Lauren Fincham's songs
have been described as "suburban folk,"
having "glowing imagery," being
"slightly dangerous," and "too good for
this town." She challenges listeners
with alternative tunings and lush chord
structures while welcoming them with
evocative melodies and wry, observant
lyrics. Her songs are a constant on many
podcasts across the globe as well as on
Pandora Satellite Radio. A Jacksonville
native, she spent time in Atlanta,
Georgia honing her craft and producing
two wonderful CDs. After helping to
record her third CD I asked her a few
questions about her approach to song
Roy: What is your songwriting process? When you sit down to write a song, what happens?
Lauren: It depends... Sometimes itís like sifting for gold and other times itís like a game. My Ďprocessí can start on a walk or during a nap, or during a conversation with someone. Then I scribble down the idea and play with it. Sometimes it morphs so far from the original thought. Itís always fascinating.
Lauren: It depends...
Lately the lyrics have been having their
say first, but the majority of my songs
have begun with me playing my guitar and
lapsing into a rhythm/melody-like
Lauren: Depends on the process... Some come in a flash. Some I have to put down and return to months later. Some I just canít put down till Iíve found just that particular imagery or melody that resonates.
Itís not harder or
easier. Having both just provides a
larger palette. Especially if you donít
have extreme chops like a Hendrix,
Hedges, or Bensusan...etc.
Roy: Is there a specific tuning that you prefer when you have a certain idea in your head for a song that you'd like to work out?
Lauren: I like to think itís gotten a little richer and has a little more sly humor.
Lauren: Jane Siberry Ė Love her quirky tangents.
Joni Mitchell Ė Never tires of musical exploration.
Steve Earle Ė Heís just fun to listen to.
Lauren: Depends whoís delivering the message and what theyíre saying.
Roy: Your song "Me and
Madonna" is always a crowd favorite.
Care to tell us anything about that
Roy: I'm going to
mention a few more of your songs. Tell
me anything you want about them,
especially how it came to be written:
Lauren: I wouldnít kill to write a song, but a song that I think is absolutely perfect is ĎMarcií from Joni Mitchellís first release.
I try to figure
out which songs get along together or
pick the songs that Iím feeling really
If youíre not
having fun, then donít do it.
hoping to put out my 4th CD ...before
Lauren: Me me me me me me... no, not really. Just want to continue enjoy writing, recording, and performing.
Lauren's home on the internet is www.laurenfincham.com
Videos of her are available on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lauren+fincham&aq=f
You can buy her CDs at cdbaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/fincham3