Sunday, July 10, 2016

Song Writers on Song Writing

Bruce Gholson, Cup, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

We love books. Our newest addition to our collection is "Song Writers on Song Writing" by Paul Zollo, the book is full of interviews with 62 song writers about their inspirations, how they approach creative solutions, and some of their history. I did immediately look through to see if they had interviewed Robert Hunter who wrote songs for the Grateful Dead, but alas he wasn't included. I became familiar with this book via a share by David Rothenberg on Facebook. David Rothenberg has written books such as "Why Birds Sing" and "Whale Music", and the book that had immediately caught my attention is one titled "Bug Music, a book we purchased a couple of years ago.  We love our books. I love being surrounded by them.  My attentions jumps around from all the things we do during the day. We may not read all of these books from beginning to end but we love to be surrounded by them, and I love the feeling I get each morning when I wake up and look at our book shelves and see all the titles on the spines.

The post that David Rothenberg shared the other day was a link to a blog called Brain Pickings about the Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist Leonard Cohen. In the blog Brain Pickings, some of the posts referred to the interviews from the book "Song Writers on Song Writing."  We enjoy learning about the Creative Process and perspectives on this subject. We engage in the creative process everyday, and are interested in what are some characteristics of the brain that are  associated with creativity.

Samantha Henneke, Cup, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina