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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.

Cinema 52

Program 1732

Somebody embraces life and invites somebody else along to do it too.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Jonah Man 07/29/17

Jul 24, 2017

Program 1731

 A Jonah Man is somebody perennially unlucky. Most of the songs were written and performed by African Americans. More than a coincidence.

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

Jul 17, 2017

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.


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

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.


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.


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.

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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.