Sorry for the delay in posting this episode; life has gotten mighty hectic down here in Nashville as of late. Hopefully this interview will have been well worth the wait.
We've always made a point of trying to feature songwriters from as many backgrounds and genres as possible, and we're extremely pleased to bring you an hour with our first verifiable SOUTHERN GOSPEL LEGEND!
She's the "other" DW: DIANNE WILKINSON!!! This gal has had well over 100 cuts in her illustrious career, and is known for having penned some of the most powerful and endearing gospel songs ever committed to tape (as well as vinyl, plastic and sheet music).Additionally, she's a fascinating character with a rich history and an amazingly positive perspective on life, faith, and music.
So kids, you know how we're always telling y'all that we want your feedback and suggestions? That this show is all about YOU, our faithful listeners? That we love each and every one of you and value your opinions? Well, the proof is at hand: an episode detailing the creation of an original song (in this case, the very first Rempis-Finchum composition) as per your request.
Of all the emails we've received; we've gotten more requests to talk about our colaborations, to write a song "on-air" (such as it is), or to collaborate with a listener. This episode will satisfy all the above, as Randy was still "just" a listener himself when we started this collaboration.
So grab a tall glass of milk and a graham cracker (or whatever) and listen as we discuss the creation of "SHOULDA SHOT STRAIGHT" by Steve Rempis and Randy Finchum.
Yep, after a comedy of errors concerning the production of the April 1st show; the CSSP is back (as promised). For the first time, co-host extraordinaire Randy Finchum will be "flying solo" as he interviews Nashville tranplant singer-songwriter ADAM JAMES; who will also be playing a song or two LIVE as well as including an exclusive preview of his new single "MISS AMERICA" (co-written by Randy Finchum himself) from his just-released EP of the same name.
Adam is a uniquely talented singer and songwriter; even in a town known for the high-level of skill and musicianship that Nashville has a (much deserved) reputation for. He's also a real character and a joy to be around and work with, which should be obvious from the first few minutes of this interview.
As an added bonus, we'll be closing the show with a recording of Adam's song "FIRECRACKERS" from the 2009 album by the same name.
Be listening in two weeks when Steve and Randy will both be onboard once again, and (among other things) satisfying many listeners' requests that we dissect a song that we co-wrote together to illustrate the process for you. And there will (of course) be much more as well!
Notes and Bolts A "How-To" segment with tips and "rules" for song construction; things to do and to avoid.
Legendary Songwriter Salute A mini-biography of a great songwriter, either well-known or less so; including a list of their best-known works.
Under the Microscope Looking at and dissecting hit songs to see what made them "tick".
What the @#%$&!? We'll discuss a song that was an inexplicable hit; despite being so embarrassingly bad that few admit to ever liking or owning it. I'm expecting this to become one of our most popular segments, and lots of laughs!
Steve's Phone Steve will choose a recording from his collection of cell phones (and primary songwriting notepads) to discuss and expand on. You the listeners can help determine which ideas Steve should work on and which he should forget!
Local Scene Report This will be where The COMMERCIAL SUICIDE SONGWRITING PODCAST will to do our part to help out in the Nashville Songwriter scene. We'll include upcoming events and where to find local open-mic and songwriter nights and rounds.
Marie's Academic Moment Marie shares a piece of wisdom gained from her recent attendance at a HIT SONGWRITING course.
The CSSP Mailbag We'll review all the emailed suggestions, criticisms, comments etc. received since the last episode.