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Question of the Day: Water

by Corny O'Connell
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

Tomorrow is the 7th annual City of Water Day - a celebration of the waterways and waterfronts of New York Harbor and beyond. It's a day of free boat tours, waterfront activities for the whole family, a cardboard kayak race, and more at Governor's Island, Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken, and at over 30 shoreline sites in the NY/NJ metro area. To help celebrate all the water that surrounds us, suggest a song with "water" in the lyrics. Pour them in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Question of the Day: Pedal Steel Guitar

by Corny O'Connell

The topic for today's WFUV Question of the Day comes from listener Dylan from Bellmore. She wants to hear a set of your favorite songs featuring the pedal steel guitar. Let's include the lap steel, too, since they're so hard to distinguish. List your songs in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Santo & Johnny "Sleepwalk"

Junior Brown "Rock-A-Hula Baby"

Grateful Dead "Dire Wolf"

Sheryl Crow "All I Wanna Do"

Ryan Adams "Nuclear"

Question of the Day: Crying

by Corny O'Connell
Brazilian soccer fan crying Shutterstock

Brazil's shocking 7-1 loss to Germany in yesterday's World Cup semi-final brought the host nation to tears. By way of commiseration, let's have your favorite songs about crying, weeping, and sobbing. List them below and we'll spin a set after 9am. 

Here's what we played:

"Evie's Tears" - Freedy Johnston

"Crying" - Roy Orbison

"The Weeping Song" - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

"Big River" - The Secret Sisters

"Stop Your Sobbin'" - The Kinks

Question of the Day: Whispering

by Corny O'Connell
whisper Shutterstock

Yesterday we asked for songs mentioning sea creatures. I held off on playing one of the submissions that came in through Facebook, because it would be a good choice for today's Question fo the Day: songs with whispered vocals. Cup your hand to my ear and let me in on what you want to hear. I'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

PJ Harvey "Down by the Water"

Tracy Chapman "Talkin' Bout a Revolution"

Question of the Day: Something Fishy

by Corny O'Connell

This week's 'FUV #NewDig is Fuego the new album from Phish. Plus, tonight at 9 we have a session with the Eels. Phish...Eels, I sense a Question of the Day: songs that mention sea creatures. Let's not worry if they're fish, mammals, crustaceans or whatever. We'll make a big list in the comments below and spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Richard Shindell "Fishing"

Question of the Day: Songs for the 4th of July

by Corny O'Connell
red, white & blue guitar Shutterstock


Happy Independence Day! We're celebrating in song with your suggestions. Feeling independent? Patriotic? Rebellious? Let us know in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

John Mellencamp "Pink Houses"

Dave Alvin "Fourth of July"

Simon and Garfunkel "America"

The Steve Miller Band "Living in the U.S.A."

Question of the Day: Hair

by Corny O'Connell

Here in the New York City area Hurricane Arthur is expected to miss us to the East, but we are in for a bad hair day. The forecast calls for high humidity, temps in the upper 80s, and a chance of showers and thunderstorms. If you experience frizzy hair, seek hair product immediately. Then submit your favorite songs about hair in the comments below. We'll comb through them and pick a few to play after 9am.

Here's what we played:

John Gorka "I Saw A Stranger With Your Hair"

Pavement "Cut Your Hair"

Question of the Day: Campfire Songs

by Corny O'Connell

It's that time of year for sitting around the campfire, roasting marshmallows and singing songs. What songs go well with the sound of crickets and the smell of burning logs? Leave your suggestions in the comments below and we'll spin a set of campfire songs after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Josh Ritter w/Blake Hazard "Tonight You Belong to Me"

Nick Drake "Pink Moon"

The Beatles "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"

Cat Stevens "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out"

Question of the Day: O Canada!

by Corny O'Connell

Happy Canada Day! Our friends up north are celebrating their national holiday today and we're joining in with the Question of the Day. Who are your favourite Canadian music makers? Let us know in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Joni Mitchell "A Case of You"

Kathleen Edwards "I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory"

Metric "Help I'm Alive"

k. d. lang "Summerfling"

Question of the Day: Call & Response Songs

by Corny O'Connell
Ray Hearne

Today's WFUV Question of the Day was suggested by listener David from Poughkeepsie who challenges you to come up with songs that have a call and response. Not to pre-empt your answers, but he offers Cab Calloway, Ray Charles and Talking Heads as examples. Leave yours in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Warren Zevon "A Certain Girl"

Taj Mahal "Mockingbird"

The Isley Brothers "Shout (Parts 1 & 2)"