Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Joyful Noises Mixtape 2010

Ludwig Van Beethoven – Ode To Joy

Enya – Journey Of The Angels

Annie Lennox – As Joseph Was A Walking

Indigo Girls – The Wonder Song

Mary Chapin Carpenter – Children, Go Where I Send Thee

The Band – Christmas Must Be Tonight

Take 6 – Go Tell It On The Mountain

Harry Belafonte – Mary, Mary

Bruce Cockburn – Mary Had A Baby

St. Olaf Choir – Here’s a Pretty Little Baby

Durant – O Holy Night

Kathy Mattea – Christmas Collage

Amy Grant – O Come All Ye Faithful

Kathy Mattea – Somebody Talkin’ About Jesus

Sufjan Stevens—Joy To The World

Monday, December 20, 2010

This Little Light (TOTR 111)

Sam Cooke – This Little Light Of Mine

Ben Harper – There Will Be a Light

Sweet Honey In The Rock – This Little Light Of Mine

U2 – City of Blinding Lights

The Rolling Stones – Shine A Light

Neil Young – Light A Candle

Wilco – What Light

Patrick Park –Starry Night

Annie Lennox – Shining Light

Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light

Madonna – Ray Of Light

The Black Keys – Everlasting Light

Dirty Guvnahs – We’ll Be The Light

Wishbone Ash – Keeper Of The Light

Chris Bathgate – A Flash Of Light Followed By

Sam Phillips – Reflecting Light

Glasvegas – S.A.D. Light

Ed Kowalczyk – In Your Light

Phish – Light

Yusuf Islam – God Is The Light

Lone Justice – You Are the Light

Kathy Mattea – Brightest And Best

Eden’s Bridge – Into The Light

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Edible Final Exam!

This semester, we wrote about food. This semester, we planted, harvested, & feasted on food. This semester, we discussed & described our family recipes & our favorite restaurants. This semester, the professor required students to record & produce a YouTube-ready cooking video & called it the Edible Final Exam.

These projects were all created by first-year Tennessee Tech students enrolled in the Environmental Learning Village sections of English 1010. It’s always hard to pick a top five of anything, but these were some of my favorites from the more than sixty videos I had the pleasure of watching.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Waking Up!--or "Warm Songs for a Cold Night" (TOTR 110)

Sarah McLachlan—Awakenings

Lizz Wright—Wake Up, Little Sparrow

U2—Beautiful Day

Bob Marley & The Wailers—Wake Up And Live

Green Day—Wake Me Up When September Ends (live)

Uncle Kracker—Smile

Okkervil River—Savannah Smiles

The Killers—Smile Like You Mean It

Chicago—Wake Up Sunshine

Dave Matthews Band—Everybody Wake Up

Los Lobos—Wake Up Dolores

Lyle Lovett—If You Were To Wake Up

Norah Jones—Wake Me Up

Pet Shop Boys—I Want To Wake Up

Wilco—When You Wake Up Feeling Old

R.E.M—The Wake-Up Bomb

Arcade Fire—Wake Up

U2—Rise Up

Eddie Vedder—Rise

Fleet Foxes—Sun it Rises

Jimmy Cliff—I Can See Clearly Now

Grateful Dead—Eyes Of The World

Ashley Cleveland—My God Called Me This Morning

Odetta—Rise Up Shepherds & Follow

Keith Green—Your Love Broke Through

Monday, December 6, 2010

Angel Joy (TOTR 109)

Ludwig Van Beethoven—Ode To Joy

George Winston—Joy

Sufjan Stevens—Joy To The World

Three Dog Night—Joy To The World

Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble—Pride And Joy

Ben Harper—Waiting On An Angel

Lizz Wright—Another Angel

Elvis Costello—(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes

Robert Plant—Angel Dance

U2—Angel of Harlem

Chris Whitley—To Joy (Revolution Of The Innocents)


