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."