What is the real power of music? (Dec. 31/Jan. 10)


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"Music hath charms," they say. So to close out the year, we're revisiting our look at the power of music.

Read on to find out what's on the show, or click the players below to listen to streaming audio. (Originally aired Sept. 27, 2011)


As a fighter pilot in World War II, there was one thing Jack Tueller always carried with him: his trumpet. He'll tell us the incredible story of how that trumpet saved him from being a sniper's victim.

What does music do for you that nothing else can? Sook-Yin turns the mic over to you for your stories.

One way of using music is to inspire political protest. Sometimes, it can even help spark revolution. That's exactly what happened last January in Egypt. Karim Adel Eissa and his hip-hop band, Arabian Knightz, got right into the thick of things - protesting in the streets and on the airwaves with two powerful songs called "Prisoner" and "Rebel." Karim joins us from his studio in Cairo to tell us about the role music played in the "Arab Spring." (Check out the video for "Rebel" below.)

Sometimes when we touch, the honesty's too much. And as Dan Hill found out, sometimes when you're in a dire situation, only a song will save you. He'll tell us his story of police, machine guns, and the amazing power of pop music.

Lullabys, as any parent will tell you, can have a magical power to put a fussy baby to sleep. But Rachel Sanders explains (with help from Neutral Milk Hotel) why not every lullaby is entirely soothing.

When did you use a song to say what you couldn't? Sook-Yin finds out how Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," Lily Allen's "F*** You Very Much," and Mother Mother's "Ghosting" have said more than words could.

Jack Tueller returns to tell us how the trumpet changed his life... and why there's nothing better than two trumpet players smooching.
Music can take us to a lot of different places. Sometimes, it can even take us into someone's heart.But the first time Tokyo Police Club's Greg Alsop tried to go there - in the third grade - he discovered a slight detour... (To hear the song Greg wrote, head to our Facebook page.)

A lot of things might go through a father's mind when he holds his newborn son for the first time. So why was the first thing Robert J. Wiersema thought of... Bruce Springsteen? Sook-Yin will talk with the author of Walk Like A Man: Coming of Age With the Music of Bruce Springsteen about how The Boss has been a major influence in his life.

Lisa Muswagon got her first hand drum since she was 14. Drumming has since become a part of who she is - she's performed all over the country as a singer and hand drummer. But Lisa will tell us how, about six years ago, she almost lost her beat.

Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy explains what music - and 600,000 music fans - were able to accomplish.

"Excuse me while I kiss this guy... rock the cat box... Oh Canada, we stand on cars and freeze." Those are a few commonly mis-heard lyrics... but James Ostime will tell us how his lyrical faux pas became the solution to an awkward situation.

As a small kid, Billy Joe Green had an idyllic life. He spent his days fishing, swimming and hunting with his family. And his nights were filled with the sound of his dad banging out tunes on a beat up guitar. But the 1950's weren't a great time to be a  four-year-old aboriginal boy, and one day everything he loved simply dissappeared... He'll tell us what happened, and how he's used music to help him deal with anger.

In 2004, Lindsay Kyte was living in Toronto, when she got a call from her dad. He said that her Nana wasn't doing well, so Lindsay got on a plane back home to Cape Breton. By the time she arrived, her Nana had died...and soon after, Lindsay found out that she was expected to sing at the funeral. And Lindsay discovered that some songs can help you remember a loved one... and other songs just make the loss even harder...

And here's this week's playlist:

Marlene Dietrich - "Lili Marlene"
Arabian Knightz (feat. Lauryn Hill) - "Rebel"
Dan Hill - "Sometimes When We Touch"
Rufus Wainwright - "April Fools"
New Pornographers - "Moves"
Nat King Cole - "Unforgettable"
Tokyo Police Club - "Favourite Colour
Bruce Springsteen - "Living Proof"
Blue Rodeo - "Try"
Lloyd Price - "I'm Gonna Get Married"
Chic Gamine - "I Don't Lie"
Ian Sherwood/Matt Andersen/Lindsay Kyte - "Nana's Eyes"
Sook-Yin Lee - "Sing" (live)

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