Thursday, November 8, 2012

Woman of the Earth (11-1-12) Andrea, Diva of the Day

In honor of Native American History Month, Diva of the Day Andrea has brought to audiences a soft, soothing, and soulful show entitled "Woman of the Earth".  The music played is a testament to the power of Women, the power of the Earth, and women's connection to the Earth.  The show will also highlight Native American female artists and other women that are exemplifying through song, instrumentation and words the greatness that exists between the nature that surrounds us daily and the nature of a woman that dwells within.

Be sure to listen to the entire show online until at just scroll down to the Thursday Nov. 1st 2012 slot from 1-3pm and click play, it's that easy. 

As always please contact Sophie's Parlor Women's Radio Collective in the following ways

The Playlist from the November 1st show is listed below.  Please support these women by purchasing their music and attending their shows when they are at a venue near you!

Song Title

Pam Parker
Sophie's Theme

 Heartbeat: Voices of First Nations Women

Nina Simone
But Beautiful
Tomato Collection Disc 1

Coco's Lunch
Seven Sister
 Invisible Rhythm

Sweet Honey in the Rock
Georgia Red Clay II
The Women Gather

Lila Downs
 Women of Latin America

O Gente Da Minha Terra
Concerto em Lisboa (Live)

Irka Mateo
 Irka Mateo

Mary Jenson
Close Your Eyes

Various Artists
Flute Solo

Marily Rife with Alice Gomez
Flute Song
 Hearts, Hands, & Hides

Tracy Chapman
Heaven's Here on Earth
New Beginning

Terri Lyne Carrington
Unconditional Love
The Mosaic Project

Various Artists
Earth My Body
 Circle of Women

Eva Cassidy
Wade in the Water

Terri Lyne Carrington
Unconditional Love
The Mosiac Project

Carolyn Sykes
Autumn Leaves

The Sweetest Gift
Lover's Rock

Marlui Miranda
 A Native American Odyssey

joy harjo
rainbow gratitude
red dreams

Marilyn Rife with Alice Gomez
 Hearts, Hands, & Hides

Anne Walsh
South American Getaway

joy harjo
she had some horse
she had some horses

ann licator
spirit dance
following the call

Various Artists

Aretha Franklin & Mavis Staples
Oh Happy Day
BMG Black History Month

Friday, October 12, 2012

Souls of Jazz - Diva of the Day - Helen (10/11/12)

My show was about the Souls of Jazz - those dearly departed souls who left us exquisite jazz renderings in which they live on. I especially selected songs in which they express the joys of life - breathing, dancing, loving, laughing.

This week's Sophie's Parlor sofas were filled with wraiths enjoying the sounds as they wafted through the airwaves, and especially enjoying the reactions from the listening audience. Believe it or not, they were all there!

The Playlist:
Pam Parker, Sophie's Theme, Imagine
Ella Fitzgerald, Something To Live For, Ella at Dukes Place
Billie Holiday, Now or Never, Original Decca Masters
Sarah Vaughan, Sometimes I'm Happy, Sarah Vaughan Verve Jazz Masters
Dinah Washington, It's Magic, What a Diff'rence A Day Makes!
Carmen McRae, Feelin' Good, Women Talk
Shirley Horn, Here's To Life, Here's To Life
Nina Simone, Sugar in My Bowl, Let It Be Me
Etta Jones, Don't Go to Strangers, The Best of Etta Jones: The Prestige Singles
Abbey Lincoln, Being Me, A Turtle's Dream
Lena Horne, I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good, Anthology
Betty Carter, Shine On Harvest Moon, "Round Midnight
Bessie Smith, Ain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I do, The Very Best of
Ginger Smock, A Woman's Place is in the Groove, Ginger Smock 1946-1958
Josephine Baker, J'ai Deux Amours, The Very Best of
Peggy Lee, I've Got You Under My Skin, Jazz Divas
Anita O'Day, Early Autumn, Jazz 'Round Midnight
Betty Carter, You're Getting to be a Habit, Jazz Divas
Bessie Smith, Me and My Gin, Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Bessie Smith
Abbey Lincoln, Wholly Earth, Wholly Earth
Josephine Baker, Love is a Dreamer, The Very Best of
Lena Horne, Someone to Watch Over Me, The Classic Lena Horne
Hazel Scott, Honeysuckle Rose, This is Jazz
Anita O'Day, We'll be Together Again, Jazz 'Round Midnight
Sophie Tucker, After You've Gone, The Last of the Red Hot Mamas
Ella Fitzgerald, Please Don't Talk about me When I'm Gone, Love Letters from Ella
Betty Roche, All My Life, Take the "A" Train
Pearl Bailey, Around the World With Me, Won't You Come Home Pearl Bailey?
Rosemary Clooney, Sisters, Mothers & Daughters

