Whirled Peas Café Radio Playlist: November 1, 2010

Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

Special guest, Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Herman stopped by the studio on the way to class this Monday morning. Betsy and I talked of our experiences in her bi-weekly writing group.  Betsy hosts us through her Vital Writer Services. We’ve been warming up for a couple of months now: practicing our free writing by suspending our inner critic’s voice and getting that pen to glide across the paper. We spend every other Sunday night, reading a short piece on writing, free writing for 10-15 minutes, sharing our writing, and giving feedback on each other’s work. We cap things off with a vegetarian potluck. Not too late to join in. By joining the Vital Writer Services Facebook page, we are notified of the next session.

What better way to kick off November, or NaNoWriMo? For the uninitiated (which included me last year), NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month is the annual challenge to write an entire novel (sans editing) in merely 30 days. The important thing is to get pen to paper on a regular basis. To quote an artist on a recent Charlie Rose episode, “Inspiration is for amateurs.” This gets your butt in the chair. There is power in numbers. And there are plenty of resources and encouragement available on the NaNoWriMo website.  A handful of us from Betsy’s writers group have also pledged to take the challenge. A friend told me of a group that is meeting at Longbranch as well. It is everyone’s dream, so go ahead and make it your reality!

What I’ve been listening to this week:

This week’s playlist has me visiting an old friend, Patti Smith. I think I bought my first album of hers (yes, vinyl) back in the mid 70’s or so. She is paired with another strong poetic female voice, Gin Wigmore. Gin is a newcomer and a product from a vibrant and eclectic New Zealand music scene. Note: I played Dancing Barefoot from my own music library, not off of youtube for the broadcast show. The video below has a few FCC flagged words in it, but the performance of nonviolent communication skills makes this version my choice for the blog.

Hallelujah Gin Wigmore
These Roses Gin Wigmore
When I Write the Book Nick Lowe

Wrapped In the Arms of Another Susan Tedeschi
What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
Love Is a Rose Neil Young
Dancing Barefoot (Remastered) Patti Smith

Early Autumn Raya Yarbrough
True Believer Aimee Mann
Distant Fingers (Demo) Patti Smith
Trotto Liz Knowles
Wish I Could Be That Strong Coco Montoya
Goin’ to Acapulco Bob Dylan & The Band
Protons, Neutrons, Electrons The Cat Empire
Trip, Stumble & Fall Coco Montoya
Sweet Relief One Fell Swoop
Perfect Imperfection Little Feat
S.O.S. Gin Wigmore

Stoppin The Love KT Tunstall
You Don’t Know Me Ray Charles
Will the Circle Be Unbroken Mavis Staples
Angel from Montgomery Susan Tedeschi

Bonus Track:


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)gmail.com. 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.

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

Whirled Peas Café Radio Playlist: October 18th, 2010


Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

Thank you to Melia for filling in last week. It was good to be back behind the control panel. We should be resuming the special guest feature soon. If you have a passion for music (and since you are a listener, we know that you do), a passion for a cause or topic and a passion for the community, don’t be shy….come on down. We’d love to hear about the world as you see it and sample some of your favorite tunes.


Grand March from Aida/Verdi
Tarakihi/Kiri Te Kanawa
Bohemian Rhapsody/Jake Shimabukuro

Paradise/Marshall Kleinbard
Adje! Adje!/Elikeh
Tu Es Mon Secours/ Aseline Volcy
Nengone Nodega/Ok! Ryos
Drinkin’ TNT ‘n’ Smokin’ Dynamite/Buddy Guy & Carlo Santana
Midnight Train/ Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, BB King
Crazy/ Diana Krall
So Wrong/ Patsy Cline
Temptation/ Diana Krall

The Thrill is Gone/ BB King & Tracy Chapman
Peanuts & Popcorn/ Happy Lucky Combo
Little Drop of Poison/ Tom Waits
Church/ Lyle Lovett

Here I Am/ Lyle Lovett
Lie to Me/ Jonny Lang & BB King
Honey Bee/ Muddy Waters
Got My Mojo Working/ Muddy Waters
Zapatos/ Walter Suhr & Mango Punch

Whirled Peas Café Radio Playlist: October 11th, 2010

DJ Melia filling in for Lori today. The (*) mark tunes that have great videos to match. Columbus Day, Discoverer’s Day, National Indigenous Day…it’s all in there, but so is a lot of good music and things I like just because I like them. And thanks to James’ extended vacation, No Dude and No Coffee continues to give us an extra half hour to play tunes.


