9 episodes

Dateline December 30 2023. The spinoff is now the main event. Welcome to Where's That Sound Coming From Presents: Questions But No Answers! Yes, WTSCF has become what might be the only podcast centered on the musical career of a person whom I consider to be one of the most creative, if underrated and misunderstood, musical minds of the mid-late 20th Century: the late, great Michael Nesmith. I made a list of 75 songs he recorded between 1965-2016 which I feel support my opinion (mostly original, but I had to include a handful of wonderful cover versions) and I intend to devote a 30-60 min episode to each song (though if appropriate I might clump two together in one episode). True to Nez's own philosophy of letting ideas unfold in time and space to allow for growth, I only have a general idea of what I want these episodes to be like. There will indeed be academic presentation of facts, dates and names. There will also be, when applicable, comparative airings of different versions of the featured songs (demos, live versions, alternate versions, even interesting cover versions; and if the featured song IS a cover, I'll go into old school WTSCF mode and play/discuss the original). If I'm strapped for time or if I've already said what I wanted to say in the past, I might repurpose an old WTSCF episode that sufficiently discusses, say, "How Insensitive" or "She Thinks I Still Care". I'd like to have occasional guests to banter about the featured song--distinguished friends to start, but if a notable stranger with relevant, amazing stories or knowledge gets in touch, I might ask them to come on as well. I already have interviews I've done (between 2013-2022) with drummer John Ware, bassist David MacKay and Nez himself to draw on, but you never know who might come out of the woodwork. Why did I decide to call this new series "Questions But No Answers" and not, say, "Marble Canyons of the Sky" (my second choice) or "Listening" (a perfectly succinct title suggested by Andrew Sandoval, to whom perhaps I should have "listened" to ha ha). Well, because, while I want to always be accurate and correct when presenting facts, I also would like to whimsically muse about unknowables. Like, where in the world did "Writing Wrongs" come from? Or did Neil Young or The Eagles ever site "Propinquity" as inspiring certain songs? (you'll have to tune in to Episode 2 to hear which ones). I want to have fun with some mental gymnastics, as well as with amusing but relevant soundbites, and when guests come on I want to have engaging and enlightening but fun conversations and repartee. As the series progresses and grows, we'll also note Nez's growth as an artist--the singer, songwriter and guitar player. And yes, the complex person. However, I don't want to spend more time than necessary delving into his personal life or his non-musical ventures. There will be little to no time spent on Repo Man, Neftoon Zamora, Videoranch, Liquid Paper, wives or girlfriends. There'll be passing references to weed or metaphysics, but only if relevant. I plan to make this chronological because, again, I like charting the growth and evolution and out-of-(seemingly) nowhere ideas that marked his musical career. Please get in touch at wheresthatsoundcomingfrom@gmail.com with comments, questions, ideas, suggestions, stories and substantial monetary donations. I do all this myself, at home--the research, the script, the recording and editing--sometimes with a cat sleeping on my lap or reaching for the headphone and microphone. I do hope you enjoy this series. I realize this shift might lose some listeners that hoped I would continue the old format, or thought I might evolve into a Grateful Dead podcast. But crikey--there are enough of those to wade through and nothing left to say. Ah, but PodWorld is sorely in need of a series on Michael Nesmith. Disclaimer: though I was hired by Nez himself to write for Videoranch in 2017, this series is all me. Enjoy!

Where's That Sound Coming From Presents: Questions But No Answers with Brian Marchese Where's That Sound Coming From?

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    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

