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Tune of the Week archive

Every week in The Picayune Sentinel I offer up song or tune that is somehow relevant to me at the time — maybe it’s just been on my mind. Here is a list of those tunes with links to the YouTube version and to the associated little item I wrote giving context, history or, in some cases, excuses for the selection.

2021

Sept. 9, 2021 — “Cullom’s Reel” (Ben Zorn)

Sept. 16 , 2021 — “Swannanoa Waltz” (Rayna Gellert)

Sept. 23, 2021 — “Why Don’t You Introduce Me As Your Darlin’?” (Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno)

Sept. 30, 2021 –“Tusk” (Fleetwood Mac)

Oct. 7 , 2021 —  “Sweet Nell” (fiddled by Clarke Williams, Maddy Mullaney & Ben Zorn)

Oct. 14, 2021 — “Waiting for Nancy/Valley Forge” (Kaia Kater)

 Oct. 21 , 2021 — “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Bluegrass version by The Petersens)

Oct. 28, 2021 — “The Cat Came Back” (Anna Roberts Gevalt)

Nov. 4, 2021 — “When I’m Gone” (a 1930s version of Anna Kendrick’s pop hit of the same name.) (The Carter Family)

Nov. 11, 2021 — “Are You Washed in the Blood?”  (The Louvin Brothers)

Nov. 18 , 2021 — “Far Side Banks of Jordan” (Johnny Cash & June Carter)

Nov. 24, 2021 — “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” (Scottish Festival Singers)

Dec. 2 , 2021 — “Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again” (Kris Kristofferson)

Dec. 9, 2021 — “Gonna Sing” (Mary Schmich’s song as performed by the Oak Park District 97 Virtual Chorus)

Dec. 16, 2021 — “Chariots” (John Roberts and Tony Barrand)

Dec. 23 , 2021 — “On This Christmas Day”  (Fred Campeau and the Songs of Good Cheer Band)

Dec. 30, 2021 — “How Beautiful Upon the Mountain” (Tom Paxton)

2022

Jan. 6 2022 — “When I’m Sixty Four” (The Beatles)

Jan. 13, 2022 — “Music for a Found Harmonium” (banjo version by Josh Turknett)

Jan. 20, 2022  — “The Bramble and the Rose” (Jim Ringer & Mary McCaslin)

Jan. 27, 2022 — “Smoke Behind the Clouds” (Joseph Decosimo)

Feb. 3, 2022 — “Congleton Bear” (John Roberts and Tony Barrand)

Feb. 10, 2022 — “Hate Song (Stamp Out Hate)” (The Mad Show Ensemble)

Feb. 17, 2022 — “Argeers” (as danced by the Chestnut company in Paris)

Feb. 24, 2022 — “Knoxville Girl” (Louvin Brothers)

March 3, 2022 —  “Spiegel im Spiegel” (Arvo Pärt)

March 10, 202230 fiddle styles in one performance  (Michael Burnyeat)

March 17, 2022 — “Broccoli Shy” (Lou and Peter Berryman)

March 24, 2022 — “Tenting on the Old Camp Ground” (97th Regimental String Band)

March 31, 2022 — “Cindy” (Ben Zorn and James Fraser)

April 7, 2022 — “Chaise Longue” (Wet Leg)

April 14, 2022 — “I Never Go to Work” (Michael Grosvenor Myer)

April 21, 2022 — “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” (The Highwaymen)

April 28, 2022 — “Stacy’s Mom” (Fountains of Wayne)

May 5, 2022 — “Early” (Greg Brown)

May 12, 2022 — “Famous in France” (Michael Peter Smith)

May 19, 2022  — “That’s My Weakness Now” (Cliff “Uncle Ike” Edwards)

May 26, 2022 —  “I and My Maker” (Dan MacDonald and Emily Nott)

June 2, 2022 —  “Hindsight” (Max Allard)

June 9, 2022 — “Summer Breeze”  (Seals and Crofts)

June 16, 2022 — “Another Train” (Pete Morton) (a better but slower recording is here)

June 23, 2022 — “Dwelling in Beulah Land” (Helen Bonchek Schneyer)

June 30, 2022 — “He’ll Pilot Me“(The Pine Ridge Boys)

July 7, 2022 — “Heaven”  (Talking Heads)

July 14, 2022 — “From a Distance” (Nanci Griffith)

