It was nice to catch up with Don McLean, who called in to promote the release of all of his songs on streaming platforms and a special Time Life collection. We also discussed his “lazy” songwriting process and the merits of Steve Allen’s 5,000 compositions.
Simply Red lead vocalist Mick Hucknall called in to talk about the band’s 12th album, “Blue-Eyed Soul.” We had a lively chat about songwriting, recording in the studio with a live band, what his original songs mean to him, why the concept of bands being regionally popular is an anomaly, and whether or not we’ll see Simply Red perform in the States.
I was very happy to have Laurie Berkner return to the show for her third appearance. We talked about her new album “Waiting for the Elevator,” along with the challenges of being an independent artist and label owner in the current music industry of streaming and downloads.
It was an absolute thrill to chat with Glenn Tilbrook, who has been an inspiration to me as a songwriter ever since I discovered I could. Squeeze is one of my all-time favorites and I was overjoyed when Glenn told me the story of how he and Chris Difford wrote “Up the Junction,” my favorite Squeeze song. Squeeze is about to begin the U.S. leg of their “Squeeze Songbook 2019” tour, which comes to the Chicago Theatre on August 31st (Glenn’s birthday!)
Steve Dorff, a new inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, called in to chat about his new book I Wrote That One, Too: A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney. We discussed his inspiration for the book, writing a book vs. writing a song, his songwriting process, and becoming a songwriter in Junior High School.
Note: Not the greatest audio quality due to a phone gremlin, but still understandable.
Amy S. Foster is an accomplished songwriter (composing four #1 hits) as well as a novelist, and her latest book is “The Rift Uprising,” the first book in the trilogy. We talked about the creative process of songwriting vs. writing a novel, why Young Adult literature can be for boys, too, and why not every SciFi-type book for teens doesn’t need to involve a dystopian future.
It was an honor to have a few moments to talk to legendary songwriter Carole Bayer Sager about her new memoir, “They’re Playing Our Song.” It’s full of terrific stories about her musical collaborators, the songwriting process, and overcoming the self-doubts that can hold us down.
We always have fun chatting with Lisa Loeb, and she returned to our show to talk about her new album “Feel What U Feel.” We talked about how being a mom influenced her songwriting, our personal experiences with The Wiggles, what makes a successful song for all ages, and why you can’t beat kids TV from the ’70s.
Chely Wright’s new album, “I Am The Rain,” was the 2nd highest debuting album of her career on the charts. We discussed her crowdfunding campaign, the role of technology in songwriting and artist collaborations, and the loyalty of her fans.
Jack Tempchin is an accomplished songwriter, composing hits for the Eagles (“Peaceful Easy Feeling, Already Gone”), Glenn Frey (“You Belong to the City”, “Smuggler’s Blues”) Johnny Rivers (“Slow Dancing”) and many more. His new solo album is “One More Song.” We talked about the concept behind the record, why he wanted to get back to basics (one man, one guitar, one voice), and why it never gets old to hear one of his songs on the radio.