Dateline December 30 2023. The spinoff is now the main event. Welcome to Where's That Sound Coming From Presents: Questions But No Answers! Yes, WTSCF has become what might be the only podcast centered on the musical career of a person whom I consider to be one of the most creative, if underrated and misunderstood, musical minds of the mid-late 20th Century: the late, great Michael Nesmith. I made a list of 75 songs he recorded between 1965-2016 which I feel support my opinion (mostly original, but I had to include a handful of wonderful cover versions) and I intend to devote a 30-60 min episode to each song (though if appropriate I might clump two together in one episode). True to Nez's own philosophy of letting ideas unfold in time and space to allow for growth, I only have a general idea of what I want these episodes to be like. There will indeed be academic presentation of facts, dates and names. There will also be, when applicable, comparative airings of different versions of the featured songs (demos, live versions, alternate versions, even interesting cover versions; and if the featured song IS a cover, I'll go into old school WTSCF mode and play/discuss the original). If I'm strapped for time or if I've already said what I wanted to say in the past, I might repurpose an old WTSCF episode that sufficiently discusses, say, "How Insensitive" or "She Thinks I Still Care". I'd like to have occasional guests to banter about the featured song--distinguished friends to start, but if a notable stranger with relevant, amazing stories or knowledge gets in touch, I might ask them to come on as well. I already have interviews I've done (between 2013-2022) with drummer John Ware, bassist David MacKay and Nez himself to draw on, but you never know who might come out of the woodwork. Why did I decide to call this new series "Questions But No Answers" and not, say, "Marble Canyons of the Sky" (my second choice) or "Listening" (a perfectly succinct title suggested by Andrew Sandoval, to whom perhaps I should have "listened" to ha ha). Well, because, while I want to always be accurate and correct when presenting facts, I also would like to whimsically muse about unknowables. Like, where in the world did "Writing Wrongs" come from? Or did Neil Young or The Eagles ever site "Propinquity" as inspiring certain songs? (you'll have to tune in to Episode 2 to hear which ones). I want to have fun with some mental gymnastics, as well as with amusing but relevant soundbites, and when guests come on I want to have engaging and enlightening but fun conversations and repartee. As the series progresses and grows, we'll also note Nez's growth as an artist--the singer, songwriter and guitar player. And yes, the complex person. However, I don't want to spend more time than necessary delving into his personal life or his non-musical ventures. There will be little to no time spent on Repo Man, Neftoon Zamora, Videoranch, Liquid Paper, wives or girlfriends. There'll be passing references to weed or metaphysics, but only if relevant. I plan to make this chronological because, again, I like charting the growth and evolution and out-of-(seemingly) nowhere ideas that marked his musical career. Please get in touch at wheresthatsoundcomingfrom@gmail.com with comments, questions, ideas, suggestions, stories and substantial monetary donations. I do all this myself, at home--the research, the script, the recording and editing--sometimes with a cat sleeping on my lap or reaching for the headphone and microphone. I do hope you enjoy this series. I realize this shift might lose some listeners that hoped I would continue the old format, or thought I might evolve into a Grateful Dead podcast. But crikey--there are enough of those to wade through and nothing left to say. Ah, but PodWorld is sorely in need of a series on Michael Nesmith. Disclaimer: though I was hired by Nez himself to write for Videoranch in 2017, this series is all me. Enjoy!

    Ep. 6 - Mary, Mary

    Ep. 6 - Mary, Mary

    Where is Mary going to? Is she safe from the persistent creepo who won't leave her alone? Is this the same Mary as in "Walkin' the Dog"? Was Michael Blessing much more of a manufactured image than Monkee Mike? Is Bloomfield's guitar solo the best part of the Butterfield version? Why isn't Micky ready? How great of a live band were The Monkees on the 1968 fall tour? When is the only time that Nez seriously pissed off your host, Brian? Did Nez try to make "Mary, Mary>Circle Sky", The Monkees' version of "China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider"?  And finally, WHY YA BUGGIN'????

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Ep. 5 - Sweet Young Thing(ah)

    Ep. 5 - Sweet Young Thing(ah)

    Q: What happens when the most stubbornly independent Monkee is forced by a man he dislikes to do something he dislikes, such as co-write a song with strangers who happen to be one of the most successful songwriting teams of the century? A: We get a great song with a lot of versions to hear and discuss. What we don't get is a lot of facts, so this episode, while guest-free, does have some voice-acting and creative nonfiction. I try, semi seriously, to suss out who wrote what in the song. This episode also features lots of good music and two eye-opening interview clips. I hope you dig. 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep. 4 - Papa Gene's Blues

    Ep. 4 - Papa Gene's Blues

    "Papa Gene's Blues" is one of Michael Nesmith's most endearing and enduring songs. I didn't set out to make this a 90 minute episode, but it's an important song with a lot of history; plus I had two guests and they were both full of so much insight. Firstly there's Lynda Wiles of Cornwall (UK), a Nezhead since the BBC debuted the Monkees television series on New Years Eve 1966. She runs multiple Nez-related web destinations that everyone should check out. Then there's Ryan Quinn, a Massachusetts-based singer songwriter and band leader (Salvation Alley), who gives some professorial insight into the nuts and bolts of "Papa Gene's Blues" as a musical composition. Along the way we'll listen to six or seven different versions of the song, from 1966 to 2018. Enjoy!  

