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02/02/2012

Jeanne’s Podcast Pick of the Week

Jeanne’s Podcast Pick is a weekly First Person Arts blog post that lets Jeanne, the Marketing Intern, share with you a recent story that has sparked her interest from the World Wide Interwebs. Please feel free to comment if you are moved to do so!

Like music, storytelling has the ability to influence mood and bring to surface feelings from the audience that may otherwise be stifled. When listening to a story we willing subject ourselves to the possibility of swelling up with tears, of going flush with sentimentality, of getting punched in the gut with anger or of feeling a waft of inspiration.

In a short, rather simple story from the podcast Whisper Cities, Sam Greenspan exposes The Communist Daughter, a Toronto bar that you may have otherwise never heard of. The story is brief but the use of descriptive words and live music recorded on site develops vivid imagery for the listener.

The Communist Daughter garnered in me a longing for an era and lifestyle that I have never known. It left me wanting to travel and explore and to practice my jazz singing. While listening I envisioned a romantic speakeasy where the company is close-friends and the instruments are passed around the room from one musician to the next.

I chose this podcast because it reminded me that sharing a simple short story can awaken the senses of a listener and create an opportunity for introspection. I hope that The Communists Daughter can awaken something in you.

My Pick of the Week: The Communist Daughter

Jeanne Lyons

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