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From Kaye Ballard to Leonard Cohen (E36)

From Kaye Ballard to Leonard Cohen (E36)

In part 2 of our conversation Mel takes us to some incredibly beautiful and moving places. We start with a look at three versions of “Fly Me To The Moon” and then jump right into some pretty intense deep house. Get ready because this will take you to a deep place (seriously!). Mel found some groundbreaking artists and we explore them: Cleo Sol, Celeste, Roots Manuva, The Cinematic Orchestra, Leonard Cohen. Yes, we’re all over the place… but in a good way. So much to explore!!!

Mel and I met in person (a first for this remote host) in The Catskills, about two and a half hours from my Manhattan Tower. Mel’s links:

Mel’s Yoga Practice

I teach a strong breath-centered and alignment-based vinyasa class. When we’re practicing in person I offer hands-on adjustments, with your consent of course. I’m known for my playlists, which I put a lot of love and energy into. I craft them to insure the best possible experience for you. In my classes you’ll hear everything from A Tribe Called Quest to Krishna Das. I hope you’ll find an old song you once loved but forgot about, or a new song to make you smile.

Mel’s Music

About Mel

Yoga with Mel (NYC Area)

From Kaye Ballard to Leonard Cohen – this week on Lester the Nightfly (E36).

Mel Russo, Yoga Instructor


Cleo Sol

Cleo Sol – Why Don’t You

Cleo Sol’s career began in earnest during the late 2000s with some high-profile featured appearances and a handful of promising pop-soul singles. After a few years away, the soul-rooted singer/songwriter returned during the late 2010s with a more artful and outward-looking approach with creative partner Inflo. The two have recorded extensively under the collaborative alias Sault, and they have also worked together on Rose in the Dark (2020), Cleo’s debut solo album.

Mel found Cleo Sol… when actually… who knows. What is amazing is that Mel’s genius at music led her to this incredibly successful artist. We find out in our show how remarkable is this Cleo Sol. Well done Mel!

Cleo Sol


From Kay Ballard to Leonard Cohan
From Kay Ballard to Leonard Cohan

The Playlist

Tracks included in order of appearance.

SongArtist / AlbumYear
Fly Me To The MoonBen L’Oncle Soul / Under My Skin2016
Fly Me to the MoonFrank Sinatra / Fly Me To The Moon1965
In Other Words (Fly Me To The Moon)Kaye Ballard / In Other Words (Single)1955
BindHowling, RY X, Frank Wiedeman / Bind2020
Bind Rampa RemixHowling, RY X, Frank Wiedeman / Bind Remixes2020
Why Don’t YouCleo Sol / Rose in the Dark2020
Both Sides of the MoonCeleste, Gotta Street Park / Compilation 1.12019
Hear My VoiceCeleste / The Trial of the Chicago 72020
A Caged Bird / Imitations of LifeRoots Manuva, The Cinematic Orchestra / A Caged Bird2019
Join the DotsRoots Manuva / Run Come Save Me2001
SuzanneLeonard Cohen / The Songs of Leonard Cohen1967
AnthemLeonard Cohen / The Essential Leonard Cohen2002
Playlist: Mel Russo


In this episode our music centers around the year 1970 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.

From Kaye Ballard to Leonard Cohen with Mel Russo (E36)

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