Ross King takes you, song-by-song, on a deep dive into the story of creating his newest record.
Track 1: Build the House
The story of writing and recording "Build the House" includes an amateur exegesis of Psalm 127: 1-2, discussions on the way we seek and use power, and some bragging on the greatness that is Aaron Shust, among other things.
Track 2: Things That I'm Afraid Of
The story of writing and recording "Things That I'm Afraid Of" includes an amateur exegesis of Psalm 23, the brilliant use of a floppy disk as a musical instrument, the beauty of a one-man-Joel-Rousseau choir, and much more.
Tracks 3 & 4: The Show
The story of writing and recording "The Show" (and "Introducing the Show") includes some talk of John the Baptist, a 20-year-old "bell" that can't be un-rung, and the swallowing of a possibly demonic fly, among other things.
Track 5: Believe in the Desert
The story of writing and recording "Believe in the Desert" includes an amateur exegesis of Psalm 42, an attempt to add some appropriate drama to the idea of "disappointment," a passionate GIF texting kerfuffle (for a good cause of course), and much more.
Track 6: All My Heroes Are Underdogs
The story of writing and recording “All My Heroes Are Underdogs” includes a lot of honest talk about the biblical character David, a little bit of admiration for country music formula songwriting, Ross nervously sharing some of the complexities of raising non-white children, and much more.
Track 7: Villain
The story of the writing and recording “Villain” includes an amateur exegesis of both Luke 10 and John 17, our first guest co-host(ish), Ben Backus saying “spooky” a lot, and much more.
This podcast feels like listening to the director's commentary for a great movie, only to discover that the director left a bunch of fun little Easter eggs that you never noticed and the story has a backstory that is as interesting to hear about as the movie itself. Except with music!
Ross offers an honest perspective on the times we find ourselves living in, both through his words and his music. He invites conversations, injects biblical truth, and challenges us all to stand a little taller. Plus, these episodes are just really fun to listen to. More, please!
I have listened to Ross King for some time now. I enjoyed playing the “Juice Box” and the “Lion Monkey Donkey” track to my kiddos when they were young. But, I am truly encouraged by the lyrics of his most recent album. What is expressed within the lyrics of this album speak so boldly to the true feelings we feel on this side of heaven. Thank you for sharing what is real with the world.