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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.

As a musician and a lover of puns, this cover of “All About the Bass” by a Jazz bassist was just too great not to share for your Thursday Evening Melody.

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A little bit of joy for your Friday evening melody :)

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This beautiful ending to Schumann’s Waldszenen, or “Forest Scenes,” is making me wish I had a desk in the middle of the woods.

A little quiet magic for your Wednesday evening.

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All these places so reminiscent of
Our mistakes and all the we should have done
And in time the veil will be lifted from
All I need and all that I won’t become

A little nostalgic music for your Tuesday evening melody.

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Some days this song is the quickest route to gratitude.

~ A delightfully mellow rendition of Monty Python by Alexander Stamatis

Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour
That’s orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it’s reckoned
A sun that is the source of all our power

The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour
Of the galaxy we call the ‘milky way’

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The sun’s back in Minnesota and you can see patches of green grass. As good a reason to rejoice as I’ve ever heard. ‘

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Just love the poetry of Lia Ices’ harmonies. A soundtrack for your contemplative Tuesday evening :)

It’s nothing less, nothing less between the worldly
And the one self
All this breathing and the truth that’s in your last breath
Don’t it make you want to cry?

So fly, fly and we’ll wear you like a leaf crown
Fly cause your truth is in the solid ground

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Though my colleague can’t imagine why anyone would dare try to cover this GNR classic, I can’t resist. I love covers for the exact reason that songs are meant for interpretation. Meet Miche Braden and friends with this very sweet version.

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A little folk music for your Tuesday evening melody.

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The kind of song to settle in with a cup of tea after a long day

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Music made from guns (literally). Well, a flute made from gun barrel. Imagine.

(via Upworthy)

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I’ve been quietly humming this achingly beautiful rendition of the German love song Lili Marleen today. With gentleness and grace, it captures that sweet sorrow of one scared and lonely man reaching out to another. 

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It’s Tuesday evening, a melody is in order.

the mess we’re in // pj harvey + thom yorke

download: amazon mp3 | itunes

(via sexmusic)

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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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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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