GROWING UP MUSICAL
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Muddy Waters grew up on a cotton plantation with an
insatiable hunger to play music. He beat on kerosene cans before
he finally got a guitar. Muddy Waters went on to become a legendary
bluesman. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, why
some people grow up musical. Also, pianist Christopher O'Riley on
the passions of young musicians.
In Part 3 of our Music Series, we look at what music
has meant to musicians' lives. Christopher O'Riley is an
acclaimed concert pianist and the host of public radio's "From
the Top." He chats with Jim Fleming about classical music's
image problem among young people and how he makes the music seem
cool. And we hear a clip from guest artist Yo Yo Ma. Also, novelist
Jane Hamilton ("The Book of Ruth, A Map of the World"
and "Disobedience") remembers her old piano teacher
and their battles over practicing.
John Linnel and John Flansburgh comprise
the alternative rock duo They Might Be Giants. They've
just released their first album for children, "No!"
They explain why this album's different and we hear lots of samples.
Also, Robert Gordon has written a biography of Muddy Waters
called "Can't Be Satisfied." Gordon talks with Steve
Paulson about Muddy and his music, placing him at the crux of
the blues and rock. And we hear lots of music.
Mona Golabek is a concert pianist and the
host of the syndicated radio program "The Romantic Hours."
She tells Anne Strainchamps that her grandmother made loving music
her parting gift to her daughter when Mona's mother was evacuated
from Austria on the kindertransport rescue train. She played in
London during the Blitz and passed her passion for music on to
Mona and her sister. Mona Golabek has written a book about her
mother's experiences called "The Children of Willesden Lane."
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 02-12-08-A.
- Robert Gordon, Can't Be Satisfied: the Life
and Times of Muddy Waters (Little, Brown)
- Mona Golabek & Lee Cohen, The Children
of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music,
Love, and Survival (Warner)
- Music in Christopher O'Riley: Rachmaninoff's "Etude-Tableau
in f# minor, Op. 39, No. 3 on "Christopher O'Riley: At the
Break" CPI Records
- Ferruccio Busoni's "Mephisto Waltz" on
"Busoni: Works for Piano, Christophere O'Riley" Centaur
- Radiohead's "Airbag" Performed by Christopher
- Debussy's "Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune"
Performed by James Galway and Christopher O'Riley BMG Music
- After Jane Hamilton (and this is the piece she
refers to in her story): Beethoven, "Six Variations on "Nel
Cor Non Piu Mi Sento." Alfred Brendel playing.
- THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS MUSIC
- -- "Clap Your Hands"/They Might Be Giants;
- "Wake Up Call"/They Might Be Giants;
- "Fibber Island"/They Might Be Giants;
- "Robot Parade"/They Might Be Giants;
- "In The Middle, In The Middle, In The Middle"/They
Might Be Giants (sung by Robin Goldwasser)
- All of these selections are from the CD, NO! (Idlewild/Rounder)
- -- "Robot Parade (Adult Version)"/They
Might Be Giants from the CD, "Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They
Might Be Giants" (Rhino)
- -- "Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is A
Mass Of Incandescent
Gas)"/They Might Be Giants from the CD EP, "Why Does
The Sun Shine?" (Elektra)
- For most (if not all) of your They Might Be Giants
- -- "In The Middle, In The Middle, In The Middle"
from the CD, "TeeVee Toons: The Commercials" (TeeVee
- Muddy Waters songs in the Robert Gordon segment:
"Hoochie Coochie" on "The Best of Muddy Waters"
- "Can't Be Satisfied" on "The Best
of Muddy Waters"
- "Still a Fool" on "The Best of Muddy
- "I Just Want to Make Love to You"
on "The Best of Muddy Waters"
- Mona Golabek, "Children of Willesdon Lane".
In this piece, we
- -Edvard Grieg, Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16
- -Debussy, Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque
- -Franz Liszt, Liebestraume Nr. 3 in A Flat Major
- One of the Liszt recordings we heard was a historic
made in 1944 by Lisa Jura (Mona Golabek's mother), in London,
broadcast here for the first time since World War II. Listeners
would like to hear the complete recording can follow the links
Mona's website -- www.romantichours.com.
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