Guest Blog: Paul Weinfeld On Songwriting And Meditation

In 2005, New York singer-songwriter Paul Weinfield formed Tam Lin, whose name comes from a Scottish ballad about a man taken in by the Queen of the Fairies.  The name reflects Weinfield’s interests in magic and mythology, which together with his Leonard Cohen-esque flair for confessional songwriting form the heart of his unique folk-rock storytelling style, which No Depression Magazine described as “unafraid to push musical boundaries.”  Tam Lin has released five full-length albums to date:  Begin Again (2009), In the Twilight (2008), Floating World (2006), Garden in Flames (2011) and Medicine for a Ghost (2013). * * * * The world doesn’t need more songs, that’s for sure.  I think it was Bob Dylan who said that the only valid reason to write a song is to be able to hear something that doesn’t yet exist.  As a songwriter, I know all too well how easy it is to write a song that merely works.  You put one chord next to another, one rhyme next to another, you follow your old patterns, and pretty soon things start connecting.  And that right there is the problem: you’re left with a pile of connections and no truth.  The song you dreamed…

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