Contributor’s Note: Australian folk/singer-songwriter Natalie D Napoleon joins The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz for the 267th episode via FAB Radio International. In this episode, Natalie discusses the songs from her album “You Wanted To Be The Shore But Instead You Were The Sea.”
We start the show with the track “Thunder Rumor”. Natalie talks about having writers block but when she sat on the front porch of an one hundred year old California college and the songs started pouring out. Natalie talks about being an Australian who was heavily influenced by Americana folk. She also talks about growing up on a farm
5:42 – We talk about her song “Wildflowers” and go to the 2:09 – 3:09 mark of the track. We talk about the Freya Phillps (Daughter of Toad The Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips) and Susan Marie Reeves (An award winning songwriter) doing the beautiful harmonies with Natalie. The song was inspired by the wildflowers super bloom that occurs in California. Don also talks to Natalie about she reminds him of Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs).
12:03 – We discuss “Second Time Round” and we go to 3:15 of the track and hit play. We talk about Dan Phillips who plays the piano and the harmonies in this part of the song hits us as well. We talk about the song Michael Kiwanuka whose song “Cold Little Heart” was used as the theme song for “Big Little Lies”. We talk about how “Second Time Round” should be used in a tv or movie.
16:53 – We discuss her track “Soft” and we go to 3:19 in the song.
“You wanted a woman that was soft but you got one that was hard”. We talk about that line as well as the sound of the standing bass in the song by Jim Connelly. We talk about how The Beatles and Neil Finn of Crowded House write excellent bridges in songs. This song was written for women coming from different angles.
22:01 – We discuss the song “No Longer Mine” and we go to 0:56 of the track. We brought up Allison Krauss. We also talks about how the song was created to have a playing live vibe to it. We talk about “Humble and Kind” by Lori McKenna and what an inspiration Lori is to Natalie.
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