Saturday, September 12, 2009

Washington Post article about "writing" a song with Christine Lavin

The Lyrical Miracle

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Things I've always really, really wanted to do before I die:

1. Muscle an inside fastball into the gap in right-center for a stand-up triple, driving in the tying and winning runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in the seventh game of the World Series. For the Yankees.

2. Write a song.

I have never entirely given up on either goal, but I have to admit that with every passing year, each has become more unlikely.

You'd think the song might be within my grasp, but I have discovered there is an enormous difference between writing the sorts of things I write and writing a song, especially the part involving having deep human feelings that rhyme.

The closest I have come to being a songwriter is knowing one. Christine Lavin, the folk singer, is a good friend of mine. Chris has no problem whatsoever having deep human feelings and turning them into songs,...

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1 comment:

David C. said...

I must admit I was astounded that a song would so prominently feature President Franklin Pierce. You can read my take on the Washington Post article and Christine Lavin's song at my blog, Getting Pierced.