“Thank god we’re not doing this on hot mics! That would be embarrassing.”

Have you had one of those days recently where the universe just felt a little bit … off? Same here. And you know how sometimes, on a day like that, it can feel really good to re-ground yourself in why you’re doing what you’re doing? SAME. So in this episode we start off with a bit of that. And then in the second half, we break down songs 9 and 10 off Shannon’s new album. Thanks for listening!

“Who are you gonna trust … me or your lyin’ ears?”

When we set out six weeks ago to do our weekly song-by-song analysis of Shannon’s new album, we promised misheard lyrics. And then we went a lot of weeks without any really good ones. We apologize, and we’re please to announce: that changes today! Indeed, it’s a veritable Misheard Lyrics Bonanza on S02E35 of the Misfit Stars podcast. Highly recommended for anyone who needs a laugh as badly as we have lately.

“In every ‘right now,’ we set in motion the thing that’s coming next.”

How on earth is it possible to start recording a podcast episode with no script and nothing specific to talk about and end up with a 50-minute episode? We swear we only intended to talk for 20 minutes.

In the second half of the episode, we do a deep dive on “This Millisecond” – song 7 on And Her Whisper Becomes a Storm.

“Just saying the thing out loud doesn’t make it happen.”

Misfit Stars is on vacation! But we’re terrible at vacation. So we recorded an hour-long podcast. Siiiiigh.

This week we dissect “Small Breath” and “Bending the Atmosphere,” from Shannon’s new album. Learn all about the hidden Morse code, and other insider secrets!

We (Shannon Curtis and Jamie Hill) are supported in everything we do by a community of people who value it. If you’re able, please visit misfitstars.com/join to become a small-dollar monthly subscriber via our Misfit Stars patron community – and we’ll invite you to our Misfit Stars private Facebook discussion group, which is the best place on the internet. Thank you so much for your support; we couldn’t do any of this without you. ❤️

“This is as much your fault as it is ours.”

We watched a movie called Mr. Jones the other day, and it felt deeply relevant to some issues the country is dealing with at the moment, specifically as regards cognitive dissonance. So we spend the first half of this episode talking about that.

And then in the second half of the episode we talk about song four on “And Her Whisper Becomes a Storm” – a song called “The Reckoning” – including a very special Misheard Lyric. You won’t want to miss it.

We (Shannon Curtis and Jamie Hill) are supported in everything we do by a community of people who value it. If you’re able, please visit misfitstars.com/join to become a small-dollar monthly subscriber via our Misfit Stars patron community – and we’ll invite you to our Misfit Stars private Facebook discussion group, which is the best place on the internet. Thank you so much for your support; we couldn’t do any of this without you. ❤️

“The episode so nice we recorded it twice.”

Due to an arcane technical glitch, the first recording of this episode didn’t actually happen. The machine said it was recording! But it was lying! So we got to record it a second time. Which brings up some interesting questions related to quantum physics and the fallibility of memory. Did any of you hear the first version? Was it better?

In the second half of the episode, we listen to and discuss ‘Nowness,’ the third song on Shannon’s new record. This is the thematic centerpiece of the album, and presents a good opportunity to talk about being present – an ever-more-applicable life skill in these turbulent times.

We (Shannon Curtis and Jamie Hill) are supported in everything we do by a community of people who value it. If you’re able, please visit misfitstars.com/join to become a small-dollar monthly subscriber via our Misfit Stars patron community – and we’ll invite you to our Misfit Stars private Facebook discussion group, which is the best place on the internet. Thank you so much for your support; we couldn’t do any of this without you. ❤️

“Like a warm bath with a built-in toaster.”

Even as everything feels like it’s on fire, it’s also tempting to let complacency take over. I mean, who doesn’t want a break right now? Everyone’s exhausted. But we’ve gotta stay vigilant. On all the fronts. And there are many.

And then after the break we’ll listen to song 2 off our new album – a song called “Paralyzed in Sleep” – and we’ll each talk about it! Some sugar to help the medicine go down. Hang in there.

We (Shannon Curtis and Jamie Hill) are supported in everything we do by a community of people who value it. If you’re able, please visit misfitstars.com/join to become a small-dollar monthly subscriber via our Misfit Stars patron community – and we’ll invite you to our Misfit Stars private Facebook discussion group, which is the best place on the internet. Thank you so much for your support; we couldn’t do any of this without you. ❤️

“In Target, feeling comforted by the consumer goods.”

Our country has not been dealing with coronavirus well. At all! We have feelings about this. We share them. Also, we’re debuting a new three-month-long series-within-a-podcast, in which we start at the beginning of the new album and play one song each week and then talk about it! It’s the behind-the-scenes album-making content you crave.

“Ego is a hell of a drug.”

After Jamie popped off at the mouth about cops in last week’s episode – and was held to account in real time by Shannon – he was also subsequently held to gentle and kind account by a few people in our Misfit Stars Facebook group. It led to some wonderful follow-up conversation, which provided a helpful jumping-off point for some continued conversation on our end. Also, we’re hurtling toward our album release and Zoom tour. We’ll tell you all about it.

We (Shannon Curtis and Jamie Hill) are supported in everything we do by a community of people who value it. If you’re able, please visit misfitstars.com/join to become a small-dollar monthly subscriber via our Misfit Stars patron community – and we’ll invite you to our Misfit Stars private Facebook discussion group, which is the best place on the internet. Thank you so much for your support; we couldn’t do any of this without you. ❤️

“White people: we need to keep talking to other white people.”

We had a couple of online personal interactions this week apropos of the Black Lives Matter protests that did not end well. It gave us a lot to reflect on. Also, we unintentionally model how to work through a disagreement on a sensitive topic in real time!

We (Shannon Curtis and Jamie Hill) are supported in everything we do by a community of people who value it. If you’re able, please visit misfitstars.com/join to become a small-dollar monthly subscriber via our Misfit Stars patron community – and we’ll invite you to our Misfit Stars private Facebook discussion group, which is the best place on the internet. Thank you so much for your support; we couldn’t do any of this without you. ❤️