Singer-songwriter Steve Poltz was originally born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and moved to the U.S. when he was a boy — a story he tells in his song "A Brief History of My Life." A prolific songwriter, Poltz reached regional success with his band The Rugburns in San Diego, Calif., but garnered the most financial and commercial success with the hit song "You Were Meant for Me," co-written with and sung by Jewel. Poltz shares the immensely entertaining story behind the song in detail before singing it in this Mountain Stage set.
Included here is a song not heard in the Mountain Stage radio broadcast, written as part of a songwriting "game" between Poltz and fellow songwriter Bob Schneider. In the game, one man sends the other a phrase or title, challenging him to write a song based solely on those words. The result in this particular instance was "Sewing Machine," a story-song about a tiny man who sews children to an easel — and the boy with the hook-hand who sets out to save them. The accompaniment, recorded by pianist A.J. Croce, is heard via Poltz's iPhone.