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Mark And Sarah Talk About Songs

Mark Blankenship and Sarah D. Bunting talk about songs. 

Aug 9, 2018

The sweet sound of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Darling Be Home Soon" gets us talking about relationships that give us space, lyrical phrasing that gives us chills, and YouTube comments that make us believe in humanity. 

 

Our theme is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Cake. Want to request a song, buy a...


Aug 2, 2018

There was a time when both Bruce Willis and Don Johnson had hit songs, and we're talking about both "Respect Yourself" AND "Heartbeat." This week, "we" means Mark, Sarah, and our very special guests Dan Rogge and Tracie Potochnik. Listen on for info about the exciting MASTAS spin-off, along with talk about TV stars with...


Jul 26, 2018

What starts as a simple discussion of Miranda Lambert's "Bathroom Sink" quickly evolves to include Dolly Parton's song about a dead dog, the best way to destroy your ex-boyfriend's car, and yet another potential side project for Allison Krauss. So here's to country-music superstars: You never know which dirt road...


Jul 19, 2018

We don't believe in metaphor, so for us "Pour Some Sugar On Me" is a song about dessert. Okay, not really. Talking about Def Leppard's hard-rock classic gets us surprisingly amped, even if we do have to draw some very delicate lines around what's problematic and what's cockular. 

 

Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack...


Jul 12, 2018

Noir and nastiness and...nerds? That's what you get with "Watching the Detectives," Elvis Costello's archly clever jam. Special guest Kevin Flynn joins us to discuss mysterious lyrics and peppy songs about dark deeds. We also discuss Duran Duran's cover of this joint and what makes a cover work in the first place.

 

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