The Bill Cosby
Week # Air Date Content #1 01/01/68
#5 (5-9-92) French Horns Smart-aleck response unavailable.
#6 (5-16-92) Music For The Masses Ready and waiting.
#7 (11-21-92) A Capella, Pt. 1 Smart-aleck response unavailable.
#8 (6-13-92) Songs Without Words Smart-aleck response unavailable.
#9 (2-29-92) A Capella, Pt. 2 Impossible to be readier.
#10 (3-7-92) Trio Sonatas I am more than ready. I'm willing.
#11 (3-7-92) Speaking with Music Smart-aleck response unavailable.
#12 (3-21-92) Harp Smart-aleck response unavailable.
#13 (3-28-92) Singing In The Cracks Smart-aleck response unavailable.
#14 (4-4-92) A Brief and Encyclopedically Incomplete History of the Patter Song Smart-aleck response unavailable.
#15 (4-11-92) Lexicon of Musical Invective (a program about musical criticism) Readier than you'll ever know.
#16 (4-25-92) Songs about Animals Does it snow in North Dakota?
#17 (5-2-92) Parallelism in Vocal Music If I were any readier it would be unseemly.
#18 (5-23-92) Originals and Non-
You have no idea how ready I am.
#19 (5-30-92) Parallelism in Instrumental Music
They don't make 'em any readier.
#20 (6-6-92) Classical from Popular Music
Okay, just keep your pantaloons on. Here's the theme.
#21 (7-4-92) Putting Words to Classical Music Who could be readier? Not me. Here's the theme...
#22 (10-24-92) Classical Rearrangements
Smart-aleck response unavailable.
#23 (12-12-92) Concerti Grossi Hey, no problem! Here's the theme...
#24 (12-26-92) Parents Who wants to know?
Okay, here's the theme...
#25 (10-3-92) Birthdays Ever ready, ever willing!
#26 (10-10-92) Lullabies Nag, nag, nag. Yes, I am ready.
#27 (10-31-92) Death ...am! (garbled)
#28 (11-7-92) Basses Are Loaded Hey, if you're ready, I'm ready.
#29 (11-28-92) Heaven Ready is my middle name.
#30 (12-19-92) Christmas Presence Smart-aleck response unavailable.
#31 (1-2-93) What Happens Between The Notes
(The rest of the story)
Ready is an understatement!
#32 (1-9-93) Belly Up to the Bar You bet! C'mon in and take a load off!
#33 (1-16-93) A Musical Aviary Oh, of course I'm ready. (Unique closing: "That's M-I-X...")
#34 (1-30-93) The Bach of Gibraltar Ready is as does. Just a second...
#35 (2-20-93) And I Quote... As ready as a procrastinator has any right to be.
#36 (8-7-93) Ma and Pa Kettle Drum
As ready as rain is right.
#37 (2-27-93) The Big Chill-Out Hey, like, what's the hurry? Don't have a cow, man.
#38 (8-28-93) About Bells Ready is exactly what I am.
#39 (8-21-93) The Devil To Pay (Evil laugh) Mmmmmmuuuuwahhh hahhh...I'm always ready!
#40 (9-11-93) Varieties of Organic Experience
Anybody who says I'm not is a liar.
#41 (9-18-93) Growing Up Binary Does the sun come up every morning?
#42 (9-25-93) Dominant Characteristsics
I'm ready, you're ready.
#43 (10-16-93) Humor Me I am the epitome of readiness.
#44 (10-23-93) Leave the Meter Running
Ready describes my state exactly.
#45 (11-13-93) There's A Composer In All Of Us I guess you could call it that.
#46 (9-4-93) Woe Is Me Have I ever let you down?
#47 (10-2-93) You are (and Sing About) What You Eat If Helen Reddy sang "I Am Woman," Helen Woman would sing "I Am Ready."
#48 (10-9-93) Tracks of Blood Readier than I'm ever likely to be again.
#49 (10-30-93) Imitation Is The Sincerest Form
#50 (11-6-93) A Pair of Chords That Will Last The day I'm not ready, there will be icicles in Satan's beard.
#51 (12-11-93) Splitting the Octave
What you don't know won't hurt you.
#52 (11-20-93) The Fugal Gourmet Just let me out of the gate.
#53 (11-27-93) Fugues: Can't Live With 'Em, Can't Live Without 'Em. You bet your booties I am.
#54 (12-25-93) What You Please As ready as a guy has any right to be.
#55 (12-4-93) Is There A Fugue In Your Future?
Well, ready is a relative term, but...
#56 (1-29-94) Varieties of Variation
Ready, willing, what more do you want?
#57 (2-5-94) Hold That Melody! Ready or not, here I am, and...
#58 (2-12-94) Hold That Harmony! If I were any readier, I would be overeager.
#59 (2-19-94) Bass-Based Variations
Some things never change, and my readiness is one of them.
#60 (3-19-94) Weathering the Storm
I'm here, isn't that enough?
#61 (3-26-94) H20, Above and Below How can you even ask?
#62 (1-1-94) True or Falsetto That's exactly what I am.
#63 (1-8-94) Pipes and All About as ready as one man can be.
#64 (3-5-94) Taking the Fifth Um, yes, uh, yeah!
#65 (4-9-94) License or Larceny? You bet your sweet bippy.
#66 (4-16-94) Say It and Sing It
Well, let's take a chance.
#67 (4-23-94) Instrumental Exotica
Refrain from bovine birthing, man...
#68 (11-12-94) What Is That Instrument?
I thought you'd never ask.
#69 (11-19-94) For He Heard the Loud Bassoon
I have seen the future, and it's here. And...
#70 (12-10-94) Au Contraire, Mon Frere!
Mais oui, mon ami.
#71 (12-24-94) Back to Basics Is a bluebird blue?
#72 (9-3-94) Hold That Note! (Spoken in a monotone) I am working on it - to hear the theme please press the pound sign now...
#73 (10-1-94) Mutes and Mutability
Ready is my middle name.
#74 (10-8-94) A many Splendored String
You could say that.
#75 (10-15-94) Schickele Mix: The Movie
Do I look ready? Nevertheless, here's the theme...
#76 (10-22-94) Do I Hear A Waltz? Well, Do I? (Singing) Waltzing Matilda...oh, yes. Here's the theme.
#77 (10-29-94) Beyond The Blue Danube
That's easy for you to say.
#78 (10-26-94) Let's Get This Thing Over With! Can't wrap it up if you don't get it started.
#79 (12-3-94) Great Endings I Have Known
I'm not just a ready teddy, I'm an eager beaver!
#80 (12-17-94) A Fargo Christmas
It's funny. I could get into this Santa Claus suit last year. Well, anyway, uh...
#81 (2-11-95) Why Are Conductors Paid
(and so much, too)?
Do conductors own mirrors?
#82 (1-7-95) Words Fail Me If you're ready, I'm ready.
#83 (1-14-95) Clarinet Marmalade
I am one ready guy.
#84 (1-21-95) Clarinet Plus I am readier than thou.
#85 (3-11-95) What It Takes Two To
(Singing) Buh dump buh, dudu duh--Ole! Yeah, I'm ready.
#86 (2-18-95) Pendulum in White Tie and Tails
Does a conductor perspire?
#87 (4-22-95) First Things First
Hey, it's one foot in front of the other.
#88 (4-29-95) Ah, Youth You better believe it.
#89 (4-1-95) Masculine/Feminine No, I'm not. Why don't you do the show today? Heh heh, just kidding.
#90 (3-18-95) Cherchez la Femme
Just keep your knickers on.
#91 (6-17-95) You Can't Pin That On Me!
I cannot tell a lie. Yes.
#92 (5-6-95) Climactic Conditions
I'm ready for takeoff.
