I hired the gifted Neilson Hubbard to build a remote studio in my living room, and to bring a band in to record the songs I’ve been writing with veterans in the Songwriting With Soldiers program over the last few years.
Ever since the election, I've been talking to people a lot more than I used to, striking up conversations with strangers that look friendly, asking them about themselves.
Our voices matter during this election. We are stronger together.
This June, I once again had the honor of marching in Nashville’s Equality Walk as part of the City of Nashville’s Annual Pride Festival.
Parker Palmer Discusses “Mercy Now” in his blog for Krista Tippett’s On Being Public Radio Podcast.
Mercy and love are who we are, unwounded. Songwriting (and all the arts) are how we explore the depths of our being to ask the big questions of meaning, purpose and value. The process is one of self discovery, more than self expression.
I was honored to be featured on Steve Dawson's "Music Makers and Soul Shakers" Podcast recently.
"Songs have always been a way for me to create a connection with people, and I think connections are how we heal." – Mary Gauthier
“Extracting the true from the false is at the core of songwriting, and even when the writer works through fantasy and fiction, (and most of us do) emotional truth is the right basis of it. It’s paradoxical, but oftentimes the best way to demonstrate emotional truth is through made up tales. We use melody and metaphor to point to experiences that there are no words for.
have drawn inspiration from this beautiful landscape and creative environment for my book, and am excited about the potential for a new project affiliated with The Banff Centre and friends Sam Baker, Jim White and Minton Sparks.
I hope you are all staying warm! The Nashville blizzard came at the perfect time for me. Being snowed in provided me an opportunity to focus deeply on rewriting a chapter in my book called The Power and the Glory.
I am closing in on this chapter, and would like to share an excerpt with you.
From ABC News, "Bowie Lauded as an Artist Who Made It Ok to Be Different," 1/12/2016: "David Bowie showed this queer kid from Baton Rouge that gender outlaws are cool," wrote singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier on Twitter. "Androgyny=rock&roll, not a reason to kill myself."
As we turn the corner into 2016, I am already busy working on my book, The Art of the Song. I’m smoothing out sentences, shaping them into paragraphs, and stacking paragraphs into chapters.
Veteran Jamie Trent and I, in the back of Elvis’ 1963 Rolls Royce! Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki filmed us in the back seat, riding around playing "Bullet Holes," the song we wrote together.
I was honored to perform on the Grand Ole Opry at The Ryman Saturday, November 28th - the night of the Opry's 90th Birthday.
I brought some friends with me, including Combat Veteran Josh Geartz, who fought in The Iraq War and co-wrote "Still On The Ride" with me, and Singer-Songwriter James House, both of whom I met through Songwriting With Soldiers (SW:S).
Be sure to visit www.etown.org beginning December 2nd to watch Mary Gauthier's "On The Air This Week" podcast, taped September 27th in front of a live audience in Boulder, Colorado. The podcast will stream on the eTown website until December 8th, will be available on iTunes and will air on over 300 stations.
The soldier’s songs have become a part of me. As I sing them from town to town, each of them resonates a powerful truth: Songs change lives.
Friends, I am excited to announce that I have signed a book deal with Yale University Press!
Ryan recorded Taylor’s songs his own way, with his own band. The results are stunning.
To call it a dream come true would be an exaggeration, because I didn’t dare dream these things.
Connection to community is important to me and becomes more so every year.
Forgetting my guitar presented me with an opportunity - to fine tune, to adjust, and to really think about work-life balance.
This past week was a big week for outsiders like me in America, a big week for those of us who never really expected to live to see the day when our lives would be honored and respected by the law of the land. I celebrate for the kids especially - the next generation of gay kids.
Michele Gazich recently accompanied me on my two-week tour in Italy and Ireland, playing violin and viola on the songs I have written for soldiers as well as some of my recent songs from Trouble & Love.
I am often asked “Can songwriting really be taught? Isn’t songwriting just a natural-born gift or a talent?"
March, for me, was about collaboration. To work with another, cooperating and enjoying the results together, is one of life’s most rewarding experiences. It brings to mind the African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Trauma, at its core, is about disconnection. It’s the breaking of human bonds - physical, emotional and psychological.