3 Song Stories

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Three Song Stories is an exploration of the power music has to connect us to times, places, people, and emotions from our lives. The show brings out the guests’ personalities, and personal histories, by mining the connections music has made during their lifetimes. It’s also a chance to sit back and listen to the eclectic mix of songs the guests have chosen for their ultimate musical memory short list.

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My guest today is a relatively new voice on the southwest Florida music scene, but one that’s pretty much taken it by storm. Born and raised in a small town called Lititz, Pennsylvania, about and hour and a half outside of Philadelphia, Kate has a bachelor's degree in theatre arts from Kutztown University, which is in a tiny farming town about an hour down the road. She went on to live in Philly for a few years after graduating, working in theatres, before moving to Florida in 2015. She started pursuing a career in music full time in the summer of 2017 and released her first EP called Ready For Me in April of this year...and she’s been writing new tunes and hopes to be back in the studio before the end of the year. I met Kate recently when she performed on Gulf Coast Live, the making of which is my day job.

My guests today are TWO names well known to local readers and lovers of storytelling: Amy Bennett Williams AND Roger Williams. That’s right, we’re trying out our first twofer today on 3 Song Stories, so hang in there, here we go.

My guest today is Dr. Ernesto Lasso de la Vega. He’s a local biologist who was born in Panama, but is now a US citizen. He’s worked at the Lee County Hyacinth Control District for more than 25 years, where he works to minimize aquatic weeds in public waters, and educate the public to that effect as well.

My guest today is a name you might recognize if this is not your first time ‘round with us - Dave Dave Dave, otherwise known as Dave Cowan, is the co-creator of our totally awesome theme song. "Triple D" was born in Chicago, where he grew up in the burbs and started playing side drum for the Chicago Highlanders Bagpipe Band when he was 13. He ran away from home when he was 17 and formed a band called Clear Eyes. He then put together the Wayfarin’ Strangers, which was a 5 piece acoustic college band in Wisconsin. He then moved onto solo singer-songwriting about 25 years ago...the dude is a human jukebox...and still plays to this day. He’s also made a bunch of Youtube music videos over the years if you wanna check them out.

If you asked Sanelli what his job is, he’ll probably say he’s a jeweler out of Naples,FL. But if you ask him, “what do you do”, you’ll find out he’s a sound guy. A REALLY good one too. He’s worked and lived all over the east coast, and has run sound from small venues to recording studios, to mega-churches. Rare is person that can run a soundboard, craft a diamond bracelet, and build a chicken coop, but that’s Sanelli. He hangs his hat here in southwest FL with his wife, three kids, two dogs, and assorted chickens and ducks, and I knew I wanted to have him on as soon as we started making the show.