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Making Music with Jake Haws

Making Music with Jake Haws is a podcast dedicated to the exploring the creative process of writing and recording music featuring original songs and guest collaborators.

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Ep. 60: Christmas Song – Little Drummer Boy

When my wife and I first married, we started a tradition of recording Christmas songs every year. Sometimes it's just one song and other years, we've recorded as many as five. We've kept it up for 11 years now, totaling 24 songs. This year, we recorded "Little Drummer Boy." I sang lead vocals, played acoustic guitar, bass, mandolin, tamborine, and cajon. My wife, Melissa sang harmony vocals. Our three kids joined in and played cajon and sang backing vocals. It was a fun song to put together. I hope you enjoy it and have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.


22 Dec 2017

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Ep. 91: Song "Brand New Life" (Influenced by The Lumineers)

This is a love song I wrote for my wife and put on my latest album, Good Grief. Influenced by The Lumineers. Visit jakehaws.com for lyrics and more info.


6 May 2019

Rank #2

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Ep. 96: Michael Stanley and I Jam on The Beatles

In this episode, Michael Stanley and I get together and jam on the Beatles. Visit jakehaws.com for more music and podcast episodes.


21 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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Ep. 88: Song "Humans" (Mellow Indie Rock Instrumental)

In this episode, I share a mellow indie rock instrumental used for podcast theme music. Visit jakehaws.com for more info.


8 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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Ep. 94: Dawn Red Sun and Audrey Olivier - Interview and Music

I'm joined by two guests, Dawn Red Sun and Audrey Olivier, originally from Germany and Switzerland, respectively. They share 3 songs they collaborated on and talk about the process of how the music came together. Songs produced by Adam Basedow. Visit their youtube pages for more music: Dawn Red Sun: https://www.youtube.com/user/DawnRedSun Audrey Olivier: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7PAbUqikduGjfrJOcBmUdA


24 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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Ep. 62: Song “Lounging Around” (Influenced by Bossa Nova Music)

My attempt to write something in a Bossa Nova style. Influenced by the Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz track, "The Girl From Ipanema." Visit jakehaws.com for more.


11 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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Ep. 93: Song "Reminders" (Influenced by Nirvana Unplugged)

In this week's episode, I highlight a song from my "50 Songs in 50 Weeks" series, influenced by the gloomy sounds of Nirvana's unplugged performance of "Something In The Way."


11 Jun 2019

Rank #7

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Ep. 92: Mike McClellan and I Create "Man on the Moon" (Modern Dance Pop Song)

In this podcast episode, Mike McClellan and I get together and collaborate on a song. We use the "track and hook" method, which is an approach to songwriting and production used extensively in pop music. We came up with this catchy dance pop tune called "Man on the Moon."


28 May 2019

Rank #8

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Ep. 87: Song “The Last Waltz” (Influenced by Arcade Fire)

For this episode, I break apart a recent song of mine called, "The Last Waltz," which is influenced by Arcade Fire. Visit jakehaws.com for details and more episode.


1 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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Ep. 95: Cody Butler - Interview, Performance and Song Collaboration

In this episode, I sit down with singer/songwriter Cody Butler (aka The Boy and His Dog aka Cody Francis). He plays some tunes and we talk about his musical endeavors and life. We also collaborate on a song together called "Moving Forward," which is about a father watching his daughter grow up. Visit jakehaws.com for lyrics and free download of the song.


8 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Ep. 98: My Favorite Albums of 2019 (Top Ten List)

As this year wraps up, I'm sharing my favorite albums from 2019. There were a lot of great records that came out and I honestly had a hard time narrowing it down to just ten but I did, and here they are. Music includes Kishi Bashi, Vampire Weekend, David Gray, Billie Eilish, Takenobu, Vid Nelson, Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Joy Williams, and Telekinesis. Spotify Playlist of my favorite albums of 2019: https://open.spotify.com/user/121154176/playlist/0LOwKZdZTr19Hk8iAiNI6U Spotify Playlist of my favorite songs of 2019: https://open.spotify.com/user/121154176/playlist/4IGjRx7LoUCmBwnDpWyIYV Visit my website: http://jakehaws.com


20 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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Ep. 97: Jack Mergist and I Write a Sequel Song to Weezer's "Only In Dreams"

For this episode, I meet up with Jack Mergist. We talk about how he balances his music and film projects and we challenge ourselves to write a sequel song to the Weezer classic, "Only In Dreams." Visit jakehaws.com for more info.


25 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Ep. 59: Favorite Music of 2017 - Top Ten Albums

In this episode, I highlight my favorite music of the year including songs from Dr. Dog, Dan Auerbach, Jeff Tweedy, Asgeir, Mac Demarco, LCD Soundsystem, Iron & Wine, Morning Teleportation, Spoon and Jason Isbell. Visit http://jakehaws.com/ep-59-favorite-music-of-2017-top-ten-albums/ for more info on this episode.


11 Dec 2017

Rank #13

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Ep. 89: Modern Disco Song "This is Who We Are" (collaboration with Dawn Red Sun)

For this episode, I break apart a modern disco song I recently collaborated on with Dawn Red Sun. The sound is influenced by Leon Bridges' tune, "You Don't Know." For lyrics and more info, visit jakehaws.com


16 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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Ep. 99: Christmas Music 2019 (Winter Wonderland and Up on the Housetop)

My family has a tradition of recording Christmas songs every year. Some years, we’ve done as many as 5 songs and other years we’ve only done one. This year we were pretty busy but we were still able to do two song. For the first one, my wife and I recorded a jazzy version of Winter Wonderland with 2 vocals, acoustic guitar, bass and drums. The 2nd features our three kids on an instrumental version of Up on the Housetop with violin, chimes and sleigh bells. These two songs (as well as all the other songs were done over the past 13 years) are available for free on my website, jakehaws.com We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!


24 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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Ep. 61: Guest Camille Nelson (Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitarist)

For this episode, I'm joined by a special guest, acoustic guitarist Camille Nelson. We talked about how she got started making music and she shares some of the stories behind the songs on her new album, Lead Me Home.


1 Jan 2018

Rank #16

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Ep. 100: My Musical Journey

This episode marks a special occasion because it's the 100th episode! I started this podcast at the beginning of 2016 it’s now just past the 4 year anniversary of putting this out. It's been a blast sharing what I'm working on musically with you and collaborating with guests. So, I thought a lot about what I wanted to do for the 100th episode to make it special so I decided I would talk about sort of my journey as a musician and how creating music has evolved for me over the years. Hopefully it gives some insight into why I do what I do and maybe it will be of some help to you as you travel on your own creative journey. Visit jakehaws.com to download the songs from the episode. Visit thefabfolk.com for more on my folk duo. Visit my new stock music site, archesaudio.com.


20 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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Ep. 86: Song "Make It Up to You" (Influenced by Wilco)

This week on the podcast, I break apart a haunting piano ballad influenced by Wilco. Visit jakehaws.com for lyrics and more info.


18 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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Ep. 90: Song "Thinkin Bout You" (Frank Ocean Cover)

This week, I'm sharing an acoustic cover I recently recorded of the Frank Ocean song, "Thinkin Bout You."


22 Apr 2019

Rank #19

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Ep. 85: Song "Only In Your Head" (spacey piano rock)

This episode, I break apart an original spacey piano rock song called "Only In Your Head," which is from my recently released album, "Good Grief." Influenced by The Walkmen and Radiohead.


25 Feb 2019

Rank #20