My Exit: Leah LaFera

Leah LaFera My Exit Photo.jpgIt's Monday again. Time for another My Exit. Tonight at 8 there's another guest DJ on WEXT to share their favorite music.

Here's more about her, and about what she wants you to hear...

Who?

Leah LaFera, librarian and small business owner from Schenectady.

How would you describe your taste in music?

I listen to a lot of catchy indie rock and pop, music that makes me bounce in my seat. There is also a big old soft spot in my heart for bluegrass and Motown.

A few songs from Leah's My Exit show:

The idea for my train (the transportation mode, not the pop group) themed My Exit show came to me on my commute home along the Mohawk River Valley stretch of the NYS Thruway. I live next to train tracks and I race the Amtrak cars to and from work in the morning. Trains and the culture that surround them have always fascinated me. While there are many, many songs that have been written about trains and railroad life, my selections reflect my own eclectic musical tastes. Post some of your favorite songs about trains as comments below.

"Loco-Motion" by Little Eva
If you can get past all those times you were forced to dance this at a wedding as a child, this hit song is actually rather wonderful. This song definitely makes me bounce in my seat.

"Downtown Train" by Tom Waits
I love the tone of this song and of course Tom Waits gravely voice. It is a very somber romantic song with its imagery of lonely wanderings in the streets of NYC.

"Fear of Trains" by The Magnetic Fields
Stephin Merritt is a genius humorist and songwriter. I also feature the song "Born on a Train" from the same album. The decision between the two was near impossible for me so I put them both in!

You can hear Leah's My Exit show tonight at 8 on 97.7 or at exit977.org.

Here's how to schedule your own My Exit show on WEXT.

Comments

What a cool idea! Every word in your intro paragraph is awesome. Can't wait to listen.

That's really cool. I had dreamed up a show I would do if I was ever on the Exit, and I wanted to include a song from the Broadway show "Company," which actually would have fit well with your theme.

ANOTHER HUNDRED PEOPLE
Another hundred people just got off of the train
And came up through the ground,
While another hundred people just got off of the bus
And are looking around
At another hundred people who got off of the plane
And are looking at us
Who got off of the train
And the plane and the bus
Maybe yesterday.

It's a city of strangers,
Some come to work, some to play.
A city of strangers,
Some come to stare, some to stay.
And every day
The ones who stay
Can find each other in the crowded streets and the guarded parks,
By the rusty fountains and the dusty trees with the battered barks,
And they walk together past upholstered walls with the crude remarks.
And they meet at parties through the friends of friends who they never
know.
"Do I pick you up or do I meet you there or shall we let it go?"
"Did you get my message? 'Cause I looked in vain."
"Can we see each other Tuesday if it doesn't rain?"
"Look, I'll call you in the morning or my service will explain."
And another hundred people just got off of the train.

It's a city of strangers,
Some come to work, some to play.
A city of strangers,
Some come to stare, some to stay.
And every day
Some go away
Or they find each other in the crowded streets and the guarded parks,
By the rusty fountains and the dusty trees with the battered barks,
And they walk together past upholstered walls with the crude remarks.
And they meet at parties through the friends of friends who they never
know.
"Do I pick you up or do I meet you there or shall we let it go?"
"Did you get my message? 'Cause I looked in vain."
"Can we see each other Tuesday if it doesn't rain?"
"Look, I'll call you in the morning or my service will explain."
And another hundred people just got off of the train.
And another hundred people just got off of the train,
And another hundred people just got off of the train,
And another hundred people just got off of the train.
Another hundred people just got off of the train.

Yay! Leah! She is also an awesome crafter! Looking forward to listening!

"And they walk together past upholstered walls with the crude remarks"

Past *the postered* walls, not "upholstered."

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