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Basic Folk is a podcast with honest conversations between musicians and Cindy Howes, a well-versed public radio host and music curator. Cindy approaches interviews with warmth, humor and insightful questions. This podcast fosters the folk community and showcases a genre that is often misunderstood. Ironically, Basic Folk features complex conversations about the human experience witnessed from an artistic angle. Cindy’s definition of “folk” is extremely broad, so you’ll hear interviews from K ...
 
Sticky Notes is a classical music podcast for everyone, whether you are just getting interested in classical music for the first time, or if you've been listening to it and loving it all your life. Interviews with great artists, in depth looks at pieces in the repertoire, and both basic and deep dives into every era of music. Classical music is absolutely for everyone, so let's start listening! Note - Seasons 1-5 will be returning over the next year. They have been taken down in order to be ...
 
The middle class is over. It was a lie. We have the 1%...and then everyone else. Does this explain your life? My middle class life was actually working class, and why Archie Bunker still resonates as a folk hero today. Why "BIG" should be a swear word, from Big Government, to Big Unions, Big Education, and the world of Big Business. Your host Frank Simon has over 40 years of experience as a banker, stockbroker, owner of an income tax prep company, small business consultant, business form sal ...
 
A monthly radio hour in which Chicago Reader music journalist Peter Margasak plays selections from his favorite recent releases regardless of genre--whether jazz, international, folk, country, rock, or experimental music. Some basic commentary is provided, but Margasak prefers to, ahem, let the music speak for itself.
 
HEALTH CONCEPTS - SIMPLIFIED is, dedicated to "simplifying the medical jargon" that floods the internet causing much confusion. Our aim is to provide clear, easy to understand explanation of various topics to the average Joe who is not from a medical or science background. If you are a health care provider, you may find the explanations too basic. Do understand that our target audience is the ordinary folk who need an easy explanation of the their own and their families' health issues.
 
Get back in touch with your body as you cultivate the mind and spirit! With DJ as your discovery guide, we’ll explore into the sensual nature of our bodies and how to think differently, even positively about it, as well as embracing your own passionate true self! Who’s willing to take their sensuality to the next level?
 
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The Suitcase Junket's Matt Lorenz was guest #3 on this folk podcast and I'm thrilled to welcome him back to break down the latest album song by song. Released in November 2020, The End is New, was produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), who was working remotely (because of Covid precautions) from the West Coast. Matt describes how that changed the wa…
 
What's a welfare state, and how does it impact on the middle class. From Scandinavian countries to Canada and America, there are stark differences in welfare state programs in the western world. Universal programs with little bureaucracy, needs based programs with lots of bureaucracy, and a country with relatively no welfare state programs at all. …
 
William Dawson is not a household name to classical music lovers. But for one week in 1934, he was the talk of the classical music world. The legendary Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra had chosen to program a new symphony by Dawson entitled "Negro Folk Symphony." It was broadcast nationwide and the audience reaction was ecstatic. Bu…
 
Clayton Haslop might not be a name that is familiar to all of you, but I bet you anything that you've heard his playing. He has appeared as concertmaster on over 1000 TV Shows and Movies, such as Titanic, A Beautiful Mind, The Matrix, Ratatouille, Star Trek, The incredibles, UP, and others. His story took on an extra resonance when he began sufferi…
 
Patty Larkin is a monster on the guitar. Although starting on the piano, after her uncle gave her a guitar it was all over for young Patty. The main appeal of the instrument was the privacy in which one could play. She holed up for hours playing. In high school she furthered experimented with different ways to play, while working on her singing and…
 
Did you ever watch the t.v. show Breaking Bad? Did you like the main character Walter White? Can you relate? It might be for all the WRONG reasons. On this… episode 7 of Middle Class Over…welcome to the world of the Angry White Man. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/middleclassover)By Host Frank Simon was never Middle Class. It was all an illusion.
 
It might surprise, or even shock you, to learn that a piece that crackles with joy and excitement like Bartok's Divertimento was written in November of 1939. But the circumstances of the Divertimento are among the most unusual in the history of 20th century music. Bartok's Divertimento is a perfect amalgam of his style; a wholehearted embrace of fo…
 
Wesley Schultz has one of the most recognizable modern voices in folk music. His band, The Lumineers, are arguably the most popular group of the genre embarking on stadium tours worldwide to support their chart-topping records. From afar, he also seems like one of the most humble and good-natured people to have lived. After doing a deep dive into h…
 
Middle Class life is totally different for city people compared to country folks. Country people were raised differently...with different cultures...language...food...way of life. It effects the way farmers think and what they believe, that is NOT the same as the homogenous mix in Canadian cities. And most importantly, it effects the way Canadians …
 
When we hear Medieval music performed live, it speaks to us in a different way than almost any other music. It seems to have just appeared, as is, from the earth itself. Medieval music was originally passed down by oral tradition but soon a desire for standardization led to musical notation, rhythmic notation, and the seeds of so much music to come…
 
There is a lot going on with Sadie Gustafson-Zook. Raised in a supportive Mennonite community near Goshen, Indiana, Sadie was playing in her parents' folk band from the age of 6. Homeschooled until grade 5, she learned to channel her feelings through writing. After graduating from Goshen College, she moved to Boston in order to experience life outs…
 
1978 was the first year that more than 50% of women worked outside the home. 1983 was the first year that more than 50% of university grads were female. Did these milestones help or hurt the Middle Class? Is part-time work like the GIG economy the new normal? What's a "good job" anyway? Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/middleclassover…
 
December 23rd, 1806 should have been one of those dates etched into musical history; it was the premier of a new violin concerto by Beethoven, performed by one of the great soloists of the day. But the performance was a relative failure, and the concerto languished in obscurity for decades. Why did it fail? How did it get re-discovered, and how did…
 
