22 episodes

Belfast-born Melbourne-based songwriter and producer Andy White has a new podcast series based around the writing and recording of 'AT', the album he released with Tim Finn earlier this year. As in the first series, when he went track by track with latest solo album ‘This garden is only temporary’, Andy looks at a song a week to show how layers of lyrics and music  work together, ideas appear, and surprises are welcomed. In both series, Andy plays excerpts from the master tapes and discusses process, influences and inspirations. Each episode ends with a different version of the song from the one you'll find on the released recording. If the underlying theme of Series 1 was "How to make an album", Series 2 is "How to co-write an album". There are even more ways to write songs or record when two people are involved. And if you are old friends and bandmates, you don't need to be in the same room together."If you want to express something but don't know how to express it—tell the truth. This is powerful."

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Belfast-born Melbourne-based songwriter and producer Andy White has a new podcast series based around the writing and recording of 'AT', the album he released with Tim Finn earlier this year. As in the first series, when he went track by track with latest solo album ‘This garden is only temporary’, Andy looks at a song a week to show how layers of lyrics and music  work together, ideas appear, and surprises are welcomed. In both series, Andy plays excerpts from the master tapes and discusses process, influences and inspirations. Each episode ends with a different version of the song from the one you'll find on the released recording. If the underlying theme of Series 1 was "How to make an album", Series 2 is "How to co-write an album". There are even more ways to write songs or record when two people are involved. And if you are old friends and bandmates, you don't need to be in the same room together."If you want to express something but don't know how to express it—tell the truth. This is powerful."

    The Sea Holds the Memory

    The Sea Holds the Memory

    The podcast is back! This is the first episode of Series 2 which looks at Andy White and Tim Finn's 'AT' album song by song. Andy has dug out their original writing demos plus some of the emails that whizzed back and forwards across the Tasman Sea between the two pals. This week you'll hear what inspired Andy and Tim to get writing and how this first song came into being – an interview their ALT band mate Liam did with a Dun Laoghaire magazine, a couple of poems, and how they dragged Bri...

    • 18 min
    Three Sheep Grazing

    Three Sheep Grazing

    After The Sea Holds the Memory, Andy and Tim started writing Three Sheep Grazing straight away. It started after a conversation with a friend about the village green and globalisation. Find out more in this second episode of the new series and hear the mysterious and marvellous musical elements that contribute to one of the lads' favourite songs on the 'AT' album.Andy mentions two Oliver Postgate TV series he watched when he was a child (and perhaps more recently) Camberwick Green and T...

    • 18 min
    Bundle of their Dreams

    Bundle of their Dreams

    Three tracks into the AT album and Andy steps up with a song that started in a similar way to I Decided to Fly from Altitude. This time, Tim and he go back and forward writing a song about their parents, although some of it ends up being about a certain Irish mongrel.The latest dive into the AT master tapes reveals Bundle of their Dreams' relationship to Seventeen and uncovers the secrets of the dreaded Melodica. But most of all, that writing around a theme close to your heart is ...

    • 20 min
    Everything Twice

    Everything Twice

    In this episode Andy turns his attention to Everything Twice, the fourth song he and Tim Finn wrote for the 'AT' album. The three previous songs had worked – the two chums were doing it again, and that was how the songs started. You can do it twice. You'll hear how the song started with one phrase and a method songwriters use for jotting down a melody. Then a variety of increasingly crazed story lines before coming back to the original one. Doing it again, in Melbourne and Auckland.If you are...

    • 18 min
    Save me a Weekend

    Save me a Weekend

    Sometimes everyone is too busy to talk. Or to meet. Andy has reached Save me a Weekend, the last track on side one of 'AT', the album co-written with Tim Finn. In Episode 5, the pals start off with one of them feeling grumpy and end up writing a wider lament. Thankfully, Andy has edited out the update on his tooth situation, but there are digressions on singing harmony and Harriet the double bass. You can listen to her on I Will Wait and One in a Million. Poetry fans will be all over pathetic...

    • 18 min
    My Regeneration

    My Regeneration

    "Hotels." No, "old hotels". "Thick walls." No, "thick thick walls." Pericles, a caterpillar and dashboard lights. If you have only heard the single version of My Regeneration, you will find the whole story here. Andy is halfway through his exploration of the 'AT' album he wrote with Tim Finn.The sleep-inducing yet fascinating BBC series Andy mentions is In Our Time. The other Shakespeare plays are The Winter's Tale and The Tempest. We have no links for Andy's bass playing digressi...

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

Suzzr33 ,

Three Sheep Grazing just makes me smile.

Andy and Tim really are at the top of their craft. Such great lyrics and the melody including the subtle key change just add to the enjoyment. I love the big picture of including other animals both above and under the sea. Also importantly, the unheard other versions just add to my love of your combined music abilities. Congratulations gentlemen, now I am hanging out to hear Bundle of Their Dreams.

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