Molly Burch always knew she wanted to sing, but she just needed to find the right song. Hear how Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child” has helped her find her way as a singer from the first time she heard it in middle school.
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Local Natives Kelcey Ayer and Nik Ewing have been thinking a lot about how to balance darkness and light, art and activism. Listen as Kelcey describes how Fleetwood Mac’s “Sara” is a “sad song that makes you feel good,” and why he needs those kind of songs in his life. Then Nik Ewing explores why he’s come to appreciate Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” in the past year, and how that song inspires him and others in the band to think expansively about their roles as artists.
Listen to Songs from Episode 70 of This Song
Austin’s Hardproof is extra special to us at Team This Song. Their song “Mahout” begins and ends every episode of our podcast so we consider them part of the family. They have just released their new record “Stinger” on Modern Outsider Records and when they came to KUTX to talk with Elizabeth about it, band members Joe Woullard, Stephen Bidwell and Jason Frey described the magic they found in the music Fela Kuti, Bad Brains and saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings.
Listen to Songs from Episode 69 of This Song
Andrew Bird knew “For The Sake Of The Song” by Townes Van Zandt already, but when he re- listened to it recently he realized how much he related to the lyrics on a personal level. His conversation with Elizabeth touches on how much the song affected him, how it inspired him to write in a less encrypted manner and some of the downfalls of exposing his most intimate experiences in his work.
Listen to Songs from Episode 68 of This Song
Occasionally in the course of a lifetime we experience songs that open our lives, change our lives and sometimes even save our lives. Raury, a singer and songwriter whose work blurs the boundaries between Folk, soul, r & b, hip-hop and pop, describes to Elizabeth how, as a young teenager, his hearing “My World” by Kid Cudi did all that for him. The young artist then sends his own message of support and love to his hero, who has recently experienced some dark days.
Listen to Songs from Episode 67 of This Song