Mary Oliver: I Don’t Want To End Up Simply Having Visited This World

I find that as the world seems ever more bleak, I enjoy turning to the poetry of Mary Oliver. Her poems of disappointment, hope, and eventual learning from the natural world can get me through to the next day.

Here then is Arts Express favorite, actress Mary Murphy, superbly voicing a selection of poems by Mary Oliver.

Click on the mp3 link or arrow above to hear the poems as broadcast today on the Arts Express radio program, heard on WBAI FM NYC and Pacifica affiliates across the nation.

Hey Guys, Watch This: Nellie McKay

I was so happy to be speaking again with the inimitable Nellie McKay, a starburst of humor, talent, skill, and insight. She’s a superb and courageous singer/songwriter with nine albums including Get Away From Me, Sister Orchid and her latest album, Hey Guys, Watch This. We talked about her new album of original songs, and a host of other topics including animal rights, the War in Ukraine, the COVID lockdowns, and more.

Click on the triangle or mp3 link above to hear the interview as broadcast on the Arts Express radio program today, heard on WBAI FM NYC and Pacifica affiliates across the nation.

To The Lighthouse Interview

I’m grateful to Stephanie Schubert, Operations Coordinator of the Pacifica Network, for conducting and publishing this interview she did with me about the recent Arts Express production of To The Lighthouse. At the end of the article, you’ll find a link to our podcast page, if you’d like to hear the production.

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

Monday morning, a really excellent cover with three part harmony and Toni Lindgren’s big guitar. Lauren O’Connell on lead and Elle Cordova backing up.

More at Sunday Mornings HQ

Tuesday’s Tunes

For the first time since I started this blog, I didn’t post a song on Monday–somehow I got confused about Labor Day and didn’t realize it was Monday yesterday. Anyway, here’s a special treat to make up for it: Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore with a perfectly delightful medley.

Thanks to YouTuber vintage video clips


What a cast of hilarious looney tunes SCTV bred!: Eugene Levy as the host, and Catherine O’Hara, Joe Flaherty, John Candy, Andrea Martin, and Dave Thomas as the eager high school contest students.

Thanks to YouTuber dp6899

Summer’s End

One of the great songs that John Prine wrote in the last part of his career. Like the lyrics of Paul Simon, Prine’s lyrics tells you just enough about the story to intrigue you, but open enough to let you complete it with your own experience.

Click on the video above to play.

Thanks to YouTuber Radio Heartland