Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting

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St. Martin's Essentials
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5.6 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier one of the best songwriters of her generation. Her album Rifles & Rosary Beads was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Folk Album and Record of the Year by the Americana Music Association. Her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Boy George, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette, Kathy Mattea, Amy Helm and Candi Staton. Saved by a Song is her first book. She lives in Nashville.


Compelling... Gauthier has never been the kind of writer to shy away from difficult subjects...It's no surprise that her book expresses the same level of candor. --Nashville Scene

[An] intimate, riveting memoir...Her lyrics dig deeply into the human condition, and her explanations leave little room for complacency. --Library Journal

Unveils how a master managed many of her most memorable pieces, like a magician revealing all of her tricks....A powerful memoir that says as much about Gauthier and her eventful, trailblazing life as it does about her music. --Kirkus (Starred)

"Think Anne Lamott meets Julia Cameron meets Patti Smith... Anyone who can still write from the heart about writing from the heart after being in the music business as long as Gauthier has is the real deal. Her book invites seasoned artists to deeper authenticity, new artists to deeper craft and all readers to deeper self-reflection. --BookPage

Thoroughly revelatory. --Bay Area Reporter

Gauthier is not only a talented, award-winning singer/songwriter but also bravely illustrates in the artistry and redemptive power of creativity...If you're needing a glimmer of hope... pick up Saved By A Song. --Grateful Web

Gauthier has an uncanny ability to combine songwriting craft with a seeker's vulnerability and a sage's wisdom." --Amy Ray, Indigo Girls

Mary Gauthier has come through her own long dark night of the soul knowing, as she says in one of her songs, we could all use a little mercy. It seems to me we could all use a whole lot more of Mary too. --Emmylou Harris, singer, songwriter, and musician inducted into the Country music Hall of Fame

"I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard a Mary Gauthier tune. That's the kind of songwriter she is." --Sarah Silverman

"[Gauthier's] is no ordinary book about the craft of songwriting but rather a thoughtful meditation by one of the finest practitioners around on what makes a song matter and the hard lessons she's learned...This is a treasure of a book as well as a love letter to songs and songwriters and the people who listen to them." -- Booklist, starred review

"A treatise on making art." --BUST

Beautiful, often ragged, song and verse from a high place." --Robert Plant

How does she do it? How does Gauthier acknowledge heartache, tell unvarnished truths, and offer redemption, all in the span of a three- or four-minute song? This consummate singer-songwriter reveals her process in her upcoming book. Generous and big-hearted, Gauthier has stories to tell and worthwhile advice to share. -- Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True

"Mary's songwriting speaks to the tender aspects of our humanness. Her vignettes span the emotional landscape, and leave us feeling deeply seen and understood. We need her voice in times like these more than we ever have." --Brandi Carlile, multiple Grammy award winning singer-songwriter and producer