It’s night time in the big city

Thunder echoes through the streets

A man rents a hotel room under an assumed name


“Every week we tell you that we specialize in dreams, schemes, and themes. Every week we play a theme. The show itself is kind of a scheme. Well that leaves one subject left.”

Singers and Songs

  • Dinah Washington
    Darn That Dream

    “We play a lot of jazz singers on this show…but sometimes the great soloists go unappreciated. In the background, there’s a long tenor saxophone solo from a live recording by Dinah Washington. The saxophone player’s name is Harold Land, and like many great horn players he came from Texas. He moved to Los Angeles and played with both of the Liggins brothers, starting off with Jimmy’s band and then going with the more famous Joe Liggins.”

  • All I Have To Do Is Dream

    “I got to hear that intro again, can we hear that, Tex?”

  • Tony Bennett
    Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  • Otis Redding
    I’ve Got Dreams to Remember
  • In Dreams
  • Charlie Mingus
    Weird Nightmare
  • Sh-Boom

    “I always make a point whenever possible to give the names of vocal groups, because all too often they’re just given as a collective noun. Like in this case, you talk about the Chords, you’ve heard them played on oldies shows, on roots of rock shows, but no one ever gives them a moment as individuals. So for James, Carl, Claude, the other James, and Floyd, here’s their big hit, in 1954 – and they wrote it, by the way! It wasn’t even supposed to be the hit. You know Jerry Wexler, who was their A & R guy, had them record this Patty Page song, ‘Cross Over the Bridge,’ but the buying public wasn’t having it. They turned it over, and found this on the B side. Listen carefully to the saxophone solo. A lot of the guys that play horn on these records have deep jazz roots, and if you listen to the beginning of this solo, you can hear the sax player quote the standard, ‘Mean to Me.”

  • When I Stop Dreaming
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful

    “…who by the way got their name from the same place as the English rock band, 10cc

  • The Cherry Pies
    Do You Keep On Dreaming?
  • Just a Dream (On My Mind)
  • Arnett Cobb
    When I Grow Too Old To Dream
  • Tom Waits
    Innocent When You Dream

    “Here Tom Waits captures that drunken sea-sick lurch that dreams sometimes have, while he bemoans the real world.”

Other People and Players

  • Otis Redding
  • Max Roach
  • “Probably the most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history. He built RCA Studio B, probably the most hit-generating studio in Nashville. He lived for the music, and at one time said, ‘Years from now, after I’m gone someone will listen to what I’ve done and know I was here. They might not know or care who I was but they’ll hear my guitar speaking for me.' We hear ya, Chet.”

  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Jose Canseco
  • Roy Orbison
  • David Lynch
  • Dennis Hopper
  • Frank Booth
  • Bucky Thompson
  • Claude Treniers
  • “He once had a dream about a snake biting its own tail. From that dream, he figured out the structure of Benzene. I woulda just figured it was a sex dream or something.’”

  • The Greeks
  • Heraclides
  • The Romans
  • Elvis Presley
  • James Edwards
  • James Keyes
  • Floyd McCrae
  • Faye (Ira Louvin’s 3rd wife)
  • Anne Young
  • “It was great on the record, but especially when played live people could hear the birth of rock and roll.”

  • Oscar Hammerstein
  • Sigmund Romberg
  • “Emerald Poet”

  • Duke Ellington
  • Lee Young
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Mary Shelley
  • Mitch Miller
  • Pete Townsend
  • Lester Young
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • John Sebastian

The Places

  • Texas
  • Madison, WI
  • The South
  • Pennsylvania
  • Cincinnati
  • New York City
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Kansas City
  • Williamsburg, MO
  • Houston, TX

Record Labels

Other Songs and Albums

The Guests

  • Elvis Costello

    (Sings a few lines of Beautiful Dreamer)

  • Jenny Lewis
  • Marianne Faithful

    Bob ran into her at Dunkin Donuts “She had an old fashioned powdered and I had a cruller”

Common Dreams (according to Bob anyway)

  • Being chased or attacked
  • Being injured, ill, or dying
  • A car or other vehicle trouble
  • House or property loss or damage
  • Poor tests or other poor performances
  • Falling or flying
  • Being naked in public or inappropriately dressed
  • Missing the boat or other transport
  • Machine or telephone malfunction
  • Sex
  • Natural or man made disasters
  • Being lost or trapped
  • Being menaced by the dead or a spirit

    “These are the most common dreams, as opposed to candy colored clowns.”