July 21, 2022 — “The Bells of London Town”  (Dan MacDonald and Sara Leginsky)

July 28, 2022  — “Pal-Yat-Chee” (Spike Jones and His City Slickers with Homer & Jethro)

August 4, 2022  — “They Don’t Let You in the Opera if You’re a Country Star” (Kelli O’Hara)

August 11, 2022 — “The Carnival is Over” (The Seekers)

August 18, 2022 — “The Lovers Waltz”  (Jay Ungar & Molly Mason)

August 25, 2022 — “Under the Summer Moonlight” (Garnet Rogers)

Sept. 1, 2022Reader favorites

Sept. 8, 2022 — “Cumberland Gap” (Eric Zorn’s interpretation)

Sept. 15, 2022  — “Lorena” (performed by John Hartford)

Sept. 22, 2022 — “Hamlet in Three Minutes” (Michael Cooney)

Sept. 29, 2022 — “Mighty Big River” (Jim Post)

Oct. 6, 2022 — “Wait Till the Clouds Roll By”  (Larry Perkins and Andrea  Zonn)

Oct. 13, 2022 — “You Get What You Give”  (The New Radicals) (nominated by Charlie Meyerson, proprietor of Chicago Public Square)

Oct. 20, 2022 —  “Be” (Common) (nominated by TV/radio/podcast star Brandon Pope)

Oct. 27, 2022 — “Are You Happy Now?” (Richard Shindell)

Nov. 3, 2022 — “Let the Mystery Be” (Iris DeMent) (nominated by former Tribune columnist Mary Schmich)

Nov. 10, 2022 — “Orange Cocoa Cake” (Cathy Fink’s interpretation of a Lou and Peter Berryman song)

Nov.  17, 2022 — “Unforgettable” (Nat King Cole) (nominated by WCPT-AM 820 Joan Esposito)

Nov.  22, 2022 —  “Uncle Dave’s Grace”  (Lou & Peter Berryman)

Dec. 1, 2022 — “Mayfly  (Dolly Varden) (Nominated by former Tribune columnist Barbara Brotman)

Dec. 8, 2022 —  “Long Way Around the Sea” (Low)

Dec. 15, 2022 — “Will You Know Him When You See Him?” (Beverly Smith and John Grimm)

Dec. 22, 2022 —  “Christ Child Lullaby” (Also known as “Who Am I to Bear You Here?” )  (John Doyle, Karine Polwart, and Christy O’Leary)

Dec. 31, 2022 —  “The Turning Year” (Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Trio with Windborne) (nominated by Rich Warren, former host of “The Midnight Special” folk music program on WFMT-FM 98.7)

2023

Jan. 5, 2023  — “Sea of Tears” by Eilen Jewell (nominated by Steve Chapman, former Tribune opinion columnist)

Jan. 12, 2023 — “That’s the Way That the World Goes ‘Round,” a John Prine song performed inside a taxi by Della Mae.

Jan 19, 2023 — “Soldier’s Joy” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Earl Scruggs supplemented by “Soldier’s Joy” fiddled by Ben Zorn.

Jan 26, 2023  — “We Shall Meet Someday” (Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin)

Feb. 2, 2023 — “That Lonesome Train That Took My Baby Away” performed by Jonas Friddle

Feb. 9, 2023 — “Rose of My Heart” (Johnny Cash)

Feb 16, 2023 — “Stewball” (version popularized by Huddie Ledbetter, a.k.a. Lead Belly)

Feb. 23, 2023 —  “Multiply the Heartaches”   (George Jones and Melba Montgomery)

March 2, 2023 —  “No Hard Feelings” (Avett Brothers) nominated by John Williams of WGN-AM 720

March 9, 2023 — “It Was a Very Good Year”  (Frank Sinatra) (nominated by Laura Washington)

March 16, 2023 — “The Humline Song.” or “60’s Mudley, (Mike Agranoff)

March 23, 2023 — “Levitating” (Dua Lipa) (nominated by Johanna Zorn)

March 30, 2023 — “What a Game!” (from the Broadway musical “Ragtime”) (nominated by author and former New York Times writer Bruce Weber)

April 6, 2023 —  “Radiant Hue”  (Shadow Show) (nominated by writer Nancy Nall Derringer)

April 13, 2023 — “Tennessee Politics” by John Hartford

April 20, 2023 — “Georgia Hard” by Robbie Fulks (nominated by Mark Guarino)

