Influences: Biggest influences on my songwriting have probably been artists like The Mountain Goats, Elliot Smith, Kevin Devine, Josiah Leming, and Death Cab for Cutie
Started playing guitar at 15-16 years old (29 now). The song that got me into it was Death Cab for Cutie's "I Will Follow You Into the Dark". Since then I've slowly come to find what things I like in songwriting and try to use them.
In general I try to focus on rhythm (via finding strumming patterns that make me feel some sort of reaction), dynamics, chords that push and pull things along (love 7th chords) and doing my best to keep improving my lyrics.
John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats has been a huge influence in pretty much all of those areas, as well as in his prolific output which has made me realize how important practicing songwriting is. Along with this, I love the way he performs. He really seems to lose himself in his live performances and that's one of my favorite things about him and his music.
No songs by this fawmer (yet).