Indie singer/songwriter Rorie Kelly has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Sara Bareilles for her catchy-confessional songwriting style, and to Alanis Morissette and Janis Joplin for her raw powerhouse vocals. She checked in with Robin Renée to talk about life as a full-time indie musician, the entrepreneurial drive that makes it possible, and the activist determination that fuels many of her songs as well as the challenging conversations she invites on and off the stage. Rorie also shares about her latest single, “Alternative Facts,” the hopeful “If You Teach a Bird to Sing,” exploring spirituality, and more.
The Leftscape takes a breather from the anxiety-filled news cycle this week to report on two happy happenings and positive actions in the world — the sweet, inspiring Spread the Love! project that is being documented on Instagram, and the wickedly funny activism of Cards Against Humanity Hacks the Election.
This Day in History recalls the 1814 London Beer Flood and the OPEC Oil Embargo and subsequent gas rationing in 1973. Birthdays include Ziggy Marley, Gary Puckett, Irene Ryan, Arthur Miller, Evel Knievel, and Eminem. As always, the episode includes some reasons to celebrate, learn, or do something interesting. Here are a few: Inktober (Wendy Sheridan‘s Inktober drawings can be found @wendycards, Dwarfism Awareness Month, Earth Science Week, Alternative Fuel Day, National Pasta Day, National Mulligan Day, Hagfish Day, and World Vasectomy Day. Wendy also talks about Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor Who and Mary McGinley recalls that her Shakespeare teacher appeared in an early Doctor Who episode. Wendy’s description of the Comic Relief Special Doctor Who episode turns out to be a bit off; read her correction and watch the episode on the Leftscape website. Among the additional links there are Rorie Kelly’s Bandcamp site and links to a few great poets in honor or Black Poetry Day.
The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Rorie Kelly: Let’s Get Uncomfortable! (Episode 20).”