Playing Along

A new podcast has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart with souls like mine.

Hosted ByTodd A

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects.


All Episodes

Playing Along with Allen Morris

Allen Morris teaches Todd “Same Old Dream” from his album Fly By Wire. allenmorrismusic.com

Playing Along with Sina Samimi

Todd sits with Sina Samimi, a guitarist in the group Duende Flamenco, to learn their song, “Noches Flamencas.” The session turns into an hour-long discussion of flamenco techniques, Sina’s...

Mini-Episode: the Wrong Chords and a non-Harmony

If you listened to Playing Along with Bobbo Byrnes, you heard us make a couple of mistakes. We played chords out of order and I attempted a harmony but...

Playing Along with Bobbo Byrnes

Bobbo Byrnes joins Todd A to teach him “I May Never Know” from his album Motel Americana. Bobbo and his band, The Fallen Stars, are touring all over Europe...

Playing Along with Briana Harley

Welcome to the first episode of Playing Along. I am so happy that my friend Briana Harley could join me for this kick-off to the show. Briana teaches me...

Playing Along Preview

Todd A previews his new podcast, “Playing Along.” On each episode, Todd will have a songwriter in the studio to teach him a song of theirs. In the course...