranges, organic kale salad to specialty chips, curried corn chowder to traditional chicken and dumplings. The dessert table was well represented. We know what is really important! Thanks to Chuck from Chuck’s Place, one of our newest and most thoughtful DJs, for getting us not one but two occasion cakes. My solution: Put a little bit at a time on my plate to give me an excuse to ogle at everything all over again as well as an excuse to change seats to get a taste of another conversation. I knew I was not alone in my excitement and wonder when I realized that no one was manning the sound system. A room full of DJs, no music, and no one noticing. Now that is some serious eating and conversation!

If I’m making you jealous, I am sorry. But if you missed it, you can still get a taste of it (just not any of Chuck’s cake) if you are a member. Momma C of Kids’ Camp fame and Melia of Mixed Plate are two of the team of “newsies” cooking up a periodical which is slated to come to an email inbox or a snail mail box near you. If you can’t wait that long to get in on the action, come out to 10 Pin Alley in DuQuoin to cheer along the WDBX Dudes as they Bowl 4 Kids’ Sake Saturday, March 12th. The Dudes abide!

Roll On and Peas Out! ~Lori

Special Guests for Monday, March 7th: Southern Illinois ToastMasters International will join me for two hours of information, stories and tunes. Approximately 8 members of our local chapter will tell how ToastMasters impacts their lives and encourage you all to come see what all the fuss is about.

{WPC Playlist: February 28th, 2010}

Luz De Luna Vientos Del Pueblo
Gypsy Suzanne Vega
Geza’s Wailing Ways John Gorka
Sigh No More Mumford & Sons
That Bangle Girl Robbie Fulks
Walk Like an Egyptian The Bangles

When Doves Cry Patti Smith
I Don’t Know Why Shaun Colvin
In Spite of Ourselves John Prine & Iris DeMent

Our Town Iris DeMent with Emmylou Harris
The Bridesmaid Dress Song Deirdre Flint
I’m Ready Tracy Chapman
In the Nick of Time Joshua Bell & Edgar Meyer
While My Guitar Gently Weeps Jake Shimaburuko
Ho’ichi Ozzie Kotana
Unconditional Kirk Whalum
Let The Good Times Roll Ray Charles
To Higher Ground Winton Marsalis
16 Tons Johnny Cash

So Long Chris Smither
Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’ Mayer Hawthorne
She Was a Vision Active Child

Special Bonus Track:

Cigarette State Robbie Fulks

Comfort Food {Whirled Peas Café Radio}

Mondays 7a-9a

WPC Radio: Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

As I mentioned in my post for last Monday’s show, I’m a genre-bender. I haven’t met a genre that I didn’t like. Admittedly, I tend toward jazz and blues with world {traditional, indigenous, international} flavors which is why I subtitle the show: Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice. Today’s show was the third in a row that I played a hip-hop/rap selection. (See: video feature of Fresh Espresso below) This is not a predictable genre for a woman from Johnson County, IL fixin’ to celebrate her 50th birthday real soon. But then it isn’t too normal for a person with my demographic markers to have a French-transliterated Chinese middle name on her birth certificate either. I have a love and fascination for both my native neck-of-the-woods and the particular spots of others around the globe. I am amazed at both the diversity and the connections. I delight in the serendipitous synchronicities. I delight in the knowledge that Belleruche is able to put out such complex sounds and sophisticated lyrics with one guy on guitar, one on turntable and one female neo-jazz vocalist with a whole lot of blue notes.

This is also how I cook. Simple and straight-forward. Deceptively nutritious. Comforting. Comfortable. Unexpectedly delicious. Chai-scented pound cake. What could be more basic that an unadorned buttery pound cake? But add some good quality real vanilla and some freshly ground cardamom seeds directly from my mortar and pestle. Finish with a tablespoon or so of citrus zest (fresh or dried) and the barest hint of companion aromatics like ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, and the simple becomes subtly complex but not brazenly so. It is the perfect end to a favorite meal of mine that consists of good bread, fresh salad, and soup. If I’m lucky I’ve got some nice wine and strong coffee as an accompaniment. Variations are endless. It tends to attract good company, so it never gets old.

