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Trial Balloon: February 7, 2009 Archive

A Charming Couple

Posted at 7:00 PM on February 7, 2009 by Dale Connelly (4 Comments)

Neal and Leandra are as normal as people can be when they're artistic and incredibly talented and also married to each other.

They are the anti-Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

How so? They simply don't let the great singer / great songwriter aspect of their personalities intrude on the ordinariness of their home life. You get the feeling Brad and Angelina have to struggle to clash over mundane things. With BrAngelina, it's always whether or not we adopt another child and whose turn is it to be in new Hollywood blockbuster and which part of the globe should we try to save next? With NeaLeandra it's obvious from the moment you meet them that they could casually break your heart with a beautiful ballad and then turn around and have a nice week-long feud with each other over whose turn it is to take out the trash. That's the common touch, and that's why Neal and Leandra are this week's guests on Radio Heartland, Saturday night at 9 pm on MPR news.

And we'll hear some songs chosen by listeners for the Radio Heartland Musical Economic Stimulus Package. Nobody knows if it has the slightest chance of making a difference, but we had fun considering the myriad possibilities and tossing a few tunes out there just for the heck of it.
All the money's already gone.
What have we got to lose?

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