This week, I wish to introduce you to a different podcast that I make, known as Companions. It’s a present about partnerships that was born out of Track Exploder. I’ve made a bunch of episodes with bandmates, or co-writers, or an artist and a producer who labored collectively, all these tales the place the songs had been the results of a extremely particular collaboration. And I used to be all the time fascinated by the origins of the connection, as a part of the story of the origin of the track. Once you hear these tales, it turns into clear that what these individuals made collectively is one thing that displays not simply every of them individually, however this different, distinctive entity that solely exists the place the 2 of them meet. And I wished to make a podcast that was solely about that concept. And I really feel like all profitable long-term partnerships could possibly be regarded as love tales. It’s a matter of luck, and being in the proper place on the proper time, and likewise work and endurance, plus some ineffable magic spark. In order that’s what Companions is about. The primary season got here out in 2020, and the second season simply started final week. You may subscribe to the present at Companions.present, or wherever you get your podcasts, and so forth, however I additionally simply wish to play you this episode from season 2, with two music greats, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, who’ve made two unbelievable albums collectively.
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