Lenny Kravitz—Fields Of Joy

Lucinda Williams—Joy

Michelle Shocked – Can’t Take My Joy

Ashley Cleveland—Joy Joy

The Cluster Pluckers—O Come, Angel Band

Old and in the WayAngel Band

Pistol Pete & Popgun Paul—Wearing An Angel’s Wings

Rilo Kiley—The Angels Hung Around

Laurie Anderson—Gravity’s Angel

Enya—Journey Of The Angels

Annie Lennox—Angels From The Realms of Glory

Kathy Mattea—Angels We Have Heard On High

Indigo Girls—There’s Still My Joy

Aaron Neville & the Blind Boys Of Alabama—Joy To The World

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Spoken Word Show (TOTR 108)

Allen Ginsberg – Wales Visitation

Jack Kerouac – San Francisco Scene

Jack Kerouac – The San Francisco Blues

Jack Kerouac – History Of Bop

William S Burroughs – The Sermon On The Mount 1

William S Burroughs – The Sermon On The Mount 2

William S Burroughs – The Sermon On The Mount 3

Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Christ Climbed Down

Kenneth Patchen – Nice Day for a Lynching

Kenneth Patchen – As Beautiful as the Hands of the Winter Tree

Jim Carroll – A Child Growing Up With the Sun

Anne Waldman – Fast Speaking Woman

Anne Waldman – Skin Meat Bones

Cassius Clay – Do You Have To Ask

Gil Scott-Heron – And Then He Wrote Meditations

Saul Williams – Bloodletting

King Missile – Happiness

Derrick Brown – Amateur Realist, Ascending

Derrick Brown – Cheap Rent

Derrick Brown – How To Kill Your Writing

Allen Ginsberg – Gospel Noble Truths

Allen Ginsberg – Father Death Blues

U2 – Walk to the Water

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cornbread Time! (TOTR 107)

James Brown – Mashed Potatoes

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Mama’s Fried Potatoes

Tom Waits – Filipino Box Spring Hog

Dick Kimmel – Wild Turkey Rag

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Crippled Turkey

Ray Charles – Sweet Potato Pie

Billyblues – Pumpkin Pie

Guy Clark – Texas Cookin’

Travis Tritt – It’s A Great Day To Be Alive

Dry Land Fish – Cornbread and Guitar Strings

Sonny Terry – Cornbread Meat And Molasses

The Lilly Brothers And Don Stover – Cornbread & Molasses & Sassafras Tea

Mississippi John Doude – Cornbread Time

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Cornbread And Butterbeans

Loco Zydeco – Give Him Cornbread

Harmonica Buzz – The Cornbread Jinx

Lee Perry – Roast Fish & Cornbread

Joe Houston – Cornbread & Cabbage Greens

Don Miller – Cornbread, Chittlins, and Your Love

Cyrus Chestnut – Cornbread Pudding

Chris Barber Jazz and Blues Band – Cornbread, Peas and Black Molasses

The Bolton Brothers – Cornbread & Black-Eyed Peas

Iris Dement – Childhood Memories

Bonnie Raitt – Thank You

Newbury Park – Thank You

Enter the Worship Circle – Can’t Thank You Enough

Durant – Thank You

Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands

Bill Withers – Lean On Me

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How Granola Are We!

In the 80s and 90s and early 00s, I came from the culture where “granola” is an adjective, a word when coupled with “crunchy” that conveys the convergence of everything earthy and edgy and all-natural to the extreme. Examples of this include conscious cloth consumers, reduce-reuse-recyle renegades, and the more fragrant dudes who forgo deodorant for a dab of patchouli under the ear.

In the common counterculture vernacular, I could be easily described by an observer as “the granola professor who does the workshop tent at Bonnaroo.” Even as I try to retire from my hippy-punk roots into more a more modest middle-age in relative middle-class comfort in my cozy college town, there’s one place that I’m still all-granola, and that’s the kitchen, where I try to be as buy-local, grow-your-own, DIY, all-natural, organic, and homemade as possible.

