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The fourth episode of our new podcast, The Second Muse is now available for listening. In this episode, Drew Miller is joined by Wild Harbors and Andrew Osenga to discuss the Wild Harbors song, “Tomorrow Morning.”
Wild Harbors consists of husband and wife Chris and Jenna Badeker. They write forward-moving, lyric and melody driven songs laced with intricate vocal arrangements. Often their songs are about courage in the face of adversity and taking risks—subjects that have played a defining role in their story.
Andrew Osenga is a twenty-year music industry veteran who has found himself in the roles of artist, producer, session player, and A&R representative throughout his career. He has a gift for bringing out the best in those around him—specifically in helping artists discover, cultivate, and take care of their own voices.
If you’re new to The Second Muse, here’s the podcast in a nutshell: the title is taken from a Wendell Berry quote in which he references two distinct muses—the Muse of Inspiration, “who gives us inarticulate visions and desires,” and the Muse of Realization, “who returns again and again to say, ‘It is yet more difficult than you thought.’”
It is this second Muse of Realization with which we concern ourselves in The Second Muse, specifically in the context of songwriting and record producing. In each episode, Drew interviews a different artist along with their producer about a song that gave them a great deal of trouble, whether in the writing or recording process or both. The song is then explored from the inside out, breaking down the components of the mix and how each element works towards making the song effective as a whole.
The first episode featured Andrew Peterson and Ben Shive discussing Andrew’s song “Maybe Next Year,” the second episode featured Jordy Searcy and Lucas Morton talking about Jordy’s song “Explaining Jesus,” and the third episode featured a conversation with Son of Laughter (Chris Slaten) and Ben Shive about “The Fiddler.”