Singletrack

CAR Music's Singletrack

Singletrack is CAR's Artist Story for Chicago performers in which songwriters, actors, playwrights, bands and more discuss a song and how it came to be alongside audio or video clips of the work. To submit your song for consideration, please email the music researcher.

Jennifer Stucki, Oboist

Singletrack: Jennifer Stucki, Oboist

Sonatine for Oboe and Piano by Maurice Ravel

This piece explores the higher range of the oboe, which is a difficult range to play in tune while maintaining a full and dark sound. When played well, the sound that emanates is a beautiful, alluring impression unique to the oboe.

Exit Ghost

Singletrack: Michael Golas of Exit Ghost

"Speaker" from the album Elston (residency at High Concept Laboratories)

There are an infinite number of ways to create a song. It can begin with a founding motif. You can impose a rhythmic device that structures the sounds around it. Starting with a lyric can generate a vocabulary of imagery for the music to follow. A simple riff can morph into an entire phrase.

Small Fish Radio

Singletrack: Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium

"The Adventures of Skater Girl, Episode One" performed at Chicago Fringe Festival

Small Fish Radio Theatre brings together an old-time radio format and brand-new work. This the first play we have presented episodically. Creating soundscapes to keep the listener located in the world of this play has been most interesting.

Angela James

Singletrack: Angela James

"Wanna Be Lyin With You"

One of the greatest things about country music (and soul music) is that part of the songwriting goal is to tell an emotionally relatable story about love or relationships. That’s one of the reasons I’m attracted to the genre as a singer and songwriter; I want to write about life in a direct and poetic way.

David Kornfeld, Producing Artistic Director of Underscore Theatre

Singletrack: David Kornfeld of Underscore Theatre

"The Best Part of My Day" from the musical Pr0ne

Pr0ne follows Jessica Harrison, an aspiring film actress, and her family as the country discovers her secret: that she is the unnamed, possibly exploited, young woman in an adult “casting couch” video at the heart of a highly-publicized legal battle.

Heisenberg Uncertainty Players. Photo by Andrew Spear.

Singletrack: John Dorhauer of Heisenberg Uncertainty Players

"Death & Taxes" from the album Emergency Postcards

“Death & Taxes” was originally written for Black Umbrella Brigade. Our singer wanted a danceable, instrumental song, so I brought in this idea for an angular funk jam. It was too hip for the room, though, and we never performed it.

Singletrack: Charles Rumback - Drummer

"Convulsive" performed by Stirrup

When I wrote this piece, I was still making music with a band called Leaves. I always felt like the guys in Leaves played this song beautifully, but the band broke up before we had a chance to record it. Since then I recorded this song a few different times with a few different bands.

Awake and Dreaming

Singletrack: Victoria Blade of Awake and Dreaming

"Let's Get Silly" Demo Track

I had been thinking about writing a song that encourages silliness, which is a basic necessity of life. So often we take things way too seriously. This song is a reminder to myself that life is a gift.

Christopher Madsen

Singletrack: Christopher Madsen

"Song for the New Decade" from the album Pop Art

"Song for the New Decade" is part of the 2012 album Pop Art, an album that uses short-form, modern-day pop songs as formal inspiration. The idea was to put straightforward jazz compositions into the framework of the modern pop song format.

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