Aired: Thu, 09/25/2014 (All day)
George Gershwin Early and Late
Even though George Gershwin had a discernable sound, the evolution of his style over a mere twenty years is striking.
Aired: Thu, 09/18/2014 (All day)
Come Follow the Band
Once marches got so popular in the late 19th century, it was only a matter of time before Tin Pan Alley began to set its love songs to march tempos.
Aired: Thu, 09/11/2014 (All day)
Shimmy, Stomp, Slow Drag, and Strut
The new kind of dancing the 20th century gave us—hot, sexy, and deliciously low down. An hour of “demonstratin’.”
Aired: Thu, 09/04/2014 (All day)
Irving Berlin’s Amazing Range
Rhythm ballads, sob songs, syncopated dance tunes, ragtime songs, double songs. There was nothing the protean Irving Berlin couldn’t write.
Aired: Thu, 08/28/2014 (All day)
The Dark Side
We like to think that songs are sunny, but the also inhabit and portray a demi-monde where anything and everything goes.
Aired: Thu, 08/21/2014 (All day)
Hearing That Song Again
Giving songs new life by making a ballad into a blues, a waltz into a rag. Popular songs keep remaking themselves.
Aired: Thu, 08/14/2014 (All day)
Abe Lincoln in Song
Campaign songs, comic songs, and soaring anthems: how the songs of his time portrayed America’s 16th president.
Aired: Thu, 08/07/2014 (All day)
Americans may claim wanderlust as their birthright, but we also like being home or making a home.
Aired: Thu, 07/31/2014 (All day)
Not Your Everyday Rain Songs
When you take a common image and make it sing, you’re making the familiar into something fresh; it’s what songwriters do.
Aired: Thu, 07/24/2014 (All day)
Two Kinds of Musicals
Astaire and Rogers at RKO helped us escape the Depression; the Gold Diggers at Warners gave us the everyday grit and struggle.