Have you ever wondered how a song is made? What happens during the recording process? In Journey of a Song, singer-songwriter Emmeline takes the audience on a tour of a musician's creative process, from the first notes to the final recorded song. Each week, a different songwriter pulls back the curtain on a favorite composition, beginning with an acoustic version of the song and ending with the final recorded product. In between, you'll hear a conversation about the inspiration behind the song, the decisions made in the recording booth, and the many ways in which music reflects and informs our emotions and our lives. Find behind-the-scenes photos and more when you follow @EmmelineMusic on Instagram!
Episode 42: "Pretend Love" by Glitter
"You don't know what it took from me to break down my walls."
What does real love look like? How do the people we love treat us as we evolve? What can their support afford us? What can it cost?
In her new single, "Pretend Love," Glitter seeks to answer some of these questions--and to challenge the audience to evaluate and reflect on its own love stories. In this episode, Glitter sits down with Emmeline to talk about the organic process of writing "Pretend Love," and how the song ultimately became the catalyst for her new project. She explores the decisions made in the studio to create a sense of new and of familiarity. She also discusses the courageous process of evolution and the difficulty of listening to our own inner voice above any external pressure.
For more information about Glitter, or to follow her musical journey, visit her official website. You can also check out the music video for "Pretend Love" here. For behind-the-scenes information and more about Journey of a Song, visit the Journey of Series official webpage. You can also hear songs from previous episodes with the Journey of a Song official Spotify playlist.
Episode 41: "Restart" by Xavier Bernazard
"I sure hope my life has meaning."
Do we have to grow colder as we grow older? How can we continue to evolve instead of letting adulthood cause us to devolve? When do we start letting life live us instead of living our lives?
In "Restart," Xavier Bernazard seeks to tackle these questions with slick steel drums and passionate vocals. In this episode, Xavier--an artist who identifies as both Latinx and as part of the LGBTQIA+ community--sits down with Emmeline to talk about the choices we make as we age, the circumstances that can force our hands off the steering wheel of our lives, and how we're never really done creating ourselves. They also talk about their mutual love for Paramore (especially the songs "26" and "Grow Up") and their intention to have a crying party--because emotions are important! Lastly, they discuss the process of infusing every step of a recording with authenticity, emotion, and narrative.
To learn more about Xavier Bernazard, or to follow their musical journey, visit their official website or find them on Instagram at @xavierbernazard. For behind-the-scenes info and more about Journey of a Song, follow Emmeline on social media at @EmmelineMusic or visit the Journey of Series official webpage. You can also hear songs from previous episodes by listening to and saving the Journey of a Song official playlist on Spotify!
Episode 40: "Howling at the Moon" by CD Barclay
"The dark won't show its face an hour too soon."
Maintaining our mental health is a journey, filled with ups and downs. Sometimes, we find a supportive and encouraging environment in which to grow. Sometimes, our choices are criticized and mocked, and we begin a downward spiral of self-doubt. If you struggle with mental health--or if you're just navigating the messiness of being human--this episode is for you!
In "Howling at the Moon," CD Barclay tackles the complex topic of self-acceptance. In this episode, he sits down with Emmeline to talk about the mental health challenges he's been facing and how they inspired his reflective folk song. He also talks about why it's important for us to talk kindly to ourselves, why the most important thing we can say to naysayers is "I don't care," and why we all find it so hard to give ourselves permission to be unfinished. They also talk about their mutual love for harmony, and how
To learn more about CD Barclay, or to follow his musical journey, visit his official website. For behind the scenes information and more about Journey of a Song, follow Emmeline on social media or visit the Journey of Series official webpage. You can also hear songs from previous episodes on the Journey of a Song official Spotify playlist!
Episode 39: "We Are OK" by Brian Lambert
"I've opened my heart; I'm standing here."
Did COVID derail your journey as an artist? Did you struggle with depression? Were you anxious about how your career or your passion might change shape?
In this episode, Brian Lambert talks about "We Are Okay," the song that details his journey from depression to triumph. He gets candid about how he turned his uncertainty surrounding the pandemic into a 52-week production challenge, which he's used as motivation to produce one new song each week for the last year. He and Emmeline also discuss finding inspiration in setbacks, allowing oneself to get vulnerable in songwriting, the importance of community in music, and communicating effectively about one's music with potential fans.
To learn more about Brian Lambert, or to follow his musical journey, visit his official website or find him on Twitter. For behind-the-scenes info and more about Journey of a Song, follow Emmeline on social media at @EmmelineMusic or visit the Journey of Series official webpage. You can also hear songs from previous episodes with the Journey of a Song official Spotify playlist.
Episode 38: "Thieves" by Brianna Ruelas
"You're the only one who can turn this around."
Do you need some encouragement? Does self-doubt ever keep you from chasing your dreams? Brianna Ruelas's new song, "Thieves," is exactly the anthem you need.
In this episode, Brianna shares how the song she wrote to encourage herself became a song she could send to encourage others. Brianna and Emmeline also talk about stepping into our own power, allowing ourselves to dream, challenging ourselves to be authentic, and the importance of giving ourselves permission to be served. They also discuss their mutual obsession with P!nk.
To learn more about Brianna Ruelas or to follow her musical journey, follow her on social media at @BriannaRuelasMusic or check out her official website. For behind-the-scenes information and more about Journey of a Song, follow Emmeline on social media at @EmmelineMusic or visit the Journey of Series official webpage. You can also hear songs from previous episodes by jamming to the Journey of a Song playlist on Spotify.
Episode 37: "Midnight Radio" by Nicholas Altobelli
"I stayed up all night to make this mixtape right."
Do you remember the days of perfecting the perfect playlist? Are there songs that take you back to high school, or middle school, or college? Did you ever make the perfect mixtape for a crush?
In "Midnight Radio," Nicholas Altobelli harnesses the nostalgia of what the playlist used to be, recalling the harrowing moments by the radio waiting for one's favorite song and reminiscing about the days when one's IM away message was just a series of deep, profound song lyrics. In this episode, Emmeline and Nicholas talk about the simplicity of songwriting, the importance of listening to music when making music, and how the bands we love shape the people we become. They also take a trip down Millennial memory lane!
To learn more about Nicholas Altobelli or to follow his musical journey, visit his official website. You can also check out his records on Bandcamp and hear the playlist inspired by his song, "Midnight Radio," on Spotify. To learn more about Journey of a Song, follow Emmeline on social media at @EmmelineMusic, or visit the Journey of Series official webpage. You can also hear songs from previous episodes with the Journey of a Song official playlist on Spotify.
Thoughtful and Entertaining
Emmeline does a fantastic job spotlighting the artist, the music and the message, while also keeping it thoughtful and entertaining. She has such a gift of interviewing and asking questions that truly get to the heart of the matter. Wonderful podcast, definitely take a listen.