1. It is easy to write about death and be poignant -- mortality tends to bring that along each time you mention it in a song. It is difficult to to write about death and be nuanced, personal, and even humorous about it. Jason Isbell manages to write with all three of these with ease on "Elephant", from his latest record…Continue
Posted on December 17, 2013 at 2:30pm
1. Most of us wouldn't be able to explain why we love the person we do. There are so many reasons, and yet something intangible that pervades the core of true love. We can communicate without speaking, with a touch, Pun intended, there is almost no need to say anything as to why this song is so well respected. I appreciate songs that approach emotional territory in a plainspoken way. I think it is harder to do this without coming across cheesy -- the reason why many writers hide…Continue
Posted on December 8, 2013 at 7:00pm
Posted on February 17, 2013 at 2:30pm
Thad Cockrell has made a lot of music in his time — from the early country of Stack of Dreams to the modern pop of his latest project Leagues — but with excellent songwriting the entire way. I got to talk to him about the journey of songwriting, inspiration, and an ever-evolving process.
I was born in Kansas City and moved to…Continue
Posted on February 7, 2013 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments