Richard Shindell on Careless and recurring themes.

Richard Shindell on Careless and Storytelling Music

Richard Shindell on Careless and Storytelling Music

Risks and rewards of the creative life.
Oct. 5 2016 4:24 PM

Richard Shindell on Careless and Storytelling Music

An expat songwriter writes heartbreaking music about the undocumented.

Richard Shindell.
Richard Shindell.

Radoslav Lorkovic

Listen to this episode of the Moment with guest Richard Shindell:

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Richard Shindell is a singer-songwriter who is best known for telling deeply human stories with his songs. His latest album is Careless. We kick off today’s show with Richard playing a song off the new album titled “All Wide Open.” Then, Brian and Richard talk about the themes that Richard keeps revisiting in his songs (10:30), the time he spent in the seminary (20:30), and why this new album is a kind of departure for him creatively (34:00). The two round out the conversation talking about Richard’s writing process (44:00) and why the dispossessed are so often featured in his music (54:00). Richard ends the podcast by playing one of Brian’s favorite songs—“The Kenworth of My Dreams.”

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Brian Koppelman is a filmmaker (Rounders, Solitary Man), essayist, and podcaster. His latest project is the upcoming Showtime series Billions.