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How to Write One Song

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How to Write One Song by Jeff Tweedy
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Oct 13, 2020 | ISBN 9780593183526

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“[How to Write One Song] is one part manual for composing a song, and one part philosophical inquiry into the human desire—the human need—to create. It’s also an easy, delightful read.”

“[A] generous and thoughtful argument for carving time out for creativity. He attempts to demystify songwriting, offering both encouragement and practical tips that from anyone else might read as self-help. But instead, Tweedy strikes a tone that’s more like that of an exuberant friend: You have to try this, man. And you’ll want to.”
—Chicago Tribune

How To Write One Song [is] a smart, funny, relentlessly practical guide to discovering the secret songwriter within.”

“In this succinct guide, the Wilco (and before that, Uncle Tupelo) frontman walks you through pretty much every question you might have about writing a song of your own. From anxiety that you’ll suck—you totally will, at first—to the fear of exposing your inner feelings—accept it, writing songs means getting vulnerable—Tweedy helps you get out of your head and in front of your notebook or voice recorder.  We found ourselves highlighting and adding bookmarks.”
—Apple (Best Books of October)

“In four carefully crafted sections, renowned songwriter, musician, and performer Tweedy explains the mysteries of the ‘ephemeral’ process of a writing a song, from inspiration to process, suppressing one’s annoying ego, and disappearing in the work …. Observing Tweedy’s glowingly creative mind at work throughout this seriously fun book is truly illuminating.”

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