Story 2 - Perfect Shade of Blue by Braden Gates

Season 1 | Episode 2
11m | Feb 14, 2022

Braden Gates joins me to discuss his beautiful song Perfect Shade of Blue. Then, we get to hear that song.

This was the very first Song Stories episode put to "tape" – way back in 2019 before, you know, the plague. Some ideas take longer to launch than others I suppose. Coming back to our conversation years later I find myself just as drawn in by Braden's observational writing style. He seems to have discovered the true secret to art-making – pay attention.

Braden also has a firm handle on one of the great secrets of life – don't take yourself too seriously.

Support Braden Gates by streaming his catalog wherever you listen to music or buying his music on Bandcamp at

Visit Braden's website because the first page alone will make you laugh in a way that explains Braden Gates better than I ever could -

Finally, find my own songwriting adventures online at

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