Artist Highlight: Robin Owens

I met Robin at the CD Baby DIY conference last year in my hometown Austin, Texas. At the time, she was starting her senior year at Berklee School of Music in Boston. I was fascinated by the fact that she took classes from Pat Pattison, who I have developed a songwriting man-crush on over the last few years. Robin is a joy and inspiration and is a fountain of songwriting information and general music nerdery. It is a real gift having her part of our community.

Meet Robin

What do you do during the day?

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I'm currently pursing an MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing


Do you have any guilty pleasures in music?

I don't! I'm a proud musical theater nerd and I still listen to Hannah Montana every once in a while.

What inspired you to want to write songs?

I didn't think about the fact that people write songs until I learned Taylor Swift wrote "Teardrops on My Guitar." Pretty immediately I knew that it was something I wanted to do.

What does your songwriting habit look like?

I want to be in the habit of writing daily, but more often than not (when not doing the 100 days challenge) I tend to write a couple times a week. I'm always thinking about ideas for songs and tinkering with them in my mind, but I don't sit down and force myself to write as much as I probably should.

How has developing a songwriting practice affected your life?

More than anything it's taught me how to find inspiration in everything around me!

Who are your influences? How have they shaped you?

I'm very inspired by Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, and Pat Pattison. I was lucky enough to study under him at Berklee and he taught me so much!

What challenge are you facing with songwriting?

Right now, with nothing going on in my life because of quarantine, I'm finding it hard to be inspired by my own life. While I like challenging myself to write about made up stories and situations and other people, I prefer to write about my own experience, and I'm running out of things to draw from!

What Day of 100 is your piece from?

Day 4/5 of 100


The Queen of Back Bay

Her life started off charmed

She grew up in Manhattan

Studying art, studying dance, learning French and Italian

She moved to Paris at sixteen

Lived a young girl’s fantasy

Made some friends, walked the Seine, fell in love with love’s city

She saw an art house in Milan

And straight away it won her heart

Said if she ever had the funds

She would build herself one

Who knew she’d become

The Queen of Back Bay, one day

She’d be The Queen of Back Bay.

She couldn’t know it then

The beauty that she’d make, but she was

Precocious and ambitious even at that age

The Queen of Back Bay

When she returned to New York

Worldly and revered

Met a lover, one thing led to another

They were married within two years

But they were haunted by tragedy

Lost a son and his sister or brother

She lost a friend and then again when her nephews lost their mother.

She withdrew from society

The doctor sent them overseas

It did wonders for her health

She came back better than herself

And she became

The Queen of Back Bay, she became

The Queen of Back Bay

The papers printer her name

Next to rumors most uncouth, and she said

“Don’t ruin a good story with the truth.”

So her legacy grew into

The Queen of Back Bay

The Queen of Back Bay

She collected art and men of status

A socialite of her own design

The Gardners lived a life that was lavish

But Jack passed, and her life flashed

Before her eyes,

And so it was decided.

A girl’s dream, an old fantasy

Finally realized

Four floors high in a Venetian style and a courtyard with a skylight.

She filled the rooms and the hallways

With the art she had collected

Served champagne and the masses came to see a museum perfected

By The Queen of Back Bay, and it bore the name of

The Queen of Back Bay

And in her will she stated

Not a thing could be changed.

That March night of the evil heist

Isabella rolled in her grave, but she still remains

The Queen of Back Bay, even to this day.

She’s The Queen of Back Bay

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