Wednesday, June 25, 2008

NeverEndingWonder's Summertime Music Mix!

NeverEndingWonder Radio is now in Summer Celebration mode! That means along with our unique mix of electronic, experimental, rare, forgotten, independent & funny music we're adding songs of the Summertime, sun, vacations, hot dogs, ice cream, Hawaii, calypso, Soca, marimbas, steel drums, flowers, islands, oceans, swimming, fishing, surfing and much much MORE!

Of course, being NeverEndingWonder Radio, we can't do it in a normal fashion. One of the greatest songs ever written is the Gershwin's "Summertime." We have 36 versions in our Summer mix - from traditional renditions by Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, to the pop versions popular in the 50s and 60s by such artists as The Marcels and Sam Cooke, and even more modern treatments such as one of my favorite versions ever, a beautiful Swahili translation by Angelique Kidjo.

You'll hear all the usual Summertime hits like Summertime Blues, Summer in the City, Here Comes the Sun, Summer Breeze, Cruel Summer and of course The Jamies Summertime Summertime.

Surf music? Of course we have The Beach Boys, The Ventures, Jan & Dean and Dick Dale, but how bout this nifty collection of Frank Zappa songs done surf style?



Or how about an album of experimental noise by Philip Jeck, titled "Surf?"


For Calypso sounds we go right back to the beginnings with collections such as Calypso Awakenings and Best of Trinidad 1940-1952.



For our Hawaiian music offerings we run the gamut of ultra-traditional Polynesian influenced sounds, to the beginnings of a pop Hawaiian musical sound in the 20s and 30s, to the birth of the exotica sound in the 50s, and then full circle back to modern traditional artists such as Keola Beamer.




Add to that calliope music from a set of extremely rare albums I picked up at a thrift store several years ago, tons of old drive-in theatre intermission ads and so much more it's hard to express how wide the variety of our Summertime mix is! I've only touched on a few items here. To hear it all, you'll have to tune in!

Right here:
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Of course I'll be adding even more Summer gems as the weeks progress.

1 comment:

Wayne said...

Can't wait to hear the surf renditions of the Zappa tunes!