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Words with Music

featured dreamy organ music reveries intertwined with poetry read by guest stars include Agnes Moorehead, Ona Munson, Merle Oberon, and Raymond Burr. Update: additional recordings

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DH LawrenceOna Munson, guest star and poetry readerWords with Music featured organ music reveries and intertwined with poetry.  Some guest stars include Agnes Moorehead, Ona Munson, Merle Oberon, and Raymond Burr reading poetry.  The organ music is dreamy and relaxing which sets a beautiful tone for the features poetry from amateurs and well known writers like William Shakespeare, John Keats, D. H. Lawrence. 

Words with Music could sometimes be called No Words with Music andalternative broadcasts were created that omitted the poetry from the program. The show was produced by AFRS and Hilton Spaninger, Milton Charles, and Bob Mitchell served as organist for Words with Music respectively.

Poetry and Music radio programs were very popular during the golden age of old time radio. For more dreamy music, see also: Anthology, Moon River, Sammy Kaye Sunday Serenade, The NEHI Program, Enchanted Hour, Tony Won's Scrapbook, and Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

"The Sea," by D. H. Lawrence

You, you are all unloving, loveless, you;
Restless and lonely, shaken by your own moods,
You are celibate and single, scorning a comrade even,
Threshing your own passions with no woman for the threshing-floor,
Finishing your dreams for your own sake only,
Playing your great game around the world, alone,
Without playmate, or helpmate, having no one to cherish,
No one to comfort, and refusing any comforter.

Not like the earth, the spouse all full of increase
Moiled over with the rearing of her many-mouthed young;
You are single, you are fruitless, phosphorescent, cold and callous,
Naked of worship, of love or of adornment,
Scorning the panacea even of labour,
Sworn to a high and splendid purposelessness
Of brooding and delighting in the secret of life's goings,
Sea, only you are free, sophisticated.

You who toil not, you who spin not,
Surely but for you and your like, toiling
Were not worth while, nor spinning worth the effort!

You who take the moon as in a sieve, and sift
Her flake by flake and spread her meaning out;
You who roll the stars like jewels in your palm,
So that they seem to utter themselves aloud;
You who steep from out the days their colour,
Reveal the universal tint that dyes
Their web; who shadow the sun's great gestures and expressions
So that he seems a stranger in his passing;
Who voice the dumb night fittingly;
Sea, you shadow of all things, now mock us to death with your shadowing.

 

