The album opener is the song that just opens up the door to the album and this week is all about those songs. Some songs are just an eclectic choice and some songs set the mood for the entire album. Even though this is a normally quite eclectic podcast, this week really shows off how eclectic the Earbuddies can be.
This week is all about the ladies but in the opposite way as that creepy dude on Instagram who slides into the DMs. This is a celebration of talent and joy and music made for, by, or about women as our way of marking Women’s History Month (which is apparently March much to Amy’s surprise.)
While this is the second time we have covered sad songs, this episode really gets downright emotional. Mitchell breaks in with absolute heartbreak and it is layers upon layers of how to construct a proper sad song from there. Also, Amy audibly unravels, which is a kind of ridiculous weird thing to do.
On this runaway bassline hit parade, there is massive exploration of all the groovy lower end rhythms that carry songs. Seeing as Mitchell and Amy first met because of bass, there is some nostalgia before Amy declares that all bassists have the family name of Butler. This is pretty much a funky wild ride with the slightest amount of music theory.
This week is all about the rhythmic non-words that add to songs’ emotion, ambiance, and generally awesomeness. There are some Whooooaaaas, some Da-Da-Da’s, some Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and some Byayayayayas, plus many more. Surprising to only Amy, it is not just pop music!