Minnesota Originals generally is a great show, but I really enjoyed this segment about Dan Wilson and his songwriting modus operandi. Non-Minnesotans might remember him as the lead in the band Semisonic. He now also works as a songwriter for other artists, but he also is releasing a new album of his own.
As a journalist, I think of the writing process as fairly linear. I get my information, I crunch it in my head, I make an outline, I write it down. Not so for Wilson. He comes up with a riff, adds a few lines of lyrics and then delves into his notebooks for themes and lines that go with it, all the while imagining the music that will make it powerful and beautiful. It’s a fascinating, organic process that I’m sure I can learn from. Check it out.