Ever heard a song and wondered where the songwriter came up with the ideas for it? That is what happened to me after I heard the song, Sidecar, by Robyn Dell’Unto. When my sisters introduced it to me, a dance party erupted in the living room. Sidecar is so catchy that we had to start dancing as soon as we heard it! So much fun! As well, the song’s video had personal meaning too, as it reminded me of my summers growing up in Ontario. Have a listen below.
What does it mean to be assertive?
I think knowing absolutely everything you possibility can about the situation in which you are asserting yourself is very helpful. I don't know if I would call myself assertive, but I definitely research the hell out of stuff I want. I research every person who's gotten "it," and how they did it, and look into this and that and the other thing. Research is my friend.
When you have a hard time writing, what do you do to work through it?
Tessellate! ("Stealing" bits you like in other songs, re-working them and throwing them together to form a Super Song, or at least a song, which at least means your writer's block is over.)
How did you find your support group?
I think I was visibly eager in the beginning. I had my guitar on my back all the time and I'd just hang out in this one music shop near my house. I played every show I was asked to play. In the past couple years, I've gotten really lucky ... despite touring less, I've met a lot of super-duper talented writers and producers, and gotten deeper into co-writing and collaboration. Everyone is nice. If you're not, you kind of get weeded out.
Any advice for new writers?
Thanks for speaking from your heart and empowering others around the world, Robyn! Keep up the fantastic work! Also, thank you to my beautiful sisters and to CBC radio for connecting us.
If you have any specific questions for Robyn about her writing process, please feel free to ask. Be sure to check out the rest of Robyn's music.
Thank you for reading and your presence at this beach retreat. Since this is a space of emergence, I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments section below.
See you at the beach!