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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.


Comments (2)

As God is my witness, I will stay awake for this program!

Posted by Donna | May 1, 2010 11:00 AM


well.. did you make it donna?

i did. and loved it. i know i knew the name bob franke but it didn't fall into place until the first song.
i love eliza and lvoed the interview.
i am hoping that the interview is extended and edited and if not i would encourage you to do it dale. your interview style and the comfort level the artists obviously enjoy with your interaction make me want to hear more and it appears to me that the artists are not anxious to get out of the studio and are kind of sad to see it end as i am. let them talk until they are done dale. they do not get that many opportunities to do a wonderful interview on this planet. why don't you do it and file it and let them enjoy it along with the rh public at large. bob edwards does an interview with the understanding and probing style that the artisrt seems to enjoy as much as the audience does.

for your spare time huh dale? get on it. thanks for bob franke and eliza this week and the others in the year and change you have been up to the rh transformation . it is appreciated.

Posted by tim | May 2, 2010 9:03 PM


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