“Genevieve” | The Sound of Home (Episode 1) | The PlainStory Podcast | NET Nebraska

“Genevieve” | The Sound of Home (Episode 1) | The PlainStory Podcast | NET Nebraska


Genevieve: Yeah, that
right there, that’s how I want to start my podcast. I’m Genevieve Randall. I’m a music nerd. And I’ve done a lot of
radio but I’ve never taken on a project
quite like this. I’m stepping out of the
studio and I’m going to take you with me on a
personal journey to hear the sounds of the town in
which I live and I’m going to take you all
over, from here. Genevieve: To here. Genevieve: And maybe we’ll
swing around to over here. Genevieve: This is going
to be fun, but first a little bit about me. You ever have someone
ask you if you’ve been somewhere like Dallas or
Minneapolis or Denver and you have that moment where
you pause and think, well, I have been there but only
in the airport or only driving through. I didn’t stop. I didn’t meet
anyone from there. So does that really count? You know that feeling? Well, I started wondering
that about the place I’ve lived in my entire life. You’re listening to The
PlainStory podcast, season 2. This season we’re
exploring the concepts of home, identity and music. What is home? Kinan: My personal way of
looking at home is it’s the place that you have
to contribute to without having to justify it. Genevieve: That’s
Kinan Azmeh, a renowned clarinetist and composer
from New York City. We’ll be talking with him
and other musicians like Hassan Khalil who
lives in my town. Home for him is
something different. Hassan Khalil: I say home
where my kids are, my mom, my parents’ house
or our house. Genevieve: But home could
also be an idea, a place you can go to, if not in
reality, in your mind. Zeyad: I go back in memory
to my village, especially when I play music. Actually I feel
I’m there. Genevieve: That’s Zeyad
Sheikh and this is his music that takes him to
the home of his past in Iraq. Since I’m a music nerd,
these are the ideas I want to explore. I want to know what
the role of music is in creating a sense of home. We’re going to meet people
where I live, Lincoln, Nebraska, and knock down
some of the myths about the meat and potatoes
image of the Midwest. We’ll listen to music
being created right here on the Great Plains, but
with roots from all over the world like Zia
to Yazidi music. And this music that
travels from Syria and New York. How does all that play in
minds and hearts to create a sound of home or in the
case of guitarist, Daniel Martínez, how it
colors their memories? Daniel: Hey, my dad used
to play a lot of classical music at home as a
way to wake us up. Sounding alarm. Yeah, I hate it. Genevieve: It’s Friday
morning and I’m up, mostly, at 7:00 AM. Be good, see you later. Genevieve: Last night I
was working a bit late organizing music, laying
out the timeline of how I’m going to interview
different guests live on the radio for an hour. This is my life. Maybe you’ve heard me on
NET Radio, Nebraska’s NPR station. Genevieve: Starting off
this morning concert here on this Thursday with
a piece by Tchaikovsky. The on… Genevieve: Yup. That’s my radio voice. Usually when people ask me
about my job, I say I am the music director and a
weekday host for the local NPR station. I play mostly classical
music, but I do step it up to the 20th and 21st
century when I host another program
called The Verge. Genevieve: … radio for
two hours of music on The Verge. Genevieve: And every
Friday I interview musicians, performers and
artists for a live arts and culture show
called Friday Live. Genevieve: Good morning
and welcome to Friday Live here on NET Radio, live
from The Mill in Lincoln’s Haymarket. Genevieve: In my life
there’s one big common thread. And that’s music. I’ve been a musician
my whole life. I started playing
recorder at age four. I’ve been playing flute
since fifth grade. These days, I try to
play as much as I can in different ensembles and
when I’m not playing music, my job is to talk
about and bring other people’s music to
listeners across the state. Genevieve: … the award
and that Yo-Yo Ma is just such a nice person even
with the international music career that he has. Yo in his name in
Chinese means friendship. Genevieve: Which by the
way I also get to serve as a bit of an ambassador for
my home state, Nebraska and I am fiercely
proud of this state. Yes, Nebraska. I know what people say. Speaker 6: …
attract vacationers. Earlier this week they
unveiled a new campaign ad with… Genevieve: It’s
not for everyone. Stephen Colbert: They just
revealed its actual new slogan, Nebraska,
honestly, it’s not for everyone. Genevieve: But that’s part
of what I love about it, Stephen Colbert. The destinations
aren’t obvious. In Nebraska, if you
search a bit, you’ll find wonderful surprises and
I pride myself on finding them. Friday Live is sort of
a testament to that. Genevieve: At 11:00 AM,
experience Andean cultures through storytelling and
traditional South American instruments. Genevieve: My job takes
me all over the state. We frequently do our
shows on the road and I absolutely cherish finding
out who and what is down the next country highway. There’s Stromsburg,
the Swedish capital of Nebraska. There’s Lexington where
amongst the corn and soybeans you’ll find
panaderías and a Sudanese restaurant advertising
fresh camel’s milk. I love being reminded that
Nebraska has always been made up of so many
different cultures. Genevieve: So in this
podcast, I want to take my passion, music and test
its ability to find connections among those
different cultures. Music is a universal
language, it’s stated as truth, but I want
to see it in action. Join me as we start a
conversation about how we hear one another in
season 2 of The PlainStory podcast, which we’re
calling The Sound of Home. On the next episode, I
travel only a few blocks to discover a world
I never knew existed. Genevieve: The PlainStory
podcast, the Sound of Home is produced by
NET Nebraska. I’m your host,
Genevieve Randall. Our producer is Brian
Seiferlein, and our associate producer
is Monica Star. Our field audio is by
Emily Kreutz, Nathan Todhunter, and
Andy Bigham. We had editing from Alex
Epperson and mixing by Nathan Todhunter. Our graphics are
by Joe McMullen. Bill Anderson is our
radio network director. Chad Davis is our
executive producer. Special thanks to Golden
Studio, Eric Higgins and the Lincoln Crossroads
Music Festival. See you on the next episode.

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