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Friday, April 03, 2009

Season 3 - Winding Up? Winding Down?

Friday is our Theme Time Radio Hour Roundup Day, but we'll have to take a pass on any detailed commentary on Noah's Ark: Part 2 (a.k.a. "Animals") for a bit longer, as we haven't had the opportunity to listen to the show yet.

Here's the set-list, courtesy of the Expecting Rain TTRH forum and stewART:

I'm Just Wild About Animal Crackers - Irving Aaronson and his Commanders (1926) (Intro - excerpt)
They All Ask'd for You (The Audobon Zoo Song) - The Meters (1975)
There's a Moose on the Loose - Roddy Jackson (1958)
White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane (1967)
Carried Water For The Elephant - Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell (1930)
Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear - Randy Newman (1972)
Fox on the Run - The Country Gentlemen (1971)
See Line Woman (AKA Sea Lion Woman) - Nina Simone (1964)
Coyote - Joni Mitchell (1976)
Possum Song - Johnny Mercer with Paul Weston and his Orchestra (1947)
Monkey Man - The Maytals (1969)
Bert the Turtle (The Duck and Cover Song) - Dick 'Two Ton' Baker (1953)
Calling All Cows - Lazy Bill Lucas & the Blues Rockers (1955)
Black Rat Swing - Memphis Minnie and Little Son Joe (1941)
On the Wings of a Snow White Dove - Ferlin Husky (1960)


Where else but Theme Time would you find Memphis Minnie and The Maytals on the same playlist?

Next week's theme is "Clearance Sale," a frightening subject, with its implications that "everything must go," including, we might fear, TTRH.

According to my records, TTRH aired 50 original shows during Season 1 and 25 original shows during Season 2. I count 23 original episodes aired so far in Season 3 (there have been three repeat shows). If we go by Season 2, there should be two more original shows, making a total of 100 altogether for the three seasons.

They've aired all the shows mentioned in the Season 3 press release (as well as all the missing shows announced for Season 2 for that matter). The Rolling Stone article on Season 3 reported two shows we haven't heard yet, "Carnivals" and "Furniture." I'm just guessing here, but I'm thinking that "Furniture" may be the "Clearance Sale" show of next week, furniture stores notable for their clearance sales, and we might get something like the "President's Day" show, a special that does a few furniture-related songs, and then songs on older themes.

There's no evidence of TTRH ending altogether with Season 3.  On the other hand, there's no evidence for it continuing into a Season 4, for that matter. We'll have to wait and see. I kind of like the idea of winding up the season - and if necessary, the series - on a "Carnival" theme.

But as I said before it's all a guess, and I'm often wrong.


On a "From Your Station Manager" note, I've had to enable comment moderation, meaning that I'll need to approve future comments before they'll appear for the time being.  Probably reflecting the Tough Economic Times, Dreamtime has been unusually inundated with comment spam over the past few days.  I had to delete 53 spam comments this morning.  It's unfortunate, and I'm hoping I don't have to disable comments altogether. I enjoy getting comments, and have ended up clarifying/correcting several posts thanks to them.  But you can always reach me through if you don't want to jump through the new hoops.

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