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Why do musicians create what they do? Why do they create in that particular way? Mark Linsenmayer (aka songwriter Mark Lint, and host of The Partially Examined Life) talks to songwriters and composers about specific recordings, which are played in full. We cover lyric meanings, writing and recording techniques, arrangements, band dynamics, the stories behind the songs, and even music theory.

Nakedly Examined Music Podcast Mark Linsenmayer

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Why do musicians create what they do? Why do they create in that particular way? Mark Linsenmayer (aka songwriter Mark Lint, and host of The Partially Examined Life) talks to songwriters and composers about specific recordings, which are played in full. We cover lyric meanings, writing and recording techniques, arrangements, band dynamics, the stories behind the songs, and even music theory.

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    NEM#164: James McMurtry Doesn’t Have to Make Sense

    NEM#164: James McMurtry Doesn’t Have to Make Sense

    …But he usually does. 







    The legendary Texas singer-songwriter has put out 10 studio albums since 1989. We discuss “If It Don’t Bleed” (and listen to “Blackberry Winter”) from The Horses and the Hounds (2021), “How’m I Gonna Find You Now” from Complicated Game (2015), and “Be With Me” from It Had to Happen (1997). Intro: “Choctaw Bingo” from Saint Mary of the Woods (2002). For more see jamesmcmurtry.com.







    Watch the video from “How’m I Gonna Find You Now.” Here’s a long/live solo version of Choctaw Bingo.” Watch a whole live trio show from 2013. Here’s a tune from his first album.







    Photo by Mary Keating Bruton. Interview editing by Tyler Hislop of Pixelbox Media.







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    • 58 min
    NEM#163: Lilli Lewis Is Not Just a Jazz-Singing Pianist

    NEM#163: Lilli Lewis Is Not Just a Jazz-Singing Pianist

    Lilli is also an activist, folk-rock diva, record label executive, and daughter of a preacher man. She’s released 10 albums and 3 EPs since 2003. We discuss “Coffee Shop Girl” and listen to “Copper John” from Americana(2021), “Warm and Gentle People” from We Belong (2019), and “Song for the End of Days” from Castles of Her Crystalline (2005). Intro: “Lady” from The Coming of John (2003). Hear more at folkrockdiva.com and lillilewisproject.com.







    Watch her singing “My American Heart” from the new album live solo. See a live 2020 full-band gig. Here’s “Warm and Gentle People” live; you can hear the 2005 version of that song too. Here’s a tune by The Shiz. Listen to all of “Lady.” Hear all of the 2018 solo Henderson Sessions version of “Coffee Shop Girl.“







    Listen to my previous interview with her producer Mark Bingham.







    Photo by Gabriel Barreto. Interview editing by Tyler Hislop of Pixel Box Media.







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    • 1 hr 17 min
    NEM#162: Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel): Texas Swing for Half a Hundred Years

    NEM#162: Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel): Texas Swing for Half a Hundred Years

    Ray started Asleep at the Wheel in 1969 and has put out 26 albums of original tunes and classic covers while touring constantly. We discuss the title track from Half a Hundred Years (2021), “Pedernales Stroll” from Keepin’ Me Up Nights (1990), and “Am I High” from The Wheel (1977). Intro: “The Letter (That Johnny Walker Read)” from Texas Gold (1975). Closer: “The Road Will Hold Me Tonight” feat. Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, recorded in the early 80s but only released now on the new album. Learn more at asleepatthewheel.com.







    Watch the video for “Half a Hundred Years.” Watch “Am I High?” live on 80s TV. Here’s the band live recently at the Paste Studio and playing their 25th Anniversary show on Austin City Limits in 1996. Their most famous tune is “Hot Rod Lincoln.” Here they are with Willie Nelson. Here’s a very old TV performance of “Take Me Back to Tulsa.” Hear all of “The Letter (That Johnny Walker Read).“







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    • 59 min
    NEM#161: Chuck Prophet Is On the Couch

    NEM#161: Chuck Prophet Is On the Couch

    Chuck joined Green on Red as guitarist in 1985 and has released 15 solo albums of tuneful guitar rock since 1990, touring constantly and doing a lot of co-writing.







