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May 18, 2020 @ 7:43 pm

Episode 4. Kathy Valentine

Episode 4.

Kathy Valentine

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Song Chronicles is proud to present its fourth episode, a conversation with American musician, songwriter and author Kathy Valentine.

Kathy was a member of the first, and to date, only all-female band that wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top Billboard charts at #1, having one of the most successful debuts of all time. The Go-Gos sold over 7 million records. When they went on tour opening for The Police, they soon rose up the charts surpassing the headliner, with Sting breaking open a bottle of champagne for them to celebrate. 

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The Go-Gos

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To be in a band of young women frought with both tension and love, who stuck together through the rigors of the road and high profile promotion, defying stereotypes, brought intense challenges. The only way its band members could survive to lead healthy and successful lives was to leave behind the band that had brought them together. 

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 Kathy’s memoir, titled All I Ever Wanted, is an inspiring and honestly told story. She’s found her way to discover her own voice as both a writer of prose and a lead vocalist, playing multi-instruments on her own songs, which she’s used to create a soundtrack to her book.

The music stands on its own as a body of work. It’s a great soundtrack!

 She tells her story without the affectations of someone trying to sound “writerly.”  

Kathy and I knew one another throughout the years at a distance but became friends when we both found ourselves expecting within months of one another. We both have 17-year-olds so we’ve known each other a while and she’s awesome.  

I'm honored to be able to present to you the first Song Chronicles stay-at-home interview ever...

 with the bad-ass, magnificent Kathy Valentine.

 

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April 3, 2020 @ 4:01 pm

Episode 3. J.D. Souther

Episode 3.

J.D. Souther

Song Chronicles is proud to present its third episode, a conversation with songwriter J.D. Souther.

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Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013, Grammy-nominated Souther has penned countless hits for The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, James Taylor, Don Henley, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, and Brooks and Dunn, and found success as solo artist. J.D.’s latest album Tenderness, produced by Larry Klein, connects “LA’s ‘70s golden age with the Great American Songbook,” writes Uncut, with songs that sound “like standards themselves.” 

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J.D. Souther and Linda Ronstadt

 

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J.D. Souther and Jackson Browne

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Louise first met J.D. when she was a teenager living with her mom, spending a summer in Malibu. Two years later, Louise made her debut album Kid Blue, produced by Danny Kortchmar, at the iconic Sunset Sound Factory at the peak of the California singer-songwriter multi-platinum-selling era. J.D. Souther, Don Henley and Stevie Nicks sang background vocals!

In this conversation that took place July 13, 2019 at John David’s ranch in Nashville, TN, J.D. talks about his early inspiration for his classic songs; his musical upbringing; his latest album, Tenderness; and what it’s like to tour as a solo performer. The conversation feels more like reminiscing between friends than an interview, with wonderful personal stories of many '70s golden era heavyweights: Linda Ronstadt, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Carole King, Bob Dylan, Joe Walsh, Emmy Lou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Asher, Waddy Wachtel, Warren Zevon, Don Grolnick, David Sanborn, and more. 

  

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early days with Glenn Frey

 

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A passionate animal lover and advocate, J.D. is also involved with Best Friends Animal Society.

 

 

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with Joe Walsh - photo by Barry Shultz

 

His classic albums John David Souther, Black Rose, and Home by Dawn have been released as expanded reissues (Omnivore Recordings). As an actor, he has appeared in the TV shows Thirtysomething and Nashville, among others.

 

 

 

 

 

 *Song Chronicles is a brand new podcast series hosted by Louise Goffin. The complete 32 episodes of The Great Song Adventure podcast hosted by Louise Goffin & Paul Zollo can be found on thegreatsongadventure.com.

 

 

 

 

     

 

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February 21, 2020 @ 4:38 pm

Episode 2. Desmond Child

 

Episode 2.

Desmond Child

 

It is with great pleasure that Song Chronicles presents Grammy-Winning Producer, Recording Artist and Songwriter Desmond Child.

 

*Song Chronicles is a brand new podcast series hosted by Louise Goffin. The complete 32 episodes of The Great Song Adventure podcast hosted by Louise Goffin & Paul Zollo can be found on thegreatsongadventure.com.

     

Desmond Child, the son of Hungarian father Joseph Marfy and of Cuban songwriter Elena Casals, is a highly driven genre-defying songwriter and producer, who can easily be introduced to those not in-the-know as a "hitmaker to the stars". His credits appear on more than eighty Billboard Top 40 singles spanning five decades, including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “Waking Up In Vegas.” and many more.

