Song & Story
By Kevin Heider
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Conversations with songwriters about their songs. Each episode begins and ends with a featured song played in full, allowing the listener to hear it with fresh ears and a new perspective. We explore the story behind the song with the artist who wrote it, discussing specific lines, phrases, themes, metaphors, production decisions, and the creative process.
||CleanBONUS: Learning to Lament w/ Wendell Kimbrough||Artists evolve. They're always growing, changing, and challenging themselves creatively. As he learns to lament and let go, Wendell Kimbrough’s latest album (“Come to Me”) reflects the evolution of his artistry and his person.||1/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwo Ways To Be Worthless (feat. Wendell Kimbrough)||We all get by with a little help from our friends. Sometimes their love is tender — sometimes it's tough. In his clever throwback tune "Two Ways To Be Worthless," Wendell Kimbrough playfully explores the tougher side of love.||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: A Slow Burn w/ Ike Ndolo||Ike Ndolo’s latest album (“Shine”) is a unique experience from start to finish. He tells us a lot more about what went into it in this bonus episode. We also talk about live performance, evolving as artists, fan feedback, dancing,||10/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Brother On the Outside (feat. Ike Ndolo)||Life is a symphony. We all have a part to play. While questions of identity and purpose are universal to the human experience, the color of a person's skin is a formative detail. Ike Ndolo shares his story as a brother on the outside in "Your Table."||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou Never Said Goodbye (feat. Sister Sinjin)||Death is the primordial fact of life. And yet, it seems easier sometimes for the dying to accept death than for the living to accept loss. In a moving homage to those who have passed, the women of Sister Sinjin say “Goodbye” in their own beautiful w||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSomeone to Bury Me (feat. Uptown Boys Choir)||Fresh air and clarity. We all need it, especially amid the pursuit of love. Uptown Boys Choir puts a delightfully self-deprecating spin on the classic love song in "Bury Me," an indie pop vitamin full of good vibrations.||9/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMile Marker 154 (feat. Jacqui Treco)||It's amazing how memories unfold. In the blink of an eye, entire scenes and seasons of life re-play themselves in our minds. Jacqui Treco remembers with gratitude in "Genevieve," a moving tribute to unrepeatable love.||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThere’s No Place Like Home (feat. Dawson Hollow)||There's no place like home. But what does "home" even mean? That's the question at the heart of Dawson Hollow's triumphant indie-rock epic "Take Me There."||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFighting for the Wrong Side (feat. Scott Mulvahill)||Love is a battlefield. When the fog of war starts to dissipate and the smoke rolls back, that’s when we begin to see more clearly. Scott Mulvahill ponders this part of love and relationships in "Fighting for the Wrong Side."||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHumans Helping Humans (feat. Michelle Mandico)||Our best bet in times of trouble is our relationships — our ability to serve and help others. Singer-songwriter Michelle Mandico appeals to empathy in her captivating "Water Bearer."||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Ache of the Decision (feat. Mike Mangione)||Some decisions alter the course of our lives in dramatic ways. And those decisions are often accompanied by an ache, a feeling of desperation: Should I go forward? Should I turn back? Should I start over? Mike Mangione gives the ache atmosphere in his .||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBurn Down Your Cage (feat. Year of the Buffalo)||We've all got cages that we long to escape from. We've all experienced the weight of worldly expectations, self-doubt, and seasons of discontent. Collaborative duo Year of the Buffalo takes us on a musical adventure in their song "Leo" to let us know t.||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI Won’t Soon Forget (feat. Patrick Mahon)||There are places that stick with us, places we'll remember all our lives. Patrick Mahon's "Allegheny" takes us on a beautiful retreat to one such place in rural Pennsylvania. It's a song and a trip we won't soon forget.||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Did We Get This Way? (feat. Maria Price)||Grief runs on its own clock. And everyone processes it differently. Shame, regret, and that endless barrage of what-if scenarios can make dealing with loss all the more difficult. Maria Price faces it all head-on in her beautiful, honest,||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNo Will That’s Free (feat. Derek Webb)||An essential issue of our time is the relationship between men and their machines. When it comes to technology, are you in control? How free is your will? Derek Webb's "I Feel Everything" explores this terrain within the context of a nuanced and unique.||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Price of a Memory (feat. Rebecca Roubion)||Everything gets questioned when a relationship ends. Decisions are second-guessed; movement and growth can seem impossible. Rebecca Roubion embraces the necessary sadness of it all in her heartbreakingly honest and beautiful song "Cripple Me."||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt’s a Beautiful Life (feat. David Wimbish of The Collection)||It's easy to dwell on chaos and pain, to process the heavy things and lose hold of our joy. But David Wimbish has learned that sometimes we need to slow down, be present, and rest in the slow turn of the earth. Hope is the lens of his "Beautiful Life."||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Forest Full of Second Chances (feat. Alanna Boudreau)||Making sense of our messes can be difficult. So Alanna Boudreau looks to the ephemerality of the seasons for hope. In our debut episode, we discuss this gifted songwriter's "Controlled Burn."||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Brief Introduction & A Piece of Maria||Song & Story officially launches on Tuesday, April 10th. This introductory episode explores songwriting, storytelling, music, and art, and offers insight into the inspiration and origin of this podcast.||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Brief Introduction||This brief introduction provides all the necessary information for Song & Story's official launch date (April 10th), release schedule, and format without offering much else in terms of substance. For a much more interesting and comprehensive introducti.||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
How to listen to music, essentially
I loved the intro (Counting Crows) episode of this podcast, as well as the first episode. There is a thoughtfulness to the layout and to the conversation that is at once exciting and yet simultaneously calming. This podcast beautifully unfolds the ideas, story, and history behind the music, without removing the mystery altogether. Kevin has a tender way with his guest, pulling out enough but not too much. Think Terry Gross with a less edgy haircut.
This podcast reminds me of what the listening experience can be while not on a treadmill, or on a busy commute, but instead like it was when we were kids - total immersion. Its a good reminder to let the music and lyrics germinate and root within, and not rush through never realizing there was a seed in the first place.
Must listen for music lovers and pretty much everyone
This is a must listen for music lovers and pretty much everyone. Kevin is a super talented singer songwriter and he explores the sounds and stories. I appreciate music so much more when I really understand the story behind the music.
Loving this podcast and can’t wait for more episodes to come out.
Keep it up Kevin!
Cuts to the heart of the creative process
Out of nowhere, this has become one of my favourite podcasts. I love the way Kevin has framed these episodes as a conversation sandwiched between two songs. I say two songs because, even though it’s the same both times, the second listen feels like a completely different song because of the logos and pathos revealed in the interview.