Here it is! The last installment of Amos Lee’s podcasts concerning the making his recent Shout Out Loud CD. Although originally broadcast as a podcast through iTunes (free), Amos evidently sees the advantages of utilizing web-casting as a promotional tool. I think that there is SO much potential for the audience to “get to know” the artist as well as the artist to delve into what makes him tick and why he does things a particular way.
A very wise friend, *cough*Shrew*cough* made a very sage observation to me the other day that bears repeating. While many people diss the internet and blogs for isolating people, for many it’s been a way to truly “expose” their true selves and vastly improve their “communication” with others. Yeah, there’s still some real kooks out there, present company excluded, but by and large the blogosphere is a place of inquisitiveness, exploration, communication, expression and education. That people will further explore using this medium to gain exposure to their message, whatever that may be, is to me….inevitable.
Amos gets it. I’d love to see more of this kind of stuff from artists. Get down to the real nitty gritty. So, away we go…to the grit….gritty….well, you get the idea.
So onto Amos Podcast, Part 8 – Southern Girl
This is one of my favorite Amos’ songs. This song was almost an accident. It’s the last song that was put on the album and was included thanks to a friend named Pony. It’s wonderful. “……there’s something about a Southern Girl….” Amen, brother.
His quote about parents are very revealing to me, as well. I think he’s mostly right. What he misses, however, in the observations (and I’m sure due to the fact that he’s a young punk with no kids) is that parents mostly do whatever they do for the long-term betterment of the kid. I really tire of people always blaming parents for their shortcomings. Please. How about some personal responsibility?
I like Amos because most of his writing is his real life. He recorded this song right after writing it and it was basically the first time “his guys” had heard it. Man. True musicianship. “It’s a beautiful thing….it really is.”
Amos has done Skipping Stone (Part 10) live for a while now. He originally titled it “Back Stage Ballad” and he wrote it in Glasgow, Scotland (go plaids) while on his first European tour with Mrs. Taylor Hicks, um, I mean the incomprable Norah Jones. He writes the song, and goes to theater and plays it that night as his first song. Are you kidding me? I particularly like the organ….
An interesting aside about Skipping Stone is Amos’ story about Roberta Flack and the fact that Skipping Stone was inspired by Come Ye Disconsolate by Donny Hathaway/Roberta Flack. Here’s that song….notice the similarities?
Come Ye Disconsolate
#11 – Night Train – Another song written on tour, while in Nice, France. Took him about an hour to write and became part of his set. This amazes me people. Writing and incorporating songs on the fly. To have that kind of talent and confidence, and be damn good….wow.
And finally, we come to the final installment, #12 and Long Line of Pain. Amos explains how this was written for and about his family and how they’ve sacrificed for him. Again, I like how he uses real life in his songs and it’s not only songs about love or a single theme.
And her heart lives in my song,
the melody comes and just as quickly,
the melody is gone and I’m back alone…far from home.
Bravo, Mr. Lee.