NPR logo
Making Sense Of A Song Called 'Widow Maker'
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/463750838/464180360" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Making Sense Of A Song Called 'Widow Maker'

Music Interviews

Making Sense Of A Song Called 'Widow Maker'

Making Sense Of A Song Called 'Widow Maker'
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/463750838/464180360" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Brooke Waggoner's song "Widow Maker" got its name and inspiration from a friend's real-life brush with heart trouble. i

Brooke Waggoner's song "Widow Maker" got its name and inspiration from a friend's real-life brush with heart trouble. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist
Brooke Waggoner's song "Widow Maker" got its name and inspiration from a friend's real-life brush with heart trouble.

Brooke Waggoner's song "Widow Maker" got its name and inspiration from a friend's real-life brush with heart trouble.

Courtesy of the artist

Musician Brooke Waggoner was on a 6 a.m. coffee run when she got a worrisome text from a friend, whose husband was apparently dealing with a life-threatening heart problem. The news gave her a shiver — and an idea.

"I don't know if it was the early morning, the kind of fumes of pre-caffeinated mind games," she says, "But that inspired the song. I went back to my studio immediately and started, started fleshing it out."

Waggoner's friend's husband survived, but the momentary scare was reborn as a dense, eerie track called "Widow Maker." She spoke to Weekend Edition Sunday about how the song came together; hear her breakdown at the audio link.

YouTube

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.