Song & Story

Song & Story
A podcast: conversations w/ songwriters about their songs.

Who We Are Is On the Line (feat. Merlot Embargo)
Jul 27 • 49 min
Making the most of the time we’re given. Overcoming the fears that keep us from trying. Staying true to who we are. These themes are at the heart of Merlot Embargo’s infectious pop anthem “One Day.”
Every Age I’ve Ever Been (feat. Denison Witmer)
Jun 12 • 62 min
Reflecting on our most formative experiences is an essential part of the growth process. Denison Witmer’s “San Francisco” is a moving tribute to the passage of time and the places that remain in our memory long after we’ve left them.
BONUS: The Homeless & The Pandemic
Apr 8 • 47 min
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to have an honest conversation with Michael Vanderburgh (executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Dayton, Ohio) about the struggles of serving the homeless during a global health crisis.
When Love Is A Storm (feat. Sarah Kroger)
Feb 13 • 51 min
Every relationship has highs and lows. Sometimes love feels like a dream — sometimes it’s a storm. Sarah Kroger’s beautiful song “I Choose You” lends an honest and hopeful voice to the ups, the downs, and the daily choices we make to stand in love.
All We Have Known (feat. Tyler Hook)
Jan 23 • 47 min
Someday all we have known will come to an end. As sobering as this reality may be, it hasn’t stamped out man’s search for meaning or our desire to love and be loved. In the midst of all the uncertainty, Tyler Hook’s “Let’s Go” is an invitation to hope.
Despite All the Hurt (feat. Kevin Heider)
Nov 4, 2019 • 56 min
There’s a lot of hurt in this world. How do we navigate the pain and uncertainty wrought by the impermanence of all things? In this flipped episode, Marie Miller interviews our host, Kevin Heider, about his song “Down by the Sycamore Tree,” a moving…
BONUS: Springsteen & Me (From Nebraska to Ohio)
Oct 18, 2019 • 15 min
Upon the release of his new album “Ohio,” Kevin Heider walks us through his journey into Springsteen’s music. As the Heider family home video archives prove, the roots run deep. “Ohio” is available now on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and more.
Our Homeland (feat. Marie Miller)
Oct 15, 2019 • 54 min
Home is a place we sometimes have to leave to find. It’s everything we long for. And it’s worth fighting for. Marie Miller’s boot-stomping anthem about returning to our “Homeland” is imbued with an infectious hope.
So Much Love to Give (feat. James & the Drifters)
Sep 23, 2019 • 44 min
There are things in this world that we can’t control. Everyone experiences loss and insecurity. This is why we need each other. In their latest single “Tides,” James & the Drifters showcase a cool indie new wave vibe to remind us that we all have so much…
The Battle (feat. Jimmy Mitchell)
May 15, 2019 • 44 min
Some stories are told without words. In his original musical compositions, Jimmy Mitchell paints with pianos and strings to separate light from darkness, to tell the story of “The Battle” that rages around and within us all.
Season Two Intro: My Sweet Elinore
May 11, 2019 • 13 min
In this delightful introduction to season two, our host (singer-songwriter Kevin Heider) sits down with his daughter to discuss her love of music. It concludes with an acoustic in-studio performance of an unreleased song.
BONUS: Learning to Lament w/ Wendell Kimbrough
Jan 28, 2019 • 28 min
Artists evolve. They’re always growing, changing, and challenging themselves creatively. As he learns to lament and let go, Wendell Kimbrough’s latest album (“Come to Me”) reflects the evolution of his artistry and his person.
Two Ways To Be Worthless (feat. Wendell Kimbrough)
Oct 31, 2018 • 51 min
We all get by with a little help from our friends. Sometimes their love is tender — sometimes it’s tough. In his clever throwback tune “Two Ways To Be Worthless,” Wendell Kimbrough playfully explores the tougher side of love.
BONUS: A Slow Burn w/ Ike Ndolo
Oct 20, 2018 • 41 min
Ike Ndolo’s latest album (“Shine”) is a unique experience from start to finish. He tells us a lot more about what went into it in this bonus episode. We also talk about live performance, evolving as artists, fan feedback, dancing, Ike’s quasi-fetish with…
The Brother On the Outside (feat. Ike Ndolo)
Oct 15, 2018 • 64 min
Life is a symphony. We all have a part to play. While questions of identity and purpose are universal to the human experience, the color of a person’s skin is a formative detail. Ike Ndolo shares his story as a brother on the outside in “Your Table.”
You Never Said Goodbye (feat. Sister Sinjin)
Oct 1, 2018 • 50 min
Death is the primordial fact of life. And yet, it seems easier sometimes for the dying to accept death than for the living to accept loss. In a moving homage to those who have passed, the women of Sister Sinjin say “Goodbye” in their own beautiful way.
Someone to Bury Me (feat. Uptown Boys Choir)
Sep 15, 2018 • 49 min
Fresh air and clarity. We all need it, especially amid the pursuit of love. Uptown Boys Choir puts a delightfully self-deprecating spin on the classic love song in “Bury Me,” an indie pop vitamin full of good vibrations.
Mile Marker 154 (feat. Jacqui Treco)
Aug 15, 2018 • 49 min
It’s amazing how memories unfold. In the blink of an eye, entire scenes and seasons of life re-play themselves in our minds. Jacqui Treco remembers with gratitude in “Genevieve,” a moving tribute to unrepeatable love.
There’s No Place Like Home (feat. Dawson Hollow)
Jul 31, 2018 • 40 min
There’s no place like home. But what does “home” even mean? That’s the question at the heart of Dawson Hollow’s triumphant indie-rock epic “Take Me There.”
Fighting for the Wrong Side (feat. Scott Mulvahill)
Jul 20, 2018 • 53 min
Love is a battlefield. When the fog of war starts to dissipate and the smoke rolls back, that’s when we begin to see more clearly. Scott Mulvahill ponders this part of love and relationships in “Fighting for the Wrong Side.”
Humans Helping Humans (feat. Michelle Mandico)
Jul 10, 2018 • 54 min
Our best bet in times of trouble is our relationships — our ability to serve and help others. Singer-songwriter Michelle Mandico appeals to empathy in her captivating “Water Bearer.”
The Ache of the Decision (feat. Mike Mangione)
Jun 20, 2018 • 39 min
Some decisions alter the course of our lives in dramatic ways. And those decisions are often accompanied by an ache, a feeling of desperation: Should I go forward? Should I turn back? Should I start over? Mike Mangione gives the ache atmosphere in his…
Burn Down Your Cage (feat. Year of the Buffalo)
Jun 10, 2018 • 49 min
We’ve all got cages that we long to escape from. We’ve all experienced the weight of worldly expectations, self-doubt, and seasons of discontent. Collaborative duo Year of the Buffalo takes us on a musical adventure in their song “Leo” to let us know that…
I Won’t Soon Forget (feat. Patrick Mahon)
May 30, 2018 • 41 min
There are places that stick with us, places we’ll remember all our lives. Patrick Mahon’s “Allegheny” takes us on a beautiful retreat to one such place in rural Pennsylvania. It’s a song and a trip we won’t soon forget.
When Did We Get This Way? (feat. Maria Price)
May 20, 2018 • 51 min
Grief runs on its own clock. And everyone processes it differently. Shame, regret, and that endless barrage of what-if scenarios can make dealing with loss all the more difficult. Maria Price faces it all head-on in her beautiful, honest, and soulful…
No Will That’s Free (feat. Derek Webb)
May 10, 2018 • 49 min
An essential issue of our time is the relationship between men and their machines. When it comes to technology, are you in control? How free is your will? Derek Webb’s “I Feel Everything” explores this terrain within the context of a nuanced and uniquely…
The Price of a Memory (feat. Rebecca Roubion)
Apr 30, 2018 • 38 min
Everything gets questioned when a relationship ends. Decisions are second-guessed; movement and growth can seem impossible. Rebecca Roubion embraces the necessary sadness of it all in her heartbreakingly honest and beautiful song “Cripple Me.”
It’s a Beautiful Life (feat. David Wimbish of The Collection)
Apr 20, 2018 • 44 min
It’s easy to dwell on chaos and pain, to process the heavy things and lose hold of our joy. But David Wimbish has learned that sometimes we need to slow down, be present, and rest in the slow turn of the earth. Hope is the lens of his “Beautiful Life.”
A Forest Full of Second Chances (feat. Alanna Boudreau)
Apr 10, 2018 • 51 min
Making sense of our messes can be difficult. So Alanna Boudreau looks to the ephemerality of the seasons for hope. In our debut episode, we discuss this gifted songwriter’s “Controlled Burn.”
A Brief Introduction & A Piece of Maria
Apr 6, 2018 • 18 min
Song & Story officially launches on Tuesday, April 10th. This introductory episode explores songwriting, storytelling, music, and art, and offers insight into the inspiration and origin of this podcast.
A Brief Introduction
Apr 6, 2018 • 4 min
This brief introduction provides all the necessary information for Song & Story’s official launch date (April 10th), release schedule, and format without offering much else in terms of substance. For a much more interesting and comprehensive introduction,…