The Midnight Special, July 4, 2020

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Apropos to the Fourth of July, a program based upon Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters.
*All readings and noted music from the Joseph Cates production conceived and directed by Charles Aidman from
Masterworks 88985-34234-2. All poetry by Edgar Lee Masters, all original songs that are a part of the production by
Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn (music) and Charles Aidman (lyrics). Cast is: Charles Aidman, Robert Elston, Betty Garrett,
Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn, Hal Lynch, Joyce Van Patten.

  1. Lead Belly: The Midnight Special (theme)
    Last Sessions Smithsonian Folkways 40068/71
  2. Michael Smith & Anne Hills:
    Spoon River (M.P.Smith) Paradise Lost and Found Redwing 5406
  3. *Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn & Hal Lynch: Spoon River (song) (Hirshhorn-Aidman)
  4. *Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn: He’s Gone Away (song) (trad)
  5. *Charles Aidman: The Hill
  6. Gathering Sparks:
    Spirits in the Graveyard (June Lewis) Sparks self 61297-41733
  7. *Charles Aidman: Tom Beatty
  8. Geoff Bartley:
    Play the Cards the Way They Lie Blackbirds in the Pie self 1004
  9. *Charles Aidman: Benjamin Pantier
  10. Craig Werth:
    Good Old Dog The Spokes Man self 00261-29283
  11. *Joyce Van Patten: Mrs. Benjamin Pantier
  12. The Once: My Husband’s Got No Courage (trad)
    Row Upon Row of the People They Know Borealis 212
  13. *Joyce Van Patten: Margaret Fuller Slack
  14. Working (orig.cast – David P. Kelly-Lynn Thigpen):
    If I Could’ve Been (Micki Grant) Fynsworth Alley 302062114-2
  15. Joel Mabus:
    Soldier’s Joy (trad) Flatpick & Clawhammer Fossil 793
  16. *Charles Aidman: Knowlt Hoheimer
  17. Bob Gibson & Bob (Hamilton) Camp:
    Civil War Trilogy – First Batalion (Camp-Shel Silverstein) / Yes I See (trad,arr.Gibson) / Two Brothers (Irving Gordon)
    At the Gate of Horn (April 1961) Collectors’ Choice 227-2
  18. *Betty Garrett: Lydia Pucket
  19. *Robert Elston & Charles Aidman: Harry Williams
  20. Phil Ochs:
    The War Is Over Farewells & Fantasies Elektra-Rhino 73518
  21. *Robert Elston: Fiddler Jones
  22. Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott:
    Fiddler Jones (T.O’Brien/E.L.Masters) Memories and Moments Full Skies 94504-79904
  23. *Betty Garrett: Ollie McGee
  24. *Charles Aidman: Fletcher McGee
  25. Mort Shuman: Song for Old Lovers (Jacques Brel-Eric Blau-Mort Shuman)
    My Death Reprise 6358
  26. *Robert Elston: Lucius Atherton
  27. *Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn: Times Are Getting Hard (song) (trad-Hirshhorn-Aidman)
  28. *Charles Aidman: Eugene Carman
  29. Leo Kottke:
    From the Cradle to the Grave (Ron Nagle) Greenhouse One Way 21-18457
  30. *Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn & Hal Lynch: The Water Is Wide (song) (trad)
  31. *Robert Elston & Joyce Van Patten: William and Emily
  32. Aoife & Bobby Clancy: Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
    (trad-Ledbetter-The Weavers) Silvery Moon Appleseed 1065
  33. *Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn & Hal Lynch: Paper of Pins (song)
  34. *Charles Aidman: Roscoe Purkapile
  35. *Betty Garrett: Mrs. Purkapile
  36. Connie Kaldor: Choppy Water (Rocky Marriage Breakdown)