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A September Song, Diva of the Day-Andrea

This afternoon, Diva of the Day Andrea, although under the weather, brought such soothing and inspiring sounds to the parlor.  Thanks for joining us once again in Sophie's Parlor.  The show today, entitled "September Song" was that wave of change we all feel about this time of year, whether it be leaves on trees, academic school years commencing or cooler nights, Fall is coming.

We hope you enjoyed the time with us today in the parlor and know that we gladly announce and post all of this music so you can enjoy, support and spread the music of these talented women who tirelessly provide amazing soundscapes for us all.

Be sure to listen to the entire show online until at just scroll down to the Thursday Sep. 13, 2012 slot from 1-3pm and click play, it's that easy.  This show will only be up about 10 more days, then it will be removed.

As always please contact Sophie's Parlor Women's Radio Collective in the following ways

Here's to your most successful September ever, thanks for sharing this day with us here in the parlor!

Check out the playlist below...

Artist Song Title Album Label

Pam Parker Sophie's Theme Imagine Pam Parker 69

Sarah Vaughan September Song Sarah Vaughan Verve Jazz Masters Verve 68

Tracy Chapman At This Point in my Life New Beginning Elektra/WEA 69

Nnenna Freelon America the Beautiful Homefree Concord Jazz 70

Sara Tavares Planeta Sukri Balance Times Sq Records 70

Esperanza Spalding Wild is the Wind Chamber Music Society Heads Up 74

Aisha Khalil Dreams Songs Journey to My-Ka Thunderhead Music 74

Ledisi Dreaming Interlude Soul Singer Ledisi 70

Lynne Arriale Trio Lean on Me Arise Motema Music 72

Geri Allen Portraits and Dream Timeless Portraits and Dreams Telarc 69

Jen Krupa-Leigh Pilzer Quintet Opus One JLQ Krup-Pilzer 71

Anat Cohen A change is gonna come Notes from the Village Anzic 71

Phyllis Hyman Betcha By Golly Wow The Legacy of Phyllis Hyman Arista 73

Eva Cassidy Over the Rainbow The Other Side Liaison 73

Melody Gardot Over the Rainbow My One and Only Thrill Verve 76

Carmen Staaf Reflection Reflection CD Baby 74

Chaka Khan Teach Me Tonight Classikhan Music World Music 78

Elizabeth Sheperd Higher Ground Parkdale Linus Entertainment 79

Concha Buika Luz De Luna De Ultima Trago WM Spain 83

Hailey Naiswanger Serenity Confeddie Hailey Naiswanger 92

Marta Gomez La Ronda Women of Latin America Putamayo 86

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sophie's Parlor Politics - 40 Years of Women In Radio

Join Sophie's Parlor Women's Radio Collective in conjunction with the Howard University School of Communication's Radio, Television, and Film Department for a celebration of 40 years of Sophie's Parlor and all of her Divas through the years.

This event is Free and Open to the Public for reservations and more event information, please click here

Please be sure to keep up with us via social media see below to always stay in contact and please don't hesitate to contact us.

