KEXP and AIR (The Association of Independents in Radio) present a new series that demonstrates the power of music through intriguing personal stories ranging from an astronaut, teenager, surgeon, dancer, Yoruba priest and more!
Batch 1, December 2010:
Astronaut, Stan Love – Playlist for space travel. A story about listening to music and watching the earth from space. It’s out of this world.
Seattle family, Jessica, Luke and Pela Ivey – Music brought us together. A story about a really cute little girl and how music saved a marriage.
Anonymous Retail DJ – My music makes you buy more jeans. A pusher of trendy clothing tells all about her trade.
Music therapist, Barbara Dunn – Music saved her life. A woman on the brink of death rebounds because of music.
Modern dancer, Amy O’Neal – Is music a crutch? A story about how music can save you from embarrassment on the dance floor.
Orthopedic surgeon, Divya Singh – The waltz of the O.R. A story about Pink Floyd and hip replacement surgery. Never thought the two would go together, didja?
Professor and priest, Kola Abimbola – Music conquers a city. A story from the Sacred Scriptures of Orisha Religion about how music, not warfare won over a city.
Batch 2, January 2011:
Luge Athlete, Christian Niccum – Music of champions. A story about how music helped one athlete break a record.
Various Voices from Seattle – Music and money. An exploration of how music enriches individuals, communities and the region.
Seattle Resident, Nathan Hotchkiss – With music, it got better. Music takes one teenager out of a repressive environment.
Iranian Actor, Aria Saadi – Forbidden music. Aria runs away from the Iranian police leaping roof to roof for partying.
Hmong Immigrant, Cher Veng – Music connects me to others. A story about Hmong traditional music and teleconferencing.
Seattle Artist, Vivi Perez – Music teaches what school can’t. When school fails to inspire, music fills the gap.
Navajo Musician, Clarence Clearwater – Music heals. A powerful story about how music can help us overcome the pain of the past.
Produced by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, AIR’s Live Interactive Resident for Fall 2010. Editorial oversight by Kevin Cole. Engineering help 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.