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Episode 8 - Special Ed

Episode 8 - Special Ed

Tom Baisden is all about kids. He raises them, he teaches them, and as lead guitarist for The Not-Its!, he hops around on stage like a birthday clown for them. To reach kids, "you've got to have a shtick," explains Tom. It's a lesson he's learned from years of teaching special ed. But embracing that shtick isn't always easy. Especially when a buddy from Tom's old punk rock days came to watch a show. The friend stood in the back row behind mirrored sunglasses. He wore special grin on his face that said: "What the heck are you doing?"

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Episode 7 - The Lonesome Luthier

Episode 7 - The Lonesome Luthier

Ben Todd restores guitars for The Trading Musician in Seattle's Roosevelt neighborhood. And he's become deeply embedded in the local music scene. But it took four years living in the New Mexico wilderness and the shooting at Cafe Racer next door for him to recognize how much he valued the community around him.

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Episode 6 - The Mind Reader

Episode 6 - The Mind Reader

Ivan Gálvez plays timbales with the Seattle band Picoso. But what I want to know is... with all the fancy medical equipment at his day job, can he read my mind?

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Bonus Episode - Archival Feature on RA Scion

Bonus Episode - Archival Feature on RA Scion

RA Scion is a musician who's always had day jobs working with his hands. Physical labor, he says, inspires his music and connects him to the work of his ancestors back in the tobacco fields of Kentucky. In 2007, he used to blow leaves, walk dogs and wash cars as the maintenance guy for an elite condominium building in Seattle's Capitol Hill Neighborhood. 

This bonus episode includes a profile of RA Scion dating from 2007. It was part of an experiment that ran 11 episodes over two years on Seattle Weekly's website. 

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Episode 5 - Fear And The Flying Trapeze

Episode 5 - Fear And The Flying Trapeze

Kari Kirkland stands on a narrow platform high above the ground. As a trapeze instructor, her job is to convince students to jump off that platform. Kari says that's especially difficult for people whose jobs require them to stay in control. But when it comes to her musical career, Kari needs a bit of coaxing herself to let go.

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Episode 4 - Chris Cunningham, Rock Star In A Cubicle

Episode 4 - Chris Cunningham, Rock Star In A Cubicle

Chris Cunningham fronts the Seattle band Ravenna Woods. He looks the part, too, with a lip ring, skinny jeans and facial hair. What he doesn't look like is a paralegal. That became a problem one day when the firm partners unexpectedly asked him to meet a client face to face.

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Episode 3 - The Best Laid Plans of Lesli Wood

Episode 3 - The Best Laid Plans of Lesli Wood

Lesli Wood has achieved almost every goal she's set for herself. She's a professional lawyer. And her band, The Redwood Plan, has played to big crowds at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival. She chalks it all up to a "ruthless" work ethic and good planning. But there's something in Lesli's life that didn't fit into her plans. A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. And it's caused her to redefine what it means to succeed in music and in her day job.

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Episode 2 - How A Band Is Like A Pie

Episode 2 - How A Band Is Like A Pie

Kennith Darling played bass with Seattle band The Trouble Starts. That is, he used to, until the band broke up last month. "I feel like I lost three really close friends," he said. But Kennith had a restaurant to manage, and the biggest night of the year was fast approaching. There's nothing to take your mind off personal problems like selling pies to math nerds on Pi Day.

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Episode 1 - Matt "Spek" Watson, Bitter Barista

Episode 1 - Matt "Spek" Watson, Bitter Barista

Seattle's Matt Watson performs as a rapper and producer under the name Spekulation. He used to hate his day job serving espresso. After being outed as the cynical blogger behind "The Bitter Barista," Matt thought he'd never make espresso again. But then he found a tiny coffee shop at the center of Beacon's Hill's music scene. 

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