OFFSTAGE: Miranda Lambert Tries Not to Write Bad Songs

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It’s inevitable, right? If you write a hundred songs, eventually you will write a bad one. Or at least a mediocre one. Not true for Miranda Lambert. I asked her about it last week. I wondered with all of the well-crafted lyrics and stories and rhymes she’s written in her life, what some of the ones she threw in the trash were. It turns out, she just doesn’t write those. “If I start out writing one — and I don’t feel it, and it’s starting to go in a bad direction — I usually just don’t even finish it,” she told me. “I try not to write the bad ones,” she laughed. “If I can tell they’re gonna be bad, I just start over.” That M.O. is obviously working for her. Some of her best work is on her latest record. “Baggage Claim,” “Easy Living” and “Safe” are just a few of the tunes she penned. And just like on her last album, Revolution, nobody doesn’t like Lambert’s latest music. Critics, fans and radio are all crazy about Lambert’s new project, Four the Record. She knew, though, when she started making it that there was no way it could be just like the last album (one that won her pretty much every music award last year and this year). “I mean, I can’t top it by competing with it,” she admitted. “So I just decided I wanna make a record equally as good. Just different.” Mission accomplished.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.