Podcast Recommendation – Kind World

My intention was to recommend a podcast every Saturday, but my city has been a little (a lot) unsettled this past week and my mind and energy has been elsewhere.

Kind World logo

I had a recommended podcast picked out, but after the last few says I decided I wanted to share something a little more healing, a little more uplifting. So today I bring you, A Kind World.

This podcast is wonderful for a lot of reasons. It’s stories about people being kind to one another, but each episode is also pretty short (under 10 minutes mostly), so you don’t need to carve out an hour or more to listen. I like to download a bunch of these and then intersperse them in my playlist so I get a little taste of kindness in between the other stuff I listen to (which let’s face it, can be brutal at times). It’s done with the host narrating, and interspersed with sound bites from the people in the story.

The hosts are Andrea Asuaje and Yasmin Amer and they’re both just lovely.

Andrea Asuaje and Yasmin Amer

A few recent episodes are about the pandemic, but now that there’s all this other unrest I imagine the upcoming episodes may center around that. 

Some topics:

A woman whose husband drowned in the ocean and the strangers around her that got her through it.

A little girl who wrote a letter to her postal carrier just to tell him she appreciated him (and his reaction).

A couple who were homeless and rebuilt their lives and community with tiny houses.

And so many more wonderful stories. This is one of my favorites:  [A Woman Retraces Her Grandmother’s Story Of Survival And Escape From The Nazis]

Check it out here: Kind World or just search “Kind World” in whatever podcast platform you like. Let me know if you like it, even if you’re already a fan!

Jonatha Brooke revisited

I plan to highlight one artist per week that I have discovered over the years.
copyright Amy Lotsberg

Today I chose Jonatha Brooke. Mostly because her concerts are another bright spot in my week! Every Monday she broadcasts from her kitchen for an hour (or so) long concert. She checks the chat and talks to viewers and answers questions. It’s super fun and I love hearing all her songs again. She’s a very engaging performer.

This coming concert, on Monday (June 1) at 2pm central time she will be doing requests and answering questions she didn’t get to in past concerts. Set your reminders to tune into her Instagram or Facebook page to watch. (I prefer Facebook since Instagram cuts off after 1 hour and the layout is funky.)


Also she is releasing an album of her songs, re-worked, called The Sweetwater Sessions and you can order soon, on her site. It will be released July 10th. Here’s the link to pre-order. I got mine! https://jonathabrooke.com/store

The single, Taste of Danger, is out now and you can hear it if you go to her Facebook page.

See you on Monday!
Note: the pic shown is one I took when she played the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis. Many years ago.

Podcast Recommendation – My Favorite Murder

As you may know, I called this blog Collected Sounds because I listened to so much music that I called it ‘collecting sounds in my ears’ after hearing the Dar Williams song where she says that, or a paraphrase of that. Well some of the other sounds I collect are podcasts. It all started for me when I was slightly obsessed with the documentary, The Jinx. I couldn’t get enough! I read an article that said something to the effect of, ‘if you’re looking for more true crime check out this podcast’ and it pointed me toward Serial. I listened and became not only obsessed with Adnan Syed’s case, but all true crime podcasts.

I dare say that podcasts might be a good part of the reason I stopped listening to music as much as I did. I mean I can multi-task like crazy, but I can’t listen to two things at once.

So while this site is definitely aimed at music, I’m going to be making some podcast recommendations here as well and invite you to join in and add yours or comment with your experience with the one I’m recommending. Maybe you didn’t like it and would like to let us know why. Maybe you also love it, or have a similar recommendation.

So I’m going to start with…My Favorite Murder. After I listened to Serial (twice #nerdalert) I watched The Staircase on Amazon Prime. I am still VERY interested in this case (#teamowl) and try to read, listen to, watch anything I can get my hands on that mentions it.
Well when My Favorite Murder was recommended to me via Podbean (the app I used at the time) I tried it and immediately loved Karen and Georgia. And not just because they referenced The Staircase and the death of Kathleen Peterson in the first episode.

My Favorite MurderI love the way Karen and Georgia play off each other and they’re both hilarious. They cover really interesting stories in an entertaining way. Some argue that they don’t do very goo research and “just read Wikipedia” but I don’t care. If I’m really curious about the case I’ll research it on my own or listen to another podcast about it whose focus isn’t to make me laugh. I am a proud Murderino to this day! Shout out to Karen, Georgia, STEVEN and all the other Murderinos.

There was a time a year or so ago when I felt the episodes were a little stale and forced. I got the impression that there was some discomfort between the ladies and it just wasn’t as fun to listen. I think they lost a lot of fans at that time. But those who stuck with them are richly rewarded. So if you left before, give them another shot.

Another thing I love about the podcast is the community it created. I am currently in a ton of MFM related groups made up of Murderinos (that’s what the fans call themselves) and focused on a HUGE variety of topics like cooking, drinking, pets, fans of streaming services (where we discuss our favorite shows and movies) even Microsoft excel nerds, and people with curly hair. This is only the tip of the iceberg. It’s not hyperbole for me to say that there’s probably a MFM group for everything.

Anyway, I encourage you to check out My Favorite Murder if you are not already a Murderino. While true crime is my favorite genre, I will not always be suggesting true crime podcasts. I am currently subscribed to almost 150 different podcasts so I will have recommendations from many other genres.

Stay Sexy and Listen to cool podcasts.



Nerina Pallot revisited


Nerina Pallot

Nerina Pallot

I plan to highlight one artist per week that I have discovered over the years.

Today’s pick is Nerina Pallot. She’s received a little more notice lately because she reworked the song “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and it appeared on a show called Normal People on Netflix.

I first heard of her back in 2004 when someone suggested to her that she send me her album Fires. I was very smitten. I did a spotlight on her in November of that year, I then did a review of the album which came out in 2005 and landed on my Best of 2005 list.

She’s put out a lot more music since then! But my favorite part is that she does a livestream concert from her home every Thursday (2pm central time). She gets all dressed up and takes requests, answers questions and you might get a cameo from her adorable son, Wolf, too.


Listen to Love Will Tear Us Apart and Subscribe to her YouTube Channel so you can watch the livestream this afternoon!

Click the pix below to order the albums on Amazon.

Wednesday Discovery – Emily Jane White

Immanent Fire By Emily Jane WhiteEach week I’m going to go to Bandcamp (or maybe other places as well) and just poke around until I find something I really like. Then I’ll share it here.

May 20, 2020 – Immanent Fire by Emily Jane White. Released November 15, 2019. Beautiful dreamy pop reminiscent of Lana Del Ray. I love that one of the tags was “ghost folk” which I am now following.