Episode 143: The Decemberists

“Once In My Life”

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The Decemberists are a Grammy-nominated five-piece band from Portland, Oregon. They released their first album in 2001, and since then they’ve put out seven more, including the 2018 album I’ll Be Your Girl. In this episode, singer and guitarist Colin Meloy breaks down The Decemberists’ song “Once In My Life” — from his first demo, to the final tracks they recorded in the studio.

Buy or stream “Once In My Life” here, and watch the music video below.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Richard Thompson – “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”
The Smiths – “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”
SinBin, home of Halfling Studios in Portland