Musician, composer and radio host Elizabeth McQueen wants to hear about transformational songs. In conversations and interviews with fellow musicians and artists, McQueen talks with them about life-changing songs, inspiration, creativity and so much more.
This Song: Beth Ditto (Rerun)
In this rerun from 2018, Beth Ditto, former lead singer of the band Gossip, talks about how Nina Simone's "Mississippi Goddam" helped her grapple with complex feelings about her home state, Arkansas. She also talks about returning home after heartbreak and explores making her first record "Fake Sugar."
This Song: Liz Phair (Rerun)
In this rerun from 2018, Liz Phair talks about hearing The Soft Boys "I Wanna Destroy You," revisiting her 1991 Girly-Sound Tapes and 1993 debut album, and parenting realities.
This Song: John Prine (Rerun)
John Prine explains how Bob Dylan's "The Lonsesome Death of Hattie Carroll" changed his life and goes in depth about his own songwriting process for his album "The Tree of Forgiveness."
This Song: Thao and The Get Down Stay Down
Thao Nguyen from Thao and the Get Down Stay Down talks to host Elizabeth McQueen about the inspiration behind her new song "Temple," and about what it was like to release music during a pandemic. She also shares how making the new album helped prepare her to address her sexuality publicly and to create a safe space in her life where she could exist as her full self.
This Song: Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine, bass player in the seminal 80s all-girl rock group the Go-Go's, recently wrote a memoir titled All I Ever Wanted. In this episode of, Kathy explains what "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream taught her about herself when she was 9 years old, describes how she found her creative process as an author and details how music and storytelling intersected in her new book.
This Song: St. Vincent (Rerun)
In this episode, St. Vincent explores how music from early Disney films helped her lay the foundation for beauty and wonder in her life and work. She also explains why she approached the songs on Masseduction with a Disney-esque lack of irony.
One of my favs
This is one of my favorite podcasts and I find myself enjoying it regardless of the guest and whether I’ve heard of them before. The editing is superb and Elizabeth McQueen is a fantastic host!
Love love love
The concept of the podcast is just awesome! Who wouldn’t want to talk to musicians about their favorite songs?! It always leads to a super interesting, funny and often profound conversation. I love it!
Really loving it
It is a great way to find out more about how music inlluences shape music ongoing. How artists grow into their music by way of others is really interesting.