As with all Curious Child podcasts, I break down a song, how and why it was written and to whom... and, the stories of my life and others that help to stir up the writing and production of songs like these. River Child was inspired in part, by this strange hybrid instrument I am playing. Made almost entirely out of steel, this dobro-eque guitar conjures up the delta rhythm and blues roots that lie somewhere in my subconscious... laying a foundation for the emotionally charged gospel vocals by my friends in the Rhythm Gospel & Blues Band.
After hearing the troubled journey of another recording artist I wrote a song for them. I soon realized that the song was for me too. It's about letting go of the hurts and the lies we hold onto, that weigh us down... and how much healthier we are when we find the strength to let go. I break down the song, tell a few stories, rant about some beautiful guitars I am playing and go down some glorious rabbit holes.
I was asked to write a song for feature film about addictions. I had a kind of left field view of the subject, and according to the producers, a 'quirky' idea for a song. I break down some of the writing process, play a few different versions of the song and, share some of my life stories on how I evolved into this kind of songwriter.
Each episode includes a story or two on the writing of songs and in this episode I break down some of the process of songwriting and, discuss the notion that we are so much more creative when we let the inner child lead the way.