back arrowView show

It Took 27 Years & Then It Popped

Episode description

Have you ever had the nightmare where you’re standing at the front of an audience, about to say something important, but when you open your mouth there’s nothing? Well imagine waking up in that nightmare and realizing that you couldn’t get out. That’s exactly what happened to KC Steedle, the night that a mysterious blackout nearly killed his dream of ever having a career in music. KC tells poet Ciona Rouse about the disquieting experience of confronting a medical anomaly. And a surprising change in plan that ultimately saved his career, and his life. Then Ciona takes his unsettling tale, and turns it into poetry.

Versify is a production of Nashville Public Radio and The Porch, Nashville’s nonprofit literary center. Editing and production came from WPLN’s Mack Linebaugh, with additional editing by Anita Bugg. The episode was hosted, scripted, and produced by Joshua Moore. Today’s story and poem were recorded by Luke Wiget at the March 2017 Jefferson St. Art Crawl.


**The music is by Kevin Chambers. Versify is distributed by PRX.

episodes iconMore Episodes

A Woman And A Dragon, Part Two

October 12th, 2018

26:31

After surviving the Mumbai terror attacks. Linda Ragsdale made good on her promise to honor her friend Naomi’s last wish — teach her how to draw a dragon — by starting a non-profit to travel the world and teach children …

A Woman And A Dragon, Part One

September 20th, 2018

25:33

Linda Ragsdale felt lucky to get the last seat on a trip to Mumbai, intending to deepen her practice of meditation. She found herself instead struggling for survival — in the middle of India's most severe terrorist …

22: Before I Could Give Her The Ring

July 27th, 2018

24:20

21: Saturn Returns By I-40 West

July 13th, 2018

23:13

After leaving suburban Tennessee for a career in Hollywood when he was just 18, Brad Wear became, in a lot of ways, the picture of LA success. But …

20: Mercy At The Ryman

June 21st, 2018

16:19

For singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier, coming to country music in her 40s was one of many things that made her feel like an industry outsider. Today, Mary speaks with poet Destiny Birdsong about her unconventional entry …

19: Thank God For That Judge

June 7th, 2018

17:52

Being in love often requires making sacrifices, but for Helen German, the sacrifice was a big one: Finding romance meant losing the approval of her family. Today, Helen relates the details of her life story, from …

18: Never Forget Your Name, Lyzette

May 17th, 2018

17:24

For Lyzette Garza, learning to embrace her Mexican American heritage has been a lifelong journey. Lyzette speaks with poet Kelley Bell about her formative childhood moments: hearing stories from her dad under the stars, …

17: Ending The Game With Sunset

May 3rd, 2018

14:47

For most people, living with your parents past your early 20s isn’t something to make a point of bringing up in public. But Paresh Sheth says that …

16: Acknowledgment of Paternity for a Child Born to an Unmarried Woman

April 20th, 2018

15:30

Amelia and Mark share the story of their intense uncertainty about having their first child, Silas — but the surprising joy of his first year. As 30-something New Yorkers transplanted to Nashville, they’re more ironic …

Coming Soon: Versify, Season 2

February 5th, 2018

3:02

In our second season of Versify, we bring you moments of impact: those times when our storytellers’ lives were changed forever. Decisive moments, pivotal shifts, and even brushes with death.

You’ll hear moving personal …

Loading ...

Download the RadioPublic app for
 FREE and never miss an episode.

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the App Store