Michael McDermott
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Dear Michael, when you look back at some of your earliest works do you feel you would re- write them or did they capture the essence of how you felt at that time perfectly?


Michael McDermott responded on 03/23/2014
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Hey Annie.....

Interesting question......i haven't really thought about it actually. There are things that jump out at you from time to time, that strike me as something that maybe doesn't seem right, but i'm a forward thinker, so when a song is finished whether on a record or really in my head.....that's kind of it. Some songwriters tweak and tweak and tweak, i do somewhat, probably not as much as some.....i heard Leonard Cohen would spend years on one line....not really the way i work......maybe i should! When inspiration strikes its important to capture it, ....if you leave it alone for too long......it can still work but i've found some of that initial energy is tough to recapture. Thanks for writing. m

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Hey Michael first as i have said and told everyone you are the best singer songwriter we currently have on this earth! Now for a question you write about all personal things and people so at what age did you start to write these personal tunes, and do you ever write about nothing just a song of lists ( that was from Justin Currie saying about songs of lists)


Michael McDermott responded on 11/13/2013
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Thank you Raymond. !!! I guess it's just how I've always done it. With each song I try and make it the best I can with whatever the subject matter is. They say the best writing is the most honest. We all have many layers or faces that we present to the world and sometimes you lose track of which mask you are wearing. Same goes with writing... When a song doesn't work, there are a few reasons for it. Sometimes you just strike out, you swing and miss. Other times if you have a great idea, but it still fails as a song, I chalk that up to, not being honest, not being real, not committing to the subject whole heartedly. Other songs are just laid at your feet, and every writer loves that, but those are rare gifts from the cosmos and don't come around nearly as often as you would like. Great question.

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Have you thought about recording some Christmas songs? Could be something original, or maybe some standards with the Michael McDermott interpretation? Love your work!!


Michael McDermott responded on 11/13/2013
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I have recorded Little Drummer Boy for a compilation album and am doing some standards at this years Xmas show , but don't have an interest in doing a whole albums worth.Those albums are always recorded in the dog days of summer, and I can't imagine anything more awful then getting to the studio in 95 degree temps to go sing Xmas songs all day- talk about a mind fuck!

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On Your Way Back Home , Did You Make it to Sedona, Arizona


Michael McDermott responded on 10/14/2013
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don't think i've ever been to Sedona......

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What's the Street Team? Sounds like it could be interesting.


Michael McDermott responded on 10/14/2013
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When can we get a "Mischief and Mistletoe" show for Philly?!


Michael McDermott responded on 10/14/2013
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I'd love to DJ.....getting everybody out there just for the show would be so cost prohibitive .......the westies are coming back in February though!!!