Song of the Week: CQ - March 28, 2020
March 30, 2020
Download Chris Thile’s Song of the Week for March 28, 2020, “CQ” (originally from October 12, 2019). The band: Chris Thile, Sarah Jarosz, Mike Elizondo, Kush Abadey, Chris Eldridge, Brittany Haas, Brett Williams. — Lyrics: [BALLADEERS] He believes (belies (belabors)) Himself into the wee hours of the morning ‘Til even he finds it boring So he leaves it to long (and then look) for Someone else with some midnight oil that wants burning And seeing as he’s made up so much of this story (We will too) Behold dear listener some 50 years early (The first CQ): [MORSE] Mark what goes on under the sun Bonds are broken feuds are begun Behind veils of pride that no pastor’s son Can peek through Peek through But these treacherous partners with their envy and lies Have drifted off and left me to my Own beloved darkness where I Seek you Seek you CQ [BALLADEERS] And who should hear our hero But a sleepless God of Wire in Waiting Who jumps up from the cot where he ought to be sleeping Having implored (empowered (imperiled)) The free world into the wee hours of the morning And because that world keeps adding more to his story (So will we) Behold the rail-splitter of Illinois (At the straight key:) [LINCOLN] Mark what goes on under the sun Bonds are broken wars are begun Behind veils of pride that no farmer’s son Can peek through Peek through But these treacherous generals asking “how, sir, and why?” Have drifted off and left me to my Own beloved darkness where I Seek you Seek you Seek you [MORSE AND LINCOLN] Mark what goes on under the sun The dream is over the nightmare’s begun Behind veils of pride no daughter or son Can peek through Peek through Let these embattled children with children and wives Drift off to sleep and leave me to my Own beloved darkness where I Seek you Seek you Seek you CQ CQ CQ...
Song of the Week: Vail Monograph, Version 2 - March 21, 2020
March 23, 2020
Chris Thile’s Song of the Week for March 21, 2020, “Vail Monograph, Version 2” (originally from October 19, 2019). The band: Chris Thile, Aoife O’Donovan, Mike Elizondo, Jeff Babko, Matt Chamberlain, Chris Eldridge, Alex Hargreaves, Noam Pikelny. — Lyrics: “Canst thou send lightnings So that they may go And say unto thee here we are?” A rhetorical question From our Father In Heaven To Job in his suffering Here below To Job in his suffering— As we sent the first lightnings All those years ago I quoted that question by heart Then delivered the answer Full of magnets and wire On behalf of a dreamer Here below On behalf of a dreamer— “Sounds like you did this” I did but— It was the least that I could do —than I would do to serve his genius To serve his— `“Sounds like it’s time to set the record straight Nothing’s wrong with calling a good man great, but a bad man...” No, he’s not a bad man Though it’s true before we met The God of Wire was struggling to connect What he had with what he dreamt Then I applied a method to the madness And the thing began to click We were like a couple little kids ‘Cause it was clear this was it I’d take him by the hand and lead him to whatever future he had seen And pan whatever gold was in his stream Of consciousness that flowed between his heart and anything like love for the doer of his dreams “Sounds like he used you” He did but— Oh how I burned to be of use —to be of use and not be slave to A mind as— As cold and dry and barren as this one is At least when in comparison to one like his “You have a great mind” No, his is the great mind And it will never be at rest Will ever trade this moment for the next And what it has for what it’s dreamt So even if the present is exactly what he wanted it to be He’ll miss his un-manifested destiny And find a better man than me To take him by the hand and lead him to whatever future he’s been seeing And pan whatever gold’s still in his stream Of consciousness that flows between his heart and anything like love for me I send him a lightning Every now and then Saying unto him “here we are I don’t expect you to answer But I miss you dear dreamer And what we did together Here below O what we did together here”
Out In America: Los Angeles - March 14, 2020
March 19, 2020
Our Out In America correspondent Tom Papa spends a rare day off at home in Los Angeles stretching out his morning rituals as far as they’ll go, pondering the dawn of a new decade, and rejecting diet advice from his friends and family. (originally from our January 25, 2020 episode) Find Tom’s tour dates and more information about his forthcoming Netflix special You’re Doing Great! at tompapa.com.
Tom Papa: That Cute Thing She Does - March 7, 2020
March 12, 2020
Tom Papa reads an essay from his book Your Dad Stole My Rake on the beginnings of relationships, and why it’s important to eat meals with someone as you get to know them. Find more information about the book and Tom’s tour dates at tompapa.com. (originally from our September 28, 2019 episode)
Tom Papa, Out In America: Las Vegas - March 7, 2020
March 9, 2020
Our Out In America correspondent Tom Papa puts on his blue suede shoes and heads to Las Vegas, where he gets a ride from a soon-to-be fan of the Las Vegas Raiders, extols the virtues of the city’s buffets, and chats with an old married couple who aren’t married at a $10 blackjack table. (originally from our September 28, 2019 episode) Find Tom’s tour dates at tompapa.com.