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Ready and Worthy: Glen Hansard on Love, Money and Why Artists Should Never Give Up

Every great songwriter has a “bird on the shoulder” moment now and then. Glen Hansard says the melody of the lead track from his new album, Didn’t He Ramble, came to him in a New Zealand airport while waiting at baggage claim to pick up his guitar. “The muse shows up when it shows up,” he reckons.

The song, “Grace Beneath the Pines,” is another of the Irish singer’s famously aching ballads—one that takes the listener to the bottom of the ocean before throwing out an emotional life preserver. Given Hansard’s background as a Dublin busker, it would be easy to mistake the song’s chorus for “grace beneath the pints” …



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