Friday, 27 February 2015

Lovesong: Joe Henry — The Mystery and Adventure of Life and Songwriting

'Mystery' is the word... I write to discover... The poem has an intelligence that the poet doesn't have.'

I'd encourage all songwriters and lovers of song to listen to this wonderful interview. He manages to demystify the magical mysteries of the craft without breaking the spell. He also totes the challenges of opening your heart to others.
'If you exorcise your demons your devils will leave too.'
I'm thralled by Joe's worldly wisdom.
A master of words, a sculptor of sound and a huge hearted hero... and I don't do 'heroes' but... I like Joe Henry​:

Eye Level With the Stylus: An Appreciation of Miracle Mile

Songwriting’s a rum business.
It’s like firing arrows into an empty sky and hoping that they’ll lodge in a tender heart whilst not taking anyone’s eye out… all the time knowing that your missives often end up lost, lodged in some fallow field. You want those arrows to be sharp and true, and to carry hopeful messages to the heart of the matter. To heal and not to harm. I’m humbled and happy to hear that we’ve hit the target with Paul Woodgate.
Read his wonderful appreciation of Miracle Mile here on Paul's excellent site:
Eye Level With the Stylus