More Than A Whelan

Madeline Leman

Episode Summary

More Than A Whelan turns eighteen! To celebrate we have special guest Madeline Leman of Madeline Leman & the Desert Swells fame in the studio to talk about her songwriting practice. And we even share a shot of Icelandic vodka to celebrate our eighteenth episode.

Episode Notes

More Than A Whelan turns eighteen! To celebrate we have special guest Madeline Leman of Madeline Leman & the Desert Swells fame in the studio to talk about her songwriting practice. And we even share a shot of Icelandic Vodka to celebrate our eighteenth episode.

Sean begins the show by reading a story of his called A Metaphor For Sex. Written using the song I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow as a creative prompt. Published in a collection called Normal Service Will Resume by those wonderful sweethearts at Cardigan Press.

To celebrate episode 18, Sean, Maddy and MTAW producer Derek Myers take a little shot of vodka. Salud!

Sean and Maddy have a chat about her path to becoming a singer/songwriter and discuss recent single Diva With the Fever of Change and its incredible music video directed by Jessica Barclay Lawton. And then we're super lucky to have Maddy perform Diva... live in the studio spoken word style.

Maddy then performs an original track written about the nature of creative people who may seem confident on the surface but may also have crippling insecurities just below the surface.

Sean reads a poem inspired by two creative prompts supplied by MTAW listeners.
Thank you for being our muses of the week!

The creative prompts are....

  1. Crow standing on my face - Cameron Semmens
  2. Like trying to fuck under a drum tight top sheet - Rebecca Vespertine

Maddy reads a brand new poem called Mother of Pearl based on an encounter with a dead seal on a deserted beach.

WHELAN & STEALIN'

The segment where Sean and guests read works by other writers.

Sean reads an excerpt from an essay by Melissa Broder called I Took The Internet Addiction Quiz and I Won. From her book So Sad Today.

Maddy sings an utterly beautiful cover by John Prine , the song Speed of the Sound of Loneliness.