Synopses & Reviews
There are few creative acts
more mysterious and magical than writing a song. But what if the goal
wasn't so mysterious and was actually achievable for anyone who wants to
experience more magic and creativity in their life? That's something
that anyone will be inspired to do after reading Jeff Tweedy's
How to Write One Song.
Why one song? Because the difference between one song and many
songs isn't a cute semantic trick — it's an important distinction that
can simplify a notoriously confusing art form. The idea of becoming a
capital-S songwriter can seem daunting, but approached as a focused,
self-contained event, the mystery and fear subsides, and songwriting
becomes an exciting pursuit.
And then there is the energizing, nourishing creativity that can open up.
How to Write One Song brings readers into the intimate process of
writing one song — lyrics, music, and putting it all together — and
accesses the deep sense of wonder that remains at the heart of this
curious, yet incredibly fulfilling, artistic act. But it's equally about
the importance of making creativity part of your life every day, and of
experiencing the hope, inspiration, and joy available to anyone who's
willing to get started.
"While the text contains
plenty of solid tips for writing one song, the author allows for a wider
resonance, showing how 'songs help us love and cope, and they teach us
how to be human.'" Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
As the founding member and
leader of the Grammy Award-winning American rock band Wilco, and before
that the cofounder of the alt‐country band Uncle Tupelo,
Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary music's most accomplished
songwriters, musicians, and performers. Jeff has released two solo
albums, written original songs for eleven Wilco albums, and is the
author of the
New York Times bestseller
Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc. He lives in Chicago with his family.