Music for Life

Hosted by Ryan Malone

Music for Life is a music-appreciation and music-history based program that explores the purpose and value of music to humanity’s enrichment. Hosted by Ryan Malone, each episode of Music for Life surveys the history of music, introduces its major composers and plays examples from the standard repertoire. The selections played highlight each episode's particular theme. Along the way, the discussion is usually interspersed with three segments. These segments explore each episode's theme further. 

The segment “Sounds of Scripture” surveys the biblical record's many references to music — giving a longer-sweeping historical perspective on the episode’s main theme, and giving insight into what ancient music was like. The segment “Classroom Corner” explores different methods and curricula for introducing young people to music. And in the segment “Backstage Banter,” Mr. Malone interviews performers on the concert circuit today for their perspectives on music. Finally, each episode will end with what Mr. Malone calls musical “dessert,” where he plays an example from the popular or folk tradition, or something of lighter fare musically — as relates to the episode’s main theme — to end the show.

#71: Fathers and Sons

Aired Monday, September 26, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   54 minutes

In this episode, we explore composers whose fathers or sons were also composers—plus a Classroom Corner about what the less-musical or non-musical parents can listen for when their children are practicing.

#70: Passing the Bar

Aired Monday, September 19, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   55 minutes

In this episode, we sample vast array of composers whose original career paths were to become lawyers.

#69: Pre-Concert Talk: The Step Crew

Aired Monday, September 12, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   50 minutes

In this episode, we explore The Step Crew — the dancers and the band — and the program for their upcoming performance at Armstrong Auditorium.

#68: The Shakespearean Influence

Aired Monday, September 5, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   54 minutes

In this episode, we explore the impact William Shakespeare had on the output of standard music history.

#67: Hallelujah

Aired Monday, August 29, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   54 minutes

In this episode, we explore one of the most common lyrics in all sacred music: Hallelujah — and how that word has been treated in compositions throughout music history.

#66: Music For Night

Aired Monday, August 22, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   54 minutes

In this episode, we explore compositions written specifically to depict elements of evening or nighttime.

#65: Ep. 37 Interlude

Aired Monday, August 15, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   55 minutes

In this episode, the first after our summer break, we explore the idea of the musical breaks: interludes, intermezzi and entr’actes.

#64: Pre-Concert Talk: Song of Solomon

Aired Monday, April 4, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   56 minutes

In this episode, host Ryan Malone discusses his oratorio Song of Songs (a new setting of the entire Song of Solomon) in the lead up to its April 7, 2016, debut at Armstrong Auditorium.

#63: Ep. 35 Watery Music: Part 2

Aired Monday, March 28, 2016   ·   05:00 PM CDT   ·   54 minutes

In this episode, we explore compositions meant to depict the various aspects of water—from gentle rain to thunderstorms, and from the flow streams to the swells of the sea.

#62: Ep. 35 Watery Music: Part 1

Aired Monday, March 28, 2016   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   54 minutes

In this episode, we explore compositions meant to depict the various aspects of water—from gentle rain to thunderstorms, and from the flow streams to the swells of the sea.