Back in March, I was in Chicago. Late at night, lying in bed, I had the radio set to WFMT, the great classical music station playing softly in the background. It was in the middle of some non-classical program, which they sometimes do on the weekend and very late, this was probably around 1 AM. It was so soft, and I wasn't playing close attention, but the more the sounds seeped in, I was intrigued by what I was hearing, and turned the volume up to hear better what this thing was.
It turned out (as I discovered from research the next morning) to be an NPR series that Michael Feinstein does, called Song Travels, where he features an specific performer and goes through their career, talking about it and having them play on record, in studio, and sometimes with Feinstein joining in.
What caught my ear was that this was an hour with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul and Mary. And it was very enjoyable and interesting. Yarrow's voice is no longer strong -- he's 75 at this point -- though he sings with great passion, which is half the battle with folk songs. Stookey, though, is still in great voice, and he's a year older.
I'd have posted this earlier, but initially the most I could find were 10-15 excerpts. I guess after a bit of time has passed, they post the whole thing. Here it is. I can't embed the show, but if you click here, a website will open with a music player, and the show will start automatically.
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