Song & Story: A New Podcast

If you haven’t already heard, I launched a podcast back in April. It’s called Song & Story. And I haven’t been this excited about a project in a long time. Here’s the trailer.

You can listen + subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, SongAndStoryPodcast.com, or wherever you get your podcast fix.

THE CONCEPT

Every song has a story. That’s the premise (hence, the title). I want to dive into songs that have piqued my interest over the years and learn more about them by discussing them with the artists who brought them to life. I’m following a unique format designed to give the listener an immersive experience into each episode’s featured song.

THE FORMAT

I. Introduction  //  Every episode will begin with a brief introduction.

II. Song  //  The featured song will be played in full.

III. Discussion  //  I’ll ask the artist about the story/stories behind the song. I’ll poke and prod and ask about specific lines, phrases, themes, metaphors, production decisions, etc. I fully anticipate each conversation veering off onto backroads and tangents — an inevitable result of our subjective experiences with art — though it will always come back around.

IV. Song (again)  //  Having digested and discussed the song, we’ll close each show by listening to it again with fresh ears and a new perspective.

THE “WHY?”

I’m a songwriter. As such, I’m a storyteller. I know how much time, energy, and thought goes into crafting a song. Some come out quickly, in minutes. Some take days, weeks, months, even years to be fully revealed and refined. I know what each of my songs means. I know the stories behind them. Sometimes I share those stories when I’m performing, though I never quite reveal every detail; I never really tell the whole story.

I’ve been traveling with my music for almost a decade. In that time, I’ve had the privilege of meeting and collaborating with some incredible songwriters. The opportunity to meet an artist I admire and talk with them about their work is something I cherish. Contemplating a song and discussing it — the thought and intent behind it, the stories around and contained within it — is essential to valuing music as art. What a song can reveal about the human condition in all its glory, tragedy, comedy, error, absurdity, and mystery: that’s what I want to explore.

You can support this project on Patreon. And you’ll get cool things for doing so. For your consideration: patreon.com/songandstory

Kevin Heider on Balcony TV

At the end of September, Kevin spent a beautifully sunny autumn morning on a rooftop in downtown Cincinnati with several other local artists for the inaugural video shoot for Cincinnati’s own Balcony TV channel. (check out a few photos from the shoot below)

Sponsored by the good folks at Cincinnati’s Downtowne Listening Room, Balcony TV offers “music with a view.” It’s a cool project. And it’s a great way to discover new artists from all over the world.

Kevin’s live/acoustic performance will give you a good taste of Balcony TV’s mission and format. If you like, share it. Cheers!

Louisiana Tour | March 2017

We’ve played some fun shows so far in 2017 + more are being scheduled every week. We’ll be hitting up Louisiana this weekend for a quick tour with our good friend Chris Cole, and we’ve got a full weekend scheduled — four shows in three days! Here’s the breakdown:

3/24 — LAFAYETTE
A concert in the Library @ John Paul the Great Academy. It’s open to the public + will be family friendly. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

3/25 — JENNINGS
Private House Concert

3/26 — ST. FRANCISVILLE (2 shows)
An evening concert @ the historic Temple Sinai Synagogue. It starts at 7:00 p.m. + tickets are available here.

For Those I’ll Leave Behind: A Happy Song About Death

“What are you working on?” she asked, genuinely interested.

She had just returned home from the store to find her husband playing his guitar in the spare bedroom of their apartment. He was finally fleshing out an idea that had been festering for some time. She was eight months pregnant and looked beautiful — an irrelevant detail. “Got somethin’ new?”

“Me? Oh, uh…” he hesitated, not sure if he was ready to discuss the concept so early in the song’s development. “I’m writing a happy song about death.” He said it frankly, half-anticipating a wince at such frankness. Surely ‘death’ deserves a little less jollity and a little more sobriety. But she didn’t wince. Instead, her face took on an expression more akin to relief, a sweet relief, as if she’d just recalled a fond memory.

“I think I need a song like that,” she said. So he wrote a fourth verse just for her.

For Those I’ll Leave Behind  (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

*Us is now available on iTunes, Bandcamp + more. You can purchase CDs in our Store right here on KevinHeider.com.

In a Passing Year: 27

Every year has its ups and downs, its losts and founds. When July is full of struggle and strife, the hope for August is a chance at new life.

As the seasons change, fading in and out of one another whether you’re ready or not, the trick to being “okay” may sometimes lie in the simple act of remembering. When a beautiful fire burns in November, try to remember it in the cold of December. You won’t be able to feel its warmth in the moment, but you’ll know that the warmth was real once, that it still is, and that it can be felt again.

Poetically chronicling love, loss, and new life in a passing year, 27 is the closing track on Kevin’s 2013 [double] album The Spark. It’s a simple song. We hope you enjoy it.

27  (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

*The Spark is now available on iTunes, Bandcamp + more. You can purchase CDs in our Store right here on KevinHeider.com.

It’s the 1st of February…

A boot-stomping Irish drinking song about heaven, St. Brigid’s Fire is the opening track on Kevin’s 2013 double album The Spark.

After almost three years, the desire to have a lyric video that visually captures the joyfully raucous “eat-drink-forgive-and-be-merry” tone of the track has finally borne fruit.  And so, as the date approaches, we can grab a cold beer from the fridge [or the tap] and direct our collective gaze to the bouncing ball, belting out in one, hopeful voice:

It’s the first of February / and we all have gathered here / to drink up for King and conscience / from this glorious lake of beer!

St. Brigid’s Fire  (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

*The Spark is now available on iTunes, Bandcamp + more. You can purchase CDs in our Store right here on KevinHeider.com.