Monday, 2 April 2018

Soothing Sounds to Salve the Soul

as you may or may not be aware, i'm married to the wonderful caitlin richards, host of cjsr fm 88.5's imaginary landscapes. we have a baby on the way, due toward the end of this month. one thing we've been greatly enjoying together during this pregnancy is the keyboard (not necessarily organ)-heavy music of raymond scott, particularly the soothing sounds for baby series. caitlin has also been having some lovely pregnancy-inspired dreams.
we thought we'd like to share with you a miniseries of programs in which caitlin would share some of these dreams amidst scott's music and air them on our respective timeslots for the next three weeks. please enjoy soothing sounds for mom, dad and baby (presented by imaginary landscapes and the organ grinder) for the next little while on tuesday evenings at 8 and wednesday afternoons at 1. last week's organ grinder audio (playlist below) is now available for listening!

ringo starr - nashville jam (beaucoups of blues)
girma beyene - set alamenem (ethiopiques, vol. 8: swinging addis 1968 - 1974)
david kusevitsky - schehecheyonu (holiday) (cantorials)
charles williams - iron jaws (stickball)
alice clark - hard hard promises (alice clark)
jane watts - sigfrid karg-elert: passacaglia and fugue on b.a.c.h. op. 150 (great european organs no. 7: westminster abbey)
brinsley schwarz - the slow one (despite it all)
otis clay - home is where the heart is (trying to live my life without you)
tindersticks - the walt blues (tindersticks)
the soft machine - hibou, anemone and bear (volume two)

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

so many organ groovies that i oughta be in movies. instead, i'm on the radio each wednesday 1-2, you know.
 
listen to cjsr fm 88.5 on march 28. listen to march 21 show here! last week's playlist below:
the syn - grounded (decca originals: the freakbeat scene)
john coltrane - leo (infinity)
amina claudine myers - i'm not afraid, refrain (song for mother e)
sir charles thompson - party time (sir charles thompson and the swing organ)
arthur wills & the cambridge cooperative band (conductor: david read) catacombae: con mortuis in lingua mortua (mussorgsky: pictures at an exhibition) (music for organ and brass)
pavel kohout - josef seger: preambulum [i] (baroque organs of slovenia)
beggars opera - passacaglia (act one)
egg - symphony no. 2 (egg)
emory cook - traditional organ grinder music for springtime: sidewalks of new york/when you and i were young maggie/billie boy/oh! marie (music boxes, carousels and old hand organs: a fairyland fantasy of music)
 

Saturday, 17 March 2018

march 14 playlist:

monks - monk time (black monk time)
the turtles - buzzsaw (the turtles present the battle of the bands)
booker t & the mg's - soul dressing (soul dressing)
georges montalba - alexander borodin: polovtsian dances (fantasy in pipe organ and percussion)
reginald foort - nightmare in the mosque: a potpourri (percussion and pedal: pipe organ in the mosque, vol. 2)
dave pike - devilette (jazz for the jet set)
craig cramer - concerto del sigr. telemann in c minor, lv 136: adagio (johann gottfried walther: organ works vol. 1)
liuwe tamminga - peeter cornet: salve regina in d minor: ad te clamams/eia ergo/o clemens/pro fine (organ recital)
jimmy mcgriff - canadian sunset (groove grease)
al brown - the whip part 1 (the sound of funk: serious 70s heavyweight rarities one)
trudy pitts - matchmaker (introducing the fabulous trudy pitts)
rolf uusvali - johann christian heinrich rinck: prelude and fugue in d minor (from praktische orgelschule) (eesti orelid no. 14)

full show now available for your listening pleasure!
more pleasure can be derived from listening to cjsr on march 21 from 1-2.

Monday, 5 March 2018


listen to the latest show here!

february 28 playlist (dedicated to doug organ and edmontone studio):

ten years after - as the sun still burns away (ten years after)
deep purple - fault line (deep purple)
doug organ trio - the price is right (doug organ trio)
joe corney - moon over beatland (the joe corney multi-organ sound)
steppenwolf - tighten up your wig (the second)
aphrodite's child - altamont (666)
garth hudson - genetic method (anew) (a canadian celebration of the band)
rhoda scott - come bach to me (come bach to me)
herbie hancock - bring down the birds (blow up soundtrack)
jack mcduff and joey defrancesco - yesterdays (it's about time)
the budos band - t.i.b.w.f. (the budos band)
larry goldings - ev'ry time we say goodbye (the intimacy of the blues)
led zeppelin - led zeppelin (ii)
booker t. & the mg's - l.a. jazz song (melting pot)
doug plays the non-organ
please note, there will be no new show on march 7. instead, from 1-2 pm on cjsr, we'll hear a re-braodcast of the homelessness marathon segment i worked on. the grinding will resume next week, although said grinding will no longer be presented by edmontone as doug enters his next chapter.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


doug organ and his wonderful edmontone studio have been the best show sponsors i could have asked for over the last several years. as doug prepares for his next adventures, wednesday, february 28 will be the last edition of this show to be presented by edmontone. don't stop wearing the shirt, doug!

listen to cjsr from 1-2 pm for a salute to the studio and man who have inspired me to try to produce a show worthy of our association!

Thursday, 22 February 2018

the latest show is now online, so pipe it in your ears!

february 21 playlist (with guests marnie giesbrecht and joachim segger of duo majoya):

isabelle demers - introduction and passacaille on a theme by raymond daveluy, op. 44 (rachel laurin: œuvres pour orgue)
duo majoya - charles stolte: o sacred head (organ duets on the davis concert organ)
duo majoya - jacobus kloppers: dance suite for organ duet - 1. waltz (organ duets on the davis concert)
duo majoya - gustav merkel: sonata in d minor - 1. allegro moderato (organ duets on the davis concert)
duo majoya - gustav merkel: sonata in d minor - 2. adagio (organ duets on the davis concert)
duo majoya - gustav merkel: sonata in d minor - 3. allegro con fuoco; fuga (organ duets on the davis concert)
duo majoya - joe utterback: a quiet meditation (skyscape)
christine brewer & paul jacobs - hugo wolf: mörike-lieder: no. 28, gebet (arr. hugo wolf: mörike-lieder: no. 28, gebet (arr. max reger for soprano & organ) (divine redeemer)
duo majoya - denis bedard: duet suite for organ & piano - iv. romance (skyscape)

 
duo majoya will be performing tomorrow at 11 am mst/1 pm et (friday, february 23) as part of the inauguration week for the new organ at trinity church wall street in new york. it will stream live as well!

Monday, 19 February 2018

on wednesday, february 21 on cjsr, my guests marnie giesbrecht and joachim segger (duo majoya) talk to me about a variety of subjects including their work with rcco edmonton (royal canadian college of organists) and an upcoming performance in new york, which will be available for streaming online.
 
listen to february 14 (organ grinder love suite) playlist here:

emitt rhodes - mother earth (the american dream)
aine o'dwyer - hymnals of love against the grain (music for church cleaners vol i & ii)
jean guillou - jeux d'orgue: hautbois d'amour (organ encores)
alice coltrane - a love supreme (world galaxy)
johann johannsson - the drowned world (orphee)
shirley collins & dolly collins - a song-story (anthems in eden)
z'ev - if only that love lets letting happen (organ music for organs) (spire: organ works past, present & future)
naomi barfield - egyptian love song (the old pump organ)