December 6, 2008

THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Michael Feinstein

This week on A Prairie Home Companion, our fearless truck driver Russ Ringsak will negotiate the anarchy of Manhattan traffic to double park the big rig on West 43rd, thus beginning our annual holiday run at The Town Hall in New York City. With this week's special guests, legendary cabaret singer, pianist, and musical anthropologist Michael Feinstein, Metropolitan Opera Tenor Raúl Melo, and singularly soulful jazz vocalist Inga Swearingen. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and The News from Lake Wobegon.


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A tribute song for Odetta

Inga Swearingen jazzes up "The Sound of Music."

Michael Feinstein

Raúl Melo performs "Gesu Bambino."

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  • Segment 1
    • 00:00:00 - Logo
    • 00:00:11 - Tishomingo Blues
    • 00:02:46 - SFX script
    • 00:06:05 - GK talks about the couple he saw on the subway
    • 00:07:08 - "The Essence of Romance" - GK/ band
    • 00:09:31 - "Time Squared" - The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
    • 00:11:30 - Guy Noir script
    • 00:25:07 - GK intros Inga Swearingen
    • 00:25:30 - "The Sound of Music" - Inga Swearingen and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
    • 00:29:55 - Powdermilk Biscuit Break
  • Segment 2
    • 00:31:29 - GK intros
    • 00:32:55 - "I Love a Piano" - Michael Feinstein and Shoes
    • 00:36:56 - "As Long as She Needs Me" - Michael Feinstein and Shoe Band
    • 00:42:03 - GK talks about Michael's reviews and intros Raúl Melo
    • 00:43:47 - Tenor script
    • 00:54:25 - "Panis Angelicus" - Raúl Melo and Bradley Moore
    • 00:57:50 - GK talks about Odetta, "Oh Freedom"/"Just a Little While to Stay Here"
    • 01:05:10 - "Somebody Stole My Gal" - Shoe band (Intermission)
  • Segment 4
    • 01:09:00 - Greetings
    • 01:12:26 - "Make Me Down a Pallet on the Floor" - Pat Donohue and Shoes
    • 01:15:38 - GK talks with Michael Feinstein
    • 01:18:55 - "I've Got a Crush on You" - Michael Feinstein and Shoes
    • 01:22:50 - "Rhode Island" - Michael Feinstein
    • 01:26:07 - English Majors script
    • 01:28:07 - "The Day After Tomorrow" - Inga Swearingen, Richard Dworsky and Gary Raynor
  • Segment 3
    • 01:32:26 - The News from Lake Wobegon
  • Segment 5
    • 01:45:05 - "Gesu Bambino" - Raúl Melo, with Bradley moore and Andy Stein
    • 01:49:00 - Couples script
    • 01:53:50 - Credits/"Just a Little While to Stay Here"

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