Andrew Bird Narrates His Songwriting Process

For the New York Times’ Measure for Measure blog:

I remember the moment I did this sort of thing for the first time 12 years ago, when I was writing the song “Lull.” I simply made my doubts and neuroses about the song part of the song. I felt a thrilling flush of embarrassment, as if I had violated some self-imposed rule, and now know this to mean I’m on the right track. Sounds a bit like a technique used by comedians like Woody Allen or Louis C.K. — making your neuroses and failures part of the show.