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Graydon James and Laura Spink of the Young Novelists

Behind the Song

Graydon James and Laura Spink of the Young Novelists

Behind the song: “Hear Your Voice” by the Young Novelists

Graydon James, songwriter for the Toronto-based folk-rock band the Young Novelists, shares the story behind the song "Hear Your Voice," from the album Made Us Strangers. made us strangers by the young novelists The story I rarely look too closely at my songwriting and I know why—I'm largely displeased with it. Sometimes there's this wonderful idea...

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Peter Mulvey

Behind the song: “What Else Was It?” by Peter Mulvey

Folk-rock troubadour Peter Mulvey shares the story behind his song "What Else Was It?" from the album Silver Ladder.  The story We all think of our "selves" as a concrete thing. It's an inescapable part of being human, this constant sense that "I am me." And of course, philosophically, and even common sense-wise, this just doesn't...

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John Fogerty Acoustic Guitar interview

Behind the song: “Train of Fools” by John Fogerty

John Fogerty shared the story behind his song “Train of Fools,” and a moment of songwriting glory, in a 2014 Acoustic Guitar interview with me at his home in Los Angeles. He had just released the album Wrote a Song for Everyone, on which he revisited older songs with an array of pop, rock, and country...

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Heather Aubrey Lloyd

Behind the song: “Even Now” by Heather Aubrey Lloyd

Heather Aubrey Lloyd, of the band ilyAIMY, shares the story behind her song "Even Now," from A Message in the Mess (Vol. 1). The Story At a master class for guitar/songwriting high school students a couple weeks ago, I told them how eventually you run out of interesting things to write about yourself and your broken heart. Eventually,...

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Behind the song: Almost There

Oddly enough, the title track of the Almost There album was originally sparked by a song it sounds nothing like: "You Really Got Me," by the Kinks. I love figuring out fresh, unusual arrangements of classic songs, and I'd done that with "You Really Got Me"—instead of the speedy, sliding power chords that Dave Davies played with...

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Josh Dekaney on rub board

Behind the song: Closer

This track from Almost There is the latest song born out of my love of funk/soul grooves, especially created on acoustic instruments. Many of my songs come from discovering a cool rhythm on the guitar, but I've also written a number of songs just playing percussion and singing. "Sycamore Tree" (on the Stop, Drop, and Roll CD), written while banging a rhythm...

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Behind the song: Eight Days in January

Like my song "Fly," "Eight Days in January" (which kicks off the album Almost There) is based on a fiddle tune—as you might have guessed, "The Eighth of January." Fiddle tunes have always struck me as some of the world's happiest sounds, made for dancing and celebration. In "Fly" I followed the festive feel of the underlying...

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