59 episodes

SongWriter turns stories into songs, ft. Joyce Carol Oates, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Roxane Gay, Amanda Shires (The Highwomen), Susan Orlean, Steve Earle & Katie Melua

SongWriter Ben Arthur

    • Music
    • 4.2 • 37 Ratings

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SongWriter turns stories into songs, ft. Joyce Carol Oates, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Roxane Gay, Amanda Shires (The Highwomen), Susan Orlean, Steve Earle & Katie Melua

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Mary Gauthier + Kelley McRae

    Mary Gauthier + Kelley McRae

    Mary Gauthier tells a story from her memoir, Saved By a Song, and songwriter Kelley McRae performs a song written in response

    • 25 min
    Jonathan Franzen + Wussy

    Jonathan Franzen + Wussy

    Jonathan Franzen reads an excerpt from "Crossroads," and one of his favorite bands, Wussy, plays a song written in response

    • 39 min
    Ashley C. Ford + Be Steadwell

    Ashley C. Ford + Be Steadwell

    Ashley C. Ford reads from her memoir, and songwriter Be Steadwell performs a song that speaks directly to Ashley

    • 40 min
    Tom Franklin + Ben Glover

    Tom Franklin + Ben Glover

    Author Tom Franklin reads two pieces of short fiction and songwriter Ben Glover plays a song written in response to both

    • 24 min
    Premium Subscriber #4!

    Premium Subscriber #4!

    An update for premium subscribers, including new artist announcements, and Mike Ruffino's SECOND song that he wrote in response to Laurie Woolever's story from this week's episode, Devotion Cycle Part 1 (Hey Machan). The song is extraordinary and unexpected - and like the first one, uses actual audio recorded on a shoot with Anthony Bourdain in 2018) - mixing Latin rhythms with Sri Lankan instruments and vibes!

    Laurie Woolever + Mike Ruffino

    Laurie Woolever + Mike Ruffino

    Author Laurie Woolever tells a story about a shoot in Sri Lanka with Anthony Bourdain, and composer Mike Ruffino shares a song he created using sounds recorded for the episode

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

BZ Douglas ,

Wonderful concept, wonderful host

Attended a live taping of the show in Cleveland, and immediately fell in love with the concept and how Ben conducted the interview. Looking forward to following this show for as long as it runs!

Besteger ,

Looking Forward to More

Long-time fan of Arthur’s music. It’s fun to hear stories that have sparked his interest & learn more about his writing process.
I’m looking forward to hearing from his guests, as well.

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