Still Going…Along the Songwriting Journey

11143457_10153336364339038_7066697889388451112_nLast weekend, at a music networking conference and tribal gathering for songwriters and musicians in North Carolina, two people who I had never met before recognized my name and said they read this blog. Another songwriter fondly remembered my doing a “spotlight” Q&A with him when he had first started out doing open mikes over six years ago. It was really neat. I was very moved.

I haven’t written much on this blog over the past few months because, well, because I’ve been busy writing songs. Typically, the opposite has been true over the past few years. I wrote regularly on the blog but not as many songs. I’d really like to do both. But dang, it’s been so nice getting back to really being into writing songs that I’ve just been enjoying it.

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A Chat with Dar Williams: Writing a Song That Matters


‘Tis the season for summer songwriting retreats! My regular readers know I’m a long-time attendee of SummerSongs, but well-known touring songwriters such as Steve Earle and Richard Thompson have started leading their own camps for songwriters over the past few years, and for the third year in a row one of my favorites, the talented Dar Williams, will lead her own week-long retreat, Writing a Song that Matters, in Garrison, New York. You can join her and her talented staff (including one of my favorite duos, Rick and Michele Gedney of Open Book!) on two dates this summer: July 13-17 and July 27-31.

The New Yorker calls Dar’s tunes “finely-crafted short stories,” and she has toured widely for over 20 years while also releasing eight studio albums. She has taught at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival’s Song School and Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch. But what made Williams decide to make leap to leading her own retreat for songwriters? And how does she keep her songwriting muse happy and healthy?

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