From up here on stage, I can see her. Even with her first lady hair and Sunday school shoes, I can’t take my eyes off of her. The music starts. I swing my hips to the thumping bass. Oh, so slowly I slip one button through a hole, then another, then another. I ease the black silk from my shoulders and toss it right toward her. I watch her pale glossy lips form a big ‘O’ before she catches it like a major league baller. The flashing lights blind me. Between beats, I can see her blue eyes zeroed in below my waist. I know what she wants. I give it to her. With a zip and a tug, the leather pants join the rest of my clothes. In my skin tight briefs, I dance just for her. With the last chord of the song, the stage goes dark. I know when the lights come up again, another guy will be dancing in my place because this is my last time. I’m not doing this ever again. It’s too bad I didn’t get her name. I really liked that shirt. But not enough to go back and claim it. If she wants me bad enough, she’ll have to find me. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael T. Bradley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/151331/bk_acx0_151331_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Sweetwater Canyon Novel – Michele´s Story Balancing a career and a relationship is never easy, and it´s even harder when you are on the road and everyone wants a piece of you. As a music major who sacrificed everything to become master of the upright bass, the last thing Michele Scott thought she´d be doing is touring with an Americana and Bluegrass band. But to tell the truth, she loves it. Not so much David Blackstone. Even though he´s irresistible, the thought of balancing her career, life on the road, and a long-distance relationship isn´t for her. Her music gives her life, yet her heart yearns for something more. A girl just can´t have it all… or can she? Trusting David is a risk that may give her everything she wants or it will close her heart forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sonja Field. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114526/bk_acx0_114526_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Brooklyn-based comedian Eugene Mirman is the stand-up king of hipsterville. He was a regular on the HBO series Flight of the Concords and now appears on Adult Swim’s Delocated — and you can see him on YouTube inventing slogans to promote Canada. Next, Merrill Garbus is the performer and multi-instrumentalist behind tUnE-yArDs — a music project that blends African-inspired rhythms and vocals with electric bass and saxophone. But she only discovered music after a failed career as a puppeteer. She tells Kurt Andersen she found musical inspiration as a student living in Africa; her mother’s ukelele, purchased at an Army-Navy store, helped her to take the plunge. Then, we asked our studio audience to tell us about their dream jobs. Eugene Mirman reads some of the responses, from ´´astronaut” to ´´artisan glass blower.” And finally, one classic reinvention fantasy goes like this: you leave a square, respectable job and write a best-selling book. Elizabeth Wurtzel did just that — but in reverse. She was in her twenties when Prozac Nation made her famous overnight. She became a rock critic and wrote a memoir about her addictions. Then she did the not-obvious thing and went to law school. Wurtzel explains to Kurt Andersen why intellectual property law is where’s it’s at. [Broadcast Date: Feburary 11, 2012] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/120211/rt_stud_120211_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alex Ross’s award-winning international best seller, The Rest Is Noise, has become a contemporary classic, establishing him as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians. Listen to This, which takes its title from a beloved 2004 essay in which Ross described his late-blooming discovery of pop music, showcases the best of Ross’s writing from more than a decade at The New Yorker. These pieces, dedicated to classical and popular artists alike, are at once erudite and lively. In a previously unpublished essay, Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history - from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin - through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. He vibrantly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters, such as Björk and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and to indie-rock hipsters in Beijing. Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, Listen to This teaches us how to listen. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001145/bk_aren_001145_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A singer calls out to the crowd. An electric bass thumps out a beat. Horns blare, and strings swirl. These are the sounds of R & B. Rhythm and blues music evolved from all sorts of sounds: swinging jazz, gritty blues, and African American spiritual songs. The music´s smooth mix of styles made it unique, and its passionate performers made it a sensation. Ever since Ray Charles hit the charts in the 1950s, R & B fans have held it down on dance floors. And R & B singers have belted out messages of love and calls for social change. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Intuitive. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lrnr/000024/bk_lrnr_000024_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cartoonist Daniel Clowes, director Terry Zwigoff, and remembering country music star Waylon Jennings on this edition of Fresh Air. Waylon Jennings died this week at the age of 64. Born in 1937 in Littlefield, Texas, he was a disc jockey at 14, and had already formed his own band at the age of 12, making guest appearances on local station KDAV´s ´´Sunday Party,´´ where he met Buddy Holly in 1955. Jennings became Holly´s bass player. In 1975, Waylon was named the Country Music Association´s Male Vocalist of the Year, and in 1976, he helped found the ´´Outlaw Movement.´´ Waylon, the authorized autobiography, was written with writer-musician Lenny Kaye in 1996. Drawn in 1950s pop culture style, Daniel Clowes´ comics are darkly humorous satires of middle class America. His graphic novel Ghost World (first published in 1993) is the basis of the film of the same name. Ghost World has just been nominated for an academy award in the Adapted Screenplay division. Clowes´ first comic book series was Lloyd Llewellyn, followed by Eightball. Clowes was the first cartoonist to contribute a comic story to Esquire´s annual fiction issue. Producer/ Director Terry Zwigoff directed the film Ghost World based on the graphic novel of the same name by Daniel Clowes. Zweigoff also directed the documentary Crumb about the life of Robert Crumb, the famous underground artist who popularized character´s such as Mr. Natural, Flakey Foont, and Keep on Truckin´. He also directed the documentary Louie Bluie. (Original Broadcast Dates: October 14, 1996 and September 6, 2001) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/020215/rt_whyy_020215_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Emma, the good girl poster child, is running from a life she suddenly sees as gray and suffocating - a life where she´s successfully buried all her hopes and secret dreams. Until the night she wanders into Aftershock and is immediately drawn to the hot bass player. The electricity of his performance, the powerful music he coaxes from his guitar, the heavy vibration of each note reaches out to something deep inside her and wakes an Emma she didn´t even know existed. Marc doesn´t much care for the groupies who hang around the band. He needs a woman he can create a future with that´s a counterpoint to the craziness of the rock music business. When he sees Emma for the first time, something inside him cracks wide open. Just one sizzling glance between them, and he´s sure he´s found the woman to complete his life. But as the relationship grows, there´s a huge stumbling block: Emma won´t tell him her name. The sex is fabulous but he wants more. Although Emma is finally finding her true self, her fear of everything falling apart builds a barrier she can´t seem to cross. Marc is taking her on the joy ride of her life, but will her own insecurities destroy everything? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathryn LaPlante. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061304/bk_acx0_061304_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sepultura have always upheld their Brazilian roots. Band members Max Cavalera (vocals / guitar), Andreas Kisser (guitar), Paolo Jr. (bass) and Igor Caverla (drums) feature in this exclusive audiobiog and share how traditional tribal music features in their writing and performances as they rose from the poverty of San Paola to become Brazil´s first international music success story.This is not a music release by the record company or band and sound quality may vary. Sepultura experiment with their music and produce a fusion of heavy metal and thunderous tribal rhythms.Determination, selling merchandise and support from the record company kept the band going in the early days. In their lyrics they confront social issues homing in on real life issues such as anger, envy and social distortion. They are driven by a rage and aggression and their fans are real people who have had their lives messed up. In this unique audiobiog the band reveal why they don´t do drugs, talk about life on the road and how they manage their success. A classic recording for the collector and fan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pete Bruen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rock/000029/bk_rock_000029_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If our bodies are in a state of constant vibration, can the right music ´´tune” our cells to good health? Dr. Candace Pert’s research has revealed that it can. It has been proven that the molecules of our bodies - not just our ears and brains - actually resonate with the music we hear. Psychosomatic Wellness features 55 minutes of healing music and guided meditation created with cutting-edge scientific research about which sound frequencies allow us to achieve harmonious integration of our bodyminds, to literally reprogram every cell to a state of greater health. With flute, percussion, vocals, and bass.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Candace Pert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/true/000387/sp_true_000387_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.