Anjimile Chithambo, who uses his first name on stage, is a genderqueer Black singer songwriter making his way onto a larger radar with the debut album, Giver Taker. The artist appeared on some high-profile Best of 2020 lists (Namely NPR) and picked up two recent Boston Music Awards. Originally from outside of Dallas, Jimi was raised by Malawian par…
 
The middle class is declining, and now we have the pandemic of Covid-19. The effect on the one per cent is profound...their wealth went through the roof. But the lost jobs, the threat of eviction, the long line-ups, have all had a profound effect on working class...middle class people. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/middleclassover)…
 
Symphonie Fantastique, which was written just 3 years after Beethoven’s death, redefined what music could portray. Its color, fire, narrative arc, vulgarity, descriptiveness, and drug-induced hysteria put it in a class of its own in the classical music world. As Leonard Bernstein said: "Berlioz tells it like it is. You take a trip, you wind up scre…
 
Cinder Well, who is California-born Amelia Baker, makes spooky folk songs in the Irish music tradition. Amelia grew up in Santa Cruz, California in a non-religious Jewish family. Her parents always had music on the stereo: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and The Grateful Dead. Music was always on in the house. From a young age she was drawn to…
 
Welcome to Season 7 of Sticky Notes! I'm often asked: “I want to get into classical music, but where do I start?” Today is my attempt to answer that question! Western Classical Music is an umbrella term that stretches over 1500 years of music, and there is an infinite variety to choose from. Today, we'll take a quick look at all 6 "periods" of clas…
 
Canadian songwriter Rose Cousins hates small talk. She'd much prefer to get down to the bone of your humanity and know about your struggle than talk about the weather. Raised in the tight-knit community on Prince Edward Island, at a young age, Cousins had the sense of helping out others and lifting up others instilled in her. She also spent a lot o…
 
Before the Middle Class was Over and even before Donald Trump, I grew up with Archie Bunker and All in the Family. It wasn't a t.v. show...it was my reality. Before things hit the fan, the line between working class and middle class was already blurry, but life's been good to me...at least so far... Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/mi…
 
The pianist Andras Schiff on Schubert: “There is a folk song like simplicity in Schubert’s Music; his music is never crowded. He does not want to impress you or overwhelm you. He tells you a very simple story and invites you by very simple means to come and join him and share his thoughts.” It's hard to describe an hour long piece as simple, but Sc…
 
Auyon Mukharji, of the Massachusetts spacey-folk band Darlingside, grew up in Kansas with first generation immigrant parents. Nature, music and sports all played a big role in his formative years. He ended up studying biology at Williams College, where he met his future bandmates in Darlingside. He joined an a capella group with members of the band…
 
A few years ago, I was at a performance of the Rite of Spring. Sitting behind me were some rather conservative audience members. As one particularly violent section of the piece blasted away, I heard one of them say, “If they keep playing this modern music I’m cancelling my subscription.” How does a piece remain modern for so long? In Part 2 of the…
 
It's possible that the Nutcracker is the most recognizable Western Classical Music in the world, so what could one say about this ubiquitous piece? Well, from the adaptations of the original story, to the composition process, to the premiere, to the music itself, and to what the Nutcracker means to classical institutions, there’s a lot here! At the…
 
You might be surprised to know that the famous riot at the premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring was by no means the only disturbance at a classical concert in history. But it is the most famous. This week, we'll explore the who, what, when, where, and WHY of this riot, and go through Part 1 of the Rite of Spring. We'll talk about folk music and …
 
The one and only Chris Smither! Influenced by Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin' Hopkins, Smither's guitar playing is centered around the beat and around the groove. He mics his feet during concerts and loves being able to sound like several different instruments as his heroes did. Smither says “Groove is the essence of engagement.” He's lived an …
 
Welcome to the Season 6 Finale of Sticky Notes! Mahler titled the last movement of his 3rd symphony "What Love Tells Me." This movement is my favorite movement of any Mahler symphony. It is a profoundly heartfelt chorale that traverses peaks and valleys of ecstasy and despair in equal measure. We'll talk all about this emotionally complex movement …
 
Gospel musician Almeta Ingram-Miller of The Legendary Ingramettes is working to preserve the legacy of her mother, Maggie. Maggie was born in 1930 in Georgia. She taught herself piano in order to nurture her gift of singing. She would sing while working in the cornfields as a young girl. She moved to Florida after marrying at 16 and having three ch…
 
The middle four movements of Mahler's 3rd symphony were central to his mission - that is, to portray the entire world in one symphony. And when I say entire world I really mean it. In these movements, Mahler musically portrays what the flowers, nature, man, and angels tell him. These are some of the most colorful, kaleidoscopic, fascinating, and di…
 
The music of Kevin Morby has colorful textural layers much like the human who creates it. On his newest album, Sundowner, Morby is embracing a mellow, yet dramatic sound that runs parallel to his current surroundings of his hometown, Kansas City. He moved back to a house he purchased in 2015 recently and has been working on music relentlessly since…
 
For this Thanksgiving week we’re doing another re-upload from the archive! Today we’ll look at Copland’s Appalachian Spring, a ballet that has captured the imagination of listeners worldwide and seems to be the marker of the “American” sound in Western Classical Music. We’ll look at some of the differences between the two versions of the piece, tal…
 
This week I spoke with Harry Christophers, who wears many different hats in his jobs as Artistic Director of the Handel and Haydn Society, and as the Founder and Director of The Sixteen, one of the world's most renowned choirs. I spoke with Harry about A Choral Odyssey, a new program debuting TONIGHT on thesixteen.com. The show explores great chora…
 
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