My Funny Valentine (WPC Radio Playlist: Mixed Plate Fill-In)


Melia, Kiri & Emily 2000 in Joseph, OR


Whirled Peas Café Radio {WPC Radio} filled in for DJ Melia’s Mixed Plate Tuesday, February 8th. Her birthday party that she had planned for the coming weekend got moved up. Melia’s Uncle Semika’s succumbed to cancer almost as soon as he was diagnosed. Melia will be representing our branch of the family in the tradition of fa’alavelave. Much hugging, eating and comforting will be done. Melia will represent us well on that front.

Melia’s birthday is February 14th. For the past 26 years, my Valentine’s Day has never quite been the same! That was the inspiration for tonight’s playlist. Belleruche prompted quite a few callers. One of my favorite finds this year. And quite danceable. Melia doesn’t need too much of  an excuse to dance.

We will miss her at the 15th Anniversary Ball this Saturday. I hope we won’t miss you. Tickets still available at selected locations. Visit our main website for more information.

Steady Roll Hazmat Modine
My Funny Valentine Whirimako Black
Prisoner of a Dream Walter Trout
Trouble in Mind Janis Joplin
Minor Swing Belleruche
Tightrope Janelle Monae

Let’s Dance David Bowie
My Funny Valentine Etta James
Happy Valentines Day Shemekia Copeland
Son of a Preacher Man Joan Osborn
Tutuki Te Vaka

My Funny Valentine Chaka Khan
Imagination Lizz Wright
Cold War Janelle Monae
I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass Nick Lowe
You’re Listening to the Worlds Belleruche
Strong Enough Shemekia Copeland
Don’t Let Me Down Stereophonics

Don’t Let Your Memories Janiva Magness
Aurora en Pekin Marc Ribot
Anything You Want (Not That) Belleruche
Many Moons Janelle Monae

Bonus Track:

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo’ole


New Year = New Artist: Get to know your South Pacific Artists!

Talofa! (Hello in Samoan)

This is Melia from Mixed Plate the only program here in SO-IL that plays music from the South Pacific with a mix of world thrown in!

I walked my cold little butt to the station Tuesday morning and played some non-stop NESIAN MYSTIC. Totally awesome band that comes out of NZ (New Zealand). What’s super cool about this group is that they themselves are sort of a mixed plate.  Their members are from all over Pacifica. Naturally we all know, that the one from Samoa is the best (Just saying. Samoans are awesome. Never forget that! ) . Through the blends of their culture and their musical backgrounds they create Nesian Mystic.

Their song “Introduction”, (off of the album Polysaturated) makes me laugh every time I listen to it. It’s a humorist skit about how they were called together to lift up their people and to create a positive foundation for their nation. So buy the cd that way you can listen to it! It’s interesting how they flow together songs that are meant to make you wanna dance and the songs that make you want to make a change. Nesian Mystic’s style of music is a combination of R’n’B, Hip Hop, and Reggae. They currently have 4 Albums starting with Polysaturated, Freshman, Elevator Musiq, and finally their newest album 99ad. On Tuesday I mostly played from Polysturated, Elevator Musiq,  and Freshman. Check out their website for more info and also funny little mini interviews from each of the members. I love their accents!! ❤

Website: Nesian Mystik

Tuesday Morning Play List:

  • The Arrival
  • What’s Next?
  • Can’t Stop the Progress
  • Gone did it
  • People
  • Nesian 101
  • Just be Me
  • RSVP
  • Lost Visionz
  • For the People
  • 9.2.5
  • Brothaz
  • Home Coming
  • Mr. Mista
  • Yours Sincerely
  • Robbin Hood Heros
  • Sail Away
  • So good
  • Roots Discussion
  • Sacrifice

Until next time people! Don’t forget to listen until next week Tuesdays from 7am- 9am.

❤ Melia

Whirled Peas Café Radio Playlist: October 25th, 2010

Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

This weekend my FaceBook lit up with responses to posters visible throughout the campus of Southern Illinois University. More than one of my FaceBook friends had posted on the topic. One thread in particular had 38 responses at my last count this afternoon. Obviously this is speaking to the community zeitgeist. Speech Communications is hosting a performance this coming weekend at the Kleinau.  The work reflects original research done by PhD candidate Elena Esquibel that was in part inspired by the book Sundown Towns authored by Illinois native, James W. Loewen. Esquibel interviewed residents of Southern Illinois and used the oral histories as the basis for the work. Much of the thrust of the FaceBook and face-to-face discussions spawned by reaction to the posters dealt with how we deal with a past that we can neither change nor ignore, how that has lasting effects on those living in those communities today, and how we might move past the hurt to a safer space.  I look forward to seeing the show and participating in the after-presentation discussion. I hope to see you there.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being a guest on Native Voices. Morningstar has a mix of music and talk. Her Sunday afternoon slot allows for a heavier emphasis on talk than my morning show. We indulged in an hour and a half of dialog and storytelling on the subject of how to have conversations about difficult and/or sensitive subjects like race, privilege, power and religion. You know, all of those topics we were told to avoid growing up. Thank you for the invitation and thank you to all of those calling in and coming by.

