February 7, 2008...
Stop. Listen. What do you hear? So many of us rush through life taking very little opportunity to really listen to the sounds around us. I mean the sounds that aren't our radios - or televisions - or iPods - or the annoying groan of our neighbors lawnmower. We're surrounding by sounds that we often don't notice. So imagine the challenge of finding "the sounds" that represent Alabama. For you, it may be the roar of football fans at Toomer's Corner. Or maybe the symphony of birds and dogs and other creatures as you enjoy your morning coffee on the back porch. Maybe the sound of Alabama is industry - steel or the squeal of train tracks. Last year, north Alabama sound artist Richard Curtis crisscrossed the state, documenting "us" in sound. Here's a sample... Curtis talks with WBHM's Tanya Ott about the experience.
In the mid 1990's, artist Dori DeCamillas spent three years traveling the country---living in a motor home and selling her paintings at outdoor festivals ---in search of the perfect place to take root. She finally settled in Birmingham, drawn to the down-to-earth people, the warm climate and most of all, the authentic landscapes (listen). Today, DeCamillas uses her art to help conserve some of Alabama's most delicate ecosystems. Reporter Haden Holmes Brown has her story.
Each year, hundreds of Birmingham-area kids participate in Red Mountain Theatre Company's summer camp. They learn to sing and dance and act under the direction of professionals who've worked in New York City and other big venues. At the end of the workshop, kids can audition for Red Mountain Theatre's Youth Program. The 9 to 18 year olds selected, end up performing for audiences in Birmingham, across the country and around the world. And this weekend, they offer a showcase for the local audience. WBHM's Q Owens has a preview.
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Break out a stew pot, add a lot of funk, put in generous portions of jazz, Brazilian rhythms, rock, hip-hop and some world beat for spice and you've got Birmingham band Feijoada. The five member collective takes prides in live performance, following the traditions at the heart of funk and jazz music. Jon Poor and Will Cash sing and play guitar with Feijoada. (AUDIO MONTAGE) The song is "When You Find It". Feijoada's new self-titled CD will be available at shows in March. They play Oasis in Birmingham the end of this month
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with reporting this week from Haden Holmes Brown and Q Owens and production help from Coleman Lipsey and Islara Vazquez. Next week on the program, one woman reflects on how difficult it used to be to vote in Alabama. I'm Michael Krall in for Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.