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Lily Loves Lester (E26)

Lester Loves Lily (E26)

Well… OK – we don’t know that Lily loves Lester. We hope she does. But one thing is clear… Lily and Lester had a ton of fun putting together two radio shows for you to listen to. If you missed part one – fret not – click here.

In this edition I took a big departure, threw Lily a curve ball about words and music, and, in fact took Richard Strauss’ Capriccio for a spin – just for a second. And then we got down to business and continued to explore the music that is delighting Lily right now. It is an expansive collection made up almost entirely of music that I have not heard before. A few artist names were familiar, like Serge Gainsbourg and Tom Waits, but Lily really brought out the exotic. And what a delightful collection this turned out to be when all is said and done.

Lily Loves Lester (?) this week on Lester the Nightfly (E26).


A prolific songwriter, Lily Frost currently has 15 albums under her belt, under five different labels — Warner, Nettwerk, Aporia, Boxton and Marquis.  Lily Frost comes from the Montreal underground mod scene.  She moved to Vancouver and went from busking rockabilly to spearheading the Cocktail nation with her band The Colorifics who led the Blue Lizard Lounge scene throughout the 90’s. Lily then signed to Nettwerk as a solo artist before moving to Toronto where she was born. She has been working hard with Aporia and Marquis for the past decade. Lily is a dramatic, stylish performer who draws from the aesthetic of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the soundtracks of Quentin Tarantino, and the hot and bothered emotional drama that goes on between us fascinating humans.  The poetry of Rimbaud, the erotica of Anaïs Nin, and torch singers like Julie London and Juliette Greco all serve as strong influences. Frost has toured from Paris to Los Angeles and has shared stages with the likes of Pink Martini, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Coldplay and many more. Her awards include the Video Silver Sun through Bravo, a Gemini nomination for her theme song co-write for the hit TV series “Being Erica”, and Vancouver Female Vocalist of the Year in 2003. Lily’s songs have been frequently placed in TV shows and movies such as Grey’s Anatomy, Crazy Beautiful, Chevy Cobalt, Charmed, Felicity, and many more. Her efforts are now focused on her new Zoomer Radio radio show Zoomer Crooners and Songbirds as well as curating Big City Social, an event that combines swing, rockabilly, burlesque, dance and fashion.

Lily Frost Selections

Lily Frost is a highly accomplished artist (singer, composer, musician). How fun to get a peak at what music makes her tick! The inspirations. The emotions. The melodies. Spanning the globe.

Lily gives us a fresh perspective on Frazey Ford, Francesca Blanchard, Lhasa de Sela, Caetano Veloso, Tom Waits among others.

Lily Loves Lester ? (LTNF E26).

Lily Loves Lester the Nightfly
Lily Frost

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The Playlist

Tracks included in order of appearance.

SongArtist / AlbumYear
SextetRichard Strauss / Capriccio, Philharmonia Orchestra2000
“Frau Gräfin, das Souper ist serviert”Richard Strauss / Capriccio, Philharmonia Orchestra2000
The Littlest BirdsThe Be Good Tanyas / A Collection2012
DoneFrazey Ford / Indian Ocean2014
FreeFrancesca Blanchard / Free2017
El DesiertoLhasa de sela / La Llorona1997
CurcurucucuCaetano Veloso  / The Best of Caetano Veloso1995
Dis, Quand Reviendras-Tu?Martha Wainwright / Martha Wainwright2004
Rock Me BabyLily Frost / Retro Moderne2019
AliceTom Waits / Alice (Remastered)2002
FloatingJulee Cruise / Floating Into the Night1989
This Parade (feat. Lily Frost)Variety Lab, Lily Frost /Team Up2009
Playlist: Lily Frost


In this episode our music centers around the year 1980 as you can see from our LEST-OMETER below. Yep – that’s how we roll around here… the very latest in music technology!!


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I want to share my appreciation for you. For listening with an open mind. For comments and thoughts. For advice and suggestions. I am very pleased to go on these musical journeys each week knowing you are there to appreciate stand-out music from inspired musicians.

Lester Loves Lily (E26)

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