Author and journalist Tim Falconer loves music with a passion, especially the sound of the human voice, breaking into song. However, Tim is tone deaf, a condition formally known as "amusic". His 2016 book Bad Singer candidly reveals the bold and emotional journey he took to uncover his amusic diagnosis. In this episode, Tim shares personal stories about his relationship to music, why the idea of singing in public is terrifying (and how he did it anyway), and how music will always be essential to his existence.
Music in this episode:
"Weakness is Strength" (Communism)
"What Light" (Wilco)
"String of Lights" (The Real Shade)
"Path of Least Resistance" (The Violet Archers)
"Wildwood Flower" (Performed by Maybelle Carter)
"Kid Thomas Boogie Woogie" - (performed by The Happy Pals New Orleans Party Orchestra)
"Silver and Gold" (performed by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros)
Bad Singer (book)
Tim on Spotify
Micah Barnes - Singers Playground
CBC Ideas - The Ballad of Tin Ears
Music Buddy would like to acknowledge Wayne Messmer, the National Anthem soloist with the Chicago Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium for 13 seasons in the NHL. In 1994, Wayne survived a gunshot attack that left his life and voice in peril. Messmer's spirit, courage, and conviction enabled him to sing again.
The theme song "Human Stuff" is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk.
Music Buddy is brought to you by Morning Run Productions.
Our team is: Jane Gowan (host, producer, editor, and audio engineer) and Tim Vesely (Producer of the Music Buddy Sessions, audio engineer, and occasional co-host).
The show's theme song, "Human Stuff," is written by Jane Gowan and Tim Vesely, and performed by Jane and Tim, with additional vocals by Steve Wright and Connie Kostiuk.
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