When we last visited the Amos topic, I posted the first three podcasts of Amos’ making of Shout Out Loud. Continuing with the series, Amos addresses his songwriting process in the 4th installment.
He references James Brown as a master at “putting it all out there” and melding music and message, the best. I think that is the mark of a good songwriter….that the music can be good and make you feel but the message REALLY “makes” the song. I’ve long professed to be a lyric fan, so I’m with him there. Much like poetry, writing good lyrics is the crux of the song….what really “sells” it, what makes it resonate.
“Pursing life is a spiritual quest….I dunno, everything is a spiritual quest when you’re trying to live right.”….Amen, brother.
In the 5th podcast, Amos discusses the song “Freedom” that he says was somewhat inspired from his teaching experience. “Not a big political statement, more about two kids punching each other in the stomach.” Interesting, as many have wanted to make this an anti-war statement.
Freedom is seldom found, by beating someone to the ground, telling him how everything is gonna be.
To me, this song is really about “letting it be”. Giving people the freedom to be who they are without criticism or trying to make them be what you want them to be. It’s actually one of my favorites on Shout Out Loud.
Postcast 6: Life on the Road
He validates what NOLAGirl says about his proclivity to “stand and sing”. He likes the small audience where he’s kun-NECK-ting. He really is trying to “keep it small”. His perspective on ballads is interesting, as is his statement that he doesn’t always FEEL like “working”. His set list is designed to include songs that he knows folks are coming to hear……and lastly, “I really didn’t have a big dream when I started…..if you’re good, you just do your thing.” Wow.
Podcast #7: Life and Downtime
Highlights one of my favorites, Sweet Pea. Grateful and sees the positive rather than all the negative. Downtime is spent figuring out how to get back on the road. Hangin’ in bars…..ha. Maybe I should start carrying my guitar around?