So, as you know, I’ve been listening to this podcast called The Story and the Sound. It’s this podcast that takes albums, and dissects it song by song. It’s so beautifully written. The way the host speaks and describes each song…it is so beautiful. Luckily, he’s covered some of my most favorite albums of all time…so hearing it described by another person, it means a lot. Lol, and I must say, his description of Transatlanticism is on point. He goes on to say, “the rest of the world was introduced to Death Cab for Cutie by one man, and his name was…Seth Cohen.” So accurate.

Anyway, he went on a hiatus for awhile. He just released his latest episode and talks about why he took a break. He suffered from a massive depressive episode which he’s recovering from. And unfortunately, the show is ending indefinitely. He’s in the process of writing a novel, which of course, I completely can relate to. I’m so sad to see the show go but honestly, I’m so glad I found it when I did. And of course, his final episode will be dedicated to Brand New’s album, Science Fiction.

I wrote David a letter…just letting him know how much it really has meant to me. I’ve received a lot of letters from my readers in the past, all that have touched me tremendously. Being on the other side, and writing a letter to this guy…all I can say is thank you to you guys. I’m just now realizing that it does take a lot to write someone and describe what their work has meant.


Hi David,

I just listened to your latest episode from The Sound and the Story, and I really want to commend you for being so open and honest as to why you took a break. I started listening to your show about a month ago, and every episode has been so beautifully written. I love most of the music that you’ve featured, so I can really relate to the sentiment. 

I’m a writer myself and have luckily gotten a few things published through some magazine sites. It’s lead me to beginning a manuscript on the topic I cover the most, which is mental illness and depression. I too deal with extreme depression and have suffered two breakdowns in the past which lead to a hospitalization two years ago. I’m still in the process of recovering which I must say, has gotten extremely better.

Your love for music has really gotten me through a depressive episode I was dealing with during the time I started listening to your show. Everything you described in the Brand New, Death Cab For Cutie, and Bon Iver episodes really touched me. Those albums have gotten me through a lot, so hearing it from another person feels extremely comforting.

I’m really sad to see the show go, but I wish the best for you, your recovery, and your writing process. I’m looking forward to the final episode. I saw Brand New a few days ago in New Orleans, and it was the first time I had seen them in 11 years. They were a band that was like a religion to me during their Deja days, and seeing them perform songs from that album and their new one -it was very cathartic. So, I’m glad your show is ending on that note.

I didn’t mean for this email to be so long, but as I said, I’m a bit of a writer. Again, all the best! I’m looking forward to reading your work and hopefully listening to any future seasons of your podcast. Thank you so much for sharing your insights and thoughts on music that a lot of us hold very dear to our hearts. It means more than you’ll probably ever know.

Best Wishes,