David Baerwald

If you’ve been a Popdose reader for any length of time, you probably know that talking with creative people about their art is one of my favorite things to do — I never get tired of it. But because I often tend to interview artists when they’re promoting a new release, our discussions are often constrained in a number of ways; whether it’s time, commerce, or deadlines, something gets in the way of really settling in for an in-depth conversation.

So for awhile now, I’ve been mulling over the idea of a podcast that would try and slow that process down a little — create a space where we can set aside release cycles and talk about an artist’s creative journey and their current relationship with the muse. I was hung up for a long time on a title, but then it struck me that with this show, I was really trying to illustrate the fact that every artist’s approach is unique; that while we see recurring themes in the creative process, there’s no formula to it. It’s a mess, but a fine one.

And that’s when I knew I had to have David Baerwald on as my first guest — not only because he’s been one of my favorite artists for decades, but because he named his stellar (and sadly out of print) 1999 release A Fine Mess.

If you’re a Baerwald fan, this should be a fun listen — we delved into some things about the early songs that he’d never discussed before — but even if you’ve never listened to any of his music, I think you’ll find him an entertaining interview, and if you’re an artist yourself, I think you’ll find that you’ve made at least a few similar steps on your creative path. If you like what you hear here, you can purchase David Baerwald’s music at Amazon and interact with him at his website.

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A Fine Mess, Episode 1: David Baerwald