From North American acts like Grimes and Cherry Glazerr to Slovenian band Haiku Garden and Tinariwen from Mali, the sounds you hear on KEXP are as vibrant and unique as our listeners. The passionate music lovers who power KEXP play an essential role in making it the place where the music matters.
Each volunteer, donor, and staff member has a unique story to tell about what the station means to them.
Longtime KEXP donor and volunteer Jacques Pugh is a familiar face to anyone who spends time in our Gathering Space. As a tour docent, he is a wonderful ambassador for the station. Below he describes a bit about what KEXP means to the local community, the world, and him personally.
I was deployed to Iraq as a soldier from 2004 through 2005. The war exacted a price, as I was tough –yet a sensitive and empathetic soul. Music was the salve that eased the emotional turmoil. It was perfect “therapy,” and helped bring me back “home,” in a subtle, yet impactful way.
As a tour docent, I observe KEXP’s impact on our community. Simply put, KEXP is synergistic in linking people of seemingly disparate backgrounds into a cultural force through the power of music. Duke Ellington once famously said, “There are two kinds of music. Good music – and the other kind!”
KEXP is a treasure. It’s one of Seattle’s greatest cultural assets bringing people together through the power and love of music and art.
Please join Jacques and make your gift to the 2017 Spring Drive today. After you make your contribution, you’ll have a chance to tell us why you power KEXP. We can’t wait to hear from you!