For Vin Scelsa's first "Idiot's Delight"® program of 2014, airing at 8 tonight, Vin found inspiration in this week's stealth snowfall. Unable to sleep during the overnight storm, he awoke at 4 on Friday morning and began creating Saturday's show, following wintry paths laid by The Decemberists, Bill Callahan, Kate Bush, The Head and The Heart, Ella Fitzgerald and many others.
"The overall feel is doing a show during a snowfall at night," says Vin. "It was still nighttime dark outside, the storm was just ending and the snow was untouched and pure and very beautiful."
On "Idiot's Delight"® tonight at 8, Vin Scelsa rallies from the depths of the miserable cold that grounded him last week. Armed with throat lozenges and plenty of tea, Vin returns this Saturday before Christmas for a "kind of" Yuletide show, but as only "Idiot's Delight"® has celebrated Christmas on the radio for the past 46 years. Although mistletoe might be scarce (well, there might be a sleigh bell or two), expect seasonal tangents from Yo La Tengo, Bob Dylan, The Smothers Brothers, Jeff Buckley and other snowbound souls.
Got waylaid by a bad cold or flu on this snowy day? So did Vin Scelsa! As he rests at home with chicken soup and a box of tissues, a repeat of last week's "Idiot's Delight"® journey from Canadian railways to the Ohio River and beyond with Richard and Linda Thompson, Billy Joel, The Low Anthem, Gordon Lightfoot and many more.
Vin Scelsa weaves an unpredicatable tapestry on tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, following the city lights lead of Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo.
Inspired by Emily's lyrics, Vin finds himself on a journey that takes him to Richard and Linda Thompson, seaside songs, Laura Cantrell, river fires, Randy Newman and even odes to a particular Midwestern state.