Listening Lyrics

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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.
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Nick Zhilin (Николай Жилин), a Musician in St. Petersburg, Talks About Music

Nick Zhilin - Look who I found.

On my photo Instagram account (pastoorpics), I have followed a fellow photographer (emptynous_photo ). I noticed that he is also a musician. That's when the roots for this interview were planted.

Nick Zhilin (Николай Жилин) was born, raised and lives in St. Petersburg, Russia. He grew up in a family with three brothers; his mother encouraged his musical studies. Nick plays the piano, guitar, and loves to perform on his Balalaika. He writes his own songs, and experiences what many young musicians do, mainly perfecting their music in their spare time.

Nick is also involved with his university in the study of world religions and philosophy.

Adrian West Has a True Musical Compass: the Interview, Oct. 30, 2020

Ask Adrian what kind of music The Adrian West Band  plays, and he'll say "Yes." Or if he's feeling cocky, he'll say "Good."

The longer answer: original acoustic rock that sounds like Paul Simon meets Dave Matthews, plus rock & jazz covers and instrumentals. The full quartet features vocal harmonies, guitar, electric violin, bass, drums, alto sax, and a bit of live "looping”. Duo and trio formats also happen.

Sylvie Simmons' 'Blue On Blue' is Extraordinary: The Interview, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020

Sylvie Simmons writes about music, and plays music. She's an award-winning rock journalist - one of the very few women included among the predominantly male rock writing elite - and a best-selling author whose books have been translated into more than 30 languages.

Her most recent books are last year's Face It: Debbie Harry and, in 2012, the definitive Leonard Cohen biography. She has also written books on Johnny Cash, Serge Gainsbourg and Neil Young.

After four decades of writing about music and musicians, Sylvie did the near-impossible and crossed over to being a singer-songwriter herself, accompanying her original songs on a ukulele. Signing a record deal in 2014, she released her debut, Sylvie, which the UK Guardian called "one of the most beautiful albums of the year."

The Genius of Greg Tressel and His Music, on Listening Lyrics, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

Greg Tressel is this week's guest. 

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Greg was exposed to wide range of musical styles, from psychedelic rock and blues, to the Bakersfield country sounds of central California. Starting bands as a teenager, and as a young man moving to Nashville with a songwriting -publishing contract with the Paramount Music Group, he continued to write and play his music.

Through the years, Greg moved into the management and promotion part of the music business, working with such artists as John Hiatt, Joe Bonamassa, and B.B. King. He now lives in southern Oregon.

Songwriting has always been his first love, and in the past few years Greg has released three diverse original albums of new music: “The Hard Way,”  “Ankle Deep in Love,” and his current “Half Way There,” which features the single and video  “Keep Facing the Sunshine.” It's a very upbeat song for our times.

Alex Jordan is More Than a Subtle Musician: the Interview, Friday, October 2, 2020

Alex Jordan was born to music, playing first trumpet, then bass, then guitar—and always singing.  His musical influences ranged from jazz to musical theatre.  He studied his father’s extensive CD collection, in particular the Grateful Dead section, which considerably expanded his perception of what was music.  Listening to a live album, he had a revelation when he heard a passage in which silence was clearly part of the music. “It was quantifiably, certifiably, distinctly music, and it was dead silence. I’d never heard anything like that.  I don’t know that I became a Deadhead at that moment, but I sure got it.”

Homebase, The Journey (in music) of Creating a Home. Aired September 25, 2020

A very SPECIAL show indeed. Its an anniversary and a wedding weekend - from personal ones to KDRT celebrating its 16TH.

A gratitude in song for weddings and anniversaries. Weddings are all about creating a homebase for you and those closest to you. Anniversaries celebrate the base that has been established. Listen to what Listening Lyrics has for you this week. Enjoy

Check out the attached playlist for song details.

Estelle California Shares Her Music and Vision on Listening Lyrics, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020

Estelle California is a singer/songwriter born in France. She started playing the piano when she was 5 and went on to study saxophone. Later, she was formally trained in opera. Her current life is a far cry from her childhood in France, where she suffered physical and mental abuse, and lived in an environment where she saw many people being discriminated against.

Estelle is a passionate artist, musician, writer, and activist dedicated to shining the light of resilience and bringing forth social healing throughout the world. Her single "Black is the True Light" has garnered significant media attention and resonated with people all over the globe.

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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.

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. :)

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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