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Shows from Season One

Welcome to our first set of interviews. What these legends all have in common is a deep love of music and talents that have unfolded over time into some very remarkable careers. What you’ll find here is intelligent conversation for the curious music lover.

The Doors

We have one of the final interviews with The Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Sitting across the table from him, and asking probing questions about one of the truly great American bands was, at times, intimidating. Ray never pulled punches. He always spoke his truth and protected The Doors’ place in music history like some fierce lion. Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger were gracious and revealing in our lengthy interview. Ray’s passing, sadly, makes this conversation even that much more special.

“I thought it was a good idea. An American poet in Paris…Ernest Hemingway in Paris, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry Miller…Jim Morrison in Paris. He goes, cleans up, writes and comes back. And yet, in the back of everybody’s mind, there was an ominous feeling…there’s the possibility that this will be the last time we see Jim Morrison…and, it was.”
Ray Manzarek

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Joshua Bell

Classical violinist Joshua Bell has recorded over sixty CDs and is in demand on the most prestigious concert stages throughout the world as both a virtuoso violinist and now conductor. When we first mentioned that we were launching our NOTES project to him, he saw the unique potential of our program and agreed to be our second guest. Wait until you see his $4 million, three-hundred-year-old violin!

“You’ve read articles about the death of classical music for hundreds of years. It, unfortunately, often takes people a while in their lives to come to discover it. It’s called classical music for a reason–it speaks to us, every generation. I’m encouraged, I see a lot of young people coming to concerts now. I just can’t imagine a world without Beethoven. It’s impossible.”
Joshua Bell

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David Sanborn

And, what can we say about sax man David Sanborn? Actually, lots. He immediately agreed to be part of this first set of interviews. As we finished rolling tape on our segment, he leaned across the table and whispered, “This show needs to be on the air!” I’ve known this incredible horn player for over twenty-five years and first saw him with the The Butterfield Blues Band back in 1967. Music greats James Taylor, Paul Simon, David Bowie, Eric Clapton and Pat Metheny think he’s not only a fine player, but also one amazing human being.

“Back then (1950s) most of the solos on pop and R&B records were played on saxophones. I just loved and related to the sound. It was a very vocal sound. These guys created this world, whether it was Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong or, whoever it was, they made their own worlds that you wanted to go into and stay for a while.”
David Sanborn

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