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Ep. 3 - All The King's Horses

    Ep. 3 - All The King's Horses

    "All The King's Horses" seems like a song that Mike Nesmith would've written specifically for a Season One Monkees TV show romp (and indeed it was used as such), but in fact, he wrote and recorded it during the Mike and John and Bill period. It also seems like an instant bubblegum pop classic that Don Kirshner would have wanted to include on either of the first two Monkees albums, but it never found its way onto an album until 1990's rarities compilation Missing Links Vol 2 (one of the best rarities compilations by anyone ever). Joining me to talk about "All The King's Horses" is my good friend,  singer-songwriter etc etc Jason Bourgeois. Or I should say, joining me to EVENTUALLY talk about "All The King's Horses" is my good friend, singer-songwriter etc etc Jason Bourgeois. I had to describe the first part of our conversation because the recording didn't save, or did save but vanished...I dunno. When we actually DID start recording, we were recounting amazing shared memories of Monkees/Nez experiences over the last dozen or so years. THEN we finally get to "All The King's Horses". So this episode is not as much "Nez Class With Professor Marchese" and a bit more "Brian and Jason hang out and tell some stories". But they're good stories and I hope you dig hearing them. In the accompanying photo, Jason and I are at Canter's Deli after having witnessed Nez's last ever performance at the Greek Theater on November 14, 2021. 

    • 51 min
    Ep. 2 - Propinquity

    Ep. 2 - Propinquity

    Use two four-syllable words that each contain a "q" in a sentence. Oh, that's easy. Ready? Michael Nesmith's composition "Propinquity" is one of the most ubiquitous in his catalog. How ubiquitous? There are three studio versions, five live versions and many cover versions. I don't cover them all in this episode but I do my best to play and discuss most of them. The first version of it that I ever heard gave me a very misguided picture of what Nez's solo career was all about.Propinquity was one of Nesmith's earliest compositions as well as one of the first (of many) to which he gave a title that never appears in the song's lyrics. Though one seldom finds quotes by any of Nez's contemporaries singing his praises as a songwriter, I also briefly bring up two artists who put out well-known songs in the early/mid 70's that to my ears might owe a little something to Propinquity. But I'll never know for sure, because this is Questions But No Answers. This one is for those of you who wrote and told me that 30 minute episodes are too short. 

    • 57 min
    Ep. 1 - How Can You Kiss Me?

    Ep. 1 - How Can You Kiss Me?

    Happy 2024 and welcome to the first episode of Questions But No Answers. Before he auditioned for, and got the part on The Monkees television series, thus altering the course of his music career and indeed his life, Michael Nesmith was an ambitious, industrious and prolific new singer-songwriter trying to make a name for himself, first as a folkie on the San Antonio, TX scene and then as a "folk n' roller" in his new home of Los Angeles. This episode is focused on the catchy, danceable 1965 single by Mike and John and Bill called "How Can You Kiss Me" but also backtracks to young Mike's first recorded efforts from 1963-4 and discusses how quickly he started writing, performing and getting his name and his songs out there barely a year after getting his first guitar. How would his career have progressed had he never answered that fateful ad in Variety? Not to disappoint, but that alternate universe scenario is one question with no answer that I don't discuss. Maybe in a future episode a round table can muse about that. But I've no plans for that at the moment. For now, I hope you enjoy this episode while you consider your new years resolutions. Mine is to keep this series going and growing. Thanks for all the kind words upon the launch. I'm not kidding when I say that knowing you're our there digging this is my fuel to keep on keeping on. I think this is going to be a lot of fun. Listen for a cameo by super musician Ken Maiuri! 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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Hidden Behind all the Logic One Finds Without Truth

Michael Nesmith is, of course, best known for his role as one of The Monkees, being the guy with the wool hat to the masses. Those who have bothered to look deeper have discovered a man with a very distinctive, personal songwriting style and a vast solo career. The vast majority of Nesmith’s solo work (Papa Nez to his fans) has unfortunately eluded the general populace. Fans like myself have shouted from the rooftops the merits of this beautiful music. Nez fans have a voice, Brian Marchese.

During episodes of “Questions But No Answers,” Brian takes his listeners on a journey through one of Nez’s significant compositions. He provides some history on each tune, and shares samples from various versions. He also poses questions and speculation regarding each song, and occasionally will have interesting guests banter with him about these songs. It’s the sort of discourse Nez fans will appreciate, even if most of the questions posed have no answers!

If you are a fan of the work of Michael Nesmith, this podcast is essential. Waste no time downloading and listening to each episode. If you’re like me, you might be saying to yourself “Finally, a podcast for me!” If you are a Monkees fan and haven’t really delved into Nesmith’s solo work, this podcast will give some insight into some of his Monkees songs, and will hopefully encourage you to check out some of Michael Nesmith’s other recordings.

EYEBALL HATRED ,

Lovely

So nimbly done. Highly recommended.

SpaceJaseThreeThousand ,

Great show

Love it

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