Indie singer/songwriter Rorie Kelly has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Sara Bareilles for her catchy-confessional songwriting style, and to Alanis Morissette and Janis Joplin for her raw powerhouse vocals. She checked in with Robin Renée to talk about life as a full-time indie musician, the entrepreneurial drive that makes it possible, and the activist determination that fuels many of the songs as well as challenging conversations on and off the stage. Rorie also shares about her latest single, “Alternative Facts,” the hopeful “If You Teach a Bird to Sing,” exploring spirituality, and more.
The Leftscape takes a breather from the anxiety-filled news cycle this week to report on two happy happenings and positive actions in the world — the sweet, inspiring Spread the Love! project that is being documented on Instagram, and the wickedly funny activism of Cards Against Humanity Hacks the Election. This Day in History recalls the 1814 London Beer Flood and the OPEC Oil Embargo and subsequent gas rationing in 1973. Birthdays include Ziggy Marley, Gary Puckett, Irene Ryan, Arthur Miller, Evel Knievel, and Eminem. Here are some of the reasons to celebrate, learn, or do something interesting: Dwarfism Awareness Month, Inktober (Wendy Sheridan‘s Inktober drawings can be found @wendycards, Earth Science Week, Alternative Fuel Day, National Pasta Day, National Mulligan Day, Hagfish Day, Black Poetry Day, and World Vasectomy Day. Wendy also talks about Jodie Whittaker as the new Dr. Who and Mary McGinley recalls that her Shakespeare teacher appeared in an early Dr. Who episode.
Wendy and her husband celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on October 22nd. Congrats and a very happy anniversary to Wendy & Rich!
Things to do:
Visit Bandcamp to stream and download music by Rorie Kelly.
Explore the work of some great black poets in honor of Black Poetry Day:
Watch a snippet of Mary’s Shakespeare teacher, Tina Packer, on Dr. Who circa 1968:
Watch Wendy open her Cards Against Humanity Midterm Pack:
Watch the Comic Relief Dr. Who episode Wendy mentions on this show. She says, “I had it totally backwards! Gah! Dr. Who is played by Rowan Atkinson and the Master is played by Jonathan Pryce. Juila Swahala is the companion. Actually, there are five actors playing the doctor in this comedy episode: Rowan Atkinson, Richard E Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, and Joanna Lumley.”
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