The Nightlife – Episodes 1-20


The Nightlife was originally conceived as a template for a midnight, three hour radio show. Over the past few months, I’ve made about 20 episodes. Each episode contains both the theme song Willie Nelson’s “The Night Life” and the closing theme “Doodlin'” by Ray Charles, composed and arranged by Quincy Jones. My own musical past provides the third point in this odd triangle of musical spin art.

The results have been interesting. I particularly enjoyed discovering R.E.M in episodes 15 and 16. From the beginning, I tried not to repeat songs for as long as possible. By episode 20, I realized I’d made myself the same number of decent house-cleaning mix-tapes, which is something I can always use. If you can too, well, just pick an episode and pull out that vacuum!

Episode 20 / Episode 19

Episode 18 / Episode 17

Episode 16 / Episode 15

Episode 14 / Episode 13

Episode 12 / Episode 11

Episode 10 / Episode 9

Episode 8 / Episode 7

Episode 6 / Episode 5

Episode 4 / Episode 3

Episode 2 / Episode 1

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The Nightlife: Episodes 1-5

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The Nightlife is a weekly playlist based on what I think it’d sound like if I had a free-form midnight radio show. I look at this like I’ve rolled into the radio station to have the best time of my life playing great records in sequence and hearing the beautiful stories they tell each other across time. Another way to think of it, is like I just sent you two 90 minute mixtapes in the mail. And of course you don’t have to listen at midnight. You can listen anytime.


As I understand it, Spotify Premium members can listen to these shows complete and in order, whereas Spotify Free users can listen to a shuffled version of each playlist with added commercials and missing the songs only allocated for premium members.

The Nightlife: Episode 1 – 10/5/19

The Nightlife: Episode 2 – 10/12/19

The Nightlife: Episode 3 – 10/19/19

The Nightlife: Episode 4 – 10/26/19

The Nightlife: Episode 5 – 11/4/19

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Books I’ve read this year.

I started this list because I have a website and I wanted to put something on it in case anyone bothered to visit it and wondered what I was up to. This list of books idea is really Art Garfunkel’s, he’s basically my hero. He sings, reads, and takes walks. That’s the life.

Sophie Collins – Who Is Mary Sue?

Joan Didion – Run, River

Marisha Pessl – Special Topics In Calamity Physics

Toni Morrison – Tar Baby

Lynda Obst – Hello, He Lied

Lillian Ross – Picture

Maya Angelou – I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Swami Vishnuvenada – The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga

Milt Josefsberg – The Jack Benny Show

Herman Melville – Moby Dick

Sidney Lumet – Making Movies

S.E. Hinton – Hawke’s Harbor

Herman Melville – Typee

— Updated 12/4/2019 —

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Auto reverse: In praise of the mysterious WPAT – 104.7 FM mixtape


Since September of 2018, 104.7FM WPAT, Patterson, New Jersey, has been broadcasting an inspiring group of songs about New York City from the top of One World Trade Center.


  1. New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
    1. “Best of luck for a great season to the New York Jets from the top of 1 World Trade Center”
  2. Rockaway Beach – The Ramones
  3. Living for the City – Stevie Wonder
    1. “Brooklyn, this one’s for you, from the top of One World Trade Center…”
  4. Jenny From the Block – Jennifer Lopez
  5. Give My Regards to Broadway – James Cagney
  6. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
  7. The Rising – Bruce Springsteen
    1. “To the New York Mets, this is for you sluggers…”
  8. Harlem Blues – Nat “King” Cole
    1. “Edison, New Jersey, this one’s for you from 104.7 FM”
  9. Harlem Shuffle – Bob & Earl
  10. Take the ‘A’ Train – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
    1. This goes out to you Yankee fans
  11. New York City Serenade – Bruce Springsteen
  12. Daddy Don’t Live In That New York City No More – Steely Dan
  13. New York City Rhythm – Barry Manilow
  14. Englishman In New York – Sting
    1. “C.B. & Katie, this one’s for you, from high atop One World Trade Center…”
  15. Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway) – Billy Joel
  16. Angel of Harlem – U2
  17. Uptown – The Crystals
    1. Best of luck to the New York Giants…
  18. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway – Genesis
  19. Lullaby of Broadway – 42nd Street Ensemble & Jerry Ohrbach
  20. On Broadway – George Benson
  21. Hard Times In New York Town – Bob Dylan
  22. Nights on Broadway – Bee Gees
    1. “Do you know how Staten Island got its name? This one’s for you, from high atop One World Trade Center…”
  23. Manhattan – Ella Fitzgerald
  24. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
  25. Theme from “New York, New York” – Frank Sinatra
  26. Spanish Harlem – Ben E. King
  27. Shattered – The Rolling Stones
    1. “Here’s to a great season for the New York Giants…”
  28. Rhapsody In Blue – George Gershwin
  29. Harlem Shuffle – Rolling Stones
    1. “Asbury Park, this one’s for you, from high atop One World Trade Center…”
  30. On Broadway – The Drifters
  31. Chelsea Morning –  Joni Mitchell
  32. The 59th St. Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) – Simon & Garfunkel

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Keep it on. Forever. Please. Please. Please. Please.

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