    We discuss “Womankind” from The Land That Time Forgot (2020), “Your Skin” from Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins (2017), “Castro Halloween” from Temple Beautiful (2012, the extended single version). We conclude by listening to “Wish Me Luck” from Night Surfer(2014). Intro: “Summertime Thing” from No Other Love (2002). For more see chuckprophet.com.







    Another song from The Land That Time Forgot is “Marathon,” which has a video. Watch a full live show from 2018. Hear all of “Summertime Thing.” Here’s “Wish Me Luck” live. Watch a live Green on Red 2006 reunion show, and here they are back in 1986.







    We talk a little about his co-writing with Alejandro Escovedo that’s been discussed on NEM#60. I’ve had two other Green on Red members on the show: Dan Stuart and Chris Cacavas.







    Audio editing for the interview by Tyler Hislop.







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    • 59 min
    NEM#160: John McCutcheon Learns the Lessons of Folk

    NEM#160: John McCutcheon Learns the Lessons of Folk

    John has released 45 albums since 1975 of original folk, traditional folk, children’s music (garnering six Grammy nominations for those), and instrumentals: He is fluent on guitar, banjo, violin, dulcimer, and more.







    His songs very often tell stories, and we discuss several of those: “Atonement” from Bucket List (2021), “Soup” from John McCutcheon’s Four Seasons: Wintersongs (1995), and “Water from Another Time” from Gonna Rise Again (1987). We end by listening to “The Night John Prine Died” from Cabin Fever: Songs from Quarantine (2020). Intro: “Christmas in the Trenches” from Winter Solstice (1984). For more, see folkmusic.com.







    Watch a short film made explaining and presenting all of “Christmas in the Trenches.” See a whole recent concert where he plays all his instruments to present traditional folk music. See him sing “The Night John Prine Died” from his living room. Here he is playing one of his best-loved kids’ songs. Watch a video made for his new track, “Bucket List.” See him make sweet noise on the hammer dulcimer and then as part of an instrumental quartet. Here’s John on stage with Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton et al, and here he is harmonizing with Tom Chapin and others.







    Photo by Irene Young. Audio editing for the interview by Tyler Hislop.







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    • 1 hr 11 min
    NEM#159: Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo) Is a Writer, Not Just an Arranger

    NEM#159: Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo) Is a Writer, Not Just an Arranger

    Steve is best known as guitarist/arranger for Oingo Boingo through their eight albums from 1981-1995 and for following its leader Danny Elfman into a life creating movie soundtracks, often for filmmaker Tim Burton. However, his activity as composer goes all the way back to the late ’60s and continues today.







    We discuss “Tango” by jackiO from their self-titled album (2019), “The Wake” and “Checking Out/Streets of Managu” from his soundtracks to Guilty as Charged (1991) and The Art of Travel (2008), and “Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow” by Strawberry Alarm Clock from Incense and Peppermints (1967), written with George Bunnell. We conclude by listening to “Nothing to Feel” by Fejj from Alive (1979) Intro: the title track to Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo (1985), written by Elfman, arr. Bartek.







    Watch Oingo Boingo live in 1983. Here are Danny and Steve reunited to play “Dead Man’s Party.” Hear jackiO’s 10+ minute jazz version of the song. Watch jackiO live, including some Bartek flute. Here’s the Oingo Boingo Former Members live band. Hear the 2012 Strawberry Alarm Clock album that Steve produced in full. The version of the Fejj track we discussed was filmed.







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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Treeroped ,

Amazing insight and entertainment

Mark and his guests get right to the heart of the matter!! Here are truly interestig artists and styles with which your might not be familiar. Mark is able to bring out the essence of the songs, both musically and lyrically. Mark's humorous and genial style makes these interviews a pleasure to listen to. This show is a real pearl!

Spotted Grackle ,

Great Podcast for Musicians and Songwriters

I’m hooked! I love the approach. I really enjoy all the different personalities and types of music. The lyrical and musical analysis really makes the songs fun to listen. As I listen to the tracks, I find myself trying to predict what Mark will choose to discuss with the artists. It makes me pay attention to the details. There’s a lot of great discussion about lyrics. If your a songwriter, I think this podcast will inspire you to write some quality lyrics. If your a music lover who’s into words, this podcast is for you.

girltalk77 ,

Mark rocks!

Mark is my podcast host crush. So smart and funny! And every episode is super interesting. Thanks Mark!

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