Shimmer and Sparkle: Saturday, Dec. 31 | 9pm

“Fireworks.” Photo by Chris.

There are a few key ingredients you need for any great New Year’s Eve. Some shimmer, some sparkle, a little champagne for your midnight toast—and of course, FIREWORKS.

We’ve got all those things and more this New Year’s Eve on Second Inversion. Whether you’re staying in or going out, join us as we raise our glass to another year of new musical discoveries.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9pm PT.

Not Your Cookie-Cutter Carols: Dec. 24 | 9pm

Jherek Bischoff, The Westerlies, Phil Kline, and the DePue Brothers are featured in this week’s episode.

After years of the same old Christmas carols, the holiday hymns do start to run together. But whether you’re the world’s biggest Santa-fan or a grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge, there’s still a little magic to be found in every classical Christmas tune.

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: Not Your Cookie-Cutter Christmas Carols. We’ll hear music from composers who like to bend the rules, break the mold, and spike the eggnog. From a Twin Peaks Christmas mashup to a very UNsilent night, we’ll hear how composers today are reimagining holiday music.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 9pm PT.

Heavenly Voices: Saturday, Dec. 17 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

Reflection is an important part of any spirituality or faith, whether that takes the form of prayer, meditation, or—for many people—music.

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: Heavenly Voices. We’re exploring sacred and spiritual works from contemporary composers. From the strum of the harp to the ringing of bells, we’ll hear songs of the angels and stories of the divine. Plus, one composer’s “postcard” from heaven.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 9pm PT.

The Sun and the Moon: Saturday, Dec. 10 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy
Sundog Morning. Photo by Keith Williams.

If the 4pm sunsets here in Seattle have got you down—don’t worry, the light at the end of the tunnel is near! December 21 marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year…and the days will only get longer from there. Join us as we celebrate the solstice a little early this weekend on Second Inversion.

On this Saturday’s episode: the Sun and the Moon. We’ll hear music inspired by day and night, darkness and light. One composer traces the mythic struggle between the Sun Lion and the Moon Bull. Another explores the four suns of the Arctic sky. Plus: night music from the land of the midnight sun, and moonlight shimmering over Guan Mountain.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9pm PT.

Music for Healing: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy
Music from the composer and performance artist Du Yun is featured in this episode. Photo by Zhen Qin, makeup by Nina Carelli, and art direction by SpaTheory.

Sometimes music is the best medicine—it mends the heart and soul. A daily dose can keep you feeling calm, centered, and inspired.

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: Music for Healing. We’ll explore music as a medium for solace, comfort, and liberation. From the healing ceremonies of the Navajo people to the meditative power of Hindustani ragas, composers explore the restorative power of music. Plus: ruminations on mental illness, and the songs of spiritual healers.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9pm PT.