A story of addiction, recovery and songwriting in Mary Gauthier's "Saved By A Song"
Mary Gauthier was twelve years old when she was given her Aunt Jenny’s old guitar and taught herself to play with a Mel Bay basic guitar workbook. Music offered her a window to a world where others felt the way she did. Songs became lifelines to her, and she longed to write her own, one day.
Then, for a decade, while struggling with addiction, Gauthier put her dream away and her
call to songwriting faded. It wasn’t until she got sober and went to an open mic with a friend did she realize that she not only still wanted to write songs, she needed to. Today, Gauthier is a critically-acclaimed musical artist, with numerous awards and recognition for her songwriting, including a Grammy nomination.
Now she's written a book, Saved By A Song. It's part-memoir, detailing her struggle with addiction and trauma. It's a guide to writing, not just for songwriters but for anyone who puts words to paper. And it's a story of facing one's own trauma, of doing the work to heal, and of living honestly and deeply.