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"Writing a Song That Matters" ft. Dar Williams This Next One's About...

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Dubbed by the New York Times as "one American's best songwriters" Dar Williams is certainly part of the fabric of the American songbook.

Exclusive recording from Dar available here: http://bit.ly/2qOI0Qf

Dar has always followed her muse. When she was up in Somerville, Massachusetts in the early nineties, knowing that she wanted to pursue music or theater, she worked backstage at the Opera Company of Boston and wrote plays on the side. But she was in Boston, and the muse led her into the myriad open mics and tip jar gigs of booming folk revival. She opened a trunk of old songs and started writing new ones.

Since then, Dar has released 9 studio albums, written two children's books, hosts 2 annual songwriting retreats and is currently writing her 4th book "How to Write a Song That Matters".

It’s a cliché that the personal is the political, but for Dar Williams, there really is no separating her life from her worldview. And in the face of a shifting world, she is more aware than ever of the power this approach can create. “I’m now experiencing the fruits of the alternative culture I was part of in the ‘90s,” she says. “I think I’ve made choices about how I lived my life, outside of the world that was going to fit me among the mainstream norms, and I chose to stay with my friends, to stay with my culture. “That turns out to have been the sturdiest structure I could have built for myself. And that’s in my songs, it’s in my teaching. I’m a believer in what can happen when we make music together.”

Dar is on tour in January on the west coast and you can find the details on her website: http://www.darwilliams.com

Dar gave us an EXCLUSIVE LIVE RECORDING of her song "When I Was A Boy" which you can get here: http://bit.ly/2qOI0Qf

Dar mentions a couple of useful books in her own songwriting progress, links below..

Books referenced:
What I Found In A Thousand Towns - Dar Williams (link: https://amzn.to/36Er2nf)
Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan (link: https://amzn.to/2tj9EGg)
The Artist's Way - Julia Cameron (link: https://amzn.to/34rBMnm)

Dubbed by the New York Times as "one American's best songwriters" Dar Williams is certainly part of the fabric of the American songbook.

Exclusive recording from Dar available here: http://bit.ly/2qOI0Qf

Dar has always followed her muse. When she was up in Somerville, Massachusetts in the early nineties, knowing that she wanted to pursue music or theater, she worked backstage at the Opera Company of Boston and wrote plays on the side. But she was in Boston, and the muse led her into the myriad open mics and tip jar gigs of booming folk revival. She opened a trunk of old songs and started writing new ones.

Since then, Dar has released 9 studio albums, written two children's books, hosts 2 annual songwriting retreats and is currently writing her 4th book "How to Write a Song That Matters".

It’s a cliché that the personal is the political, but for Dar Williams, there really is no separating her life from her worldview. And in the face of a shifting world, she is more aware than ever of the power this approach can create. “I’m now experiencing the fruits of the alternative culture I was part of in the ‘90s,” she says. “I think I’ve made choices about how I lived my life, outside of the world that was going to fit me among the mainstream norms, and I chose to stay with my friends, to stay with my culture. “That turns out to have been the sturdiest structure I could have built for myself. And that’s in my songs, it’s in my teaching. I’m a believer in what can happen when we make music together.”

Dar is on tour in January on the west coast and you can find the details on her website: http://www.darwilliams.com

Dar gave us an EXCLUSIVE LIVE RECORDING of her song "When I Was A Boy" which you can get here: http://bit.ly/2qOI0Qf

Dar mentions a couple of useful books in her own songwriting progress, links below..

Books referenced:
What I Found In A Thousand Towns - Dar Williams (link: https://amzn.to/36Er2nf)
Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan (link: https://amzn.to/2tj9EGg)
The Artist's Way - Julia Cameron (link: https://amzn.to/34rBMnm)

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