Hamilton Leithauser On Writing About Strangers On 'The Loves Of Your Life' : World Cafe His new album is called The Loves of Your Life, and each song was written about a different person — some strangers, some friends. Hamilton embellished some details and changed some names, but he didn't tell anyone he was writing about them.
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Did Hamilton Leithauser Write A Song About You?

Did Hamilton Leithauser Write A Song About You?

Hamilton Leithauser on World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Isabella"
  • "The Garbage Men"
  • "The Stars Of Tomorrow"

My guess today chimed in via teleconferencing from a feed shed. Yes, that's correct: a feed shed. That's where Hamilton Leithauser and his family are keeping up their spirits at his parents house house in Virginia. It might just be the most unusual interview location I've had with a guest for World Cafe.

Hamilton's new album is called The Loves of Your Life, which at first blush might lead you to think about ex-girlfriends or former lovers, but it's something completely different. Each song is about a person — some strangers, some friends. Hamilton embellished some details and changed some names, but he didn't tell any person he was writing about them. We'll talk to the former singer of The Walkmen about writing these songs, and what it's like to get beaten up by Ethan Hawke. First, let's get started with a live performance of "Isabella" from Hamilton Leithauser.

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