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Summary

This program is read by the author and includes original music and a bonus conversation with Amy Ray of Indigo Girls.

From the Grammy-nominated folk singer and songwriter, an inspiring exploration of creativity and the redemptive power of song.

Mary Gauthier was 12 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 decorated musical artist, with numerous awards and recognition for her songwriting, including a Grammy nomination.

In Saved by a Song, Mary Gauthier pulls the curtain back on the artistry of songwriting. Part memoir, part philosophy of art, part nuts and bolts of songwriting, her audiobook celebrates the redemptive power of song to inspire and bring seemingly different kinds of people together.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Essentials

"Generous and big-hearted, Gauthier has stories to tell and worthwhile advice to share." (Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True)

"Gauthier has an uncanny ability to combine songwriting craft with a seeker’s vulnerability and a sage’s wisdom.” (Amy Ray, Indigo Girls)

©2021 Mary Gauthier (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Oh, wow

I suspect that the sight of a grown man looking a bit tearful in the street is not an everyday occurrence. This book accompanied me on my walk to and from work over the course of a week, and all I can say is where’s the advisory? I have not been so emotionally invested in a tale in many years. It literally brought tears to my eyes on several occasions, and I thought that I was familiar with the broader aspects of the story. This is essential listening for anyone interested in the human condition, tragedy and redemption, or just good old folk’n’roll. Get it. You’ll be a better person for the time spent with Mary Gauthier. The accompanying snippets of song really add to the listening experience.

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Phenomenal

This book is an absolute masterpiece.
Mary so generously shares so much about the craft of writing, offering up examples from her own work.

Beyond gifting the world her stories through song, this book goes deeper into the stories behind the songs. It’s so raw and deeply human. I’ve laughed, cried, taken notes, and sung along.

Sometimes the audio versions of books lose a little magic. Not so here. In this, the audio is the perfect way to enjoy it. Mary’s own voice brings so much depth to it. And you get the added joy of the songs being sung.

I’ll still buy a hard copy for the shelf and to scribble on. But this was the perfect way to enjoy it first. 5 stars. Every moment is beautiful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-21

I feel blessed to hear this!

I have to say at the outset that I am a straight male songwriter. That really doesn’t matter. Mary’s biography end guidance through this history meant the world to me. I cried. I laughed I wrote. I was inspired. And I will never be quite the same songwriter I was before.

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  • Christian Bazar
  • 18-12-21

I’m Here For You

Hey You,
I don’t know who you are, reading these comments, but I know you’re not here by accident and that’s why I’m writing you.
If you’re remotely considering this audiobook, do it. You’ll understand when you listen. There ain’t another book just like it. It might be that you, like me, will find this piece to be just exactly what you needed.
Trust yourself.
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  • Robert Coleman
  • 18-07-21

A down to earth audiobook.

Have listened and followed Mary for probably a year... saw her book, searched for audio and found that she was narating it. it was not out but pre purchased and waited... wow what a person.

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  • CMK
  • 13-12-21

Gobsmacked

I was already a huge fan of MG, but this story raised my appreciation to a whole new level. I found the reflections on her songwriting and life compelling and often deeply moving.

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  • Mary Lane
  • 24-11-21

Wonderful insights, wonderful music

It was great to hear her perform a song at the end of each chapter, that she had talked about the subject of in that chapter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-21

This Book Gave Me Goosebumps (The Good Kind)

I loved this book it was well written with an interesting narrative. This book has changed the way I enjoy music for the better. I would highly recommend it to all my friends and family.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-21

life-changing!

This book is so beautiful and true. Heart-healing and life-changing. Perfect for anyone who loves music.

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  • Kimberley
  • 04-11-21

Pure inspiration and soul

I love the format of this audio book. Each chapter begins with the lyrics of one of her songs. Then she explains the inspiration for the song, and the background. And we get to hear the segment of her life that inspired the song and how the song itself changed her. At the end of the chapter she sings each song. It’s beautiful.

I love her voice.

We get to watch her grow in her life and take so many things that were difficult and scaring and turn it in to a valuable gift. We learn what gifts songwriting can give. We learn how to write songs. Hallelujah!! The book is hard. The book is tough. The book is pure joy. So rich. I felt honored to listen to it.

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  • Glenda O'Rourke
  • 04-11-21

Saved by this book

This was a perfect book for me to read at this time of grief in my life. Always a lover of many songs, this book reminded me of the power of creativity through the arts to heal, uplift and infuse the human spirit. Thank you for light at the end of the tunnel. Well done!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-10-21

Could not stop listening!!!

Mary Gauthier has a way with words and I recommend this audio book for any songwriter and non songwriter alike.. her stories make you laugh and tear up at the same time.Highly recommended!!