I also would like to thank my Special Guest this morning, DJ Melia of Mixed Plate, who also happens to be my daughter. It was a way for us to continue discussion on the topic with some personal perspective. We had just moved to Winona, MN about ten years ago when both of my daughters and I were selected and asked to participate in a special workshop/training at the high school. There had been some racial/class motivated violence in this relatively sleepy college town, and the episodes had shaken the community to take action at the urging of a local socialite and a bold group of professors. As a mediator trained and certified in Oregon where we had just moved from, I was asked to fill out the paid facilitators roster. Kiri and Melia, my then-high-school-aged daughters, had been separately selected for participation by another process entirely. It was quite an interesting introduction to our new community, to say the least. But it is also an experience that we still call on for inspiration in our current lives. Professors, current and retired, as well as community members had become trained in Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed as developed by Augusto Boal based on the philosophy and pedagogy developed by Paolo Freire. Through the tireless and amazing work of local sustainable farmer and community advocate, Doug Nopar, the three day seminar was not only a success, but it had a lasting transformation on all who participated on both an individual and institutional level. One of the direct effects of this event was the formation of a Youth Action Theatre (PTO) to enhance the work done at the high school. It also offered a direct means by which the community-based Action Theatre could mentor the high school aged actors. It forged a connection between community, college, and the high school that resulted in many of those participants going on to highly acclaimed college programs.  The former high schoolers that I am still in contact with have grown into adults who are consistently giving back to their own communities. Melia helped me pick out tunes today and stroll down memory lane, remembering different trainings and experiences over the ten years we’ve been utilizing the techniques learned through the trainings. One of the highlights of course is Doug’s coups in getting Augusto Boal to personally come to WSU for a seminar training.

If you would like to learn more or become involved in developing a PTO in Southern Illinois, please contact me or Melia through email at whirledpeascafe(at) We are currently seeking “players” of all ages and backgrounds to become involved through NonViolent Carbondale, a project of the Human Relations Commission.

A Night In Tunisia/ Dizzy Gillespie

My Heart Skips a Beat/ The Secret Sisters

Many Moons/ Janelle Monae

St Teresa/ Joan Osborne

Elysian Persuasion/ Ozomatli

Ain’t No  Reason/ Brett Dennen

Tolerance/ Michael Franti & Spearhead

Brown Eyed Girl/ Van Morrison

Proud Mary/ Ike & Tina Turner

Somewhere Over the Rainbow/ IZ (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)

Tell Me What We Are Going To Do Now/ Joss Stone

Force of Nature/ Lenka

Anything You Want (Not That)/Belleruche

Whirled Peas Café Radio Playlist: October 21st, 2010


Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice


Whirled Peas Café Radio Special Show.  An emergency on Tessy’s part created an opportunity for me. With little prep time for a show, I ran down to fill in….and justified an indulgence, by spotlighting The Blogapus for two full hours. I won’t repost the videos played as they are all pulled off of the blog posts already for your perusal. I will put a teaser at the end…something to look forward to on Monday morning’s show. As promised on air, I will reference other DJs who posted the videos first. Otherwise, I would be the presumed guilty party.

Anything You Want (Not That)/ Belleruche

Breakthru/ Queen (from Jessica’s JukeBox)

My Funny Valentine/ Whirimako Black

Grace Days/ I Am Robot & Proud (from DJ Mo’s Random Show)

C’est Si Bon/ Eartha Kitt

Put Your Hands On Me/ Joss Stone

Sobrevive/ Ivonne Dippmann & Santiago Latorre (from ITDE with DaveX)

Temptation/ Diana Krall

Go Spastic/ SquarePusher (from DJ Mo’s Random Show)

Bohemian Rhapsody/ Cast of Glee (Jessica’s JukeBox)

Bohemian Rhapsody/ Jake Shimabukuro

Church/ Lyle Lovett

White Winter Hymnal/ Fleet Foxes (Jessica’s JukeBox)

Call It Off/ Tegan & Sara (Jessica’s JukeBox)

What’s A Girl To Do?/ Bat For Lashes (DJ Melia on Whirled Peas)

Sophisticated Side Ponytail/ Brite Futures (DJ Mo on She Said/He Said)

No Corras Tanto/ El Combolinga

Rusty Cage/ Johnny Cash (Jessica’s JukeBox)

The First Cut Is The Deepest/ Cat Stevens (Vote in the Poll!)

Broke My Baby’s Heart/ Hazmat Modine

I’d Like/ FreshlyGround

Pot Belly/ FreshlyGround

What I’m listening to this week? As always, an eclectic mix of sounds from all parts. What they have in common is a grounding in local traditions with a fresh interpretation. I like the authenticity that artists have when they acknowledge their surroundings, reach for the stars, and make it all their own.


See you bright and early Monday morning.