Journey of a Song

Journey of a Song

Have you ever wondered how a song is made? How it starts? What happens during the recording process? How does an idea become that beautiful, 3-minute thing you hear on the radio? In Journey of a Song, singer-songwriter and host Emmeline takes the audience on a tour of a musician's creative process, from the first notes to the final recorded song. Each week, a different songwriter pulls back the curtain on a favorite composition, beginning with an acoustic version of the song and ending with the final recorded product. In between, you'll hear a conversation about the inspiration behind the song, the decisions made in the recording booth, and the many ways in which music reflects and informs our emotions and our lives. Find behind-the-scenes photos and more when you follow @EmmelineMusic on Instagram.

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May 14, 2021 66 min

"These Ozark mountains, Ozark kin; they hide their secrets, old as sin."

With these words, Jenni Mansfield Peal sets the scene for her haunting child ballad, "Two Sisters."  The song's delicate minor soundscape unfolds like the white river mist Jenni describes, a dark and contemplative space for one sister to share her resentments, her anger, and her confusion.  In this episode, Jenni talks about the craft of so...

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"They say there's hope for you where the sun always shines."

With these words, singer-songwriter John Mason sets the tone for his beautifully nostalgic "California," a tune he penned about an uncertain time for his family.  Infused with equal parts wistfulness and hope, grief and love, "California" explores life's moments of transition and the difficulties of moving on.  In this episode, Emmeline and ...

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"Give me new eyes; still won't change my mind."

With these words, Remy Reilly begins weaving a tale of young love, heartbreak, and the realization that, as she so melodically articulates, there are often fewer answers than questions. Using the dichotomy of bright, upbeat percussion and a sad story, Remy illustrates the way heartbreak feels in a world that is always moving forward--and draws comfort from the fact that we...

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"When I find myself asking why, I just look at your smile."

With these words, written nearly four years ago, Douglas Allen seeks to capture the sweetness of new love and the yearning for proximity with which we've all become so familiar over the past year.  Amidst the chorus of ambient stringed instruments--guitar and dobro included--Douglas's lyrics read like a photo album of simpler times. His easy riff and underly...

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"Do you know what it feels like to fall apart and smile at the same time?" 

With this poignant question, Dallas-based pop artist Michael Sanchez articulated the feelings that fueled not only the creation of his thoughtful banger, "Life of the Party," but his entire album, appropriately titled The Other Side of Fear.  Amidst a pulsing bass and an electronic soundscape, Sanchez muses about the limitations of a party l...

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"Oh, the night was alive; I could feel it in the fire."

In this poignant line from her song, "Tangerine," independent singer-songwriter Simone Nicole explores the potential of a moment and the consequences of its end.  Over the course of the composition, she explores concepts like intimacy and loss.  In this episode, Emmeline and Simone talk about trying to fit the word "tangerine" into a song and how the ope...

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"Watch me burn through the shadows as bright as the sun."

This is one of the many uplifting, empowering sentiments in Ellen Once Again's first release of 2021, "Survivor."  Produced by Josh Goode, "Survivor" details the struggle so many have endured during the difficulties of 2020, but it seeks to infuse this season adversity with hope and strength. In this episode, Ellen Once Again and Emmeline discuss t...
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March 18, 2021 52 min

"Dream beautiful things."

With these words, Amari Amore seeks to weave a tapestry of sound and story, one of hope and light in which the listener can immediately become immersed.  The appropriately titled "Dream" marks the first single from Amore's sophomore release, Evolution.  With this song and this album, Amore wanted to bring love and compassion into the darker spaces listeners may have found during 2020'...

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"If a knee was on your neck, would you feel it, too?"  This is one of many provocative questions that La Bell poses with "Floyd's Song," her powerful ode to George Floyd.  With raw, unapologetic language and a compelling hook by KnowShame, La sheds contemplative light on Black people who were murdered and forces her listeners to consider the system that allowed for these murders to take place.  In this episode, ...

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"My body's tired of screaming everything is fine."

 With these words, sung over a haunting chord progression on Facebook Live, Court Hoang brought "Will I Wake Up?" into the world for the first time.  A collaborative project from beginning to end, the song started as the product of a live songwriting session and ended as an ensemble number, produced and pieced together by Court himself.  "Will I Wake Up?"...

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February 26, 2021 78 min

"Please understand me before the end of the world."

In the driving guitars and ambient keyboards of "Fiesta Day," Berkley explores the push and pull of human connection through the lens of a teenage friendship.  He delineates the difficulty of outgrowing someone, the pain of losing an important relationship, and how time changes one's perspective on traumatic events.  In this episode, Berkley and Emmeline talk a...

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"We are all the canvas, and I am the piece."

In his engaging, intriguing song, "I Should Have Been a Milkman," Joseph Fisher-Schramm explores the complex relationship between artist, art, and audience.  Poetic and prodding, "I Should Have Been A Milkman" uses a plethora of instruments and vocal lines to paint a picture in which creation and creator spar for the delight of the crowd--but things are not always...

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"All in all, it's been a goodnight, moon."

Legendary Dallas songwriter and open mic host Steve Jackson sits down with Emmeline to discuss his award-winning composition and the title track of his second album, "Goodnight Moon."  He talks about the young woman who eventually put lyrics to his lullaby-like chords, the importance of editing, the rewards inherent in allowing other creatives into one's sacred space...

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February 5, 2021 56 min

"Kill the alarm, but mind the ticking."

With this line, Bomethius carves a unique, meaningful space for his beautiful song, "Coming of Age." A thoughtful exploration of the human relationship with time and tradition, "Coming of Age" goes from a guitar-and-vocal contemplation to a fully produced manifestation of the human reaction to pressure.  In this episode, host Emmeline and Bomethius explore the themes th...

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February 4, 2021 1 min

Have you ever wondered how a song is made? How it starts? What happens during the recording process? How does an idea become that beautiful, 3-minute thing you hear on the radio?  My name is Emmeline, and in my new podcast, Journey of a Song, I take you on a tour of a musician's creative process, from the first notes to the final recorded song. Each week, I’ll be talking to a different songwriter as they pull back the curtain o...

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