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Trial Balloon: May 1, 2010 Archive

Bob Franke & Eliza Gilkyson

Posted at 6:00 AM on May 1, 2010 by Dale Connelly (2 Comments)
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Tonight on Radio Heartland on MPR news stations, I'll talk with two of America's finest songwriters.

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In hour one, Bob Franke stops by for a conversation about key elements that make a song powerful. With compositions like "Hard Love" and "Thanksgiving Eve", Franke shows how a song can get inside complicated relationships and describe simple but profound emotions. He is highly regarded as a teacher and performer and regularly leads songwriting workshops at festivals coast to coast. We'll talk about his craft and what Joni Mitchell once called "useful songs."

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In hour two, Eliza Gilkyson visits to talk about her masterful 2008 recording "Beautiful World". She admits to saying things in this song collection that made some people uncomfortable at the time, but I contend that events have made her look like an oracle. We'll talk about sustainability, hairstyles, her interest in "big systems" that influence how the world works, and the importance of having fun.

Bob Franke and Eliza Gilkyson tonight from 9 to 11 on Radio Heartland on MPR News Stations. This program will also be heard online on radioheartland.org at noon on Sunday and at 6pm on Monday, May 3rd.

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