It’s been a while since we’ve featured our long running Writer’s Workshop series here on Hidden Track, so to get back into the swing of things we’re hosting a very special guest today. Longtime HT favorite singer-songwriter Bobby Long recently published a collection of poetry, so instead of focusing on the usual journalism we’re turning our attention to writing for verse.
Long’s career as a musician got off to a quick start due to his association with the first Twilight film, but since he’s developed into a serious singer-songwriter with a huge fan base and a penchant for Hank Williams. The new book Losing My Brotherhood is available at Createspace as well as via other online outlets.
Hidden Track: In reading your poetry, I notice some similarities to your lyrics, but some differences as well. I particularly enjoyed the material about childhood. Does writing for poetry open possibilities where writing for songs can be perhaps more restrictive?
Bobby Long: Yes I think so. You just have more freedom and there are certain subjects I feel don’t work well in songs or I at least can’t be concise with them. In songs, I tend to try and go deeper than just setting a scene, but you just don’t have the time to do it. There is just a much greater freedom with writing poems; it was really interesting seeing myself open up to it.