Like many of us, KEXP music lover Bernadette credits her family for influencing her musical tastes — both good and bad. “My sister had 8-tracks of Steve Miller Band and Fleetwod Mac,” she recalls. “We all gave her s**t about liking Bread, but I credit her for playing the first 45 I heard: Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock.”
Her aunt in New Orleans sent mix tapes of jazz, Mardi Gras classics, and Italian crooners. After her older brother went away to music school, he’d come home for vacations with new sounds to explore, taking her for long drives to the sound of Miles Davis, encouraging her to close her eyes and imagine they were wending their way through the Italian alps in a Ferrari. Bernadette reciprocated that passion for music, too. “I’d call my younger sister from college and ask her what she was listening too, as if her music would tell me how she was doing.”
“Like the family I grew up in, KEXP feeds my soul with musical diversity and opportunities to learn new sounds,” she continues. “And when you find a source that feeds your soul, it’s important to give back.” That’s why she made a gift to help build KEXP’s New Home through the All In Music Match this month. “I am so grateful to have KEXP in my life, bringing musical choices. I gravitate toward friends who like sharing music and going to live shows. Most of these friends are KEXP lovers and supporters as well. I think that makes us your extended family.”
Right now we’re at 54 percent of the fundraising goal for the All In Music Match. Donate today and your gift of any amount will make a huge difference in helping us build a New Home for KEXP that connects you with even more “music that matters.” A lot of amazing individuals have already gone “all in” with Bernadette and the extended KEXP family. In fact, Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Dave Matthews, and other members of the Seattle music scene contributed generously so that all gifts from now until August 5 will be matched. That’s the kind of sharing bread nobody will give you s**t about.