After she finished her first album, Sara Bareilles felt the pressure of success. After all, right off the bat, she had a song, "Love Song" that was everywhere in 2007 and was eventually certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
How to top that? Her follow-ups were uninspired.
"I was just writing sh*** songs that didn't mean anything; I felt no connection to them whatsoever," she said.
A friend suggested she try chronicling what was happening to her. Out of that frustration with her songwriting came "Uncharted," and it led her in the right direction.
"'Uncharted' was the song that really helped me feel connected to my writing process," she said. "I thought I was going to have to do a mishmash of old songs [for the second album] because of the writer's block, but once the wheels were turning, I was drawn to the new material."
That quote comes from a story in Friday's paper that previews Bareilles' sold-out show at Rams Head Live Sunday.
The full story is here.