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Interview: Erin McCarley, a Songwriter You've Heard on TV

Erin McCarley
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In recent months, Erin McCarley's music has been featured on shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Privileged and One Tree Hill. The movie trailer for He's Just Not That Into You includes her song "Love, Save the Empty." And tonight, she'll appear on the Late Show with David Letterman. Not bad for an artist whose first album debuts today!

LAist recently chatted with McCarley a couple days after hanging out on the set of her first music video shoot. During the conversation, she opened up about the new record, the best advice she ever received, and why she might take up grocery shopping as a hobby.

LAist: I noticed that your song "Pony" has a couple references to The Wizard of Oz in it. What inspired that decision?

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Erin McCarley: I don't think I meant to do that. (laughs) I don't really play piano, but that was the first time I wrote on piano, and I was just in my apartment dinking around on this crappy Casio. I was literally playing with two fingers doing this "Chopsticks"-type thing and I just started singing. It's really weird when phrases fly out of your mouth that you're not intending, and you don't even necessarily know what it means at the time. It was just this imagery. I don't know why I went to Yellow Brick Road!