But what if a song was truly written about you?
That’s the idea behind a new Austin-based podcast called Song Confessional. People volunteer to confess something anonymously. And then a band writes a song about the confession.
“Not only have we gotten a positive response from the confessor side of things, but the musicians love it,” says Zac Catanzaro, who with friends Walker Lukens and Aaron Blackerby, produce the podcast.
“It’s a songwriting exercise. You have one day. You’re given the source material. You know, you get to be creative, you get to do your own thing but it’s within a certain box,” Catanzaro says.
Last summer, the three brought Song Confessional’s mobile recording booth to the parking lot of the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Communications. The recording booth is actually inside a vintage blue camper. In front, there’s an audio setup to record the confessions. And toward the back, a door leads to where the confessor sits.
It’s designed like a traditional Catholic confession booth. There are battery-powered candles in one corner. Red window coverings give the booth a solemn, warm glow. A single mic hangs from the ceiling.