Email - (email us)
Facebook - Sophie's Parlor Fan Page (like us)
Twitter -  @sophiesparlor (follow us)

Listen in to Sophie's Parlor each and every Thursday on from 1-3pm.  Remember Sophie's Parlor is the show by women, about women, but for Everybody!

--Sophie's Divas 

March 1, 2012 Show, Bearden, sitting conjure figure 
She, Her, Lady, Woman
by Andrea, Diva of the Day

Join Diva of the Day Andrea on the magical ride she helped listeners brew up during this show.  In honor of Women's Herstory Month and the coming International Women's History Day, Andrea produced a stellar show that found jewels from throughout the world of music made by women that had as part of the title either of the following words She, Her, Lady, or Woman.  As we know women are these words and so much more.

Take a look at the playlist below to see who was played, which artists you want to support and why Sophie's Parlor is the place to be on Thursdays from 1-3pm on

Keep listening this month Sophie's Parlor and all the producers here on WPFW have wonderful programming planned.  Happy Women's Herstory Month!

Please be sure to keep up with us via social media and don't hesitate to contact us.

Email - (email us)
Facebook - Sophie's Parlor Fan Page (like us)
Twitter -  @sophiesparlor (follow us)

Remember Sophie's Parlor is the show by women, about women, but for Everybody!

March 1, 2012 Playlist

Artist Song Title Album

Pam Parke Sophie's Theme Imagine

Chaka Khan I'm Every Woman Dancing Queens -Disk 1

Ginger Smock A Woman's Place is in the Groove Ginger Smock 1946-1956

Joy Denalane Feat. Sara Tavares/Chiwoniso/Deborah 3. Vier Frauen Women's World Voices V. 5

Various Artists Woman I Am, Blessed I Am Circle Of Women

Mayra Casales Mujer Ardiente (Woman On Fire) Woman On Fire - Mujer Ardiente (

Meg Christian Sweet Darlin Woman The Best Of Meg Christian

Maimounah Youseff Gypsy Woman The Blooming

Nina Simone See LIne Woman The

Sweet Honey in the Rock Oughta Be A Woman Breaths

Patty Austin Lady Be Good

GerI Allen Our Lady (for Billie Holiday) Timeless Portraits & dreams

Karan Casey She's LIke the Swallow Holding Up Half the Sky: Voices of Celtic Women

Joy Harjo The Woman Hanging from the 13th Floor Native Joy for Real

Joy Harjo The Woman Hanging... Native Joy for Real

Joy Harjo The Woman Hanging.... Native Joy for Real

Rita Ribeiro Ha Mulheres Latinas: The Women of Latin America
Erykah Badu Bad Lady Mama's Gun

Bonnie Raitt Might Tight Woman Bonnie Raitt

Somi African Lady Red Soil In My Eyes
Emiliana Torrini Fisherman's Woman Fisherman's Woman

Mary YoungBlood She Watches Them Play Feed The Fire

Aretha Franklin Do Right Woman, Do Right Man I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You

Eliane Elias Toda Menina Baiana Light My Fire

Esperanza Spalding She Got To You Esperanza

Alice Coltrae Crescent Translinear Light

Dakota Staton What Did you See in Her The Late Late Show

Annette Aguilar & StringBeans Tortola No Cheap Date


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Telling Our Stories; Black History (Feb. 9, 2012)

 "Sojourner Truth"

In honor of Black History Month and to commemorate the unending women who braved their lives, their freedom, and their souls I thought it best to allow the music today to remind us of what Black History is....A journey....A journey that we are constantly on, the destination is not reached for as we live and breathe each day we ourselves make Black History.

Just to give you a taste here is the immortal and amazing Abbey Lincoln doing Freedom Day with Max Roach in 1964.

You can always play this show online,  cut & paste this link  (Mid day Jazz 2-09-12, scroll down).  Please be sure to keep up with us via social media see below to always stay in contact and please don't hesitate to contact us.

