Swamp Cabaret: A Conversation with Suze Lanier-Bramlett - Page 5
gJg: Another one of my favorite songs on the album is “On The Way To Woodstock”. It’s so infectious. How true is that song?
SLB: The whole thing is actually true. I was living on The Lower East Side of New York and was very pregnant at the time.
gJg: What encouraged you to put that story into a song?
SLB: ABC news did a documentary on the 40th anniversary of Woodstock in 2009 and they had asked me if they could include a segment about my own Woodstock experience. After I saw it I decided that story could make a cool song. So I sat down at the piano and I whipped it out in about a day.
gJg: Are all of your songs written that easily?
SLB: Not always. Sometimes I’ll get an idea for a song but I’ll need to let it stew. I might only just have a title or a rough idea about what I want to say but then I’ll sort of just forget about it and not work on it for a while. Then one day I’ll just sit down again and the song will just come out.
gJg: You can’t rush the process.
SLB: You’re right. I, personally don’t like to force the process of songwriting. There’s a formula to it but I prefer to write when the inspiration hits me.
gJg: So a lot of your songs are about personal experiences but you also tend to write from someone else’s perspective as well?
SLB: I do. Delaney would do that too. As a matter of fact, Delaney would often laugh about how all of his wives or ex girlfriends would always think he was writing a song about them personally. He’d say: “Look, I’m not always writing about the person that I’m with. I might be writing about something that I had heard on the news or I’ll write a song from someone else’s point of view.” I feel the same way.
gJg: I love the vibe of this album. Especially with the last track, “Leave Your Hat On”.
SLB: I’ve always loved Randy Newman’s songwriting. “Leave Your Hat On” is one of my favorite songs so I put it on my CD. I often close my show with that song.