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There are few creative acts more mysterious and magical than writing a song. But what if the goal wasn't so mysterious and was actually achievable for anyone who wants to experience more magic and creativity in their life? That's something that anyone will be inspired to do after listening to Jeff Tweedy's How to Write One Song

Why one song? Because the difference between one song and many songs isn't a cute semantic trick - it's an important distinction that can simplify a notoriously confusing art form. The idea of becoming a capital-S songwriter can seem daunting, but approached as a focused, self-contained event, the mystery and fear subsides, and songwriting becomes an exciting pursuit. 

And then there is the energizing, nourishing creativity that can open up. How to Write One Song brings listeners into the intimate process of writing one song - lyrics, music, and putting it all together - and accesses the deep sense of wonder that remains at the heart of this curious yet incredibly fulfilling artistic act. But it’s equally about the importance of making creativity part of your life every day and of experiencing the hope, inspiration, and joy available to anyone who’s willing to get started.

©2020 Jeff Tweedy (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Steven Vickerman
  • 2020-10-21

More than a book about song writing

I enjoyed this book from the first chapter until the last words. I have been playing other people’s music for over 40 years but I always felt I could never write a song myself. Now I’m absolutely going to write a song. But, this book was so encouraging, realistic, and just plain uplifting to me. I plan on listening to it many times.

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  • Debbie L. Smith
  • 2020-10-14

The Kindness of Tweedy

I am not a songwriter, but to climb inside the mind of Jeff Tweedy for 3 hrs and listen to the process was inspiring. I highly suggest this for all the young musicians starting out to listen and actually try this method. Then do a deep study of the amazing band Wilco.

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  • Robert
  • 2020-10-14

You will not be disappointed

Admittedly I am a fan of Jeff and Wilco... that said, I own at least 30 songwriting books. This is simple yet profound. Very personal and direct, clear and helpful. Jeff distilled all of the great songwriting wisdom and made it fun. Thank you Jeff!

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  • Diane Kyrus
  • 2020-10-13

OK Jeff, I’m going to give it a whirl!

I wouldn’t characterize this as a review as much as a reaction, but I just finished listening to this book for the first time on the day of its publication and I found it so inspirational that I already started on some of the exercises Jeff suggests. It was a lovely experience and, as always with anything Jeff does, a generous and open hearted gift.

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  • Dry Toast Fan
  • 2020-11-20

Practical and actionable recipes for songwriting

Several things make this a highly worthwhile listen. First, it's narrated by the author himself. This brings an authenticity to the material. Second, the writing is so outstandingly straightforward it's like Jeff Tweedy is sitting across the table from you giving you songwriting advice. Third, the songwriting advice and tools presented in this book are simple, understandable, and can be put into action while you're actually listening. Fourth, he plays bits and pieces of songs throughout the material and ends the book with a finished song made from the bits and pieces he just walked you through. Lastly, the whole thing is only about 3 hours. I listened to it all in one sitting. You could be writing a song 3 hours from now.

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  • dcproperty
  • 2020-11-15

Even if you don’t want to write a song…

I love this book for what it says about creativity and a creative process. And Tweedy is a delightful relatable storyteller. And who knows maybe you’ll end up writing a song. Or maybe I will :-)

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  • Mike Maddox
  • 2020-10-19

Now I know

Big Tweedy fan, obviously. More thoughtful and resonant ramblings from my favorite songwriter. I've always wanted to know his process. Now I do! I even wrote a crappy song! Thanks, Jeff!

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  • Shelby
  • 2020-10-17

Audio version is best version

Beautiful take on creative process. Super helpful. I have both versions and audio version is best version. There are snippets of sound and songs that are very helpful to listen to in the audio version.