One of the many great things about my "day gig" as Director of Artist Relations and Programming at the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center is being able to chat with great artists across a variety of genres about the craft of songwriting and music making for our public and online programs. As a tribute to my guests for their inspiration I've created a series of "mini covers" or as I am calling them, "citations. Check out my latest cover and the corresponding artist interview below! 

Sometimes we’re the “sad song” in someone else’s personal history.  Other times they’re the “sad song” for us.  Often times it’s a little of both.  This idea was exquisitely captured by this week’s #GRAMMYMuseumEXP #MusicallySpeaking Podcast guest, Brandy Clark, in the opening track of her latest album, “Your Life is a Record.” 

 

Check out this mini cover of “I’ll Be the Sad Song” (rocking the throwback Brandy Clark 12 Stories t-shirt) and click the link to hear our full chat! https://www.grammymuseumexp.org/podcast/

Every songwriter has a list of songs they wish they had written.  For me, Jason Mraz takes up a few spots on my list.  We usually don’t get a chance to let the songwriter in question know about it but I had a chance recently to chat with Jason about his newest album, “Look for the Good” for our #GRAMMYMuseumEXP “Behind the Songs” series and tell him just that.

This week’s #GRAMMYMuseumEXP #MusicallySpeaking Podcast features the amazing Caitlyn Smith!  Not only is Caitlyn an accomplished singer and songwriter with her own stellar albums (including her latest “Supernova” which we discuss at length) but she has had great success writing songs for other artists as well. 

 

This week’s “citation” is a mini cover of her smash hit, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” recorded by Meghan Trainor and John Legend (I attempted the John Legend part).  I was feeling so inspired I decided to play it left handed just for laughs.  ;)

 

Check it out and then click here for the full discussion with Caitlyn HERE!

 

 

When you have a Les Paul, an Echoplex Delay, a Fulltone Supa-Trem pedal and a little extra time on a Sunday afternoon things can get out of hand.  And that’s what happened here!  In spite of it, this “citation” is special because it’s a TWO-FER.  Not only is it a “mini cover” of a song belonging to the uber talented vocalist and songwriter, Ellie Goulding, but the featured artist on the track is an old (but actually young) friend, Lauv.  He’s come a loooooong way from producing tracks for our high school singer/songwriter camps back in the day when he was an NYU student.