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The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

What Lives Behind Language: Rosanne Cash on Songwriting

Artist Rosanne Cash

Yet another fine piece, Henry. Many thanks.

Good decision to spend the night Henry...would love to have been there myself...I was fortunate enough to be at a house concert with Peter Cooper (and Eric Brace and Thomm Jutz) last Saturday...very nice man...we talked a bit about his new book coming out as well, which you mentioned in your last column...

Looking forward to John Oates' book too, and your interview with him...would be interesting to get perspective on what it is like to stand next to maybe the best white soul singer ever...what's it like to be half of the best selling duo ever, but sing lead 10 percent of the time because the guy next to you has a 5 octave range plus angelic falsetto...I'm sure there are road stories, etc., but as a great fan of H&O, that's the kind of stuff that interests me...their history is fascinating when they were coming up in Philly...

Rosanne Cash is a national treasure. Not only is she a great singer (as The Lists demonstrated) and songwriter (as all her work shows, reinforced by The River and the Thread) but she is a fascinating person. This last statement gets backed up not only in reading her memoir, but listen to any interview with her you can find. She can discuss music, the song writing process, or just life with great insight and intelligence. Her work (all of the above) has enriched my life.