Listening Lyrics

Live Friday 4-5pm
Replays Monday 7-8pm, Sunday 4-5pm


Each one-hour show features live interviews with local and national artists to hear their music and/or listen to music that might have inspired them. Do not let the name fool you, this show is all about music. Genres are focused on singer/songwriter, Blues, Americana, Jazz and Bluegrass. The show is hosted by Pieter Pastoor, who as a poet has a good ear for meaningful lyrics. Pieter's co-host is Jeanne Pastoor, who is known to ask those insightful questions that keeps this show in fine-tune mode.


Thomas Björkroth- music scene in Sweden - Oct 2nd, 2015

Thomas Björkroth visited Listening Lyrics. Thomas is a music enthusiast who is visiting us from Sweden. He keeps a keen ear to what’s happening music wise in Europe. In fact he has attended the hugely popular  Euro Vision

(link is external) contest a couple of times. We will be spinning some songs that are currently on the charts in Europe and also some songs that have made Euro Vision an international spotlight for new talent. Also we will featured a song from Ryan McBride's new EP "ADHD" 

Joe Kye of "Joseph in the Well" fame, Sep 25th, 2015

This show was a treat. A refreshingly authentic artist with a unique sound and story. Joe Kye is a violinist-looper-songwriter and leader of the Sacramento band Joseph in the Well. Born in Seoul, Korea, raised in Seattle, Joe draws upon an eclectic array of influences, like rock, jazz, classical, and world music. Featuring violin, lush string loops, upright bass, and percussion, Joseph in the Well's unique sound has been influenced by artists including Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, and Miles Davis. Joseph in the Well was recently awarded 2015 “Outstanding New Artist” and “Artist of the Year” by Sacramento News & Review’s Sammies Music Awards. Kye draws upon his immigrant upbringing for much of his songwriting. Visit Joe at

DJ Trop'a on Listening Lyrics Sept. 18,2015 "Lets Scratch"

What a show - I had an itch to learn something and a "scratch" really helped. Want to know about Scratching, mixing, remixing - listen in and join the fun. Check out the short video of DJ Trop'a doing his thing in the studio.


DJ Trop’a, is a French DJ living in Davis, CA, plays HIP HOP, REGGAE, JAZZ, SOUL and BLUES using vinyl (yes, some still exists) and a computer driven mixer.

As a member of the PLS SOUND SYSTEM, a French DJ Crew based in Marseille and Aix-en-Provence (France) he meets and collaborates with DJ and musicians that enrich his musical experiences through the years 2000s.

DJ Trop’a started spinning in 2000, pushed by friends from the PLS Sound System who introduced him to the vinyl universe.

Movie Score Composer David Tippie, Sep 4th, 2015

David Tippie is a 14-year-old musician from Davis, California. Don’t let his age fool you--he has something in his resume that most musicians can only dream of. Mr. Tippie wrote the music score for the movie The Unforgotten

(link is external), produced by Andre Martinez. Mr. Tippie’s main instruments are guitar and piano, and most of what he plays is rock and metal. So let's hear some of the movie score and learn how a composer and movie director work together. Join us this Friday, 9/4/15, at 4:00PM. 

Short video clip of David performing in the studio

Ruby Mountain String Band - Aug 28th, 2015

Ever heard of  "Old time Americana Fusion" want to know what it sounds like? Join us with the Ruby Mountain String Band. Once upon a time, in a town called Haiku (spelled backwards) four devotees of trad music bumped into each other in an organic food co-op; one was a cellist, one a fiddler, two played guitars, banjoes and sang. A banjo player and guitarist also favored song writing. All liked CapeBreton/scottish fiddle tunes. So, how many musicians walked into the co-op?.

Cliff Landis - Guitar, Vocals, Banjo and Fiddle, Julia Landis - Guitar, Vocals, Darin Smith - Cello, other things.

Short video clip while performing on air

Stephen Hendry on Listening Lyrics, Aug 21st, 2015, the guitar man

Let's talk about guitar riffs and guitarists that set music on fire. Stephen Hendry, 23  from Lodi, CA, is our guest this Friday. His earliest influences are pop-punk bands like The Offspring, New Found Glory, Sum 41, and Blink 182, but today he follows bands and artists like Airbourne, Social Distortion, and Frank Turner. Stephen’s  musical interests are based in punk, metal, and especially rock'n'roll, with a touch of blues and pop. Stephen’s most profound influences are Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, and Mike Ness. Stephen plays around the Sacramento area, either jamming with or backing up most of the local musicians on the scene. Whether practicing or keeping busy with gigs, his motivation always boils down to the fact that he loves to play and takes pride in his abilities.


