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


A Whirl of World {Whirled Peas Café Radio}

Mondays 7a-9a

WPC Radio: Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

Today’s show was a bit of a departure from the norm. To compile each of my weekly shows, I have three separate “playlists in progress.” One folder is on my iTunes synced on my iTouch and iMac. I have a separate list on my desktop in Pages. The third is usually stuffed in my purse’s wallet. These three lists start to talk to each other more as the weekend approaches. Normally before I go to be Sunday night, I have a draft saved to The Blogapus consisting of youtube videos and a tentative playlist which I rearrange as the show is live. I have extra MP3 music as well as CDs…just in case.

Today’s show started out with my normal organization, but by the weekend I was getting suggestions as well as requests. This morning I even had a few stop-bys and call-ins. Normally these kind of influences will have the show leaning a bit more toward the musical comfort food: jazz, blues, folk, roots, blue grass, alt country, etc. Today’s show, however, had a heavier hand on the World of Spices.

The world felt a little off kilter today. We are still feeling the effects of the tragic shooting this weekend. We awoke to the odd storm that has Southern Illinois chilled but not frozen and my friends and family further south ill-equipped for their surplus of snow. My calendar is marked with events marking peace and nonviolence as we approach the birthday of MLK this weekend. Ironically, last week’s playlist included the Nick Lowe classic, What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love & Understanding. Can’t be too short of those this week.

Peas & Blessings for us all. Until next week…and the return of special guests and community profiles. Peas Out!


Duet for Violin and Sitar Ravi Shankar & Yehudi Menuhin
Oya Lizz Wright
Hello Bonjour Michael Franti & Spearhead
Anything You Want (Not That) Belleruche
Angels of Persepolis Mehran

Flute Duo No. 4 – Andante Con Variazioni Laurel Zucker & Sara Andon
Tuareg Nomads Kiah Keya-Ahheahedon Tuareg Womens Jama Footsteps in Africa
No Corras Tanto El Combolinga

Hong Kong Mambo Tito Puente
Nature Boy Lizz Wright
How Many Times Belleruche
East to the West Michael Franti
Sol Y Sombra The Cat Empire
Get Away Katchafire

Could You Be Loved Bob Marley & The Whalers
Pasargad Mehran
Te Es Mon Secours Aseline Volcy
Safaa The Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club
Noor Kiu Haghighi
Far Far Yael Naim
Tujhe Bhula Diya Mohit Chauhan, Shekhar Ravjiani, Shruti Pathak

Late Train Belleruche

Bonus Track:

The Making of Sand Animation Cesar Díaz Meléndez

Whirled Peas Café Radio Playlist: October 4th, 2010

Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

Sorry this stayed in draft form on the blog way too long. This week I explored the new-to-me sounds of Belleruche.  As serendipity has a habit of doing, I started noticing a buzz in other locations including this article done by NPR: Belleruche: Electronica Gets the Blues.  The group consists of three band members: Ricky Fabulous | Kathrin DeBoer | DJ Modest. They are based in the UK and have a unique way of blending electronica with jazz and grounding it with blues. Joss Stone was new to at least one of my listeners, so I included one of her videos in the mix here. If the playlist looks a bit long, it is because I was still doing the extended version on the show due to James’ vacation and the vacuum left by “Dude, Where’s My Coffee?” got filled with some of my favorite female vocalists. I encourage you to check out Belleruche for yourself. I have yet to hit a bad track.

You Don’t Know Me/Ray Charles

Sweet Dreams/Patsy Cline

Stand By Me/ Prince Royce

Lilac Wine/Nina Simone

Someone to Watch Over Me/ BB King & Etta James
Anything You Want(Not That)/Belleruche

You’re Listening to the Worlds/ Belleruche

C’est Si Bon/Eartha Kitt

Late Train/ Belleruche

Que La Noches Sean Son/ El Combolinga

Chicken to Change/FreshlyGround

Big Man/FreshlyGround & Les Nubians

Scratch My Soul/ Belleruche

How Many Times/ Belleruche

La Jara/ El Combolinga

Julia/ Chocolate Genius

Fell in Love With a Boy/ Joss Stone

Fire Is Low/ FreshlyGround

Minor Swing/ Belleruche

I Second that Emotion/ Smokey Robinson

Some Kind of Wonderful/ Joss Stone

Tell Mamma/ Etta James

Buttercup/ FreshlyGround

Northern Girls/ Belleruche

Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly/ Lizz Wright

Share Your Love With Me/ Aretha Franklin

My Funny Valentine/ Whirimako Black

Alice/ Belleruche

Things Have Changed/ FreshlyGround

Caged Bird/ Alicia Keys

Put Your Hands On Me/ Joss Stone

The Itch/ Belleruche

Hit the Ground/ Lizz Wright

It’ll Come/ Belleruche