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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Maxwell Riley, live in the studio on Listening Lyrics, April 8, 2022

Maxwell Riley, a Davis-based multi-instrumentalist and producer, writes music that ranges from psychedelic jazz fusion to cosmic space funk. Max is inspired by acts like Jeff Beck, Steely Dan, Nile Rogers, Dire Straits, and Pink Floyd, to name a few, and has been producing music since the 6th grade.

Nat Lefkoff recorded live in the studio, on Listening Lyrics, April 1, 2022

Nat Lefkoff is a musician "dedicated to distilling the human condition," his website biography says. "He will disarm you with a modest demeanor as his tectonic voice shifts your consciousness alongside his skillfully crafted lyrics. His acclaimed songs 'Great White Planes' and 'Damn' show off the honesty, vulnerability and intensity of his lyrics and enchanting performance style. The warm tone of his voice sweeps from an understated whisper to an erupting volcano. His performances are a visceral experience that pull at your heart until it surrenders. Nat's music is more than a collection of chords and sincere words, it is the experience of life, masterfully articulated into song."

Kevin Welch of Boca do Rio and the meaning of a grant, on Listening Lyrics, March 4, 2022

Boca do Rio was the second band to be awarded the annual Davis Independent Music Initiative (DIMI) grant, in 2021. The committee that awarded it included the 2020 winner, Davis musician Joel Daniel of the Hoots, reported the Sacramento News and Review in July 2021: "The grant is part of an annual effort to boost Davis’s music scene by providing one local band with funding. Daniel’s hope is that it offers musicians who might otherwise seek a career in Sacramento or the Bay Area the support they need to foster their talents closer to home." Applications for the 2022 grant are due by April 1.

We wrap up this show playing a Led Zeppelin song as interpreted by the Alex Jenkins Trio. Here is an All About Jazz review of their newest album, Tri-Cycle, from 2021.

Listen in, a $10K grant for Davis musicians, plus special guest Joel Daniel, on Listening Lyrics

Joel Daniel joins us this week to review the 2022 Davis Independent Music Initiative and City of Davis grant to a Davis-based musician. For more details, visit the DIMI grant page. Plus we have music from Boot Juice, Lillian Francis, Joel Daniel, Racquetbangers, Max Riley, and Stompin' Tom Connors.

Most played songs in Ukraine this week, and much more, on Listening Lyrics for Feb. 18, 2022

Ukraine has been in the news for weeks now. Let's see what are some of the most-listened-to songs are this week, on the radio, in Ukraine.

Plus music from the Alex Jenkins Trio, Boca Do Rio, Giant Rooks and AnnenMayKantereit, Gang of Youths, John and Yoko Lennon.

'Murder Most Foul,' by Bob Dylan -- an analysis, on Listening Lyrics, Jan. 7, 2022

On today's progam, Listening Lyrics plays "Murder Most Foul" and spends a little time analyzing the song. This is done by means of playing some of the music Dylan mentions in the song.

From Wikipedia: "Murder Most Foul" by Bob Dylan is the 10th and final track on his 39th studio album, Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020). It was released as the album's lead single on March 27, 2020, through Columbia Records. The song addresses the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy in the context of the greater American political and cultural history.

The song, Dylan's first original music released since 2012, generated an enormous amount of commentary. At 16 minutes, 56 seconds, it is the longest song he has released, eclipsing 1997's "Highlands" by 25 seconds.

Pieter is back in the studio, oh my -- on Listening Lyrics, Dec. 17, 2021

Yes, your Listening Lyrics producer was back in the studio. With one heck of a show. 

Songs by Nils Petter Molver, Brotherly Mud, Ekimi, The Beatles, The Trials of Cato, Fairport Convention, and even a tune written by Charlie Chaplin. Some holiday stuff, a song about Thomas Paine, and so much more. It's the last show of the year, so hope to see or hear you all next year.

Happy holidays, merry Christmas, and all the best for 2022.

Photo by Ron Lee

KDRT was named best in the nation. Let's celebrate with music, on Listening Lyrics

Earlier this year, KDRT won a 2021 Hometown Media Award from the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Community Media Foundation. Station representatives accepted the award for “Overall Excellence in Community Radio” at a virtual ceremony on June 30, 2021.

So Listening Lyrics is celebrating with music, including a song by Davis band Boot Juice.

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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. :)


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 7:01am

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.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 02/01/2013 - 5:07pm

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


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Kind words from a kind brother - thank you

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Underground Grandpa rocks!!

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Thanks ed

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