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Playlist: Pieces that inspire me

Compiled By: Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs

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Whenever I'm learning a new skill, I seek inspiration and models. Here are pieces that ignite my creativity and give me guidance.

The Decisions Project (Series)

Produced by Aengus Anderson

Most recent piece in this series:

The Decisions Project - 29 - Asking for Help

From Aengus Anderson | Part of the The Decisions Project series | 05:31

Cover_small During the summer of 2010, producer Aengus Anderson rode his motorcycle around North America and interviewed 220 people about the hardest decisions they had ever made. A cross-section of their conversations are presented here as The Decisions Project.

Vidal Sassoon: Inspired by Architecture

From Sarah Lilley | 03:31

In this evergreen single-voice portrait, renowned hair designer Vidal Sassoon discusses one of his greatest artistic inspirations with charm and intimacy.

Mary_quant_small In this evergreen single-voice portrait, renowned hair designer Vidal Sassoon discusses one of his greatest artistic inspirations with charm and intimacy.

Short List #4

From David Green | Part of the Short Lists series | :48

A collaborative “Short List” poem which sheds light on the thoughts, secrets, senses of humor and lives of eight and nine-year-olds. Can you figure out what werewolves, computers and dresses have in common before you are told at the end?

Playing
Short List #4
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David Green

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As part of a two week, all-school (K-12) Poetry Festival at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, IL, Third Grade Audio produced our first “Short Lists” for one of the poetry assemblies. We continue to write and record new short lists each year.

We first learned about Short Lists from producer Jay Allison during his keynote speech at the 2007 Third Coast International Audio Festival Conference.

What is a Short List? “It's a list you create from your experience or research or daily life. You read it out loud for about 60 seconds and then tell us at the end what the list WAS." (transom.org)

Here at Third Grade Audio, we think of them as a combination of a list poem and a riddle. We wrote Short Lists of all kinds and then took some of our favorite topics written by individual third graders and created group Short Lists – writing, recording and producing them jointly. We played them for an audience of roughly five-hundred people during the Poetry Festival.

Each Spring, a new set of third graders adds to our Short List series. 

Third Grade Audio
"See" the world through third grade ears

The Okie Dish (Series)

Produced by This Land Press

Most recent piece in this series:

One Banshee and One Sunrise

From This Land Press | Part of the The Okie Dish series | 04:23

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Caldwell O’Keefe was part-owner of and bartender at Nine of Cups, a restaurant and bar on Tulsa’s Boston Avenue. In the 1970s, O’Keefe mixed drinks while the likes of J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt ate, drank and occasionally climbed the ladder to rock out on the Cups’ tiny, elevated stage.

The restaurant and bar was named after the Nine of Cups tarot card, which signifies frivolity, merriment, feasting and good fortune. “Callie” O’Keefe kept spirits high by serving popular cocktails of the era, including the Tequila Sunrise and the Banana Banshee.

 

 

Tequila Sunrise

Herradura Reposado Tequila

Simply Orange orange juice

Grenadine

Ice

Fill a large glass 1/3 of the way full with ice. Pour in a generous amount of tequila, eyeballing about half-a-glass full. (Callie considers Herradura Reposado Tequila one of the better brands because it’s filtered through charcoal, which takes away some of the bite.) Add Simple Orange orange juice (he calls it “the next best thing to fresh squeezed”). Add a splash of grenadine to get the sunrise. Sip. Smile. Repeat.

 

Banana Banshee

No, not the feminine spirit of Irish lore. The luscious drink that, if you’re not careful, will have you wailing:

 

Banana liqueur

Vodka

White creme de cacao

Cream

Ice

 

Fill a mixing glass with ice and pour in 1/2 ounce banana liqueur, 1/2 ounce vodka, 1/2 ounce white creme de cacao and 1 1/2 ounces cream. Shake vigorously and strain into a large glass. Sip. Smile. Repeat. At some point, you’ll probably begin to dance.

Voices from Pie Town

From Aengus Anderson | 06:30

Pie Town, New Mexico: population 90. Over the past thirty years, this small town perched atop the continental divide has become a mecca for pie aficionados from across the Southwest. But the festival is about more than celebrating good pie, it is about a rural community struggling to raise money for basic social services. It is also about visitors from distant cities, people who feel a lack of community in their own lives and attempt to find it, if only for a weekend, in Pie Town.

Pie_small Pie Town, New Mexico: population 90. Over the past thirty years, this small town perched atop the continental divide has become a mecca for pie aficionados from across the Southwest. But the festival is about more than celebrating good pie, it is about a rural community struggling to raise money for basic social services. It is also about visitors from distant cities, people who feel a lack of community in their own lives and attempt to find it, if only for a weekend, in Pie Town.