SONGBIRD | Adventures in home recording with Martin Ruby

SONGBIRD is a brutally honest, behind the scenes look at the songwriting and recording process. Based on Marco North's experiences with his debut album, Heaven Get Behind Me  he shares demos, hard-earned lessons, triumphs and finished tracks in each episode.

An expat New Yorker living in Moscow, playing 100-year-old instruments, writing songs about Fellini dying, a French stalker, Kodachrome and California divorces, North shares one bittersweet anecdote after the next in this fascinating deep dive into his sparse, cinematic songs.

Musicians will find inspiration, a healthy serving of laughter and great deal of comfort from this series. Music lovers will get an inside look at the creative process, and the story behind each song.

Recent Episodes

Season 1

Heaven Get Behind Me | Liner Notes Part 2

Feb. 5, 2021

In our second liner notes episode we talk through that maddening balancing act of conceiving and pr…

Season 1

Heaven Get Behind Me | Liner Notes Part 1

Jan. 29, 2021

In our first liner notes episode we unravel the story behind the album cover, and listen to some of…

Season 1

The story behind the song | Wallflower's Surprise

Jan. 22, 2021

In our final behind-the-song episode of Season 1, we go deep into the bible, and an alternate life …

Season 1

The story behind the song | Kodachrome Shangri-La

Jan. 15, 2021

How did this track become the official single from Heaven Get Behind Me? Is Shangri-La like Santa f…

Season 1

EP 10: The story behind the song | Mascara

Jan. 8, 2021

If we know we are going to die, what choices do we make – about how and when we meet this moment. W…

Season 1

EP 9: The story behind the song | Stone Blind Rain

Dec. 31, 2020

Can you manufacture a vulnerable performance? How did the idioms "whistling past the graveyard" and…