Why Music Matters: Jessica, Luke and Pela Ivey - Music Brought Us Together

photos by Heather Baker

Pela is a pretty name. And little baby Pela, with her wispy blond hair and beguiling smile, is a pretty baby. Her parents are music lovers Jessica and Luke Ivey. But they’re not your usual indie rock fans. In fact, they share a story about how the band Pela helped save their marriage.


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Baby Pela’s Dance Party Mix:

Song Artist
Waiting on the Stairs Pela
Dancing on our Graves Cave Singers
Bag of Hammers Thao with the Get Down Stay Down
Pretty much the entire Arular album M.I.A.
Daft Punk is Playing at My House LCD Sound System (“We usually have to repeat this one at least three times!” says mom, Jessica Ivey)
Home Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Cats and Dogs The Head and the Heart

The band Pela performs live at KEXP in 2009, and back in June and October 2007. Here they are from their last performance on KEXP:

Also, read an interview with Billy McCarthy and Nate Martinez.

Music used in this piece: “Drop me off” by Pela.

Hey! There are even more stories in the Why Music Matters story series for you to hold and cuddle!

Produced by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, 2010 AIR Live Interactive Resident. Editorial oversight by Kevin Cole. Mastered by Matt Ogaz. Live Interactive is a collaboration of KEXP and AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio with financial support from AIR members worldwide, Recovery.gov, and the National Endowment for the Arts which believe a great nation deserves great art.

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