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We are very pleased to be able to bring to you an essay on songwriting by David Wilcox, Surprising with a song. David is one of the outstanding songwriters and performers of his generation. We hope you will take the time to read his essay.

Other songwriters may have had similar experiences to what David describes, but his willingness to articulate his approach - accompanied by the lyrics to one of his songs as an example - offers generous insight into his creative process as well as useful advice on songwriting.

We urge songwriters and those interested in songwriting to read Holly Tashian's informative three-part series on songwriting. Her latest essay, on steps to take after finishing your song, can be found in the index to your left. Her two earlier essays are saved in the site's archive, Folk wisdom. Holly is a fine Nashville writer and performer and has been a good friend to the editor and site.

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