BEHIND THE SCENES with Blackbird Pot Pie: Not the Pie Umami Made .

Music Credits

Dana Mae Gayner, Hannah, Jordan, Katarina, Megan and Ryann, Mannington Music School. James Fitzmartin, William Penn Charter School John E. Fahrne

Image Credit: Emily Gillespi

In voting for the People's ShortDoc, listeners offered these comments about about Blackbird Pot Pie: Not the Pie Umami Made

  • I hate to admit it, but I now have the greatest curiousity to eat a blackbird. Just hearing John describe the taste activated my salivary glands. Plus just hearing John's recounting of this childhood recollection was also like biting into something savory and immediately having a long-forgotten fond memory triggered. - I was captivated by this from the moment the guy gives a little laugh while talking at 0:08, and remained so when I realized he was talking about something as disgusting as eating blackbirds. This piece was so well-produced, and the voice... oh, the voice. - This story reminds me of my father, now 87 years old. He is often troubled by things he cannot remember, however he is able to recall moments from his childhood with amazing clarity. This narrator is able to transport the listener to a time of simple pleasures. - Wonderful storytelling, where food comes alive in time and place. The substance of the narration gives us a wonderful sense of "place" and his memories and voice make "time" a character in the story, as well. The children's singing is a charming echo of the narrator's own graveling song. In sum, lovely!