September 15, 2021

Becoming a Rockstar

What’s the road to becoming a rockstar? For Casey Harris, who is legally blind, it all started by tuning pianos. Now the 34-year old performs around the world as the keyboardist for the alt-rock band X Ambassadors. In this episode, Casey tells us about growing up in Ithaca, how his brother Sam and him would always fight as kids and how they nonetheless started making music together; also, what every newcomer band should consider when they want to be taken seriously.

On September 24th 2021, X Ambassadors will release their new album "Beautiful Liar". The interview was conducted in the summer of 2019 at Casey's house in Ithaca, NY.

Credits

Editing

Florenz Gilly and Marietta Synodis

Music

Permission to use X Ambassador's original music was kindly granted to us for free by Kobalt Music Publishing [BMI].

Songs used:
Litost, Unconsolable, Renegades, Superpower, Gorgeous.

All songs written by Adam Levin, Samuel Nelson Harris and Casey Wakeley Harris (X Ambassadors) as well as former band member Noah G Feldshuh.

Both piano pieces in the beginning and in the end of this episode are recordings by Casey Harris. The "raw, stripped-down, acoustic version of 'Unconsolable'" was recorded on a "Big Ugly Yellow Couch" (See video here.)

With special thanks to Terra Simon, Bill Reed and Ann Markwell. 

Jingle

The Fall Creek Brass Band, Richie and Rosie, Ross

 

August 4, 2021

At the Diner

In Fall Creek, Ithaca, the Lincoln Street Diner serves up comfort food...with attitude. Owner Christopher O’Brien and waitress Jolie Waite tell us what it’s like to be behind the counter, the story of “The Ziffy”, and the shenanigans that make people come back.

Credits

Editing

Florenz Gilly and Marietta Synodis

Music 

The Shoes They Wear, Caveman, Capering, Sylvestor, Chrome and Wax, Floating Whist

All tracks by Blue Dot Sessions.

Jingle

Mosaic Foundation, The Fall Creek Brass Band, Richie and Rosie

June 30, 2021

Being a Bus Driver

What does it take to be a bus driver? TCAT's Desiree Johnson is a second-generation bus driver so she's the perfect person to ask. She takes us on a tour of the job, sharing insights on life and community along the way.

Credits

Music:

Lobo Lobo., Chase and We Follow , Grumpalo

All Tracks by Blue Dot Sessions

May 14, 2021

About the Podcast

In the summer of 2019, long before COVID was a thing, a foreigner and a newfound Ithacan set out to interview the people of this peculiar town in upstate New York, seeking to answer one question: What it is that holds a community together?

Credits

Music:
Turning to You, Closer, Parade Shoes, Town Market
All Tracks by Blue Dot Sessions

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