Music Issue

Podcast: Confessions of a Serial Songwriter with Izaak Opatz

Whitefish-born singer-songwriter Izaak Opatz joins the podcast to talk about drawing inspiration from Glacier National Park, writing songs and playing during the pandemic and the role of music in his future

By Micah Drew

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“Working in Glacier has really supplied a lot of metaphor. Just being in the woods, I think most people agree that art is just imitating nature. That’s where metaphors come from originally.” ~ Izaak Opatz

This week the Flathead Beacon’s annual music issue hit the stands. The featured stories focused on musical threads from a guide to Montana’s summer concerts and festivals to musician profiles to looking at Flathead high school’s new marching band uniforms. One profile, Confessions of a Serial Songwriter, was written by Flathead Beacon managing editor Tristan Scott and delved into the career of Whitefish-born singer-songwriter Izaak Opatz.

Izaak will be playing a release party for his new album, Extra Medium, in Missoula next Friday and he joined the podcast to talk about his inspirations, being a songwriter during COVID, and what his future holds.

Later in the show, Micah runs through some other news of the week including the end-of-season recap from Whitefish Mountain Resort and the continued operation of Blacktail Mountain, and changes to Glacier National Park’s biker/hiker rules.

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The music in this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. The episode also features two songs from local singer/songwriter Mike Murray’s album We Are Like Warriors, “The Good Ol’ Days You’re In” and “Moment of Time,” used with permission.