Listening to the Voice Within

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Percy Mayfield, 1954.

"While talking to myself one day I heard a voice within me say, 'Why don't you wake up?' …And so I said to me within, 'what can I do, how can I win?'" Those lyrics come from R&B legend Percy Mayfield's track, "The Voice Within," about providing council to oneself. We hear it in this hour, plus a wide stylistic range of other pieces related to the idea of helpful introspection. David Garland presents music by Jacob Cooper, Julia Holter, Harry Nilsson, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Kyle Gann, Dougie Bowne, Aaron Roche, Michael Price, and of course Percy Mayfield.