Bridie Monds-Watson, aka SOAK, first heard Pink Floyd when she was in the womb (her parents soothed her with the whale songs of their epic “Echoes”) but only after rummaging through her family’s records did she rediscover the bands LP “Meddle.” Hear her tell how the track “Fearless” helped influence her songwriting and allowed her to envision how expansive recording and production could be.
Then songwriting duo Josh King and Jesse Hester from the Austin band Burgess Meredith explore the depth and breadth of their Beatlemania. Josh describes the magic of the very first pre-Beatles recording that John, Paul, and George made as the Quarrymen. Then Jesse talks about how “Yesterday’s” timeless, sweet sadness has helped him understand the purpose of songwriting.
Listen to Songs from Episode 48 of This Song
Bob Boilen, host of NPR’s All Songs Considered wrote a new book called “Your Song Changed My Life,” where he interviewed people about songs that changed their lives. What can we say? Great minds think alike!
Listen as he talks about his own life-changing song — the Beatles “A Day in the Life,” which totally opened his mind up to the expansive capabilities of music and art and informed the kind of musician he would become.
Then Austin artist Mobley explores how Kanye West’s “808’s and Heartbreak” showed him how important emotion and vulnerability in music could be and informed the material for his new EP “Some Other Country” which explores his experience of being a black man in America through songs that sound, at first listen, like songs about someone in a bad relationship.
Listen to the songs featured in this week’s episode.
It’s an extra special, extra long, SXSW extravanganza episode of This Song! First Mark Mothersbaugh describes in vivid detail what is was like to see the Beatles for the first time on Ed Sullivan, and how he became the 5th Beatle, at least in his mind. Then Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen from A Giant Dog and Sweet Spirit talk about the the riffs and raw power of Iggy Pop, the songwriting of Regina Spektor how they came to write songs together.