Ethan plays an assortment of African-American spirituals and some songs inspired by them. Selections include: "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho," "Down by the Riverside," "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child," and "Go Down Moses" (which has a fascinating history behind it). Songs inspired by spirituals include Gershwin's "Summertime" and Creamer/Layton's "Dear Old Southland." Amen!
From 42nd Street to 12th Street, and from Beale Street to Basin Street, Ethan plays songs about famous thoroughfares. Unless he gets into a fight at Pee Wee's Saloon in Memphis. Or at the dog track. Please be careful, Ethan.
Happy 4th of July! For this patriotic episode Ethan opens up with "Yankee Doodle Boy" followed by a Scott Joplin rag with a patriotic theme ("The Nonpareil"). Then, Ethan plays "Blaze Away," a rousing march inspired by Teddy Roosevelt's heroics in the Spanish-American War. Finally, Ethan plays Irving Berlin's immortal "God Bless America." Warning: Alex Trebek's snooty know-it-all attitude is mocked in this episode.
In this episode, Ethan plays some of his favorite Oriental Fox-Trots, including "Song of India," "Hindustan," "Caravan," and "The Sheik of Araby." Put on your magnetic corset, hop aboard your camel, and get ready for an auditory adventure with the Rudolph Valentino of piano podcasting, Ethan Uslan.
Certain songs give Ethan anxiety. So he pays a visit to the esteemed Dr. Zizmore, who forces him to face his pianistical fears. Enjoy an episode full of tunes that Ethan plays as part of his treatment. Will he be cured? Or will Ethan continue to be haunted in his dreams by the man-eating sea turtle?
Ethan welcomes academy-award nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg to the podcast studio. They talk about Jesse's musical interests, including "March of the Siamese Children" from the King and I (which Ethan plays on piano). Then, the duo performs a Jesse Eisenberg original entitled "Sports are Important to Men." Finally the two connect with their roots and sing Kosher-for-Passover versions of "By the Beautiful Sea" and "The Tennessee Waltz."
Ethan plays piano music that imitates banjo music. He starts off with "Ring de Banjo" by Stephen Foster and then plays "The Banjo" by HC Harris. Then Ethan plays the most famous piano-banjo piece of all-time: "The Banjo" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Finally, Ethan reads a poem about Gottschalk by Gwendolyn Brooks and talks about the musical exploitation of enslaved African-Americans.
Ethan is preparing for a big concert at the Agness Scott College Observatory and Planetarium. So he plays some astronomical selections: Blue Moon, The Halley's Comet Rag, and Stars Fell on Alabama. Then Ethan opens up the phone lines and gets a request from an extra-terrestrial. That's when things get weird.
Gina Marie from Chicago is back to sing songs about those three siblings from Mound, Minnesota who left an indelible mark on American music. Songs featured: “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” “Bei Mir Bistu Schoen,” and Aurora.
Ethan pays homage to the great classical composer, Ethelbert Nevin, by playing three of his most famous works: "Mighty Like a Rose," "Narcissus," and "The Rosary." Ethan also plays a song about a sinful young lady who plays ragtime in church: "When Ragtime Rosy Ragged the Rosary." This episode is sponsored by Dr. McLaughlin's electric belt.
On this episode, Ethan plays music that requires knocking on the piano. First, he plays the historically important Carolina Fox Trot, which has some clapping and knocking, and was actually the first published Fox Trot ever. Then, Ethan plays an original composition called the "Whack-a-Mole Rag" in which he tries to whack pesky musical moles. Finally, soprano Melinda Whittington pops in, gives Ethan some hair-care advice, and sings "Knock Wood" with a little percussion solo.
Gina Marie is back to sing songs about true crime. Hear the titillating story and song about Aaron Harris, the New Orleans serial killer who used voodoo magic to stay out of jail. Then, hear Gina sing "Stagger Lee," the song about an old St Louis murder. To lighten things up, Ethan creates a new song about a real Chinese criminal named Cai who painted a new lane on the road in order to ease traffic, but was caught and fined $151. Finally, Gina wails the most famous murder ballad of all time: "Frankie and Johnny."
Ethan starts off by showing off his cockney accent in the English law enforcement classic "The Policeman's Holiday" (1899). Then he smoothly segues into a Titanic-themed program. "The Wreck of the Titanic" is a descriptive march from 1912 that depicts musically the events of that fateful voyage. Ethan's 8 year old son and budding flutist joins him for the "Nearer My God to Thee" moment. Then Ethan plays the piece that was REALLY played as the Titanic sank ("Dream of Autumn") and finally he rides off into the sunset with "Buffalo Bill's Farewell." What does Buffalo Bill have to do with the Titanic? Was he on the Titanic with his horse? Well, maybe if you listened to the podcast instead of reading this blurb, you'd find out!
