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The Soundtrack you hear in your head as you hand the toll collector your last dollar and drive tentatively into the lonely tunnel toward the arms of Morpheus. But like, who's playing that crazy organ? (Visit homepage.)

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Options May 4, 2002: I Came From Out of the Sky to Meet William Blake

starring Bob Rixon a.k.a. DJ Rix

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments
Prokofiev  Les Ridicules (Love for Three Oranges)   Options   Vox Box    CD  Enrique Batiz, London Philharmonic 
Rimsky-Korsakov  Christmas Eve, Suite #2   Options The Spirit of Russia
Vox Box    CD  Othmar Maga, Bochum Symphony. There is nothing in this music to indicate it takes place on Christmas Eve. Rather, it describes a fantastical flying journey across Russia to the Czar's palace by a lovelorn supplicant, with dancing stars above & a witches' sabbath below. But the listener need not know even this much to be carried aloft by Rimsky's wonderful score. 
The Beach Boys  All I Wanna Do (Listen: )   Options Sunflower         
Respighi  La Primavera, from Trittico Bottielliano (Listen: )   Options Respghi - Martinu  Point Classics    CD  & now, the only WFMU DJ ever arrested for stalking another WFMU DJ, Bob Rixon. 
Beautiful People  The Sea (Listen: )   Options       CD  Hendrix pastiches 
Ingram Marshall  Fog Tropes (Listen: )   Options American Elegies  Nonesuch    CD  Orchestra of St. Luke's, John Adams 
Neely Bruce / T.P. Ryder  Nearer My God to Thee Fantasy (Listen: )   Options Piano Music in America Vol 1, 19th Century Popular Concert & Parlor Music  Vox Box    Vinyl  Performed by Neely Bruce. An enormously entertaining box set, first in a Vox label series devoted to American Piano Music & unfortunately never released on CD. In his excellent liner notes Bruce points out that 19th Century American audiences had a "willingness to accept whatever comes next" in their entertainment. No remote control back then. 
Al Melgard  Asleep In the Deep (Listen: )   Options Plays the Chicago Stadium Organ      Vinyl   
Sandy Denny  It Will Take A Long, Long Time (Listen: )   Options Who Knows Where the Time Goes         
Neil Young  Mideast Vacation (Listen: )   Options Life         
Ustad Mohammad Omar  Keliwali (Listen: )   Options Urtu from Afghanistan      CD   
Leo Kraft  Cloud Study - Going Fast, for 12 Flutes   Options Autumn Rhythms  CRI    CD   
Skip Martin & the Video Allstars  Scheherajazz - Finale (Listen: )   Options Scheherajazz  Somerset    Vinyl  Skip was a fabulous Hollywood arranger with a sense of humor. He also jazzified Tannhauser, although these aren't the complete reworkings of the Elliington type. Using pretty much the same pool of musicians as Henry Mancini, his album of TV private themes with the "Video All-Stars" is perhaps the best in the genre, packing a very Basie-ish punch. 
Amina Claudine Myers  3/4 of 4/4   Options Song for Myself      Vinyl   
Messiaen  Dieu Parm Nou   Options Le Nativite du Seigneur      Vinyl  Charles Kriegbaum, Organ 
Handel  Organ Concerto Op. 4 #1 Allegro   Options Handel 3 Organ Concerti  Point Classics    CD  Munich Chamber Orchestra, Georg Hlinka, with Johann Biber, Organ. A bargain CD. Handel was just about the only German ever good enough to make it as a British pop star, although Haydn came close. But Handel disliked Germany, loved England, & really lucked out when his former boss was imported as King George, for whom he composed "Water Music." 
Dick Hyman  Goldfinger   Options       Vinyl   
Prokofiev, Serge  "Revolution" from Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution   Options OCTOBER REVOLUTION Shostakovich / Prokofiev  BBC Music Magazine  1996  CD  BBC Symphony & Chorus, cond. by Mark Elder. This extraordinary work, from 1937, incorporates everything from battle sound effects to an accordion quartet. However, it failed to please the Stalinists.
Gustav Holst  Mars, from The Planets, version for Two Pianos   Options Holst Music for Two Pianos  Naxos    CD  performed by Len Vorster & Robert Chamberlain 
John Carpenter  Escape from L.A. Suite   Options Choice Cuts, music from Films of Carpenter, Craven, DePalma  Milan    CD  Catch a wave with Peter Fonda 
Creedence Clearwater Revival  It Came from Out of the Sky   Options Box Set      CD   
Marvin Gaye  Funky Space Incarnation   Options 12" single, from "Here, My Dear"      Vinyl   
Nina Simone  A Little Love   Options Baltimore      Vinyl   
Alfven, Hugo  Swedish Rhapsody   Options   Vox Box    CD  I've always played classical music from all periods; more so during my first decade at WFMU, when legendary Lou "The Duck" D'Antonio was here. In 1981, when I joined the staff at this station, the vinyl classical section of the music library, though comparably small, was nearly worn out. The Nonesuch Ives Violin & Piano Sonatas were almost unplayable. Many album jackets were falling apart from heavy use. Someone - many someones - had been programming this stuff into free form shows. Of course, classical music was "head" music in those days.

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