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Weekend Soundtrack

We want to know what song just sings weekend to you. Maybe it was the backdrop to your greatest day ever. Maybe it's a song that brings you to tears.


  • "Flume"

    Bon Iver

    "Bon Iver is a weekend soundtrack for me during the monsoon season in Arizona. His music is really gentle, which reflects the environment that we experience during that rainy season."

  • "Ma 'Tit Fille"

    Holly Maddox at a zydeco dance

    Get your feet moving to "Ma 'Tit Fille" by Buckwheat Zydeco!

  • Santana's "Aquamarine"

    James "Dewey" Dewhurst

    James "Dewey" Dewhurst is a former National Guardsman from Louisiana. He is now a private contractor stationed in Afghanistan, working 11 miles from the Pakistani border. Dewhurst's Weekend Soundtrack is "Aquamarine" by Carlos Santana, which he found while on R-and-R leave in Negril, Jamaica.

  • 'Come O Thou Traveler'

    Man on a mission

    When you want to get into a space that's all your own, what song do you keep going back to? Our latest story comes from Pastor Thomas Biatek, who listens to us in Shorewood, Minn., on KNOW radio. Biatek is a minister there, and the soundtrack to his weekend is a hymn called "Come O Thou Traveler."

  • "Blues for Big Scotia"

    My dad, the "jazz hater"

    Mark Kaufman's father thought he hated jazz until he heard "Blues for Scotia" by legendary pianist Oscar Peterson -- the song at the center of this week's Weekend Soundtrack. Kaufman says the things parents give us are incalculable, and the moment when a son or daughter can give back is priceless.

  • U2: Stuck in a Moment

    Julie Nicholds and her children

    We've been asking you about the music that plays in your time off -- your Weekend Soundtrack. This week's story comes from Julie Nicholds. She listens to us in Wauwatosa, Wis. The soundtrack to her weekend is "Stuck in a Moment" by U2, and she tells us how it turned her life around.

  • We Are Nowhere and It's Now

    Sara Quigley

    "I have been displaced since graduating from the seminary and I have ended up in rural Iowa while I wait to be appointed a call or given a church as a pastor. Listening to this song really speaks to my feeling of being displaced, being nowhere."

  • 'Respiration' by Black Star

    Chad Swiatecki with Sparty the Spartan

    Reporter and writer Chad Swiatecki has lived in Flint, Mich., for eight years and is relocating to Austin, Texas. He thinks the hip-hop duo of Mos Def and Talib Kweli have captured the essence of city life and the compelling stories of each of our lives -- even if you're not living in New York.

  • 'Letting Nature Into Your Ears'

    Water cuts rock

    Haans Petruschke's Weekend Soundtrack is provided by the beauty that greets him outside his door every day.

  • "Against All Odds"

    Kim Hershberger, left, and sister Gay in 1977

    Twenty-seven years ago, Kim Hershberger's identical twin sister, Gay, died in an auto accident. Kim found solace in the pleading voice of Phil Collins and his hit song, "Against All Odds."

  • "There Goes the Fear"

    Doves band

    When Tommy Grimes hears "There Goes the Fear" by the Doves, he thinks of the weekend and also of being fearless as he faces adulthood.

  • "The Heart of Saturday Night"

    At the South Pole

    When Nathan Tift of Edina, Minn., hears "The Heart of Saturday Night," by Tom Waits, he thinks of a time he was in one of the most remote and coldest places on earth: the South Pole.

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