In this sports themed episode, Ethan syncopates basketball, football, baseball, sailboat racing, and horse racing. Ethan also answers a letter from a fan and gives him musical advice on how to get a girlfriend. Then the 1914 Chicago Federals baseball club reemerges from history's dustbin to make an appearance. Come for the Sweet Georgia Brown, stay for the relationship advice, athletic competitions and Scott Joplin's "Easy Winners."
As an appetizer, Ethan offers up "Hold Tight (I Want Some Seafood Mama)" and then he starts slurping oysters, right into the microphone (rude!). Then, rather than eating an oyster, he sings a duet with it (Cole Porter's "Tale of the Oyster"). Finally Ethan nets two obscure pieces of mollusk music: "The Oyster Rag" and "The Dance of the Oyster and the Clam." The latter is a "sand dance" that will make you want to do the lambada on the ocean floor.
Ethan kicks off the episode with "Tickled to Death" (1899) by Charles Hunter. From there, things take a morbid turn. Ethan indulges in Jelly Roll Morton's voodoo inspired "Dead Man Blues" (1926) and walks us through the curious ritual known as the New Orleans funeral. Ethan dispels the myths and explains how things were REALLY done in the Crescent City - with gang violence, ham and cheese sandwiches, and plenty of beer and whiskey.
Ethan duets with Gina Marie to kick off the show, with the song "It's All Right With Me" by Cole Porter. Then, Ethan launches into this episode's theme: songs about philandering. This leads to renditions of "If You Talk in Your Sleep, Don't Mention My Name" and "I Love My Wife, But Oh You Kid." Finally, Ethan shares an oddity called "Oh! You Chicken" and ends up clucking at a young lady walking down the street.
French crooner Michel Du Baguette opens the episode with "C'est Magnifique," from Cole Porter's musical "Can-Can" (1953). Ethan talks about the show and plays additional "Can-Can" selections including "I Love Paris" and "Mon Homme" (which wasn't from "Can-Can" but Ethan does whatever he wants). Also, Ethan sings the praises of Equifax with a fiery passion. Finally, Ethan plays the original Offenbach Can-Can with new lyrics about Ken-Ken (a type of puzzle). This episode will make you want to kick your legs, shake your derriere and stop worrying about who has your social security number.
Today is the first day of the semester at Carolina Shout Podcast University. Experience a brief freshman orientation and jump right into Ragtime 101 with Professor Ethan. According to the syllabus, today's topics will include the Maple Leaf Rag, St Louis Blues, and more. Our sponsor is Bernard's Dehydrated Water. Tuition is free so you might as well enroll!
Vocalist Laura Windley opens the show with a number fresher than Starkist tuna. Ethan plays a polka written for a Civil War Sanitary Fair, and he explains what a Sanitary Fair is (no, it is not a soap circus). Then Ethan puts together a complicated Piano Puzzle, sings a song about a spunky country girl named Neuralgia and, finally, presents an epic narrative ballad about a couple who fall in love, get married, have children, and die - without ever leaving the confines of JC Penney.
Ethan puts together a train-themed episode. First he sings a song that rhymes just about every train line from the Cotton Belt to the Wabash Cannonball. Then he plays a Scott Joplin march about a massive train collision. After that, Ethan reveals his true nature as a hardened criminal. He takes out his revolver, puts a bandana over his face and holds up a train. Finally Ethan plays a WC Handy number about the Ole Miss - fastest train out of Memphis.
This episode begins with Gina Marie singing "Squeeze Me." Then, Ethan reads an email from Gina about her adventures in Europe, which leads to an expensive musical gondola ride. Raw Press, our sponsor for the episode, requests Ethan to sing about juice, which he does. Ethan then plays a song about opium smoking (Limehouse Blues) and ends the episode with some Scott Joplin and some semi-investigative journalism about the all-powerful pineapple industry.
Ethan presents a program of puzzle songs from the 1920s and 30s with insights provided by special guest Will Shortz, editor of the NY Times Crossword. Vocalists Doug Bowles and Gina Marie sing "Cross Word Mama You Puzzle Me (But Papa's Gonna Figure You Out)," "Cross Words Between My Sweetie and Me," and more. Ethan also presents the first known recording of an Argentinian crossword song that loosely translates to the "Horizontal Tango."