TCC Playlist: Poor Man’s Son by Noah Gundersen

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Noah Gunderson

“I see a bright star shining over Bethlehem town.”

A Seattle native, Gundersen writes genre-defying music about faith, doubt, love, sin and redemption. He often performs with his siblings Abby, Elizabeth, and Jonathan. Listen to him sing after the jump:

TCC Playlist: “Glorify” and “God or Man” by Ivan & Alyosha

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Ivan and Alyosha

Looking for Americana music that’s not afraid of the spiritual?  Check out the Seattle based band, Ivan & Alyosha. Named after the brothers Ivan and Alyosha Karamazov in Dostoyevsky’s novel, The Brothers Karamazov, the band makes music with lyrics like, “Don’t call me home just yet / it’s the Good Lord and the Devil doing battle for my soul.” Listen to “Glorify” and “God or Man” & hear the band discuss their name after the jump:

Misc: Poet Uses MacArther Grant Money to Give Vacations to Caregivers

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Tricia Elsner and her son with autism

When Seattle poet Heather McHugh was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” of $500,000, she used the money to start a charity that gives vacations to exhausted caregivers. Read the story from The Seattle Post here: Poet Uses MacArther Grant Money to Give Vacations to Caregivers