Car songs.

October 21, 2011 § 11 Comments

I write all my songs from the driver’s seat of a 2002 Toyota Echo.

Perhaps you’ve seen me at a stoplight, a scrap of paper pressed against my knee, furiously writing–feel free to honk if I blow the light change.

It may not be the safest practice, but when you think about it, a car is as close as modern man gets to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.

Some of you sing while in that Fortress, others devise mental grocery lists or daydream. Since my song writing does not require a guitar or piano, I invent tunes while in my Japanese stronghold.

When I’m not writing songs behind the wheel, I sometimes think about how songs work. After cogitation spanning many miles of road I’ve come to the conclusion that songs are always about evoking emotion.

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