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06-04-19 | Songs for Listening | Aaron Greenhood

06-04-19 | Songs for Listening | Aaron Greenhood

Aaron Greenhood, music programmer, arts administrator, musician and longtime Music Makers staffer, picked tunes for Tuesday, June 4 at Songs for Listening. Aaron is a native of Lexington, Virginia and received his BFA in Photography & Film at Virginia Commonwealth University. In his capacity as the programs manager at Music Maker Relief Foundation, a post he's held since 2011, Aaron has supported the careers of Southern musicians carrying the legacies of the region’s rich musical heritage, including Ironing Board Sam, Robert Finley, and The Como Mamas. He coordinates Music Maker’s internationally-reaching touring program and artist sustenance grants, & has programmed stages at local NC venues like The Bullpen. In addition to the roster of artists at Music Maker, Aaron co-manages the rising string band Che Apalache.

Here's a note from Aaron on his picks:
"Perhaps tomorrow it would be a completely different list of songs. Each of these recordings speak to this moment we are living in either by providing a refuge or offering strength. Quickly: Stevie's promise of protection of safe passage through troubling times; Tracy Chapmans' wake up call originally dedicated to an imprisoned Nelson Mandela; Ironing Board Sam's lulling love song casts purple as a shade of blue; 'Mawal Nahawand', a contemporary interpretation of a 16th century Jewish liturgical song from Syria shows beautiful dedication to giving new breath to ancient traditions, and Love Unlimited's 'I Belong To You' has a rhythm that says sex in a way that is far more titillating than how contemporary music often just beats us over the head with it."

'Bridge Over Troubled Water' performed by Stevie Wonder from 'Live at Talk of the Town/1970'
'Freedom Now' by Tracy Chapman from 'Crossroads'
'Purple Raindrops' by Ironing Board Sam from 'Ninth Wonder of the World of Music'
'Mawal Nahawand' by Elad Gabbai, performed by Rofe Meshuvah from 'Ten Zemirot Ami'
'I Belong To You' by Love Unlimited from 'In Heat'


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