The birthday feature was Lou Reed, the birth anniversary was Bob Wills, and the angle of my bit had to do with all the well-intentioned music being recorded for disaster victims in Haiti, Chile and elsewhere. Plenty of folks don't enjoy those benefit recordings ("Hasn't Haiti suffered enough?" asked Seattle's The Stranger weekly), so I said that what we need is a unique pairing of artists. The problem is that, to cite the
most basic example, Bob Wills is no longer alive and cannot collaborate with Lou Reed.
I used the intro of Wills' version of "Trouble In Mind," (from the 1940s' The Tiffany Transcriptions) before Tommy Duncan's vocal comes in, and did my own half-singing of Reed's "I'm Waiting for the Man" lyrics. I changed some of the lyric phrases ("Up to Lexington 1-2-5/He says he's got some beer for me and something else I should try"),
adding my take on Bob's trademark, high-pitched "Aw Haw!" at the end. It came out pretty cool sounding--better than most of the radio show, at least.