#93(5-13-95) Transitory Pleasures
Unlike Ethelred the Unready, I am as ready as ready can be.
#94 (6-3-95) There's Nothing Between Us - We're Just Good Friends Am I ready? I'm overripe.
#95 (6-10-95) Prodigious Talents
Have I ever not been?
#96 (1-20-96) He Hasn't Been The Same Since Uh, well, uhh, well, yeah! Uh, w-uhuh, uh, uh, hrmph, well, yeah!
#97 (2-17-96) Under the Influence
Guess what? I am.
#98 (3-23-96) I've Got A Right To Be Influenced By The Blues (Singing and snapping fingers)...Blues, those Nashville Blues...oh, yeah, I'm ready.
#99 (3-30-96) All That Jazz: The Early Years I'm ready to roll.
#100 (4-3-96) Good Enough For Jazz
Hey man, I'm hip, I'm hep, I'm ready to step.
#101 (5-8-96) Green Dolphin Is A Two-Way Street, But It's Got A Median Strip Hey, man, I'm readier than Eddie's brother Freddie.
#102 (11-25-96) Things Fall Apart Yes. The answer is yes.
#103 (5-22-96) Background Information
As ready as I'm likely to be in my lifetime.
#104 (7-24-96) "And How Would You Like That Prepared, Sir?"
"Harmonically, Please." As James Joyce wrote in his now classic book Ulysses, "Yes."
#105 (1-6-96) Boom Chick & Beyond
Need you ask?
#106 (1-13-96) "And How Would You Like That Prepared, Sir?" "Rhythmically, Please." I'm about as ready as they come.
#107 (1-27-96) Folk Music, Schmolk Music! I'm the very definition of ready.
#108 (2-3-96) The Whole Picture Includes The Frame Have I ever not been ready?
#109 (2-10-96) If It's A Folk Song, It Isn't Stealing. If I were any readier, I'd have to take a downer.
#110 (4-10-96) Exoticism Begins At Home
Oh, oh, yeah, hold on. Just a second. Uh, here we go, and...
#111 (4-17-96) Leave The Playing To Us
I'm all wound up, and I'm ready.
#112 (4-24-96) Revenge of the Nerdy Instruments Just wind me up and point me toward the console.
#113 (5-1-96) We Never Make Misteaks!
Wait a minute! Wait a minute! I've got the wrong fader up, here. Okay, here we go.
#114 (5-29-96) If It's Worth Doing , It's Worth Doing Again Yes, uh huh, that's right. I am. Yup.
#115 (6-5-96) And Now For Something Not Really So Very
Different At All Yes, I'm ready, or to put it another way, I am not unprepared.
#116 (6-12-96) Five Finger Exercises
Okay, let's do a countdown: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, wait a minute, I have to use the other hand. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
#117 (6-19-96) Gin and Pentatonic
Unlike Ethelred the Unready, and Ethelwill the Unwilling, I am both ready and willing.
#118 (6-29-96) Vox Omina What difference does it make?
#119 (7-3-96) I Sing The Body Eclectic
You better believe it.
#120 (7-10-96) The Ties That Bind
No rest for the weary.
#121 (7-17-96) That Weird and Intoxicating Effect They don't make 'em any readier.
#122 (10-2-96) The Count is Three and Two Two for the show, three to get ready, and...
#123 (12-18-96) Keeping Christmas Ho, ho, ho, am I ever ready.
#124 (10-9-96) Quintessential Music Oh ye of little faith. Of course I'm ready. #125 (10-16-96) My, That's an Odd Meter!
Funny you should ask that - because I am. #126 (11-13-96) Loud and Portable
Who wants to know? #127 (11-20-96) The Harmonie Ensemble: Life of the Party, or Music Molester? Readier they don't make em any.
#128 (1-8-97) Sonic Boomerangs Don't worry; I say, don't worry.
#129 (1-15-97) Opposition Is True Friendship Part of me says "yes," and the other part says "no." But, it's time, so...
