• Saved by a Song

  • The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting
  • By: Mary Gauthier
  • Narrated by: Mary Gauthier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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Amazing life & spiritual journey from a master Songwritet!

Im familiar with Mary’s career and have always respected her. But, I was unexpectedly enthralled by the audio book. Excellent production throughout. This is really wonderful, edge of your seat material whether you write songs or not. Dive deep and read it, listen to it, get into it any way you can. Good stuff!

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I Soaked it Up

When songs, or writers, or random seemingly unimportant situations touch my heart, I like to soak up the message that’s freely being given. “Saved by a Song” by Mary Gauthier is the epitome of just this. As a fellow adoptee, a grateful alcoholic in recovery, an author of my own memoir, and a lover of the power of music, so much of Mary’s story resonates with me. I appreciate this gift.

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Wow! More than I expected.

I downloaded this audiobook because I am new to songwriting. I knew of Mary Gauthier, but was not overly familiar with her music. I expected something akin to Jeff Tweedy’s “How to Write One Song” (another fantastic read and listen), but I got much more.

This is more than a book about songwriting. It’s also about being human and all the insecurities, faults, and obstacles that come along with that. It’s also about overcoming all that to find a voice that’s truly your own.

The audiobook allows you to hear it straight from her lips. You also get to hear many of her songs as demos, etc. That’s an added bonus.

In short, this audiobook is a triumph, not unlike Mary Gauthier herself. Listening was a privilege, and only served to foster my respect and admiration for her as both a person and an artist. Rock on, Mary!

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A classic story that sounds like a song

To be told a powerful story by a powerful storyteller/singer/songwriter feels like winning some magical trifecta. This book is an experience. Experience should be in italics. Or caps. AN EXPERIENCE. A WONDERFUL SOUL-ENRICHING EXPERIENCE.

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Raw, real, masterfully composed

If you love truth - raw, real truth - this book is for you. I feel honored to bear witness as a listener to this beautiful distillation of a difficult life made better. You do not need to be a songwriter to love this but if you are .. this is essential reading/listening.

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I'm forever grateful that this book was written

I'm forever grateful that this book was written. Mary reminds us that music is not just for professionals, nor should it be. she is full of hard-hitting life changing quotes like, "If you bring forth what is in you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is in you, it will destroy you." she has a way of humanizing what can seem to be difficult or intimidating, which creates hope and audacity in the reader.

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Moving and perceptive autobiography and instruction manual from this wonderful artist

At 71 years old I learned so much that I can relate to being a victim of childhood trauma- similar love and respect for John Lennon stand the plastic into band groundbreaking primal scream album

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  • Mo Cohen
  • 08-08-22

Stunning

This has to be one of the best syntheses of autobiography and craft - inspiring moving and transformational- a must read not just for songwriters but for anyone who wants their soul to live out loud

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  • RosePetal86
  • 07-06-22

Inspiring hidden gem

I’m a songwriter of RNB but I always believe if you want to be a great writer you should listen to more than your favourite genre of music. I love the stories and how the songs were created very special moments.

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  • Joshua S.
  • 03-30-22

Sold and sad

After listening to Mary’s combination of memoir and song performance to optimise the audiobook format I’m now completely sold on listening to books. I’m also sad as after ‘Saved by a Song’ surely the only way is down!

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  • R. Smith
  • 10-10-21

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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  • Olive1985
  • 08-28-21

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
  • 03-27-22

Fabulous read

Thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book. So heartfelt, genuine and raw. What a wonderful talent and humble poet, healing all our hearts through song. Magnificent!