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Song and Story with Scott Joachim

Scott Joachim is a singer/songwriter based in New York City, and he’s the focus of our latest episode of “Song and Story.” 

In this music performance series The Daily News goes behind the lyrics to explore the craft of songwriting.

For this installment, Joachim joined us at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Brooklyn and performed “The Way The World Turns,” which he considers a break-through that gave him the perspective he had struggled for so long to gain. 

“It’s the moment where my questions finally found answers from somewhere outside of myself,” he said. “In one sense, the song is a conversation with ‘God’ – not really in a religious or denominational sense – but more as a human being who finally realizes that he’s spiritually connected to a broader world.”

“In another sense, this is the song that set me free,” Joachim added, referring to the lead line in the chorus of the album’s title and opening track – “Let Me Out.”

Joachim’s new album, titled “Let Me Out,” is a story of personal growth that began when Scott was 19 and lost both his parents just three weeks apart. He was lost, became angry and depressed, but ultimately found solace in songwriting.

He wrote the first four tracks of the album – which he refers to as “Side A,” shortly after his loss. He wrote the second four tracks, “Side B,” over the last couple of years with the benefit of time and perspective. 

The final two “bonus” tracks complete the story. Joachim covers Radiohead’s “Subterranean Homesick Alien” (he identifies with the song’s juxtaposition of desolation and fortitude), and then concludes the album with the aptly-titled, “The Things That Make A Life,” which he began writing when he was 20 years old and finished up this year.

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