Wednesday, April 2, 2008

How To Write A Song


I had the great pleasure of sitting second row center for the Andrew Bird show at the Englert back in the fall of '07 and the even greater pleasure of seeing/hearing Bird's soundcheck before his opening slot for SCOPE's sold out Wilco show. Dude's a genius. Watching a single man piece together orchestra-sized songs with a few pedals, guitar, violin, xylophone, and some whistling
in a live setting is something truly amazing to behold. Being a (pathetic excuse for a) musician myself, I often wonder about the creative process that goes into constructing such a work. Well, the New York Times has a new blog section that invites musicians to explain how they go about their songwriting, and Andrew Bird was kind enough to give a writeup on the song tentatively titled "Oh No," which will presumably be on his next album, which is currently being worked on at his farm in Iowa. It's a great read. Check it out here.

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