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DARDEN SMITH-The Habit of Noticing

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
The Habit of Noticing: Using Creativity to Make a Life (and a Living) Cover Image
By Darden Smith, Warren Zanes (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781515417170
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 5-7 Days
Published: Irie Books - August 21st, 2018





Friday, September 21 at 7PM

speaking & signing
The Habit of Noticing: Using Creativity to Make a Life (and a Living)





The Habit of Noticing: Using Creativity to Make a Life (and a Living) is Darden Smith’s most adventurous, and certainly most personal project to date. Full of stories pulled from his life in and out of music, and the people he has met along the way, the book is a look at where he comes from, what he’s seen and heard as he tried to figure out how to get along in the world, his inspirations and influences, the importance of commitment and endurance in tough times, why you should always be yourself, and the beauty that comes from finding meaning in your work and your life. The collection is full of his unique drawings, as well as photos he has taken on his travels. There are portraits of mentors such as songwriters Paul Williams, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett and Terry Allen, drummer Russ Kunkel, and the hands of artist Bill Worrell.

In collaboration with producer Stewart Lerman, Smith created an audio version of the book that brings together the stories with original music and found sound that brings the tales to life in a truly innovative and supportive way.

The Habit of Noticing is not a how-to manual. It’s not about craft. Rather, it is a collection of stories looking at the mindset of working artists – finding the spark, maintaining it through the rise and fall of a career, and letting the creativity evolve.


Darden Smith is a singer-songwriter based in Austin whose thirty-year career redefines what it means to be a musician. In addition to fifteen critically acclaimed albums, Smith continues to break new ground using the craft of songwriting in education, entrepreneurship, and in service to others. He founded The Be An Artist Program in 2001, encouraging students in the US and Europe to discover their own creativity and passions. After a decade spent tapping the transformational possibilities of collaborative songwriting in a range of contexts—from homeless youth at Covenant House to HIV-affected villagers in South Africa and Botswana—Smith founded SongwritingWith:Soldiers in 2012., a nonprofit that pairs award-winning songwriters with veterans and service members in retreat settings to craft songs about combat and the return home.

Smith served as Artist-In-Residence at Oklahoma State University’s Institute for Creativity and Innovation and the Riata School of Entrepreneurship (2011–2013), exploring the connections between art and business thinking with students and faculty. He leads songwriting workshops in the US and the UK, and works with major companies in key areas (conflict resolution, team building, innovative thinking) using songwriting to inspire creativity and collaboration within the traditional work environment. Smith has delivered keynote speeches, contributes to Huffington Post’s Arts & Culture Blog, and has recently completed a book manuscript called The Trick: Surviving a Life in Creativity.

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