So the breakfast stapleat my house is, of course, homemade granola, which I usually serve with organic, whole milk yogurt and drizzled with local honey.

We make this in batches once a month and that lasts to keep our morning bellies happy on busy workdays. My recipe for granola breaks down into three basic components: the oats, the goo, and the accessories.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and get out your best, large (such as 9 x 12) baking or cake pans. Begin with a 42 ounce cylindrical box of Whole Grain Oats (these are available at your grocer, and the boxes can be re-used to store the finished granola). Pour the oats into a large mixing bowl and add your crunchy accessories – which for us might involve an assortment of raw nuts like cashews, walnuts, almonds, pecans, pepitas, or even sunflower or sesame seeds, depending on the batch. The choice of nuts really caters to your tastes and/or what you keep around your pantry.

Next, you need to prepare the sweet gorgeous goo to fill, and simmer in, a small or medium saucepan. I encourage you to experiment from batch to batch with what you like best in your goo and what the best quantity of goo is for your perfect granola. For me, it’s a medium saucepan with a mixture that’s about half sweets like organic sugar, honey, and maple syrup and half oils and fats—stuff like olive oil, canola oil, butter, peanut butter, tahini, almond butter. I never use too much nut butter and tend to stick with one kind per batch.

When the goo gets good and warm and melted and mixed, pour it over the oats and nuts, stirring carefully with a wooden spoon. If you’re an animated cook like me, it’s easy to make a mess at this stage, so be careful. Once the goo evenly coats the oat mixture, pour into your baking pans, which it wouldn’t hurt to oil or spray lightly. Bake for approximately an hour at 350 or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Let cool and eat.

I’ve been making granola like this for years, and it’s always delicious and relatively nutritious. Dig in and get crunchy!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tennessee Me (TOTR 106)

Homesick James – Homecoming Blues

Sleepy John Estes – Easin’ Back To Tennessee

Steve Earle – Tennessee Blues

Levon Helm – Tennessee Jed

Jerry Garcia – Sweet Sunny South

Hazel Dickens - Hills Of Home

Hayden Mattingly – Green Hills Of Home

Hayden Mattingly – Mom’s Song

Drew Griswold – Tellico

Kings Of Leon – The Face

Kings Of Leon – Back Down South

New Found Glory – Tennessee

Sam Cooke – Tennessee Waltz

Joe Gilder – Tennessee Moons

Magnolia Electric Co. – Nashville Moon

The Byrds – Nashville West

Indigo Girls – Nashville

Sheryl Crow – Long Road Home

TV On The Radio – Halfway Home

U2 – A Sort of Homecoming

Dan Auerbach – Goin’ Home

Ryan Adams – When Will You Come Back Home

Widespread Panic – When You Coming Home

Allman Brothers Band – Please Call Home

Monday, November 8, 2010

Get Real Get Right (TOTR 105)

David Gray – Real Love

Lucinda Williams – Real Love

Mary Chapin Carpenter – That’s Real

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals – My Love For You Is Real

U2 – Even Better Than the Real Thing

The Who – The Real Me

Mason Jennings – Keepin’ It Real

Plants and Animals – Keep It Real

Jeff Buckley – So Real

Rusted Root –Virtual Reality

Sufjan Stevens – Get Real Get Right

Adele – Right As Rain

Susan Tedeschi – Rock Me Right

Dr. John – Right Place Wrong Time

G Love and Special Sauce – Ain’t That Right

Sons of Slum – Right On

Radiohead – Everything in Its Right Place

M_ Ward – Right In The Head

Drive-By Truckers –The Righteous Path

Ryan Bingham – Self-Righteous Wall

The Flying Burrito Brothers – Do Right Woman

John Mellencamp – Right Behind Me

Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

Larry Norman – Righteous Rocker #1

Mike Peters – Absolute Reality

Monday, November 1, 2010

Takin' It To Heaven (TOTR 104)

