“Heritage Song” on NPR

Air dates: Jan. 31 and Feb. 4, 2011 on NPR affiliate WFDD during breaks in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

A singer tortures Lew’s musical ear until he realizes the essential beauty of her Appalachian folksong.

What was it about that woman that made a tenfull of paying customers quietly endure the unendurable and then applaud for it?

Age was certainly a factor. We’re generally more tolerant of the very old and the very young. But there had to be more…

About halfway up the mountain south of Erwin, the answer hit me like a cloudburst crosswind, stuck like creamed spinach and burned like cayenne.

The full-length (unedited) version is available in MP3 download or with nine additional stories on Lew’s album Defining Moments. To purchase, see Mercantile.

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