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Dar Williams: In her own words

From: David Schulman
Series: Musicians in their own words
Length: 03:30

A dinosaur nephew, El Greco, and blockbuster movies -- they're all in the mix for songwriter Dar Williams.

Darsmile300_small Dar Williams has written songs about discovering late-night Pacifica radio as a teenager, and about what can happen when Christians and Pagans sit down to Thanksgiving dinner together. She pours a lot of her own quirks, embarrassments, and lessons-learned-the-hard-way into her music. But Williams also takes a lot of her inspiration from younger people -- another tune of hers is a tribute to a cool babysitter, and she now has a new children's book out, called "Amalee." In this piece, Williams explores her affinity for kids and teenagers, and talks about some of her other sources of creativity. As in all the pieces in David Schulman's CPB-supported Musicians in their own words series, the story is told through a mix of the performer's voice and music. There is no reporter's voice heard, allowing the feature to be seamlessly incorporated into station news, talk, or music programming. Scripts for intro and outro are attached, and may be edited at will. This piece also works well pegged to local performances. Williams's tour schedule includes: 10/02 Pawling, NY, Towne Crier Cafe   10/03 New York, Battery Park   10/22 Ithaca, NY, Ithaca High School   10/23 Clinton, NY, Hamilton College   11/04 Charlottesville, VA Starr Hill   11/05 Easton, MD, Avalon Theatre   11/06  Harrisburg, PA Whitaker Center   11/19 Morristown, NJ Community Theatre 11/21 Stamford, CT Palace Theatre   12/02 Somerville, MA Somerville Theatre   12/03 New York, Bowery Ballroom   12/04 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre

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Piece Description

Dar Williams has written songs about discovering late-night Pacifica radio as a teenager, and about what can happen when Christians and Pagans sit down to Thanksgiving dinner together. She pours a lot of her own quirks, embarrassments, and lessons-learned-the-hard-way into her music. But Williams also takes a lot of her inspiration from younger people -- another tune of hers is a tribute to a cool babysitter, and she now has a new children's book out, called "Amalee." In this piece, Williams explores her affinity for kids and teenagers, and talks about some of her other sources of creativity. As in all the pieces in David Schulman's CPB-supported Musicians in their own words series, the story is told through a mix of the performer's voice and music. There is no reporter's voice heard, allowing the feature to be seamlessly incorporated into station news, talk, or music programming. Scripts for intro and outro are attached, and may be edited at will. This piece also works well pegged to local performances. Williams's tour schedule includes: 10/02 Pawling, NY, Towne Crier Cafe   10/03 New York, Battery Park   10/22 Ithaca, NY, Ithaca High School   10/23 Clinton, NY, Hamilton College   11/04 Charlottesville, VA Starr Hill   11/05 Easton, MD, Avalon Theatre   11/06  Harrisburg, PA Whitaker Center   11/19 Morristown, NJ Community Theatre 11/21 Stamford, CT Palace Theatre   12/02 Somerville, MA Somerville Theatre   12/03 New York, Bowery Ballroom   12/04 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre

Broadcast History

PRX debut.

Transcript

Keywords: Dar Williams, kids, El Greco, dinosaurs, babysitter, Musicians in their own words, WUNC, David Schulman
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Timing and Cues

Dar Williams: In her own words
(kid mix)

Tape time is 3:25 including :23 music tail. Add approx :35 for script

TAPE IN: "My nephew the other day said, 'Omigod, we're
having steak' ..."

TAPE OUT: Ends with :23 music tail Last spoken words: "...
so there's a little bit of class in waiting for the right thing
to happen."

Musical Works

all excerpts written and performed by Dar Williams

Additional Files

Related Website

http://darwilliams.com