·      Tiki Taane/Tangaroa*

·      Jem/Save me

·      Gin Wigmore/These roses

·      Billie holiday/Georgia on my mind

·      PNC/Half Kast

·      Brett Dennen/Ain’t no Reason

·      Nesian Mystik/lost visions

·      Joss Stone/Torn and Tattered

·      Bob Dylan/Deportees

·      Bat for lashes/whats a girl to do*

·      Sarah Mclachlan/Blackbird

·      Chong Nee/walk my way

·      Fahrenheit ft She/Home

·      Flight of the Concords/think about it, think about it

·      Michael Franti/I know am not alone

·      Sade/No ordinary love

·      Prince Royce/Stand by me

·      Shakira Ft. Freshly Ground/Waka Waka

·      Sola Rosa/Humanised*

·      Scribe/Say it again

·     PNC/Take me home

·      David dallas/Indulge me

·      Ladi6/walk right up

·      Mika/We are golden

·      the ting tings/shut up and let me go

·      Scissor sisters/Take your mama

·      Dukes/vampires

·      G-dragon/heartbreaker*

·      Gackt/Vanilla

·      BoA/Dakishineru

·      BoA/Eat you up

·      Jamiroquai/Virtual insanity

·      REM/Losing my Religion*

·      Sinead O’Connor/Nothing compares to you


Whirled Peas Café Radio Playlist: Sept 27th, 2010

Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

Special Guests from the Prison Sangha Buddhist Group, an outreach of the Shawnee Dharma Group, Randy Osborn and Scott Rogers picked out the first nine songs on the list. I deem that comfort food for most of our listeners. We will have to have them back again for some more turns of the mixer. Most of the callers were interested in what they had to say. And they had plenty to tell us about their experiences in mediation and Buddhism and volunteer work at the prison. To become a volunteer and/or find out more about the program, contact Randy Osborn <randiwickoz(at)yahoo.com> or 925-3403 and Scott Rogers <dharmavet(at)yahoo.com or 534-3880 .

For myself, I think I could have done another whole show just questioning them on Lama Chuck’s Tibetan Buddhist course for prison inmates. Shawnee Dharma Group shares some real estate space as well as cyberspace with the SIU Student Fellowship and  Sunyata Center. The Sunyata Center has a line up of nation lecturers from a variety of Buddhist schools and traditions.

James is on hiatus. So I got in an extra half hour of music before the premiere of Big Muddy News Radio in their new time slot. James will return with Dude, Where’s My Coffee in a couple of weeks…and hopefully it won’t take that long for my voice to return. Thank you all for your listening patience on that score.

  1. Born at the Right Time/Paul Simon
  2. Candy Mountain/Harry McClintock
  3. Wild Bill Jones/Allision Krauss
  4. Just Like You/Keb’Mo’
  5. Get Up Stand Up/Bob Marley
  6. 20th Century Man/Kinks
  7. Bottomlands/Wil Maring
  8. Inner City Blues/Marvin Gaye
  9. Thrill is Gone/BB King
  10. No Corras Tanto/el Combolinga
  11. Que Las Noches Sean Son/el Combolinga
  12. el Viaje de Said/el Combolinga
  13. So Much Grace/Allison Sattinger
  14. Cripple Creek Ferry/Neil Young
  15. BlackBird/Sarah McLachlan
  16. Across the Universe/Rufus Wainwright
  17. Lisbon/Carmen Souza
  18. Colour Me Life/Katchafire
  19. Love Letter/Katchafire
  20. Get Away/Katchafire
  21. Broke My Baby’s Heart/Hazmat Modine
  22. Cay’s Crays/Fat Freddys Drop
  23. Roady/Fat Freddys Drop