Email - (email us)
Facebook - Sophie's Parlor Fan Page (like us)
Twitter -  @sophiesparlor (follow us)

Please check out the playlist from below be sure to support these artists, their music, their performances and their efforts.

Keep your ears and eyes out for the Sophie's Parlor  40th Birthday weekend, March 8-10, 2012.  See you there, more details to come....

Sophie's Parlor is a show by womyn, about womyn, but for Everybody!

See ya soon---

Today's Play List

Artist Song Title Album Label
Pam Parker Sophie's Theme Imagine Pam Parker
Judy Moffat Black Woman Women Holding Up Half the Sky: Women of Reggae Shanachie
Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach Freedom Day We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite Candid Records
Aretha Franklin You'll Never Walk Alone Gospel Greats Rhino Flashback
Etta James God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind) Heart & Soul -A Retrospective Disc 3 Hip-O Select
Regina Carter Beau Regard Regina Carter Atlantic
Cindy Blackman My Funny Valentine Someday... HighNote Records
Dakota Staton My Funny Valentine The Late Late Show Collectables
Suphala Transport The Now Rasa Music
Sweet Honey In the Rock Motherless Chil' The Women Gather Earthbeat
Terri Lyne Carrington Oh Freedome (Interlude) More to Say... (Real Life Story NextGen) Koch Records
Geri Allen Al-Leu-Cha Timeless Portraits & Dreams Telarc
Susan Werner Together The Gospel Truth Sleeve Dog Records
Aretha Franklin Amazing Grace Gospel Greats Rhino Flashback
Dee Dee Bridgewater What a Little Moonlight Can Do Keeping Traditions Emarcy/ DDB Records
Joycelyn Brown (Nuyorican Soul) I Am the Black Gold of the Sun Nuyorican Soul Blue Thumb
Nina Simone Here Come's the Sun The Very Best Of Nina Simone 1967-1972 - Sugar In My Bowl RCA Records Label
Carmen Lundy Round Midnight
Jvc / Xrcd
Alice Coltrane Cresent Translinear Light Impulse/Universal
Cassandra Wilson Black Orpheus Loverly Blue Note Records
Sinead O' Connor War Throw Down your Arms That's why there's chocolate and vanilla

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Love & Light with Helen, February 2, 2012

Thanks to all who joined me for this show! I really enjoyed sharing the below music. There's several performers who had something fresh to share in 2011, and others who are classics. The main theme was Love & Light in honor of both St. Valentine's Day and Imbolc...

To hear the show, make sure to check it out in the next two weeks at

Song Title
Pam Parker
Sophie's Theme
Etta James
Sunshine of Love
Heart & Soul
Joan Armatrading
A Woman in Love
Into the Blues
Mary Lou Williams
Zodiac Suite
Amy Winehouse
Back to Black: B-Sides
Cassandra Wilson
My One and Only Love
Blue Skies
Meklit Hadero
Soleil Soleil
on a day like this
Amber Rubarth
A Common Case of Disappearing...
Cindy Blackman
My Funny Valentine
Amy London
You Taught My Heart to Sing
Let's Fly
Janice Whaley
Golden Lights
The Smiths Project Box Set
Heather Rigdon
I Miss You Like Paris
Young & Naive
Lea DeLaria
I Can Cook Too
My Favorite Broadway
The Dream of Love
Radio Africa
King Kong
the girl that got away
Sounds of Self Defense (EP)
Etta James
Out of the Rain
Heart & Soul
Meklit Hadero
You and the Rain
On a day like this
Anat Cohen
Until You're in Love Again
Notes from the Village
Claudia Acuna
Arrimate Mi Amor
Lydia Cole
Love and Loss and Love
Me and Moon
Eliane Elias
Light My Fire
Light My Fire
Sarah Bettens
I Can't Make You Love Me
Never Say Goodbye
Catherine Russell
Thrill Me
Sentimental Streak
Natalia Zukerman
Favorite shirt
Brand New Frame

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