(recorded at BeeHive Studios in Saranac Lake, NY by BeeHive Productions.)
By Peter Mulvey's own admission, he writes a lot. He describes the act of writing as going to the woods of his mind and waiting to capture skittish creatures as they race past. A cellphone ring or a casual interruption could jinx the whole affair and what seemed like a song could suddenly be a simple collection of wispy words floating off in the winds.
When discussing writing "DIA" – a song about journeys - the creation process he describes still seems mysterious to him. Waking up in a room with a manual typewriter, a banjo and a hand-cranked coffee grinder, the song came bounding up like a "yellow Labrador." Other songs, like "Take Down Your Flag" (inspired by the killings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and expanded through viral collaboration), are born from events and necessity. Instead of grasping for words, the words find him and are better for the meeting.
For his Session recording, captured by BeeHive Productions in Saranac Lake, New York, Mulvey talks about his work with Ani DiFranco (who produced his new CD) and the mystical act of songwriting.