The 9:13 Buzz with Sarah Wardrop

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

This week, we asked Sarah to bring in some favorites of 2016. In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

In looking back on the year in music for this month's 9:13 Buzz, I decided to narrow things down to a couple of songs that simply made me feel better in 2016.

Lori McKenna, "Humble & Kind" - I lived in Boston when Stoughton, Massachusetts songwriter Lori McKenna released her debut album, and her voice hit my heart as much as my ears. That was in the late '90s, and the mom of five has since gone on to incredible success, including a CMA "Song of the Year" win for "Humble & Kind," which was written for her kids and recorded by Tim McGraw. Lori also released a version on her own album The Bird & The Rifle, and it provides both a reminder and some much-needed reassurance.


Corinne Bailey Rae, The Skies Will Break - The Heart Speaks in Whispers is the title of Corinne Bailey Rae's third album, and it comes from the lyrics of this song. "The Skies Will Break" opens the album as well, and it's quite an introduction — covering some expansive new ground for Corinne musically, and creating a slow build that grows from pensive and spiritual to a freeing explosion of hope and joy. To see it performed live is even better, so try to catch Corinne and her band if you can.