Damien Jurado on the Mystery of Songwriting

Sound & Vision
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Damien Jurado discusses how his struggles with addiction have led him to remove smartphones, computers, and technology from his life, and how he prefers making money by being a prolific songwriter, rather than spending his time touring on the road.
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Damien Jurado released his 19th (!) album today, titled What’s New, Tomboy?. Jurado talks about his songwriting process. He describes songwriting as reading stories from a teleprompter – they just show up in front of him without him fully knowing what they're about. “I just answer the call of the songs that show up in my life,” Jurado says.

Jurado also discusses how his struggles with addiction have led him to remove smartphones, computers, and technology from his life, and how he prefers making money by being a prolific songwriter, rather than spending his time touring on the road.

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