Name of my Show: Click Your Heels Together
Ruby Slippers has a particular focus on humorous, clever tunes that are intelligent or potentially a bit silly. A Click Your Heels Together radio show mixes new artists and the latest releases from favorite performers with older songs that span decades of music. The variety of genres include Americana, country swing, roots, rock, country, comedy, folk, blues, jazz, Broadway shows, world music, and more. Songs that simply entertain with a catchy beat or melody, songs with a message about environmental protection or issues that effect our lives, and songs that may invoke a positive outlook on life are also played on the show. This show can focus on a certain theme or feature sets of songs that attempt to inspire emotion and comment on current topics in our lives.
The moniker, Ruby Slippers, came from the notion that a person can choose to change a frown to a smile in an instant – just click your heels together. The Ruby Slipper of Life is a philosophy that states we have power over every thought of every day, and we can choose to make those thoughts positive.
Ruby’s musical interest was nurtured by a family that exposed her to many types of music. The comedy and storytelling styles of Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, Arlo Guthrie, and others influenced Ruby’s interest in comedy. Her musical tastes were inspired by legendary KFAT radio in Gilroy and the clever tunes of U. Utah Phillips, Christine Lavin, Patty Larkin, Bobby Bare, the Austin Lounge Lizards, the Reverend Billy C. Wirtz, and many other songwriters who can create a song that reminds us to laugh at ourselves and all the nuances of living. T
Ruby Slippers’ first memories of community radio were from the radio station at Humboldt State University where she heard the song Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy’s Ovaltine, and other memorable tunes. She rarely forgets a funny song and continues to collect the songs that made her laugh over a lifetime. There is a belief that people who can twist words to write songs that make people laugh are particularly intelligent. She finds joy in bringing humorous songs to the KVMR listeners.
Community radio provides a medium for independent musicians to entertain a large audience and gain exposure for their music. Ruby attempts to interact directly with independent artists to bring new, fresh music to the airwaves. She is a radio reporter for the Freeform Americana Radio (FAR) chart out of Texas and the Folk DJ list.
The goal of the Click Your Heels Together radio show is to provide a musical tapestry that offers new music intertwined with old favorite tunes that may motivate someone to turn up the radio and sing along, comedy tunes that may inspire someone to smile or even laugh out loud, and songs with a message that may remind us to think. The show is full of surprises designed to wake you up in the morning with a smile on your face and a thoughtful outlook on the day.