Comfort food feeds the soul as it nourishes the body. It isn’t flashy, not because it is boring, but because it has substance. May you all be nourished and sustained throughout the week. We’ll see you next Monday if not before. Peas Out! ~Lori

Special Guest Appearance: I’ll be a guest on Faithfully Subversive this week. Check Marleen out on Thursday mornings from 9-10.

{WPC Radio Playlist: 2/21/11}

In Praise and Gratitude Do
Dos Eternidade Carmen Souza

Wayo Do’a
Petite Fleur Dick Buama
Gospel Medley Lizz Wright
Let Me In Your Life Bill Withers
Lean On Me Bill Withers
So It Goes Nick Lowe
Railroad Preacher Boy
Make Them Crazy John Gorka
You Can’t Resist It Lyle Lovett
Pearls Sade

Goose Blues Belleruche
Play That Fast Thing Nick Lowe
Right Here Fresh Espresso

Hello Bonjour Michael Franti
Can’t Make It Through The Night Deadstring Brothers
The Right Time Ray Charles & The Raylettes
Soldier of Love Sade
Roger Wilco Shaun Colvin
Rien De Rien Edith Piaf
I’d Like Freshlyground

Whirled Peas Comes Full Circle {Whirled Peas Café Radio}

Mondays 7a-9a

WPC Radio: Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

Spring has blown in with gale force this week. Quite a tumultuous week of wind and warmth after the frozen temps of last week. Jason has been making hay of the fortunate weather. Well, metaphoric hay, in any case. Jason’s day job is running a farm with his wife, Sarah of Jazz Buffet fame. Their farm is dedicated to sustainable agriculture applying organic practices. This week has them scrambling to get a hoop house up and functional with a little help from their friends. My help this week was to do a last minute fill-in for his show, Full Circle. What are friends for? And what a pleasure! Filling in for Jason gives me a chance to do a more energy infused drive time. I’m normally waking folks up in the morning rather than sending them home from work.

I always have a playlist or two in progress. So even as our show started out with some technical difficulties. BRP was on hand. I helped him switch the transmitter heat out put in the attic; he helped trouble-shoot at computer glitch that was not allowing me to access the audio from the KEXP sessions. I had had more KEXP sections on tap, but things happen. This is why I always have a back-up or three.

KEXP is one of my secret weapons. A trick of my trade. If I”m trying to play fresh content on the fly, it is my favorite go-to source. The advantages it gives are multiple including: 1) The artists are varied in genre, but all sensational in craft and sensibility, 2) KEXP has equipment that we could dream about combined with an excellent production staff, 3) Quite often their live studio versions are better than the CD/MP3 “official” releases of material, and 4) I don’t have to worry about a non-FCC sanctioned “wardrobe malfunction,” because it is produced for on-air radio consumption. My personal iGoogle page sports an app that feeds three or so free download songs of the day. I friend them on FaceBook. And many of these playlists selections are from their live studio sessions. KEXP is but one of my valued sources, one that is a total joy to share with you all.

Peas Out! Tune in Monday from 7a-9a for the regularly scheduled Whirl of Peas!

