A Classic eTown broadcast/podcast . . And Thoughts About Patience:
By Helen ~ July 9, 2013
eTown friend Arlo Guthrie joins us for this encore airing (as one of the most popular eTown programs we’ve offered in the past several years, you’ve let us know you’d like another chance to catch it):
At the time we originally aired this one, it had been over a dozen years since Arlo had last been on the show, so you can imagine how delighted we were to see him return! The last time Nick and I had had a chance to visit with Arlo had been at the the Tonder Festival in Denmark, where both he and also Nick’s band, Hot Rize, were playing (if you ever get a chance to attend that festival, I cannot recommend it enough). It took awhile, but Arlo was able to come back to be with us for this program originally taped at the historic Boulder Theater. This particular eTown visit, Arlo brings his full band that includes son Abe (also a talented Guthrie) and the Burns Sisters (check out those sibling three-part harmonies . . . love it!). Arlo is in fine form, both musically and in the storytelling realm he’s so well known for. Seriously, this show is well worth catching – I guarantee you’ll be laughing a ton!
Also with us: One of Colorado’s favorite musical sons, Reed Foehl. He’s been on the show several times now, and we always enjoy it when he comes. He’s such a gifted singer (with what is, at times, a hauntingly beautiful voice; makes me want to cry – which is challenging sometimes when I’m singing harmony with him!) and he’s also a talented songwriter, too. I know many of you who’ve heard him on eTown in the past have let us know he’s become one of your favorite artists to listen to.
The award story this week is one of your faves too, apparently, judging from all the positive feedback we’ve gotten about it and the support our winner has reported getting since being interviewed on the show.
I’ve described this show before as one with both ‘great music and revealing (and hilarious) verbal exchanges.’ But don’t take my word for it, tune in and see for yourself. It’s a fun one this week, to be sure.
Switching gears now: You know, this injured rib thing has been an interesting lesson in patience. One cannot do anything really to fix it, except give it time. I’m nearly three weeks in, with probably as many to go. And man, it hurts. All the time. It’s always there. Sneezing, laughing, coughing are particularly painful. And forget about sleeping.
I’ve been looking for the silver lining in this particular situation (hey, I’m from Minnesota; my parents taught me to always count my blessings in hard times) and I think I’ve come up with a good one. It is that this is reminding me that things can change in the blink of an eye. Simple, but profound if you think about it. Many of us tend to look at life as something that should be rolling along smoothly; when calamity strikes, big or small, we can be tempted to look at it as a problem, a tragedy, “something that isn’t supposed to happen to me!” But lately I’ve been reminded that when bad stuff happens, it IS life, not a disruption of it but rather a part of it. I’m embracing that anyways (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). Which leads to this thought: Savor every moment; BE in the moment. And be grateful for everything that IS going right.
With that thought in mind, I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all of you: On a national (actually international) level, that includes our listeners and podcasters, our donors and supporters, our Twitter followers, eTown blog readers and Facebook friends, and our national sponsors; locally, that means our volunteers, staff and live show attendees. I deeply appreciate your belief in, and support of, eTown and its mission to combine music and respectful dialogue in order to work toward a sustainable world. We couldn’t do it without you.
So thanks. It means the world to me, and to Nick and our crew, too.
And please keep on spreading the word about the show and helping us grow!