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September 22, 2017

promises


friends,

 

episode 569 features four concentric versions of the same song. the recording process feels like a mystery to me most of the time. i do wish i was better at it. but, my failings aside, the whole mix of what makes a song, or a feeling, work (or fall flat) is quite fascinating.

 

i'm too close to tell if this particular song gets it even close to right. but i hope so.

 

even more, i hope you'll listen!

 

there'll be more soon.

 

the playlist:

- withdrawal (acoustic demo)

- withdrawal (acoustic + bass)

- withdrawal (guitar + bass + organ)

- withdrawal (tentative final mix)

 

thank you for being here, sincerely.

 

love,

russell

September 15, 2017

sad heaven


friends,

 

episode 568 revolves around inner conflicts that feel very natural.

 

partly, what do we do when those we love reject our deeply held beliefs?

 

can an idea survive that?

 

can love?

 

should they?

 

related, is how some feelings never go away.

 

not really.

 

tonight's songs are:

- swiss vacaction (demo, 2014)

- sad heaven (in-process, 2017)

- point & wave (pick yr battles ep, 2010)

 

i'm thankful you're here.

 

i hope you'll listen.

 

love,

russell

 

ps - this is the ex-mormon podcast i mentioned.

September 08, 2017

warmth


friends,

 

episode 567 features music from josh armerding. josh is one of my personal musical heroes, and one of the most influential people in my creative life. truth is, if not for josh, there's a good chance i wouldn't be here writing songs, podcasting (or typing this, for that matter).

 

thankful doesn't say it adequately, but i am. sincerely.

 

i'm out + about + a bit busy these days, + hopeful things will settle with more time soon. in the interim, i'm very happy you're here, + hope you'll listen + enjoy.

 

tonight's songs are:

- senseless (by josh armerding)

- what if (new recording, by me)

- where you jump off (by josh armerding)

 

there'll be more soon!

 

love,

russell

August 31, 2017

energized


friends,

 

this week's podcst is posted a bit early due to some weekend obligations. it features more music from nick guerrero, jonas, and another new 2017 recording from me.

 

it's episode 566.

 

the songs are:

- tonight (written by nick guerrero)

- what if (new version, by me)

- mary mine (written by jonas)

 

sincere thanks to nick, jonas, and you.

 

i hope you'll listen.

 

love,

russell