Man Trouble Hazmat Modine
The Sky Is Crying Elmore James
Crazy Baby Joan Osborne
Cat In A Dog Suit Belleruche

Huepaje Bomba Estéreo
Black Balloons The Kills

Longform The Dodos
Written In Reverse Spoon
Feelin’ Bomba Estéreo

Elysian Persuasion Ozomatli
Love Is Growth Taiyo Na
Clockwatching Belleruche
All Alone In an Empty House Lost In the Trees
Toxic Yael Naïm
Advice of the Bartenders to the Urban Cowboy Blues Ginn Sisters
Walk With Me Moby et al

It Feels Like Rain Shaun Murphy
Nomvula (After the Rain) Freshlyground
I Shall Be Released Bob Dylan
In My Pocket The Cat Empire
Rocket In My Pocket Little Feat
I Can’t Stand the Rain Lowell George

Genre Bender {Whirled Peas Café Radio}

Mondays 7a-9a

WPC Radio: Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

{WPC Radio Playlist: February 14th}

Whirled Peas Café Radio or {WPC Radio} whichever way you prefer. Either suits me just fine. I’m easy that way. Where I come into difficulty is when they ask, “Lori, what do you play?” My most honest reply would be “good music.” That, however, would read as more flippancy than sincerity. So I say, I’m “Whirled” as in the multi-faceted play on words. Whirled Peas is a homonym of Word Peace. Most of my music is rooted in social justice, spiritual awakening, and/or compassionate or loving relations. But there is often humor and an element of the unexpected in my choices or simply in my placements. My shows are crafted, in that I have a few “playlists-in-progress” folders that follow me to the station every week. There is always an excess of material. I add to it by browsing the library at WDBX as I set up my morning show. Then as I do my show I pull from my palettes, choosing and refining as I go. When I have guests, I pull from their palette and together we grow the show out of our tool kits and our conversation. Those shows tend to be my favorite. It is a conversation on many levels that is enriched by caller feedback. (If you doubt how much I love feedback, check out the earlier post Feedback.) To me, that is the essence of community radio. This is not a one-way road. This is a collaborative project. It is a dance among the elements, and you and I are but two of those dancers. But this explanation exceeds the character count for the WDBX schedule which states, Whirled Peas Café w/Lori: World, Roots & Rock.

I invite you to do your own count. How many genres do I play in a given show. Don’t rely on just this playlist alone. I am a sucker for the blues and jazz. Quite a few of the artists I play come from far off and away. Many more mix and match musical instruments and styles as freely as I do. Today’s show starts with a neo-jazz songstress, moves into a  duet between two classical luminaries one Western and one South Asian shortly followed by anther East/West classical pairing rendering a traditional children’s song, classic country, rock, blues, do-wap, spoken word, experimental, gospel, R&B, French cowboy, flamenco, and hip-hop. It isn’t a contest to pack as many genres into a single playlist. It just happens that way. Something reminds me of something else. I feel that the jazz needs a bit of soul or the instrumentals need some strong vocals. It’s a matter of composition and feel.

Many folks confess to me their distaste for one genre or another. And I confess to them that I haven’t met a genre that I didn’t like. I love good music. I’m not very fond of shallow music no matter the genre. I’m not saying everything has to be intellectually complex. Some of the simplest songs like really great vanilla reveal a subtlety of layering depth. Joe Cocker’s performance of You Are So Beautiful springs to mind. For those of you who don’t think you like hip-hop, I invite you to check out the Taiyo Na video link.

Dreamer’s Ball Raya Yarbrough
My Funny Valentine Chet Baker
Ragas in Minor Scale Ravi Shankar & Phillip Glass
Sher Adrianne Greenbaum

Hush Little Baby YoYo Ma & Bobby McFerrin

Happy Happy Birthday Baby Wanda Jackson
How Many More Years Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Happy Birthday Blues BB King
Heart & Bones The Fabulous Ginn Sisters
These Roses Gin Wigmore
You Bonnie Raitt
Missionary Man E. C. Scott
Hallelujah Gin Wigmore
Hallelujah Jeff Buckley
Democracy Leonard Cohen
Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Kowboy Kompa Angus Martin
On Revival Day (A Rhymthic Spiritual) Bessie Smith
Do the Astral Plane Flying Lotus

You Make Me Smile Aloe Blacc
Love Is Growth Taiyo Na

Juanito Ricardo Marlow
A Toast to Your Birthday The Shells

Bonus Track:

You Are So Beautiful Joe Cocker