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October 22, 2016




episode 521 is posted with awe for (my) songwriting hero leonard cohen. i've been listening to his new release, you want it darker, non-stop since it was released yesterday. i'm quite sincerely gobsmacked.


this week's podcast is about this, mostly. and also the inevitable heartbreak of life, and g-d, and songwriting, generally.


upon searching, it appears that the song "treaty" is not readily available, but you can stream samples at the various online retailers. for an instrumental glimpse, this is the reprise which closes the album (the reprise holds a haunting final verse, which i recommend listening all the way through for).


the song - you want it darker

the song - did i ever love you?

and this is - the album


i hope you'll listen.




October 15, 2016




episode 520 finds me with three versions of the same song.


each is a bit incomplete, but i hope you'll listen, nonethless.




October 08, 2016




shame aside, i'm happy to present some long-lost unfinished song ideas (along with a new song in-process) on tonight's podcast. it's episode 519.


life is short and long and difficult and good. i'm thankful for all of it.


i hope you'll listen.





p.s. - if you don't know already, this is the amazing - skeleton tree.

October 01, 2016

old debts



episode 518 is all about love songs. or, perhaps, not-getting-what-you-want-and-learning-to-make-something-beautiful-of-it songs.


i hope you'll listen.


the 2005 film - brokeback mountain





p.s. - brokeback mountain is admittedly sappy. yes. all the same, i find its expression of inconsolable loss quite moving.


p.p.s. - this scene is an example.

September 24, 2016




this week brings us to episode 517. my sincere thanks to kris hauch and the band norway house for sharing their music.


norway house - @ bandcamp

be a friend - @ facebook


this is - orson welles

the majesty of - nick cave




September 17, 2016

paper bones



episode 516 is here, inspired by the jon pattie song home (from the ep 3 2 1), and the new album skeleton tree by nick cave.


the subjective perception of beauty is something quite astonishing to me. it likely doesn't need saying, but trying feels important, nonetheless.


i hope you'll listen.


jon pattie - jonpattiemusic.com

the ep 3 2 1 - @ bandcamp

see jon - @ youtube

become friends - @ facebook

stay connected - @ twitter


nick cave's song - jesus alone

this is - what i mean

and this one - may be my favorite




September 10, 2016

stranded in the ocean



this week's podcast finds me inspired by the new ep 3 2 1 by jon pattie. specifically, jon's song stranded in the ocean is quite beautiful, and points me toward related themes of storytelling, metaphor, emotion, and the mysteriousness that it always is to feel connected to a song, a moment/person/experience, etc.


the fact that i can't fully grasp, or express, the intertwining strands of connection and meaning makes their perception all the more humbling.


episode 515 is my report on these and other things.


i hope you'll take a listen.


find more at - jonpattiemusic.com

find the ep 3 2 1 - @ bandcamp

find jon - @ youtube

be a friend - @ facebook

follow jon - @ twitter




September 03, 2016




episode 514 is inspired by the author laura albert, her literary persona jt leroy, and the forthcoming documentary film about the two of them - author: the jt leroy story.


as indicated, i find this story, and laura albert personally, quite deeply moving.


the wtf - interview with laura albert

another - great interview

more at - lauraalbert.org


the director - jeff feuerzig

the film - half japanese: the band that would be king (1993)

the film - the devil and daniel johnston (2006)


the band - half japanese

a - song

singer/songwriter - jad fair

jad's - official site


the artist - daniel johnston

daniel's - official site


many thanks to jon pattie for reaching out, and sharing his work. jon just released the ep 3 2 1, and i look forward to sharing his music very soon.


jon's site - jonpattiemusic.com

the song - stranded in the ocean

find music - at bandcamp

see - jon pattie perform


you're invited to link and listen! i hope you will.