With the rise in popularity of podcasts, two friends from C-U have decided to start their own. “I’ve Been Meaning to Listen to That” is a music-themed podcast, and I got to chat with the creators and co-hosts Andrew Ambrose Lee and Ezra Blue Ward.

The concept of the podcast is one that many can relate to. Essentially, the pair discuss albums they always wanted to listen to, but somehow never got around to until now.

“I’ve always wanted to work on something with Ezra,” said co-host Andrew Ambrose Lee.

The podcast has been in the making for over a year before the first episode, and “it was originally supposed to be three episodes.” It has definitely grown into something more.

“[Music] is something me and Ezra talk about a lot anyways … and talking about music is a really easy way into understanding other people,” Lee said.

Both Andrew and Ezra grew up around Champaign-Urbana, and have known each for a while, but through this podcast, they both feel like their friendship has grown stronger. As adults, they have, for the most part, gone their separate ways.

“We live long-distance, and this has been an opportunity to keep up with each other … and connect and meet with new people,” Lee said.

They have had several guests on the show, including a local artist from the C-U area. They both feel like they would want to feature more local guests, as the Chambana music scene is diverse and constantly growing.

The podcast is formatted into weekly episodes, and each week Lee and Ward discuss their impressions of an album, as well as breakdown their thoughts about each song and their opinions on the artists themselves.

“It’s kind of a good way to get out of your head a little bit and listen to music that you otherwise wouldn’t really think about,” Co-host Ward said. “I think that everybody kind of has that comfort zone with their own music that they hold on to and listen to over and over and over again, so it kinda forces you to break out of that a little bit.”

Past episodes have covered Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” The Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” Kacey Musgraves’s “Golden Hour” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours.” The albums they have chosen range across many decades and genres so that any music lover can find an episode they can connect with.

Lee and Ward said there is no set method of choosing an album for the week.

“Our podcast’s premise is very malleable, in that it could literally be what we want it to be,”  co-host Lee said.

Lee also said they often pick albums based on a few factors, like relevance, the album’s message and albums they feel could generate a good conversation between them and their audience.

As they continue creating more episodes and discussing more albums, listeners have plenty to look forward to.

Ezra said that they will sometimes pick albums that they want the other to listen to, even if one them “already knows and loves” it.

Future albums they will feature on the podcast cover a few by Taylor Swift, an artist that Ezra has enjoyed previously and will be revisiting in these episodes. Other future episodes also include Janelle Monáe’s “Dirty Computer,” Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” and “Norman F*cking Rockwell” and Lizzo’s “Cuz I Love You.”

“I’ve Been Meaning to Listen to That” is a well-crafted podcast full of heart, and listeners can find the podcast many platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Stitcher. The podcast’s and their individual social media can also be found here.

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Rukayah Hussein

Hi, I'm Rukayah! I'm a transfer to UIUC and currently studying English and minoring in Psychology. I joined Buzz and The Daily Illini in August 2019, and I enjoy writing about the movies that I love and books I'm reading. When I'm not studying or writing, I am usually listening to a true crime podcast and drinking tea.

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