The Sound of Songwriting was a series of interviews I published with Crawdaddy! Magazine. The main question, “What’s your process for writing songs?”

The Sound of Songwriting

The Sound of Songwriting: with Travis Morrison of The…

“There’s this great quote by Stravinsky: If you can copy, you can do,” Travis Morrison tells me. He’s full of poignant quotes like this...
Chris Castig
8 min read

The Sound of Songwriting: with Keller Williams

“I’m a music lover first, musician second, and songwriter third”, Keller Williams admits. He pauses for a moment continues, “Yeah, that statement says it...
Chris Castig
7 min read

The Sound of Songwriting: with Sherrie Dupree & Stacey…

Poet Rainer Marie Rilke gives a young poet the following piece of writing advice: “There is only one way: Go within. Then draw near...
Chris Castig
8 min read

The Sound of Songwriting: with Caroline Polachek of Chairlift

Caroline Polachek imagines each of her songs as if it was an excerpt from a film. Behind the music there is a fictional world...
Chris Castig
8 min read

The Sound of Songwriting: with James Vincent McMorrow

The Sound of Songwriting: With James Vincent McMorrow (SXSW Edition)

James Vincent McMorrow’s debut album “Early in the Morning” was entirely self-recorded during a period...
Chris Castig
5 min read

The Sound of Songwriting: With Sam Beam of the…

We tend to speak of our lives in generalities, while in our mind, when we sit alone and reflect on the past, we tend...
Chris Castig
11 min read

The Sound of Songwriting: With Tim Kasher of Cursive…

Much like a lyrical Woody Allen, Tim Kasher doesn’t hide behind his neurosis, he celebrates it. Mature enough to recognize his own self-limitations as...
Chris Castig
7 min read

The Sound of Songwriting: With Courtney Taylor of the…

“Songwriting? That’s something that I don’t really know how to do.” Courtney Taylor felt that I ought to know this before we even began...
Chris Castig
6 min read