Hannah Jane Kile on Listening Lyrics Aug 7th, 2015

Hannah Jane Kile is a 20 year old songbird who embraces her robust yet sweet voice to convey vulnerability & strength in each of her songs.Hannah’s guitar work effortlessly weaves through her melodies touching on the ideas of coming of age, strength in overcoming obstacles, & the overall human experience.  According to Hannah, “Being human can be frighting, exciting, charming, & most of all beautiful!”  Hannah Jane Kile revisits these ideas in her tunes often drawing comparisons to her heroes: Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, & Norah Jones.

Hannah is known as a "Sweet, soulful songwriter [Who] provides poetic messages blending original and traditional folk, with individual voice and instrument”. She loves to create tunes that unify her listeners, strengthen her audience by overcoming emotional obstacles through song, and reinforcing the idea that there is a place for everyone.

Jordan Crivelli-Decker on Listening Lyrics - Jul 31st, 2015

Jordan Crivelli-Decker - Every now and then I spot a talent that somehow stands out from the crowd. Within a couple of minutes of playing I knew that Jordan would be a real treat on Listening Lyrics. This week we have Jordan and his guitar for a whole hour. Jordan is heavily influenced by fingerstyle guitar music and his father’s playing, He blend multiple styles of guitar into one holistic genre. You can find Jordan playing at open mic nights around the northern California area a few nights a month. Visit Jordan's soundcloud page here

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Robert Kennedy interview

Since this was a teaching show where I was the student - may the student share?

Screaming Jay Hawkins: His most popular song was "I put a Spell on you". But, my personal favorite and much less known was: "You Put a Spell on Me." Definitely a blast from the past.

Best recent drummers: please add Levon Helm from The Band to the list, he dramatically changed the role of the drummer in a band.

Luciano Pavarotti: He passed in 2007. However he recorded a show for PBS along with Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo titled; The Three Tenors (and as luck would have it I caught it on our local PBS statation - again - just a week ago). Magnificent!


Kennedy show

Great comments Dirk - Thank you. Robert is a guy that has great musical taste - all this from a very young man. 


The Vinyl show

Definitely one fine show Pieter & Jeanne. It was hearing the eclectic mix of music which brought on a rush of memories. Notably, Phillip Glass’ “Open the Kingdom” made me think on my personal favorite Glass piece, the score to the film; Powaqqatsi. As an aside, having a grandchild with Aspergers I remembered listening to an interview with Music Critic, Tim Page who revealed that after being diagnosed as having Aspergers realized that it was Glass’ minimalist focus on each individual note/sound which had him absolutely love Glass’ works; listening by the hour and eventually seeking a career in music. At the time I heard that interview it proved to be just the right positive “punch” I needed while reflecting the future opportunities for my own grandchild.  The wonder of music is indeed powerful.


Thanks - we had fun putting it together.

Once I get all of your albums cleaned up - I'm doing a show on your collection. I think I'll call it Vinyl - one mans trash reaps another mans treasure. :)


More dobra, more acordian, more piano, more 'silky' voiced lyrics, more Richie Lawrence. Great show!

Spangler show

If I lived in the Davis area I'd chase these two around to every one of their gigs. What a find!

Dallas themed show

Surely this was a relaxing hour complete with great banter and music. All that was missing was for all of us sitting around with some after dinner Port and maybe a fire in the fireplace as the conversation carried on.

You and Jeanne were so right about the old 78s and their scratch bringing something special to the listening experience. The occasional totally 'dead' moments found on CDs are almost jarring.

Justin Cox show

Loved Alpert's opening & Justin's closing bumps.

Had I realized just how wonderfully mellow this show was I would have listened in the evening with a cup of caffeine free Peppermint tea and my feet up on the table. As it was, listening in the morning, it was still one I was gald I did not miss.

Chris Clark

Just discovered that I am never too old to learn -- this week Chris Clark opened up a whole new pathway leading to a greater appreciation of and the enchantment of jazz.

Thanks for having Chris Clark on the show Pieter.

listener in Israel


Pieter!!! I was listening to few of your shows today.
First- this is high quality stuff!!!! I was blown away!!! great music, great interviews, great ideas for the show. I'm a fan!!!!
Secondly- You two have great communication there. 
Third- for me, it is just brilliant to be able to listen to you two. Your voice sounds so familiar. It feels like sitting with you in the same room. You sound so calm and I just LOVE it.


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