Songwriter: Keith Rosson + Antje Duvekot
Songwriter is a stories and “answer songs” podcast starring David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Gauthier, Amanda Shires and Michael Ian Black.
Keith Rosson is an author and visual artist. In addition to illustrations for his own books, he produced album covers for Green Day and the Goo Goo Dolls. Keith is also legally blind.
“It gives a certain quality to my work which may seem stylistic, but it’s more of a limitation,” says Keith. âI certainly didn’t let my visual impairment interfere with my visual art. “
In the next episode of SongWriter, Keith reads his short story, “Forgive Me This”. The story tells of a young man’s trip to his hometown after learning that his father was in the hospital. The main character is broke, exhausted, and emotionally estranged.
âAll of my characters are inherently ruined in one way or another,â Keith says.
Keith chose songwriter Antje Duvekot to write a song in response to his story because he is a longtime fan. Antje considers herself a âconfessionalâ composer, self-deprecatingly describing her songs as âintimate diary entries set to musicâ.
âI was brought up with singer-songwriters who put it all first,â says Antje. âIt’s very vulnerable.
A songwriter like Antje, who prefers to write from a personal perspective, might have difficulty writing a song in response to another person’s story. But Keith’s story was very familiar to Antje.
âThis storyâ¦ hit the nail on the head of what I like to write about and what I like to think about,â Antje said. “I think the fit was unbelievable, so much so that it kind of blew me away.
Antje wrote a song called “Lottery Ticket”, on his own tough comebacks.
Ben Arthur is the creator and host of SongWriter. It is @My heart on Twitter, and his latest song is “If you need me. “