- What is your first memory of writing for fun?
I must have been six or seven years old. I was sitting under my desk in my bedroom with the coolest tiny notebook (I was, and am, still into notebooks) writing a fantasy story about a witch, and her broom, and their adventures. I still have that notebook tucked away in childhood home of Chicago. I must admit, I didn’t really grasp the concept of character development, but the plot was very clear.
- How many drafts = done?
I’m not entirely convinced that a song can ever be “done.” What’s the fun in that? The way I sing a song varies every time I pick up the guitar, always looking for a stronger way to convey meaning. In songwriting, when I look at the words I’ve pieced together and the story or emotion I was attempting to portray, and I think to myself “there it is…” Well, that’s as close to finished as I’ll ever be. There was a song that I finished years ago, performed hundreds of times, and was completely happy with, it’s called “When the Rain Arrives.” As I was playing it a few weeks ago, I heard new words come out of my mouth to replace an old line. It wasn’t intentional or planned, but the improvised moment of creativity made me realize that what the song meant to me was entirely different now than it had been a few years ago. What I love about music is that it transforms with you and sometimes without you realizing it. It’s finished, but it continues to change.
- What is your favorite book or favorite book-of-the-moment?
- What is it about your discipline that gets you the most excited?
Performing and rehearsing are entirely different animals. I love the discovery that happens while I practice a song, finding ways to challenge my muscle memory, feeling safe to make terrible vocal mistakes. But performing is an altogether different beast. I am at my most vulnerable and passionate while performing and it’s the greatest cathartic exercise I’ve ever found. Unlike in practice, I hold nothing back on stage—mistakes and all. It feels amazing. It feels like such a true version of myself that I’m unable to express in normal situations.
- What’s your favorite word or words? What about it/them appeals to you?
Honestly, I have no idea. But my favorite chords are E and AM, especially when paired up. There’s a darkness to the major E and a hopefulness to the minor A that connects to something deep inside of me.
Bonus question: Why is a raven like a writing desk?
Ravens are symbolic of change, prophecy, sometimes bad luck. At least at my writing desk, all of those things can be true, too.
Darkness/hopefulness, what more could you want? I hope you play some of these chords for us next month.
Come out to Writers & Words next month, July 10th at 7pm at Charmington’s Cafe to hear Tavor and the rest of our awesome lineup!
Tavor is a folk and dirty-blues singer songwriter, based in Baltimore. Her fearless bluesy vocals and edgy lyrics illuminate the trials and triumphs of the everyday and the never-ending search for more.
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