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‘The Secret Life of Songs’ is a new podcast series exploring ten classic pop recordings to get to the heart of why they mean so much to us. I'm a musician who writes and performs under the name 'sky coloured' and in each episode, I'll discuss and perform a different classic pop song, from Sam Cooke, to the Beach Boys, to Tina Turner, and more. It's intended to be an insight into how these amazing songs work, from a songwriter's perspective, as well as a personal interpretation of what they might have to say to us.

The Secret Life of Songs Anthony

    • Music Commentary
    • 5.0, 17 Ratings

‘The Secret Life of Songs’ is a new podcast series exploring ten classic pop recordings to get to the heart of why they mean so much to us. I'm a musician who writes and performs under the name 'sky coloured' and in each episode, I'll discuss and perform a different classic pop song, from Sam Cooke, to the Beach Boys, to Tina Turner, and more. It's intended to be an insight into how these amazing songs work, from a songwriter's perspective, as well as a personal interpretation of what they might have to say to us.

    #6 - Jealous Guy / John Lennon

    #6 - Jealous Guy / John Lennon

    The history of rock music is in large part a history of men writing condescending and degrading songs about women, so it's interesting when a songwriter like John Lennon - with a track record of some of rock's most notoriously misogynistic lyrics -...

    • 20 min
    #5 - Son of a Preacher Man / Dusty Springfield

    #5 - Son of a Preacher Man / Dusty Springfield

    The story of Billy-Rae, the preacher's son, and the singer of 'Son of a Preacher Man', stealing away from their parents to discover love in the back yard is contained in one of the most familiar and enduringly popular songs of the 1960s. The scene Dusty...

    • 23 min
    #4 - God Only Knows / The Beach Boys

    #4 - God Only Knows / The Beach Boys

    The story of the Beach Boys starting out as preppy Californian surf-popsters to become Rock n Roll Hall of Famers responsible for 'Greatest Albums Ever' list perennial 'Pet Sounds' is a familiar one. This narrative tends to overlook the currents of...

    • 23 min
    #3 - You're All I Need to Get By / Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

    #3 - You're All I Need to Get By / Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

    The classic Motown duet, 'You're All I Need to Get By', seems to be about commitment - about a love which has recently been embarked on and which stretches ahead into the future - has come, perhaps surprisingly, to resonate with those mourning the loss...

    • 23 min
    #2 - One Fine Day / The Chiffons

    #2 - One Fine Day / The Chiffons

    The 1960s girl group genre might seem an odd place to find tragedy, particularly when it's wrapped in such apparently joyful music as The Chiffons' 'One Fine Day'. Legendary songwriting partners Gerry Goffin and Carole King manage the difficult trick of...

    • 20 min
    #1 - Bring It On Home to Me / Sam Cooke

    #1 - Bring It On Home to Me / Sam Cooke

    How does a song make us feel like we want to go home? that we miss someone who has left us at a home that now feels nothing but empty? that they may never come home, though we'll never stop hoping? In this first episode, I look at Sam Cooke's song,...

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Mickey Fynn ,

Like a warm informative bath

This podcast is great! Amazingly well researched, beautifully delivered and some nice cover versions of the songs Anthony is unpacking. A hidden gem!

FanOMusic2020 ,

A must listen for music fans

As someone who really enjoys the intellectual approach to popular culture (think of books like ‘Revolution in the Head’ by Ian MacDonald about The Beatles; or the music podcast ‘Political Beats’ which is akin to this, but covers entire careers) this podcast is a joy to listen to.

If you’re interested in the how and why a song works or was composed in a certain way; if you’re interested in what the specific chords and notes are; or if you’re interested in the cultural background and influences to a song; then this podcast will work for you.

I can not recommend this highly enough. And what I consider the hallmark of any good music podcast, as soon as it’s over I go and listen to the song it was covering with a new found appreciation for it, almost like I’m hearing it for the first time all over again.

HQJY1510 ,

Moving and informative

I loved hearing the intimate stories behind each of the songs and the artists. So much amazing detail woven beautifully into the description of the music itself. Can’t wait for the next episodes.

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