Since the mid-1990s, Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee has been fusing his playful love for melody with a vigorous intellectual curiosity. Now based in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, the actress Ione Skye, and daughters Goldie & Kate, Lee’s recent output includes an album of Songs about Islam for the Whole Family, a musical adaptation of the children’s book, B is for Beer, and, most recently, covering some of his indie icons, including Sonic Youth, Pavement and Guided by Voices In this episode, Lee chats with host Jonathan Dekel about fostering creative empathy in his children, unlikely carpool soundtracks and tracing his musical roots to the court of Czar Nicholas in Russia.
23 Jul 2020
Episode Trailer: Murray Lightburn on the song that made his kid stop crying
A trailer for the inaugural episode of First Verses featuring Murray Lightburn of The Dears
4 Dec 2019
Episode 01: Murray Lightburn
The son of Belizean immigrants who moved to Quebec in 1960s, The Dears' Murray Lightburn discovered his craft at the knee of his god-fearing, jazz-loving father. Now a dad himself, to 14-year-old Neptune and 7-year-old Apollo, Lightburn and his wife and bandmate Natalia Yanchak still tour together, bringing along the family when they can.For First Verses' inaugural episode, Murray chats about life as a musical family man.
3 Dec 2019