Under The Influence: Sound Effect, Episode 101

Aug 12, 2017

This show originally aired on April 1, 2017.

This week on Sound Effect, we share stories from people under the influence of mentors, substances, music, and society. 

At The Throne

Four-year-old Donovan Lewis has been playing drums for his whole, short life. That's thanks to his dad, grandfather, and great grandfather — all successful drummers in their own right. The Lewis family looks back on how each generation has influenced the next to get behind a drum set. 

The Teacher Becomes The Student

When writer Brian McDonald was living in Seattle in the mid-90s, he had dreams of meeting and learning from the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and fellow Seattle resident August Wilson.  McDonald reflects on how a chance meeting outside of a movie theater with Wilson ended up being more than he ever could have hoped for.

Recovery Mix Tape

Shannon Perry, front woman of the Seattle band Gazebos, went to rehab for Adderall addiction six years ago. While in rehab, she found that writing and singing songs helped her deal with coming out from under the influence of the drug. Perry shares her music and explains how it aided her in that difficult time. 

The Reluctant Mentor

Tacoma luthier Tim Olsen learned how to make guitars from a very eccentric mentor, Harvey Thomas. The local entrepreneur was infamous for his crazy guitars in the shapes of crosses and axes. Over fifty years later, Olsen reflects on their odd relationship and what he learned about life from Thomas's wild antics. 

Storybook Stereotypes

There’s a debate going on in the publishing world about who should be telling whose stories and what responsibility those writers have when they write about something that’s not their lived experience. Sound Effect’s Kyle Norris introduces us to two writers who are grappling with this issue in the world of children’s books.

Sound Effect is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by knkx's Jennifer Wing.