April 27, 2023 — “Jump in the Line,” by Harry Belafonte

May 4, 2023 —  “Cotton Jenny” by Gordon Lightfoot

May 11, 2023 — “Waltzing on Top of the World,” by Jim Reeves

May 18, 2023 — “The Mary Ellen Carter” by Stan Rogers (nominated by Peter Sagal)

May 25, 2023  — “Mighty Mighty” by Earth, Wind and Fire (nominated by Jim Wynton)

June 1, 2023 —  “Keweenaw Light,” a Craig Johnson song performed by AJ Srubas and Rina Rossi

June 8, 2023 — “Give Yourself to Love” by Kate Bush

June 15, 2023 — “New Harmony” by Craig Johnson

June 22, 2023  — “Laundry Pile” by Arkells (nominated by Mike Pesca)

June 29, 2023  —   “Come on, Aphrodite”  by Natalie Merchant and  Abena Koomson-Davis (nominated by Barbara Mahany)

July 6, 2023 —  “Whiskey Before Breakfast” as fiddled by Roger Netherton

July 13, 2023 — “Dream Operator” by the Talking Heads

July 20, 2023 — “Fast Car,” Tracy Chapman’s 1988 original and Luke Combs’ 2023 hit cover version.

July 27, 2023  — “Fourth of July” by Sufjan Stevens, nominated by Colleen Kujawa

August 3, 2023 — “Twilight is Stealing” sung by Jody Stecher and  Kate Brislin, nominated by The Twilight Stealers.

August 10, 2023 — An assortment of reader nominations:

August 17, 2023 — Stephen Foster’s “Old Dog Tray” performed by Tom Roush.

August 24, 2023 —  “A Summer Wind, A Cotton Dress,” by Richard Shindell

August 31, 2023  — Merle Haggard’s “Ramblin’ Fever” performed by John Prine

Sept. 7, 2023 — “Volcano” by Jimmy Buffet

Sept. 14, 2023–  “Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn, nominated by Jon Hansen

Sept. 21, 2023—  “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce

Sept. 28, 2023 —  “Who’s on the Way?” by Hogwire Stringband.

Oct. 4, 2023 — “Life During Wartime” by the Talking Heads (from the concert movie “Stop Making Sense”)

Oct. 12, 2023 — “All The Pretty Little Horses,” performed by Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains

Oct. 19, 2023 — “Love and Mercy,” performed by Wilco, nominated by Monica Eng of Axios Chicago

Oct. 26, 2023 — “If I Fell,” the Beatles.

Nov. 2, 2023  — “I Can’t Explain,” by the Who, nominated by Cate Plys

Nov. 9, 2023 — “Ain’t No Ash Will Burn,” by Ranch Romance

Nov. 16, 2023 — ” Mojado” by Ricardo Arjona , nominated by Tribune reporter Laura Rodríguez Presa

Nov. 21, 2023 — “We Gather Together

Nov. 30, 2023 — “Burn it Down” by Cassandra Violet

Dec. 7, 2023 —  “Rush” by  Troye Sivan

Dec. 14, 2023 — “The Man,” by Taylor Swift, nominated by Cori Bills

Dec. 21, 2023 — “Mary Had a Baby,” performed by Anna Jacobson

Dec. 28, 2023 — “This Will Be Our Year,” by the Zombies

2024

Jan. 4, 2023  — “Come and Get Your Love,” by Redbone

Jan. 11, 2024 —  “Prisencolinensinainciusol” gibberish from Italian pop star Adriano Celentano

Jan. 18, 2024 — “I Am Very Glad, As I Am Finally Returning Back Home” sung by  Eduard “Mr. Trololo” Khil

Jan. 25, 2024 — “Woe, Woe, Woe,” by Joe Issacs and the Calvary Mountain Boys

Feb 1, 2024  — “Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight” performed by the Greenbriar Boys

Feb 8, 2024. — “Only Love,” by John Prine

Feb. 15, 2024 — “Round and Round,” by Perry Como

Feb. 22, 2024 — “Leader of the Pack” by the Shagri-Las

Feb. 29, 2024 — “Hope Lingers On,” a Lissa Schneckenburger song performed by Low Lily

March 7, 2024 — “Motherlover” by Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg.

March 14, 2024 — “The Galway Girl” by Steve Earle