Wendy Eisenberg Interview

Source: 15 questions.

I started writing songs when I was around 12 years old and had been playing guitar for around a year. I was really interested in jazz and jazz harmony and the American songbook at the time, and I still am. Even the earliest songs I wrote had the formal conventions of the songbook in their DNA, which feels lucky.

I started producing music when I was 23 or so with a four track tape recorder when I was living in Boston. For a few years, when I was in jazz school, I forgot that writing songs was a legitimate art form, forgetting that jazz is song-music as much as it is not. I am grateful for my time in Massachusetts that reminded me that songs are holy.

What drew me to music and sound was their capacity for the immediate transmissions of emotions. Words can do it too, and so can art, but something about the presence of a musician, the filling up of the room – it’s such grace.