Classical 91.5

Fascinatin' Rhythm with Michael Lasser

Saturdays at 11:00am-12:00pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at wxxi

WXXI's Fascinatin' Rhythm presents of popular American music from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim, in the context of their relationship to American history. Every week, host Michael Lasser offers a rich mix of singers, songwriters and songs to explore the history and themes of American popular music.  LISTEN to this past week's show below.

Playlists for Fascinatin' Rhythm are located here.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: We’re Staying Home Tonight 07/22/17

Jul 17, 2017
Stitcher

Program 1730

Lovers are so often on the go that it feels especially comforting to snuggle and cuddle and nuzzle without ever leaving the house.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Ubiquitous Walking Songs 07/15/17

Jul 10, 2017
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Program 1729  

Lovers in songs take a lot of walks, in a lot of different places, at a lot of different times, for a lot of different reasons.


Wikipedia

Program 1728 

 Yip Harburg wrote love songs but used his irreverent way of playing with words to avoid the obvious.


If They’d Lived Longer

Program 1727

George Gershwin died young, but he wasn’t the only important 20th century songwriter whose life and achievement were cut short.


Fascinatin Rhythm: Charm Songs, 06/24/17

Jun 18, 2017
Pinterest

Program # 1726

6/24      Charm Songs  Hard to define, Charm Songs fill the middle ground between ballads and comic songs. Their name reflects the fact that they’re irresistible.


Pinterest

Program # 1725

6/17      Goin’ to the Dance with You  What going to a dance meant: the romance, the anticipation and excitement, the sexual heat.


Etsy

Program # 1724

6/10      That Toddlin’ Town  New York gets most of the attention in songs because it’s the home of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway, but Chicago, as usual, is The Second City.

Chicago was a popular song written by Fred Fisher and published in 1922. It has been recorded by many artists, the most well-known is by Frank Sinatra.


iz Quotes

Program # 1723

6/3       Matchmaker: The Love Songs of Sheldon Harnick  A major Broadway lyricist found that the hardest thing of all to write was a love song.


Fascinatin' Rhythm: Life Is Like a Train, 5/27/17

May 21, 2017
http://www.macjams.com/song/41467

Program # 1722

Even if it isn’t, follow along for a century of songs about riding the rails, from the suburbs to the other end of the continent.


Fascinatin' Rhythm: In the Kitchen Songs Set, 5/20/17

May 14, 2017
https://mmurphy65.wordpress.com/tag/cooking-music-playlist/

Program # 1721

In the living room? Sure. The bedroom? Definitely. But the kitchen, too? You bet.


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