Dr. John w/ Mavis Staples - When The Saints Go Marching In

Grateful Dead - St_ Stephen

Carrie Newcomer - All Saint's Day

Patty Larkin -All Souls Day

Ollabelle - Heaven's Pearls

Garth & Maude Hudson (The Harry Smith Project) - No Depression In Heaven

Sinead O'Connor - I Am Stretched On Your Grave

Anais Mitchell w/ Justin Vernon, Ani DiFranco - Way Down Hadestown

The Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell

The Clash - Straight 2 Hell

Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

Wilco - Airline to Heaven

Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven

Guadalcanal Diary - Fire From Heaven

R.E.M - Near Wild Heaven

Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven

Blitzen Trapper - Heaven and Earth

Talking Heads - Heaven

Traffic - Heaven Is In Your Mind

Loretta Lynn - Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven

Ashley Cleveland - Going To Heaven To Meet The King

The Soul Stirrers - Heaven Is My Home

Neville Brothers - Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Monday, October 25, 2010

Haunted Show (TOTR 103)

Hank Williams –The Angel Of Death
Me Without You – The Angel Of Death Came To David’s Room
Michael Hurley – The Werewolf
Gordon Gano & The Ryans – Way That I Creep
Screamin Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You
John Fogerty – Haunted House
Roy Buchanan – Haunted House
Roky Erickson – The Haunt
The Specials – Ghost Town
The Cure – Fear Of Ghosts
Bauhaus – Who Killed Mr. Moonlight
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Halloween
The Misfits – Halloween
Ministry – Stigmata
Skinny Puppy – Worlock
OhGr – Chaos
Switchblade Symphony – Witches
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand
Steeleye Span – Long Lankin
The Incredible String Band – Witches Hat
Pentangle – Rain And Snow
Vashti Bunyan – Rose Hip November
Neko Case – Deep Red Bells
Dead Can Dance – Yulunga

Monday, October 18, 2010

Indian Summer Wanderlust (TOTR 102)

Jesse Winchester—Wander My Way Home

Dion—The Wanderer

Marc Broussard—The Wanderer

Jonny Lang—Wander This World

Ryan Bingham—The Wandering

Justin Townes Earle—Wanderin

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band—Zig Zag Wanderer

Flogging Molly—The Wanderlust

Jim Brickman—Wanderlust

James Taylor—Wandering

Mark Knopfler—Wanderlust



Patti Smith—Wander I Go

Yellowjackets—Indian Summer

Nu Soul Guru—Indian Summer (Hotel Costes Mix

The Doors—Indian Summer

Jesse Malin—Indian Summer

Chris Whitley—Indian Summer

Poco—Indian Summer

Luna—Indian Summer

Manic Street Preachers—Indian Summer

U2—Indian Summer Sky

U2—The Wanderer


Jesse Winchester—Wander My Way Home

Monday, October 4, 2010

Teacher On The Radio's 100th Show!

TV on the Radio – Province

The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star

R.E.M - Radio Free Europe

R.E.M - Radio Song

Bruce Springsteen - Radio Nowhere

Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner

Elvis Costello - Radio, Radio

Joe Jackson - On Your Radio

Queen - Radio Ga Ga

John Hiatt - Radio Girl

Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs - Like Rock & Roll And Radio

Joni Mitchell - You Turn Me I’m a Radio

Regina Spektor - On The Radio

Dar Williams - Midnight Radio

David Rovics - The Pirate Radio Song

The Blasters - Border Radio

The Clash - This is Radio Clash

The Doors - The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)

Talking Heads - Radio Head

Warren Zevon - Mohammed’s Radio

Wilco - Radio Cure

Jethro Tull - Radio Free Moscow

Rush - The Spirit Of Radio

String Cheese Incident – Come Together

The First 99 Shows

1) Play list 1

Monday, September 10, 2007

2) Hey Jack Kerouac

Monday, September 17, 2007

3) Missing Playlist

4)” As American as Baseball, Peace, and Hip- Hop”

Monday, October 1, 2007

5) John Lennon’s 67th Birthday Tribute

Monday, October 9, 2007

6) “ The End of the Road”

