Two songs from "Black & White"

Megan Light, Black and White cover
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Interview with Megan

Eliot: What is your favorite color?

Megan: Turquoise.

What is your favorite season?

Fall.

What is your favorite natural sound?

The sound of waves crashing.

What is your favorite man-made sound?

Laughter.

When did you first want to play or sing music?

When I was 5 years old, I saw Crystal Gale singing on PBS. I remember she had really long hair and was playing the harp. I thought, "I want to grow my hair out and sing just like Crystal Gale!" I guess it just stuck from there on out. Though my hair never got quite as long as hers.

What was the first song or composition you learned? On what instrument?

I was singing songs as soon as I could talk. But my first song that really sticks out to me was "Favorite Things" from the movie Sound of Music. I learned to sing that song when I was 9. I would sing it all the time for friends. On guitar, my first song I learned was "Blackbird" by the Beatles.

Was there a significant or memorable turning point in your life that made you a songwriter?

Well, I started writing songs when I was college. Though I didn't consider myself a songwriter until I moved to Nashville. There was something inspiring about this town. Being surrounded by other writers I looked up to. I also began honing my guitar skills shortly after moving here. It was a natural instinct to create on it. Once I started, I couldn't stop. I wrote and played guitar for hours everyday. Within two years, I had recorded my first record, "Weightless".

Who have been the greatest influences on your sound and on your songwriting? Why?

It's hard to pinpoint one in particular person to be my greatest influence. I am sure there is something taken subconsciously from everything I see and hear in life. Though I am instinctive when it comes to writing, I do believe it is my experience and upbringing that has channeled me into the artist I am today. One of my biggest influences I would have to say is Coldplay. I love their sound. They are smooth as silk. It is emotional. You can feel the love and heartbreak in their music.

Is there anything you can always rely on for inspiration?

It always comes in waves really. I draw inspiration from my heart, my life, the ups and downs, all the lessons I discover along the way.

How often do you write? Do you have a routine?

I used to write everyday. These days, I follow my gut. My emotions tell me when to write. I sometimes go months without writing. Then I will write a bunch of songs all in a few weeks time. When I sit down to write a song, however, it takes about a week. I edit a lot. I'll sometimes write more than one chorus to a song and I choose the one that feels the best. It is a very fragile thing writing a good song that is a hit song. I want both. It's the rewriting till you have nothing less than a song that catches and moves the people you are getting the message across to.

How often do you play live? Who’s in your band?

I play a few times a week these days and mainly those are acoustic shows. My electric guitar often plays those shows with me as well. I do play with a band as well for larger shows. My band includes Nathan Spears (Stackmagic), Dean Tomasek (Will Hoge) and Steve Latanation (Agent Orange).

Where are you from and how did you wind up in Nashville?

I am from a little town in coastal Maine called Winter Harbor. It is beautiful, quiet, cold and very very far from things. I love it. I moved to Nashville after college to pursue my music. Nashville has a lot more to offer when it comes to music opportunity and growth. If you want an education in music, just spend about five years in Nashville.

What are you doing these days musically?

Well I am currently in the studio finishing up my two new singles "Catch Me If I'm Falling" and "Everybody Knows Your Name" with producer/engineer Eliot Houser. I am also doing a lot more touring in support of my new EP "Black & White" and my latest recording effort.

Any final words of advice for an aspiring songwriter?

Write from your heart. Follow your instinct. Remain true to yourself.

 

Posted July 2010

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