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Author: American Songwriter, Dave Barnes

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Five Hot Takes is a new, fun, and educational music podcast brought to you by American Songwriter Magazine and GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter, and podcaster Dave Barnes. Follow along each episode as Dave host’s a multitude of different artists/entertainers across all genres of music for a fresh perspective on their, Five Hot Takes!
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From examining a song that took 6 years to write, to a song that took 15 minutes, Drew explains his perspective and how its transpires into a complete song, from lyrics, melody to how the instrumentation supports what Drew was trying to convey. Dave's FavsDave's Fav 1: “Nothing But Trouble” took Drew around 6 years to write, with multiple versions and revisions before the final release.Dave's Fav 2: Drew wrote “Live Forever” in fifteen minutes as he contemplated his sister and her kids moving to Panama for work. It’s also his favorite song he has ever written.Dave's Fav 3: Drew wanted “Family” to sound like growing up in a big family, as he did. Some words he uses to describe the tone of the song include “cacophonous”, “chaotic”, “loud”, in addition to “beautiful” and “hopeful”.Dave's Fav 4: “You’ll Always Be My Girl” was written as a promise to Drew’s 3-year old daughter. He also wrote it by simply fooling around on the guitar and freestyling lyrics.
On this episode, Dave and Drew Holcomb cover Drew's hot takes on music. Hot takes include: 1.) Willie Nelson is one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time.2.) Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” is the best male vocal performance of all time.3.)  Sinéad O'Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” is Drew’s favorite recording of all time.4.) When it came out, Ray LaMontagnes’ “God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise” was Drew’s least favorite LaMontagne record, and it has since become his absolute favorite of Ray’s.5.) If Drew could have anyone’s career in music history, it would be Tom Petty’s.Follow Dave Barnes on social media at @DaveBarnesMusic. Check out our network and more content from AmericanSongwriter.com.
On this episode, Dave covers hot takes on Boyz II Men, Earth Wind and Fire and a hot take on lyrical content of songs. His hot takes include the following: Boys II Men, End of the Road. They do not sing the same melody on the verses.One of the best bass lines of all time, Spacehog - In The Meantime.September by Earth Wind and Fire speeds up 10 BPM in 3 and 1/2 minutesThe rhythm guitar on the cover of “Got to Get You Into My Life” by Earth Wind and Fire body slamming the pocket on this iconic shuffle.Sometimes the simplest lyrical moments in a song are the most profound.Follow Dave Barnes on social media at @DaveBarnesMusic. Check out our network and more content from AmericanSongwriter.com. American Songwriter Podcast Network
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Make sure to subscribe to stay up to date on all the Hot Takes!  American Songwriter Podcast Network
Subscribe now to make sure you never miss a hot take!  American Songwriter Podcast Network
Subscribe now to make sure you never miss an episode! American Songwriter Podcast Network
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Amy Colonna-Robinson

This whole thing puts a grin on my face...now listening to those key changes on repeat! Thanks Dave!!!

Aug 25th
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Amy Colonna-Robinson

Been looking forward to this!!!

Aug 20th
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