Monday, October 23, 2007

7) “ The Show of the Dead”

Monday, October 29, 2007

8) “ Songs of Fire and Rain”

Monday, November 30, 2007

9) “Old Returns to New”

Monday, November 12, 2007

10) “Home, Hope, & Holiday Hedonism”

Monday, November 19, 2007

11) Play list 11

Saturday , December 1, 2007

12) Play list 12

Monday, December 3, 2007

13) 13th Show Play list

Monday, December 11, 2007

14) The Unofficial History of Punk Rock

Monday, January 14, 2008

15) Keep on dreaming (for Dr. King)

Monday, January 21, 2008

16) Band of Horses Tribute

Monday, January 28, 2008

17) Anthems R Us

Monday, February 4, 2008

18) The Gift of Love

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

19) We’re All Angels Over The Rainbow

Monday, February 18, 2008

20) Prog Gnosis

Monday, February 25, 2008

21) “ Folk That!”

Monday, March 17, 2008

22) Guest Host Jim Clark (and more!)

Monday, March 17, 2008

23) Out on the highway!

Monday, March 24, 2008

24) The Fool Eclectic

Monday, March 31, 2008

25)” I REMember This…”

Monday, April 7, 2008

26) Write On

Monday, April 14, 2008

27) Spring Fever

Monday, April 21, 2008

28) Bonnarecap

Monday, August 25, 2008

29) The Rothbury Report featuring Tea Leaf Green

Monday, September 1, 2008

30) Songs for Late Summer

Monday, September 8, 2008

31) Reality Sandwiches at Uncle Ginsy’s Audio CafĂ©

Monday, September 15, 2008

32) Hey Jack Kerouac 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

33) My New Fall Faves

Monday, September 29, 2008

34) Libras Rock

Monday, October 6, 2008

35) Research is a Mixtape, part one

Monday, October 20, 2008

36) Hope, Hype, Horror!

Monday, October 27, 2008

37) Mixing The Historical Moment: Election Eve 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

38) Utopia, Dystopia, and the Troubled Economy

Monday, November 10, 2008

39) A weekly show for a week of shows

Monday, November 17, 2008

40) Over the hills & through the woods

Monday, November 24, 2008

41) Little Joy, Born Into A Light

Monday, December 1, 2008

42) Teacher On The Radio & Friends Annual All-Nighter!

Monday, December 8, 2008

43) Wish! Dream! Sing! (MLK DAY/Obama Eve Special)

Monday, January 19, 2009

44) Running Every Which Way!

Monday, January 26, 2009

45) Last Monday’s Playlist

Monday, February 6, 2009

46) “I Got Love For You”—Michael Franti Tribute Show

Monday, February 16, 2009

47) In the peaceful valley with Ryan Adams

Monday, February 23, 2009

48) Let Us in the Sound

Monday, March 2, 2009

49) Green Grow for St. Patty’s Day & Springtime!

Monday, March 16, 2009

50) Down by the Riverside—Blues, Gospel, & Freedom Song

Monday, March 23, 2009

51) Girls & Mothers, Spirits & Witches, Queens & Angels

Monday, March 30, 2009

52) True Voyage Is Return

Monday, April 6, 2009

53) Angels and Devils (or, Dancing on Duality)

Monday, April 13, 2009

54) “All the Scholars Sung, Dance, Jump Around All Night”

Monday, April 20, 2009

55) From Detroit to Dismal, From Motown to Manchester

Monday, April 27, 2009

56) Summer Light

Monday, August 31, 2009

57) Work It!

Monday, September 7, 2009

58) After The Flood/ Autumn Sun

Monday, September 21, 2009

59) Super Duper Grouper Trooper!

Monday, September 28, 2009

60) Road to Somewhere

Monday, October 5, 2009

61) Circle Around The Sun

Monday, October 12, 2009

62) Avettology!

Monday, October 26, 2009

63) Breathe!

