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About the author:
Jesse McRae has been a songwriter since the mid-sixties and a performing songwriter since 1974. During that time he has traveled extensively, from the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Mexico and from coast to coast in Canada and the United States. He has worked as a radio host and interviewer, newspaper and magazine writer, mortgage appraiser, carpenter, house painter, truck driver, masseur, retail manager, and more, but he has rarely stopped writing songs. A Nashville resident for many years, Jesse now lives in Bellingham, Washington.
Jesse is a Pro-Writer member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), an affiliate writer and publisher with the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC), and a member of the Nashville Publishers Network (NPN). This is his first book.
My Four-Minute Life
The Journey of a Very Human Songwriter
Jesse F McRae
"My Four-Minute Life" is Jesse McRae's brilliantly conceived memoir of seven-plus decades as a human being, told in stories, lyrics, philosophies, and opinions predicated on a fifty year love affair with songwriting.
The way he tells it (with earnest, hard-won insight; rugged examination; an eye for the exquisite; tender humor; and unstoppable love), you can't miss the fact that his story is also the story of his songwriting craft, and thus, it seems like the biography of a living body of work.
Seeing the personal life in Jesse's songs may well serve to open our eyes to the potential songs in our own lives. For some of us, perhaps for all of us, breathing and creative expression are equally essential.
In this intimate and unflinching exploration of his life, the author offers his observations on creativity, childhood trauma, depression, addiction, recovery, relationships, single-parenting, personal growth, healing, love, redemption, and humor, and on the craft, inspiration, and business of songwriting.
To quote a line from one of Jesse's songs: "I'll paint you my life story, four minutes at a time, with pictures framed in rhyme and melody."
- Publication Date:
- 0692434682 / 9780692434680
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 7" x 10"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs