The Link 107.9 Presents
Deck The Hall Ball
Friday, December 13, 2019
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Life, love, and music eventually arrive full circle. We reach the place where we began not only wiser, but with more wonder for the bearing of the past on the future. Three-time GRAMMY® award winner Rob Thomas progresses by recognizing his roots. In fact, the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and Matchbox Twenty co-founder picks up a thread from his formative years and weaves a bold and bright new chapter on his fourth solo offering, Chip Tooth Smile (Emblem/Atlantic Records].
Fittingly, the experience earned from over two decades as one of modern music’s preeminent songwriter and front men empowers him to do so.
“I’ve always been a radio kid,” he explains. “I grew up listening to all of this music from the late seventies and early eighties in the car with my mom. I knew every lyric to every song on the air. There’s a sensibility to the way I write that’s been informed by eighties songwriters, especially. I feel like I grow each year. Hopefully, that trend will continue until I am ready to stop.
He most certainly does on Chip Tooth Smile. In fact, the record represents a confluence of firsts for the New York-based artist. After three tour packed summers, he took the summer of 2018 off and commenced writing for what would become his latest album. Three years removed since 2015’s The Great Unknown, he amassed a career high 60 ideas to be whittled down into the next body of work. All along, there would be no choice but to work with longtime friend Butch Walker behind-the-board as producer. It notably marked his first collaboration outside of producers Matt Serletic and Steve Lillywhite, but one he admits to “manifesting.”
As any artist will attest, inspiration can hit you at the most random moments. For Ingrid Michaelson, The Muse visited her in 2017 in the middle of an airplane ride. She began writing poems from the perspective of a few characters from Netflix’s throwback sci-fi/horror drama, Stranger Things. The poems were then transformed with melodies that would later become Stranger Songs (due summer 2019, Cabin 24 Records), an album of original tracks independent from, but inspired by, the series.
“I’ve already made seven records. I have a lot to say, but I feel like I’ve said so much from the brain & mind & soul of Ingrid Michaelson,” she explains. “I wanted to create something through a different lens.” So Ingrid transformed her obsession with Stranger Things into Stranger Songs, a reflection on the human condition—that also happens to be filled with Easter eggs from the TV show. Yet the album remains universal, most of it sweetly tapping into romance as nostalgia, beginning with its first single, the flirty, palpitating “Missing You.” “There’s something about Stranger Things that’s really comforting. It reminds me of my childhood,” Ingrid says. “It’s the best kind of escapism.”
The bar is high after four Top 20 albums, two platinum singles & countless song placements in everything from Grey’s Anatomy to an Old Navy ad. The overachieving Michaelson, who’s currently adapting The Notebook into a Broadway musical, isn’t one to phone-in her inspirations.