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Bonnie and Clyde: Star-synced lovers

February the 14th may be one of the more divisive days on the calendar. Though Valentine’s Day is meant to celebrate love — many find it cheesy, commercial, or downright depressing. Others, lean into the holiday. In the latter camp, it seems, were a pair infamous lovers from Texas. Texas Standard commentator WF Strong has the story.

My Best Day

Not every day seems easy — or even “good.” But support from those who love us can remind us that every day has the potential to be our best. Maybe it’s just a matter of perspective. That’s what inspires us about this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

The Flood

Drought has crept back over much of Texas. Now, a burst of rain provides much-needed moisture to a parched land. The challenging, perhaps heartbreaking ebb and flow of this weather pattern was the inspiration of this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Your Poem

There are folks out there who need to hear that they are loved and accepted. That was the simple but vital inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Typewriter Rodeo: Love

It feels like there may not be a whole lot new to say about love in poetry. But perhaps that’s exactly why humans can’t stop writing about it? Texas Standard listener Michael Abild requested this poem about “the creative and sustaining nature of love.”

Mixtape

This Typewriter Rodeo poem harkens back to a time when putting together a collection of songs took a lot of work — and was really something special.

Being Kind To Yourself In COVID Times

Risk, isolation, and grief are experiences that have been amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spending some time to recognize the small things, even if painful or negative, was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Love in Quarantine – Royal Teeth “Things That Make Me Happy”

Episode 5 of the “Love In Quarantine” mini-season features indie-pop outfit Royal Teeth and their bitter sweet song, “Things That Make Me Happy.” You’ll hear the confession that inspired the song as well as Zac’s interview with lead singer and head songwriter Gary Larsen. Later, Zac and Walker reflect on what we’ve learned about romance throughout our mini-season, Love In Quarantine.

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Love In Quarantine – Esme Patterson “Let’s Grow”

Episode 4 of the “Love In Quarantine” mini-season features Denver-based indie folk singer-songwriter Esme Patterson and her rejuvenating tune, “Lets Grow.” You’ll hear the anonymous confession that inspired the song and an interview of her explaining the benefits of companion planting, Kung fu, and subliminal messages.

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Love In Quarantine – GGOOLLDD “Long Distance Pandemic”

Episode 3 of the “Love In Quarantine” mini-season features Milkwaukee/Baton Rouge-based dance pop trio GGOOLLDD and their new summer bop, “Long Distance Pandemic.” You’ll hear the confession that inspired it—a budding romance suddenly turned long distance because of Covid-19 as well as how Nick and Margaret (from GGOOLLDD) navigated the early stages of their own long distance relationship. 

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Love In Quarantine – 1. Announcement

The Song Confessional Podcast returns after many months in quarantine. Back in March, the SC put out the call for confessions about people’s pandemic experiences. Turns out people are still falling in and out of love while staying inside. The Love In Quarantine mini-season features original songs from Kam Franklin (The Suffers), GGOOLLDD, Esme Patterson, and Royal Teeth as well as a brand new theme song from Walker & the crew.

 

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Quarantine Love Poem

They say sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Texas Standard: March 19, 2020

Some states say cases of Coronavirus reaching a tipping point. What do emergency officials see for the next 72 hours in the Lone Star State? Our conversation with the chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Also, real life goes online across much of the Lone Star Star, how well is teleconferencing keeping us connected?
And schools in rural Texas struggling to put together next steps in places without lots of internet access. Plus love in the time of Coronavirus. All of those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

This Song: Jackie Venson (Rerun)

In this rerun of an episode originally recorded last February, Jackie Venson explains how seeing  “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” from the movie “Evita,” changed the way she listened to music and the way she saw herself. Then she describes her journey from classical pianist to blues guitarist. It’s a tale of soul expanding love, self crushing doubt, and musical perseverance.

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Outdoor Summer Weddings

Did you get married outdoors in the Texas heat? Have you attended an outdoor wedding in the Texas summer months? This Typewriter Rodeo poem is for you.

Valentine’s Day

Chocolate is nice, wine is great — but what do most folks really want for Valentine’s Day? That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Texas Standard: February 14, 2017

Stormy weather across much of Texas today. Maybe a good time to tap the state’s rainy day fund? Lawmakers are talking about it, and so are we. Plus, what’s in a label? Or on it, to be more precise. We’ll tell you why some of the state’s wineries are pushing a bill to be pickier about what ‘Texas-made’ really means. And the fight against fake news could start in the school library. We talk to a Texan on the front lines. Plus the Texas French connection? A journalist from across the Atlantic tells us what he sees reporting from the lone star state. All that and more, coming up on the Texas Standard: