August 11, 2011

Writer's Block: Removing Songwriter's Benign Brain Tumor Unlocks Lyrics

From the new issue of Vanderbilt Medicine:

Every songwriter has his or her own process of writing. Beth Nielsen Chapman, for example, almost always starts with the melody. Then, she discovers the lyrics in what she describes as a surreal, intuitive way.

"I start with a sound, and I follow the sound,” she explained. “I use my voice as a divining rod. I’ll play some chords and I am just poking around and accidentally bump into notes and say, ‘Oh, I like that.’ I allow it to reveal itself to me. That’s why I feel like it’s so close to a spiritual experience, really."

Read the whole story by Kathy Whitney here.