She wasn’t there to sing.
Rather singer-songwriter-author Rosanne Cash was the closing keynote speaker at the second annual Empire State Book Festival last Saturday afternoon at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.
And she didn’t sing – except for a very brief a cappella snippet of her song, “Sleeping in Paris.” Instead, she read excerpts from her recently published memoir “Composed.” She conducted a wide-ranging Q&A with the audience. She talked about the importance of books. She spoke about the power of metaphor. And she discussed her overwhelming desire to lead “the artistic life” and escape from “the morphine dream of success.”
Here are just a few random notes from her appearance:
On her childhood: “I was the geeky 11-year-old who asked to be dropped off at the library on Saturdays while my friends were off doing other things. Librarians became my heroes, my very first heroes.”