What Dreamers Do

Carla Gover

Hi, I’m Carla Gover, an Appalachian musician, flatfoot dancer, mama, and DREAMER from Kentucky. I'm on a mission to share fierce love, good humor, and inspiration to help you live a life of creative freedom. I decided to start the What Dreamers Do Podcast to help answer the question: How can we use our gifts and talents to build a better world, and have fun along the way? You’ll also find musings about Appalachia as well as interesting conversations with songwriters, poets, dancers, educators, world-changers, social justice warriors, and other people like you who are working to make a difference using their art, their voice, or just the way they live their lives. Each Thursday, you’ll hear ideas, conversations, and actionable items to help you unlock your creativity and live your purpose. Grab a mason jar full of sweet tea (or something a little stronger) and pull up a chair, cause it’s time to get YOUR dream on!
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Sep 10 2021
59 seconds
Blurred Lines: Flatfooting & Clogging & Bluegrass & Old-TimeSigns & Wonders: A Visit With Granny OllieMy Culture Is Not Your Costume: Appalachia Edition
In this episode, I take on a potentially sensitive subject: cultural insensitivity toward Appalachian people, as manifested in the musical community. This episode deals with what I see as respectful vs. insensitive ways to approach performing and participating in cultures of groups and places that are different from your culture of origin.To lay the foundation, I discuss how I believe the music and dance of Appalachia should be performed and celebrated by all who love them, how our heritage and history have been whitewashed historically, and how it's important to acknowledge the privilege I have in being a white, able-bodied, and cis-gendered heterosexual woman.I also discuss some of the problematic examples of "performative culture" I've seen,  including:artists from elsewhere using fake accents onstagestereotypical songwriting tropes with 'southern gothic' and 'poverty porn' themes writers, academics, and performers who attempt to paint Appalachia with too broad a brush or explain our culture and its problems without addressing the bigger picture and the nuances of our lived experiences. I also share some personal experiences about how those behaviors can sometimes feel mocking or belittling to those of us who have had to process stigma and stereotypes and/or been made to feel less than due to where we're from.  Finally, I address the importance of having these conversations with each other, among various cultural, ethnic, and racial categories, as we all work together to dismantle the systemic oppression inherent in our society. Links MentionedMe & The Redbird River Song Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/carlagover)
Dec 30 2021
34 mins
The Least of These: A tale about my Granny and GenerositySongwriting: Behind-The-ScenesThe Patriarchy and Your CreativityYou're Kind of a Big Deal: Becoming More of Who You Are with Yani VozosOn Gratitude (and Hot Baths)Creative Habits: Your Brain Needs a WranglerOrigin Story of an Artist/Activist: Seeking inspiration, living an authentic life, and learning self-belief along the way.
Nov 11 2021
17 mins