Even after a multitude of #1 smashes, from Brooks & Dunn's "Ain't Nothing About You," to Brad Paisley's "When I Get Where I'm Goin'," to Kenny Chesney's "Living in Fast Forward," Rivers Rutherford STILL has days filled with doubt...
RR: You know, some days for me…months’ll go by and nothing sounds like a song. And then I’ll have a week or so where everything everybody says sounds like a song. It’s really funny how that works. And then I’ll start writing a bunch of songs that I really like…and I’ll dream ‘em, and everything else. And then all of a sudden it stops, and I’m back to slaving away, tryin’ to make it happen again. You start getting scared that it’s never gonna come back again.
TH: Do you really? Is there a point where you think you’ve written your last hit?
RR: Absolutely. I’ve thought that so many times, I can’t even count it…I thought that when I was twenty-two. I thought I’d written my last song. But it always seems to come back around, you know? I think the older I get the more I realize, it’s in there, I’ve got plenty to say. As long as I show up and do the work, kinda roll up my sleeves and dive in, sooner or later something’ll percolate.
TH: So you force yourself to write?
RR: Yes. I don’t feel like it every day, but I do it every day. There are days that I can’t wait to get in and write songs, and I don’t write anything good. There are days I’d rather get a root canal than write a song. But I show up and I write hits. There’s just no accounting for it, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, there’s no rhyme or reason to it, you just gotta be present to win.
TH: And you’ve had way more hits than root canals.
RR: (laughs) Thankfully. So far anyway.
Here's a cool audio sample of Rivers talking about When I Get Where I'm Goin'
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