Hall-of-Fame songwriter Jack Tempchin returned to the show to discuss his career, his relationship with Glenn Frey, and his new holiday song and children’s book.Follow @bigwakeupcall
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.Follow @bigwakeupcall
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!)Follow @bigwakeupcall
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.Follow @bigwakeupcall
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.Follow @bigwakeupcall
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.Follow @bigwakeupcall
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.