Elvis Costello and Michael Leonhart on the Joy In Music-Making

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Elvis Costello’s new album, Hey Clockface, veers through all kinds of musical territory: melancholy ballads, spoken word soundscapes, abrasive rockenroll, and songs with an old time jazz flavor. While most of the songs were written in Helsinki and Paris before the Covid-19 lockdown, Costello also collaborated from a distance with New York trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader Michael Leonhart on some of the songs, as he provided words and vocals over music for Michael Leonhart's new material, like "Shut Him Down." For this Soundcheck Podcast, Costello and Leonhart discuss their ongoing and wide-ranging collaboration and remind us that there’s joy in the making of music - even the sad stuff.

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