Listening Lyrics

Welcome to an hour of LISTENING LYRICS. Right here on KDRT 95.7FM in Davis, California. Listening Lyrics is a genre free zone - we feature the artist. What makes them do their thing. Listen to the hope and satisfaction in their voices. Listen to what only commercial free community radio can bring you. Close your eyes - open your ears - relax your mind. Join host Pieter Pastoor and co-host Jeanne Pastoor. Now lets enter, the mother of all that is music and lyrics and the human capability of producing art.
Replays Monday 9-10pm, Sunday 11am-12pm
Live Friday 4-5pm
Podcast

Neil Heaton shares his passion, music Apr 28th, 2017

Sharing your passion and the ability to articulate it well made this hour with Neil a delight. He can sing, he can play, he can compose. Neil Heaton is a pianist from Davis, California.  As influenced by jazz virtuosos as he is alternative auteurs, his music attempts to find the common ground between rock, jazz, pop, and hip-hop. That description is exactly why his compositions are a delight. Listen in as we talk with and listen to Neil. Vist and listen to Neil https://neilheaton.bandcamp.com.

Dirk Hamilton in the studio Apr 14th, 2017

California raised Dirk Hamilton is our guest this week. I am really looking forward to this episode of Listening Lyrics as we dig into some of the lyrics of his songs. Dirk will appear at the Palms in Winters, CA Saturday  April 15, 2017. You ca visit Dirk at www.dirkhamilton.com.  (link is external)

Dirk: “I began playing guitar and singing songs when I was 8 years old. I was writing stories and poems before that. I always thought of the two activities as completely different and separate -- writing was ‘serious’, playing and singing was ‘fun’. Then I discovered Dylan and learned that songs could be just as deep as the best poetry. It was an epiphany! At that moment I knew what I wanted to do with my life.”

25 songs about the future of music - Mar 24th, 2017

LISTEN NOW  "This is what we talk about now, the music-makers and the music-listeners both. Not the fine details of genre and style — everyone, allegedly, listens to everything now — but the networks of identity that float within them. Maybe decades ago you could aim your songs at a mass market, but music does not really have one of those anymore. Artists have to figure out whom they’re speaking to and where they’re speaking from. The rest of us do the same. For better or worse, it’s all identity now."*   Listening Lyrics  included a Davis native NEIL HEATON and his new release "These Times" - hear it here http://neilheaton.bandcamp.com/track/these-times"

  *Nitsuh Abebe is a story editor for the NYT magazine.

Lorena Andrea brought a whole bunch of "pop" to Listening Lyrics Mar 10th, 2017

Lorena Andrea is an English and Spanish pop singer-songwriter.

She plays guitar and piano, and she writes her lyrics by drawing from her everyday life experiences and dreams. Although she also enjoys other genres, her main influences are pop singers, like Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Jessie J, Adele, Tori Kelly, Meghan Trainor and many others. She performs regularly with her band, Lorena Andrea and the Saints, at local fairs and festivals in and around her hometown of Davis, CA. She has also been invited to sing the National Anthem for her local NBA basketball team the Sacramento Kings.  Visit her at http://www.lorenaandreamusic.com

Gospel music with Preacher on Listening Lyrics Mar 3rd, 2017

Gospel music is very powerful whether a Christan or not. It is safe to say that most people, if not all love, this type of music because it is uplifting and inspiring to the listener. The purpose of “gospel” music is in the word itself; Gospel derives from the old Anglo-Saxon word meaning “good message” or “good news”. A song is sung with passion and belief from the singer that those that hear will be touched in a good and heartfelt way. Even the musicians have a part in the beat they play, it causes the listener to be impacted.

PopeAlopes in the studio on Feb 24th, 2017

Pete and John of the PopeAlopes joined us in the studio to talk about all things PopeAlopes including the Davis/Sacramento music scene in the 80's and 90's. We also discussed the famed Olive Pit (ground zero for Davis music circa 1986-1989), in fact, the picture shown is the band in that studio. PopeAlopes was formed in 1985 by UC Davis students Pete Lohstroh, Steven Dueker, Robert Wurz and John Nelson. The band played dark, loud, reverb-drenched music with intertwining guitar arrangements like their trailblazing heroes in The Dream Syndicate and Thin White Rope. A series of demo recordings led to their first LP, An Adder's Tale, produced by True West's Russ Tolman. The band launched a US Tour and followed with other releases including Kerosene and Cavalcade. They also released and EP on Helter Skelter Records. After a lineup change saw drummer John Nelson leaving the band, they released 1999's Chrome Canary before disbanding in 2001.

Austin James Hicks - part II - Feb 17th, 2017

LISTEN NOW - Back for a second time is Austin James Hicks. Born in Berkeley, CA.he has been playing guitar since he was 8 and singing since 10. Why does he do this? To him its simple but he is still searching for the right words.

"I guess because music is sort of everything. Not everything in sense of it being all I want to do but simply that it sort of feels like it's interwoven so tightly in all aspects of my life that it almost feels silly to talk about it as if it were separate from anything else I do. I like to think that everyone has that in some way with something. But if I were to break it down to simply the act of writing, playing, and performing, it's both what is getting me through this crazy life and what makes this crazy life worth getting through."- from an interview with Federica Buonsante for The Babel Harbinger.

Jack Symes and Nat Lefkoff Feb 10th, 2017

Listen now - Jack Symes (link is external) is a singer-songwriter from the LA area but has been living in and performing around the Bay for the last 5 years. A solo act, his music embodies a folky, relaxed tone packed with emotional lyrics and a shaky moustache. Symes recently released his debut EP titled “Gargoyles (link is external)” and is now out on a 3-month long West Coast tour through April.

Nat Lefkoff (link is external): Born and raised in Davis, California, Nat has since toured up and down the West Coast throughout his high school and college careers with a variety of groups and venues. Nat focuses heavily on lyrics and melody as he composes with the goal of creating music that speaks to the experience of being human as we interact with the changing worlds around us.

What Rough Beast visits KDRT Feb 3rd, 2017

Listen now - to  What Rough Beast,  an exceptional fusion band. The talent of each individual member shines through in their music. Whatdoes that mean, a depth of sound rarely heard. What Rough Beast is Sacramento based, but their sound is not limited to one geographic location. Members are:

Jon Shapiro - keyboards

Keith Filson - guitar

David Martin - guitar

Bryant Whaley - Bass

Jesse Escobar - Hand percussion

Bob Gibeault - Drums

Mike Rice - Flute/saxophone

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Comments

Mesmerizing show Pieter. Gave me that moment of pause and allowed me to begin wrapping my arms around music and lyrics which will let calm settle in. An excellent compilation of wonderful words and sounds. Thanks.  

Love the new dimension and the seamless, feed-each-other, dimension it gives the program's back and forth banter. Great music selection and accompanying background info this week!

So good, so listenable, so smooth,and exactly my favorite style in music. Thanks Pieter and Alex.

 

What can I say; I LOVED THIS SHOW!

Additionally, I'll let you in on a secret, this was the first time that I listened to, not one, but two complete Rap songs -- and enjoyed them. :)

 

Loved the show and thoroughly enjoyed Cory. Tell him what Michael J Fox once said; "I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business."  He was excellent.

the October 3rd show was way too short. What a mellow and superbly classy hour that just blew by. Thanks!

Opadirkjan

Kind words from a kind brother - thank you

Underground Grandpa rocks!!

Thanks ed

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