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The Volume Knob is the songs that saved your life.

Every Monday, host Keith Serry asks his guests to tell the story of how music changed, inspired, soothed and moved them. The result is a music show that's less about chorus and verse and more about the ways that music makes us feel. The results are sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes side-splitting and always relatable.

The Volume Knob Keith Serry

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The Volume Knob is the songs that saved your life.

Every Monday, host Keith Serry asks his guests to tell the story of how music changed, inspired, soothed and moved them. The result is a music show that's less about chorus and verse and more about the ways that music makes us feel. The results are sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes side-splitting and always relatable.

    Ray: Africa

    Ray: Africa

    Ray's an infantryman, stationed in Korea. He and his buddy Jimmy, need a place to be themselves. To relax and rock out.

    So they rent a hooch in the village outside base and listen to Toto. Over and over again.

    The version of Toto that they heard, though, was special and uniquely theirs. So it Ray's story.

    • 24 min
    Devin: She Used to be Mine

    Devin: She Used to be Mine

    Devin thought she might be alone forever.

    Her doctor told her that he could treat the painful flair up that she was experiencing, but that the herpes virus would be with her for the rest of her life.

    Her story, of accepting her new reality and finding community, not only in music, but also in the diagnosis that she thought would always separate her from others, is performed to the sounds of Sara Bareilles' heartbreaking anthem She Used to Be Mine.

    • 22 min
    Sara: Numb

    Sara: Numb

    Sara didn't know what to call her panic attacks. She only knew how they made her feel.

    Growing up in a deeply religious diplomatic family, moving from place to place and never feeling quite rooted, Sara had one thing that she was always able to count on: her relationship with Linkin Park.

    • 16 min
    David: The Origin of Love (Pt. 2)

    David: The Origin of Love (Pt. 2)

    Among the thousands of ways COVID 19 has altered our lives is the addition it has made to our collective vocabulary: spike protein; messenger RNA; pre-existing condition.

    David has a pre-existing condition.

    Whats more, in the months directly before the pandemic gripped the entire world, he started a treatment for his chronic disease which rendered his immune system significantly more susceptible to viral infection. When COVID hit, he and his husband went into hiding.

    What happened next is a story about not only the pandemic, but the broader issues that have us as a society wondering so hard about the decisions our neighbours are making, and the impact those decisions might have on our collective future. It also has a lot to say about keeping rare spiders as domestic pets and Bill Gates' power to re-write our DNA.

    • 28 min
    David: The Origin of Love

    David: The Origin of Love

    Among the thousands of ways COVID 19 has altered our lives is the addition it has made to our collective vocabulary: spike protein; messenger RNA; pre-existing condition.

    David has a pre-existing condition.

    Whats more, in the months directly before the pandemic gripped the entire world, he started a treatment for his chronic disease which rendered his immune system significantly more susceptible to viral infection. When COVID hit, he and his husband went into hiding.

    What happened next is a story about not only the pandemic, but the broader issues that have us as a society wondering so hard about the decisions our neighbours are making, and the impact those decisions might have on our collective future.

    • 20 min
    John Mack: Cavanaugh Park

    John Mack: Cavanaugh Park

    John Mack saw himself in the lyrics.

    "There was never any place for someone like me to be totally happy." It seemed almost too on the nose for a young, queer kid growing up in the conservative south.

    To fit in, he turned to being the person other people wanted him to be: straight A student, go-go do everything theatre kid, the one who could drink everyone else under the table.

    When it all crashed, it was an old friend who taught him that his rough edges, the ones that didn't get other peoples' applause, were what really mattered.

    • 16 min

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Inspiring & vulnerable stories

I was so impressed by the way music resonates with the guests & appreciate their willingness to share with Keith & the listener community.

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