Saved by a song : the art and healing power of songwriting /

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St. Martin's Essentials,, New York, NY, United States, p.viii, 237 pages ; (2021)

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(OCoLC)fst01071469, (OCoLC)fst01119301, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music., Biography., bisacsh, fast, MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Folk & Traditional., MUSIC / History & Criticism., Music., Popular music, SELF-HELP / Creativity., Singers, Singers., United States, Writing and publishing.


Prologue: Invitation -- I drink: Reduction -- Goddamn HIV: Writer's voice -- Sam Stone: Prescience -- Drag queens in limousines: Story/meaning -- Our Lady of the Shooting Stars: Paradox and mystery -- Mercy now: Accessing the universal -- Goodbye: Songs as seers -- Blood is blood: Awakening -- Mother: Song as prayer -- Sweet words: Rebirth -- Oh soul: Redemption -- Rifles & rosary beads: Transformation -- Still on the ride: Triumph -- Epilogue."From the Grammy nominated folk singer and songwriter, an inspiring exploration of creativity and the redemptive power of song. Mary Gauthier was twelve years old when she was given her Aunt Jenny's old guitar and taught herself to play with a Mel Bay basic guitar workbook. Music offered her a window to a world where others felt the way she did. Songs became lifelines to her, and she longed to write her own, one day. Then, for a decade, while struggling with addiction, Gauthier put her dream away and her call to songwriting faded. It wasn't until she got sober and went to an open mic with a friend did she realize that she not only still wanted to write songs, she needed to. Today, Gauthier is a decorated musical artist, with numerous awards and recognition for her songwriting, including a Grammy nomination. In Saved by a Song, Mary Gauthier pulls the curtain back on the artistry of songwriting. Part memoir, part philosophy of art, part nuts and bolts of songwriting, her book celebrates the redemptive power of song to inspire and bring seemingly different kinds of people together"--