A Musician's Life

Series produced by WXPN

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A grab bag of musicians muse about the creative and mundane aspecs of their lives. WXPN's Tracey Tanenbaum hosts this ongoing five minute weekly series

In the series A Musician?s Life listeners learn about musicians? lives first-hand. We?ll hear from performers at various stages of their career?those on the rise; those who have ?made it? and those who may be struggling for some recognition. They?ll describe both the creative and mundane sides of what they do, including:

? The biggest sacrifice they ever made for their art
? How they work with the music industry
? How they feel about critics and fans
? The realities of touring
? The stories behind specific songs
? Fall-out from writing about people in their personal lives
? Any toll their work takes on their personal lives
? Dealing with writer?s block
? Growing up wanting to be an artist
? Taking care of the voice
? Taking care of one?s health

This is a five-minute weekly series hosted by WXPN's Tracey Tanenbaum. She created the feature in 2006 and won the 2007 ACE award (Award for Creative Excellence in the Triple A category) for her efforts. Even though Tracey hosts and interviews the artists, she makes sure they take center stage, adding her voice or question only when appropriate. So AML has a first person feel. The program features a hefty-dose of each artist's music. The 5 minute length provides an option for stations looking for other content to replace NPR newscasts.

Performers include Sheryl Crow, Nick Lowe, Bob Mould, Mary Gauthier, Tegan and Sara, John Doe, Jim White, Vusi Mahlasela, Michael Penn, Kristin Hersh, Jill Sobule, Colin Hay, Tift Merritt, Jason Isbell, Francis Dunnery and more, more, more... Hide full description

In the series A Musician?s Life listeners learn about musicians? lives first-hand. We?ll hear from performers at various stages of their career?those on the rise; those who have ?made it? and those who may be struggling for some recognition. They?ll describe both the creative and mundane sides of what they do, including:

? The biggest sacrifice they ever made for their art
? How they work with the music industry
? How they feel about critics and fans
? The realities of touring
? The stories behind specific songs
? Fall-out from writing about people in their personal lives
? Any toll their work takes on their personal lives
? Dealing with writer?s block
? Growing up wanting to be an artist
? Taking care of the voice
? Taking care of one?s health

This is a five-minute weekly series... Show full description


67 Pieces

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Chris Walla doesn't take anything for granted. As producer and guitarist for one of today's most popular bands, Chris is happy his old audience re...

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  • Added: Sep 23, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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In New Zealand Liam Finn's dad Neil Finn (of Split Enz and Crowded House) is royalty. Both in the U.S. and at home Liam is trying to establish him...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio and KMXT


  • Added: Sep 22, 2008
  • Length: 05:01
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Musician Martin Sexton is a pretty happy guy. After years of struggling, he seems to have it all.

Bought by WGDR, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 16, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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Carrie Rodriguez thought she'd spend her career backing other musicians. Now the fiddler and singer songwriter has folks who back her plus a new a...

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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Chip Taylor has been a professional golfer, gambler and hit-making songwriter. He says some of his obsessions have served him well.

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  • Added: Sep 11, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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The performer known for her 1995 hit "One of Us" is back with a new album. Joan recorded "Little Wild One" as a love letter to her adoped home of ...

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2008
  • Length: 05:01
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In the early 1960's Leslie Gore's songs spoke to adolescents. With the British invasion, Gore lost her appeal to the teen set but she continued m...

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  • Added: Aug 19, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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John Doe is best known for his contributions to X, one of America's seminal punk rock bands. Nearly three decades after X's inception, John Doe is...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2008
  • Length: 05:01
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San Francisco-based roots artist Chuck Prophet loves the musician's life but never glorifies it. His songs have earned him critical praise and a h...

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  • Added: Aug 01, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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Jeff Daniels is best known as a versatile actor but he says playing music gives him greater creative freedom.

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2008
  • Length: 05:01
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Michael Penn is married to Aimee Mann-a member of indie-music royalty. He's also older brother to oscar-winning actor Sean Penn. Still Michael ha...

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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Most people confuse Sam Phillips with the man who discovered Elvis Presley and Jonny Cash. But the Sam Phillps on this edition of the feature was ...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2008
  • Length: 05:01
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Music icon Ani Difranco says she unconsciously wrote the same song over and over until she realized she was carrying old family wounds.

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  • Added: Jul 07, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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As the cliche goes Jeb Loy Nichols marches to his own drummer. It makes his life difficult. But his singularity helps yield great music

Bought by KXOT Public Radio and KMXT


  • Added: Jun 20, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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Part storyteller, part wanderer, Texas songwriter Joe Ely talks about lessons he learned from a life of travel.

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  • Added: Jun 20, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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On this edition of "A Musician's Life" Tracey Tanenbaum speaks with punk and indie rock icon Bob Mould

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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Peter Case is best known for his work with the '80's power pop band The Plimsouls, but at heart he's a folkie. Case is most at home crafting songs...

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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Former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay admits he hasn't had the most successful solo career. He's grateful the big bucks he earned with his old ban...

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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The on-line All Music Guide calls Jim White "a uniquely twisted talent". On this edition of A Musician's Life the Athens, Georgia based artist tal...

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  • Added: May 21, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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Drummer Martin Atkins is most associated with John Lydon's post sex pistols band PIL. But he's got his hands in all aspects of music, including te...

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  • Added: May 09, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
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