Sunday at 8:00 am
Art of the Song
Art of the Song is a one-hour, independently-produced radio show with music and interviews exploring inspiration and creativity through songwriting and other art forms.
The program is heard on over 160 stations worldwide. Learn why songwriters and artists
create, how they become inspired, and how you can tap into that creative source in
every aspect of your life. Art of the Song is not just for songwriters and musicians, as it
explores universal truths common to all creative expression. We talk with writers of folk
and roots music as well as novelists and visual artists.Our mission is to inspire listeners
to find and express their unique creative voices, and to connect and grow the worldwide
community of creative people.The show is hosted by performing songwriting duo John &
Viv and originates in the Creative Heart of the Land of Enchantment, Albuquerque, New Mexico,
Michael Batdorf March 2, 2019 | 8:00 am
Michael received his first guitar at age 12 and started, immediately, writing his own songs. After a few years, he began recording his creations in his own little studio, which had a huge impact on his craft in allowing him to explore the depths of a song beyond just a guitar and a voice.
Buffy Sainte-Marie February 24, 2019 | 8:00 am
Our guest this week on Art of the Song is the legendary Canadian-American folk singer, educator and activist, Buffy Sainte-Marie. Although Buffy’s music today is far from traditional folk, it embodies the anti-war and native rights sentiments that were prevalent in the sixties. Her music was blacklisted by the FBI during the Johnson and Nixon administrations. Despite the setback, she persevered with her music and teaching, and found a new venue, the children’s TV show, Sesame Street. In 1997 Buffy Sainte-Marie founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project, an educational curriculum devoted to better understanding Native Americans. She has won recognition and numerous awards for both her music and her work in education and social activism. We spoke with Buffy about the release of her CD, Power in the Blood.
Smokey Robinson February 17, 2019 | 8:00 am
To celebrate Black History Month, our guest on Art of the Song is the legendary Motown singer and songwriter, Smokey Robinson. Smokey’s career spans over 4 decades, and he’s received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Smokey Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. The group was Berry Gordy’s first vocal group, and it was at Robinson’s suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Record label. We had the pleasure of talking with Smokey about the release of “Smokey and Friends,” an album of duets with some of his favorite singers.