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Trial Balloon: February 26, 2010 Archive

Something of Value

Posted at 6:00 AM on February 26, 2010 by Dale Connelly (29 Comments)

Many thanks and a tumultuous round of applause to all the Radio Heartland listeners who have taken the time and gone to the expense of supporting this service directly with your contributions. Your decision to become a member adds something of lasting value to this enterprise. You are the real force behind Minnesota Public Radio - there would be nothing here without you, so take a bow. You deserve it!

Today we'll hear a studio session that I recorded yesterday with singer and songwriter Bill Staines. Bill came up in the Boston folk scene - he's been at this songwriting business since he was a teenager. That's more than four decades making up and performing tunes without having another full time job along the way except for a five year stint at Sears Roebuck. That's remarkable.

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Bill says his aim is to create something of value - a difficult thing to quantify and somewhat intangible when the product of your work is as amorphous as a song. You don't know if you've met your goal until you do - the kind of moment Bill says he recognizes through isolated incidents he calls "little victories."

We'll hear the interview with Bill twice today - at 9 am and 1 pm, immediately following "The Dale Connelly Show".

Does your work create a physical product that has weight and takes up space? Is it electronic? A service, rather than an object? Does it defy description?

How do you know when you've done your job?

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