16 episodes

The Twin Cities is full of original theatre and homegrown music; here is where they collide. TC Song Story, hosted by Mark Sweeney, takes the scalpel to one song written and asks its composer 'How did you make this?'. Each podcast features a full length recording of the song being discussed. From musical theatre to music theatre to music written for plays we're looking for the TC Song Story.

Twin Cities Song Story Mark Sweeney

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

The Twin Cities is full of original theatre and homegrown music; here is where they collide. TC Song Story, hosted by Mark Sweeney, takes the scalpel to one song written and asks its composer 'How did you make this?'. Each podcast features a full length recording of the song being discussed. From musical theatre to music theatre to music written for plays we're looking for the TC Song Story.

    Catalog Models | Twin Cities Song Story: Episode 16

    Catalog Models | Twin Cities Song Story: Episode 16

    What do David Bowie, witches, chairs and fears have to do with a show about a couple planning a dinner party? Catalog Models (Mark Sweeney and Gemma Irish) dive into how these elements found their way into ‘Invitation’, the opening number to The Chair-builders their 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival offering.

    After about seven minutes of yammering and a peek into early versions of the song, you’ll hear Megan Kelly Hubbell sing ‘Invitation’. Huge thanks to David Orlicz for providing reeds in an alternate take of the song.

    • 10 min
    Phillip Gonzales in a Diner| Twin Cities Song Story: UnEpisode1

    Phillip Gonzales in a Diner| Twin Cities Song Story: UnEpisode1

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    The NoisePicnic Podcast Festival is coming up August 28th and 29th at the Phoenix Theater. It will feature six live shows of all your favorite NoisePicnic Podcasts over two nights. Twin Cities Song Story will close out the festival with guests Philip Simondet, Tom Reed + Co-host, Phil Gonzales and special appearance by Lounge-asaurus Rex!

    More info HERE. 

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    • 1 min
    Andrew Gaylord | Twin Cities Song Story: Episode 14

    Andrew Gaylord | Twin Cities Song Story: Episode 14

    Andrew Gaylord is a listener. If you ask him a question he’s more than likely to want to hear your answer than to give you his own. As one-half of PlaceBase productions he’s traveled across Minnesota collecting the stories of communities and spinning them into site-specific productions. When the company was approached to create a show around the Minnesota River Valley he felt there was contentious piece of Minnesota history he couldn’t avoid.

    In this podcast Andrew talks about the song “Traverse des Sioux” from After the Birds Taught me to Fly, a new production premiering June 5-7th at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The songwriter discusses his company’s process, and why he was drawn to write about the Dakota War of 1862. The podcast ends with a recording of the song ‘Traverse des Sioux’ performed by Andrew.

    • 13 min
    Ted Moore | Twin Cities Song Story: Episode 13

    Ted Moore | Twin Cities Song Story: Episode 13

    Ted more is a sound designer and composer who thrives in punctuating stillness and tension. His work manipulates live instrumental performance and recordings with software through written processor effects. In this month’s podcast Ted Moore talks about his work on Persephone, staged at the Cowels Center in December 2014 with director-creator, Hannah K Hollman.

    Ted discusses how code writing and sound manipulation have turned his computer into a personalized instrument. He also recalls how scrapping a whole movement late in the rehearsal process transformed the narrative arch of the piece for the better. The music added to that fifth movement is included at the end of the podcast.

    Ted Moore is currently the sound designer of These are the Men at the Southern Theater.

    • 11 min
    Fruit Fly: The Musical | Twin Cities Song Story: Episode 12

    Fruit Fly: The Musical | Twin Cities Song Story: Episode 12

    In Fruit Fly: The Musical, Sheena Janson and Max Wajtanowicz thinly fictionalize twenty years of friendship between a gay man and straight woman.

    This month’s Song Story, features Max and Sheena discussing “I’m Totally Fine Without You” from Fruit Fly.

    They explore why their specific relationship felt necessary to bring to the stage and how distilling their friendship into song made it appeal to a larger audience. Max and Sheena perform “I’m Totally Fine Without You”, written by Michael Gruber and the cast, at the end of podcast accompanied by Jill Dawe.

    • 13 min
    Sweet Land The Musical | Twin Cities Song Story: Episode 11

    Sweet Land The Musical | Twin Cities Song Story: Episode 11

    The much loved Minnesotan film Sweet Land, based on a short story by Will Weaver, is not standard musical theater material. The story lives in quiet actions and awkward silences as cultural barriers give way to understanding and eventually love. In these quiet moments Perrin Post found opportunity to create music that dives under the skin of the characters of Sweet Land.

    In this month’s podcast, the creative team of Sweet Land The Musical , producer/ book writer Perrin Post, lyricist Laurie Flanigan-Hegge and composer Dina Maccabee, explore how the single action of looking through a camera’s lens, found in Will Weaver’s short story “A Gravestone Full of Wheat,” lead to the song “The Photograph”. The team also discusses how the use of instrumentation creates specific environments, from trains to wheat fields, including a moment where a character witnesses the northern lights.The podcast concludes with a performance of “The Photograph” by musical director Matt Riehle.

    More info at sweetlandthemusical.com.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

KacieGalyon ,

A fresh, new look at theatre in the Twin Cities!

I love how Mark takes us into a world of theatre that many might not be privy to - music theatre. Getting to know the writers, composers, directors, etc. allows for a completely new perspective into the creation and production of a show. I only wish I could see them all! Thank you, Mark, for what you are doing.

derekleemiller ,

Fascinating

Incredibly interesting exploration of how music finds its way to the stage. It’s not just for "musical theatre” lovers, Sweeney seeks out all kinds of people creating new music in new ways, and it’s always been a great listen.

DanjerCat ,

Music is magic

And this podcast is too, Mark does a good job.

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