A Trip to The Big Apple . . And Another Great Broadcast (Back by Popular Demand)
By Helen ~ October 24, 2013
I love the musical combo we have for you this week, in a rebroadcast of one of our more popular shows to date:
The talented, feisty and enlightened rap group Flobots, a group based in Colorado but nationally known, is with us. These folks are great, known for their dynamic, original music AND for their positive, proactive activism. Plus they’re just the coolest, nicest people. Sort of perfect eTown guests don’t you think?
Also joining us, talented singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson. Truly one of the best singers I know (of course, he has a great lineage, as the son of folk rock icons – and former husband & wife musical duo – Linda Thompson and Richard Thompson). Good player and writer. Love singing with him; always honored to be able to do so. He’s a smart guy, one who’s not afraid to reveal himself emotionally in his songwriting. And it shows in his work. He’s got a bit of an acerbic, self-deprecating sense of humor but his English accent softens the blow. You’ll love him!
All this in one show, capped off with a very cool E-Chievement Award winner doing great work helping the less fortunate in Uganda
Just got back from NYC, had a wonderful week there – the weather was perfect (clear, 70 degrees every day) both in the city and upstate. A lovely drive to the latter featured several highlights: incredible Autumn colors, visits with dear family members (Nick’s Aunt Evie, cousin Ricky, my sister-in-law Pam), exploring the tiny little nearby town of Rhinecliff which I’d never done before (cool place), even a brief stay at the Beekman Arms, America’s oldest continuously operated hotel (quaint, cozy and very romantic), located in the center of the Village of Rhinebeck in the historic Hudson Valley, Nick’s ancestral home.
Back in the city, I got to see my good friend Geoff Isles (thanks for the hospitality, Geoff, so hope you’re feeling better!), my darling nieces Charlotte Chandler and Lia Livingston (AND meet their new beaus, which was great fun for this auntie) plus spent a ton of time with my dear stepdaughter Erika; even saw her band Au Revoir Simone play (they’d just returned from a successful European tour around their new CD Move in Spectrums and she was home for a week which was great). Their show rocked! They are so dang good, great writers, really soulful, love their harmonies especially. They’re on tour right now in the States; but we were thrilled she had this window of time where we could all hang out. She’a a gem.
Other than that, Nick and I took in other live music, walked endlessly around town and in Central Park (never ceases to amaze and touch my soul, that place), enjoyed amazing food in awesome restaurants . . . just had the best time. Now I’m back after a week and swamped with work (typical, right, after a vacation? Doh!). Better get back to it as a matter of fact.
Check out this week’s airing, and the videos of that show below.
Till next week,