This playlist started out small, got huge, was winnowed down again, and took on a life of its own. Lester the Nightfly Live - Autumn.

Lester the Nightfly Live (AUTUMN on WPVM 103.7 AVL)


Lester the Nightfly Live (AUTUMN on WPVM 103.7 AVL)

If you listen to this show at the link below you will hear a very excited, slightly nervous, and highly determined radio host, me, staring down a huge station console. A wing and a prayer… well – no. I was trained well by Davyne Dial from WPVM and had a partner in crime, James Navé, to help me through it. Lester the Nightfly Live.

And so I did it. And it went so very well. The result of which is that I now have a great interest in doing this live thing early and often. It was really fun, very satisfying.

A Crowd-Sourced Show About the Autumn

This playlist started out small, got huge, was winnowed down again, and then started to take on a life of its own. On the “cutting room floor” were such amazing tracks that I could have easily turned this into two or three shows. But I kept my cool this time… just the one show for this Autumn.




“Roy Haynes is like a father to me,” says Kikoski. At 96 years old – we want to call Mr. Haynes a national treasure. We Love Roy Haynes.

Steve Reich

Minimalism at its Best

Stephen Michael Reich (/raɪʃ/ RYSH; born October 3, 1936) is an American composer known for his contribution to the development of minimal music in the mid to late 1960s.

The American composer and critic Kyle Gann has said that Reich “may … be considered, by general acclamation, America’s greatest living composer”. Reich’s style of composition has influenced many other composers and musical groups, including John Adams, the progressive rock band King Crimson, the new-age guitarist Michael Hedges, the art-pop and electronic musician Brian Eno, the experimental art/music group the Residents, the electronic group Underworld, the composers associated with the Bang on a Can festival (including David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe), and numerous indie rock musicians including songwriters Sufjan Stevens and Matthew Healy of the 1975, and instrumental ensembles Tortoise, The Mercury Program, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor (who titled an unreleased song “Steve Reich”).

The title comes from the Hebrew word for “psalms”, and the work is the first to reflect Reich’s Jewish heritage. It is in four parts, marked fast, fast, slow, and fast.

Tehillim is the setting of Psalms 19:2–5 (19:1–4 in Christian translations); Psalm 34:13–15 (34:12–14); Psalm 18:26–27 (18:25–26); and finally Psalm 150:4–6. The four parts of the work are based on these four texts, respectively. “Literally translated [the word Tehillim] means ‘praises’,” writes Steve Reich in his composer’s notes, “and it derives from the three letter Hebrew root ‘hey, lamed, lamed’ (hll) which is also the root of halleluyah.”

Steve Reich

The Playlist

Tracks included in order of appearance.

SongArtist / AlbumYear
Thanksgiving ThemeVince Guaraldi / A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving1973
The Great Pumpkin WaltzVince Guaraldi / It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown1966
Heaven Knows I’m Miserable NowThe Smiths / Louder than Bombs1984
Cemetry GatesThe Smiths / The Queen is Dead1986
Frog Park Liz Story / Pure Liz Story1983
Autumn LeavesEva Cassidy / Live at Blues Alley1997
Whistle Down the WindNick Heyward / North of a Miracle1983
Autumn in New YorkVernon Duke (Bobby Short) / Songs by Bobby Short2005
Ramble OnLed Zeppelin / Led Zeppelin II1969
River ManNick Drake / Five Leaves Left1969
Tehellim: Psalm 34: 13-15 Steve Reich, The Alarm Will Sound / Desert Music2011
Playlist: PJDJ

Lester the Nightfly Live (AUTUMN on WPVM 103.7 AVL)

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DJ and radio personality PJ Ewing is the host of Lester the Nightfly.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Finn Ewing

    This was amazing!!!

  2. Finn Ewing


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