    Small Cafe Philo 1205
  37. Kim & Reggie Harris: Let Me Fly (trad)
    Steal Away Appleseed 1022
  38. *Charles Aidman: Shack Dye
  39. *Hal Lynch: Freedom (trad-Hirschhorn-Aidman)
  40. Leyla McCalla w/ Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell:
    I Knew I Could Fly (L.McCalla-A.Russell) Songs of Our Native Daughters Smithsonian Folkways 40232
  41. *Betty Garrett: Hannah Armstrong
  42. Phil Ochs:
    That Was the President I Ain’t Marching Anymore Hannibal 4422
  43. *Joyce Van Patten: Faith Metheny
  44. Iris DeMent: Let the Mystery Be
    Infamous Angel Philo 1138
  45. John Hasbrouck:
    Down to the River to Pray (trad,arr.Hasbrouck) Some These Days Ruthless Rabbit 1964
  46. Tom Paxton:
    About the Children The Things I Notice Now Collectables 6972
  47. *Joyce Van Patten: Mrs. Charles Bliss
  48. *Betty Garrett: Pauline Barrett
  49. Priscilla Herdman: Lies (Stan Rogers)
    Seasons of Change Flying Fish 309
  50. *Robert Elston: The Village Atheist
  51. Kirtana:
    Why the Sufis Whirl This Embrace Wild Dove 104
  52. *Joyce Van Patten: Mabel Osborne
  53. The Beatles:
    Eleanor Rigby (Lennon-McCartney) 1 Capitol 724352932528
  54. *Charles Aidman: Franklin Jones
  55. *Naomi Caryl Hirschhorn: In the Night (song)
  56. *Charles Aidman & Company: Dippold the Optician
  57. Tom Russell w/ Iris DeMent:
    Box of Visions (T.Russell) The Long Way Around Hightone 8081
  58. *Charles Aidman: Alexander Throckmorton
  59. Michael Smith: Last Days of Pompeii
    Love Stories Flying Fish 70404
  60. *Betty Garrett: Amanda Barker
  61. *Robert Elston: Willard Fluke
  62. A.L. Lloyd: The Unfortunate Rake (trad)
    Smithsonian Folkways 3805
  63. *Joyce Van Patten: Lois Spears
  64. Misty River:
    Life Is Good (Carol Harley) Stories self 005
  65. Robert Elston: Abel Melveny
  66. David Stoddard:
    Stuff Get Off My Lawn self no#
  67. *Charles Aidman: Hod Put
  68. *Robert Elston: Indignation Jones
  69. *Joyce Van Patten: Minerva Jones
  70. *Charles Aidman: Doctor Myers
  71. *Betty Garrett: Mrs. Myers
  72. *Charles Aidman: Willie Metcalf
  73. *Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn: I Am, I Am (song) (Hirshhorn-Aidman)
  74. Pete Seeger: My Old Brown Earth Pete Living Music 0032
  75. *Charles Aidman: Barney Hainsfeather
  76. Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Donald Jacobs, clarinet:
    Undzer Toyrele (Our Beloved Torah) (Dave Tarras and the Abe Schwartz Orch., arr. Alex Koffman)
    Old Roots New World Shanachie 67008
  77. *Betty Garrett: Lucinda Matlock
  78. Fred Holstein:
    Hymn Song (I Believe If I Lived My Life Again) (Utah Phillips) Holstein 01
  79. *Robert Elston: Petit, the Poet
  80. Gordon Lightfoot: The Leaves of Grass
    Sunday Concert Bear Family
  81. *Joyce Van Patten: Anne Rutledge
  82. *Naomi Caryl Hirschhorn & Hal Lynch: Spoon River (song) (reprise)
  83. Iris DeMent: Our Town
    Infamous Angel Philo 1138
  84. *Charles Aidman: Last Poem (from E.L. Master’s poem Tomorrow Is My Birthday)
  85. Tom Paxton:
    The Parting Glass (trad) Redemption Road Pax 010
  86. Kim & Reggie Harris and Magpie:
    When I’m Gone (close) (Phil Ochs) Spoken in Love Long Tail 003-2

Performer is composer unless otherwise noted. Song is album title unless otherwise noted.
Album titles are in italics, composers in parens ( ).


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