Taking What I Need
Getting ready to hit the road – and I’ve said good-bye to so many books! How to Write One Song by Jeff Tweedy is one of them, but not before I took photos of the bits I underlined. I passed this one on to my friend and musical collaborator, Dina.
Dina and I have been playing together for the last few months – she sings and plays percussion and mandolin. She has a beautiful voice and a broader/lower range than mine – makes for lovely harmonies. And, she is a rock powerhouse – check out the 14-piece band she fronts, F-Town Sound.
I have almost pulled out all my roots. My musical collaboration with Dina is a root that’s staying, and of course, mountain bike riding. For now, I am leaving my beautiful Fender Twin Reverb amp, my Fender acoustic and Baby Taylor, and my bicycles with Anthony and Stephanie. The Telecaster comes with me.
I am taking a leap and am releasing what may weigh me down.
We’ll see what kinds of songs the next few months bring! I have all kinds of imaginings about what I will do and maybe write while I am on the road. But mostly, I am inviting in new experiences.
In the meantime, here is a little Jeff Tweedy to color your week. The music is a sweet kind of folk/country/new americana that might make you pause for a few minutes.
- If you were gonna write one song, what would it be about?
- Imagine you are someone you are not. Who would that someone be? would that other person write the same kind of song, or something completely different?
- What kind of song do you want to hear? Could you write the song you want to hear?
- If you were to steal one song, what song would it be?
It would be so cool if everyone wrote one song and shared it with the world.
Image of Jeff Tweedy by Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images – for Rolling Stone, Jeff Tweedy on Addiction, Parenting and the ‘Embarrassing’ Reason He Grew His Hair
Have a great week!
October 24, 2021