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Playlist: An Ode to Independents Everywhere

Compiled By: PRX Administrator

 Credit: Lynn Beavin, Independent Producer in Bloomington, IN
Image by: Lynn Beavin, Independent Producer in Bloomington, IN 
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Harold

From Josh Hernandez | 03:00

Reflections on a life well lived.

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Harold
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The inspiration for 'Harold' was the concept of 'identity.' What makes a person who they are? It might be possible to think of each person's life as a story, and each person's identity is how they tell that particular story. However, one side of a story is never the whole truth. In my mind, a person's identity is made up of their ideas of themself, and also it is made up of the story that each other person tells about them. To me, each story someone tells about a certain individual is the story of a different person. And each of those different people, each of those different stories, make up the singular identity of an individual. So the purpose of this piece was to find those other stories, to portray a person's identity without ever talking to them.

'Harold' took a very personal turn when my grandfather passed away rather quickly one day. The interviews for this piece were done the day of the funeral. They were conducted with close family members who felt like sharing fun stories of Harold and who he was. The two people heard here are his wife and daughter, though a longer cut will have bits from other daughters as well...

Memorable Goodbyes

From Shizue RocheAdachi | 02:06

What makes a goodbye linger in your memory...

48268_small What makes a goodbye memorable?  Is it the person you have to leave, the ambience, the dramatic setting, the finality of their wave, or the weight of those last words?  I asked passerbys to describe their most memorable goodbyes with the hopes that I might figure out what makes a farewell stick.

Resting Place: Life in a Cemetery

From Margaret Yellen | 04:02

Bill Cameron Jr. never imagined that a job could keep him fulfilled for the rest of his life — until, 38 years ago, he started work in the Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut.

Default-piece-image-1 Bill Cameron Jr. never imagined that a job could keep him fulfilled for the rest of his life — until, 38 years ago, he started work in the Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut.

Ashes

From John Kreitzberg | 07:12

A representation of a 1996 Act Up! action in which protesters threw ashes of friends, families, and lovers who died of AIDS onto the white house lawn.

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Ashes
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John Kreitzberg

Diva_prog_ashes03_small A representation of a 1996 Act Up! action in which protesters threw ashes of friends, families, and lovers who died of AIDS onto the white house lawn. 

Audio used from the following youtube videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfs2jFMsuB4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NxN_ZBwo3s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byxeOG_pZ1o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LKJ5ZzzL0w 

How the West was Won

From Lacy Roberts | :00

A girl who is really, really proud to be from Montana

Img_1735_small Lacy Roberts couldn't wait to get out of Montana.  Once she made it to the East Coast, some baffling letters from her grandfather made her change her mind.