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NPR Project Song: Stephin Merritt

NPR Project Song: Stephin Merritt

Project Song documents the songwriting process over the course of two days.

All songs created as part of the project are based on an image (usually a photograph), and a word.

Interesting to see the process happen with these kinds of starters, and a great way to create an exercise for yourself!

Stephin Merritt, part of the group Magnetic Fields, has quite the musical resume and is amazing to watch. His song creation process begins with a photograph of a man in a full body suit covered with baby dolls.

The line “a man of a million faces” is his immediate response. How he chooses to incorporate the word “1974” is a nice imaginative leap. The genesis is amazing to watch.


Stephen Merritt Project Song


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