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 as he sends color to your ears. Now lets enter, the mother of all that is music and lyrics and the human capability of producing art.
Replays Saturday 7-8am, Sunday 12-1pm
Live Friday 4-5pm
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Rowan McGuire in the Studio. Jul 19th, 2024


As a full time musician, producer Rowan McGuire has some very observant comments about music and the business of music. In addition Rowan sang three new songs live in the studio.

Rowan McGuire is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter whose music deals predominantly with his experiences living in Northern California. Throughout his music, McGuire paves his own road— a road full of grit and innovation. His songs orbit themes of love, loss, acceptance, loneliness, and transition. Every word conveys depth, resonance, and relatability, securing his songs a spot in each individual listener’s complex life.

Replay of Paul Smaldino of The Small Dinosaurs, live in the studio on Listening Lyrics, Aug. 19, 2022

Paul Smaldino is the lead singer of The Small Dinosaurs, a strange band dedicated to singing songs about the little things that matter. Their first album, Household Songs, is entirely about household chores, and is available everywhere on the internet. Their second album, Dad Songs, is due out in 2023.  Listen in, get to know Paul, and learn a bit about little things that matter.

Special 7-11 re-airing of Bob Wertzberger on Listening Lyrics from May 6, 2016

We celebrate Bob on 7-11. Listen to this old episode now online, or via the broadcast at 3 p.m. today. Tune in at 7 p.m. tonight on July 11, 2024 to hear a special live recording of the song 7-11, and again at 9 p.m. for more tribute. You can also watch Bob perform with his full band, starting at 46 minutes in, here:

Read Autumn's blog post for more.

Replay of Favorite songs and the power they evoke, from Listening Lyrics, Aug. 12, 2022

Asking someone to select their top 20 songs is difficult, and picking just one is impossible. But that's what we have today: one favorite song from each of several people, along with the reasons it's their favorite. I left the genres open.

Music is a mystery that touches us on so many levels at so many different times. It can make us happy, sad, or melancholy. Or maybe we're drawn to the music itself, or to the lyrics; or for many of us a song offers a look back in time that allows us to relive a past moment.

On today's show, we play songs chosen by Karin Pastoor Husebosch, Carol Hess, Rod Rodriguez, Preacher, Ed Branam, John Caroll, Jeanne Pastoor, and me, Pieter Pastoor. Listen to the stories and be moved by the power of music.

Replay of Bapu Vaitla guest hosts show about community and radio, on Listening Lyrics, Dec. 2, 2022

Davis City Councilmember-elect Bapu Vaitla hosts this special edition of Listening Lyrics. Community radio has an important role in providing the music and comments that are the fabric of what makes a community thrive. He discusses this topic with guest Pieter Pastoor, the show's usual host, in between music that reflects their thoughts.

Music, discussions and the love of community make this hour a special treat. Listen over the air, via streaming on, or on most podcast apps under the name Listening Lyrics.

Vices To Virtues live in the studio, on Listening Lyrics, May 31, 2024

Vices To Virtues is a powerful dynamic duo group with musicians David Martin and Violet Brown blending elements of folk, jazz, world, funk, psychedelic rock and dub with intricate vocal harmonies and powerful conscious lyricism.

Spend some time with a couple of  musicians as they radiate their love of music.

Just some tunes that entered my ear canal, on Listening Lyrics, May 17, 2024

There's no guest this week, due to a change of plans. So I picked some tunes that caught my attention as something new, or as something I forgot about but liked.

Included are a couple of local artists, The Philharmonik and Rumi Shimada. Check out the playlist below . Clean your ears, sit back and enjoy.


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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.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 02/16/2014 - 6:46am

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. :)

Submitted by Pieter Pastoor on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:41pm

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

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 12/08/2013 - 5:19am

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.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 11/24/2013 - 8:31am

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.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 11/10/2013 - 6:52am

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.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:57am


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.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 2:50pm

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.  

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/20/2013 - 2:55pm

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!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 5:20pm

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


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 03/03/2013 - 4:15pm

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