"The way I see it," Loudon Wainwright III says from his California home, "all I'm really doing is reporting what's going on with me, although obviously I'm aware that what happens to me happens to other people. I've always written a lot about what was going on in my life. When I was young, I sang about growing up and going to boarding school in Westchester County [New York]. Then I got married, and it was rocky, so I wrote about that, and then the kids came along, and they started getting into the songs. I don't see it as a kind of confessional thing; it just seems natural for me to write about myself. I'm what... More >>>
"You don't get over the death of your parent, or solve any issues or difficulties by writing a piece of music," Wainwright says. "But I suppose writing a three-minute song about something empowers you a little bit."