#130 (2-5-97) The Reverbing of America
I would be lying if I said I weren't.
#131 (2-12-97) First Among Equals, and Don't You Forget It, Buster! I'm surprised you even ask.
#132 (2-19-97) If You've Got It, Baby, Flaunt It
Have I ever not been ready?
#133 (3-12-97) SFX-1138 If it sounds ready, it is ready, whatever that means.
#134 (3-19-97) No Animals Were Harmed In The Making of This Program Does a rabbit have ears?
#135 (9-17-97) Clothes Encounters The answer to that inquiry is, yes.
#136 (9-24-97) All Or Nothing Hold on to your hat.
#137 (10-1-97) Marcia Exotica We're off
#138 (10-8-97) From the Marching Field to the Concert Hall in Two Quick and Easy Steps We are ready.
#139 (10-22-97) Symphonic March Music: All The Fun and None Of The Responsibility Well, why wouldn't I be?
#140 (11-12-97) Bang the Drum Slowly
Better now than never.
#141 (11-19-97) Marches Are Your Friends
Hey, no prob.
#142 (11-26-97) What You See Is Not What You Get (a program about transposition) Let me put it this way. I am ready.
#143 (12-24-97) Pick-Up Shticks (a program about pick-up notes) Is that a trick question?
#144 (12-31-97) When Mr. Wrong Is Mr. Right, Pt. 1 (a program about when musically incorrect is artistically right on) Do you want the right answer, or the true answer?
#145 (1-21-98) When Mr. Wrong Is Mr. Right, Pt. 2 (a second program about when musically incorrect is artistically right on) I cannot tell a lie, so I won't answer that.
#146 (1-28-98) Mondo Glissando (a program about musical sliding around)
God willin' and the creek don't rise.
#147 (10-15-97) Ppff: The Dynamic Art of Music (a program about piano and forte)
Coming through loud and clear.
#148 (10-29-97) Hairpins for Really Big Hair (a program about long crescendos and decrescendoes) Hang onto your hairpins, here we go with the theme.
#149 (11-5-97) Wallflowers of the Woodwind Family - A program about instruments that don't get no respect
Ready or not, here's the theme.
#150 (12-3-97) Polka Party at Pete's Place I hope you've got your party hats on!...
#151 (12-10-97) For Prague, With Love (a program about one of Mozart's most beautiful pieces) Smart-aleck response unavailable.
#152 (1-7-98) Flea To Bee, You and Me (a program about...er, bugs.)
The buzz around the station is that I am.
#153 (1-14-98) "Yuck!" (More about...er, bugs.) Can't say I'm not...
#154 (2-4-98) Your Standard B-Flat Bugs (Even more about...er, bugs.) Oh, man! I'd really rather not be disturbed. But...
#155 (2-11-98) Under the Weather
#156 (2-25-98) Forth and Back Ready am I, yes.
#157 (3-25-98) The Gospel Accordion to Pete What can I say, except...
#158 (4-1-98) Beer Drinker at a Cocktail Party I knew you were going to say that.
#159 (7-8-98) Accordion Hits The Big Time! I refuse to answer that on the grounds that it might incriminate me...
#160 (10-28-98) Day of Wrath, Day of Yuckyness. Don't get me started.
#161 (7-15-98) Every Witch Way Ready and willing...
#162 (7-22-98) The End of the World Is Nigh
Oddly enough, I am.
#163 (12-16-98) Santa's Mixed Bag Smart-aleck response unavailable.
#164 (4-7-99) Schickele Mix Sports Radio The clock has started.
#165 (4-14-99) Ostinati Obbligati
(The first of three programs about minimalism)
Okay, here-I say, here's the theme.
#166 (4-21-99) P G & I (The second of three programs about minimalism, this one about Philip Glass) Here's the theme. Here's the theme. Here's the theme.
#167 (4-28-99) Close Encounters of the Canonic Kind (The 3rd and last show about minimalism) I'm on top of it.