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From October 5, 2006...
The nanosecond we're conceived, rhythm is a part of us, and we are a part of it. By the time our hearts are creating their own rhythm, we're comforted by the sound and feel of our mother's heartbeat. Throughout time, cultures have found that our instinct for the sound of drums can be a vehicle for spiritual practice, ceremony, ritual, and community health and wellness. Reporter Les Lovoy explores how a former blues musician is currently using our natural affinity for rhythm for everything from helping folks with special needs, to bringing complete strangers together to share a common bond.
Judy Sullivan has played harp with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since 1981. She's married to guitarist Paul Hicks who, in addition to teaching guitar, has a day job with a local TV station. They perform together as the Glenwood Duo, named for a street in their Forest Park neighborhood. Harp and guitar duos are rare in the music world, and I asked Judy Sullivan how this one came to be...
Harpist Judy Sullivan and guitarist Paul Hicks are the Glenwood Duo. Back in the late 1970s, when WBHM signed off at midnight, Paul Hicks says that this Minuet by Robert de Visée was the last piece played each night before we left the air. So, he recorded this version for WBHM.
We're fast approaching the time of year that farmers refer to as the harvest season. But as every farmer knows, sometimes our furry friends can beat us to the harvesting punch. Birmingham storyteller Verna Gates tells how she solved that problem...
Fiddle music by Timothy Hogan. And a brief editor's note: Verna Gates has occasionally been known to exaggerate. In fact, she's a past winner of the "Biggest Liar in Alabama" competition.
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One way to describe Henry Dunkle's music is to begin with what it's not. As one reviewer helpfully points out, "Dunkle is not a soft coffeehouse singer you can easily tune out." Not surprisingly, his influences aren't soft, either: they range from Johnny Cash and Howlin' Wolf to Ernest Hemingway and Hunter S. Thompson. This week, Dunkle joined us in the studio to talk about his work, and his offbeat recording techniques... (AUDIO MONTAGE)
The song is "Whisky Bottles". On Saturday night, Henry Dunkle performs at Cave 9. You can find more songs from his demo CD at the Tapestry section of our website, WBHM.org.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell...with Dale Short guest-producing this week. Francesca Rosko tracks community events. I'm Greg Bass and we'll see you next week.