September 2021: Remembering...
air date: Saturday, September 11th at 8pm EDT
Correction: This month’s live show incorrectly attributed a song to local artist Lauren Grace. Here is the song that should have been streamed live, aptly titled, “Songwriter”. It has been fixed in the full playlist below.
It’s September and time for another installment of Acoustic Blend! This month we are building on last month’s theme (back to the beginning) and taking a closer look at memory. There are a LOT of local artists this month, so let’s jump in!
We’ll lead off with a track from Malachi Jaggers’ latest release, Fearless. How we remember something often informs our present state of mind (more on that shortly). Malachi produced both of my albums, and listening to this makes me want to get back into the studio. Go ahead and put this one on repeat.
We’re featuring (remembering) a number of local artists this hour, including June IND, Joe Peters and Michael Kelsey, Lauren Grace, Michael Longcor, and yours truly. Many of us are connected through the Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana (SAMI). It’s an incredibly supportive community, as evidenced by June IND’s recent participation in #philanthrocky to support SAMI through streaming.
And lest I forget, you’ll have the opportunity to see many of these fine folks live next month at the Delphi Opera House, celebrating the release of the 27 track double-album entitled Collaboration. Mark your calendars for Friday, October 15th at 7:30pm and grab tickets at the opera house website.
As we near the top of the hour, we’ll turn our attention toward how memory affects our mindset and view of the future. I’ve learned (and forgotten, ha!) a lot about memory from Caroline Leaf — for example, memories are actually physical structures in the brain, and the brain doesn’t really differentiate between past/present/future. If we are thinking about something, then at some level in our being it is actually occurring. Whoa, we are getting deep here!
We’ll pause for a reading of The Heron by Wendell Berry, and I do hope that some forgotten goodness comes to mind in the space between.
And as we remember this weekend the 20th anniversary of 9/11, may we remember the lives lost, those who have fought and died, and their willingness to pay the ultimate price. May we remember the best of humanity and the daily mercies of God.
Acoustic Blend airs this Saturday, September 11 at 8pm EDT on WBAA AM 920 in Lafayette / West Lafayette, and streaming liveon wbaa.org. You can view the playlist at barrettmyers.com and below, once the show airs.
For more, see Switch On Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf
I also recently learned that the Hebrew word for testimony (and remember) actually means “do it again.” Amazing!