Do you guys listen to the Strangers podcast from KCRW? I have a soft spot for KCRW from the brief period when I took enrichment classes at Santa Monica College. It's hands-down the best NPR station for music and in the past few years they've been producing some exquisite podcasts. Strangers is the cream of that crop. It's the kind of poignant and piercingly heartfelt storytelling that changes your outlook with every feature.
Strangers recently aired the last episode an unintentional series which began over a year ago, about the life of a remarkable woman named Jenni Rowell. The episodes chronicle Jenni's experiences with an aggressive cancer; how her life rearranged itself around her diagnosis and treatment, and how she shaped her sense of self and her wish for love. Jenni was an immensely well-versed music fan and her descriptions of the power of music will be especially moving for all of us indie rock devotees out there.
I think about these episodes often, about the life that slips endlessly between our fingers, and about the voice that lingers. They give me that clean and hollowed-out feeling of quiet devastation that I get when someone has tried to tell the unbroken truth, and they've won. Jenni's stories are the most affecting pieces I've heard in a long time.