Living in Nashville means you often talk to musicians without even knowing they’re musicians. This week, I discovered that the guy who rebuilt my dryer vent is a drummer, and has a band, and plays in his church’s band, and has three sons in bands, and generally probably thinks about music a lot more often than he thinks about ductwork and vent flaps.
I mention this because I love hearing musicians talk about music. I’ve got three musicians here in the house, so maybe I’m just strong for it. This is why my latest podcast discovery is so juicy: Song Exploder allows me to hear musicians talk about how a particular song came to be.
The host is Hrishikesh Hirway. His name may be familiar because he is also co-host of another MDK-certified Knit to This podcast, The West Wing Weekly. Clearly, Hrishikesh is a freakin’ genius at creating unexpected entertainments.
I picked my first episode of Song Exploder because I’d heard of the band, Old Crow Medicine Show. The song is “Dearly Departed Friend.”
It’s a good story, but I think a bolder way to dig into Song Exploder is to click on a random episode of the 105 episodes to date. You probably won’t have heard of the artist, and that’s where the fun is.
If you’re feeling the need for some guidance, Hrishikesh tells you his own 10 favorite episodes.
Music is the answer! MOAR MUSIC!
PS Jeff, the drummer/dryer vent guy, built me an amazing new dryer vent. I mean, it blows 21 mph.