212 Suz Slezak “Our Wings May Be Featherless”

Today I welcome Suz Slezak, mother and musician, to the show. For Suz harmonizing with another human being is a sacred act of sharing breath. This lifelong love of harmony is how she, as if by accident, fell into music as a career. Suz grew up TV-free on her family’s Virginia homestead, in an endless loop of fiddle-playing and singing led by her father, a Catholic seminary dropout, as she, her brothers and a gaggle of fellow homeschoolers traversed gravel roads in their beat-up station wagon en route to choir rehearsals and music lessons.

While not on a path to pursue music, it seemed to be following her. Convinced by her now-husband to join his band, the two eventually fell in love and for the past fifteen years have co-fronted David Wax Museum – earning accolades from the New York Times to NPR, performing on CBS Saturday Morning, and even playing Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg’s wedding.

After years touring and co-fronting the band, Suz’s debut solo album, Our Wings May Be Featherless, comes out March 4th. It is a breathtaking journey through some of her life’s most painful and poignant moments – losing a best friend to suicide, her public struggle with bipolar disorder, and a traumatic childbirth. Today we listen to a few of the new songs and hear about the stories behind them.

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Our show music is from Shana Falana !!!

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#199 Francine Glasser “Shards of Glass: A Kaleidoscopic Life’s Memoir”

Francine Glasser is a Clinical Social Worker and Therapist who recently published a memoir, “Shards of Glass: A Kaleidoscopic Life’s Memoir,” about her experiences as a child and how she took a path to healing from her difficult experiences.

A bit about her book: Because her family constantly had to flee the repercussions of her father’s gambling addiction, Francine Glasser was consigned to a childhood devoid of connection and marked by loss after loss of everything she cherished. Friends, relatives, pets, and possessions were left behind each time her family ran from debt collectors, sometimes in the middle of the night, and left town for yet another hopeless new start. For Francine, painful memories of those rootless years were like the fragments of color, light, and darkness in a kaleidoscope. But years later, clinging to her love for the father responsible for her lost childhood, those shards of glass would reorganize into patterns of forgiveness, stability, beauty, and peace.

This book was conceived long ago, because Francine had always wanted to tell the story of her search for a forever home. Years later, as a practicing psychotherapist and social worker her life was invested in hearing the stories and traumas of those whom she counseled and helped make peace with their past. In this book, Francine has sought to make peace with her own past by introducing readers to all the important people, places, and things in her life on the run. Today, she is home at last, yet struggling with symptoms of Agoraphobia. The pieces of a child’s shattered life, as seen through the metaphor of a kaleidoscope, have finally come together to complete this part of her story.

Here’s Francine’s beautiful reading at the Greenkill Gallery, complete with some of the images from her past that she references.

In the first half of the show, I share some thoughts about private/public, productive/non-productive time inspired by a conference on Hannah Arendt, and read from an interview by past guest JoAnn Stevelos which explores subjects like addiction and depression. Here’s JoAnn’s full interview.

Today’s show was engineered by Ian Seda of Radio Kingston, www.radiokingston.org.

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