World Cafe: Lyrics and Music from WXPN’s World Cafe: NPR
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- “When I Was a Girl in Colorado”
- “Prairie Dream”
Judy Collins has made many other songwriters famous. She began her career singing other people’s songs, transforming American audiences into artists like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell with her hit performances. But over the years, she’s also developed her own unique songwriting voice — and now, for the first time, every song on her latest album is an original. The album is called Bewitched and the songs tell stories from Judy’s life – one that has taken her from the wilderness of Colorado to some of the biggest stages in the world. In our conversation, Judy shares some of those stories, talks about her songwriting process and the advice she received from some of her very well-known songwriter friends, and we go into some of the issues and experiences that have fueled (and still fuel) his activism throughout his life. You’ll also hear him perform some of his new songs, starting with the album’s title track.
Here’s Judy Collins with “Spellbound,” live for Coffee of the world.