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.
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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.


The return of Alex Roth on Listening Lyrics, May 10, 2024

Heads up. Before you listen, please note that the last 10 minutes or so of the broadcast we had some technical diffulties.

Alex Roth is an institution in Davis and Northern California. It's been a few years since I've heard him sing live, and boy, have I missed it. In this hour Alex plays a few tunes he has recently written. During the past few years he has spent a lot of time on many of the oceans of the world. He does this as he works for International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).

On today's show Alex talks a bit about his work and creating new music, but mostly he sings his tunes. I was blown away by his guitar work, his voice, the lyrics, and of course the music. He's a very talented musician, but even more his joy as a human being shines through in this broadcast. I was lucky to catch him for his short stay in Davis.

Let's create music with Kunwoo Hong, on Listening Lyrics, April 26, 2024

My personal choice is to be around creative people. That of course does not only mean music, but today it does. I spent an hour with a jazz musician who is not only creative but also very articulate about his creative process.  Kunwoo Hong creates music on his laptop with a program called Note Flight. He plays piano, but his true love is percussion. Kunwoo spent the hour going through his process of creating a song along with some of his finished work. Listen and marvel at how we humans thrive on creativity.

Where are they now? Hits from the past, on Listening Lyrics, April 19, 2024

In this hour we listen to some past one-hit (or more) wonders, and learn what happened to the singers and writers.

Check out the playlist. It is amazing how some of these songs became part of our musical heritage.

Jacob Johnson & Henry Humphrey of Cowboys After Dark, on Listening Lyrics, March 22, 2024

Jacob Johnson and Henry Humphrey of Cowboys After Dark share their thoughts on how music is a language that is universally understood. These two gifted musicians can also articulate what they mean using the common language we know as English.

Jacob and Henry treated us by playing a couple of songs live on the air. Jacob allowed Listening Lyrics to debut "Fungus Funk," an original song from an upcoming rap/funk album aimed at communicating science (especially ecology) to middle- and high-school students and the general public.

Max Van Dyke & Julian Dean talk and sing music, on Listening Lyrics, March 15, 2024

The Big Poppies keep transitioning themselves into an extremely talented and tight band. Members Max Van Dyke and Julian Dean, who occasionally perform as a duo, talk about both the band and themselves as a duo in this episode of Listening Lyrics. During the show they share a cut from an upcoming album. I was blown away by it.

Listen for a glimpse into the sound of the Big Poppies.

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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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