Ep. 13 – ALBUM REVIEWS: Cold Spring Harbor & Port of Morrow

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Jason Pyles and Craig Tovey give two, in-depth album reviews on Billy Joel’s first solo album, “Cold Spring Harbor” (1971), and The Shins’ “Port of Morrow” (2012), respectively.

In these reviews, Craig and Jason discuss various concepts, such as the phenomenon of having to warm up to a new album — even from a band you already love; how vocal quality and range change with age; the importance of writing memorably repetitive melodic themes; how to add additional “lifts” to your song when you’ve already maxed out your crescendoing dynamics — and many other nuanced topics.

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Craig recommends: Port of Morrow by The Shins

Jason recommends: Cold Spring Harbor by Billy Joel

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This bonus episode of The Songwriting Podcast was recorded on July 11, 2012.

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2 Responses to Ep. 13 – ALBUM REVIEWS: Cold Spring Harbor & Port of Morrow

  1. Iris says:

    I love the bit in the beginning about having to listen to an album, even from a band you love, multiple times before really grokking and loving it. When this started happening to me, I thought something was wrong with me. I kept thinking, “Gee I must have no spine at all.” It made me wonder if the music was actually “bad” but I would like it anyway if I just “got used to it”.

    I love the way you described the experience though. And yeah, it’s a special thing when you really love something immediately, but I think there’s something good about needing to better understand something before really embracing it – I think that means there’s more to it than maybe just a catchy melody.

  2. admin says:

    Hi Iris,
    Thanks for your comment. Yeah, if it has taken you some time to get used to albums from your favorite artists, then that just means you’re an astute music-lover (if you ask me). I think of it like being in a relationship with someone who changes. The person you love starts to change (as well all do), and then you have to “catch up” … or not. I think since songwriters grow and change similarly, we find ourselves having to make the same adaptations with music.

    Thanks again for writing, Iris.
    Jason

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