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Jonatha Brooke On World Cafe | March 4, 2014

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Jonatha Brooke is an artist who is always stretching — sometimes quite literally, like when she was a dancer at Amherst College. It was there Brooke met classmate Jennifer Kimball and formed The Story, her first band.

Her solo career has seen many artistic leaps since then, but none quite like what she is doing now. Brooke wrote, composed, acts and sings in a one-woman musical called My Mother Has Four Noses, now at The Duke Theater Off-Broadway in New York. (Its 11-week initial run continues through May 4.) The show, which has received terrific reviews, is about her mother and how Alzheimer's and her Christian Science faith complicated her final days.

Brooke also turned the play into an album, which she made with support from her fans. She visited with World Cafe host David Dye and spoke of the project's many intricacies.

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John Mayall “Congo Square” A Sense of Place
Lake Street Dive “Bad Self Portraits” Self Portraits
Gomez “See the World” How We Operate
((Summer Fiction “By the Sea” Summer Fiction))
Jonatha Brooke “The Wind” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jonatha Brooke “What I Know” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jonatha Brooke “Time” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jonatha Brooke “Mom’s Song” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((The Tallest Man On Earth “1904” There’s No Leaving Now))
Courtney Barnett “Avant Gardener” The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
Patti Smith “Dancing Barefoot” Wave
Joseph Arthur “Saint Of Impossible Causes” The Ballad of Boogie Christ
Leonard Cohen “Ain’t No Cure for Love” The Essential Leonard Cohen
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Stranger to My Happiness” Give the People What They Want
The Rolling Stones “Hot Stuff” Black and Blue
Benmont Tench “Veronica Said” You Should Be So Lucky
Roxy Music “Avalon” Avalon
Jason Isbell “Relatively Easy” Southeastern
((Neil Halstead “Broken Glass” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Lydia Loveless “To Love Somebody” Somewhere Else
The Heavy “How You Like Me Now?” The House That Dirt Built
Chet Faker “Talk is Cheap” Built on Glass
Citizen Cope “If There’s Love” Citizen Cope
Kita Klane “Running Circles” In Love With the Enemy
((Laura Veirs “That Alice” Warp and Weft))
Professor Longhair “In the Night” New Orleans Piano
The Wild Tchoupitoulas “Meet De Boys on De Battlefront” Treacerous
Sugarboy Crawford “Jockamo” Sugarboy Crawford