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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.
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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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trentgilliss:

Tom Waits sings “Shenandoah” with Keith Richards. Classic.

As Open Culture describes it, the song is part of a sea shanty tsunami:

“In 2006, Anti- Records, home of Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Neko Case, Kate Bush (and so many more favorites of mine, this list is already too long), published the tons-of-fun compilation Rogue’s Gallery, a selection of sea shanties and pirate songs as interpreted by an ensemble of luminaries from the pop, indie, and folk worlds. The two-CD, forty-three track release is available on YouTube (I’d recommend Nick Cave’s “Fire Down Below,” but he’s an old hand at this kind of thing).

(via @KristaTippett)

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We revive the too-long-dormant Tuesday evening melody with these haunting lyrics of The Long Wives, the solo project of Brandy St. John. The song is rather dark, the religious imagery visceral, and somehow I find some sustenance in its beauty:

They’re fighting in the streets
They’re fighting on the TV
Did you learn to make a fist
Before you learned to speak?
And did you cut your teeth a little too soon?
The answer lies in your eyes
It lies in our wounds

The violence of man
The violence of the beast
The violence in your heart 
Your violence for me
And the blood it runs
And the blood it runs
And the blood it runs by

The master comes to eat
The blood and the body
Now he’s full of Christ
And the life of the party
He has a gun for you, he has a gun for me
He just asks that we all send him some money
All he really needs is a little more money…

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pixandum:

-The Polyphonic Spree, Light & Day / Reach for the Sun-

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trentgilliss:

Flash mob delights Spaniards waiting in the unemployment line in a Madrid office with The Beatles classic “Here Comes the Sun.” The soloist is marvelous.

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Anonymous asked:
What is the music played behind Tom Wait's poetry reading recently posted? Thank you. Jeanne Cronin, Cambridge MA

imagePretty fabulous, isn’t it Jeane!

The music bedding Waits’ reading of Charles Bukowski’s poem “Nirvana” wasn’t pulled from another song or artist. It’s actually part of a track on Waits’ 2006 album Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards.

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trentgilliss:

Another musical legend has passed away. The sitar player Ravi Shankar died yesterday at the age of 92. A spiritual and musical guru to many Western seekers, most famously George Harrison of the Beatles, he was also a teacher and a father. I think I’d like to best remember him as just that. Here he is instructing, improvising, jamming with his daughter Anoushka Shankar.

Loved Krista’s interview with her way back in 2003!

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Well, isn’t this a pretty, little duet by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson. Perfect for a Tuesday evening melody it is.

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Ushering in Hanukkah with a Song

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

The Maccabeats put together another excellent cover to celebrate Hanukkah with Matisyahu’s “Miracle.” Chag Sameach to all our Jewish friends out there!

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marklow:

Leif ove Andsnes, Piano Trio No. 3 in G Minor: “I. Bewegt, doch nicht zu rasch” from Schumann: Complete Works for Piano Trio [2011]

Schumann in the mornann…

Tagged: #music #piano
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trentgilliss:

“O Come, Emmanuel”

For so many Christians, this song was sung and played this past weekend on the first Sunday of Advent. But I’m going to guess that very few church services featured such a stirring pairing of piano and cello.

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trentgilliss:

Take a moment (no puns allowed) to remember the great musician Dave Brubeck. A legend has passed.

“For as long as I’ve been playing jazz, people have been trying to pigeonhole me. Frankly, labels bore me.”

Tagged: #music #jazz #legend
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kenpooley:

braiker:

Dammit! This is exactly what I’m wearing today. He’s rocking it much better. This is so embarrassing. 
superseventies:

Freddie Mercury and John Deacon on stage.


you have to ask: why?

No, no. The question is why not!
kenpooley:

braiker:

Dammit! This is exactly what I’m wearing today. He’s rocking it much better. This is so embarrassing. 
superseventies:

Freddie Mercury and John Deacon on stage.


you have to ask: why?

No, no. The question is why not!

kenpooley:

braiker:

Dammit! This is exactly what I’m wearing today. He’s rocking it much better. This is so embarrassing. 

superseventies:

Freddie Mercury and John Deacon on stage.

you have to ask: why?

No, no. The question is why not!

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