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I've been directing Morning Edition since 1998. I use every type of music available to me. There is no underlying musical theme to the program, e.g., all jazz, all organ music, etc. The music is dictated by the program, which changes every day. So the music does, too. We use 16 pieces of music for the show. It takes me about an hour to select them. I'll typically listen to 50 or 60 snippets every morning, trying to find the perfect complement to the news story. Picking the right music is a delicate thing, especially at 3AM. It does tend to get my day going in the right direction, though.

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Dave Biller and Jeremy Wakefield

CD: The Hot Guitars of Biller and Wakefield
Song: Foggy Island
Label: High Tone Records

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Bill Frisell

CD: The Intercontinentals
Song: Boubacar
Label: Nonesuch

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Martin Denny

CD: The Exciting Sounds of Martin Denny: Exotica I and II
Song: Quiet Village
Label: Scamp

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Charlie Haden

CD: Haunted Heart
Song: The Long Goodbye
Label: Gitanes Jazz Productions

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Laurie Johnson

CD: Music For TV Dinners
Song: Shopping Spree
Label: Scamp

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Johnny A.

CD: Sometime Tuesday Morning
Song: Oh Yeah
Label: Favored Nations

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Yo Yo Ma

CD: Classic Yo-Yo
Song: Bach: Prelude, Cello Suite No. 1
Label: Sony Classical

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Richard Todd

CD: With A Twist
Song: Night Walk
Label: RCM Jazz

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Alex De Grassi

CD: The Water Garden
Song: Prelude
Label: Tropo Records

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Steely Dan

CD: Can't Buy A Thrill
Song: Do It Again
Label: MCA

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