The Ghost in the Song: Songwriting as Discovery

Song is an art form that is memorialized in a moment, draws on threads from the past, and grows in power as its message resonates through the future. Join Joe Henry — singer, songwriter, producer, and poet — as he examines how the process of songwriting has everything to do with discovery: discovering the past, discovering tradition, discovering influences, and discovering circumstance. Learn how an act as solitary as songwriting can transform into a hit song that has the crowd singing along.

Speakers: Joe Henry
Festival: Aspen Ideas 2018

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