Peter Mulvey is a master of navigating the tightrope between the personal and political. Despite how frequently that line is traversed in folk music, doing it artfully is no easy task. To explain his relationship with songwriting, he quotes Anais Nin (“When you make the world tolerable for yourself, you make the world tolerable for others”) and credits his three-year-old self with the desire to understand the world by organizing experiences into stories.
On this episode of Why We Write, he digs into the importance of writing through difficult moments, understanding the stories that make up our lives, and how some songs find traction with a wider audience while others don’t. He also talks about working with Ani DiFranco, SistaStrings, and the making of their new album, Love Is the Only Thing.
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