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On Being with Krista Tippett is a public radio project delving into the human side of news stories + issues. Curated + edited by senior editor Trent Gilliss.

We publish guest contributions. We edit long; we scrapbook. We do big ideas + deep meaning. We answer questions.

We've even won a couple of Webbys + a Peabody Award.

At this moment in my household, there are two things that are being played and replayed by my immediate family: on the television, the movie Pitch Perfect, and in the car, Lorde’s catchy hit song ”Royals.”

Enter Florida State University’s AcaBelles to beautifully merge these two spheres. The video is nearing five million views on YouTube now and is worth posting, if only to hear an flesh-and-bone a cappella group rival those Barden Bellas. It’s a gorgeous rendition that just might compel you to loop a few times this morning — and in the process smile, groove, and contemplate the message of the song.

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~Trent Gilliss, head of content

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Two full days of stellar voices at this year’s PopTech can leave the head ailing from overload. The pop-folk band Hem closed was the right remedy. It was an absolute delight to have them close out the day and usher us aspiring thinkers into Maine’s evening air.

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Smooth. So smooth. Perfect for a Friday evening. Grab a cocktail and ease back, my friend.

From theantidote:

The Internet Music - Red Balloon

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Music and metaphysics from Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. Yeah, that’s right, the Indigo Girls get down to some serious talk about God and religion, spirituality in performance and the lost art of protests songs.

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trentgilliss:

And this track “Father Father” from Laura Mvula is one of my favorites.

One more for the night.

Tagged: #music #soul
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From our senior editor trentgilliss:

"It will be a discipline before it becomes a pleasure."

This past month, I’ve been listening non-stop to Laura Mvula’s album Sing to the Moon. She’s an incredible singer who meshes hushed, contemplative lyrics with a verve and mastery that doesn’t feel like artifice or overly produced. Even her poppier songs are clean and refreshing. She’s her own woman, her own artist, who is comfortable in her own skin — for which I’m entirely thankful.

Brilliant on a Sunday night.

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What an absolutely splendid way to usher out the day, thanks to explore-blog:

This is amazing: A mesmerizing Beach Boys vocals inspired by the physics of church bells from Alexander Chen, who wrote code to draw a circle for each note of the song using a mathematical relationship between a the circumference of a circular surface and pitch. A fine addition to these synesthetic visualizations of music.

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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allegroassai:

Maurice Ravel:

Vocalise - Étude

 Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano

An enchanting recording.

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My morning listening while editing scripts and text, courtesy of dhool:

The Stuyvesants just released their lasted record of remixes of timeless classics and this one is just right for a summer of chill and gatherings. The record is a free download and can get it here. Also highly recommend to check out other The Stuyvesants’ releases.

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What a great way to wake up this Saturday morning. Love Hamza El Din. Thank you, givemypoorheartease:

Al Oud:  Instrumental and Vocal Music of Nubia (Vanguard 1965).

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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amusiclibrary:

The Rite of Spring: Igor Stravinsky’s own hand-written manuscripts are published for the first time in 2013

And at no time is it more vital to think about the coming season. Winter be gone!
~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

amusiclibrary:

The Rite of SpringIgor Stravinsky’s own hand-written manuscripts are published for the first time in 2013

And at no time is it more vital to think about the coming season. Winter be gone!

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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Kicking off this final day of the work week with this smooth track from Laura Marling. Where can I go? Where can’t I go.

Thanks, mojomagazine:

New music from Laura Marling = a great morning. Check out new track Where Can I Go? here. 

Marling’s new album, Once I Was An Eagle, is due for release on  May 27.

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“Feeling Good” was the first Nina Simone song I heard.

I was 31, recently divorced, and I needed to find her. Her recordings became a frequent companion. Nina Simone gave me the sound of her soul — as an activist, as a woman want of love, full of wit, and hardened by pain. She deserves to be celebrated.

Joyeux anniversaire Mme. Simone!

~Stefni Bell, coordinating producer

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Nina Simone’s “Since I Fell For You”from Sugar In My Bowl makes this morning fine.

(My thanks to theantidote)

Tagged: #music #blues
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Tuesday Evening Melody: “I & Thou” by The Daredevil Christopher Wright

by Susan Leem, associate producer

Martin Buber portrait

"I love exploring my own doubt, and how people have wrestled with the idea of understanding human motivation, purpose."
~Jason Sunde, songwriter

Martin Buber's 1923 seminal work I and Thou is essential reading for many a seminary student. And, the Wisconsin band The Daredevil Christopher Wright has rendered this classic namesake into song. And it’s got us reading and talking more about this Jewish religious thinker too.

"Every Thou in the world is by its nature fated to become a thing, or continually re-enter into the condition of things."
~Martin Buber, from I and Thou

Our colleague Chris Roberts spoke with the songwriters for his latest story at Minnesota Public Radio. Listen to the audio (left).

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