For now, artists still think about songs — plenty of evidence surfaced to prove that today. The writing process was the focus of a panel featuring Jeffrey Steele, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Ed Harcourt, who each played and offered stories about their own favorites, Bluebird Cafe style. Harcourt explained that “Caterpillar” was about his daughter, who was born prematurely and had to be in an incubator after her birth. Mayfield wrote a song about a random sexual encounter she had as a teenager. “It should have been romantic,” she admitted. “But I really didn’t care.”

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