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    52 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 13 hours, 6 min
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      52 shows - total playtime 13 hours 6 minutes
      1. WWM 0001 Merle Oberon Burns O Wert Thou In Cauld Blast Afrs.mp3
      2. WWM 0002 Margo Reads Tennysons Song Of Lotuseaters Afrs.mp3
      3. WWM 0005 Margo Reads Lizette Woodworth Reeses Tears Afrs.mp3
      4. WWM 0006 Ann Richards William Shakespeares Sonnet 18 Afrs.mp3
      5. WWM 0013 Maureen Osullivan Rupert Brookes Pinetrees Sky Afrs.mp3
      6. WWM 0014 Mary Astor Reads Alan Seegars Clouds Afrs.mp3
      7. WWM 0027 Mary Jane Croft Robert Nathans When In Crowd Afrs.mp3
      8. WWM 0028 Jane Wyatt Elizabeth Barrett Brownings Love 3 Afrs.mp3
      9. WWM 0131.mp3
      10. WWM 0132.mp3
      11. WWM 0147 Basil Rathbone Shakespeares 116th Sonnet Afrs 147.mp3
      12. WWM 0148 Basil Rathbone Reads Self Reliance Afrs 148.mp3
      13. WWM 0201 Edith Atwater Excerpt From Song Of Poems Afrs 201.mp3
      14. WWM 0202 Edith Atwater Reads Sonnet By Shakespeare Afrs 202.mp3
      15. WWM 0223 Agnes Moorehead Ideal Passion GE Woodberry Afrs 223.mp3
      16. WWM 0224 Like Someone In Love Afrs 224.mp3
      17. WWM 0225 Edith Atwater Reads Poem Of Serviceman Afrs 225.mp3
      18. WWM 0226 Just Prayer Away Afrs 226.mp3
      19. WWM 0279 With Poetry.mp3
      20. WWM 0280 Without Poetry.mp3
      21. WWM 0281 With Poetry.mp3
      22. WWM 0282 Without Poetry.mp3
      23. WWM 0289 Cecil Calloway Reads Let It Be Forgotten Afrs 289.mp3
      24. WWM 0290 Wilmots Love And Life Afrs 290.mp3
      25. WWM 0335 Walter De La Mares Summer Evening Afrs 335.mp3
      26. WWM 0336 Alice Meynells Lady Of Lambs Afrs 336.mp3
      27. WWM 0475 Constance Dowling Not Growing Like Tree Afrs 475.mp3
      28. WWM 0476 William Cowpers On Friendship Afrs 476.mp3
      29. WWM 0667 Florence Earle Coates For Joy Afrs 667.mp3
      30. WWM 0668 Charles Swinburnes Year Of Rose Afrs 668.mp3
      31. WWM 1573 Virginia Tunstalls Evening On Harbour Afrs 1573.mp3
      32. WWM 1574 Nightpiece Read By Jean Peters Afrs 1574.mp3
      33. WWM 1679 Afrs No Poetry.mp3
      34. WWM 1680 Afrs Poetry.mp3
      35. WWM 1681 Afrs 500000 No Poetry.mp3
      36. WWM 1682 Afrs 500000 Poetry Frances Gifford.mp3
      37. WWM 1683 Afrs 500000 No Poetry.mp3
      38. WWM 1684 Afrs 500000 Poetry.mp3
      39. WWM 2239 You Smiled, You Spoke, And I Believed Afrs 2239.mp3
      40. WWM 2240 Raymond Burr Reads Blonde Room Afrs 2240.mp3
      41. WWM 2241 Evelyn Scotts Japanese Moon Afrs 2241.mp3
      42. WWM 2242 David Mortons From Hill Top Afrs 2242.mp3
      43. WWM 643 With Poetry.mp3
      44. WWM 644 Without Poetry.mp3
      45. WWM 659 With Poetry.mp3
      46. WWM 660 Without Poetry.mp3
      47. WWM 669 With Poetry.mp3
      48. WWM 670 Without Poetry.mp3
      49. WWM 673 With Poetry.mp3
      50. WWM 674 Without Poetry.mp3
      51. WWM Gift Of The Magi.mp3
      52. WWM with Poetry.mp3
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    total playtime 13 hours, 6 min
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      52 shows - total playtime 13 hours 6 minutes
      1. WWM 0001 Merle Oberon Burns O Wert Thou In Cauld Blast Afrs.mp3
      2. WWM 0002 Margo Reads Tennysons Song Of Lotuseaters Afrs.mp3
      3. WWM 0005 Margo Reads Lizette Woodworth Reeses Tears Afrs.mp3
      4. WWM 0006 Ann Richards William Shakespeares Sonnet 18 Afrs.mp3
      5. WWM 0013 Maureen Osullivan Rupert Brookes Pinetrees Sky Afrs.mp3
      6. WWM 0014 Mary Astor Reads Alan Seegars Clouds Afrs.mp3
      7. WWM 0027 Mary Jane Croft Robert Nathans When In Crowd Afrs.mp3
      8. WWM 0028 Jane Wyatt Elizabeth Barrett Brownings Love 3 Afrs.mp3
      9. WWM 0131.mp3
      10. WWM 0132.mp3
      11. WWM 0147 Basil Rathbone Shakespeares 116th Sonnet Afrs 147.mp3
      12. WWM 0148 Basil Rathbone Reads Self Reliance Afrs 148.mp3
      13. WWM 0201 Edith Atwater Excerpt From Song Of Poems Afrs 201.mp3
      14. WWM 0202 Edith Atwater Reads Sonnet By Shakespeare Afrs 202.mp3
      15. WWM 0223 Agnes Moorehead Ideal Passion GE Woodberry Afrs 223.mp3
      16. WWM 0224 Like Someone In Love Afrs 224.mp3
      17. WWM 0225 Edith Atwater Reads Poem Of Serviceman Afrs 225.mp3
      18. WWM 0226 Just Prayer Away Afrs 226.mp3
      19. WWM 0279 With Poetry.mp3
      20. WWM 0280 Without Poetry.mp3
      21. WWM 0281 With Poetry.mp3
      22. WWM 0282 Without Poetry.mp3
      23. WWM 0289 Cecil Calloway Reads Let It Be Forgotten Afrs 289.mp3
      24. WWM 0290 Wilmots Love And Life Afrs 290.mp3
      25. WWM 0335 Walter De La Mares Summer Evening Afrs 335.mp3
      26. WWM 0336 Alice Meynells Lady Of Lambs Afrs 336.mp3
      27. WWM 0475 Constance Dowling Not Growing Like Tree Afrs 475.mp3
      28. WWM 0476 William Cowpers On Friendship Afrs 476.mp3
      29. WWM 0667 Florence Earle Coates For Joy Afrs 667.mp3
      30. WWM 0668 Charles Swinburnes Year Of Rose Afrs 668.mp3
      31. WWM 1573 Virginia Tunstalls Evening On Harbour Afrs 1573.mp3
      32. WWM 1574 Nightpiece Read By Jean Peters Afrs 1574.mp3
      33. WWM 1679 Afrs No Poetry.mp3
      34. WWM 1680 Afrs Poetry.mp3
      35. WWM 1681 Afrs 500000 No Poetry.mp3
      36. WWM 1682 Afrs 500000 Poetry Frances Gifford.mp3
      37. WWM 1683 Afrs 500000 No Poetry.mp3
      38. WWM 1684 Afrs 500000 Poetry.mp3
      39. WWM 2239 You Smiled, You Spoke, And I Believed Afrs 2239.mp3
      40. WWM 2240 Raymond Burr Reads Blonde Room Afrs 2240.mp3
      41. WWM 2241 Evelyn Scotts Japanese Moon Afrs 2241.mp3
      42. WWM 2242 David Mortons From Hill Top Afrs 2242.mp3
      43. WWM 643 With Poetry.mp3
      44. WWM 644 Without Poetry.mp3
      45. WWM 659 With Poetry.mp3
      46. WWM 660 Without Poetry.mp3
      47. WWM 669 With Poetry.mp3
      48. WWM 670 Without Poetry.mp3
      49. WWM 673 With Poetry.mp3
      50. WWM 674 Without Poetry.mp3
      51. WWM Gift Of The Magi.mp3
      52. WWM with Poetry.mp3
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    52 recordings on 13 Audio CDs
    total playtime 13 hours, 6 min

