Daily Discovery: Caitlin Mahoney, “Quits”


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ARTIST: Caitlin Mahoney

SONG: “Quits”

HOMETOWN: Orlando, Florida


AMBITIONS: I want to write songs that connect with people, to make a great life in music, to be able to meaningfully contribute to causes I believe in, and to give and receive a lot of love over the course of my life.

TURN-OFFS: Badmouthing. Not into it.

TURN-ONS: When people talk about what books they are reading, or even better, recommend books that I should read. I LOVE that.

DREAM GIG: How about one of Mumford & Son’s Gentleman of the Road stopovers? The one this summer has Jenny Lewis and Dawes on it – can I just jump on that one? That’s a dream gig.

FAVORITE LYRIC: “Morgan says, maybe love won’t let you down. All of your failures are training grounds, and just as your back’s turned, you’ll be surprised, she says, as your solitude subsides.” – Rilo Kiley

SONG I WISH I WROTE: “How I Love” by Casey Black or “Be there if I have to Swim” by Niall Connolly.

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Sara Bareilles, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bruce Springsteen, Lorelai Gilmore, and Jane Austen. All at once would be cool, too.

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Bruce Springsteen sold out MSG show in 2009. I went with my parents, and watching them was literally like going back in time to what they were like in their 20s at Springsteen shows then. It was THE BEST. Also, he played “The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle” in sequence, and it was one of the best nights of my life.

I WROTE THIS SONG: Out of frustration with mediocrity. It’s about not letting yourself be held back by people who don’t want to work hard or be their best selves.

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