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Interview: Singer/Songwriter Brett Dennen Offers 'Hope for the Hopeless'

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Brett Dennen's latest album is called Hope for the Hopeless, and with this singer/songwriter, those aren't empty words. He's just as well known for his charity work as he is for his music. Although he's moved from opening act to headliner over the last couple years, Dennen remains down-to-earth and continues to support the Mosaic Project and other non-profit groups. And when it comes to his music, he's really hit his stride. Hope for the Hopeless is both fun and thought-provoking, and after one listen, you'll be humming songs like "Make You Crazy" for the rest of the day.

LAist recently sat down with Dennen at a practice studio where he and his band were getting ready for his current tour. During this time, he opened up about the album, his unique dance moves and his favorite part about living in Santa Monica.

LAist: You've said that you try not to waste a single word when writing your songs. How do you know when a song is done? Could you just keep working on it forever?

Brett Dennen: I could. It's really hard, because with all the albums I've made, I'm still learning not only how to write a song, but how I write a song. I try to make my songs al dente—like undercooked pasta. I want to get to a place like that where I don't overdo it, but I underdo it, so it leaves you doing some work—thinking about it and wondering, "What does he mean?"