David Scott photo by Stefan Kassel

The Writers Room: Episode 10 Amy Rigby

Amy Rigby weaves observational wit and interpersonal scenarios into songs that are perceptive, genuine and easily relatable. Amy shares professional ties with our three previous guests, Bill DeMain, Brad Jones and David Scott (see below).

Photo by Ted Barron

  Album Title Artist Songwriter Producer Songs Featured
18 Again -
An Anthology
(2000)
Amy Rigby Amy Rigby Brad Jones Wait Til I Get You Home
Straight to the point -- NO to public displays of affection and YES to more cowbell.

On the production side, the lead guitar supports the melody in two important ways: 1) By stating a reduced version of "Wait Til I Get You Home" in the intros (try singing those words over the guitar riff!), and 2) since there's a long break after each of the verse's first two lines, by adding a simple melodic guitar response to those lines.  In a solo performance, that guitar response could be replaced with an "mmm-hmm" vocal.
18 Again -
An Anthology
(2000)
Amy Rigby Amy Rigby
Bill DeMain
Brad Jones Keep It To Yourself
Revenge by bossa nova, with co-writer Bill DeMain and producer Brad Jones.
Til The Wheels Fall Off
(2003)
Amy Rigby Bill Lloyd,
Amy Rigby,
Harold Rome
David Scott,
Amy Rigby
Shopping Around
My mama told me, "You'd better shop around."   OK, but what if it's all shopping and no stopping? 

Notice how the backing vocals cleverly reinforce the lyrics, at a pace that's independent of the lead vocal.
  • Bonus Talk (36 secs)
    (Amy's connection to David Scott)
18 Again -
An Anthology
(2000)
Amy Rigby Amy Rigby Brad Jones Magicians
A song of brutally honest self-awareness. 

L
isten as Amy delivers a vocal that's bravely vulnerable yet always in control -- especially when she sings "We're magicians" for the last time, holding out the final note of the previous choruses and then delicately singing one note higher, on just a wisp of breath.  Magical.
Tom Petty
Kari OK
(2018)
 
Amy Rigby Amy Rigby Wreckless Eric Tom Petty Kari OK - Single
In our interview, Amy explains how this song -- and its music video == were inspired by watching Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, performing a deadpan Karaoke version of a Tom Petty song.

Tom Petty Kari OK - Music Video
 

Bonus Talk (17 mins)
Amy's early music experiences in the New York club scene
and with the groups The Last Roundup and The Shams.


All song clips heard in this episode:

(Song Title / Artist / Album Title)

OPENING MEDLEY

Wait Til I Get You Home / Amy Rigby / 18 Again - An Anthology
Keep It To Yourself / Amy Rigby / 18 Again - An Anthology
Shopping Around / Amy Rigby / Til The Wheels Fall Off
Magicians / Amy Rigby / 18 Again - An Anthology

 

Beer & Kisses / Amy Rigby / 18 Again - An Anthology

20 Questions / Amy Rigby / 18 Again - An Anthology

Tom Petty Kari OK / Amy Rigby / Tom Petty Kari OK - Single

Give the Drummer Some / Amy Rigby / Amy Rigby (Live at Cat's Cradle 02/26/2003)

Cynically Yours / Amy Rigby / 18 Again - An Anthology

Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again? / Amy Rigby / Amy Rigby (Live at Cat's Cradle 02/26/2003)

Playing Pittsburgh / Amy Rigby / The Old Guys

Men In Sandals / Wreckless Eric & Amy RIgby / Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby

The Summer of My Wasted Youth / Amy Rigby / 18 Again - An Anthology

Please Be Nice To Her / Wreckless Eric & Amy RIgby / Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby

Dancing With Joey Ramone / Amy Rigby / Little Fugitive

 

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