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Beyond a Song (Series)

Produced by ISOAS Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Beyond a Song: Bob Delevante (Part 1)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Bob_d_2_240x240_small BOB DELEVANTE (PART 1) : PUBLISHED ON PRX  4 / 21 / 2017

Guest host Jason Wilber talks with singer/songwriter, musician, photographer and graphic artist Bob Delevante .
Bob Delevante is a true artist in every sense of the word. He was born and raised in Rutherford and moved to Hoboken, NJ, where he honed his trademark work ethic which led him to to Parsons School of Design where he developed impeccable photography, drawing, and design skills culminating in early design work for various national brands. All the while, Delevante was touring as a professional musician across the US and internationally.
Delevante’s diverse career includes 27 ADDY awards and an AIGA award. His work has been featured in Print magazine, Communication Arts, Create Magazine, Black and White Photography magazine, and Graphis Annual. In addition, he helped found Local Table Magazine, the premier local guide to food and farms in middle Tennessee.
Delevante now resides in Nashville, where he has kept his Hillsboro Village studio for more than 20 years. In his comfortable and creative space he mixes old gen quality with new gen media – photographing clients such as esteemed artists Garry Tallent, Abigail Washburn, Southside Johnny and Matthew Ryan or Nashville’s own Country Music Hall of Fame artifact collection; illustrating for a national ad campaigns, or designing CD packaging for recording artists John Prine and Julie Lee. Delevante has earned his reputation as a versatile designer, capable of using a range of media for vibrant large-scale projects to exquisite small jobs. He notes, “Every morning I wake up and get to do something different, which is a fantastic challenge creatively. Some days I’m shooting, some days I’m designing and then others I’m writing and recording. In the end it’s all art.”
As an accomplished and respected musician, Delevante has performed on guitar, vocals, and harmonica while touring with artists including Steve Earle, John Prine, and Emmylou Harris and has production credits with artists such as The Coal Men and Greg Trooper. To top it off, he has had a No.1 Americana album and CMT Rising Star video with his brother as, The Delevantes.
This year Delevante is releasing a highly anticipated solo album, Valley of Days. The record features 11 tracks recorded at historic RCA Studio B and co-producer Dave Coleman’s home studio featuring some of Nashville’s top musicians including Garry Tallent (bass), Amanda Shires (vocals/fiddle), Fats Kaplin (fiddle/pedal steel), Bryan Owings (drums/percussion) and Dave Coleman (guitars/pedal steel/production). Delevante performs vocals and plays guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and harmonica while sharing the producer’s chair with Dave Coleman.
Throughout his career, Delevante has maintained a work life balance, raising three kids with his wife, Ann. Now with two in college and one in high school Delevante shares that Valley of Days is a reflection of that period, noting, “It’s about making sure you look up and realize how amazing things are as you work your way through those days. The album starts with ‘Kite on the Wind,’ a song about trying to hold onto things and not letting them get away. And then it finishes with ‘The Girl Who Shines Down on Me,’ a song I wrote for my wife at our wedding. So I guess I’m going backwards…maybe looking back. Valley Of Days is a musical scrapbook.”

Musical selections include: One Moment With You, I Keep It All Back There With You, John Wayne Lives in Hoboken, Gravity Takes Hold, Simple As That, End Of The Day, You Worry Too Much, Can You Tell Me That You Love Me Too, Venice Is Sinking.

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific.

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The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel & Control How You Feel (Series)

Produced by Chuck Wolfe

Most recent piece in this series:

Burning Out and Feeling Overwhelmed - The Emotion Roadmap can Help

From Chuck Wolfe | Part of the The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel & Control How You Feel series | 55:00

Feeling_the_tension_small A study by Queendom demonstrates the linkage among emotional intelligence traits and mental health. A conversation with Dr. Cary Cherniss, an internationally recognized expert in emotional intelligence offers an excellent overview of the field and he shares his expertise regarding burnout. And finally a caller who is feeling overwhelmed finds the Emotion Roadmap to be very helpful in creating a plan to to become more calm and happy.

A Way with Words (Series)

Produced by A Way with Words

Most recent piece in this series:

Coast is Clear (#1470)

From A Way with Words | Part of the A Way with Words series | 54:00

7881106194_18a2bf1e88_m_small Our conversation about goofy German Antiwitze prompts listeners to send in their own silly jokes. For example: What's the difference between a duck? A pencil, because a duck has no sleeves!

A brother and sister in Elgin, Illinois, disagree about how to pronounce guacamole. She argues that it rhymes with whack-a-mole. She's wrong.

Speaking to a conference of judges and lawyers, Grant learns the term elbow clerk, meaning a clerk who works in the judge's chambers.

A woman in Vancouver, Washington, wants to know the origin of the phrase the coast is clear, meaning "it's safe to proceed." It most likely has to do with a literal coast, whether from the perspective of a ship at sea or guards patrolling the shoreline. The Spanish equivalent No hay Moros en la costa translates literally as "There are no Moors on the coast."

Why does it seem that more and more people start responses to a question with the word So? After hearing our discussion about sentence-initial so, a Nashville, Tennessee, churchgoer calls to say that he often hears something similar at the beginning of a prayer after a sermon or to conclude a service.

Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a quiz about people whose names are words. For example, if he asks, "Is the comedian who was one of the Three Amigos vertically challenged?" you'd answer with name of a funny man whose last name is also an adjective.

A woman who is fond of the word smitten is curious about about the word's origin. Smitten is the past participle of "smite," so if you're smitten with someone, you're struck by them, metaphorically speaking.

A San Antonio, Texas, woman who has taught at the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base, says one of her Spanish-speaking students taught her the equivalent of the pot calling the kettle black: el conejo gritando orejon, which translates literally as "the rabbit yelling 'big ears.'"

A listener in Marquette, Michigan, says her daughters criticize her for saying Where you at? They argue that the word at in this case is unnecessary. In many cases, this phrase is indeed a pleonasm, but Grant explains that in some contexts this use of the word at plays a particular linguistic role to convey additional meaning.

In response to our conversation about euphemistic terms for one's age, a listener says that he fudged his age on his last big birthday by telling friends he'd turned 21 in Celsius.

Two-hander is theater jargon for a play that features just two people.

The expression on and on like Tennyson's brook describes something lengthy or seemingly interminable, like a long-winded speaker who goes on and on like Tennyson's brook. The phrase is a reference to a lovely poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson about the course of a body of water.

To lose the bubble means "to lose track" or "lose one's bearings," and refers to the bubble in an inclinometer on an airplane or ship, much like the bubble in a carpenter's level. It's described in detail in Gene Rochlin's Trapped in the Net: The Unanticipated Consequences of Computerization.

In Australian slang, Woop Woop is a joking term for any remote town, and if you want to denote someplace even more remote, you can describe it as 50k south of Woop Woop.

A fussbudget is someone who's "ill-tempered" or "overly critical," the -budget in this term deriving from an old word for "purse" or "pouch." Variants include fussy-budget, fuss-a-budget, and fussbucket.

The words clinomania and dysania both refer to extreme difficulty getting out of bed in the morning.

If the car you bought is a lemon, it's defective. This negative use of lemon derives from the tart taste of this fruit, which first inspired an association with a sourpuss, then a generally disappointing person, and then finally a similarly disappointing product.