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Dig into the lyrics of classic rock songs and the storytellers that created them in "Behind The Song," a podcast of essays by The Drive's Janda Lane. Hear what was happening behind the scenes while some of the most iconic songs in rock history were being written.

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Dig into the lyrics of classic rock songs and the storytellers that created them in "Behind The Song," a podcast of essays by The Drive's Janda Lane. Hear what was happening behind the scenes while some of the most iconic songs in rock history were being written.

    How “Closer To The Heart” by Rush started with a friendship

    How “Closer To The Heart” by Rush started with a friendship

    It’s been said “Closer To The Heart” by Rush is Canada’s “Stairway To Heaven,” in ways that go beyond the technical, and it struck a chord worldwide to audiences in a way that Rush’s songs hadn’t before. There’s a folk vibe to this song, a message about finding personal balance and how doing that puts the world at large in a better kind of order. It was the first Rush song to have lyrics penned by an outside co-writer, and it became a hit. Geddy Lee said it was “as close as they ever got to a pop song.” But who was that outside writer? Let’s get into “Closer To The Heart” in this episode of the Behind The Song podcast. 


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    • 12 min
    Bon Jovi's story that started in "Livin' On A Prayer"

    Bon Jovi's story that started in "Livin' On A Prayer"

    It was a song that Jon Bon Jovi had to admit that he was wrong about. It took serious convincing for him to agree to put what became Bon Jovi’s signature song on their third album, a make or break album for the band. And the song does what only a very big, monster hit song can do: get in your head and stay there, probably forever. It also tells a story about a couple of kids, Tommy and Gina…the first in a series of songs in which the couple would appear. Get into the story of “Livin’ On A Prayer” in this episode of the Behind The Song podcast with your host, Janda Lane.
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    • 15 min
    The emotional ride of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses”

    The emotional ride of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses”

    It may be the most delicate song in the entire Rolling Stones catalog, with Mick Jagger delivering every single line of “Wild Horses” with an impassioned weight. And there’s good reason for that. By the time this song was written and recorded for 1971’s Sticky Fingers album, the Stones had more than enough personal drama to sing about. Get into it in this episode of the Behind The Song podcast with Janda Lane. 

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    • 13 min
    Who was Heart's "Magic Man?"

    Who was Heart's "Magic Man?"

    Workplace romances can be challenging…especially when your job is being part of a rock band. That was certainly the case with the band Heart. In fact, their first Top 10 hit in the US was written about the beginnings of what became an intra-band relationship. Get into the story of “Magic Man” in this episode of the Behind The Song podcast.
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    • 11 min
    The year John Mellencamp took control

    The year John Mellencamp took control

    By 1983, John Mellencamp had finally gotten the upper hand on his career. After the success of his breakthrough album, 1982’s American Fool, he had all the cards in his deck to change the game when it came to his relationship with the music business executives who had tried to control him from the start, over six years earlier. 
    For his seventh studio album, Uh Huh, he did just that. Released in the fall of '83, t is the first album that bears his last name, an important step toward freeing himself of artistic shackles. Uh Huh was another success for Mellencamp on the charts, and one of its charting singles could be viewed as his mission statement: a song that encapsulates not only his battle with the folks in the corner offices who tried to dictate his career but the very spirit of the man himself. Let’s get into the story of “Authority Song” in this episode of the Behind The Song podcast. 

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    • 11 min
    The timeless appeal of Pink Floyd’s “Time”

    The timeless appeal of Pink Floyd’s “Time”

    The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd stands alone in many ways. By dealing with the uncomfortable concepts of life, death, greed, and mental illness, this body of work chimes with the human experience on a real level, which is remarkable considering that Roger Waters wrote the lyrics when he was just in his late 20’s. The content resonates so completely that The Dark Side Of The Moon holds the record on the Billboard 200 chart for being the longest-charting album in the chart’s history - over a thousand weeks and counting. It is one of the best-selling albums in the world, one of the most important in the entire rock genre. And when it comes to “Time,” track four on side one, we have a song that confronts us with our very path of existence. It traces the whole pattern of life, from youth to death and the great beyond, in six minutes and 53 seconds of pure poetry and amazingly creative audio imagery - ticking clocks and all. Get into it in this episode of the Behind The Song podcast. 

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    • 15 min

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Excellent podcast

Very informative and wonderful narration.
I always look forward to the latest episode

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Stop listening to this episode ,the in depth analysis was just reciting lyrics to one of DB’s best known songs

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