Person & Song
By Jonny Pickett
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On the freeways of southern California, my sister Joanna used to do this thing when traffic was bad where she’d stick her head out the window and point to where she was (attempting) to merge. Now if you’ve ever driven in such a situation, you’ll understand that people don’t tend to enjoy another car taking up one more space between them and their destination. In fact, they’ll often speed up just to make sure it doesn’t happen. However, when she stuck her head out and looked at the person in the lane over, she was given the space to merge, every time. Any short or long term Angeleno knows traffic in LA is miserable, but this plea always proved undeniable. So why did this happen? When Joanna did this, her car was no longer a piece of metal getting more in the way of someone’s destination. It became a person, with a face and a destination as well. She made the situation a conversation between people. By talking to individual people from different places, news stories, stereotypes and a color distinction on a map becomes a person, with a face, with stories, families, loves and hates. We begin to see ourselves. I understand the sentiments of people I talk to don’t represent entire countries, states or even cities. However they give others a glimpse into another place– something that might be unknown to the listener. Some of the ancient Greeks believed stars functioned as holes in the dark sky, revealing only specs of a bright, unknown fire on the other side. I hope these interviews, may serve a similar purpose. This is a podcast about people, from different places, talking about music and whatever else may come up.
||CleanAdrian, Cuba||Mystery and fascination surrounds Cuba for a great many people. In this episode Adrian talks about the Cuban spirit, government, and what it means to leave such a place.||10/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGareth, Ireland||Gareth discusses the Ireland outside of its stereotypes, listening to the cosmopolitan changes that’ve happened and are still happening in the country.||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMolly, England||Molly talks about the radical and curious political states of Great Britain in recent years through the music of Billy Bragg and Kate Tempest.||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEddie, United States||With the music of Kendrick Lamar, Eddie talks about one way the concept of race is is playing out in the U.S.||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPooja, Nepal||Pooja talks about Nepal’s ancient caste system and its overall easy-going nature in the face of adversity.||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDominik, Germany||Dominik’s words on Beethoven, being Swiss/Bavarian, and big adjustments for Germany.||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaniel, El Salvador||This week I talk with Daniel about Cumbia, college and coming to America. This was formerly called the Aural Gauge podcast.||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Person & Song||Hi everyone I’ll keep it short and sweet. I’m Jonny Pickett welcoming you to the Person & Song podcast where we talk to people from around earth about their music, stories and country. Each episode I ask friends from different countries to bring a piece of music that commented on a change in their society. I really can’t wait to share these stories with you.||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Rich with culture. This podcast bonds the realities of music and life all in genuine dialogue.