Singer-songwriter Sean Anglum's sound advice 

click to enlarge Sean Anglum, left, is a native Colorado Springs singer-songwriter.
  • Sean Anglum, left, is a native Colorado Springs singer-songwriter.
Colorado Springs native Sean Anglum’s musical interests were nurtured by his classical pianist mother and, as he puts it, the three B’s (Beatles, Beach Boys and Byrds). In addition to following his singer-songwriter calling, he carved out a career in public relations and event production.

Along with his catalog of songs, Anglum currently brings his lyrics, harmonies and arrangements to the newly formed Anglum-Mock-Greene, which also features local artists Lewis Mock and Cindy Wheeler Greene. After years of “threatening” to collaborate, the threesome has lately begun writing and performing together.

We caught up with the musician recently to talk about some of his favorite records.

First record I ever owned: Johnny Preston’s “Running Bear” 45 at the long-defunct Altones Record Round-Up in Golf Acres Shopping Center. I was fortunate to have an older sister who bought lots of records, so I was already schooled in loads of Everly Brothers and Ricky Nelson 45s at no cost to me. I bought the Johnny Preston record — which could have qualified for the Guilty Pleasure category, too — because I’ve always been a sucker for a good story song, even back in second grade. The first album I bought with my own money was Meet the Beatles.

“Wish I’d written that” song: There are so many, but I’ll settle on two songs for very different reasons: The Beatles’ “Here, There and Everywhere” for its immaculate construction, clever lyric turns, and a melody that must have come to McCartney from outer space. It’s otherworldly, and sung as if he was talking softly in Jane Asher’s ear. Also, The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” for its heartbreaking spiritualism, which has little to do with happenings in a church, and its underplayed passion and simple but perfectly phrased lyrics.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: Where to begin? There are so many! I gotta say “Sometimes When We Touch” by Dan Hill. No goosebumps, but it makes my skin crawl. “The Hustle” makes my head explode, too.

My latest online discovery: Bennett Wilson Poole, a wonderful trio from the UK that has recorded a fantastic initial album. Bennett and Wilson’s resumés include Grand Drive, Goldrush and Saint Etienne. Their voices, guitars and songwriting make for an uplifting collection of tunes, with Poole’s virtuoso electric 12-string Rickenbacker jangling throughout. You can find videos on their website (bennettwilsonpoole.com).

Artist more people should know about: Having just produced and played in a tribute to the great American singer-songwriter John Stewart, I must vote for the ex-Kingston Trio member and hitmaker from the ’70s and ’80s. With dozens of recorded albums, but only a handful in print and available, start with California Bloodlines and work up from there. John Stewart wrote what the great 20th century American painters painted.


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