Servant Of The Song
|Kris Kristofferson Chris Gantry Dolly Parton|
Today songwriters are terrified to be alone with their thoughts. They huddle together and keep writing the same song over and over. I had an epiphany at a very young age that Songwriting is a Godly gift, and if rightly viewed as something He did instead of something I did, then the two of us could form a co-writing partnership as long as I let Him be the captain of the ship and I the first mate. The world’s best songwriters know not to tinker with lyrics or melodies whispered into their ears by angels. To me, the first line of the song should be as close of a transcription to whatever it was the angel delivered to you at that first moment of heightened inspiration. It's the idea that you're in the 'music business' that screws everything up. Take care of the song and the rest will take care of itself. Recognizing inspiration, and respecting "that you're only the conduit," is what separates shallow songs from meaningful ones with lyrics that pry open the human condition. - Chris Gantry
TENNESSEAN BLOG & VIDEO LINK: TUNE IN
YOUTUBE LINK: Chris Gantry performs "Allegheny"
Guest appearance on The Johnny Cash Show 1971
Songwriting is a 'Divine experience'. The Muse doesn't say a damn thing about pickup trucks, river banks, or drinking moonshine/whiskey/beer with your bros on a Saturday night. - Nashville Outlaw
NASHVILLE SCENE LINK: Nashville Outlaw
I started writin’ this song about Chris Gantry...