February of 2020, Nashville TN, in a Charlotte Avenue storefront building filled with instruments and books, Desmond sat down with Louise Goffin and talked about some of the songs he's been a part of writing, artists he's collaborated with, and how real-life circumstances inspired some of the songs that became part of the zeitgeist of popular culture. In this engaging conversation, Child reveals his great love of his family, his passion for working towards a better future for songwriters and not least, leading the way forward toward a more open-minded world for his two sons. Desmond has no shortage of gratitude for his creative and varied life, partnered alongside his loving husband ("people like me because they like him!") and it's easy to see how his spontaneity and truthful read of those around him gifts him with a knack for drawing out the archetypal themes wanting to be written in the room, collaborating with artists who are searching to find something they truly want to sing about. 

A graduate of New York University, once upon a time, Child and Maria Vidal, along with Myriam Valle and Diana Grasselli, formed Desmond Child & Rouge, recording two albums for Capitol. Next moves led him to collaborate with Paul Stanley of KISS and create two of the band's most enduring hits: “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” and “Heaven’s On Fire.” A winning streak had begun.

From Aerosmith to Zedd, his songs have been recorded and performed by a wide variety of both entertainers and collaborators, defying genre limits, with superstars as diverse as Bon Jovi, KISS, Cher, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, Barbra Streisand, Michael Bolton, Ricky Martin, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Meat Loaf, Cyndi Lauper, Christina Aguilera, Sia, Mickey Mouse and Kermit the Frog.

 

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with Joan Jett

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"Desmond is a slave-driving slut" - Alice Cooper

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with husband Curtis Shaw

 

 

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left to right: Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi Jr.), Cher, Desmond Child, Steven Tyler  

 

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Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)

 

 

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Bob Ezrin's Studio, Nashville TN

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Bob Ezrin, Alice Cooper, Desmond Child, Louise Goffin

photo by Kyler Clark 

 

 

 

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January 24, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

Episode 1. Sam Hollander

 Episode 1.

SAM HOLLANDER

 

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Song Chronicles is proud to present its first episode with songwriter-producer, Sam Hollander.

*Song Chronicles is a brand new podcast series hosted by Louise Goffin. The complete 32 episodes of The Great Song Adventure podcast hosted by Louise Goffin & Paul Zollo can be found on thegreatsongadventure.com.

     

Sam Hollander has a career that any aspiring songwriter or producer would envy and happily step in the shoes of for even a day. He's written and/or produced over 20 US Top 40 Pop Hits and had numerous worldwide top-charting songs including Panic! at the Disco's worldwide #1 "High Hopes". Visiting the YouTube channels of the bands and artists he's worked with, one quickly sees that his songs have been streamed by not just millions, but by billions. In 2019 he held the #1 position on the Billboard Rock Songwriters chart for nine weeks, a year-end record.

 

In September of 2019, in a relaxed and intimate conversational setting, Sam sat down to talk with Louise Goffin about his life before and after his success and revealed an inspiring story of perseverance and likable-guy determination. Listen and find out more!

 

Once an academically-challenged teenager who couldn't understand what he'd read, and who felt like a misfit in school, Sam Hollander spent his his youth trying to find a way to engage with the world with his love of music, surrounded by a family of high-achieving creative parents. His story is an inspiration for the many kids in schools who are mischaracterized as "failing" when they simply find it hard to engage in school systems or are unable to demonstrate their gifts through standardized testing. Sam was determined to either work with the artists who would be chart-toppers or to create them himself by developing and helping unknown talent, writing their hit songs. His genuine love of music and the music business, along with his talent for production and rhymes, eventually led to a transformation of his situation as he began writing and producing worldwide hits for the likes of Fitz and The Tantrums, Panic! at the Disco, One Direction, Carole King, Ringo Starr, Sugar Ray, Gym Class Heroes, Tom Jones, Chiddy Bang, Weezer, We The Kings, Sugar Ray and more.

 

 

 

Louise Goffin & Sam Hollander 

September 2019  Hollywood, California  

 

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"High Hopes" from the Panic! at the Disco video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Fitz and The Tantrums 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weezer

 

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Carole King "Love Makes The World"

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Panic! at the Disco "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" 

#1 US ROCK SONGS, #3 US HOT AC, #5 US ALTERNATIVE, #6 US TOP 40. RIAA certified PLATINUM, 2019 TEEN CHOICE AWARDS ROCK SONG OF THE YEAR.

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January 19, 2020 @ 8:38 pm

Song Chronicles hosted by Louise Goffin Coming Soon

Song Chronicles is a new podcast hosted by songwriter-producer Louise Goffin chronicling music history as told by the music-makers themselves, the back story of the life we love to live, behind the songs we live to love.

Find us on Instagram: @songchronicles

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