In a short Facebook post that began, “How I spent my Corona vacation,” New Bohemians guitarist Kenny Withrow went on to explain that Edie Brickell and her longtime bandmates “have been writing little songs for people and recording them.”
It began when Brickell popped in with a post to the band’s Instagram account a few days ago that stated, in part, “we will write and record a little dedication to you or someone you love who you feel might like a goofy little song. We can’t all write together because we are in a land far far away but different players can record parts and email and we will slap ‘em together and post for you.”
Part of the action has been happening in Austin, home to longtime percussionist John Bush and recent New Bohemians additions Kyle Crusham and Matt Hubbard. Co-founder Brandon Aly, who lives in Blanco, also has taken part, along with Withrow and Hubbard, who both live in the band’s original hometown of Dallas. Brickell is presumably sending in her parts from Hawaii, where she took part in last week’s Luck Reunion livestream along with her husband, Paul Simon.
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Designed for posting on Instagram, these mini-songs are all under a minute long, which plays well into Brickell’s fondness for creating improvisational audio-vignettes on the spot. They’ve long been a part of the band’s writing process, often leading to full-length tunes that end up on albums. As such, these Instagram songs for fans offer a little window into how the band works.
The crowd-sourced topics so far have included dedications to missed friends, a love song for a mother with Alzheimer’s, a lullaby for a child having nightmares, and our personal favorite so far, a musical shout-out to an elementary school principal who’s “trying to watch over 400+ students learning from home.” Bounce around the band’s Instagram page for a few minutes and you may find one that speaks to you. Like this one:View this post on Instagram
@sjagrams said “Thank you for this offer! A song that explores gratitude. We all need a healthy dose of gratitude in challenging times. Our family has a chalk board with the following written on it: be thankful, eat good food, think of others, love each other, and work the problem. We are trying to focus on others...” Here you go, @sjagrams and fam! Piano by Matt