Episodes

Dec. 2, 2021

The story behind the song | Coney Island Surfing

SONGBIRD returns with a long-awaited Season Two! We jump right into a "behind the song" episode, all about Spitball's signatu…

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April 2, 2021

Bonus | What will happen in Season 2?

Season 2 will dig into the story of Spitball, an unsigned surf-punk act that was part of the downtown NY music scene in the mid-9…

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March 5, 2021

Season 1 Finale | A Tribute to Felix McTeigue

In our Season 1 finale, Marco explores the final liner notes for Heaven Get Behind Me, where thanks are given - and we find ourse…

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Feb. 5, 2021

Heaven Get Behind Me | Liner Notes Part 2

In our second liner notes episode we talk through that maddening balancing act of conceiving and producing videos for the music w…

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Jan. 29, 2021

Heaven Get Behind Me | Liner Notes Part 1

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

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Jan. 22, 2021

The story behind the song | Wallflower's Surprise

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

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Jan. 15, 2021

The story behind the song | Kodachrome Shangri-La

How did this track become the official single from Heaven Get Behind Me? Is Shangri-La like Santa for adults? Why do people miss …

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Jan. 8, 2021

EP 10: The story behind the song | Mascara

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

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Dec. 31, 2020

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

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

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Dec. 24, 2020

EP 8: The story behind the song | Way Up There (Don't Say a Word)

Can a terrible person write a great song? Can they sing it? These questions - along with the search for an ancient instrument, a …

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Dec. 16, 2020

EP 7: The story behind the song | Sebastapol

What is the life of an expat? Can they ever really go home? These questions - along with a screenplay about the Book of Enoch - i…

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Dec. 11, 2020

EP 6: The story behind the song | The Letter Reader

What does it take to break a person? Can they be saved? How does it feel to seek revenge on the world? These are the questions th…

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Dec. 4, 2020

EP 5: The story behind the song | California Divorce

What is your favorite breakup song? In this SONGBIRD "behind the song" episode, we talk about divorce and other major life eve…

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Nov. 27, 2020

EP 4:The story behind the song | Long Tall Man

In SONGBIRD's latest "behind the song" episode, we tackle the story behind Long Tall Man (track four from Heaven Get behind Me). …

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Nov. 20, 2020

EP 3:The story behind the song | Marfa

In SONGBIRD's third episode, a stalker's email evolves into the song MARFA from Martin Ruby's debut album HEAVEN GET BEHIND ME. A…

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Nov. 14, 2020

EP 2:The story behind the song | Fellini Was Dying (drunk in the afte…

In SONGBIRD's first "behind the song" episode, Marco explores the real life story that inspired the first track from Heaven Get B…

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Nov. 10, 2020

EP 1: An introduction (Living through the songwriting process)

In this introductory episode, Marco explains what the show is about, the reason it is called SONGBIRD and shares some hard luck s…

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