Conversations with songwriters about their songs. Each episode begins and ends with a featured song played in full, allowing the listener to hear it with fresh ears and a new perspective. We explore the story behind the song with the artist who wrote it, discussing specific lines, phrases, themes, metaphors, production decisions, and the creative process.
BONUS: Enola’s Wake (or, How I Learned to Start Worrying and Stop Justifying the Bomb)
War is always a defeat for humanity. On the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, singer-songwriter Kevin Heider takes us on a sonic trip through history as he reflects on the morality of nuclear war.
Beauty & Pain (feat. Count the Leaves)
Pain is unavoidable in this life. For those who experience it more than others, is freedom possible? Hong Kong-based singer-songwriter, Count the Leaves, ponders this question in her hopeful tune "Elephant."
To A Girl I’ll Never See Again (feat. Chris Cole)
Some people leave lasting impressions. Why some stick with us while others fade remains a mystery. Singer-songwriter Chris Cole dives into the romance of it all in his song "Mercedes."
A Justice Song (feat. Jenny & Tyler)
It's a beautiful thing when art goes to work for the common good, to keep the flame of our collective conscience burning. Jenny & Tyler's anthemic "Waters Roll" is powerful cry for justice.
Who We Are Is On the Line (feat. Merlot Embargo)
Making the most of the time we’re given. Overcoming the fears that keep us from trying. Staying true to who we are. These themes are at the heart of Merlot Embargo’s infectious pop anthem "One Day."
Every Age I’ve Ever Been (feat. Denison Witmer)
Reflecting on our most formative experiences is an essential part of the growth process. Denison Witmer's "San Francisco" is a moving tribute to the passage of time and the places that remain in our memory long after we've left them.
Jenny & Tyler!
The Justice song episode with Jenny & Tyler is great! You should have them back for more of their music. Love their process & stories!
Great breakdown of songs. Really interesting for those interested in song craft.
Cuts to the heart of the creative process
Out of nowhere, this has become one of my favourite podcasts. I love the way Kevin has framed these episodes as a conversation sandwiched between two songs. I say two songs because, even though it’s the same both times, the second listen feels like a completely different song because of the logos and pathos revealed in the interview.