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Julia Bullock is on the latest episode of the Criminal podcast to talk with host Phoebe Judge about singer/songwriter Connie Converse on this year's 50th anniversary of Converse's disappearance. "'One by One' is about seeking connection in times when maybe you're feeling isolated and acknowledging that you are in communion with other people, even in times of great despair," Bullock says of the Converse song, which she sings on her Grammy Award–winning debut solo album, Walking in the Dark. "Sometimes I'm struck with searing emotion while singing her songs, which in some ways is sort of surprising, because it's not like the melodies are really demanding, but I think she found this extraordinary way to release emotion."

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Classical singer Julia Bullock is on the latest episode of the Criminal podcast, "If I'm Long Unheard From," to talk with host Phoebe Judge about singer/songwriter Connie Converse on this year's 50th anniversary of Converse's disappearance and the centenary of her birth. Bullock performs Converse's song "One by One" on her Grammy Award–winning debut solo album, Walking in the Dark, which takes its title from a lyric in the song.

"'One by One' is about seeking connection in times when maybe you're feeling isolated and acknowledging that you are in communion with other people, even in times of great despair," Bullock tells Judge. "Sometimes I'm struck with searing emotion while singing her songs, which in some ways is sort of surprising, because it's not like the melodies are really demanding, but I think she found this extraordinary way to release emotion."

You can hear the episode on Spotify and Apple Music here:

On Walking in the Dark, which won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album last month, Bullock and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Christian Reif, perform Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and a song from John Adams’s El Niño. She is joined by Reif, on piano, for a traditional spiritual and songs by Oscar Brown, Jr., Billy Taylor, and Sandy Denny, in addition to Connie Converse's "One by One." Bullock is “one of the singular artists of her generation,” says the New York Times, “a singer of enveloping tone, startlingly mature presence and unusually sophisticated insight into culture, society and history.” You can hear the album and get it on CD and vinyl here.

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Julia Bullock: 'Criminal' podcast, March 2024
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    Listen: Julia Bullock Discusses Connie Converse on 'Criminal' Podcast
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    Classical singer Julia Bullock is on the latest episode of the Criminal podcast, "If I'm Long Unheard From," to talk with host Phoebe Judge about singer/songwriter Connie Converse on this year's 50th anniversary of Converse's disappearance and the centenary of her birth. Bullock performs Converse's song "One by One" on her Grammy Award–winning debut solo album, Walking in the Dark, which takes its title from a lyric in the song.

    "'One by One' is about seeking connection in times when maybe you're feeling isolated and acknowledging that you are in communion with other people, even in times of great despair," Bullock tells Judge. "Sometimes I'm struck with searing emotion while singing her songs, which in some ways is sort of surprising, because it's not like the melodies are really demanding, but I think she found this extraordinary way to release emotion."

    You can hear the episode on Spotify and Apple Music here:

    On Walking in the Dark, which won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album last month, Bullock and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Christian Reif, perform Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and a song from John Adams’s El Niño. She is joined by Reif, on piano, for a traditional spiritual and songs by Oscar Brown, Jr., Billy Taylor, and Sandy Denny, in addition to Connie Converse's "One by One." Bullock is “one of the singular artists of her generation,” says the New York Times, “a singer of enveloping tone, startlingly mature presence and unusually sophisticated insight into culture, society and history.” You can hear the album and get it on CD and vinyl here.

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