One-Man Band

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Many artists wonder if distractions of the modern world compromise their creative process. Songwriter and violinist Andrew Bird decided to put that theory to the test, holing up on a farm in western Illinois. For his stage shows, he learned to play all the parts to his songs. In isolation, Bird marveled at the innovation that flowed into his music. But as Bird told producer Jonathan Menjivar, even a one-man band gets lonely.