Monday, November 2, 2009

64) Movin’ On

Monday, November 9, 2009

65) Blood Is Life

Monday, November 16, 2009

66) Grub & Gratitude

Monday, November 23, 2009

67) Peace, Food, & Anticipation

Monday, November 30, 2009

68) Everything Is Moving So Fast

Monday, December 7, 2009

69) Getting "Oughty," 2000-2009

Monday, January 11, 2010

70) I See You (for MLK Day)

Monday, January 18, 2010

71) If Love is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Love

Monday, January 25, 2010

72) Soul Fire

Monday, February 1, 2010

73) Dark Night, Cold Ground, Blues Sound

Monday, February 8, 2010

74) Walk Together

Monday, February 15, 2010

75) Can We Kick It?

Monday, February 22, 2010

76) Knockin On The Radio

Monday, March 1 , 2010

77) In Diva Nation

Monday, March 15, 2010

78) The Humbling River

Monday, March 22, 2010

79) Hear The Mountains Calling

Monday, March 29, 2010

80) April Showers

Monday, April 5, 2010

81) In The Garden

Monday, April 12, 2010

82) Natalie Night

Monday, April 19, 2010

83) Happy Positive Wonderful Yes

Monday, April 26, 2010

84) Clean & Sober

Monday, May 3, 2010

85) Mother’s Monday

Monday, May 10, 2010

86) May Flowers

Monday, May 17, 2010

87) Chains Across The Tress, for Mick Vranich

Monday, May 31, 2010

88) Reasons To Roo

Monday, June 7, 2010

89) At The Lake

Monday, July 19,2010

90) (We’re all) Neighbors (in our) Neighborhoods!

Monday, July 26, 2010

91) Clowns, Fairs, & Farris wheel, Oh My

Monday, August 2, 2010

92) Lock & Key

Monday, August 9, 2010

93) Elvis Everywhere Edition

Monday, August 16, 2010

94) Loaded and Lunar

Monday, August 23, 2010

95) Wagons and Wheels

Monday, August 30, 2010

96) Labor of Love

Monday, September 6, 2010

97) Hotel Songs

Sunday, September 12, 2010

98) September Balance

Monday, September 20, 2010

99) Words. Talk. Listen. Silence.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Words. Talk. Listen. Silence. (TOTR 99)

Crosby, Stills & Nash Song With No Words

Berlin – No More Words

Richard Ashcroft – Words Just Get In The Way

The Avett Brothers – Ten Thousand Words

Coldplay - Talk

R.E.M - Talk About the Passion

Brendan Benson – Don’t Wanna Talk

The Layabouts - Don’t Talk

10,000 Maniacs - Don’t Talk

Bob Dylan - Ain’t Talkin’

Stevie Wonder - Have A Talk With God

Chicago - Listen

Herman’s Hermits - Listen People

Ian Hunter - Listen To The Eight Track

Ramones - Listen To My Heart

INXS - Listen Like Thieves

Tears for Fears - Listen

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Silence Is Golden

Pavement - Silence Kit

Hailpatu - Key Of Silence

Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence

Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence

Alan Parsons Project - Silence And I

Monday, September 20, 2010

September Balance (TOTR 98)

Earth, Wind & Fire - September

Ryan Adams - September

James Taylor - September Grass

Willie Nelson - September Song

Mike Farris - Don’t Let The Sun Go Down

Mike Farris - The Night The Cumberland Came Alive

Mike Farris - I’ll Take You There

Jackson Browne - Lives In The Balance

Bright Eyes - From A Balance Beam

Jahlectrik - Balance

Rain Perry - Balance

Project Pitchfork - Equilibrium

Monkey Business - Equilibrium

Mike Droho & the Compass Rose - Equilibrium

Khafre Robinsong - Equilibrium

Hot Club of Detroit - Equilibrium

Shaolin Temple of Boom - The Equinox

STS9 - Equinox

Jean-Michel Jarre - Equinoxe 3