    Disc A001

    1. WWM 0001 Merle Oberon Burns O Wert Thou In Cauld Blast Afrs
    2. WWM 0002 Margo Reads Tennysons Song Of Lotuseaters Afrs
    3. WWM 0005 Margo Reads Lizette Woodworth Reeses Tears Afrs
    4. WWM 0006 Ann Richards William Shakespeares Sonnet 18 Afrs

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    Disc A002

    1. WWM 0013 Maureen Osullivan Rupert Brookes Pinetrees Sky Afrs
    2. WWM 0014 Mary Astor Reads Alan Seegars Clouds Afrs
    3. WWM 0027 Mary Jane Croft Robert Nathans When In Crowd Afrs
    4. WWM 0028 Jane Wyatt Elizabeth Barrett Brownings Love 3 Afrs

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    Disc A003

    1. WWM 0131
    2. WWM 0132
    3. WWM 0147 Basil Rathbone Shakespeares 116th Sonnet Afrs 147
    4. WWM 0148 Basil Rathbone Reads Self Reliance Afrs 148

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    Disc A004

    1. WWM 0201 Edith Atwater Excerpt From Song Of Poems Afrs 201
    2. WWM 0202 Edith Atwater Reads Sonnet By Shakespeare Afrs 202
    3. WWM 0223 Agnes Moorehead Ideal Passion GE Woodberry Afrs 223
    4. WWM 0224 Like Someone In Love Afrs 224

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    Disc A005

    1. WWM 0225 Edith Atwater Reads Poem Of Serviceman Afrs 225
    2. WWM 0226 Just Prayer Away Afrs 226
    3. WWM 0279 With Poetry
    4. WWM 0280 Without Poetry

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    Disc A006

    1. WWM 0281 With Poetry
    2. WWM 0282 Without Poetry
    3. WWM 0289 Cecil Calloway Reads Let It Be Forgotten Afrs 289
    4. WWM 0290 Wilmots Love And Life Afrs 290

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    Disc A007

    1. WWM 0335 Walter De La Mares Summer Evening Afrs 335
    2. WWM 0336 Alice Meynells Lady Of Lambs Afrs 336
    3. WWM 0475 Constance Dowling Not Growing Like Tree Afrs 475
    4. WWM 0476 William Cowpers On Friendship Afrs 476

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    Disc A008

    1. WWM 0667 Florence Earle Coates For Joy Afrs 667
    2. WWM 0668 Charles Swinburnes Year Of Rose Afrs 668
    3. WWM 1573 Virginia Tunstalls Evening On Harbour Afrs 1573
    4. WWM 1574 Nightpiece Read By Jean Peters Afrs 1574

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    Disc A009

    1. WWM 1679 Afrs No Poetry
    2. WWM 1680 Afrs Poetry
    3. WWM 2239 You Smiled, You Spoke, And I Believed Afrs 2239
    4. WWM 2240 Raymond Burr Reads Blonde Room Afrs 2240

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    Disc A010

    1. WWM 2241 Evelyn Scotts Japanese Moon Afrs 2241
    2. WWM 2242 David Mortons From Hill Top Afrs 2242
    3. WWM 643 With Poetry
    4. WWM 644 Without Poetry

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    Disc A011

    1. WWM 659 With Poetry
    2. WWM 660 Without Poetry
    3. WWM 669 With Poetry
    4. WWM 670 Without Poetry

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    Disc A012

    1. WWM 673 With Poetry
    2. WWM 674 Without Poetry
    3. WWM Gift Of The Magi
    4. WWM with Poetry

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    Disc A013

    1. WWM 1681 Afrs 500000 No Poetry
    2. WWM 1682 Afrs 500000 Poetry Frances Gifford
    3. WWM 1683 Afrs 500000 No Poetry
    4. WWM 1684 Afrs 500000 Poetry

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