Festival Friday Radio is a weekly blog series showcasing Spoleto Festival USA’s 2017 visiting artists. Each Friday, tune in for these hand-selected playlists that highlight a musician’s top 10 tracks—or get exclusive, artist-curated lists that reflect their own listening preferences.
Having musical tastes and favorite songs may be a human tendency, but it’s not one that’s reserved for humans alone—puppets also have strongly held musical preferences and go-to tracks they just can’t stop listening to. In fact, we asked the easily distracted, cantankerous Moses for his ideal playlist. Take a listen, then plan to meet this puppet with a cardboard head when he stars in Blind Summit Theatre’s comedic production of The Table—CLICK HERE for tickets. Below, this tabletop philosopher shares his top 10 tunes and why he’s attached them.
“Israelites,” by Desmond Dekker: “Obvious reasons”
“Highway 61 Revisited,” by Bob Dylan: “It’s about Abraham my great, great, great, great…gran-daddy.”
“Why We Don’t Need 10 Commandments,” by George Carlin: “George updates and revises my work.”
“Chunga’s Revenge,” by Gotan Project: “This used to be what I danced to in the show.”
“Hallelujah,” by Leonard Cohen: “Love Leonard”
“Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s Messiah, by George Frideric Handel: “Love a bit of church music every now and then”
“Daddy Cool,” by Boney M.: “I would have this in the show if I could think of a good reason.”
Introduction and Allegro for strings, op. 47, by Edward Elgar: “This music accompanies a piece we made called Paper Story. I’ve heard it a lot now, but I still like it.”
“Lightning,” by Philip Glass and Janice Pendarvis: “We used to have a middle section in The Table with floating heads in picture frames. It was fun but not very original. The show is better without it, though I do miss the music.”
“Trick of the Night,” by Guy Barker: “We used this originally at the end of The Table.”
Photo (at top) courtesy of Blind Summit Theatre