"Have you ever heard the Paul McCartney story of 'Yesterday,' where his original lyrics were 'Scrambled Eggs'?" Todd Sheaffer, having stumbled on a better way to describe his songwriting process, asks. "If you sing it, it makes sense." So I join him in singing a bit and he smiles, "It's kind of the same for me."
Photo G. Milo Farineau
Sheaffer, the vocalist and lead guitarist for the band Railroad Earth, takes his time when speaking, deliberate with his words and somewhat meditative; it's to everyone's benefit that his mind has space to wander. The songs Railroad Earth craft are collaborations between all six members of the band, but they're largely drawn out of Sheaffer's sketches, of moments passed and brief recordings captured on his cell phone.
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