Episode 5: Hospital Dreams—Chris Baker
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One of the most creative rock bands around today is Virginia-based indie trio The Duskwhales. Drummer/singer Chris Baker joins me to talk about their new EP, Hospital Dreams, a set of melancholic, folky acoustic songs he wrote while battling cancer. In this episode I also discuss the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s controversial Heavenly Bodies exhibit, and give a couple of movie recommendations.
1:32 Heavenly Bodies exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
12:34 Babette’s Feast
15:28 A Quiet Place
19:41 Chris Baker interview (songs used with permission)
20:39 Song: “Hospital Dreams” by The Duskwhales
24:32 The story behind Hospital Dreams: Chris’s cancer
27:41 Writing songs as a way of occupying time during chemo
28:42 Song discussion: “Hospital Dreams”
29:57 You can’t spell the word “chemotherapy” without “mother”: Mary in “
All Her Wonder” and “Turn White”
32:20 The band’s first time self-recording
33:56 Plans for a trilogy of albums
35:20 Keyboardist Brian Majewski’s departure and return
36:10 Hospital Dreams cover art
37:23 Chris’s ill-fated but diverting Twitter campaign
38:09 The Duskwhales’ future
39:02 Music Chris is currently listening to; influences on Hospital Dreams
40:45 Song: “Turn White” by The Duskwhales
44:25 Weekly excerpt: Hans Urs von Balthasar
Wedding Ensemble by Christian Lacroix
Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus.
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