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Sean Wilsey

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
05/11/2006

Author Sean Wilsey's mother was a high society queen of gossip and one of the most beautiful woman in San Francisco. His father, well into his fifties when Wilsey was born, used to drop off Sean and his friends at the video arcade in a helicopter. And his stepmom was his actual mom's best friend. Wilsey's account of his dramatic family life, and his attempt to make sense of it, is the subject of his critically acclaimed best-selling memoir, Oh The Glory Of It All and he joins John Moe to talk about it. Also composers Robbie Fulks and Danny Barnes and Sounds Familiar with Amanda Wilde.

Today's Featured Music Selection: Kris Delmhorst
The inspiration for the project arrived by chance. In the midst of writing for another record, Kris Delmhorst picked up a poetry anthology sitting on the coffee table and flipped through the pages. "My eye caught the first line of a Robert Browning poem as it flashed by, and the rhythm of the language was so musical that by the time I had paged backwards to find the poem again, a tune already existed in my head," she recalls. Now, as she turned her attention to these stray thoughts, song after song came to life. We'll listen to highlights from Kris Delmhorst's new CD, Strange Conversation, throughout the hour.

Selected Tracks on The Beat:
1. Galuppi Baldassare
2. Everything Is Music
3. Strange Conversation
4. We'll Go No More A-Roving

05:00 - Robbie Fulks and Danny Barnes
TRAMP, TRAMP, TRAMP is a criminally underseen slapstick gem starring Harry Langdon, now premiering with a brand new score performed live by Americana music mavericks Robbie Fulks and Danny Barnes. In the film, poor Harry makes one last desperate attempt to save his father's failing bootmaking business by entering a cross-country footrace. The only things standing between Harry and the $25,000 prize (not to mention the young and gorgeous Joan Crawford) are his infantile outlook on life, a ridiculously un-buffed physique, a chain gang, and a cyclone. When TRAMP, TRAMP, TRAMP was released in 1926, the film's success rocketed him into heady critical comparisons with Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and Charlie Chaplin. Composers Robbie Fulks and Danny Barnes speak today with Megan Sukys.

33:00 - Sean Wilsey
Author Sean Wilsey's mother was a high society queen of gossip and one of the most beautiful woman in San Francisco. His father, well into his fifties when Wilsey was born, used to drop off Sean and his friends at the video arcade in a helicopter. And his stepmom was his actual mom's best friend. Wilsey's account of his dramatic family life, and his attempt to make sense of it, is the subject of his critically acclaimed best-selling memoir, Oh The Glory Of It All and he joins John Moe to talk about it.

47:00 - Sounds Familiar: 'Poor People of Paris'
Amanda Wilde, host of The Swing Years and Beyond, joins us with the little-known history of songs we didn't know we knew so well.

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